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  1. 11bravo

    F-111 in Vietnam

    And yet just 7 years later, things played out rather differently.
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    F-111 in Vietnam

    Never knew the GR1 had "perfect" weapons delivery systems. Good info!
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    Ryanair wipes up 20 seaguls on landing

    Birdstrikes are deadly. Only thing worse than hitting them on landing is hitting them on takeoff. Here is a worst case incident: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1995_Alaska_Boeing_E-3_Sentry_accident
  4. LOL... never, ever going to happen. Whoever provided that "word" to you was full of BS.
  5. The version as the USAF Museum has grey wells, aluminum LG. These guys typically do pretty good restorations so I'd go with their paintwork unless you can find proof of something different. Doubt the USN would have had different colors. http://www.primeportal.net/hangar/weichao_chen2/ec-121d_53-555/index.php?Page=2 Early in their lives, the wheelwells might have been green and were repainted during overhauls.
  6. Out of curiosity, how did they come up with LANDOR for a name? Glad to see BA taking the time and spending the money for all these retro schemes!
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    Mitsubishi Zero Type 21 colours?

    Not to go off topic too far but those subjects above are pretty awesome, I'm a big fan of unusual, non-standard paintwork and markings. I've been thinking about building a Tamiya Zero (32nd scale) and the green overpainted Zero's, as seen during the Rabaul campaign really appeal to me. I've spent some time on Google looking for decent aftermarket decals, not finding anything. Anyone aware of any decals out there? Regards, John
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    USAF using AIM-9M in Syria

    Anyone here have info on why (in the last year or so), the USAF is now flying over Syria with a mixed load of AIM-9X and AIM-9M's (usually one of each)? Prior to this, all US jets deployed over there (with the exception of F-15E's, which only recently converted) had been fully equipped with AIM-9X's. Seems pretty unusual, especially in an actual combat theater which potentially could bring American jets into conflict against some high end adversaries, that all of a sudden the USAF is replacing a state of the art missile with one that is 20 years old. Thoughts?
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    Best 1/35 Little Bird?

    If you are building an earlier Littlebird, you need to use the Dragon kit. For a later one, you have to go with Kitty Hawks version. I actually prefer the Dragon kit, it has properly represented rivets, which cover the real thing in reality. Otherwise, you are stuck with a model of a "flying pin cushion" or you'll have to cover the Kitty Hawk kit in Archer rivets.
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    Tamiya 1/32 - RF-51D Korean War

    Any update on this most impressive build?
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    Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant first look

    Ugly.... Are either one of these things able to fit in a C-17 without major disassembly? The Sikorsky version looks to be too tall and unless the Bell version allows the wing to rotate fore and aft like the MV-22, you'd have to take the entire wing assembly off.
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    P-51D stars and bars

    Great picture! Nice detail shot that shows the grey insignia and overall weathering. That is a filthy bird and someone sure did a pretty horrible job painting that squadron ID! You can also see that the underwing insignia remains in it's original colors. To me, this completely discounts the theory that painting out the star was done as a camouflage measure. Why would they only paint out the fuselage insignia and leave the wings untouched?
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    P-51D stars and bars

    While I think some of the pics above could be simply stained white stars, there are multiple examples of uniform grey stars and bars on 8th AF Mustangs. Including this one (that was posted above): I don't think there is any way you could make the case that Circle-H simply had dirty national insignia. It's extremely uniform and there is no sign of that dark grime anywhere else on the fuselage. Why would the hard working ground crew have taken the time to wipe off the metal fuselage and left the stars and bars filthy?
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    P-51D stars and bars

    FWIW, I recall reading about this subject ages ago in a long defunct airplane magazine. Supposedly, the grey painted stars were favored by southern pilots to celebrate their confederate heritage (grey was the color used by confederate troops during the US civil war). No idea if this is true or not but to be honest, I'm kinda leaning towards this. Simply greying out the fuselage stars on a brightly painted, NMF aircraft really does nothing to reduce it's visibility. If 8th AF was really concerned about this, they would have eliminated all the bright colors used on noses, fins, flamboyant personal markings, etc.
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    US radial engine crankcases: colour?

    I used good old Model Master Engine Grey for my Corsair motor. Seemed to be a pretty good match with the period color pics I've seen. Only thing I needed to add in the pic below was a gloss coat.