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  2. Gabor, At this Shanghai model show, we're their outher manufacturers besides GWH? Was anything else new anouce? Brad
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  4. is that Tom Wood's F86? He has two Mustangs, an F86 and a Mig15 that I know of. gary
  5. that's another issue the Army is facing. Barrel life with the newer lightweight barrels and hotter burning powders is starting to show it's ugly face so I've been told. Then there's the excessive chamber pressures issue that's cracking trunions and carriages of the new guns. The old 155 used to have a 10,000 factor number for bore life. That works out to 10K shots with a charge seven. Would be far greater with lighter charges (say 15,000 with a charge five green bag). That was the main issue with the 175 gun. It had a 80 round bore life with zone three charges! Plus the gun was pretty much unsafe on a perfect day to shoot. While the eight inch would go the 10,000 factor number with ease. Your the tax payer, and your buying these barrels. My battery in RVN shot roughly 12000 rounds every thirty days. Some months we shot far more, and some months we shot a little less. Charlie Battery shot about the same, and Alpha shot about two thirds the amount. During Tet in 68 we shot out the ammo dumps in Chu Lai, DaNang, and San Francisco. Started shooting ammo made in 1944 and by mid May were shooting new stuff. They were unloaded directly out of LST's to landing nets to be flown all over I-Corp. Now my battery shot roughly 110,000 rounds a year just in H&I's. Charlie was shooting just about the same. Then you had your basic fire missions added on top of this number. Usually 75 to a 125 rounds a day. We shot so much that they actually cut the rounds shot per tube, per day due to shortages. Some 105 units averaged 450 shots a day, and of course some shot about 200 a day for the whole battery. I've seen 155 SPG units that didn't shoot a hundred rounds a week, while we were shooting 250 a day right next to them. Never could figure that one out! Barrel life is really only a part of the equation. Breeches take a serious beating, and then the recoil system goes south often. We had a gun flown out every two weeks for a breech or recoil system failure from the heat alone. I've seen barrels glow in the dark! There is no way to make sanity of putting that much steel in the air, and those 19 year old kids don't really care. gary
  6. you are correct. Yet the 155mm bore is considered a medium piece of arty. The United States does not use anything bigger anymore. I can see why, but there are times it's needed. gary
  7. In places this is only fraction of what I wanted to be included but technology and scale . . . Best regards Gabor
  8. a 155 is not considered heavy artillery. It's listed as medium. I think rockets have taken over the slot filled by the 175 gun and 8" howitzers. That kinda makes sense to me. My old unit is now part of the First Armored CAV at Ft. Hood, and they seem to have a little bit of everything in their inventory. From rockets to M109a7's (which they don't like). gary
  9. Hello Fulcrum1, Thank you for your kind words, have a nice day Pat
  10. I love this! The Trumpeter kit is the only one made of the A3D except for the 1/72 scale Hasegawa offering some years ago. I’ve always felt this was a much under represented subject in the modeling world. I hope that one day, someone will offer a 1/48 injection molded kit of the USAF evil blue twin of the A3D, the B-66...
  11. One idea: It's the helicopter version of a Trophy-like hard-kill system. Lob an RPG at it, some small radars pick up the RPG and fire a counter-measure intended to swat the RPG out of the sky. If they haven't adapted this to planes and helicopters yet, they should. I guess it's some form of electronic warfare stuff, though. Another idea: I'm not saying it is aliens, but...
  12. Next, I turned my attention to the wheel wells. Trumpeter has you mount both these to a bulkhead and install them as one unit. I chose to install them individually, and cut the relevant section of the bulkhead out. I will add plastic card strips for fuselage bracing in lieu of what Trumpeter envisioned. The Eduard PE undercarriage set was used. The angled piece which has the landing gear strut will install later, but I went ahead and assembled and painted it now. I added the decals from Trumpeter, just to break up the white. This is MMP white, with Aquagloss prior to a light wash. If you haven’t tried Aquagloss... give it a go, you won’t look back. There are a few miscellaneous PE items left to add, which will come later on, when the risk of knocking them off is far lower. Right wheel bay Left wheel well Part of gear struts Next up will be the bomb bay, for which I have opted for the Eduard PE set. Stay tuned!
