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  1. 1:72 DHC-4 C-7 Caribou resin nose

    you must be reading my mid Dutch! PM me with an address, and I'll send you the seven dollars ASAP gary
  2. No grenades for you!

    Basic is followed by AIT, and after these two you start to learn your MOS. The samething for Marines and the Navy guys. The advanced training just gives you an idea what's going on, and after that you learn on the job. About the only serious things I learned was to shoot and hit what I aimed at. Rest was a waste of energy. I started out as number two on a six man recon team, but after crushing the First Shirt after an eight foot drop out of a slick I became number one. Knew absolutely zero about the job (and still don't know much), but I learned. I did my OJT in February and March 68, and nothing I learned in the states meant much except pulling the trigger. Even then they didn't teach me the important stuff. Old guys taught me how to walk, and move without moving anything and being dead silent. I learned to put my life in another man's hands, and vice versa. glt
  3. Trade with Chesshirecat!!!!

    well thank you! I can tell you right upfront that Mike was a pleasure to deal with as well. Every trade or sale can go wrong, and it's right for the other guy to make it right. I sent the wrong kit to Mike, and then dug out another for him. He wanted to do a second trade, and I was game. So now Mike has two B24's instead of one, plus I found enough B17's in my stash to start WWII all over again (including a B17C!!!!!!!) I faithfully say, I've never been on the wrong end of a trade here. Wish I could say that elsewhere gary
  4. No grenades for you!

    I've always felt basic was about three or four weeks too short. Just about time you get in the right mind frame your getting ready to move on. Two major things come out of basic training or boot camp. One is getting everybody on good physical shape, and the other is strictly mental. You get those two, and the rest is easy. gary
  5. No grenades for you!

    I remember going thru the grenade course at Campbell. Pretty much boring. All we worked with was standard grenades as the newer baseball sized grenades were just coming around. They had a dummy WP grenade, but we never messed with it. I can't remember the distance thing, but do remember the circle we had to hit. Going into combat, we never tossed a grenade much further than thirty feet. Most were in the sub ten foot range. My first encounter with the other guys and also with a grenade was simply dropping them off a roof top strait down (eight to ten feet) in the pitch dark. Just kept dropping two at a time not knowing the results. I have small hands, and was never comfortable with a WP grenade, even though we used them on a regular basis. usually just plopped them into tunnel mouths from about six feet. Never handled a CS grenade, and don't remember anybody else as well. Smoke grenades were almost daily. The M79 grenade launcher pretty much took over in 1968 shooting direct fire with the sight folded down. gary
  6. AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    if the AMK kit goes together like their other kits, it'll be a breeze. gary
  7. The Next US Assault Rifle

    I could have worded the one hit phrase better. What I was referring to was one hit at the normal 75 to 100 yard range, and also a sucking chest wound or better. Now if we're shooting 350 yards and further with the bad guys moving in one direction or another; your probably going to miss. Sure there are some folks that can, but the vast majority can't (first round hit). I could put three out of six rounds in the torso at 300 yards with an M16, and could do the same with a sixty. But four out of five times it wasn't a kill. Now you go on the First Sargent's latest hike thru the bush for about three or four kilometers. Moving about a half klick an hour, and going up and down the hills. Your tired, and your seventy five pounds is getting old. You smell a rat, and your first thought is I'm tired. Thirty seconds later your shooting to stay alive. Forty five seconds later your on your fourth mag. or changing belts on the machine gun. You carry an M14 in the same ambush, and half the rounds you lugged are shooting at the clouds. Three controlled rounds are better than twenty uncontrolled rounds everyday. gary
  8. The Next US Assault Rifle

    it's most obvious that you've never carried a heavy combat load thru the bush. Ain't fun! The FAL and the M14 are great rifles, but for most folks are a second and third shot pain. Ammo weighs a ton, and takes up a lot of space. Considering the well known fact that the vast majority of KIA's come in under 100 yards; there's little to be gained. Three hits from an M16 is equal to two hits from the 7.62 seven days a week. Never been a fan of 22 caliber combat, but have seen the results of 7.62 combat as well. The answer is somewhere in the middle. Perhaps 7mm or even 6.5mm. A .250 Savage with 100 grain bullets would be perfect. Legit 350 yard ballistics, and probably 50% harder hit at 300 yards. The other serious issue is the rapid second and third shot (one shot KIA's are not all that common). Pretty slow, and your getting four rounds down range with an M16. One hit, and he's toast. Remember on the battlefield 85% of KIA's are from arty. 10% are from air strikes. Guess who gets the next four percent? Disease and accidents get about one percent. Maybe the Germans had the right idea with bolt action rifles or even semi autos! Makes you shot a lot better, as round one better count! gary
  9. AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    my first and only thought was "look at how thin they got that plastic"!!! gary
  10. AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    wrong kit, the other brand is off in shape as well as the framing. glt
  11. Cessna O-2 DON'T SHOOT

    I can't tell you about events after March 69 and flying FAC out of DaNang, but can tell you about events from all of 68 thru Feb. 69. Never saw anything bot an OV1 doing night missions out west. Not saying they didn't, but just never saw any. All O-2 and O-1 flights we saw were in daylight hours. Yet we saw the OV-1's headed to the border every night just before sundown. Most fire missions and even a very few air strikes after dark came from ground support. Once you got 25 miles inland and it got dark; you were on your own most all the time. Listening to the "fire push", you pretty much knew what was going on for a 25 klick circle around you (often closer to a 50 klick circle). Normally arty missions called if by infantry and CAV units. Yet many of these strikes were pre planned with intel gained from daylight over flights and Special Forces recon teams. On the otherhand it was common for an O-1 or O-2 to take flight about 4:30 or 5:00 am to try an catch the other guys moving at first light. Of course these flight would leave later as the day got shorter. Some days you knew before the flight took off that he was coming, and other days he just appeared. Normally a FAC could be sent in within fifteen minutes as they were all within sixty miles of you. Still when the sun set, the OV-1 was king. gary
  12. Cessna O-2 DON'T SHOOT

    I often wondered if "Gary" made it home in one piece. To be exact I often worry if everybody I was in contact with got home in one piece. Anyway; I refuse to think of him not getting outta that place alive. gary
  13. LTTF or buy B-24 - 1/72

    do this, allow me to see exactly what I have to chose from in the stash. Right now, I suspect I have at least a half dozen Academy kits to pick from. Also just how many kits are you looking for? gary
  14. LTTF or buy B-24 - 1/72

    I have a couple Academy B24's that I could trade. gary
  15. Airfix Sea fury????

    I saw where Airfix has announced a B26 and a B25 in 1/72 scale! I'll be good for two or three of each one. Plus they also announced a 1/48th scale Blenheim. gary