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  1. I've got that G4, but the decals are junk. I keep hearing Revell is going to eventually do a 109g2, and that's pretty close to what comes in their g6 kit. Speaking of Revell 109's, I looked over a 109g6 the other day that still has the price tag on it $23.99. I have about six of them, and maybe four g10's. Now I have the bug to build two or three Spitfires off their MK.II kit or the MK.IX. Then there's the jet powered bf109e!! Actually doable. gary
  2. where did this virus start? gary
  3. If I remember right the fellow was relieved of his command. Think Congress has to terminate him. Whatever it be, he screwed the pooch. I was in a 65 man company that stayed in the field when over half had the flue (Hong Kong flue to be exact). There was no thought about this what so ever! I was on another OP when over two thirds of us got walking pneumonia, and another group was getting 21 day rabies shots. We stayed! I lost my squad twice. The first time they went nuts and raided replacement depots. The second time we put together four kids and called it a squad. Not a real good one, but we did the best we knew how. All the previous was in combat. What would they do if the got the flue bug and were in combat? gary
  4. can one back date the GWH F15c to an F15a? I'd someday love to do the "Streak Eagle" gary
  5. did you use the Trumpeter or ZM kit as a donor? I like what I see so far gary
  6. if the dollar went south in value, the price of everything would go up. The real issue is the pumping war between Russia and the Saudis. The market for raw crude is in a staggering glut right now. They've actually ran out of places to store it. Bad thing about super low crude oil prices is that many wells will end up being capped because they can't turn a profit. Another good thing is that there is a whole new generation of electric cars and trucks getting ready to hit the market. This will further reduce the demand for gasoline. They're talking 400+ miles per charge, and a charge rate that will average less than ten dollars per charge. The pickup trucks are already on the test tracks as of last week gary
  7. thanks a lot! I have learned that he flew at least two different styles of tulips and at least two different colors. Yet he flew a lot of aircraft without the tulips. Only pic I've seen is with him and Lippert, and maybe a G6. gary
  8. left ears of course. I always shunned the sight, but have seen worse. NVA liked to skin people alive. Hill folks were big on chopping off heads and mounting them on stakes in the middle of trails. Never try to stop them I might add! Trip wires don't care who you are, and I've seen hamburger made in a couple seconds out of non combatants. Most of I-Corp was a free fire zone after you went inland twenty five miles. It was already a free fire zone for the NVA! There were maybe three villages in my A.O. One was VC and the other friendly. The third was friendly in the daytime. When the sun set, everything was a target. You didn't learn that, and you went home early. We used to roll into Chu Lai early in the morning, but most mess halls were shut. The Air Force had one open till about eight at night. You had to get there before the pulled the barb wire shut. We'd hit it about ten or eleven in the morning, and literally clear out the line because we smelled that bad. Th Sargent was a great guy, and fed us all we could eat. Looking around we saw guys that slept on a mattress under a roof. Had clean clothes and polished boots. Top whispered in my ear once that they didn't like us being there. Could have cared less! I'd lay my sixty, and belts on a table, and they were cleaner than the tables. The DRO didn't like that, but stayed away under the Mess Sargent's orders. We ate what the others shunned and loved it. Loved that mess hall! An hour later we were in the showers with clean clothes waiting. They burnt the others. Twenty hours later and a bad hangover we were headed out some unknown hill to recon it. Hopefully a dull and uneventful look see. If we came back the next day, it was to check on folks at the 312th Medvac. I hated going there. gary
  9. I found Gordon's book on the Mig29, and there's so much data the it gets confusing at times. Seems like there is a chapter on nothing but weapons alone gary
  10. Atrocities are not uncommon on the battlefield. Both sides could be called out equally. I've watched the local VC walk thru a village with a sack of grenades and a flame thrower at two in the morning. One well known fellow was offered a choice of Leavenworth or the utter destruction of a VC mine making village. I know this as fact as I was in the room. In the end the General was right, but don't condone his methods. On the otherhand people are generally treated the way they treat others. Combat in the bush is nothing like you see in film footage. If it's serious, the press won't be dumb enough to be in the middle of it. I saw exactly two Army photographers in my tour. The first one was near Chu Lai, and the second one flew into A102. He stayed less than fifteen minutes when he heard the mortars going down the tubes. Said he be back, but you know the story. Top said we don't need no pictures anyway! Besides cameras don't do well on the night shift. War is a night shift thing, contrary to popular belief. Wanta read about atrocities? The learn about Koreans and the Hill People. gary
