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

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  1. VFA-113 2014 from Hasegawa F-18C?

    Message this guy and ask him nicely to review this thread. He is a retired ordie... GW8345
  2. https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel
  3. Train travel in France, Germany

    Exactly. A couple of books, my travel cigar humidor, some underwear, socks and a clean shirt, the wallet, cellphone charger, car keys (so when we get back its easy to find them) and any kind of trip documents. And some meds like my scripts, Excedrine and immodium pills.
  4. The launch bar on the Hasegawa Tomcat and Hornet kits are positionable. About the only thing you would need is the hold back, which isn't in any aircraft kit that I know of, but you can easily scratchbuild one.
  5. Train travel in France, Germany

    Thanks for the follow up! I found that people in France weren't as overly friendly as the Germans, even though I speak German, and not French. As far as flying, my family always limits our carry on to 1 backpack each, and usually a jacket or something. However, we do have big suitcases. (the wife and kids packs are on wheels. I'm still carrying the same old sea bag with shoulder straps after 25+ years. I guess I need to get with the times....) Glad you enjoyed your trip!
  6. 1/48 Kits & Decals FS/FT

    SLUF arrived all safe and sound. Deal with confidence folks!
  7. Ha! 137, 146 and 192 are all flying Lot 23-25 aircraft in frontline service. When it came time to transition from C models to the F-35, the F-35 wasn't ready, but the C's were clapped out. The early Lot aircraft that CVW 5 traded in 6+ years ago were in storage, so that's what those squadrons got.
  8. Train travel in France, Germany

    As others have posted, you can go to the respective National Railways sites for Germany and France. You can also look at travel blogs from Rick Steves and Burt Wolf. (I highly recommend Rick Steves) Keep in mind that at least in Germany, DB is the national rail company, but there are also private rail companies in certain areas that are considered shortlines or secondary. German people typically tend to be nicer than French people. (I know, we spent 3 weeks in both this last December) If you are going to be staying in a city for more than 3 days, check out airbnb or homeaway for renting an apartment as opposed to a hotel room. If you do rent hotel rooms, try hotels.com. If you rent 10 nights through them, the 11th is free. If you do rent a car in Germany, get the GPS, and be prepared to pay for parking just about everywhere. I would not rent a car if you are going to be in Paris. And if you fly into Paris, there is a train that takes you from Charles DeGaul into town, its the RER B train. However, if you take a cab, beware. Normal cab fair is price fixed between 50 and 60 Euro depending on which side of town you go to. We had a guy accost us, and wanted 70. He was probably like an Uber or something, but I didn't want to chance it. Youtube has lots of good videos as well.
  9. F/A-18 color question

    Something that needs to be remembered, is this is at least in part, the CONA paint scheme. It may very well have had touch ups of one color or another. Also, this is one of their original Lot 25s that they have had since 2003. I don't think it has ever had a complete repaint. In the 11 years I have been at Lemoore, this jet is on its 5th color scheme. I think all they ever do is a sand, dust and touch up. In order for it to get a complete respray, I believe FRC would have to do it. YMMV.
  10. Upgrading the sleeping cabin

    I too had a curtain that went around my doors and windows. I used to idle the truck, but once I bought it, if I didn't need to, I didn't. I was lucky that I had a factory installed fan under the upper cabinet, so I could turn that on and have fan noise all night, if a reefer didn't grace me with his presence. (I hauled a chemical tank) I also had a satellite dish (the manual, hang on a pole outside the truck, kind) a play station 2 that doubled as a dvd player, and satellite radio. Also a laptop and an aircard. (if that tells you how long ago it was) A good mattress, carpet in the sleeper, some nice sheets, and good pillows. Also, try to air the truck out, regularly take out your trash, don't keep any night time bottles in the truck longer than needed (and dispose of them properly!) and don't let your dirty laundry pile up. These things go a long way to keeping the inside of the truck smelling good, along with some febreeze, ozium spray and a nice air freshner or 2....
  11. Thomas, if you order it, you can use my address in the US, and I will forward it to you. You just have to pay for the extra shipping from me to you. If you like...
  12. Spook EF-14A "Shadowcat"

    Or the elephant cage....