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  1. I know this is really late, but I noticed something that is extremely intuitive by the manufacturer of this gorgeous rotary gun. Did anyone else notice the strange looking safe/efas and fire/erif on the rear of the gun? It struck me as strange for a nanosecond, then my high(ish) ASVAB score kicked in. The reason for this strange symbols is so simple, even a true knuckle dagger would understand. The second set of safe/fire is based on the weapon being loaded on the other side of the airframe, so no matter which side it was mounted, it would say safe/fire in the normal, upright position. The Army seemed always to be speaking to the dumbest among us, but one thing also true, any warning that you would think is obvious, like "don't stick your head into the barrel of a 155mm artillery barrel", is created because at least ONE soldier at some point, did the very stupid thing the Army was warning us about! On this D-day anniversary, I would like to also thank you for your service brother! Anthony
  2. I was looking over this picture, then I realized, the guy at the front is pointing to your post and say "look guys, these crazy model makers are talking out out helicopters, can you believe it!" Sorry, couldn't resist! Anthony
  3. Thanks, as always, you are extremely helpful and a truly appreciate it. I have a thread regarding the M28 turret of the AH-1, which carried the "chunker" and found out about how the system was fitted to the doors of some Huey's as well, some really great pictures over there. One of my favorites, must be a CH-47 with a dozen down firing Mk19's along the floor of the helicopter. That would have been a mini-B-52 style carpet bomber. Anyway, thanks again for the great feedback. I went to the beginning of this thread and began reading yesterday, wow, I so glad I did. I am learning so much, not to mention all the great photos. I am trying to resist replying to comments over a decade old, but it's hard, they are worthy of praise and of course, open up new questions for me. I am on page 10 now, I will try to keep my replies to a minimum. Anthony
  4. Thanks for the tip, I will have to check it out. I was sort of dreading going back to the beginning of this thread, I knew that my ability to resist commenting on the posts from a decade ago, would be impossible. Most of those replies may fall on deaf ears, but I hope not, there is such great information regarding the LB and SOAR, you could almost write a book just from reading this thread! Hmmmmmm, makes me ponder.........nah, I would never get any readers. This has definitely got to be the best V tail early LB spot on the internet. Makes me almost regret that my kits are T tail upgrades, as the original kit has the V tail included, which I am supposed to discard in order to build the J models. I wonder if any of the LB's made it to J antenna configurations while retaining the V tail? I do have one extra kit I guess, and probably enough decals to make it appear like an early V tail. Won't hurt to try anyway. Cheers, Anthony
  5. Now this is a complete guess on my part, and it is even harder to prove. My bet, not only do they not mind doing the PR work, shows, NASCAR etc, they hopefully enjoy it! This is the rare opportunity to have the public see these warriors, who work in super secret, never getting recognized for the dangers they face over a career with little more than a plaque to hang in their garage and a list of physical injuries that are under supported by the man eating machine that is the military service. Plus, each place is a new situation to train, sometimes fast ropes are used, other times, landings in confined spaces, all good training that is absolutely required to keep up the sharp skills they must have to fly the way they do. I may be wrong, but I sure hope that I am right on this one. Anthony PS. Yes I know this was poster years ago, but I am reading through the entire thread now, too much good intel to miss.
