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  1. After communicating with Mark from Starfighter Decals, he informed me today that "350-115 VAQ-134 Garudas 1980" and "350-111 HS-9 Sea Griffins CVW-8 1980" were reprinted and available for purchase again.

    Five minutes after reading this message they were ordered!

     

    He also told me that 350-109 CVW-8 Recce units RVAH-6 & 9 VFP-63 would also be reprinted shortly, so I will be sorted soon.

     

    Mark Tutton is truly a lifesaver for me and my project. 🙂

  2. On 7/30/2022 at 10:01 AM, latormentabritanica said:

    And you're right, the instructions aren't correct, but what you've identified here appear to be the correct schemes for Spangdahlem and Alconbury.

     

    It took some time figuring it out, but I'm happy it is sorted now.

     

    I also bought a second kit with the Wolfpack WP72-093 Jammin' decals, so I can build the below Spangdahlem version too:

     

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  3. 8 hours ago, latormentabritanica said:

    I'd also like to point out that this video shows that the anti-glare panels in front of the cockpit and on the inward side of the engine nacelles were in fact olive drab and not brown or black like kit decals.

    Thanks for pointing that out! I will replace the black decals for olive drab on my bird.

    Do you think the same applies to the brown anti glare decal in front of the cockpit and should this also be olive drab?

     

    Just to clarify because the version designations (A/B/C) in the instructions and the box aren't the same:

    Spangdahlem version:                                                                                                                   Alconbury version:

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  4. 21 hours ago, latormentabritanica said:

    Did we every reach a definitive conclusion as to which scheme is which?

     

    I just bought this kit in order to build an RB-66 from Alconbury, but the details in this thread leave me more confused than ever.

     

    Yes we did:

    - The Langley based is version A serial 30415. (box cover)

    - The Alconbury based jet is version B serial 40520. The unit markings (white stripe with a red diamond, decals B1+B2) and the unit commendation markings (white outlined strip with blue lines and red dashes, decals B4) mark it as the version at Alconbury,

    - The Spangdahlem based jet is version C serial 40543, the one with the green band.

     

    Therefore the box art is correct:

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    The unit commendation markings (B4) are not shown in the instructions, but they should go here:

     

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  5. PM sent for:

    19 Yankee Modelworks USN Carrier Wing 8 Set # 1 USS Nimitz 1975-1977 Kit # YKM-1200 1:350 Scale : $ 25.00 plus shipping.

    20 Yankee Modelworks USN Carrier Wing 8 Set # 1 USS Nimitz 1975-1977 Kit # YKM-1201 1:350 Scale : $ 25.00 plus shipping.

  6. For my side project “USS Nimitz-Operation Eagle Claw 1980”, I'm looking for the appropriate 1:350 scale Carrier Air Wing decals from Starfighter decals.
    Some of these decal sets are still available online, but the following three sets I've been unable to locate.
    - 350-115-S VAQ-134 Garudas 1980 (need 1)
    - 350-109-S CVW-8 Recce units RVAH-6 & 9 VFP-63 (need 2 for 3 RF-8's)
    - 350-111-S HS-9 Sea Griffins CVW-8 1980 (need 1)
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    I've already contacted Mark from Starfighter Decals directly, but he told me they were out of stock and doesn't know when or even if they will ever be reprinted.
    Does anybody have one or more of these decal sheets in his/her stash, is not going to use these and is willing to sell these to me?
    Or does anybody know where I might still find these for sale?
     
    Any help will be greatly appreciated!
  7. Looks like AGM-12's were also fired from the larger slanted pylon fitted with a AGM-12 rail, but this just looks to bulky for me and I don't even know if the AGM-45 was ever fired like this by Weasels.

     

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    I've been looking for F-100 1:48 model kits that might contain the pylons I'm looking for, but I haven't found any that do.

    Anybody any suggestions other then scratch building?

  8. So now I only need two Type 1 inner wing pylons like the ones shown below, as the AGM-45's were apparently fired from the same Type 1 launchers the AGM-12's used.

    Anybody any suggestions where I could obtain these in 1:48 scale?

    Or could somebody help modify or print these for me?

     

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. 👍

     

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    Vid caps from the F-100 Great Planes videos on YouTube showing a type 1 pylon. (Credit Ben Brown from https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/87152-f-100f-wild-weasel/)

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    A type 1 pylon carrying a AGM-12 Bullpup. (Credit Ben Brown from https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/87152-f-100f-wild-weasel/)

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    Two AGM-12's mounted on Type 1 pylons. (Credit John Lowery. https://www.airforcemag.com/article/the-one-way-nuclear-mission/)

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  9. 13 minutes ago, Niels said:

    Interesting that so many models of the F-100 comes with the AGM-45 as munitions when it was used so little? Guess it makes for a killer look 🙂

     

    Yup, only used very shortly and a AGM-45 indeed looks very nice on a F-100.

