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Joe Hegedus

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  1. While I don't have any photos of the FSD Hornets showing the speed brake open from the rear, I would expect that the white airplanes would follow the normal convention of the high-visibility scheme and have the speed brake well painted white, with the inside surface of the brake itself in red - the same as the A-4, F-4, and F-14 did in the high visiblity scheme.
  2. The first photo is an F6F-5K radio-controlled drone. In the last photo, the first 3 airplanes in the line are F6f-3K radio control drones and the 4th one appears to be an F6F-5K, but may be another -3K as the antenna mast of the third one is kinda blocking the view of the windscreen to say for certain. The remainder are either -3K or-5K; you kinda have to see the windscreen to be able to tell the difference. The different color tails in the photos are, I believe, indicators of the radio frequency for the remote control system installed.
  3. Yes, struts, wells, interior of the doors, and the wheels are gloss white.
  4. For modeling purposes, I think you can use the ADU-299 that is included in all the Hasegawa A-4 kits in 1/48. The actual adapter that attaches the LAU-127 has different wiring in it to interface with the missile, but externally I think they are the same.
  5. Are there any common spruces between the A and B kits? Just wondering, because the C is a very different machine than either of the first 2; About the only common parts would be the cockpit, engine nozzle and maybe weapons. That would be the most likely reason I can think of why the don’t do a C.
  6. I'm scale-flexible. Right now, I have a 1/32 SPAD, 1/48 A-7, and a few 1/72 biplanes on the bench. It kinda depends on the subject as to what scale I build in.
  7. Again, I can’t speak for the GRU-7, but the airplanes that I flew in had NACES and the leg garter was kept attached to the seat; one fastened it around the lower leg as part of the strap-in process. I think that it could be removed from the seat leg restraint strap, but it normally wasn’t. Honestly, I think it’s easier to do it that way than to hook the garter to the strap after fastening it to your leg. (NACES only had one leg garter, that went around the lower leg just above the ankle). The garters are not part of the G-suit.
  8. My 2023 year in review: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10209893123601414&type=3
  9. I can't speak to the GRU-7, but the NACES was pretty simple - there's a fitting at each hip that connects to the torso harness, then there are 2 fittings that connect to the shoulders of the torso harness, connection for the oxygen mask/comms and a hose connection for the G-suit. The only other connections are the leg restraints that go on each ankle, to pull your feet back if you have to eject so you don't lose your legs at the knees.
  10. There are, or were, such covers, but I don't know how widely they are used.
  11. Should be Deck Blue, I believe.
  12. I don't think red makes sense. British standard insignia had a red inner circle, white ring, and a blue ring outermost. The Indian Ocean Fleet and the RAF in the CBI used a blue ring around a white or pale blue circle. No red rings anywhere; the local-mix to reduce the size of the inner white/pale blue seems to be the most logical answer IMO.
  13. The guidance section overall is this color, but there is a ring just behind the sensor window that is a silvery chrome color
  14. For the silvery bit just behind the seeker window, the easiest way is to dip the end of the missile in the cap from a jar of silver paint. WHen that is dry, repeat the process with the seeker color but just put the very tip in the cap. You’ll end up with the window and a silver ring behind it.
  15. Yeah, they'd never do something odd like a He-219 or Fiesler Storch or a Dinah or a Skyray. Oh, wait...
  16. Mr Color Leveling Thinner works great with Tamiya lacquers and acrylics. Sorry the Fusion didn’t work for you. I’ve had good luck with it, but I don’t think I did a large surface like a 1/72 737 with it. I mainly used it for smaller models, like a 1/72 Phantom or smaller, or for things like landing gear and wheels.
  17. Tamiya LP lacquers are good, but I have found that some enamels don't like to stick to the gloss white (haven't tried any acrylics over it so I can't comment on their adhesion). The enamels I've had problems with were some Model Master gloss colors (blue angel blue for one), and to a lesser extent Testors gloss red in the small square bottle. But the LP gives a gorgeous gloss finish. I've had success with Krylon Fusion gloss white in the rattle can for large areas, but that needs a primer underneath if you've done any body work on the kit as the virgin surface will give a differe
  18. Well, specific to the photos posted, they're physically different bomb bodies. The overall blue ones are inert MK-84 warheads, whereas the blue stripe one is an inert version of a BLU-109 warhead (not sure if there is a specific nomenclature for that one; I always heard them referred to as inert BLU-109 and that's what we used in the test documentation). I don't think I've ever seen an overall-blue "109" warhead; all the ones I used or saw used in test drops were either green (non-thermally protected) or gray (thermally protected) with blue stripes, sometimes with orange painted
  19. No. Overall blue for helos went away long before the MH-53E came along. They started out in Engine Gray and then went to the low-viz tactical grays like everything else. The Echo didn’t come along until the mid-80s and helos were gray long before then.
  20. Marines were never in line for Super Hornets, they were holding out for the F-35.
  21. The star indicates he’s a line officer. Admirals have gold shoulder boards, I believe.
  22. The presence of the ATFLIR does not by itself indicate that anything else loaded on the jet requires its use. Once it's loaded, it tends to stay there unless there is a specific need to take it off. GBU-38 does not require a designator, it is a GPS weapon. Same for other JDAMs (there are JDAMS that have a laser-guide option, but those have different designations from GBU-31/32/38, and would require a target designation from somewhere, not necessarily the launch aircraft, to use the laser option). AGM-65 (the laser version) requires a target designator, again not necess
  23. GBU-39 is not going on the Super Hornet, or F-35B/C. I can't speak to the F-35A.
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