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  1. I found a new copy at the Half Priced Book Store a week ago. WOW! And Wow again! If the guy knows his stuff, then there are a few folks that need re-educated. By the way I got it for $24 out the door! Gary
  2. I spoke with Bob yesterday afternoon, and the kits were in Tampa awaiting to be trucked to his place. He said maybe late Friday or early next week at the max. SOON! Gary
  3. Did he copyright his art work? If so, I'd make them pay thru the nose! Gary
  4. All I want to know is if I can build a 1975 Tomcat with it. As for the wing issue, there are several Fujimi Tomcats buried away in my stash! Gary
  5. I know that Quickboost or Eduard did them, and probably a couple others. I have a set inside one of the kits in the stash. I'll take a look. Glt
  6. The AM kit is the best. There is an after market five brake set out there. Whypay double the price for a kit that best will be two or three percent better at best? Glt
  7. There is a good book out titled "America's Secret Mig Squadrons" by a Col. Peck. He says they flew the planes clean with no external fuel tanks. They flew many U.S. and Soviet aircraft along with a few oddballs here and there. Everything from the F86 to the F15 and F14. Mig wise they flew everything from the Mig15 thru the MIG29, but don't think they flew the Mig27. They even used the SU27 a little bit. Gary
  8. I kinda think the engines are right, but have not seen this kit. Looking again at Jablonski's book I see that the outboard engines are slightly above the wing center line. He gives some deminsions, but also fails to give an exact gauge line location. With that number we could easily calculate the center line of the engines. Gary
  9. Looked at a second book after I made the above post. It pretty much went along with my thoughts. Never realized how much wing dihedral was built into the airframe! Glt
  10. Had a look around for a couple B17 books, and found one I forgot I owned. The one by Jablonski. Looking at the photo, the outboard engine looks to be mounted upside down. Also the outboard engine will appear to sit higher due to the four and a half degree wing dihedral. Oddly the one drawing I found to show this best also has the outboard engine slightly below wing center on the pilots side. I'm sure that is an illusion! Photos seem to align with sketches produced by Jablonski. As I said before; I'll simply wait Gary's
  11. That photo was taken down south. Possibly Pleiku or further south. Much higher in the food chain! Those revetments were uncommon in I-CORP prior to Tet 68. Revetments were usually sized for the biggest single engine airframe ( including Phantoms and A6's as well. I think DaNang might have had some for C130's. Chu Lai never saw factory built revetments till late summer 68. But they had home made ones built from fuel oil drums. Contrary to popular belief, PSP was really only used for chopper pads. PSP and tires don't do well at eighty mph. They went with a similar plate that had smooth flat plates on the outside. Some folks called it Marsden Plate, I don't know for sure. Chu Lai and other places used the flat plate 67 and earlier. I think DaNang was pretty much always concrete. I know there were train loads of plate piled up here and there. I'm sure there was some kind of a spec they went by pouring concrete. Seeing photos of Navy Seal Bees at work tells me they poured slabs one or two at a time. Still a lot of concrete when doing two 14,000 foot runways forty foot wide! It took most 67 to get it done! It was still curing out when I flew in the in December. Plus they were still doing some concrete where the hangers would be built. I was in the almost everyday to get water and a few PX visits. With the advent of all the open panels of modern jets these days, an arming pit diorama would be nice. Chu Lai had a plane in the arming pit 24/7! I've seen six to eight planes lined up for the pit at a time. Most all went due north or out by Khe Shan. Gary
  12. I think your right. Looking at the approximate centerline of the wing verses the spinner tip, and things don't add up. Plus you have two conflicting angles in the one photo. I'll wait and see what's in the box before trashing the kit Gary
  13. That is correct. Bought two of them. Gary
  14. We have a real nice B58 parked about an hour north of me, and many seriously good steak houses. Glt
  15. There's an often told story in the automotive world that said that Henry Ford built the plant with aircraft production in mind! They actually built B24's faster than many fighter airframes. Gary
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