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    The Book Thread

    Greetings fellow netizens, This thread is about books you begin and finish this year. This isn't a contest for numbers, just a chance to share what you read and your take on it. With that being said, I have completed my first book, read entirely this year. 11 Days of Christmas by Marshall Michel III It's a great insight into SAC's Vietnam days, from LeMay's continual reluctance (since Korea) to commit SAC bombers to non-nuclear conflict to the micro-management that nearly dooms Linebacker II. Michel introduces the points of views of President Nixon, the newly elected congress, Joint Chiefs, BUFF crews on from Andersen and U-Tapao, Wild Weasel and Phantom crews, as well as the meager MiG and SAM crews assigned to Hanoi's defense. All I can say is that it appears that no single decision is wholly responsible for the outcome of the Second Indo-China War, but instead a series of questionable ones from people at all levels.
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    The PC Gaming Thread

    We all like planes, many of us have military service.... how many of us are PC gamers? I play a lot of shooters and flight sims, as well as some of the Total War games. I care less about gaming histories and more about what you have right now. My favorite games currently are Il-2 Sturmovik with the SAS mods, DCS World, Dying Light, Rising Storm/Red Orchestra 2 and Insurgency. Rising Storm and Insurgency are particularly interesting for me because there are a lot of other vets who use team tactics. It's all very fun and I want to know if any of you have these and would like to join me for a match at some point. Thanks
  3. worse men remain, yet you got pegged

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    The Pinnacle of US Military Technology

    there is so much truth in that.... that seems to be the single biggest lasting tradition
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    Modeling drink of choice?

    Ha, in that case you need to make a choice between modeling and driving. I can't let you do both ;) !
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    Modeling drink of choice?

    caffeine and booze.... just need to be able to remember to shut off the air compressor
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    The Pinnacle of US Military Technology

    Combat glow belt for the win!
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    Post Pics of Your Workbenches!

    Ah the Saints. There will only be one 2010 ;) Nice area
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    F-35 news roundup

    Well if you're out in the middle of the country where a bunch of pickups are already on station looking for customers, then it still would be quicker to call Bubba than calling any sportster from the nearest city to come give you a ride.
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    Anyone make a kit of the AHRLAC?

    I would love one of these for personal transportation.
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    F-35 news roundup

    Exactly. This returns us to my point about being able to pick precision targets for pilots to aim at. Pave Penny obviously wasn't the best system, but it was light and plentiful. One of it's weaknesses is the Pave Penny didn't allow pilots to designate their own targets for guided weapons release. Pave Penny allowed pilots to find targets for GBUs to home onto or AGM-65s they could aim by themselves, but modern pilots use their own pods to redesignate targets picked up from ground designators. The tablet model is really cool, but it's not worth throwing all our resources behind a single high-tech system because we don't know the enemy's private information about their cyber warfare capability. It could be as bad as buying a bunch of cheap Enron stock in September 2001. If the F-35 doesn't have another system that allows the pilot to do what we can do now, our JTACs could find themselves without options. Most of our money goes into force multipliers like air power... we don't have enough grunts for an attrition fight.
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    UH-1E Question...

    I tried making one out of milli put but I was very far off. LMK if you manage to make an extra or get a mold. I think many of naval aviation enthusiasts would appreciate one of these. We also need to do the arm.
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    Pacific Theater GB poll

    Hell yeah I'd participate man!
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    F-35 news roundup

    True, but the Pave Penny gave the Hawg some ability to act within the environment it was designed for: identification, tasking, etc. It's not the whole package like we'd expect today, but 1970s it's kind of remarkable
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    F-35 news roundup

    It's actually not a worthless statement to say that the coming IR systems must work with the whole package because we developed past systems for legacy aircraft that made production, only for the IR system to be removed at a later date. So many systems come to mind here... Now the PCAS stuff is pretty cool... reminds me of some of the tablets our people used last decade. But we must also be prepared for cyber attacks that disable such systems. If an advancement can be thought of, then a counter to it is right around the corner. In some ways it's nice to have less reliance on lasers because the developed militaries of the world can jam lasers quite effectively. But pointing devices still offer advantages in the scale of conflicts we are in right now. Being able to give an exact location, without the possible error of trying to designate through map, is still a sound practice. Ahhh yes, the Uber model...
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    F-35 news roundup

