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  1. Looks good to me, I'd certainly be willing to order a set. Regards, Murph
  2. A four ship of Strike Eagles has brought 80 SDBs to a fight. That would take ten F-35s. If you assume that past the initial days of a conflict the IADS has been degraded enough to allow non-LO platforms to operate then there's a place for a bomb truck. Regards, Murph
  3. NATO was formed to counter the Soviet Union and what became the Warsaw Pact. Both of those went away almost thirty years ago. It certainly is not out of order to rethink U.S. commitments or at the very least question their rationale. If you're interested in where this is trending I would suggest reading one of Peter Zeihan's books or watching one of his YouTube presentations. LINK Regards, Murph
  4. My hovercraft is full of eels.
  5. The Von Karman radome was introduced during the AIM-7F production run, so some had it, some didn't. Regards, Murph
  6. BTW, the AIM-7M had the blunter Von Karman radome, but I don't think the various kit makers have ever noticed that. Regards, Murph
  7. Very nice job on the weathering. Looks like either pastels or oils. Regards, Murph
  8. Mark, I have to complement you on your good taste in T-33 markings. Regards, Murph
  9. The AIM-7M has a single conduit running almost the entire length of the missile. The AIM-7E had a conduit on the aft half of the missile plus two shorter ones on the forward portion. AIM-7E pictures are from the walkaround section here on ARC. Regards, Murph
  10. Second that. The Italeri kit offers more stores options, but some those are off in shape, and for the basic engraving the detail is not as fine as Hasegawa's and some of it is wrong. For instance the ventral fin on one side goes over one of the engine fire access doors. Regards, Murph
  11. Mark, First there is the issue of reproducing colors in photos and the printing process of books, which is a well known can of worms, and then you have to add in the various lighting and environmental conditions. The caption about Langley painting their jets in 1990 to imitate the Fulcrum is mistaken at best, fiction at worst; I was there at the time and no such thing happened. The simple fact is that paint colors vary from batch to batch, that's why touch-ups are often so visible, and when one of the colors is dependent on being hand mixed at the location the situation is amplified. Modern aircraft colors are not as standardized as modelers tend to think they are. Regards, Murph
  12. Or there could be quite the market for stabs from all of those Hasegawa and Fujimi kits that are suddenly considered "obsolete". Regards, Murph
  13. Jim, I can recall seeing pictures of Mk 20s loaded up on BRU-3A/As which were being trucked out to a Vark at a TDY location after the infamous "axe murders" incident at the Korean DMZ back in 1976. I always assumed they were destined for ground targets. Better than the Durandal mission. Regards, Murph
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