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Michael A.

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  1. As a modeler of Army Aviation subjects I found your RU-8D build of interest. I had previously had high hopes for the Croco line of kits. You did an excellent job of capturing the correct Olive Drab color used during the late 60s and early 70s. Would you mind sharing the details of your paint job, whos paint you used and your successful technique of capturing the right look? Nice looking build. Michael A.
  2. No! Adrenalin compensates for any inconvenience when firing an M60 on a two-way range.
  3. The 101st ABN. DIV. (AMBL) used 3-4 of them for a Tactical Operations Center (TOC) at Kae Sahn during Lam Son 719 in early 1971. Bulldozers had cut a big X in the ground so that they were below ground level. Looked like a pretty good set up from my vantage point.
  4. stalal This is all I am able to pull up! Sorry, the requested page does not exist.
  5. NAJK: "Seems like two fuel tanks on inboard pylons is the way to go, and perhaps a couple of AIM-9B." With regards to the AIM-9Bs; I was told by a former member of the A-7D community in SEA that the A-7s only carried the AIM-9 for their first several missions. According to what I was told an AIM-9 was inadvertent launched in route to the target. The missile was not locked onto anything and did not guide on any heat sources, it did however, upset, actually severely upset the strike package in front of the A-7s. Following this incident the AIM-9 did not appear in the Air Tasking Orders (ATOs) for the A-7D community.
  6. Barrels intended for use with the M16 Subsystem were manufactured and issued without the front sight. M60 barrels are all interchangeable and it is my best guess is this barrel has been repurposed from the M16 Subsystem for use on this M60, which is being used as door gun. Michael A.
  7. Went through this many years ago, insurer wanted to pay about .25 on the dollar, the standard rate at the time for children's toys. We went round and round for days and I finally got them up to .80 on the dollar. After accepting the .80 I asked what it take to get to the actual 1.00 amount. He said you would have to show membership in some sort of organization that isn't toy related. You mean like being an IPMS/USA member since 1965 and having placed in numerous competitions across the country? Bingo! Good luck, Michael A. Campbell IPMS/USA No. 1432
  8. You have set the bar pretty high for the rest of us attempting to replicate a modern army aircraft of this nature. Congratulations on a beautiful build!
  9. Check with the Army Safety Center at Ft. Rucker, AL. They will have details as to the Army's prospective on this accident.
  10. I was within a couple of weeks from graduating EOD School at Indian Head, Md. It was a pretty intense study time and I was not keeping up with current events at the time. Great news when I finally realized the magnitude of the accomplishment.
  11. 21 and Bullet Proof About 10 years ago a You--Tube Video '21 and Bullet Proof' was available. 45 - 60 minutes as I recall, with most excellent footage. It had no narration but was choreographed to some 'inspirational' music of the day. I tried to look it up again a few years back and it had apparently been pulled / canceled for having used music without the proper prior approvals.
  12. Would like to trade a 1/72 Fujimi RAF Phantom II ‘Tiger’ F-3 kit No. G-17 for a 1/72 Fujimi A-4E/F (no preference in kit No. or markings). F-3 kit box has been opened but all bags are still sealed. Would like to trade within USA or APO’s. Thanks in advance, Michael ma5campbell@hotmail.com
  13. AH-56A Cheyenne ‘v’ S-67 Blackhawk I was an academic instructor at Ft. Rucker between 1984 and 1987. During that time, I would talk helicopters in general and AH-1G’s in particular with anyone willing to talk. I was fortunate enough to meet a former AH-56 test pilot who had also flown the S-67 while it was being touted by Sikorsky to the Army. As I recall he stated the S-67 was everything that the Army was looking for in the AH-56 and it worked. Sikorsky had taken the engines, transmission, rotor system and drive train designs from their S-3 helicopter and built a sleek Attack Helicopter around these already proven components, the same way Bell built the Cobra around the components used in the ‘Charlie’ Model gunship. Once the bills were totaled up following the cancelation of the AH-56 the Army had no intention of backstepping into the Sikorsky offering. About 20 years ago I contacted Sikorski while researching the S-67. I was fortunate enough to speak with an engineer that had worked on the S-67 project. It is my opinion that he was still ‘displeased’ that the Army did not take a closer look at the S-67 back it the day. As for the AH-64 Mafia and the Cobra community, that too is an interesting story. The old budgeting rule of, ‘Why purchase something new when you still have something old that works’ came into play here as well. During early 90’s. the army was giving high time TOW cobras to the Marine Corps. They would be flown to NAS Pensacola where the TSU’s and TOW systems were removed, refurbished and installation on AH-W’s. The Army Cobras were the crushed and stacks of them could be seen in a parking lot not far from the front gate to NAS Pensacola. Get rid of the old helicopters and Congress will ‘have-to’ provide money for new helicopters. Anyone notice how fast the OH-58D’s disappeared a few years ago? Anyone notice what took the place of the OH-58D? Michael A.
  14. I need a scan of the instructions for the Trakz 1/35 US M6 3" Gun Conversion, Kit No. TX 0051 Any help would be greatly appreciated Thanks in advance. Michael A. Campbell
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