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About Matthew83128

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  1. That’s really cool. The first jet I was a crew chief on (83-128) was camouflaged back in the 80’s was a test to see if F-16’s could do the A-10 mission. They carried a large gun pod on the cenertline station. From what understand it didn’t work well. http://www.caracalmodels.com/cd48056.html
  2. Amazing work so far. I crew F-16's for 20 years. I finished up at Langley AFB, and the original F-16 is hanging up at the Virgina Air and Space Mususem in Hampton. I remember looking at her and seeing the differences between all the C/D models I crewed.
  3. Great build. Don't forget your ACAP Pod (L-8222)on the front left missile station. https://phasehangarresin.com/products/48039-acap-advanced-capability-elta-el-l-8222-jamming-pod Pic of one on 494 with cover installed. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ad/F-15C_65th_Aggressor_Squadron_%288189062831%29.jpg
  4. That’s not fully true. I was in the 510th AMU at that time and there. There was only so many Sniper Pods to go around so we still flew the older LANTIRN pods too. My guess is the guy just didn’t know the difference or that’s all he could find. It’s still great work. I crewed 90-812 in Misawa.
  5. This is amazing work. Your weathering is spot on! I love how you only hit the areas where there's oil and grease leaks seeps out of the panel lines. That's something you really don't ever see on here.
  6. Amazing work. This is totally not on you, but I’ve seen this cockpit many times and the throttle grip doesn’t come out that far from the sidewall of the jet. In fact it rubs up against it and there’s a measurement on a Teflon bumper that has to be checked frequently. The throttle quadrant assembly (which is a complete bad girl to change, hardest part on the jet IMO) comes more up like an L. I guess it’s just easier for the model companies to make it this way.
  7. Amazing work. I really like how the gear is on it's way up. I worked on 2042 when I was stationed at Aviano, I was in the 555 AMU for two years (2005-2007). Again amazing work. ONCE GREEN!!!
  8. I’m sorry I don’t work on that program so I really can’t say. I know as a past 15 maintainer for a short time that horizontal stabs are composite, in this photo they look really dark. https://en.topwar.ru/170241-pervyj-istrebitel-f-15qa-dlja-vvs-katara-vpervye-vzletel-v-ssha.html I’d imagine all that dark green is a primer for composite areas, because you also see it over the top of the engines. The newer F-15’s might have a lot more composites (like the wing area) to save weight. I have got to fly in the simulator for these, holy s&!t it was amazing, nothing
  9. Amazing build. I work in the building these are built in. It’s always cool to see the green ones on there first flight. I’m excited about seeing the F-15EX soon enough.
  10. This is amazing work. I worked on 825 when I was in Misawa, she didn't have the 14FS tail flash back then though. I crewed the 14th Flagship, 812. I'm just happy when I come on here and don't see a block 50 with SW on the tail or the 5th AF jet out of Misawa. SAMURAI WOOD!!!!
  11. Here's some help. The area the gun sits in is white, however the entire gun is a flat back. And since it's a hydro area and there's tons of grease on the gun it get REALLY dirty. The gun drum off to the side is also white, with black bands around it. The Power Drive Unit (PDU) bay is white (Anywhere there's hydro components it's usually white), I don't see the PDU though 😱 you're leading edge flaps won't work with out it 🤣. The EPU sits in a yellow bay, however the EPU is mostly silver and black. The EPU H70 tank is completely silver but is in a white bay. Behind your EPU on both side are the
  12. I really don't have any pics with the pnls open, that's not really allowed on the flight line, but when I can I'll guide you along the way.
  13. Block 25 were the first F-16 I ever crewed, 83-128 was mine. This is a cool project so far. If you have any questions let me know.
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