    Whoa there nelly, nobody said anything was wrong; only that an integrated system designed for the platform needs to serve (key word here, ahem) the F-35 better than a pod would, out of mercy for the tax payers. That doesn't mean the FLIR needs to out-LITENING the LITENING pod, that means it needs to do the best it can from within the whole package. Next thing: ground pointers aren't the preferred method for targeting. In current usage with the Marines, who are strong leaders in developing air-ground management, ground pointers initially aid in designating the general target, but the aviators redesignate with their onboard LITENING pods for weapons release. After handing off the target, the aviator disregards the ground pointer. We don't know how the F-35 will handle this but relying exclusively on the ground pointing devices shows that we are transferring more power to the grunt either because ground pointing devices/training are improved or we are taking a step back from current (2012) norms. Whether the ground pointer or the onboard pod delivers final guidance, it seems the lack of either option, or a trusted equivilent, would be significantly detrimental to people depending on certain types of support.
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    The fate of one guy's models after a divorce

    No that's not what it sounds like. I'll stop there because we'll end up ahead if we don't continue down that path.
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    F-35 news roundup

    Something made me think... if we still had a draft, most would probably be more supportive of military spending when it means newer technology could be keeping their loved one safer... Unrelated, Spreitler has a point. You want the FLIR built for the F-35 to serve the platform better than a pod serves a variety of different aircraft. I don't know if the F-35's biggest issue is the FLIR, but it either needs to be right or go.
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    Here comes Norwegian.

    Southwest for the win! Texas raised, Texas based.... once was the greatest source of liquor consumption in this great state
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    1/48 Monoram P-61

    I'm so jealous I need to go to jeally school
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    Here comes Norwegian.

    I think this is a good move. I don't care about American airlines at all. They suck, they charge for everything, they make the travel experience worse than not traveling at all. If I could drive to Europe, that's the way I'd go. Flying is the worst, I'd rather get clawed through both eyes by an angry polar bear than give a buck to a US airline.
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    The fate of one guy's models after a divorce

    Eh, at the end of the day my models served me well but they it's all just effin' stuff. I can afford to lose it though I don't prefer to.
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    F-35 news roundup

    I don't know what LCS is, but... Competition in the direct sense is tough for cases like this. We are talking about a platform which will probably dominate the three fixed-wing branches for decades. This is kind of like when our military made the jump from muskets to rifles because of the advent of interchangeable parts. It's a necessary oversimplification to say one company will have the functional monopoly for production and distribution for spares. Most likely, the "free market" will operate under Lockheed as the company tries to source out materials and parts. But there will be much interference... there always is Now for the business end.... this is where it gets ugly and where the public gets disillusioned. When Congress appropriates funds for the F-35, it's not going to be a just few lines in an overall budget. It's going to be a giant stack of papers that delegate production to select areas, in select districts represented by select Senators and Congresspeople. It won't go by what's cheapest, it will go by who is "owed" a favor. Senator Mouth Blisters helped Senator Herpes-Butt with a Federal judge appointment, therefore a favor is owed: Sen. Mouth Blisters knows when he gets the subcontract in his district, this will aid in his reelection. But we will tolerate this because we know the only way the F-35 will live up to Lockheed's promises is when the total infrastructure is intact. Despite the ugly parts of this deal, the integration will probably still be cheaper than the old way of doing things.
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    Why do you build models

    Even the sanding? Actually, I enjoy sanding MUCH more than painting. Painting exists to prevent me from spending too much of my time on models... I hate it
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    F-35 news roundup

    That IS huge. When I was a Marine maintainer, cannibalization was an issue that kept a larger fraction of the Harrier fleet down than I care to admit. Not exactly sure what ALIS is, but it seems to mean some sort of parts interchangeability program between branches and contractors. With older systems, in my experience with the Harrier, there were so few parts we could get. I don't want to get into too much detail, but the only things we could get across platform were MAYBE bolts, washers, nuts (had to be the same size as well as have a rating for certain heat ranges) and o-rings. There were times when a missing .25 inch rubber o-ring kept an engine out of a bird for months. Then there were some gasket issues that only applied to the Harrier because of its thrust vectoring capability. There are always proponents of some plan to retro-fit a platform with a new maintenance system, usually through some sort of Airspeed initiative, but it just isn't practical to open back up production lines for these antiquated systems. If the F-35 stays in service as long as the Hornets and Vipers, then it seems our investments in integrated supply and maintenance structures will actually save us money in the coming decades. This heavily depends on the F-35 being what we hope it is in the long run. From an outsider's point of view, attaching supplies to a single company that holds a monopoly on producing parts is justifiably undesirable. But at the unit level this makes a lot of sense. You spend a LOT extra for 'peace of mind' and ease of repairability.