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  1. Building this specific variant for a Kinetic 1/48 kit (Tail 535 VX-23). Not too worried about the cockpit differences since the canopies will be closed. I have ref pics of the antenna configs but wondering if someone has an actual technical diagram of some sort? Cherrs Collin
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    Observations of Vietnam era A-7E features and loadouts

    Some more better suited to the Vietnam War era the topic is about:
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    Observations of Vietnam era A-7E features and loadouts

    Another DS1 WALLEYE loadout....weapon and drop tank...no DL pod. I knew a few DH's in my CVW-5 tour that were A-7 drivers in DS1. If it was a two 2-ship flight, sometimes Dash-2 would carry the DL pod and control both missiles. One DH got a medal for controlling his WEII into the taget...and when his wingman's broke...he dialed up the WEII already in flight and guided that weapon to the other target. Below are some other pics of interest....because A-7 + Walleye = Cool. Cheers Collin
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    RAF Mildenhall photo thread

    I think I have time in that tail as well.... BMUP bird? Collin
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    CH-53 E Academy Built

    Plenty of places in Annapolis to throw back a bourbon and swap stories about your build. Nice job on the kit and appreciate your son-in-laws service in the Iron Horse (and all those grunts appreciate the rides). Cheers Collin
  6. Wow, that is a terrific response Chuck. Speaking for I’m sure everyone, it’s very much appreciated you took the time to explain your process. Cheers Collin
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    Observations of Vietnam era A-7E features and loadouts

    Search the forums. This is a discussed topic with photos. 1970-72, no major ops up north until the Linebacker strikes. A lot of CAS and other Southern routes being supported before that. MK-82’s, CBU ROCKEYE are your major loadout options. https://www.google.com/search?q=a-7E+vietnam&prmd=mnvi&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi5jrWYmKbhAhUEw1kKHUhzC-sQ_AUoBHoECAwQBA&biw=320&bih=450 http://winjack3.384thbombgroup.com/a-7_7.html Collin
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    Observations of Vietnam era A-7E features and loadouts

    Navy: No Hughes Leased some A-7E’s to carry out some testing of the AGM-65F but that was in the 80-90’s. AGM-65F was introduced on A-6E SWIP and F-18’s, AGM-65E on the carrier came a bit later on the Hornet (and is still in use). When I was at VX-1, we brought AGM-65F & -65E to the S-3B platform in the late 90’s. Collin
  9. Filling seams with CA and rescribing, two arts you have mastered from my perspective. I am a novice in those two areas (I call myself the King of the ghost seam) and love reading your posts. I’m sure the question has been asked mulitple times before, but if not...what are your tips/tricks/methods for your filling-sanding and rescribing work? Cheers Collin
  10. Built completely out of the box with Xtradecal decals to give me a colorful test aircraft from China Lake. Simple build, kit fits very well, so I if you can live with the funny looking intake...give it a try. It will be going into my display at work, so didn't really want to weather it much. Will be putting on some drop tanks donated from a member of the boards...thanks (the kit drop tanks are just terrible). Cheers Collin
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    Best early early Hornet in 1/48th

    That “how to” would be very helpful...both for this kit and the Kinetic EA-6B. Cheers Collin
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    HB 1/72 TA-7C OOB

    Honestly, this is a great fitting little kit. If it wasn’t for the squashed intake, I would build the 1/48 model no problem. I would recommend it for a refreshing build with little hassle. Cheers Collin