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FIGHTS ON

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  1. FIGHTS ON

    Vietnam Combat-SAR SH-3A

    Peter, great link - thank you, not just for the pictures but the links to some of the sobering, yet thrilling stories behind the rescues. We seem to live in an era today where the title of "hero" is all too quickly bestowed on , frankly, average individuals. Whilst NONE of the individuals you detail in your book would dare call themselves "heros", I frankly find their leadership and sense of duty (not just to nation, but to brother officers) most humbling to read. That you have brought their stories to life ( balanced with an excellent strategic - yet almost futile - overview of the Rolling Thunder campaign) makes this simply the best Air Combat read I have made. Whilst not available to me at the time, this surely must be a recommended (mandatory??) read fro those attending Staff Course???? Following my read of your excellent book, I have just finished in quick order 3 books all centred around CSAR ops @ NKP: Dave Richardson (pilot of Jolly 09) "Vietnam Air Rescues", George Marrett's "Cheating Death and Richard Diller's Firefly (Air war over Laos). These books clearly cued me up to read Kenny Fields "Rescue of STREETCAR 304" as both George Marrett and Richardson took part in the rescue. [ Those that have made Tamiya's excellent A-1J Skyraider - the box art is of George Marrett's A-1 "Sock-it-to-them"] It strikes me that with Vietnam War aircraft such a popular modelling theme, that these aircraft schemes seem to be missing from the available decal sheets. I wonder if the number of Silver Stars and Cong Medal of Honours (spelt with a "u"!) awarded to CSAR missions outweigh those awarded to other mission types? Mind you, I am struggling to find Air Wing 16 A-4 decals from this period, yet 2 subsequent Vice & Presidential nominees flew and were shot down flying them! Anyway, enough rambling - enough inspiration on this thread now to have-a-go at trying a HS-6 SH-3.......
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    F/A-18E VFA-143 1:72

    superb - I have one of the new 1/72 F-4J kits from academy in the queue - these kits are very well engineered, but you seem to have delivered a real stunner there. Thanks for posting
  3. your models seem to get better with each post you make. This Barracuda of yours is now my favourite - simply outstanding. Thank you for taking the time to post & share with us
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    Another Tamiya Tomcat

    easily one of the best schemes to be seen on an F-14. The more I see of these Tamiya F-14s the more I know I will eventually have to give in & but one
  5. Great looking plane and your build captures the "look" just right. Timely, I have just finished reading: "Bloody Sixteen: The USS Oriskany and Air Wing 16 during the Vietnam War" without doubt the best aviation read I have ever read. Plenty of truly heroic tales from that period, of course featuring VF-162. and "yes" that "Hunters" scheme is by far the best F-8 colours IMHO
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    F-4J(UK) Phantom

    Andrew, very nice and I know how long this kit has been on your "to do list" ..... (as if I can throw stones !) I think the compliments already posted capture better than any words that I can throw on a post, just how impressive it is already looking + as you very well know I cannot make a positive comment on a crab scheme... Offer of Academy Aim-9L and -7Ms (close enough to skyslug?) remains if required. I have 2x 1/32 maritime jets in the very, very final stages of build - so I'll race you to the line to get them posted. (Retirement is suiting me very well!!) regards
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    Westland Wyvern s.4 early

    amazing build and beautifully weathered. I always smile when I read the "early" title in an aircraft that was only in service for about a year(?). Is there a Wyvern expert out there that can confirm that the wingtips did or didn't fold on frontline aircraft? My only reference is my very local pub named called the Wyvern (named I believe because one ran off the runway into it back in the '50's) which has loads of pictures, but I must confess to be more focused on the drinking whilst there
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    Vietnam Combat-SAR SH-3A

    just found this topic as it seems to answer most of my questions on USN CSAR SH-3s from Vietnam. I am currently reading "Bloody Sixteen: The USS Oriskany and Air Wing 16 during the Vietnam War" - probably the most sobering book on Air Combat & leadership that I have ever read. Particularly fascinating is the stories of some of the SH-3 SAR efforts (in support of the Oriskany) which has lead me to do some research into the SH-3s in USN use at the time. So may pass a genuine "thanks" to ALL the posts above and there are some great links. Clearly I am already looking to see what could potentially be done from the new Airfix (Westland!) Seakings (they supply a 5 bladed tail rotor, but what else I've Still to figure out). Having "grown up(!)" around RN Mk5/6 & Junglies most of my life, I was shocked to see that in Andyf117's gonavy.jp link there is a variant of the Seaking (RS-3(?)) that seems to have a cabin door on the port side as well? Is this right or a reversed negative published by the author? It seems that the USN SH-3s not only had their ASW gear ripped out, but extra doors & windows (& armour I guess??) added. I understand from my history why the USN kept CVS (ASW variants of Essex class CVs up on Yankee station) ready for a potential chinese sub threat, and it was these CVS embarked SH-3 sqns that supplied the crews & airframes for the CSAR. Can anyone point me in a direction where I might read more on the make up of these CVS embarked air wings? Thank you
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    Bargain Harrier

    Dec 2018 update : DCS - Razbam clearly got their Harrier (AV-8B night Attack) sorted and was on offer at the Black Friday Sales at £29 ish. I took the plunge and wow......It's taken over a week to figure out how to hover, but the slow rolling landings etc are pretty straight forward. Some one has even made a MOD for HMS Hermes during the 1982 Falklands period (which I cannot get t work) but if you are serious about a Harrier, then goggle some of the videos on youtube to get some idea just how good 5 years since the 1st post n this topic has changed Flight Sims. I don't have photoshop(?) but I am seriously impressed with some of the "painting" skills that players have added to the DCS series. The weathering and markings that people are doing at home is as good (certainly better than my plastic efforts) as any on this website (again - just google the new Heatblur F-14 for DCS and just look at the painting on that.
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    F-14D Super Tomcat Trumpeter 1:32

    great choice of plane, well built AND that weathering.....oh to even come close in my efforts....thanks for posting
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    1/48 Kinetic F/A-18A - New tool announced!

    Will Flying Leatherneck Decals sell this sheet (or some of it) as a stand alone decal? (Love that new 1/32 F/A-18D sheet that's in the pipeline by the way - quality of your sheets is excellent. from a very satisfied customer
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    Hasegawa newsletters 2019 - 01, 02, 03 & 04

    will we see the Eduard boxing to follow then, I wonder? Their excellent 1/48 A-4C and 1/72 A-1H have been missing for far too long and demanding far too much money on evilbay. great to welcome them back
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    DCS World - the Tomcat is here!

    I only just got their F/A-18 and it's taken me a week to get good at landing on the carrier - and that's a plane with more modern fly-by-wire controls. So goodness knows how difficult the F-14 must be. I hear that they have even modelled the longitudinal "wobble" (excessive yawing) into this Sim model......... And that I can't find ANY YouTube vids yet of the armchair experts showing "how easy" it is to fly tells me hat she must be a real challenge
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    Revell 1/72 F-22

    good looking build - I have to ask, is that one of the 18 confirmed destroyed F-22s left in the hangar at Tyndall when the Hurricane passed thru the other week?
  15. Stunningbuild, and yet another example of why I am going to have to eventually give in to the price and get one of these kits. Definitely the "D" as you have done I think and in addition to Stephens answer, VFA-31 also removed the refuelling door on their Super Hornets in 2008/9 (?) for their Persian Gulf deployment. Same reason I understand, the USAF KC-135 basket attachment on their refuelling hose, frequent smash, break door, ingest into engine = bad news
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