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  1. Hey- This is pretty cool, I thought I'd share it FYI. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2019/05/17/the-air-forces-new-combat-rescue-helicopter-just-made-its-first-flight/ Phil
  2. Just go to: https://www.navy.mil/search/photolist.asp and search for MH-60S. There's hundreds of high resolution photos. You should be able to find any detail you're looking for. Phil
  3. Hey- I’m sorry, but I don’t have any photos. As I recall it was a roll on roll off affair so the control stations were mounted on standard cargo pallets. They used these aircraft for lots of thing in addition to drone launching. Are you at Pax River? If so shoot me an email at PhilipdotRichardson. I have a copy of the DC-130 NATOPS you can borrow. It probably won’t help a ton, but it’s interesting. I also have all the info you would need to build a BQM-74 and launch adapter. I’ve done it in 1/48 to mount on a TA-4J, they look pretty neat. Phil
  4. Hey- Very cool project, I'm looking forward to seeing this come together! I worked on these back in the day as a Navy civilian. I actually got to fly on a DC-130 to launch a pair of BQM-74s. Good stuff! Phil
  5. Hey- I just finished a Bandai 1/72 Y Wing. There's a couple more pictures in the SciFi forums. Phil
  6. Hey- Here's my Bandai 1/72 scale Y Wing. There's probably not much that can be said about this that hasn't already been said, but this is such a fun kit to put together. Fit is great, detail is excellent, and it really provides a great chance to work on those weathering skills. I used more metallic paints than the studio models, just because I like the way it looks on engines nozzles, etc. Maybe my only complaint would be that the snap together nature of the kit doesn't allow for a lot of dry fitting which I'm used to doing. Once the parts are on, they aren't coming off! Great kit, highly recommended! Thanks for looking, Phil
  7. Hey- It is only carried on the port side in real life. Just because the winch sits that way in the cabin and can't be turned around to face the other way. Phil
  8. Hey- That Rube Goldberg machine is the CSTRS (Carriage, Stream, Tow and Recovery System, or C-STARS as it's called). It's a mission kit for the MH-60S that allow the Sierra to carry mine hunting gear. You really bit off a lot trying to replicate this system, As you can see the AN/AQS-235 AMNS (Airborne Mine Neutralization System, the above store) is not pylon mounted but hanging from a cable so it can be lowered into the water and then recovered, The big sled looking part hinges down to help recover the AMNS when reeling it back up. That big black blob in the cabin is a large winch. On the real aircraft, the mine hunting gear is mounted left side only because the winch sits that way and it's not compatible with any other mission due the all the stuff in the cabin to support this gear. In addition to the winch, there's an operator console, etc. It's a pretty neat system, but pretty complex from a model point of view. Good Luck! Phil
  9. Hey I'd be in with a UH-1Y. Sounds like fun. Phil
  10. Hey That's awesome. I just love her work! All done for free. Pretty amazing. Phil
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    Hey- True enough. The rocket pods required to fire APKWS are 7-shot LAU-68F/A, which are longer than the legacy LAU-68 pods. The extra length is required to protect the APKWS delicate innards. Phil
  12. Hey- I'm pretty sure it's just the lighting in the original picture. As far as I know the Navy has not changed the wings on the MH-60S from the original install. (I manage the flight manuals for the Navy H-60's, so I would see it there was a change.) The rocket pod is either a LAU-61C/A for firing unguided rockets or the new LAU-61G/A DRL (Digital Rocket Launcher) for firing APKWS. Nice picture! Phil
  13. Hey- The FOD covers can be a safety-of-fight issue (depending on each services' requirement, which can be different). The wells are there in part to provide room for the seats to stroke in a crash landing. If there is FOD in the wells, the seats won't stroke correctly which could adversely affect survivability. Sometimes the link between the engineering side and the operational side isn't as robust as it should be. Phil
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