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  1. Great photos and explanations, Don. Thank you!
  2. Thanks for the comments and photos, guys. To me, this is an interesting subject. Camouflaging aircraft goes back to WW-I, so I know I'm not the first one to be curious about it. I can see the advantage of the SEA camo scheme on aircraft that would be in an area where attack from above was a possibility, but what about the B-52s and other high flyers? In SE Asia, weren't they usually "seen" from below by radar? A SAM site's radar wouldn't know or care what color a B-52 was. Was there a period of time on their missions when the SEA camo made them less vulnerable? Here's another question: Why did the B-52s get the SEA paint job while the KC-135s went without? Painting aircraft differently to avoid misidentification is yet another factor, but I don't think this factor applied to the BUFFs or Stratotankers in SE Asia. Or did it? Another reason supporting the SEA scheme might've been the possibility of attack by enemy aircraft while on the ground. Quarterbacking after the game, the odds were against that, but it might've seemed like a possibility at the time. I haven't found anything that would support this idea. Having airbrushed 30-some aircraft in the SEA camo scheme, I've wondered more than once if we got our money's worth on all those SEA-scheme paint jobs on the real things. I'm still wondering. How many aircraft were lost in the Vietnam War because they weren't wearing the right camouflage?
  3. Thanks for responding to my screw-up.  Been away for so long, I've forgotten how to communicate here.  Used to have it down pat.  Must be getting old. 

  4. What was the reasoning for the SEA camo used on many of the USAF aircraft in Vietnam? I have a couple of theories, but haven't found much to support them. Someone, somewhere must have had a good reason or reasons. Anyone?
  5. What was the reasoning for the SEA camo used on many of the USAF aircraft in Vietnam? I have a couple of theories, but haven't found anything to support them. Someone, somewhere must have had a good reason. Anyone?
  6. Thank you very much, Holmes and GW!
  7. I'm loading up a 1/72-scale French Naval Air F4U-7 with the 5-inch HVAR unguided rockets used by the French in Indo-China in the 1950s, and I need to know what color to paint these things. I can't seem to find anything helpful on the internet, let alone in the Italeri kit instructions (kit No. 1313) In photos, the rocket motors appear to be off-white, and the warheads darker, possibly olive drab. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!
  8. Having been burned a few times when ordering "out of country," I'm a little nervous about sending billing information to a company in Hong Kong. Has anyone had problems with hobbyeasy.com? I think they have something I want. Anyone?
  9. I ended up ordering a VC-6A from RVHP Models, by way of Hannants. I'm hoping I can make a proper Vietnam-era airplane from it, although I expect that my skills will be put to the test before I'm done. This kit comes with the decals to make the (US Army) airplane that Werhner Von Braun used in 1966, ferrying to and from the White Sands Missile Range, and I expect to be able to use some of them.
  10. I'm not sure this aircraft was in SE Asia, as an RU-21H. Do you know if it was. As the years went by, a lot of the "A" models were converted.
  11. Thanks for the quick comeback, Dylan. Here's one of the resin models available from rvhp models. https://www.rvhpmodels.cz/pages_kits/72026.html It's one of the C-90 birds, and to my eye, it looks a lot like the RU-21 Ute. What do you think? The fuselage sides look fairly flat, so cutting out the resin and fitting square windows might not be too much of a chore. I've had some experience with making windows and gluing them into a resin fuselage using clear epoxy, so that prospect doesn't scare me off. Let me know what you think.
  12. I'm trying to complete my Southeast Asian Wars collection, and I need help from someone knowledgeable about Beechcraft aircraft. I've searched far and wide for a model that I might convert to a 1/72 Beech RU-21A "Ute," but have been unable to find one. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beechcraft_King_Air#/media/File:Beechcraft_U-21_Ute_US_Army.jpg I think the RVHP King Air C-90A might be close, but the cabin windows in the Ute were square, so that's a major modification, made even more difficult because it's a resin kit. Mach 2 makes an RC--12K in plastic, but I it has different engines, a T-tail, and (I think) a different fuselage, not to mention a lot of antenna holes to fill. The US Army flew a lot of these during the Viet Nam War. I'm surprised some manufacturer hasn't made one, or at least the civilian version, which remains a popular aircraft. Does anyone know how I might go about building one?
  13. Thanks, Jester. I'll check out the sources you mentioned. My in-line regulator and moisture trap are mounted on my compressor.
  14. I bought a cheapie regulator and gauge when I bought my compressor a few years ago, and would like to replace it with a better one. I use an Iwata Eclipse HP-CS airbrush. The regulator I have tends to leak air (not from a connection) and the scale is wrong for the low pressure (15 - 20) that I use. Could anyone suggest a good one?
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