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  1. By Federal law Boeing doesn't own the blue prints for the F18 or whatever! You are notified right away in a bottom corner of the blue print as soon as you lay your hands on it. They own the part and also the processes used. When somebody says they had access to the OEM blue prints I know instantly it's a lie! An engineer taking a roll of drawings home will get stopped at the gate while they check him out (it's allowed with a special pass). I have seen at least one guy leave the building in hand cuffs that was scanning a blue print that he didn't have permission to view. Also know of seve
  2. I've rode in them three or four times, and most had the folding bench removed. Most had Plasma and blood thickener bottles and basic first aid, but nothing major as doctors rarely rode in one. There was always a large tub of Vasoline and some plastic squares cut out of larger bags for sucking chest wounds. Surgical tubing and hemostats were close by. A ride from the Ashau was roughly forty five minutes to DaNang, so you just have to control the bleeding and keep the sucking chest wounds sealed. Shock was the real killer just like the chest wound. Your crew had to keep the guy alert and talkin
  3. I'll take the Accurate Minatures kit seven days a week. I have all of them in multiples, plus a couple Academy kits (same molds). To be fair the B25b kit did have an issue that can be easily fixed with a Quickboost cowl. gary
  4. I can tell you this; the new engines went to the test cells about six weeks ago (no later than one month ago). These are prototypes, and will probably see a few changes here and there as they are developed. Should be all systems go this time next year. They have only just begun to tool them up, and that alone can take a year or more. Much of the in house equipment is up to the task of manufacturing them, but there is still a lot of new machines needed. Jet engines; unlike others are a low volume production thing. I doubt they'll set it up for more than 72 units a year. I know wh
  5. if one of the engines looses power the plane crashes (during take off and landing). I suspect that they planned on flying over the mountain, and lost power. They were commonly known as a flying pile of junk. Then to add to this; they were death traps due to chemical contamination (Agent Orange). They often simply rotated air frames, and because of that; most were contaminated. Kickbacks have nothing to do with the C123, it was about the exchange of money. gary
  6. probably headed over to Bangcock. Westy's old lady lived there, and from inside sources; he was over there every weekend. Guess being at the top of the food chain had it'd perks! I flew in a C123 one time. That was enough to tell me not to get within a hundred yards of the pile of junk. Two weeks later I watched it fly strait into a mountain side. I remember that little investigation. I saw two or three good men relieved for things they had zero part in. Yet they never chased the kick backs in the states gary
  7. well I kinda figure that it will take the better part of a year just to get things rolling again over there, and would not be surprised if it too twenty months. I also build armor, but has really resisted modern stuff for far too long. Now they have a huge pile of hulks to work off of and it would be obvious to see them go to work in that direction. The stupid war has also hurt the Russian side of the fence as well, as we were seeing a resurgence of quality quits coming from Zvezda and after market from some serious folks over there. As for that P47c, I'll just wait and wait till t
  8. he's with the 75th Rangers (unless he got traded off). His first tour was in Afghanistan attached to the 502nd infantry (75th didn't have an open slot). He came home an E5 Sargent with two Bronze Stars. The second tour was in Iraq with the 75th, and he said it was pretty much house to house on a daily basis. He made E6 on his return with two more Bronze Stars. The younger boy just got out of Ranger school when they sent him to the 10th Mountain (once again no opening and they wouldn't take him anyway). Now he went with those un-named folks out of the 18th Airborne Corp. He already has a combat
  9. in the game of mortal combat each side is right in their eyes. Yet thirty minutes after it's all said and done; no side is exactly right. I think it's time for a fast trip to the good old woodshed for a good whipping gary
  10. you all don't really get it! It's not those screw ball old men that will suffer in this, it's every mother's son and grand kid. If you come out of this without a scratch, it will still be eating at you thirty years later. Nobody will come out in great condition. Even those Mothers at home will suffer (all sides). I have two grandsons over there right now (one is in eastern Poland and we have no idea where the younger one is). At least both have been in the game of mortal combat at least once, but this ain't good. This will be Dylan's third combat tour, and ready to be over it right now. The o
  11. I think it's about time for the heavy handed moderator to show his presence! I'm against the whole shebang by the way, and think everybody could conduct themselves better (east Europe). gary
  12. I think you are correct. Somebody is doing a set for the "K" model, but who it is, I can't say for sure. The kit wheels and struts will be just fine for a "Farmgate" bird gary
  13. just to add to this slightly. Those photos are Spooky (see the mountains), and the time frame will be 67 (maybe slightly earlier) thru early 68. Sometime around June they repainted the airframe a dark charcoal (possibly even August). There were five to seven different airframes used, and the others were CBL'd. I never knew there were that many different airframes used till a guy in my VFW post told me (he was a crew member at one time). I may see him next Tuesday evening, and I'll ask him about the flares for you all. gary
  14. with him, I'll believe it when I see it. A short history will tell you about the wild goose chases he's put the masses on. Jennings maybe right and I never said there wasn't an error right from the start. BUT; I'll take Vector's word every time. Still lets just say your .150" figure is spot on, then all you need is to make a .150" shim (roughly 4mm). A factory blue print for that nose assembly is gonna be huge, and coming from that era is only as good as the user of the french curve. That is why it will have all the gauge line numbers. I seriously doubt if it's much more than a loose copy of
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