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  1. Retaping a buddy's helmet and he wants it identical to his old helmet from the fleet. I'm curious what font the shrikes use for their wording and call signs. Anyone know? I'd like to avoid hand drawing the font on paper and then cutting g it w a razor. Prefer to have actual font to go off of. Thank you. http://www.markstyling.com/f_a_18s/f_a-18c.cu.38f.jpg
  2. Of note, the Blues opened up the #8 position this year to ANY 1310 (pilot) or ANY 1320 (NFO).
  3. Vigies qualing in their echos. http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=166828
  4. Doubtful. I would guess 500 to probably be in depot level maintenance; so they painted up 501 in it's stead.
  5. They'll do one cruise as a stateside squadron in the Unicorn, then permanently swap with VAW-115 in CAG-5.
  6. Nailed the colors/weathering. Great-looking build.
  7. Bats are based out of Iwakuni not Atsugi, just fyi. CAG 5 and support C-12s are the only American assets permanently based out of Atsugi.
  8. Link doesn't work. That cougar scheme looks nice. Classy, but innovative.
  9. Love this kit. Great looking build!
  10. Snort flies everything. I love it.
  11. http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=68375
  12. Anyone notice the 2-seater 137's rockin'? http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=127644
  13. The new Liberty 600 scheme. More of this and the CO's bird (601) to follow.
  14. This weekend the corrosion shop is working on the new "Big Sexy" aka Liberty 600 paint scheme. 601 received a 'subdued' scheme last week featuring some uniquely "Japanese" elements. Photos of that next week. A projector was used last night and the overall outline laid down with detail tape. Mass-masking now with paint later today. Of note, the tail is FLAT black, same as the mask around the cockpit.
  15. 141 isn't here yet, but it looks like they painted at least one of their planes already. http://www.fencecheck.com/forums/index.php/topic,7782.90.html
  16. I didn't see a dedicated, single thread to the F-35 aircraft, not sure if the mods can combine the other F-35 topics into this one. Below are two recently uploaded photos to navy.mil of the first F-35B to fly with external pylons/pod. -jai5w4
  17. Never know…could be MOVLAS. In which case it would most likely be an OK 1. And, though the ship in the photo is not, 1 wires are not auto no-grades on the Bush (3 wire boat). As weird as it seems, OK 1 wires are common there. -John
  18. Yort! He was an instructor of mine back in the day. j
  19. Love the "kills" on the 77 bird... jai5w4
  20. Dang. Not sure how to link photos from facebook... J
  21. D-Backs rolled out their retro bird here about a month and a half ago. Here's a link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.139076429499481.29397.100001913741658 j
  22. They're in the states now transitioning. Bringing new Rhinos out to Japan in a couple months. I hear the 400 bird is gonna be toned down significantly.
  23. In the right thread this time... Few from cruise. -John
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