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  1. See link below, thanks. https://www.ebay.com/itm/302940164605?ul_noapp=true
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    Live AIM-54 and AIM-7 colors

    After reviewing my personal pics all the AIM54s our F-14As carried were painted white/offwhite.
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    Live AIM-54 and AIM-7 colors

    I'll have to dig through my personal pics from the cruise and look @ AIM54s, I'll get back with you on this.
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    Live AIM-54 and AIM-7 colors

    See post below, I posted a few pics from my 1981 cruise with VF213 and others posted as well:
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    Revell 1/32 P-51

    Hey guys I like that AMUR flap, where do you purchase that item, also the Monkey exhaust stacks, thanks.
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    Revell 1/32 P-51

    MY canopy finally arrived and faith restored in REVELL customer service, thanks!
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    AIM-9 question

    Never even heard of that incident. Goes to show that being on a cruise back then was like a floating prison ship, the only news you got was what the ship broadcasted via CCTV or letters from home, it was a complete information void during that 6 month cruise, only broken up by short spells of binge drinking at our port calls to Perth, Mallorca, and Singapore. Even then one didn't go out and read newspapers and such, only the tag sizes on removed girly undies who visited our freedom lounges (rooms) while in port. Nothing like sitting back drinking a lot and enjoying the view 🙂
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    AIM-9 question

    Funny you should mention that (fire), the ship was conducting night carrier quals during ORE 1981 and an A-7E hit the back end of the ship which caused a fire but I don't remember what happened to the pilot. Yes, there was a fire but it was quickly extinquished by the flight deck crew. I was asleep at the time and my compartment was just below the flight deck near the aft end of the ship, I just remember this horrific sound that woke me up and then the claxon going off and the announcement of GQ with a fire on the flight deck. Needless to say I quickly scurried out of there in case the world opened up above my head and fire/fuel spilling inside. Thank god that didn't happen and the ship learned how to fight a flight deck fire quickly that evening. See link below: https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv66-81/028.htm
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    AIM-9 question

    Here's another pic from the same cruise, missile is entirely white:
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    AIM-9 question

    Yes, the were two different colors, it looks like the ships ammo storage got the latest depot'ed missiles with the grey motor section and retained the white guidance & warhead section. They weren't all like that as the pic below is from the same cruise and it looks like the motor section was white and guidance/warhead gray.
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    AIM-9 question

    My cruise with the USS America in VF213 we used Limas 80-81, pay no attention to the wooden airman prop 🙂:
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    Revell 1/32 P-51

    Man that's great news! Hopefully mine is just around the corner . . . .
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    Revell 1/32 P-51

    I think you're right Jonathan, it might have been a case of too-little-too-late. I just hope they comeback streamlined and ready for business, as I did like their latest offerings.
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    Revell 1/32 P-51

    Yes to all those items as well, there is plenty of pressure on "western" manufacturers versus the "Chinese" makers to reduce costs. Not denigrating their products since I own many Trumpeter/HobbyBoss/Kitthawk/GWH, etc, but it is difficult to compete against their production overhead costs, they have basically swallowed up kit manufacturing with the exception of Tamiya/Hasegawa. It certainly is a differently world from when this old fart grew up in the 60-70s building Revell & Monogram kits . . . .
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    Revell 1/32 P-51

    Well I will chalk it up to the pursuit of ever-greater profits, which I suppose if you run a business that is what you wish for. To me the irony in all this is those said companies shipping their tools and molds over-seas to reduce their overhead costs and make more money rather than employee people from here. Call it globalism, greed, or whatever, the fact is those companies had loyal customers not just here but world-wide and now what do they have? I don't wish to get into a pissing match here with anyone, so just back off and let others express their own opinions. Cheers from the deep underground shelter.
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