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  1. Greetings Fellow Modelers, I know that I may as well be looking for the Arc of the Covenant (re: Indiana Jones), but does anyone know where I might be able to find the Cutting Edge 1/48 MH-53J Pave Low cockpit conversion kit for the Revell CH-53? I've looked in every dusty corner of the Internet without success. Any leads will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Larry
  2. Makes great sense. No pylon it is. Thanks Murph. Larry
  3. Nice angles! Thanks Jari. Larry
  4. Hi Richard, Thank you for sharing the article and the other pics. Very helpful indeed. Larry
  5. Greetings all, One of my future projects is an AF CV-22. Already got the GWH 1/48 and Caracal decals. I try to build my planes to be as accurate as possible. But the below recent picture of a CV-22 with some new external hardware has me a little confused. What the heck are these things (highlighted by the arrows)? Any expertise is greatly appreciated. Larry
  6. Thank you for your service Dave. I'm going back to my plane...
  7. Thanks Jari. That center pylon explains my weak visual memories of the B-61 being so tight against the airframe.
  8. Thank you sir. That makes great sense. We always knew that if and when they launched, there probably wouldn't be a base for them to return to.
  9. Thanks Bob. I did get the Eduard's B-61s. They are good looking bombs.
  10. Hi Jari, thank you for sharing the pic. This is where my confusion lies. Since I wasn't able to get that close to the aircraft when loaded, my memory from the early 80's felt like it was strapped directly under the fuselage, like in your pic. I'm still wondering if the B-61 was loaded like this or had some sort of pylon in between.
  11. Thanks Slater. I can totally relate to those mass load exercises. They weren't the most fun but definitely built a lot of character!
  12. Wow, I wasn't expecting such BS from what I thought was a fairly benign question. So, allow me to defend the unappreciated who protected you and your family while you served your 4 years in the AF. I entered the AF in 1980 and yes, I was a security specialist who was a security policeman. In my first two assignments, I supported and protected nuclear weapons that were on war ready alert. Yes, it was Victor Alert because I worked in the QRA for 5 years. I think that might make me a little knowledgeable of this mission. As the years went by you are correct, the name was changed to Security Forces to highlight the change from garrison support to emphasize the need to be more trained and ready to handle security and protection both on and off base, during peacetime and wartime. By the time, I retired after 30 years in 2010 as a Chief Master Sergeant from a security forces squadron, I had served 4 combat deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. Please know that these weren't sitting on the base deployments. These were off the FOB conducting mounted and dismounted combat patrols getting shot at, ambushed, and in hot firefights. Our security forces men and women who were assigned to Army MP battalions earned countless medals for heroism. The two Bronze Star Medals that I was awarded for my actions during combat had nothing to with me being a cop, a security policeman or security forces member. It was about serving our country and making sure that all of us returned home in one piece. Unfortunately, that didn't always happen. So, I'm sorry "Mr e8n2" that you have such little regard for these men and women who serve in all different ways and missions because of the title they were given and didn't ask for. Thank you for serving for less than 4 years as a security policeman and cross training into a radar ops. You served your nation and not everyone does that. So, while I take a break from being a chief of police, during these fun times, not far from you in Travis, I will go back and enjoy making model airplanes of aircraft to honor those I served with.
  13. Greetings all, At some point I will be making the 1/48 Hasegawa F-4E, assigned to the 52TFW at Spangdahlem AB, Germany. In the early 1980's I was stationed there as a member of the security forces unit and supported the "special weapons" mission. I am looking for information concerning two things: 1) What was the air-to-air payload on the aircraft while it was on Victor Alert. I saw another modeler had placed to AIM-7s on the rear stations and nothing else. 2) While on Victor Alert, what type of pylon/adapter was the B-61 strapped to under the center station? I'm sure no one makes one of these, so what could I use to make something similar? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  14. Wow, now I'm feeling peer pressured to build a C-141.
  15. Very impressive Russ! I plan on making a very similar Vietnam era AF A-7. I hope it comes out half as well as yours.
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