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  1. On 8/10/2022 at 3:58 PM, habu2 said:

    Improved resolution and accuracy would be in the TGP itself, not the aircraft platform. 

     

    17 hours ago, GW8345 said:

    Superior is a subjective word, it's an opinion most of the time and of course every pilot is going to say their aircraft is superior to their rivals.

     

    The LANTRIN brought much needed capability to the Tomcat but overall the Hornet had a better bombing computer/system than the Tomcat so for anyone to say the Tomcat was superior they are basing their opinion on only one aspect and not the whole system.

    The F-14 used a purpose built, second generation Lantirn pod, with superior capability to anything fielded by the US military at the time.  The F-15E used the 80's version of the Lantirn with less capability.  It was in fact more capable than the early Lightning pods.  Here's the detailed explanations from Wikipedia:

     

    The basic LANTIRN was modified into LANTIRN Targeting System (LTS), the navigation pod was removed from the two-pod system and the targeting pod was improved for Tomcat use. The LTS featured a Global Positioning System and inertial measurement unit that provided the pod line-of-sight cueing and weapon release ballistics and eliminated the need for external cumbersome and time-consuming boresight equipment.

    Unlike the early versions, the LTS performed all weapon release calculations and presented release cues that it had generated to the aircrew. The LTS also had a masking avoidance curve display (preventing firing the laser at the jet) and eventually a north orientation curve and 12,200 m (40,000 ft) capable laser. The latter became very useful allowing F-14s to employ LGBs above potential threat systems and it came into its own in the higher terrain in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

    The LTS could also generate coordinates for any target located on the FLIR, and a latter software modification, known as T3 (Tomcat Tactical Targeting) increased the accuracy of the coordinates produced by the LTS and allowed generated coordinates for GPS/INS guided weapons (JDAM, JSOW and WCMD). The first combat use of this was during Operation Enduring Freedom when an F-14 generated coordinates for a B-52 that dropped a CBU-103 WCMD from over 40,000 feet (12,000 m). These weapons scored hits on a vehicle convoy that had stopped after the first vehicle was destroyed by the Tomcat with LGBs.

    The pod also featured an internal computer with ballistics data for the various precision munitions carried by the F-14. Data is fed to the pod by the Tomcat's AWG-9 (F-14A and F-14B) and AN/APG-71 (F-14D) radar, but the LTS in turn only sends video and guidance symbology to the crew's cockpit displays. This means that few wiring and software changes had to be made to the Tomcat in order for it to operate the LTS. All pod controls are in the RIO's cockpit, but the bomb release button is situated with the pilot. The LTS had a price tag of around 3 million US Dollars each and due to these high costs, only 75 were bought for fleet use. Typically, an F-14 squadron brought 6 to 8 pods with them on deployment, which would be permanently fitted to the non-TARPS jets.

  2. On 8/1/2022 at 6:49 PM, ElectroSoldier said:

    From what I read its sensor capabilities were not higher, it was overall lower as it did not have the navigation functions of the LANTIRN system it had the advantage over the F-15 in its LANTIRN pod display (PTIDS) had a higher resolution. So they had a clearly picture of what they were hitting. "thats all".

    Not that thats not important, I mean being able to see what you are targeting is very important, but its hardly the massive advantage you make it out to be. And if it is it kind of makes you wonder what the F-15 pilots were doing wrong, rather than what the F-14 pilots were doing so much righter.

     

    I thought the fleet had laser PGM capability in the A-6E TRAM?

     

    Ill be completely honest Im not really looking to get into a fanboy argument about the F-14, its a good jet with a lot of overzealous fans. 

     

     

    Here's a good overview of the LANTIRN integration into the F-14.  The F-14 LANTIRN Pod (AN/AAQ-25) had unique capabilities the USAF pod (AN/AAQ-14) lacked.

     

    https://theaviationist.com/2020/12/26/how-the-f-14-tomcat-evolved-and-became-the-bombcat/

     

    While a 10" high res screen might not seem like a big deal these days, the F-14s were preferred for CAS missions because of it.  When combined with the enhanced LANTIRN pod, it would seem it was the preferred platform in the early years of the war. 

     

    https://theaviationist.com/2012/09/08/f14-vs-f15/

     

    Also, the ROVER system was borrowed from UAVs and added to the F-14Ds very late.  This system allowed ground forces to view the IR video feed from the F-14D LANTIRN pod to assist with target identification.

     

    https://theaviationgeekclub.com/f-14d-close-shows-last-upgrade-received-tomcat-retired/

  3. On 7/17/2022 at 9:20 PM, Falconxlvi said:

    I don’t think the MRP international orange is quite right.  I’ve tired it and it’s not as red.  I picked up some tru-color (TCP 1210) instead and it is dead on IMO.   I thinned it with Mr Color Leveling thinner and had great results 

     

    Steve 

    MRP-002 is really the better match to "International Orange"  MRP calls it insignia red, but that's really not the right name.  They also have another insignia red, MRP-299, which is in fact what most modelers consider insignia red to be.

     

    Back to MRP International orange (MRP-232).  I find this to be a closer match to the orange that VFA/VA-86 uses for its squadron markings.

  4. On 5/5/2022 at 9:41 AM, KursadA said:

    Great idea, I am adding the window to the 1/72 and 1/144 sheets.

     

    The smaller scale sheets will have 14 options; four more than the list I posted earlier for the 1/48 scale sheet.

    The additional options on the 1/72 and 1/144 sheets are:

     

    • B-1B 85-0069 "Daisy Mae"
    • B-1B 86-0097 "Iron Eagle"
    • B-1B 86-0109 "Spectre"
    • B-1B 85-0085 "America #1"

    It would be cool to have a modern set of Spectre markings representing it's final scheme before the engine fire and retirement.

