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  1. I originally started this as part of the F-16 GB, but don't really have much time to build. Anyway, this is my rendition of the Tamiya kit built as a Block 40 jet in Desert Storm. Some things I could have done better, but I just wanted to put this away on the display shelf and move on to another model. Maybe one day I will replace the Hasegawa boarding ladder ..
  2. ah yes, I remember that one. I think CNN even made a clip on it.
  3. glad you got compensation for that, definitely some infringement there. That is weird, why would someone want to do that? Yes, the pics of my Saudi Tornado build are linked into the ARC forum and also posted on Jakub's Desert Storm website.
  4. Had a little chuckle when I came across this when browsing 1/48 Aircraft : ITALERI 1/48 TORNADO GR.1/IDS (Gulf War 1991) ... (military-model.com) compared to my ARC gallery post 1/48 Italeri IDS Tornado by Benner (arcair.com) They could have at least asked permission to use my pictures. funny they're using those pictures being that a lot of the parts I used are not in the kit. Anyone ever have something similar happen?
  5. here's some pics online A Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32) F-14A Tomcat aircraft refuels from an Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker while another Tomcat flies alongside. The aircraft are flying over Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield - NARA & DVIDS Public Domain Archive Public Domain Search (getarchive.net) A Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32) F-14A Tomcat aircraft refuels from an Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft while another Tomcat flies alongside. The Aircraft are flying over Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield - NARA & DVIDS Public Domain Archive Public Dom
  6. almost there, mostly putting on RBF tags at this point. Then putting on the last missile, a HUD part, and boarding ladder. had accidentally put on a decal on the fin backwards, successfully corrected it after peeling the decal off.
  7. Aside from what everyone has said, I thought VA-35 had an interesting load out on their first low level attack, an ALQ-167 on outboard, MERs inboard with 5 Mk20 per rack. I’ll be building a VA-75 jet next, with MER outboard with 3 Mk83 each, and 1 Mk83 on the inboard pylons.
  8. Angles of Attack is a pretty interesting book by an A-6 pilot off the Ranger during Desert Storm. At one point, he describes using the AGM-124 during SUCAP missions. I would suppose where the carrier was stationed also effects the load out. Would carriers in the Red Sea have flown SUCAP?
  9. As a modeling subject, I can’t find much info on the OA-10A in Desert Storm. Plenty of pictures of the A-10 with the other five squadrons, but no decent pictures of the 23rd TASS while deployed. Haven’t see much written either other than the two times the squadron lost a plane.
  10. Would be nice if they did an accurate Midway dual .30 gun setup instead of the later configuration
  11. Yes to the rear station, sorry, should have been more clear
  12. When I built my ODS F-111F, I used some parts of the Hobbyboss F-111E kit to modify the Academy F-111C kit. In retrospect I would have done things differently. I still ended up using parts from Verlinden such as the ALQ fuselage pylon and AIM-9 rails.
  13. Too bad the only pictures during Midway of Japanese planes are the blurry ones of Hiryu’s B5N2 attacking Yorktown. The reason I built the A6M2 that crashed on Midway was people examined the wreckage, there would be little doubt whether it was Nakajima or Mitsubishi built. Shattered Sword is a book I plan to purchase one day. Will you building any other Midway planes?
  14. Just giving my opinion as I’m not an expert but I had a similar problem when building a A6M2 for my Midway collection -most likely some surviving aircraft from Pearl flew at Midway, the Japanese carriers were consistently in action after Pearl. Replacement planes and crews would have been needed. Given that, Other than the specific aircraft numbers, the planes still had the same markings. Akagi zeroes would still have a single red band, with AI-1 _ _ on their tail fin. Though there is some debate whether Hiryu and Soryu changed their aircraft codes when Admiral Yamaguchi chang
  15. Looks good, wonder if when ILM built the TIE bomber model out is this kit, they also said this is a terrible kit?
  16. slow progress, had decided to finish a Gr1 Tornado before this. Will be working on the weapons and such next. I think i'll put on CBU-58 instead and save the CBU-87 bombs for a 614th TFS build.
  17. If someone is not going to use their decals … I Am looking for decals for the underwing fuel tanks, especially the red circular markings. the kit I am building does not have them 😞
  18. wasn't all that satisfied with my old build, so here's my redo: \
  19. late to the conversation .. Though I am a Warthog fan (have 3 models built and would do more),an interesting point about it's DS use, The loss / damage rate was too high that they eventually imposed altitude restrictions and disallowed gun use until the ground war. There were 11 F-16 squadrons deployed compared to 6 a-10 squadrons, yet A-10 loss / damage were proportionally higher. Imagine if the F-16s predominately carried the Maverick on each sortie like the A-10 did; how many tanks / vehicles would they have destroyed?
  20. looking for piece 68A, this is the part that extends the refueling probe away from the fuselage. Somehow I've misplaced this part 😞
  21. Looks great! I suggest a Midway TBF or TBD now 😉 can you describe how you have it that weathered look?
  22. VB-6 only carried the 1000 lb bomb McClusky and VS-6 carried a 500lb bomb and two underwing bombs
  23. I found that site fascinating with all the information available, especially the after action reports. The people that made the most recent Midway movie used a contact at Midway Roundtable as a resource, yet they still put bombs under the wings of the TBD Devastator's on the film ... BTW, maybe a useless fact in terms of modeling. Thach flew two planes, "23" on the escort mission, and "1" on the sortie to defend the USS Yorktown. I built my F4F-4 as Tom Cheek's plane on the escort mission, his story was pretty captivating to read.
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