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  1. The F-111C is essentially an F-111A with long wings. Building it as an -E, or -F, model would entail lots of work, especially when there are kits available to make those marks OOB. The biggest modification would entail changing the intakes to make the -E and -F, and adding a Pave Tack pod if you were doing an -F. My recommendation is to make it either a -C model, or an -A model by shortening the wings. Otherwise, buy another kit to do the -E or -F. Sometimes a bargain means lots of work. FYI: I worked avionics on the old -A models at Nellis.
  2. Thanks for the reply, admiral. I suspect that ongoing MSIP II upgrades probably included the hardware/software to make dropping bombs possible from an F-15C....
  3. Some ANG units have equipped their F-15C's with the Sniper AN/AAQ-33 Advanced Targetting Pod, apparently so these air superiority fighters can ID air targets at a greater distance. My question is: does the Sniper pod give the F-15C an air-to-ground capability? The Sniper pod has many features, in addition to the long-range ID function, such as laser designator, laser spot tracker, GPS, etc., which, if used, should give whatever aircraft that is capable of carrying the Sniper pod an A2G capability. Does anyone know if this is possible? If it is, then mounting some GBU's/JDAM's on a F-15C would be possible. My interest is because I live near the 144FW of the California ANG, which has always been a dedicated air defense unit. This unit has now equipped some of their F-15C's with the Sniper pod. The 194th FS/144FW has also been redesignated as an "Expeditionary Fighter Squadron", and has been deployed to Europe recently as part of the European Theater Security Package. Prior to the F-15C, the 144FW was equipped with F-16C/D Vipers, which had A2G capability. Could we be seeing "mission creep" for the 144FW (and other ANG units), to include A2G? Maybe I'm just overthinking this thing.
  4. According to Dana Bell's book"Air Force Colors, Vol 2", the white square/block S belongs to the 34th bomb group of the 3rd division of the 8th bomber command, after 13 September, 1943.
  5. Thanks for checking on the B-58; it will be spectacular when it gets there. I will be there in May for Open Cockpit day; maybe the Hustler will be on display then.
  6. If the "new" B-58 is out, some pix please. Thanks.
  7. It looks like those bombs are included with the new Kittyhawk Su-17 kit (1/48th), along with a bunch of other weapons:
  8. The reality is that there were variations to the official paint diagram, one being the propellor markings. The white/red/white stripes are on the front of the blades, with the rear of the blades having yellow tips. There are many examples of this online. Not sure why the props were painted this way; just an observation.
  9. Testors 1170 is correct; it has been renamed over the years, but today it is called "Flat Light Tan". Cut 1170 with a little white and it really looks the part. And in the little square bottles, it is widely available and priced right.
  10. These paint color topics are always interesting, probably because there is no definitive answer. For WWII "desert pink" color I like Testors flat light tan (#1170), cut with a bit of white. This is the Testors paint in the little square bottles, so it's widely available.
  11. Do the blow-in doors move? If not, it appears the configuration is for on-the-ground, static display, with engine off. I viewed the excellent video, and it showcases your excellent scratchbuilding skills. Congratulations on a great build.
  12. The F-111A was not used for CAS, but was used as a precision strike bomber. This pic is of a pre-production aircraft that was used to establish weapons loading configurations. While interesting, such a load was never used operationally. I worked avionics on F-111A's 1969-72, and one of my systems was the bombing computer (both NCU and BCU). I never saw anything like the pictured is pure fantasy, except for testing purposes.
  13. We need a new-tool AH-1G in 1/48th, the original Huey Cobra. This is the one that started it all, yet kit manufacturers insist on ignoring it, and instead give us variants. A new 1/48th AH-1G, please!!!
  14. Don't forget all the nice aftermarket from Scaledown, located in Australia. The 1/48th kits can be enhanced with Scaledown parts. Also, I agree completely that the absolute best F-111 kits are the 1/72nd Hasegawa kits; too bad Hasegawa doesn't scale-up these molds and make us all happy.