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  1. Let me put this way. You drive one, and the headlight goes south. Your looking at $518 for the light in the box, plus another six to eight hundred to change it. It's recommended to change both for about sixteen to eighteen hundred dollars. But if you gotta have that kinda car, look at the Alpha Romero. Faster, rides better, stops better, and looks better than the BMW. My choice is a gently used Cadillac CTS-V. Look for a GM certified one with the 100k warranty. Nothing but Corvette with rear seats. Gary
  2. The gravel airstrip at A102 was just long enough for a C130, but even then it barely cleared the tree line on take off. A C7 did it with ease! Plus the C7 did pallet drops easier that a C130. We needed 300 more feet of runway. Gary
  3. Now I'm going 1/35th for sure, but might do a 1/48th. I used to have this one bunch put us on mountain tops all over the place, and were always there to get my sorry butt outta there. Took several of us to the hospital a few times as well. They had a cobra head painted on the nose (yellow or white?). Were always there for me. That's the one for me!! gary
  4. We had a term for a chopper like this one. Called it a "Sunday goto meeting bird". Just look at it! No doors to get in your way. Seat's folded up out of the way, and who knows what else. All business! gary
  5. Broken record gary
  6. keep in mind the V22 started out as an idea that was laughed at (long before the military got involved. It was thought of as a commuter/ short run cargo that could land most anywhere. You didn't need an airport! Several air freight firms showed interest, but no big market commuter. The idea, and some technology was stolen by some shady interests. Then the Fed stepped in with great interest. A prototype was built, and rebuilt several times before being destroyed. It was a learning project while designing it. No one knew for sure it would even fly! Once it was up and running you had to learn to fly it. There were lots and lots of pilot induced crashes in that time frame. At the sametime the next generation airframe was on the computer. Nobody showed interest, so how do we know the idea is a dud? By now the third generation is on the computer. Which is why Rolls Royce has shown interest in a smaller turboprop power plant, but with greater shaft horse power. Will the concept replace the chopper as we know it? not everything, but at least 50%. It has more range and can do more. Will it replace a slick for insertions? No! Yet point to point massive troop move it can do it faster and better. gary
  7. thanks! Might just opt for the Trumpeter. I have four Tamiya 1/48th kits an two or three 1/72 kits from Tamiya and maybe one from Hasegawa, but all the kits I have are Vietnam era. So i's a start all over thing for me. Still as nice as the Tamiya kit is. you'd have thought they'd have back dated it to Korea. gary
  8. kinda got the urge to build a dark blue Korean War Skyraider. Probably in 1/32 scale, but not against a 1/48th bird. Now in 1/48th, Tamiya sell a nice Skyraider. Still it's Vietnam era in my eyes. Now I've always heard the Trumpeter is a good kit, and is Korean vintage. One thing I'd like is the wing fold option, but also not a deal breaker. Knowing the size of a 1/48th Skyraider (big for a single engine prop plane), a wing fold would be nice for the 1/32 kit. So does the Trumpeter kit come with the wing folds? Or is there an after market kit for either scale? TIA gary
  9. Army choppers flew everybody. If you went out west on a strike, you flew Army most of the time no matter who you were. gary
  10. your gonna really like the LRRP team when it painted and done. gary
  11. actually a who's who in I-Corps. How the Big Red One and the Australians fit in I'm not sure, unless they started out down south and moved north. Looking at the crests It looks like a post Tet thing in I-Corps. gary
  12. still the original question was did they fly Chinooks into hot areas. Of course they did. Bean counters and CIA creeps had no serious idea what was happening out there in the land of the tiger. Why? Because there wasn't any warm beads and mattresses out there. Crews went where they were told to go, and really that's the end of the question. The old H34 was popular with folks going deep into tigerland because it would get there and back with a half million holes in it, and it had the range to get you there . Slicks can deliver people and some light weight stuff, but they can't deliver the good stuff that was so dearly needed by the hour. The big old bird could get there without too much trouble. It had the range. I've been in slots that a slick had to refuel along the way, and have been aboard when they had to refuel on the way out. I should hope they fixed that issue with the Blackhawk. My big complaint was that they were big targets with two prime target spots instead of one. Yet could we have lived with them? NOPE! You really couldn't set the thing down, and expect to be there very long. Charlie would get an extra bowl of rice and another fish head if he hit it. I remember once watch a Caribou land on a gravel airstrip at A102. Stupid! They started pushing the crates out the back of the ramp. All the while I could hear the chunk, chunk of the mortar tubes 1500 yards out. They actually flew out of the place with explosions right behind them! Next time they did the normal low level pallet drop. Chinooks rolled thru with a huge load of ammo slung under their bellies. They just dropped them in the back of a five ton. They got outta dodge in one piece because they were there about a minute. Next guy rolls in about three minutes out, and is there about a minute max. You just don't land anything out there. Army sent the press corp out to see us in a brand new slick once (note: I said once). They sat down on the pad, and came out like they were strutting roosters in the clean clothes and cameras hung around their necks. Told them to get that chopper off the pad. Three or four minutes later the slick was a burning hulk. They were not welcome anyway. But the Doughnut Dollies were, But they never came! Some NVA mortar crew ate well that night. gary
  13. well it looks like the 1/35th kit is going to be toast! Breaks my heart. I had six kids, plus a LRRP team placed inside a cigar box waiting on the kit. Looks like I start all over in gathering parts! Not sure I'm good enough to paint 1/48th figures, but who knows. Now who makes good 1/48th Vietnam era figures these days. I need strait infantry and SF without berets. Their load outs must be optional. gary
  14. I gotta jump on you for this comment!!! I road a lot of choppers of just about every size and shape (even the bubble). It's main job was to get from point A to point B safely. Of course that doesn't always happen, but still the idea. The more ruggedly built an airframe; the better the folks in side's chances of survival. I don't care if it cost $10K or $20 million. Your first priority is too get the folks there in one piece. Yes I'd be whining about the price tag if it came out of my wallet, but what is a 19 year old kid's life worth? Once a week my First Sargent would hand over a bottle of hooch to each Chinook pilot for just coming out there. He'd personally thank Medevac crews for getting one of his kids back to Chu Lai (312th Medvac hospital) alive. You'd see their choppers with patches all over them, but they still flew well. Guess it was kind of a recycling event. We used slicks for insertions and Medevacs, but have seen them use Chinooks more than once. That's a bad thing when you gotta go that far. Yet they got back, and nobody ever cried about the cost involved. You just thanked God above you made it out of that LZ in one piece. gary
  15. I always figured it was a Jolly Green being the fastest. Learned something! The Chinook could fly much higher than a slick, but the problem again was the pilots wanting to fly them like a slick. Where they got the idea that flying the map of the earth was the ticket is flat nuts. Yet when they got back to the rear, they'd increase altitude. A 51 cal makes short work out of a Chinook, and a 37mm is usually fatal. gary