  13. I haven’t seen many in progress builds of this kit, so this thread will serve to highlight construction of Trumpeter’s 1/48 Whale. This will be the A3D-2 in the markings of VAH-11. Ive been collecting aftermarket and reference materials for quite some time leading up to this build. Feel free to follow along and offer any tidbits of information or feedback along the way. So, let’s get started! Aftermarket being used: Furball Decals sheet 48022 Furball Canopy and wheel masks Eduard Cockpit PE Eduard undercarriage PE Eduard Bomb Bay PE Hypersonic Models Engines Steel Beach nose replacement Steel Beach seats Steel Beach tailhook Steel Beach EA-3B conversion (for the dove tail) About every reference book available! Special thanks to Darren Roberts who dug deep into his stash to find one more buddy refueling pod, which this aircraft used prior to being converted to the KA-3B tanker variant later. Intended aircraft, s/n 142664 Aftermarket and references (not all shown) I began by cutting the right half of the instrument panel off, as this simply does not exist on the A3D-2, the Eduard PE set was then installed. The floor was chipped in the high traffic areas using the hairspray method. This is MMP dark gull grey over AK aluminum. The seats are from Steel Beach and improve the kit offerings. The rest of the cockpit was completed with the PE set. The pilot seat has a separate headrest that I will add later, as it is likely to be lost during installation. A few avionics and electronics items were dry brushed. Here, the Ginter Part 1 book is invaluable, as it shows the cockpit layout in great detail. All the various boxes, switches and dials are described in detail. Additionally, the naval museum has a great 360 degree cockpit view of an EA-3B along with a Facebook page called “cockpit360”, which has an NTA-3B.
  14. Technically 59-2569 is an early G, but you're correct that there are some inaccuracies in Mr. Styling's linework for that profile. From the rear line of the forward (vs chin) radome - i.e. just forward of the windscreen - the basic contours and panel lines for any BUFF with EVS should be the same. Phase VI just added the larger radom forward of that line, and of course the new antennae. I haven't done an overlay comparison but it looks as if he did correctly capture the difference in the forward nose profiles betweem the early and late Gs.
  15. Yes - last 3 copies of CD48042, the early A3D sheet. Also, the 1/72 scale SR-71 Part 1. (4 copies) CD48042 - 1/48 A-3 Skywarrior CD72088 - 1/72 SR-71 Part 1
  16. They deadlined cannons in Syria A small Marine artillery battalion fired more rounds than any artillery battalion since Vietnam. “They fired more rounds in five months in Raqqa, Syria, than any other Marine artillery battalion, or any Marine or Army battalion, since the Vietnam war,” said Army Sgt. Major. John Wayne Troxell, the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It’s an explosive revelation that sheds light on the immense level of lethal force brought to Raqqa and northern Syria in support of U.S. counter-ISIS operations. play_circle_filled Marine artillery barrage of Raqqa was so intense two howitzers burned out The artillery barrage of Raqqa was so intense U.S. Marines burned out the barrels of two M777 howitzers while supporting U.S.- backed Syrian fighters. Shawn Snow “In five months they fired 35,000 artillery rounds on ISIS targets, killing ISIS fighters by the dozens,” Troxell told Marine Corps Times during a roundtable discussion Jan. 23. “We needed them to put pressure on ISIS and we needed them to kill ISIS.” To put the numbers in context: During all of Operation Desert Storm, both the Marines and the Army fired a little more than 60,000 artillery rounds. In the invasion of Iraq, just over 34,000 rounds were fired.
  17. I doubt you'll find a precise FS595 or Pantone color, but the SR-71 suits were a "pumpkin" orange color, vs the red-orange "International Orange" hue used on post-Challenger shuttle flights. According to the link below, the SR-71 type is a David Clark S1030 pressure suit - some time with Google images should give you a pretty good idea of the actual color used. http://www.wvi.com/~sr71webmaster/press_suit001.html
  18. Finished the Mosquito two days ago, Friday August 7. Soon's I get some shelf space cleared, it'll be in sight till some future project wants its space, then it's downstairs to the chest of drawers. I have another (German) Mosquito to assemble to keep this one company for a while. Thanks, everybody!
  19. Oh, let's see ... The way out of left field side of my imagination says it's an area denial weapon. The less far out in left field side of my imagination says if they are doing this in daylight then it is a distraction from what actually is being tested, but since they are doing it in daylight that's what opposition intelligence would expect it to be, but anybody friend of foe of any skill in any intel outfit would see through that real quick, so what would be the point of wasting resources on doing the deception, therefore it must be the real deal, which means it is a deception. The logical part of my brain says the setup could be something they would use at night and are testing in daylight so as to build a brain database of how close in proximity the sensed target is to the helo body. The logical part of my brain also says, ya know, that looks a lot like something the neighbor kid threw together with a couple cookie sheets, an Arduino board, and some stuff from Radio Shack.
  20. Huh, never seen a boomless/hoistless MH-47 before! Tim
  21. I have the same decal sheet. That is why I am asking. I'm not sure what color I need to use.
  22. Are there any plans for a sheet in 1/48 and 1/72 of Kadena Eagles from the 90's to present? Dave
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