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  1. Unfortunately, the BSU-49's are pretty much now out of use with the USAF, but one of the most common fuzing options employed (at least on the A-10 side) was the 904 in the front and an FMU-139 in the back. That configuration was/is known as a Mk 82 Air Pilot Option(1) -- the pilot can select from the cockpit whether he wants the BSU-49 to function (hi-drag delivery) or not (low drag bomb). The USAF uses the 904/905 combo quite a bit still, at least in training. My guess is it's because there are tons in the inventory and they're quite reliable.
  2. The USAF designates that pod the LAU-131A/A. It's 11 inches longer than the standard pod. Because the laser code can't be seen once the rockets are loaded, it will be greased onto the side of the pod... a cool little detail for a model. - Tom
  3. Very cool to see a new A-10 kit on the way -- thanks for posting the pics, Dave. The guy who built it executed a very realistic weathering approach. I'm interested to see some full-build reviews, as no one since Monogram circa 1983 has really gotten the shapes of the Hog correct... first look here is promising for bucking that trend. Crazy how far the engineering has come the past decade! Thanks again, Dave. ** Edited after visiting HomeBe's link where it states these were test runs for the display; I commented that the AAR-47 MWS sensors don't appear to b
  4. Evening, I'm looking for a complete clear parts sprue and the open speed brakes. The little boy next door found a mostly complete Monogram A-10 and I'm helping him build it; those are the two pieces missing. I'm happy to pay with money, send you some patches from my squadron, or offer up some complete decal sheets (let me know what you're looking for and I'll see what I have). Thank you!
  5. Afternoon, That's the housing for the connection point for the 1760 cable from the jet; it's where the jet's cannon plug connects into the bomb's receptacle so the bomb and jet can "talk" to each other. As for which one to use, I don't know. That said, the first pic below is the best I have of that point on a USAF GBU-54 in 2016; the second is of the same point on a GBU-38 during the same period. If I had to guess, I would venture to say the different versions allow for slightly different mating points on the bomb, depending upon which type of aircraft/pylo
  6. On the USAF side, I think we're prohibited from flying training missions with a mix of live and training missiles *of the same type* because of incidents like this: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38216/an-eagle-named-opus-the-legend-of-the-air-forces-most-notorious-f-15 I won't try and speak about other airframes, but in the A-10 we're prohibited from carrying a mix of captive/training TGM-65's and live AGM-65's. Doing so would just be an inevitable accident waiting to happen. It makes sense. Tom, I know that doesn't answer your question about the F
  7. You're correct -- Barnes never flew the C-model.
  8. During Desert Storm, the 706th Fighter Squadron (AFRC out of New Orleans) borrowed one of Barksdale's A-10's; I believe the tail number was 78-0582. So, an option exists to build a green Barksdale Hog with lots of ordnance options. Hope this helps.
  9. Grounded in history -- nice work, Baltimore!
  10. Nope, it''s the standard two-tone gray. The darker gray false canopy is visible on the bottom.
  11. Morning, The reason for carrying two? As Dave said, the Hogs use both IR (D & G) and EO (H & K) variants of the AGM-65 (the B-model EO's are effectively out of the inventory now). Having both on a training mission allows the pilot to train using both. Balance isn't an issue, and you'll often see a Hog carrying just one training Maverick. There's also the CATM-65L, but there are so few in the inventory that seeing one on a Hog is pretty uncommon. - Tom
  12. I don't want to derail this thread, but just want to clear up the A vs A+ config. So the A+ mod was, as Jake said, initiated and fielded by the Guard and Reserve. It was a simple modification that, from the modeling perspective, removed the TVM (green screen on the right side of the instrument panel) and replaced it with what was called the "Smart MFCD." Additionally, a different stick grip was installed; I think there was a small mod to a panel near the throttles that allowed the pilot to plug in the USB with the mission data for the Smart MFCD. Can't remember if the throttle quadrant was
  13. If I remember right, the Hobbyboss kit gives you an A-10A with the LASTE mods and EGI, so with no modifications you're looking at roughly 2002-2010. So options include Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan); a 2003 OIF Hog would open up lots of robust ordnance options. With very little work, namely removing the EGI antenna on the spine, Allied Force would be in play (Guard 131st EFS or 81st FS). Let us know what you decide and we can help with accurate loadouts. - Tom
  14. Guard Hog

    F-16 ADF

    No thanks... not sure I could pull the trigger against an old bird that served her country so well.
  15. Guard Hog

    F-16 ADF

    It's beyond the scope of what you're asking about, but I find it interesting that the Italian Air Force flew F-16ADF's on hundreds of combat missions in Libya 2011. I read an article about them a while back; they were dedicated air-to-air and and loaded with, I think, 4 x AIM-120 and 2 x AIM-9. I love seeing old fighters get new life, especially Guard birds.
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