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  1. Everything I've found on the web says this incident took place on 27 Nov 1992 during an attempted coup in Venezuela. https://www.wearethemighty.com/mighty-tactical/venezuelan-f16-shoots-ov10/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Rockwell_OV-10_Bronco https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/16565/watch-this-crazy-video-of-a-venezuelan-f-16-gunning-down-an-ov-10-bronco
  2. Parts M25 and M26 are for TARPS configured F-14A and B's, they are never used on F-14D's. Leave them off for an F-14D. hth
  3. I've never seen any pictures of, or know of, the commemorative schemes Delta's carrying any air to ground ordnance. Those birds were painted for photo ops when the squadrons were transitioning to super bugs, by that time the squadrons were dropping anything from their Tomcats since they had to save everyone in their NCEA for SH training. That is the reason why I stated that the only white bottom Tomcat's to do A/G ordnance was the test prototypes.
  4. Yes, the hook pivot points were white. For the tail hook bumpers (rubber stops), all the one's I've seen up close and personal (was a finalchecker in 3 F-14 squadrons) were translucent red to pink, depending on weathering (the older they were the more faded to pink they became). The bumpers were a clear red rubber that would fade over time. The hook point was steel with a coating of brown grease (can't remember if it was Molly B, don't think it was because Molly B was a blackish color and the grease for the hook point was a brown color). hth
  5. When I built my Bearcat years ago I did research on the very subject, the info I found said that the rear decking area was painted interior green when the aircraft was built and repainted dark sea blue when the aircraft went through overhaul. hth GW
  6. The only time a white bottomed Alpha did air to ground ordnance was when the prototypes were conducting the initial testing (early 70's) and no one makes the bomb racks/rails needed to depict that configuration.
  7. The Alpha's could carry everything the Delta's could carry except for JDAM's (GBU-31V2 and GBU-38, only VF-31 and 213 were authorized to carry GBU-38 on their last cruise, VF-101 did the testing). Also, the Delta's were never authorized to carry the ALQ-167, only the Alpha's and Bravo's were authorized to carry that pod. hth GW
  8. The walkways should be four separate sections with the breaks corresponding with the panels lines. The breaks are so the non-skid is not painted over the fasteners for the walkway relay panels. They will have hard edges since the area was masked off with masking tape and the non-skid applied with a roller.
  9. I can't speak for USAF aircraft but for USN/USMC just about every platform capable of carrying ordnance would fly a TACTS Pod during some training missions. I've even seen the pods hung from the refueling booms on H-53's.
  10. There are several pods like that but the one I think you are describing is called a TACTS Pod. There are also; TCTS Pods ARDS Pods MOKKITS Pods LATR Pods Just to name a few, all fall under the "ACMI" or "TIS" group. ACMI - Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation TIS - Training Instrumentation Systems
  11. If I may throw out some info; Just because there's a restriction for the USAF doesn't mean the USN/USMC have the same restriction. Currently there are no blanket restrictions in the USN/USMC for carrying inert and live missiles on the same aircraft. Certain missile variants are restricted from carrying live and inert on the same aircraft but there are no restriction for carrying CATM-9's with any live missiles. It is illegal to do training with live missiles due an incident in 1987 when a VF-74 F-14A shot down an USAF RF-4C during a training missile unless it is a missi
  12. They have shape and fit issues. The Savage is a cross between a -1 and a -2.
  13. 1/72 scale; A3J-1/A-5A Vigilante RF-8A/G Crusader C-1A Trader C-2 Greyhound AJ-1/2 Savage (not the Mach2 crap) EA-6A Intruder P6M Seamaste (not the Mach2 crap)
  14. During my years in Tomcats (87-01) we never flew CATM-9's with live missiles and I never say anyone else do it. We never transported live missiles from one location to another either. The only time we flew CATM-9's with anything live was when we were carrying/employing live air to ground ordnance (bombs). Not saying it wasn't done, just saying I never saw anyone on the east coast do it and never heard of anyone on the west coast doing it either.
  15. So you are actually contradicting what you wrote earlier, got it. I fail to see where anyone on here has refused to take responsibility of what they wrote, except you, you pivoted on your "free to express an opinion" statement and now say you need to hold someone "accountable" for expressing an opinion. And again, you are trying to change the narrative because you can't defend your position, reading and responding to an opinion you don't agree with isn't "attacking" the person holding said opinion. Disparaging them and calling them names because you don't agree with the
  16. Nothing you wrote is political because you didn't use it in a political context, all you have done is created word salad. Now, if you take a topic, add some political context to it then it would be political, such as talking about a certain movement and it's ideology/leanings, that could be considered political.
  17. Just because you label a topic as political doesn't mean it's political. If that was the case anyone can label anything political and shut down any discussion they don't agree with or like.
  18. I didn't know expressing an opinion about today's youth is considered politics. Can someone post a list of what all is considered political and thus verboten.
  19. Do you even read what you write? You say you hold people accountable for their actions (you are holding someone "accountable" for expressing an opinion) then you say they are free to express their opinion. Well, which one is it, are they free to express an opinion or are you going to hold them "accountable" for it? Also, what constitutes "intolerant behavior", what one person call's "intolerant behavior" is perfectly acceptable to someone else so again. I'm sure you are fine with kids burning down cities, attacking people they don't agree with, blocking traffic and all
  20. As to if the hobby is dying or not, my opinion is that the bobby is not dying. Kids today are not going to build models when they can play video games. The demographics of the hobby has changes since most of use were kids. Back then kids build models, now it's the older generation that does. When the kids of today grow up and get into their 30's they will pickup model building because they will have outgrown video games. Just because kids today are not building does mean the hobby is dying, it just means the demographics are changing. If the hobby was dying then manufac
  21. What have you added to the discussion on the state of the hobby, so far I've only seen you attack someone because you don't agree with their opinion on today's youth, how welcoming is that? You tell someone to be more welcoming, maybe you should lead by example.
  22. So, are we going to talk about the future of the hobby or are we going to get triggered/butt hurt because someone expressed an opinion someone doesn't agree with? Just wanted to know on whether or not to follow this thread, TIA.
  23. I would like to point out that the aft vent grill (panel) closest to the boarding ladder does not go with the front grill panel. The aft vent grill was only on aircraft that had the NACA gun intakes. That panel ( where the aft vent grill is) is the purge door which was replaced with a vent when the new (NACA) vents were incorporated. So if you are using one of the two different type of early panels do not use that vent grill panel, it was only used with the NACA vent panels. Just wanted to point that out in case no one knew it.
  24. http://zone-five.net/showthread.php?t=229&page=15 Refer to post # 299 for your answer.
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