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  1. I didn't use the burner can's from a Hasegawa Phantom, I used aftermarket ones.
  2. No, there was not RBF flags use for the Phoenix when loaded on the belly and the wings. GW
  3. The way you did the prop is awesome, I'm going to have to steal that for one of my build. :-)
  4. I built a Hasegawa RA-5C years ago (before the Trumpeter kit came out) and to make it a nice looking kit (I'm no master builder by a long shot) I spruced up the landing gear, added so detail to the front cockpit (can't really see any of the back with those small windows) and replaced the burner can's with aftermarket ones (used the once for an F-4J, they used the same engine). If you want to do a A-5A (A3J-1) use the burner cans for a F-4B Phantom II.
  5. That's for the Legacy Hornet, it has a LOX Bottle in it, the Super Bug does not use LOX Bottles.
  6. There are no 1/72 scale A-5A (A3J-1) Vigie kit, the old Revell and Monogram kits were (IIRC) 1/87 scale (they called them "Box Scale" back then). If you want a 1/72 scale A-5A you will need to modify a RA-5C, there's an old Fine Scale Modeler article that showed how to do it. There are several 1/72 scale RA-5C's but none of them are perfect, off the top of my head I know Airfix did one, along with Hasegawa (old 70's mold) and of course the newer Trumpeter kit. From what I've heard the Trumpeter kit has some shape issues with the nose area around the front seat and the other two lack some details but with some TLC they can be built into nice kits, just depending on how much work you want to put into them. As for the old Revell/Monogram kits, there were produced in the 60's and aren't anywhere close to today's standards.
  7. I'm sorry but that comment was uncalled for. For one, when did Z5 ever ban anyone or critique a model posted on another modeling site? All you are trying to do is start another flame war, I though we were past all of that.
  8. Back then the Legacy Hornets always flew with the what was called "double ugly", meaning a tank on centerline and a tank on the right wing so the T-Pod would have a better FOV. Standard load out for that period/AOR was; Station 1 - AIM-9X or Empty* Station 2 - GBU-12D/B Station 3 - GBU-38(v)2 Station 4 - ATFLIR Station 5 - Drop Tank Station 6 - Empty Station 7 - Drop Tank Station 8 - AGM-65E Station 9 - AIM-9X or Empty* * Only 1 AIM-9X was carried, either on station 1 or 9, whichever station was easiest to get to when loading.
  9. My guess is that that is an old aircraft dump at or near NAS Dallas since the F-4 (Buno 152267) was the gate guard there before it closed. The Tomcats probably belonged to VF-201 or VF-202 and were dumped there when VF-202 was decomm'ed since one of them has "SARDIP" painted on it and was probably used as a source of spare parts for VF-201 aircraft. If you Google (F-4B Buno 152267) you can find some info about it. Also, look up the buno here, it states: "152267 (MSN 994) upgraded to F-4N. SOC Apr 14, 1982. Currently preserved in Dallas, Texas. When it went to the Army Reserve, it was towed to a forest area near Temple, TX. NMNA at Pensacola took charge of all Navy preserved aircraft." This site shows the mounting frame that is under the F-4;
  10. It is possible to build this sitting on the deck with the slats up, just have them "pinned" in the up position. There was a canvas strap that was used to pin the slats in the up position, use a piece of decal stripe to simulate this and have a RBF flag at the end of it to simulate the pin. There is a drawing of the strap in the Ginter Naval Fighter book for the A-4 (can't remember which A-4 book but one of them has info on the strap).
  11. That is not a legal load, the bomb on the left belly station (Station 3R) is a GBU-31(v)4 JDAM, the F-14 was never cleared to carry the GBU-31(v)4 JDAM, only the GBU-31(v)2 variant (and on their last cruise the GBU-38(v)2). If the bomb was a GBU-31(v)2 it would be a legal load but I've never seen a load like that carried. GW
  12. As Jim stated, the F-14D's used a "dry" Phoenix designated the AIM-54C+ which did not require any liquid coolant (call Coolanal). this means that the coolant pump housed in the right forward fairing and all the plumbing for the weapon rails and wings could be removed. This saved a lot of maintenance man hours since we were forever fixing leaks and servicing that system. The AIM-54C+'s looked identical on the outside except they did not have the coolant ports on the top of the missile by the forward lug. hth GW
  13. VF-74 only flew the A's and B's, they got their B's in 1988 and flew them until they were decomm'ed in April of 94.