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  1. Yes the unused part is of the earlier unslotted stab and would applicable to "early" F-4Bs (depending on which specific F-4 you're making and what time period)
  2. This HIPEG off primeportal has seen better days but good view showing the odd shaped shrouded nose on the HIPEG I was trying to describe, the two barrels are stacked vertically top/bottom. Can see the top barrel just slightly recessed here:
  3. May be an easy way to tell them apart: USN/USMC Mk.4 HIPEG pod has a somewhat asymmetrical funky odd shaped "nose" and only has two barrels (recessed) and the pod also has a grouping of large vents on the sides (kinda looking like fish gills). USAF SUU pods have the 6-barrel rotary barrels protruding out from the nose and visibly exposed gatling type barrel configuration.
  4. Parts 1 and 2 were released a couple years ago, unfortunately it turned out to nearly coincide with Kitty Hawk folding up and the R/S kits short release period. Part 3 should be about the same price, $25ish. It's 2.5 full sheets.
  5. Not SUU pods (USAF) but instead the Mk.4 HIPEG. Can see some example loadouts with the HIPEG used by Marine squadrons on AOA decals loadout pdfs: https://aoadecals.com/48014/
  6. This will be low-viz H-60 Seahawk family part 3 sheet 35-009. Part 1 already had some MH-60R's mixed with other Seahawk variants, but this part 3 sheet is exclusively more Romeos with 12 new options (10 US and 2 Aussie) with mostly all new squadrons covered: HSM-37 Easyriders (2015-16) HSM-40 Airwolves (2012) HSM-46 Grandmasters (2022) HSM-46 Grandmasters (2023) HSM-48 Vipers (two variations from 2022) HSM-71 Raptors (2021-22) HSM-72 Proud Warriors (2022) HSM-74 Swamp Foxes (2016) HSM-75 Wolf Pack (2021) HSM-77 Saberhawks (2020) RAN 816th Squadron [Nomad] (
  7. Also read through your build on your site, shame to hear about all the ResKit H-53 problems, I have these sets but hadn't used them yet and now don't want to....
  8. Jon - excellent build again,and paint job, also especially like how you represented the remnants of earlier number under the new "20" really wish this kit was readily available again
  9. The sheets are in from Cartograf and are now available to order: https://www.aoadecals.com
  10. New AOA 1/35 decal sheet 35-006 coming early next year for Search & Rescue (SAR) MH-60S helos from Naval Air Stations Key West, Whidbey Island, Lemoore, Fallon (2 options), Pax River (2 options), and China Lake (Dust Devils). Also included is an extra scheme for the HSC-2 retro Korean War scheme (was also the same Key West SAR helo shown too). They're at Cartograf for printing.
  11. If you still have the decals instruction sheet there were about 5 photos of that specific H-53, including overall views that would show overall appearance/config, and also including closeup detail of left side showing earlier removed HMH-461 markings (and fluid). Here are a few more shots specifically of 161252 too taken at the same period in 2006: (In this first pic, EH-21 is in the background and had a different staggered EH tail code compared to EH-20 & 23.)
  12. The cropped down housing and chaff dispenser is correct for later A's (1970). Would be great if a resin company made the original earlier full housings in all three scales (hint hint!) Good to see this finally released. As expected and others have said it look like their overall very good 1/48 and 1/32 kits. Again like those scales, it's essentially an A-6E molded fuselage and out of box with some basic fixes it could most resemble a late A-6A. Formation strip lights, and some other details like the rear fuselage panels (and inaccurate mirror image on the right
  13. I'm assuming as far as shape goes that the new kit will be a scaled down copy of their 1/48 and 1/32 kits. If so, there will be shape/size differences between it and the Fujimi kit. I'll have to wait until I have the new kit in my hands but I'm not sure yet how or if I'll be able to provide applicable decals for both kits. Mainly talking about the tail and rudder markings that involve more than only basic airwing code letters. These should be really the the most kit-specific markings. For common markings, also the left-right length of the engine intake warning chevrons need to be fudged from k
  14. The four new 1/48 A-6 sheets (48-022, 48-023, 48-024, 48-025) are back from Cartograf now and available to order.
  15. Late reply but yes now that the 1/72 Hobby Boss/Trumpeter A-6A kit is finally releasing, the 1/72 decals will be my next project once I have the kit in my hands (the kit decals look like crap accuracy).
  16. Part new, part re-issue, part upgrade, part expansion - four new 1/48 A-6 Intruder releases coming later this summer. 48-022 Intruder Sandbox Redux - USN/USMC A-6E Intruders in Libya & Desert Storm 48-023 Intruder Airframe Data/Stencils - A-6A, A-6B, A-6E, A-6E TRAM, & KA-6D (High-Viz) 48-024 Southeast Asia Intruders (1) - USMC A-6A, A-6B, & KA-6D Intruders in the Vietnam War 48-025 Southeast Asia In
  17. That's one period I've not looked into much and I don't know when exactly they got the first turret other than some time first half of the 1980s, possibly as late as around 1983 but definitely by 1984. By at least early 1983 though they were already in that transitional period of low viz grey tail markings and still in overall LGG/white, but also by mid 1983 they were seen in full TPS scheme (and no turrets, at least not on all a/c yet if there were some?) Refer to their 1984 Saratoga deployment workups in 1983, low viz and AA tail codes. For the 1984 Sara cruise they appear with (white) TRAM
  18. Bringing this thread back up as the 1/72 sheet was sold out for a while but it's now been reprinted and is available again. Other than printed instructions having some tweaks, the sheet itself is the same: https://aoadecals.com/72006/ (the original printing of 1/144 is still available https://www.aoadecals.com/14401
  19. Meant to mention - the mission marking bombs are printed the same color as the numbers/letters.
  20. I can't give an unbiased opinion as they're my sheets, but to be honest the darkest grey (the 533 markings) did end up printing lighter than I intended on that 1/72 sheet - and similarly the VA-65 markings on another 1/72 sheet (but wasn't issue on the 1/48 and 1/32 versions). I don't have that Italeri kit/sheet to directly compare the darkness/lightness of the greys on the sheet to the AOA one, and I'm not sure of the opaqueness of the kit decals? The AOA sheet is printed by Microscale and shouldn't have any issues for opaqueness or application (Microsol/Microset should do).
  21. I'm late to your post but to echo what the others have said, that's a fantastic build and paint/weathering.
  22. Another alternative for ED-403 (and 410):
  23. He posted in Sept: "Things are slowing down. What’s happening? Mark Tutton is working on three 1/32nd and two 1/48 AH-1G decal sheets for the ICM/Special Hobby kits." With that many in the works, doubt I'll bother releasing my own.
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