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    Late 70s P-3C Load Outs

    In the 70’s, the P-3 community was very heavy into ASW (a long lost art IMO). Secondary missions of maritime patrol and mining were also practiced. Look up Destructor mines in google. White or orange colored exercise mines based on MK-80 series bombs are an option. P-3’s with Rockeye on the wing pylons are legal but rare in the 70’s. Harpoon didn’t come deploy air launched until ‘79-ush. There are some older time P-3 folks that will be along to share what they know for sure. Cheers Collin
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    Have you seen my TPS report?

    Honestly, some random Tamiya light grey and brown paints that “looked about right” after looking at a few online reference photos. Cheers Collin
  3. Oh...here it is. Out of the Box 1/48 Wolfpack T-38A with aftermarket Wolfpack-D USNTPS decals. Seatbelts made with Milliput fine white. Used Gia color 011 Flat White which went on like a champ thinned with some MLT. Decals went on very well, including the cockpit instruments. Still debating on light weathering. Having seen these birds up close over my growing years in Pax River...these were kept very clean. I might just make the major control surfaces stand out a tad but not much more. Kit goes together very well. Cheers Collin
  4. VAQ-136 Growler...correct. Collin
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    S-3 VS-21 Fighting Redtails

    Make sure you get the S-3A boxing. That’s the model they flew off the Enterprise. They didn’t start flying the B model until they transferred to Japan/NAS Atsugi with CVW-5 in 1991. Cheers Collin
  6. Interesting repaint areas on top of RAG Super. Looks like some 35XXX on the upper flaps. Cheers Collin
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    A-1J Skyraider, Tamyia 1/48th scale

    Your little touches add a lot to your build!! Cheers Collin
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    It's wasnt' all fun folks....don't be mislead (and this looks like a nice night, half ball high in close...not a bad place to be):
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    One of my favs when it comes to S-3 vids. Mike (Callsign SNODS) and I were crewed together. Good dude (for an 04 hinge). Excellent stick and good behind the boat. He is also the pilot of the S-3 barricade video that floats around. We had some intersting flights together (CASE 3 final when the Tomcat in front of us crapped itself and almost went in the drink, on downwind together when a F-18 barely avoided going in the water after a cat shot 10K below weight, a few flights in the Gulf when we went places we shouldn't have). He let me fly the jet a lot. I don't know if I took this video, or one of my squadron mates (I have a ton of old 10mm tapes and such on my model desk I need to convert...a ton of flying vids from my years in Japan and at Pax). I always went flying with my camera or vid camera. As for the ball flying: little low in close, two wire. Kitty Hawk had a huge deck compared to Indy....but I really liked Indy. I remember being the lead COTAC taking a new LT pilot and the other 7 S-3's (and two ES-3's) flying off of Indy and cross-decking to Kitty. We formed up (off of Hawaii...great flying weather) and came cracking down for a nice break. We were first across the ramp and I remember saying "are we going to land"...there was so much more time from crossing the ramp to hook engagement on the Kitty because of the larger deck. We didn't have any CATMs onboard (unlike the Hornets cross decking with us)...so the BOSS (an S-3 guy) let myself and SNIF (my pilot) run the deck. Would have to look at my log book...but we probably got 4 more traps after the first one. Helped the folks on the roof get used to operations again, and customary....we bought the BOSS a 6-pack of his fav soda for the extra traps. Cheers Collin
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I build models because they keep me out of the bar...and my wife can find me easier. Collin (aka: Back of the Ready Room Cowboy).
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I hated the time between realizing you had a sick jet while in tension, calling for the suspend over the radio “suspend suspend suspend CAT X”and waiting for the Shooter to come out and give you the throttle back signal. We couldn’t see it, but I wanted that launch bar out of the shuttle and not hurling myself down the deck as I make the judgment of pulling the handle for the pilot (since they are going to try and fly regardless). Good Times!! Collin
  12. “All your base are belong to us”
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Inside the jet: ”in the shuttle, looking forward, looking aft, taking tension.” Launch bar retract. Wipe out (fwd/aft/side/side/mixing the pot with rudders, center (looking in the mirror for flight control deflection). “Tapes, gauges, trim set”...thumbs up to the pilot below the glare shield, hand down in throttle/transmit button (to call a suspend if required) looking at engine gauges one last time, “touching the deck”. Head back. LAUNCH...instant look down at airspeed to see it rising (but seat of the pants was the real indicator)....”good shot”. “Indexers, gear”. On case 3 departure transmit “70X airborne”. If CQ or running the deck...slap the hook down and start barking out the landing checklist. I miss that. All the above, about 15-20 seconds. Cheers Collin Below gives you an idea.