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  1. Most expensive dump ever? I was about to describe the time my wife demanded we stay at the Four Seasons for our anniversary and I hit up the buffet. After reading the post.... disregard.
  2. Interesting discussion. I never realized the traditional scales come from the 1-6 rule. Anyone know where 1/32 for aircraft and 1/35 for armor came from?
  3. Interesting. I should have known that you could shed some light on the topic since VF-103 was involved. ;) Thanks, Brian.
  4. Micro

    Near Miss

    Whitey said it. Clear both ways anytime you cross any runway, active or not. It looks like the guy in the 76 was handling the crosswind pretty well, so I assume it was a runway incursion that led to his/her decision. But, as has already been noted, this really is no big deal. I've dealt with probably 12-15 runway incursions in my time and train for them at every recurrent event, as does every other pilot out there. I'm not saying someone shouldn't get their wrist slapped for this, but it happens and will continue to happen. Just be ready. "Wave-off, fouled deck"
  5. Interesting. I wasn't aware that there were licensing fees involved. Still, the scale of the model shouldn't affect the fees. Seeing as how they must already be paying the fees for the 1/444 & 1/200, it just seems odd not to scale the jets up to 1/72. But, I do realize they manufacturers tend to know what they're doing.
  6. Why do you suppose that the smaller airliners like the 737 and A320 aren't readily available in 1/72? It's not like they would be that large. Even a 737-800 in 1/72 scale would be smaller that say an F-14 in 1/32 - but there is no shortage of the latter. Plus, it's not like the kits are that complex compared to other 1/72 kits. Again, the 1/72 F-14 kit is far more complex than a 737 would be. Anyway, I'm just curious as to why this is.
  7. Very nice find, Tom! I thought I remembered seeing a B model on their flightline years ago. I could just never find the proof.
  8. Thats right! I had forgotten about that. Actually, I think VF-74 was the only squadron to be formally tasked with the adversary role. I don't remember what exactly happened but the Be-Devilers somehow did not deploy with their normally assigned airwing. The top brass saw it as an opportunity to use them as a training tool for other squadrons. Hence, their snazzy paint schemes.
  9. Ah, gotcha. Like I said, it doesn't detract from the overall jet. It looks gorgeous!
  10. You're right, 'Topgun' never flew the Bravos. I was thinking about VF-24 when they had this desert camo on their jets. It put an image in my head of a B model as an adversary. My mistake. However, IIRC, VF-124 never flew the Bravo. VF-101 was tasked with training crews on the A and B models, while 124 trained crews on both the A and D until it was decommissioned in 94. Then VF-101 took over at Miramar and did all the training in the D there while all the Alpha training was combined with the Bravo training at Oceana. Then in 96-97, the Navy moved out of Miramar and all F-14 training was done at Oceana.
  11. Is it just me or does the rear canopy appear to be a little different than the normal Foxtrots?
  12. This is quite possibly the best '72 Tomcat I've seen. My only critique is the red stripes at the top of the NACES seats where the parachute harnesses connect into the headrest. I don't recall those ever being marked red, but I could very well be wrong. But, here is the 102 jet getting ready for "the flight" LINKY and the red does not appear to be there. In any case, marvelous work!
  13. Some, but probably not all of the upgrades to the B were: -F-110 Engines -Improved HUD -Improved radios -Improved RWR -Removed glove vanes I also think they put in one of those fancy computers to monitor the stress on the airframe, but don't quote me on that. As for the Squadrons that operated the B, here are the ones I remember: -VF-11 -VF-24 -VF-32 -VF-32 -VF-74 -VF-101 -VF-102 -VF-103 -VF-142 -VF-143 -VF-211 -VX-4 -VX-9 -VX-30 I think Top Gun had a couple B's for a little while but they mainly used the Alphas as adversaries.
  14. Get your tissues out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig1GvxFdjes
  15. Not sure. I pasted the new link right over the original and the preview came up. Of course, if you want the link, just click the "Youtube" button on the preview window. It'll take you to Youtube where you can copy the link.
  16. After watching the video again I noticed something. Take a look at the Harrier's nose wheel during the very first shot as it is turning. That looks awfully under-inflated to me. It that normal for the VSTOL guys?
  17. Sorry if it has already been posted, but I was blown away by this... Edit: Check out the first shot of the Harrier. Is that nosewheel tire inflation normal? Sure doesn't look like the 350psi required for CV ops.
  18. Honest question and not looking to troll at all, but has the F-35 been able to make an arrested landing yet. Google has been no help either saying yes or no. Sorry if it's already been discussed.
  19. Good point. I think I remember hearing something about the filming at Fallon being done by the 2nd unit.
  20. Well, after all of this, I'm convinced the shot in question was at Fallon. If that is the case, I just wonder why it was never mentioned that they did fly-bys at both locations. It seems only the fly-by at Miramar got any attention.
  21. Whitey, I sent the screenshots to a buddy of mine who was stationed at Fallon in 89-91. He says that looks pretty similar to the old tower there. I think you might have found the answer.
  22. Timmy, great mind do indeed think alike. I also looked up that video after my original question. Thing is, it only talks about a single shot done during the evening at NKX. Perhaps this will be one of those great unsolved mysteries. Or perhaps I'm just wrong. Either way, talking about Top Gun is pretty fun! :)
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