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About mrvark

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  • Birthday 04/18/1950

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    F-111s, US Aircraft Ordnance from Vietnam to Present

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  1. At a loss for words. RIP old friend...
  2. Recently, there was a discussion on this forum about what it would take to install correct Triple Plow II inlets (used by the F-111D/E/F/G & FB-111A) in either of the available 1:48 F-111 kits. I finally got off my dead derrière and made the modification. Rather than make a really long series of posts here, I've done it as a pdf that you can download here. It is as comprehensive as I could make it (with plenty of pictures) and should allow you to safely and successfully make the modification.
  3. Steve, I'm working on some F-111s at the moment as well. A few things to keep in mind: Step 7 has you add the lower IFF antenna (G24)--do that. In Step 13, DO NOT install part G23--that is the position of the Lower IFF antenna on FB-111A/F-111G only. In Step 17, DO NOT install outboard pylons G16--those were only used by FB-111As I've never seen an F-111A loaded with 600-gal fuel tanks. IF they were ever carried it would have been on the outboard (middle) pylons--NEVER on the inboards. This goes for any tactical F-111. The stateside-based F-111A & Ds never carried
  4. Correcting the HB canopy: As noted, this is the Academy kit canopy. There is also a vac-u-form canopy based on the Academy kit available, probably from multiple sources, but here is one: https://www.amazon.com/Vacuform-Canopy-Academy-accessory-Squadron/dp/B00EN0AO7M
  5. If you plan to buy a set of ResKit wheels, they are presently mis-labeled on the website, but that is being fixed. They should read: Kits RS48/72-69 go to F-111C/G & FB-111A Kits RS48/72-70 go to F-111A/B/D/E/F & EF-111A
  6. Here are a couple of pics of the ECM pod adapter on the front and rear stations.
  7. If it could be done, and I don't know that it could be, the PAVE Tack pod would be stowed and unusable.ere is what it looked like when the AN/ALQ-131 was on the front station and the AN/AXQ-14 was on the rear station.
  8. I'm not sure what you mean by "fully articulated". However, I've attached a pic of what the pod looked like on the ground. The weapon bay doors were open with the pod in the 'standby extend' position, where the turret head rotated backwards protect the window from being hit by FOD. If you were to stand behind the weapon bay, the pod cradle would rotate clockwise to retract and counter clockwise to extend. No one is interested in doing aftermarket for the F-111 kits with the exception of ResKit, who did the engines. I've approached Dmitryi about doing the ECM pod adapter, but so far
  9. No. Prepare to enter the rabbit hole... The 500-lb GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II (EP2) is built by Raytheon and involves a modified tail kit to provide the electrical connection between the aircraft and weapon. Other Raytheon EP2s include the 1,000-lb GBU-48, 2,000-lb. GBU-50, and 250-lb. GBU-59. These weapons were developed for the USAF. The 500-lb. GBU-12F/B Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb (DMLGB) is built by Lockheed Martin for the USN. Although it does the same thing as the EP2 (GPS backup for the laser guidance), it does so using the original tail kit. In addition to the
  10. The -12F/B has a conduit that runs down the right side of the warhead and GPS antennas on the seeker section that looks kind of like a beer can was inserted just in front of the guidance fins.
  11. The original AIM-9A lacked rollerons on the aft outer corner of its wings. When it was launched at high altitudes it corkscrewed through the air, looking kind of like how a snake trail looks in the sand. It thus was named Sidewinder, although the addition of rollers to the AIM-9B pretty much eliminated that characteristic.
  12. The original Sidewinder launcher was the USN's AERO-3A that was used with the AIM-9A and AIM-9B (I'm going to use the post 1962 nomenclature here to avoid confusion). When the USAF adopted the AIM-9, they made a slight modification to the launcher to allow it to also fire the TDU-11 target rocket (basically a HVAR), resulting in the AERO-3B. The Navy then developed the radar-guided AIM-9C and IR-guided AIM-9D. I've never seen documentation that the AIM-9C could be launched by using the AERO-3A--I suppose it could happen, but I kind of doubt it because of logistics. The AIM-9C was o
  13. I think I captured that pic off the Internet--just image color.
  14. FWIW, the USAF LANTIRN pod is the AN/AAQ-14; the USN's F-14 pod was the AN/AAS-25. That said, I think they were identical externally. Here's a good side shot showing the inlet.
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