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  1. Testors Yellow Zinc Chromate was the proper color for the inside of all panels, except for the wheel wells of course. And of course it would be rather dirty. As far as the engine area being opened, it was, if you took a flash light and shined it up the exhuast area you could see the engine bay. HTH Reddog
  2. I just checked some of my references and all the pictures of early birds shows that there are no chaff dispenser on A-7D's. Reddog
  3. A fleet squadrons usually had between three and four TARPs jets on hand and had about three to four pods but would only have one (rarely two) configured with pods unless they were flying on/off the boat. Reddog
  4. I believe he means SURGE as in a event. I.E. being deployed with very little heads up, or the "SURGE" in theater. Reddog
  5. I would say quite often, when I was in Tomcats we flew TARPS a lot. Reddog
  6. I worked on A-7E's so I can't comment on how the Air Force did their flaps upon shut down. For us we normally had the flaps in the up position prior to engine shut down. The leading and tailing edge flaps where connected but it was possible to drop one without the other by pulling circut breakers. It is possible for the ailerons to droop a little but not much, maybe four or five inches. I know that later in life the A-7D had chaff dispensers just aft of the tail hook, two on either side just aft of the hook point but I don't know if they where installed on the A-7 you are doing. The chaff
  7. The A-7 ailerons did not act like flaps and only would slightly droop. Also, the leading edge flaps down the trailing edge flaps would be down fully, they where connected. Usually the ailerons would be in the neutral position and may droop a little but not much. HTH Reddog
  8. FWIW Your ailerons are positioned incorrectly, both should not be dropped, they worked like regular ailerons and not flap. Reddog
  9. Looks perfect, great job. Reddog
  10. The A-7, A-6, A-4, AV-8B, EA-6B, EA-6A, S-3 and a few others I can't remember off the top of my head, used the same drop tank, the AERO 1D. The only difference between them is the fin configuration. Reddog
  11. Yes, the tanks where the same, you just need to move the fins around. The A-7 used three fins for the inboard stations and two for the outboard. IIRC the S-3 used the X configuration. All you have to do is move the fins around. HTH Reddog
  12. If most of the dimensions are a little off the aircraft will not look correct. I looked at that review and the nose does not look correct, even if it's only a few millimeters off. And the weapons are useless, unless you want to do cartoon verison of them. Reddog
  13. Okay, maybe a little.............but not on a day like today, it's cold as a witch's --- ! I would miss it a lot more if there where still Tomcats on the deck, never got use to Lego's rolling around the roof. Reddog
  14. That kind of shot makes me glad I retired. I bet it's cold as all up on that roof and the wind cuts through you like a knife, I don't miss those days. Karl, stay safe! Reddog
  15. Alf, that chart is totally whacked! Station 2 and 7 where dry stations, stations 1, 3, 6, and 8 where wet stations. FLIR squadrons often flew a drop tank on station 3 and a pod on station 6, non FLIR squadrons normally had a drop tank on station 3 but sometimes on 6. One thing that is wrong with that chart is it says the A-7E carried the GBU-8, that was an Air Force one weapon. And, the AGM-12 Bullpup was already pulled from service shortly after the A-7E came out so VA-82 would not have carried it with those markings. Also, a little know fact, you could put Sidewinders on station 1 and 8
  16. Contact mrvark, he's the Air Force weapons expert, he made the post right above yours. Reddog
  17. Hasegawa's load charts are only good for one thing...............a good laugh, that's about it. I did three years in VA-82 as an Ordnanceman. It's is possible to load drop tanks on those stations, but they could not transfer fuel. We did put tanks there a couple of time to ferry them back and forth from somewhere. V/R Reddog
  18. Just to let you know, VA-82 was not a FLIR Squadron so the FLIR Pod would not be an authorzied store. Also, the midboard stations, stations 2 and 7 where dry stations so the drop tanks would not go there either. Reddog
  19. They may paint a blue stripe around the nose once it's built up but I'm not sure. I haven't seen too many "all blue" Mk 80 Series Inerts used by the Air Force, with the exception of the BDU-45. Most of the inert bombs I've seen the A/F use where green NTP with a single blue stipe on the nose. We need one of the A/F munitions guys to check in here, they would have better info then me, I'm going off limit expereince with A/F ordnance. Reddog
  20. What Joe said but to add, all of the inert Mk 80 Series bombs I have seen the Air Force use have been green with one blue strip on the nose. The guidance section would cover that blue strip and the bomb would be of NTP (Non-Thermally Protected) type, ie, no rough surface. The guidance and tail fin (Airfoil Group - AFG) would be green but a slightly different shade. HTH Reddog
  21. Looks like the real thing!!!! Don't forget that lever, or the RIO is going to be eating IP, that lever was harness lock lever, very important on arrested landings. Reddog
  22. TDD = Target Detecting Device, ie prox fuze. Also note, USN/USMC Sidewinders (AIM-9G, H, L and M's) do not have those stringers in the exhuast area and use the new style nose cones. Reddog EDIT: Also, the TDD on the USN/USMC Sidewinders are different, they are slightly longer and have round windows.
  23. I believe you are talking about the TDD Window cover, which is located just aft of the guidance section. For USN we usually took this cover off prior to loading but have seen tons of photos of Air Force planes with winders loaded and the cover still installed. All you have to do to replicate this cover is use tape, cover the area and paint it red then hang a RBF from it. As for the nose cone, if you are doing a late 50's/early 60's bird with a early winder, the nose cones where different from what they are today. Just take a straw, slide it on the nose, fill the end with putty and sand flat,
  24. Sorry I don't. I started using this method over 25 years ago for my 1/48 scale A-7 and have done it a few times since then. It works great for 1/48 scale and larger but kind of dicey for 1/72 scale (which I mainly do). I have done it a few times for 1/72 scale but like I said, it's a little tricky and if you are not careful you will have a melted Sidewinder on your hands. One of these days I will get around to taking a few pics of my A-7, I did it right after I left A-7's and it has every detail, right down to the arming wires for the CBU's. Reddog
  25. The way I've always done it is use what's called "Heat Shrink" that you can get at just about any electronics repair store, it used to shield wires when you splice them together. Get a size that is slightly larger in diameter then the missile, slide it over the nose and make sure you leave enough hanging off the front to make the rounded part. You can use a hot air dryer or if your really careful a lighter to shrink the heat shrink down to conform to the nose of the missile and while it is still warm smash the end part that is over the nose of the missile flat, then once it's cooled and hard
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