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    V-4. Cause without fuel, its just an expensive paper weight!

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  1. Spook498

    Top Gun 2 Production begins

    I think the F-5s fly out of Key West as a different form of DACT.
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    F/A-18B Bu. No. 162864 - references needed

    Prior to the VFA 122/125 merger in 2010, this aircraft was modexed as 326. If that helps. There are a few pics on airliners.net and airfighters.com as well. What exactly are you looking for?
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    F-35 news roundup

    They don't have enough -35C's in inventory, to be able to make the transition, versus taking the Legacy squadrons out of service. When -146 transitioned to the Super, they got the vintage Lot 24 aircraft that were left over from CVW-5 squadrons (and had been in long term storage and picked apart during that time) from -122. The first Super that 146 got, was so stripped she was towed down with a bunch of tri-walls and had to be built. She hadn't flown in 5+ years. However, the Supers that 147 had were newer than that, so fast forward 3 or 4 years. The birds 147 had, are going through a PMI phase and are being given to 146. In turn, the 146 birds are probably going to get the Block III upgrade that NavAir keeps talking about. 137 and 192 still have airframes that range from Lot 23-25. 137s are their original transition airframes, and 192 got some more of the CVW-5 hold overs, that also had to be built.
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    F-35 news roundup

    Im glad to see the bird made it back to the boat. I wonder how much damage it actually did, and what parts of the basket it sucked down. https://news.usni.org/2018/09/04/f-35c-damaged-36249
  5. They have been in transition for awhile now. I think this is the last step before being certified Safe for Flight.
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    Trade up? 1/48 F-14s Hasegawa v. Tamiya

    At one point I went on a Hasegawa 'Cat buying frenzy. I must have picked up over 20, before I even built one. (this was before Tamiya even peeped about making one) Now that I have started to build one, Ive started selling off some of the more profitable kits. Not because its too hard, but because with the rate at which I build, and the size of my over all model collection, I will never have time to build all of them. So, Ive sold off 4 or 5, and am getting the next batch ready to go online. If you have 2 or 3 of them, keep them. At this point, they wont cost you anything. But they can teach you a lot.
  7. I knew that cat when he was stationed here at Lemoore. Its been at least 6 or 7 years ago now...
  8. https://www.furballaero-design.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=48-021
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    VA-56 A-7 hi viz scheme decals?

    So what, the fast attack carriers are chopped liver??
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    F-35 news roundup

    I would also like to point out that I currently have a VMFA unit visiting my location. They have been here 3 weeks, and even though they only brought 10 jets, half of them have been down for the last week for fuel cell issues. Its not fun when you are TAD to a Master Jet Base and cant get parts right away because the Navy doesn't have Legacy jets here anymore.
  11. The only suggestion I could make is this: Testors makes some enamel paint that is turn signal amber. Maybe experiments with a few drops in a solution of Future, and dip the windscreen. The same technique you would use for smoking canopies.
  12. I think there may be some IP differences between the MFDs and DDIs as well between the B and D models. Its not that Canada is evil, I love Canada. Its that shipping alone is almost 2 weeks. Sell or trade the D model?
  13. Hello all, As the title says, I'm looking to trade for a -18B. I need the whole kit. I would prefer to trade, but for a reasonable price, I can buy. For trade, I have all 1/48: Hasegawa F-18C, or an F-14A. Prefer to keep trades in the US. Feel free to PM me here. Thanks, Robert
  14. Emergency essential here, so no break, even though I wanted one. But even then, a model is the last thing I would get to work on when I am restoring my 1:1 1965 Ford Galaxie.... And doing homework....
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    Need 1/48 Tomcat nose gears and nose boom

    Which manufacturer?