  5. 12 hours ago, ElectroSoldier said:

    Nothing ventured nothing gained.

    Try out the Ozmods parts on it. The FB-111A kit has the same problem as all the others

    I have the HB FB-111 kit inbound.  I'll do some comparisons with the Academy kit to see if the wings are interchangeable.  Seems like fixing the HB kit parts should be easy. 

     

    Unfortunately, the current situation in Ukraine is going to be a problem.  I actually have an order from Reskit stuck in their postal system in Kyiv.

  6. 12 hours ago, ElectroSoldier said:

    Yes the tracks need to come off too and go back in the right order (which is opposite to how the kit provides them) but I left them on and moved my way down the wing using the tracks in place to level up the veins as I went. My first try I couldnt get the veins to line up to each other and it looked like a Mexican wave in the end.

    Do you happen to have any photos of the correction process? 

     

    Also, I wonder if the Ozmod wing sets for the academy kit could be modified to work in the hobbyboss kits?

  7. Custom is really the best way to go with display cases for models.  I'm in the process of finishing a custom cabinet project that will give me enough space for ~150 completed builds.  It is a three sectioned cabinet that will take up just under 10 feet of wall space. The center section will protrude out 26 inches from the wall.  The two side cabinets will be 22 inches deep.  The deeper shelves will easily allow for two rows of 1/48 scale modern jets.  Also, the deeper center section will hold a 1/72 scale B-52 or B-36.

     

    I know not everyone has the means to build something like I'm working on, but it is possible to construct A simplified version.  I finished a four foot wide cabinet in high school that was based on a design in an old issue of FSM.  That served me well for many years.  I built that with a doweling jig, table saw, and a miter saw.  

     

    I also built a strange ladder style shelf that was from an old issue of FSM.  It used dowels and 2"x2" wood to build two ladders.  Then the top and bottom shelves were bolted to those.  Then the rest of the shelves were slid onto the rungs.  It held a ton of models, including all the large scale Monogram bomber kits of the late 80's.

  8. 7 hours ago, habu2 said:

    While I understand and agree with copyright infringement issues when copying a decal sheet, I have to ask - did anyone obtain permission from Warren Trask when they made their decal sheets?  It's my understanding Trask copyrighted his artwork.

     

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    Interesting that he was able to copyright it.  When I worked as a government contractor, the government owned everything I created.  I had no right to any intellectual property I created while working there.  My current private sector employer also owns everything I create and I have zero rights to take anything with me.

  9. A simple search for the Hobby boss kit sprues shows that they are not re-using the clear parts from the kit.  It looks like they've gone custom injection molded for those parts.  Also note that the clear parts for the opening portions of the canopy are designed to fit into the resin frame parts.

  10. 2 hours ago, Solo said:

    So if I have Tamiya F-14A late and want to make late B, I need only D exhaust plus shrouds and fairings? Nothing more?

    The late A kit includes the GE shrouds (from the F-14D TARPS sprue).  All that's missing are the GE nozzles (lots of AM options), correct pilot instrument panel, and the sparrowhawk HUD (for very late Bs)  Phase hanger makes the correct front instrument panel w/sparrowhawk.  Otherwise, the fightertown decal set for the small details, ordinance, etc has the correct decal for the B pilot panel.

     

    https://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/tam/pages/tam_61122_parts1.shtml

  11. I'm looking for the following items to buy or trade for:

     

    Wolfpack 1/48 S-3 Wingfold set (x2)

    Wolfpack 1/48 EA-6A cockpit set

    Wolfpack 48082 wing fold set for Revell EA-6A

    Wolfpack or Black Dog 1/48 S-3 Cockpit set (x2)

    Airdoc 48016 1/48 A-7D decals (specifically the Colorado ANG schemes) FOUND

    Caracal 48092 1/48 B-1B (specifically the "Dark Knight" scheme)

     

    Trade Only Items (no direct sales, so don't bother asking):

    - Hasegawa 1/48 F-14 kits with Aires detail sets. 

    - Various Black Box cockpit sets.

    - Extensive library of ~500 decal sheets of 1960's through modern jets (Two Bobs, Fightertown, VF decals, Aeromaster, SSI/MSI, Fox One, Caracal, etc.) 

    If you have one of my wish list items to trade, let me know what you are looking for and I'll check my stash.

     

    Shoot me a PM if you want to sell or trade for the items I'm looking for.

     

    Thanks,

    Ken

     

     

     

  12. 13 hours ago, Charlie D. said:

    I wasn’t impressed much with the various sales from any of the retailers, although I did not be up finding a couple good kit deals on Amazon. Sprue was tempting but every kit I was interested in was out of stock (and I had to spend $200 to get a 20% discount) and as it was model kits only, once I got past the 5-6 kits I was looking for I stopped looking. I also didn’t like that all purchases went towards the $200 but only the kits were discounted. Why not just discount everything? Fill your cart to $200, get 20% of your cart. That I probably would have done.

    Typically, it takes a 20% off sale at Sprue Bros to even make it worthwhile.  I live in WA state and get charged 10% sales tax from SB.  Meanwhile, I can go over to scalehobbyist.com and get items for the same sales price as SB and only pay a flat shipping rate of $9.95 and no sales tax.  That all being said, I was able to score two high priced kits that ultimately saved me ~$45 vs. buying from scalehobbyist.  It really depends on the exact item.

     

    As for other sales I took advantage of:

    Reskit - 25% off

    Phase hanger - 20% off

    Flying leathernecks decals - 20% off

    Reid Air - 30% off

     

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