  11. Honestly; I was about as worthless as a kid could be in June 1967. A Drill Sargent name Oliver changed that. By December I felt bullets would bounce off me. The next five or six months was a learning curve, and trust me I learned! glt
  12. Thanks. A side note from above. Had I left the bush twenty four hours later, I would have ended up with a 25 month sentence in indentured servitude to the Fed. In otherwords I was the last man out. The guys that followed were locked down till the middle of July even if they ETS'd a week after me! I thank God everyday for that twenty minute window of opportunity. That would have been towards the end of Tet in 69 (my do over). I was around some serious crack outfits, and rest assured some that sucked big time. I tend to respect them all, as I hope they do with me. If you get a map out, look down near the south end of I-Corp and you'll find an SF camp named Kam Duc. That's as far south as I traveled in field gear. Two klicks south of the Ashau with the 187th Infantry (maybe 327th) was as far north as I traveled. Although I nearly bought the farm in Phu Bai during Tet in 68. I did get to visit the Island right east of Tam Key with a hand full of Marine Recon guys. Scary! I often worry about those guys, as I was only around them about fifty minutes. Yet that was about forty minutes too long!! I could set down with a tape recorder and take a heavy dose of Ibuprofen and go into detail by the hour of the day. The VA learned the hard way to never give me that stuff. Brings back a sickening history lesson that I've kept hidden for a long time. I often wish there was a pill I could take that would blank out 1967/68/69 forever. Maybe just let me keep the music. gary P.S. I did get right outside of Khe Sahn once for the guided tour of A101 (Lang Vie) . There were still a couple PT76 burn outs rusting away. Place was kinda creepy!
  13. I have heard the Germans refer to the 101st as "American SS", and always thought that interesting; When Tet came in 68 there were some elements of the 101st in I-Corp, but also scattered here and there. At Hue they created a spear head with the 1st Air Cav and a Regiment of the 101st coming in from two directions. The Marines started just south of the Perfume River and head north. Most camera footage is from the town on the south bank of the river. There were 101st elements inside Hue proper, and most folks don't know that. The big ticket for the 101st was Cholon and the Race Track. There were a lot of folks involved with Cholon besides the 101st, and was strictly house to house. The Race Track pretty much ate up a battalion itself when it was finally captured. After Tet wound down, there was a complete revision of I-Corp. A new mechanized infantry unit came in, and the 1st Air Cav came in force. The dead center of the northern half was handed over to the 101st, and we watched their A.O. grow by the day. Then it was on into the Ashau Valley. With regular Army units moving north on the border. The Ashau was probably the toughest place to live on earth. Never been in it, but got to within two or three klick south of it on an OP the 101st. A classic light infantry verses light infantry combat. Watch all sorts of battles evolve out of nothing the day prior. Saw Hill 235 (you'll find little on that jewel) onto the place and that place in there. Then we get Hill 927. Some colonel sent his boys in there and they promptly made serious contact. Then he decided to sweep the mountain. The movie is kinda accurate but also deals with just one company. I will often drink a little hooch with a guy who made it to the top. It was tough, but so was the race track and Cholon. Then we move on to Rip Cord and a few other garden spots. Rip Cord was just as tough in other ways. Main thing about Rip Cord was the length of time involved. One could write a multi volume book about the Ashau Valley alone starting with A102 and Bennie Adkins and go right thru to 1972 I guess. Myself, I spent most of my time in the Que Son Valley and the Hiep Duc Ridge, but did OP's with many of the big players here and there. The Valley was tough, but I think the Hiep Duc was tougher. The Lao border was interesting in many ways. Any thing you had, they had. The landscape was horrible, and the only way to go anywhere was via chopper. And to add to this nightmare was the weather and things that would bite a big chunk out of you. Still it was home (still is for Donnie), I often longed for the flat lands, but this was the hand delt to me. Everywhere you went somebody had it rough, and some much rougher. I have no regrets with my adventure, but they can put the ticket where the sun don't shine if the wanta do it over. I did one do over, and that was one too many! gary
  14. that term started in WWII, and sorta died out. Then came to life again in the sixties. Saw it again in ODS gary
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