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  1. A-7E Corsair II - Hasegawa 1/48

    Looking good!!!
  2. A-7E Corsair II - Hasegawa 1/48

    Just for future reference, the Breech Leads (firing cables) were not uniform on the way they curved. Those were flexible cables that were connected once the weapon was loaded and the cartridge was installed so the curve would be however the Ordies left them. You don't have to make them uniform, they weren't uniformed in real life.
  3. Bombs for S-3A Viking

    Not the Mk 62, 63 or 65 Quickstrikes. But you can do Mk 36 and Mk 40 (500 lb and 1000 lb) Destructor Mines which look identical to the Mk 62 and Mk 63 externally. You can also do Mk 52 and Mk 55 mines which are on shapeways. The Destructors and Quickstrike mines with Mk 80 series bomb bodies will have the yellow stripe (either one or two depending on bomb body used) plus a white stripe going vertically around the middle of the bomb body and four horizontal stripes on the aft end of the bomb body in an "X" fashion. https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fthediplomat.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2015%2F12%2Fthediplomat_2015-12-03_07-27-09.png&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fthediplomat.com%2F2015%2F12%2Fnew-wrinkles-in-maritime-warfare%2F&docid=xp2emNd6TX3DAM&tbnid=llULZbaySlBg0M%3A&vet=10ahUKEwin8prI3LLZAhUOm-AKHRcmClMQMwh0KAwwDA..i&w=900&h=275&bih=719&biw=1270&q=quickstrike Mines&ved=0ahUKEwin8prI3LLZAhUOm-AKHRcmClMQMwh0KAwwDA&iact=mrc&uact=8 hth GW
  4. Bombs for S-3A Viking

    Depending on the time frame you are doing will determine if you can put a Mk 65 Quickstrike on it, they were introduced to the fleet until 1983. Also, those Mk 84's don't look right, the bomb body is too flat in the middle.
  5. USN patches: partial embroidery?

    It depended on the squadron PAO, he was usually responsible for acquiring the squadron's memorabilia so it depends on what he bought (with approval of the CO). I know west coast squadrons use to get their patches made while they were out on a Westpac cruise in places like the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong because they could get them made cheap there may be some cheap patches running around, left over from those days. The Navy did not supply commands with their patches, hats, lighters, etc, each command had to procure their own through the open market, usually through companies that specialize in doing things like that. With that said, if a squadron ran out during cruise, they would go to one of the locals and have a bunch made for cheaper then what they would pay for in the states. Also, cruise patches were usually procured from overseas manufactures since they were usually designed during the cruise and the command would want to sell the patches during the cruise since that is when they would get the highest volume of sales. hth GW
  6. Yet another 1/48 Tamiya F-14A (updated 21 Feb)

    To my uncalibrated Mk 1 Mod 0 eyeball, the nose looks fine to me.
  7. Yet another 1/48 Tamiya F-14A (updated 21 Feb)

    Sorry, I don't have any personal pictures but I did find several that show the exhaust plus/area for the Sidewinder and Sparrow, the missiles you are doing will be the same. AIM-9 Sidewinder https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/air-force-technician-checks-an-aim-7m-sparrow-missile-news-photo/159902907?esource=SEO_GIS_CDN_Redirect#/air-force-technician-checks-an-aim7m-sparrow-missile-during-an-at-picture-id159902907 Older Sidewinders had a slightly darker color exhaust plug but if you want to use the color below it will work also. AIM-7 Sparrow Use the top photo and top right photo, that is an AIM-7E-2, the Sparrows you are doing. Note the radomes appear to be grey, that is just a photo illusion, in real life they were a very dirty white. AIM-7E-2 Sparrow detail GW
  8. Yet another 1/48 Tamiya F-14A (updated 21 Feb)

    I never understood why instructions say to paint the radomes grey, I've never seen a photo (or one in person) that shows them that color. Your missiles look great, just one more small detail you can do, the back end (exhaust plug) of the Sparrows will be the same brown color that you have on the Phoenix exhaust. For Sidewinders, a dark tan (model masters radome tan FS 33613 or dark tan FS 30219 is perfect) would be the color of the exhaust plug on the back for live missiles. Again, great work on your Tomcat, reminds me of the real thing. (I did two deployments with CVW-8 and remember VF-84 had a bird painted up like the one you are doing). GW
  9. Yet another 1/48 Tamiya F-14A (updated 21 Feb)

    If I may, Of the thousands of times I loaded Sparrows and Phoenix's during my years in Tomcats, I've never seen one with a grey radome. They were usually off white (a dirty white) or occasionally a very very very light radome tan color. GW
  10. A-7E Corsair II - Hasegawa 1/48

    Jazz, For the aircraft you posted, follow the painting instructions I posted and you will be spot on. Green bombs, two yellow stripes and the fuze would be tan color with silver propeller, the fin's will be a shade different than the bomb body. Also, part of my time in the Navy was loading/working on A-7E's with VA-82.
  11. I have no idea, never seen a Sidewinder painted like that in all my years.
  12. A-7E Corsair II - Hasegawa 1/48

    I too loaded bombs for 20 years, just on the Navy side, all the bombs I loaded had the stripes just spray painted on, no masking.
  13. captured japanese zero - - - colors?

    If you Google "tadayoshi koga zero" you will be able to find lots of info on this aircraft. Also, these might be helpful. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akutan_Zero
  14. Do you have a picture of the Sidewinder you are asking about, I've never heard/seen of a CATM-9 painted " light brown body,wood brown front body,red front fins and dark earth missile tip". I thought the Swiss used the same Captive Sidewinders as the US, all the CATM-9's I've loaded were either overall FS 35109 or grey with a FS 35109 on the warhead and rocket motor. These were CATM-9M's going back to the mid 80's.
  15. 1/18th F-14B Tomcat conversion

    I'm a lurker, I only chime in when someone has a question or if I have anything meaningful to add so lease don't take the lack of comments as if no one is following. Keep rocking it, your attention to detail is amazing. The Mk 83's and Weapons Rails are spot on. Just one note, on the drop tanks, you need to add the black chevrons over the filler caps. GW