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  1. is it windy yet?

    M-36 cluster bomb

    Man to things look like they have been dropped a few times. What colour are they? They look a mid to light grey to my eyes. I assume they are made from sheet metal, and not a plastic composite.
  2. is it windy yet?

    M-36 cluster bomb

    I figured it was used on the trail. Strapping it on an A-1 or black bellied phantom will work for me. On the web I read that in 1973 the US began destroying stockpiles of M-36 with sarin gas. No idea if that is correct, but it is about all I could find.
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    M-36 cluster bomb

    I was hoping for more of the actual history and uses of rather than just model parts. Resin examples aren’t primary sources, and as such misinformation can always be moulded or cast. Aside from the info from bullet-picker, there isn’t much useful coming up from the google search. I’d love to see some actual photos.
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    M-36 cluster bomb

    Anyone know much about the M-36 cluster bomb? Not much comes up with a google search. Does it go by another name? Was it ever used? Could it only dispense sarin gas? I noticed the 1:48 eduard M-36 was on for a good price, but can I put it on anything?
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    Observations of Vietnam era A-7E features and loadouts

    I pinched this from from the other thread about F-8 rails, but what is going on here? It appears to my hamster brain, that I am looking at two different sidewinders, a B and a D. And neither have the brown stripe, so does that mean they strapped a live warhead on a non functioning weapon that can’t launch? Seems ridiculously dangerous to me. Does the ordnance come pre-labelled from the manufacturer? Which I would assume they do. Or does the weapons team add the stripes as they configure this missle aboard the ship? As you can tell I know nothing about weapon systems, but I would think that a live missle is always a live missle until someone renders it inert. I would also think there would only be two categories for the missle, live or training. Live intended to destroy a target, a live rocket but inert warhead to allow the crew to experience the smoke and noise of a launch. Finally a captive round with no rocket motor, but an active seeker to train with. They would put explosives in that would they? Thanks for your patience.
  6. is it windy yet?

    Observations of Vietnam era A-7E features and loadouts

    I thought about LGBs. Still might do it.
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    Observations of Vietnam era A-7E features and loadouts

    Does every live (combat capable) sidewinder D or G have the brown stripe in addition to the yellow in the Vietnam era? With so many mislabeled photos on the interwebs out there I just can’t tell.
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    Mission Models Polyeurethane Intermix gone bad?

    I know my local shop had to throw away paint that froze during shipment. I have the intermix, a few paints and primers. My hobby room can get cool during the winter, maybe as low as 15C without a portable heater. No problems with the paint or intermix chunking up, or becoming unusable. Not the biggest fan of the overall performance of the paint system though.
  9. is it windy yet?

    Observations of Vietnam era A-7E features and loadouts

    Thanks I’ll check these out.
  10. is it windy yet?

    Observations of Vietnam era A-7E features and loadouts

    Great thanks.
  11. is it windy yet?

    Observations of Vietnam era A-7E features and loadouts

    Great resource,.
  12. is it windy yet?

    Observations of Vietnam era A-7E features and loadouts

    Great advice, thanks. What are WElls? I have found lots of options for MER, TER, and weapons. Where do I come up with the launch rails? The MER’s and TER’s and iron can be added straight to the pylons. But what rails for the shrikes, and walleyes? Did all walleyes requiremthe data pod? Thought that the earlier ones didn’t need it. What about the Sony TV set would I add one to the cockpit? If so where? The 2000lbs mk. 84 can not be put on ejector racks, but could be bolted to the pylon as singles?
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    Observations of Vietnam era A-7E features and loadouts

    Yeah I mixed up my terms, I meant to put AGM-45, and AGM-62. I mixed things up calling shrike an AGM-62 and the walleye the AGM-65.
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    Take your Models to the next level .....

    Got mine today. About a week from Germany to Canada. Decals seem really nice. The spark plugs are amazing.
  15. I am getting ready to build my Hasegawa A-7E and have been doing some research, for Vietnam deployed A-7E’s. These are my observations and I am searching for concurrence with some of our experts here. I am thinking doing the Dambusters VA-195 from the U.S.S KIttyhawk, late 1970-1972. 1. No red edges on the landing gear doors. 2. Usually carried two AIM-9D. 3. Rarely carried drop tanks. 4. The external conduit above the landing gear doors, I can not conclusively determine it’s presence during the Nam era. It conclusively shows up around the mid seventies. Also what is this plumbing for? 5. Shrikes normally carried on the outboard pylons. 6. MER’s on the middle pylons. 7. Inboard pylons mostly left empty. 8. AGM-62’s & 65’s on the middle stations, when carried. 9. Shrikes and Mavericks rarely rode together. 10. Iron bombs on the outboards with TER’s or singles, no MERS’s outboard. 11. Some cluster bombs carried in various spots. Specifically what model of cluster bombs were used? 12. Rarely carried mk. 77’s by this late stage of the conflict. Please correct me me if I am wrong. To the redline crowd, please note I always say rarely not never. To quote Morrissey, “There’s always someone somewhere with a big nose who knows, and will trip you up and laugh when you fall.”
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