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Hi all

I took these photos at RAF Leeming a couple of years ago. They are of a 100 Sqn Hawk carrying Sidewinder acquisition rounds. My question is: why are there two different styles?

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Is the first one a 'live' one and the second one just a dummy? Or is the second one used for something else?

MTIA

Simon

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It looks like the top one has a live seeker head dummy motor whereas the lower pic looks like just a dummy round. They look very similar to the ones we fitted to SHAR's

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The top one is a straight Acqui AIM9, the bottom one is, I believe, a RAIDS pod. It allows crews to carry out ACM and collect all the data on board the aircraft. It saves having a massive instrumented range and also means you can train anywhere, rather than having to go to a specific area.

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The top one is a straight Acqui AIM9, the bottom one is, I believe, a RAIDS pod. It allows crews to carry out ACM and collect all the data on board the aircraft. It saves having a massive instrumented range and also means you can train anywhere, rather than having to go to a specific area.

Yes, that's right.

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Didn't realise the bottom one was an actual aqui pod. Cool, always ready to be corrected. You certainly learn lots on this site.

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The RAIDS (Rangeless Airborne Instrumented Debriefing System) pod, is a common sight on RAF and NATO aircraft. If you check photo's of RAF Typhoons you will notise the pods being carried on the outer Missile rail but these have larger bulges/rings on them than the ones used on the Hawks.

Typhoon RAIDS pods

1/32nd pods are future releases from Two mikes, but would be quite easy to make yourself in small 1/72nd scale.

ACMI pods

Shaun.

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Thanks for all the replies everyone - much appreciated.

I guess training rounds aren't as 'sexy' as full-on Sidewinders, so the mainstream kit makers won't be bothering with including them in their kits. Hopefully the after-market boys can fill in the gap...in 1/48 as well please Two Mikes!

Cheers

Simon

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In 48th both are dead easy to make using Evergreen plastic rod and 5 thou for the 'straps' / mounting points - I've done this on umpteen Shar FA2s. Compared to rectifying the 'age' issues with the Airfix FA2 kit, they are EASY! Use a kit or good aftermarket AIM9 (Hase?) to get the length (or google AIM9 dimensions), from there the rest is easy

Go on, be bold, have a go!

Nick

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Thread back from the dead! I'm going to put one on my Phantom. Rather than use some plastic rod though, surely it's simpler just to cut the fins off an AIM-9 from the spares box?

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14 hours ago, Lord Riot said:

Thread back from the dead! I'm going to put one on my Phantom. Rather than use some plastic rod though, surely it's simpler just to cut the fins off an AIM-9 from the spares box?

Yup. That's all you need to do. Easy job. If you want to be a rivet counter, the rear of the body tube needs drilling out. The real aqui body was hollow for some of its length.

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