  6. I bet this is the bird that helped bring down Pablo Escobar. From all I have read about him, he was located with the direct help of some secret surveillance aircraft flown either by SOAR (which maybe these fine gents can comfirm/deny) or by CIA. I seem to recall the bird helped triangulate his position before the running roof top shoot out that saw him dead in just a few minutes. I know this is probably bad memory/intel, but it makes for a great story. Anthony
  7. I just tied to watch the video, says it's blocked in my country! Damn, I live in the Philippines but am an American Army veteran, hook a brother up! I know, this is a very OLD post, but it's new to me, I only now started reading it from page one. Sadly, half the photos are no longer linked, and have blanks surrounding it. Hope this finds, and more importantly, finds you well. Thanks for your service brother! Anthony
  8. Good eye, had to go look a second time. Honestly, until I started modeling again, I never even heard of the GAU-19/A. I can say that as a Cavalry Scout, we would have really appreciated such a system option on our trucks. Our three choices were the M2, M240BRAVO and the Mk19. We never saw the GAU-19, but would have traded any one of our mounts for that, in a heartbeat. While I love all the ones we used, as any good soldier, more, bigger, louder, badder is always better. Maybe that isn't true, but the grass is always greener on the other side comes to mind. Anthony
  9. What about the guy pushing the bird in FLIP-FLOPS! I am pretty sure that I would have been given extra duty if I tried pushing one of our trucks in a pair of thongs (the name for flip-flops in my new home, Philippines) Awesome pictures, this is the best thread in the history of threads. Anthony
  10. Sorry guys, I decided that the best way to enjoy and learn from this thread, is to go to the beginning, and read page by page. This of course has lead to a lot of praise being warranted, as my ignorance regarding the LB and the SOAR men, is being replaced with the knowledge you are kind enough to share with us all. On another thread I started about a month ago, I asked about the Mk19 being used by helicopter crews, and since you are talking about the early weapons of the LB, did you ever test and/or use a 40mm automatic grenade launcher? Most of the normal veterans on here will probably agree with this next line. Soldiers favorite weapons are almost always the same, M2 as number one, Mk19 is number two, if they operated it anyway. As a Cavalry Scout, we used the Mk19 on our trucks, and for me, I enjoyed it even more than the M2, which may be blasphemous with other vets, but I am honest. Anyway, this may be covered later on, and if it is, I apologize, but I am only on page 5 right now and the topic of armaments is front and center. Anthony
  11. My ignorance is large when it comes to aircraft, but my love is making me learn quickly. I had wondered why the LB's didn't have the rotorless tail, and you have cleared up that thought very nicely, thank you and also thank you for your service! Anthony
  12. Why is there no option to like/thank/laugh etc, as on Britmodeler? Every post on this thread, every fellow veteran here, you are all worthy of thanks and praise, I just can't reply to each and every post, or I will end up filling the last current pages with my comments. I have already replied too many times. Thanks for the great pictures and to everyone for allowing ignorant fans like myself, to learn more about the LB and the great men who flew them! I feel blessed at having found this thread at all, it's phenomenal! Anthony
  13. My ignorance is large when it comes to aircraft, but my love is making me learn quickly. I had wondered why the LB's didn't have the rotorless tail, and you have cleared up that thought very nicely, thank you and also thank you for your service! Anthony
  14. Are you kidding me!!!! And I thought I had respect for you guys just for flying the way you do, having to manually focus your NOD's at speed and low altitude is just crazy! I am in awe of you guys, thank you so much for your service and your ability to do what sane men would quiver from! I wonder is the guys riding the bench really understood what was going on in the cockpit......but they also have a certain kind of crazy that matches the SOAR drivers. I was in Cavalry, but didn't do near as much as you and your fellow pilots did, it is almost embarrassing to try and compare men like me, with men like you. There is serve to the country, then there is SERVICE TO THE COUNTRY! I am definitely a lower case veteran. One of my childhood friends has been a SeAL since the early 90's and still active today. I wonder if you guys crossed paths, for obvious reasons, I can't name him here. Anyway, thank you again for the service to our country and for sharing your experience with us mere mortals. Here is a question that just smacked me square in the face. Using what I have, which can be found on the last pages of this giant thread, can I build a LB that you flew? My kits are the Academy CHP MD500 (2) and two CMK conversion, one Alfa and one Mike.
  15. Hello all, I am looking for the Academy 1:48 MH-53E for sale that can be shipped to me in the Philippines. I am unable to buy it right away, as I have some money issues at the moment, but in the coming months with some luck, I will be able to buy it as promised. So if you have, or know someone else who has one of these in their stash that they probably will never build, please point us in the right direction. Thanks in advance, Anthony
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