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  1. Phantom - What will be your 200th Phantom?

    Have you done any flush-canopy F4Hs, F4H-1Fs, F-4As? I need pictures of build models and background on build.
  2. Iron Hand A-4's

    Thanks for that. Semantics maybe, but I'd say that TIAS was not to provide more accurate targeting, per se, but to insure that the Shrike homed in on a pilot-selected radar rather than one of its own choosing.
  3. Iron Hand A-4's

    Shrike was originally as simple as Sidewinder, only it detected radar emissions at certain frequencies instead of heat. Just like a Sidewinder, it notified the pilot with a tone in his ear phones when it detected a radar but in addition, provided a bearing to the radar on his Attitude Director Indicator. Because the ADI would jitter back and forth if there were more than one emitter detected, a later improvement provided a separate display of emitter locations. The final improvement was TIAS (Target Identification and Acquisition System), which replaced the terrain avoidance radar in the nose and provided an independent and more accurate presentation of the electronic order of battle than the antenna in the Shrike. I don't know whether the wider fairing under the nose (where the forward-facing ECM antenna was located) was associated with the installation of TIAS or was simply the final iteration of the ECM suite.
  4. F4D-1 Skyray

    Ben - thanks for the link. Note that it now has a couple of updates showing examples of red on the F4D wing that would be covered by the closed slat. Also for my post on the F4D itself, see https://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2010/10/bat-out-of-hell.html
  5. Differences between the F-8E and F-8J Crusader ???

    See http://thanlont.blogspot.com/2017/09/vought-f-8-crusader-by-william-d-spidle.html. Also see reviews on Amazon.
  6. What's up with NH105 bu.no. 166878 from VFA-154?

    First one in the hangar needing repair or a replacement part, last one out (if ever).
  7. A-6 Wingfold Question

    Thanks - worked for me
  8. Forums are working again.

    Going back seems to be working now. Thanks.
  9. Forums are working again.

    I work with two different Macs, both using Firefox. The back button works as it should on all sites other than this one except for some advertising pages, where it won't go back. In some cases on this site, the back button works. Much more often, as in this case, the current page is listed upwards of 40 times so if I don't see the previous page on the first pull-down screen, I just start over.
  10. Forums are working again.

    Thanks for taking the trouble.
  11. Forums are working again.

    Thanks - now please have that guy look into why the "go back" function is almost useless because a page refreshes itself 10 times a minute so you can't get to the previous one..
  12. Phantom Leading Edge Corragard

    Yes, see https://www.aviationgraphic.com/4726-thickbox_default/f-4b-phantom-ii-vf-84-jolly-rogers-mb-78.jpg. For a couple of examples, see http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2012/12/you-cant-tell-phantoms-without-score.html
  13. Sword 1/72 NAA FJ-2/3 Fury Kits

    And if you get through those, there's a third, albeit shorter, one: http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/
  14. Sword 1/72 NAA FJ-2/3 Fury Kits

    A first, inbox look: http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2017/10/sword-172-north-american-fj-23-furies.html
  15. HOS-3 (S-51) weird old helicopter

    Nice work - for a more realistic appearance, however, the rotor blades should droop. See http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-note-on-rotor-blade-droop.html
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