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Mark V

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  1. Agree with everyone above, really nice Phantom. I would dirty up the “alligator skin” behind the engine nozzles even more. Those engines were smokey. My best friend was a VMFA-323 RIO when he was active duty, albeit in the N model several years later. I have an interest in the squadron because of him.
  2. Fantastic build! Just exceptional in all respects. Thanks for posting.
  3. Sorry, haven’t been on the site for a while. I don’t really have anything to add here. I didn’t sit Victor Alert at Spangdahlem. The commitment for our wing went away in mid-1984, just after I arrived on base.
  4. Thanks for posting your WIP. I have a single seat version of this kit. You are making me nervous about taking it out of the box. But it actually doesn’t seem much different than the Hasegawa 1/48th RF-35 Draken, fill, sand, repeat, rescribe. Maybe it was just me? I do like your perseverance, recovery, and finish so far.
  5. I’m hesitant to reply because I didn’t build the 1/32nd kit, I built the 1/48th C model. I relied heavily on Ben Brown’s Trumpeter F-100 tweaks list on Zone-Five.net. https://www.zone-five.net/showthread.php?t=14940 He focuses on the 48th kits, but from what I’ve read, the 32nd kit has similar problems. I replaced the over-sized wheels and tires with a set from the Monogram/Revell kit. I also cut a bit off of the main gear legs to get a more proper nose high sit of the aircraft. I was very happy with the result. Of course it’s your call on what to change. For me the Trumpeter kit was a no-go until I got a replacement for the intake. The squashed “D” shaped nose was too wrong. I bought the AMS Resin replacement for mine. I don’t know what’s available for the 1/32nd kit, or if it’s required.
  6. Ok, no. I’m not sure. I looked it up in my reference books and on the internet. I was a USAF Phantom guy, so what do I know about Tomcats? Tried to answer the guy’s question. Sorry for the confusion.
  7. Thanks for the correction. I went back and looked at Wikipedia again. I misread the article. I corrected my entry above in case some finds it in the future.
  8. First shot at an attempted answer for you... Murph hit send while I was typing. For the 1978 timeframe the F-14 carried the AIM-9L, the AIM-7F, and the AIM-54A. Typical load would be 2 of each, or 2xAIM-9, 4xAIM-7, and 2xAIM-54. The AIM-9L was introduced in 1977. The AIM-7M came into service in 1982. There is a lot of good info online on the missiles and variants. The only confirmed F-14 kills were 2 Su-22s on 19 August 1981 and 2 MiG-23s on 4 January 1989. Both Su-22s were shot with AIM-9L Sidewinders. One MiG was shot down with an AIM-7 (probably an M), the other with an AIM-9L, or maybe an M. My reference doesn’t specify. The AIM-54 was fired a few times during the first gulf war and no fly zone patrols. No reported kills achieved. The Iranians reported several/many Phoenix kills in their conflicts with Iraq. The above does not include the 2 “A6M2 Zeros” shot down during the “Final Countdown” incident with the USS Nimitz.
  9. That looks sweet. I did a coin flip to do the Academy F-4J I posted or the same Hasegawa FGR.2 kit. I’ll refer to your FGR when I do mine. The colors look great. Markings will be a Falklands deployed 23 Squadron jet.
  10. Very nice! The Japanese Phantoms definitely had some nice looking camo schemes. And most pictures show the jets were kept exceptionally clean for a Phantom.
  11. Forgot to add photos to my other post... I picked up this kit for cheap a few weeks ago. It's officially the "WWII U.S. Infantry at Rest" kit No. 52, with several figures in various poses. The "Light Vehicle" kit is a bonus. It also includes several gas cans, barrels, and soft stowage items that I can hang on the tanks or in the Jeep. I haven't painted the figures or stowage items up yet. It is a nice little kit. Fun to build and paint. Photos with and without flash. With flash highlights some of the "mud" splashed on it. I just finished re-reading Steven Ambrose's "Citizen Soldiers", and the guys he interviewed said mud was a constant feature of army life in the field.
  12. I have been collecting some of the Tamiya 1/48th armor kits to go with my 48th aircraft kits. I finally finished a couple of them. They are a nice break from aircraft since they go together so much easier, I don't have to worry as much about filling seams, and weathering is whatever you feel like doing. There's no such thing as too dirty when it comes to armor. I built the Sherman M4A3E8 first, then the M4A1. These are the first armor kits that I've built in over 40 years. First, the Easy 8, M4A3E8 Here's the M4A1 Why I like 1/48th armor, it's the same scale as my aircraft.
  13. Been a while since I posted photos of completed models to the site. It takes me over an hour to edit the photos and move them to Flickr, then post them up. Good thing that I'm retired I guess. Here's my Academy 1/48th F-4J in VF-84 Jolly Rogers markings. It is almost all out of the box, including decals. Only additions were the Furball cockpit decals that fit and look great. Sorry though, no photos. Trust me, they are good. I wasn't overly impressed with the Academy kit compared to the Hasegawa. Some parts are better, some not as much. In the end it looks like an F-4. I ran out of steam on this one before building up the missiles and bombs. Maybe I'll add them later...
  14. That’s fabulous, and a little scary to me. Flashbacks to an afternoon F-4 wild weasel sortie from Spangdahlem, probably in 1986. It was always difficult to find live radar signatures in Germany for the F-4G to hunt. We were tasked to find and simulate attacks on a Gepard unit on maneuvers. I forgot exactly where they were operating. The G found the Gerard’s and directed us, in the F-4E, to simulate a pop up attack on one of the Gepards. As we were climbing from about 250 ft above ground level up to about 3000 before rolling into the dive bombing attack I looked out of the left side of the canopy. I was looking right down the barrels of another Gepard watching the strobe light (I guess to simulate the cannons firing) as it tracked us. And saw 3 or 4 of his buddies spread out across the field. Yikes! I held great respect for those guys. Thanks for posting. You presented a truly outstanding model.
  15. That’s awesome. Thanks for the prop blur tutorial, with tongue firmly in cheek.
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