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  1. The AMK MiG-31BM comes with both R-73 (AA-11 Archer) and R-77 (AA-12 Adder) missiles for underwing ordnance. Virtually all images I've reviewed of operational aircraft show the (AIM-9 like) Archers (or their launchers), although it is clear that the (ARAAMski) Adders have at least been tested. In all cases, it appears that only one or the other type of missile is carried (all R-73s or all R-77s). My question: Can mixed loads of R-73s and R-77s be carried?
  2. I recently needed to replace my compressor's broken air regulator. I purchased one from Micro Mark [Regulator w/Filter & Gage (#86113)], which advertises as having a “1/4-in. fitting”. Since the fitting to my hose was about 1/4” in diameter (and the previous regulator I bought from them had that kind of fitting, I (naively) figured that I’d purchased everything I needed. When it showed up I was shocked to discover that the fitting was actually 1/2” in diameter. It turns out that the industry standard for fitting diameters smaller than whatever diameter the fitting actually is! I traded several emails with the tech support folks at Micro Mark and eventually determined that I needed to purchase their 1/4” to 1/8” fitting (#86120) to match my air hose (and another $9 shipping and handling fee). When I looked at their catalog more closely, it turns out they are selling their own 10’ hose that fits the fitting that ships with their regulator. SO, if you need to buy a Micro Mark regulator, save yourself $9 by buying the fitting that matches most air brush hoses. Jim
  3. Sorry, I still use enamel, clueless on acrylics.
  4. All that aside, even though they start Ou as 34087/8, the warheads are often stored outside and can fade—sometimes a lot. The fins or airfoil groups are stored separately. So, often the warhead is faded, but the fins are not.
  5. Yes, but not all at the same time! 😁
  6. This may help: https://www.dropbox.com/s/moe1uk6kpkhtj72/F-111-PAVE-Tack-Cradle.jpg?dl=0
  7. Eduards 648197 AIM-9J is a reasonable substitute. The P GCS was 2" shorter than the J's behind the canards, it used a difference fuze, and had a brown band at the front of the motor. So, if you can live with the missile being 0.04" too long, you have your answer. As for the PAVE Tack cradle, you're on your own, here are a couple of pics of one I made based on the Hobby Boss part. Note that the actual cradle rotated longitudinally, so when the pod wasn't exposed, there was a smooth bump about 4" high exposed. https://www.dropbox.com/s/zqdpmcnh4fynnij/100513-12 F-111 PT cradle top.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/5az9v3hekhiq8q4/100513-13 F-111 PT cradle bottom.jpg?dl=0
  8. BLU-109/Bs are Tritonal filled AF warheads that are OD with a 3” yellow band; the Navy’s PBXN-109 filled BLU-109A/Bs are light ghost gray with 3 x 2” yellow bands. AIM-9Ps were gloss white with 2” yellow bands at either end of the warhead, a 2” brown band at the front of the rocket motor, and a black fuze between the motor & warhead. The seeker dome was an opaque gray.
  9. Aside from a VERY few early AGM-88As (which were white) HARMs are all 36622!
  10. The Bard stacks were introduced on the production line beginning with F/A-18E 166606 and F/A-18F 166634. Previous jets had them retrofitted at a rate of 3/month between July 2006 and May 2012.
  11. I see kits, but not just the decals. If you're seeing the decals, can you post the link or what search term you used?
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