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  1. Backstory: The Mk 4 Gun Pod was taught as part of the Aircraft Armament Systems block of instruction when I was in EOD school circa 1969. It apparently had a horrible maintenance record and the Marines really hated to spend time monkeying with it. With that said, my review of available photographs indicates that at least one A-4 and one F-4 Squadron were able to work out the bugs and used it to good advantage. Notes to modelers: (1) If it worked it was extremely dirty, soot and gun-blast residue was all over everything, particularly the gun pod itself. (2) Hasegawa provides a M
  2. I seem to recall but cannot put my finger on it at this time, that some OA-37s were painted "Gunship Gray" at some point. Perhaps it was an Air Force Reserve unit in the late 70s -early 80s-time frame.
  3. They are well worth the time and effort put into the search. About a year ago I was successful after some number of months having searched a variety of sites several times a week. Good luck, the kit is well worth the effort. Michael A.
  4. Beautiful job! It is good to see the Huey Cobra getting the attention it has rightfully deserved for yea-o many years. Looking forward to your finished work. Michael A.
  5. I was a young Intelligence Officer at the time, actually still in OPD schooling. We were getting dribs and drabs about the 'treasure trove' the Mig-25 was providing the west. Seem to remember a comment / complaint that some Japanese toy company was allowed to photograph the Mig-25 prior to the US exploitation efforts. Hasegawa perhaps?
  6. Ash-Tray: Yes, smoking was as much 'a-thing' in the 60s as it is 'not-a-thing' today. UHF/VHF Antenna: Not at all visible in the early cobras. Unfaired skids: I believe it was a cost / weight saving measure initiated in the early to mid-70s.
  7. These sensors came from a general family called ADSIDs, (Aerial Delivered Seismic Intrusion Detection), and were a component of the Igloo White system. High performance aircraft (F-4) used the SUU-42 dispenser to deliver ADSIDS to various target locations. The SUU-42 was also used to dispense Mk-45 (family) aircraft flares during night interdiction missions. Note: ADSIDs were also used in Kuwait during Desert Shield / Desert Storm.
  8. Here are some notes that I have made over the years in the evolution of the AH-1G. A single vertical fin position light was on all aircraft prior-to and including 67-15701 Two position lights were added to the tail boom, one on each side of tail boom, with 68-15053 and all subsequent aircraft Nose mounted landing lights on all aircraft prior-to and including 67-15489 A single belly mounted landing light was installed on 67-15490 and all subsequent aircraft Note: the above information is based on aircraft serial numbers, I do not know the dates of t
  9. F-4C, 63-7604 Information on the loss of this aircraft and crew is limited at best. Here is what I was able to find. The aircraft was assigned to the 599th TFS, [12th TFW]. At the time of loss the aircraft was returning from an Air Interdiction mission and lost radio contact on radar approach.
  10. Tank, I am not far away, I can be reached via-direct at: hotmail / ma5campbell Are you associated with the local hobby club? Michael
  11. Tank, After an additional 1/2 hour of diddle work I have been able to open the attachment. Quite helpful, thanks again, Michael
  12. Tank, Thanks again however, I am unable to open the attachment. I will keep playing with it and see if I have any luck. How far are you from the RDU area? Michael
  13. Loach Driver Sounds good! I Can be reached via-direct on hotmail / ma5campbell Travel safely. Tank Thanks for the response. I actually have the Pavll kit but have lost my instructions. No problem with the big parts but some questions about the 'fiddly bits'. Michael A.
  14. A Scan of the instructions for the 1/72 Pavla Resin Cockpit, OH-58D, Kit No. 72052. I need 1 Pr. (two ea.) rocket pods with decals to complete a project. CMK 1/72 US M260 Hydra Rocket Pods, Kit No. 7222. Would like to pay with a USPO money order here in the US or at an APO address. Any assistance would be appreciated. Michael A.
  15. Bounce, Nice selection of reading materials! Not all of these titles are available at the corner drug store. Happy reading and modeling. Michael A. ``````````````
  16. What Dave Williams said! Bounce: Do you have a source for this information that you can share with us?
  17. If you want to get the gist of what fighting a fire on a ship at sea is like, read Danger's Hour; The Story of the USS Bunker Hill and the Kamikaze Pilot Who Crippled Her, by Maxwell Taylor Kennedy. Spoiler Alert: Not For The Faint of Heart!
  18. Excerpts from another thread shed some light on this question. The ship was close to completing a major over-hall and was still contained a lot of construction related equipment. The fact that cables, hoses, pipes and the like associated with the over-hall were run throughout the ships passageways made it impossible to close off watertight doors and contain the fire. Also, the number of ships personnel assigned /onboard at the time of the fire was apparently less than 200, thus limiting the immediate onboard response. Apparently the ship is made out of aluminum, which is quite susceptible
  19. Jim, It is always good to see your expert discussions on these threads. Stay healthy! Michael
  20. Where is the 'Expanding Rod' self destruct device located on QF-4? It was put in the LOX bottle compartment. For NOLO flights they took the LOX bottle out and put the warhead in. Thanks Avnav!
  21. Where is the 'Expanding Rod' self destruct device located on QF-4? As I recall that is just about the point that the air craft is broken-up when unmanned positive control is lost or the unmanned airframe is damaged during a test.
  22. 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.
  23. No! Adrenalin compensates for any inconvenience when firing an M60 on a two-way range.
  24. 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.
  25. stalal This is all I am able to pull up! Sorry, the requested page does not exist.
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