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  1. The inability to land back on the carrier with 6x AIM-54 is an urban legend. It was possible and apparently very rarely practiced, but not considered sensible since the fuel reserve in case of problems during landing was ridiculously low and hence not desirable during peace time ops. Retired Tomcat RIO "Hey Joe" Parsons clarified this in countless posts on FB. B/r Michael
  2. I have the Hasegawa kit with the VA-52 USS Ticondoroga CAG markings. I don't need them. Send me a pm in case you'd like to have 'em. Cheers Michael
  3. I don't know if you speak spanish but here is a nice article about building a Spanish T-6 as flown in the Sahara conflict. The fuel barrel in the back seat which he mentioned was a local mod but it was painted in the same grey as the seat. https://manupedia.com.es/2017/05/01/t-6d-texan-lagarto/ Regards Michael
  4. The company has an Ebay store. It is located in Lithuania. I have it and an just waiting for Wolfpacks release of the T-6 this year. Supposedly in May. The resin is very crisp and delivery was very fast. B/r Michael
  5. It's an autocorrect mistake. Sorry. I answered via my cellphone. Gun needed to be loaded and they flew with hot gun in Afghanistan. I have some pictures from when I was the Flight Safety Officer of Mazar-e-Sharif back in 2008. I'll check where I have them and could send you some via PM. Cheers Michael
  6. Luftwaffe Recce Tornados are, as previously mentioned IDS Tornados with a different panel in the rear cockpit. There were different recce pods over time so check your timeframe. The gun had to be pawed due to weight and balance constraints. When recce wing 51 deployed for the first time to Afghanistan a high german politicuan visited the wing and asked for the possibility to remove the ammunition , obviously in fear that the Luftwaffe Tornados could be used in anger for instance extended self defense as per theater ROEs B/r Michael
  7. The lower one is the IDF/AF refueling probe modification for their Phantoms post Yom Kippur. B/r Michael
  8. I am curious about the accuracy of the MK-15 tail units for the MK-82 Snakeyes. No kit manufactuer got them molded correctly so far. And those AAMs would be a good addition if the fins are molded not as thick as Hasegawa did back in the day. B/r Michael
  9. Hello Gents, Does anybondy know the dimensions of the white Landing Zone boundary markings? Not just the longitudinal white stripes but also the lateral fatter stripes. How far would the centerline markings be from the edge markings of the landing zone. I want to create a 1/72 scale section. Your help is very much appreciated! Regards Michael Quote
  10. Interesting post e8n2. The only thing is that Victor Alert indeed was the nuke and Zulu alert the air defense mission . Regards Michael
  11. Gulf Air War Debrief shows a close up during loading of the toward bombs on TSC. The TSCs are grey similar to the FS 36118 gunship grey. Might be BS381C Dark Sea Grey. A very small tip is painted black. Regards Michael
  12. That one looks impressive with those huge canisters below the belly. Michael
  13. Hhm, it looks more like a mixture between an AGM-12 and an AGM-53. Michael
  14. Hi Gene, That is an interesting picture. What missile do I see in the foreground? On a side not, while I agree that the early F-4C carried the McDonnel tanks, it is also important to note that the first batch of F-4C for McDill were actually F-4Bs loaned from the Navy. Furthermore, early F-4C retained the Navy straight onboard pylon (LAU-17) as seen on this picture. You could also see that pylon on SEA camo'd Cs. Also, the Cs kept the LAU-7 sidewinder rail throughout their career instead of the Aero-3B of F-4D (post Aim-4) through G. Late Es and Gs even received the LAU-105 rails aparentl
  15. Those are the earlier McDonnell designed tanks. Different shape dimensions and position of the longitudinal seam. They were used by early F-4H1 and F-4Bs. The You could see them on MARINE F-4Bs in Vietnam as well Hypersonic makes them in 72 scale. Click Michael
  16. The Pylon for the PaveTack was different than the regular stores pylon. It is waaay fatter and completely different in shape. I scratch built it for my F-4E some years ago using scale drawings provided by Jim Rotramel aka Mr.Vark on ARC. AVQ-26 Pylon 1/48 scale. Michael
  17. The ones from the A-37 can be used for later timeframe F-4s. They are of the more pointed type and are also seen on USAF teen fighters. The blunt nosed type as supplied in the earlier Hase kits was used earlier in the USAF and foreign service F-4 life. We in the Luftwaffe had both types until about 2003 ish. Then we only used the later type since it was stressed for 5g instead of the 3 g of the older type. Cheers Michael
  18. The German IDS differed from the GR-1 also by having different locks on the belly pylons. Germany also did not possess the TSCs . Moreover the Luftwaffe not even had MK-83s in its inventory, only the Marine did. Hence, the SCL for a Luftwaffe Tornado was either a stick of five MK-82s , or an MW-1 which was never carried other than during testing. The nuclear tasked Tornados could be loaded with U.S. owned B-61s which were also loaded and guarded by U.S. troops. Of course, the buddy refueling store was also possible but it was more common on Marine IDS when they flew Baltic express recce flight
  19. The point of lobbing 8x unguided bombs onto a target back then to just one or two LGBs nowadays rests with the so called SSPD. The SSPD is the probability that the single released weapon will cause damage to the target. Hence, in the old days with all the different factors affecting the flight path of a bomb, the solution was to increase bang and number of possible impact points around the desired target. The problem with the Tornado was that it's computerized weapons delivery was designed for low level delivery. That's why the medium altitude deliveries were so fruitless. Here is a good read
  20. Good question, I guess I concluded that one from pictures I've seen of GR-1's lofting six of them. My curiosity startet now and I looked on youtube and there are several videos showing eight bombs on VERs. First missions, you see the worried faces of the aircrew prior to take off and how relieved their were when coming back alive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfdsMwg-XmQ Michael
  21. I know the desertstrom.eu homepage. In fact, I provided some info on the 3rd TFW F-4Es for it. Even though it states 8x1000# I there is only a pic pic of a RSAF Tornado carrying this load, with the Hindenburger tanks btw. Anyway, I searched the whole evening and finally found a nice homepage showing pictures from Tabuk in 1991 . And what did I find? GR-1s with those 1000 pounders but only six. Two on each of the three belly weapons rails. This would also coincide with the warload for cold war ops. Some random pictures I also found confirm that load out. Cheers Mic
  22. I have the same info. The 1000 pounders were used in conjunction with the JP-233 flights to suppress airfield ground based air defenses. Michael
  23. I started my 1/72 Revell kit and saw that only 4x 1000# unguided bombs were included. That made me thinking that a GR-1 with 8 of those would look the part. I seem to remember that this config was flown during the initial low level strikes during OP Granby. However, not a single picture showed up during my research. On another note. When U.S. supplied CBU-87 were loaded. Did the jets fly with them combat missions? Thanks Michael
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