    It's a shame that almost all of the model builders have given their Shrike missile noses the wrong white color.  🙂

  10. 57 minutes ago, Ben Brown said:

    The F-100F was more of a proof of concept test. It was too slow to operate with the Thuds that were acting as killers. Here's a good paper on the history of the suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD). The discussion about the Wild Weasel I program starts on p.18: Planting the Seeds of SEAD  It should open a pdf document.

     

     

    Thanks Ben, it is a very nice read and according to this article, the F-100F Weasel's were even shorter in service then I thought.

  11. Shortly after starting to use the AGM-45, the F-100F Weasel I's were withdrawn and replaced by modified F-105F Weasel II's.

    If I researched correctly, the first use of an AGM-45 by a F-100F in Vietnam was 1966 and the the last operational use of the F-100F Weasels was also 1966.

    That would have given them at best only a few months of use, which I think is not very long to get familiar with.

  12. 15 hours ago, Niels said:

    When they refer to the AGM-45 in singular form it is likely due to the fact that the F-105 could carry these on dual launchers, while the F-100 only carried singles on the inner pylons. And they would have carried the same on both sides btw. If you have only seen it on one side, it is either due to not seeing the other side, the other side hasn't been loaded yet or it only came back with one missile, having expanded the other. 

    In addition to the LAU-131, they could also carry the 7-shot LAU-68 btw. 

     

    Check out www.f-100.org you might find more details there. 

     

     

    Thanks Niels.

     

    Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any info on www.f-100.org regarding the single AGM-45 configuration.

    Ben's info does match the info I found and was told, so at least for now I'm going for the single Shrike onthe port inboard wing station together with two fueltanks and two SUU-7's on my model.

     

    Also, do you perhaps mean LAU-3 in stead of LAU-131? I could be wrong, but I thought the LAU-131 was only developed in the 1970's?

  13. 17 hours ago, Ben Brown said:

    I’m stuck on my iPad right now, so click this link HERE. In addition to some other reference photos and info you might find of interest, I’ve added a note about that annotated photo you have above. I’ve learned in the time since I first labeled it that the “unknown antenna” was the data link antenna for the Bullpup missile.
     

    In answer to your questions:

    Yes, the best information I’ve been able to find is that they only carried one.

    It looks like nothing was carried on the starboard inboard pylon when a Shrike was carried.

    Yes, just the black nose Shrike, per my correspondence with author Mick Roth many years ago.

     

    Ben

     

    Thanks for the info Ben!

    Now it is quite funny to look at all the F-100F models carrying 2 AGM-45's with white noses. 🙂

  14. Last week I've started working on my the 1:48 Trumpeter F-100F and plan to build it like a Vietnam Weasel.

    Early on in the deployment they were equipped with bombs + LAU-3 rocket launchers loaded with marking rockets, so they could mark a SAM site and accompanying F-105's could attack it.

    Later on they were equipped with the AGM-45 Shrike together with (among other things) SUU-7 dispensers and this is the weapon load I'd like to use.

     

    However, during my research I came upon some publications that state the F-100F's only used the AGM-45 missile on the port inner station and only refer to them in singular and not plural form.

    Looking for photo proof, I've only been able to find pictures from real life F-100Fs with AGM-45's loaded on the port station and not the starboard station. 

    The only pictures I was able to find from F-100F's carrying 2 AGM-45's, were from plastic models.

     

    They also show that the F-100F's deployed in Vietnam used the AGM-45-1's with the black nose.

    However, i'm wondering if this was the only AGM-45 variant they used.

     

    My questions:

    - Is it correct that F-100F's in Vietnam only used the AGM-45 Shrike loaded on the port inner wing station?

    - If this is the case, what kind of ordnance was most likely carried on the starboard inner wing station when a Shrike was carried on the port station?

    - Did they only use the black nosed AGM-45-1's or did they also use white nosed variants?

     

    Because the Trumpeter F-100F doesn't have the Weasel parts, there will be some scratch building involved.

    If anybody has any additional info or suggestions for the Weasel conversion, please let me know.

    All help is more then welcome! 🙂

     

    Thanks for any reply.

     

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  15. On 6/4/2022 at 6:53 PM, Nebbor said:

    Murph:  as your stated rule of thumb for the MSIP modification I assume there is not one single distinguishing feature that positively identifies a MSIP F-15? As in a aircraft NOT having the right tailboom antenna and modified right aft formation stripe could still be a MSIP MOD? Or other way around: an Eagle that has these features could NOT a MSIP aircraft? Just curious.

     

    There used to be 2 Wolfpack MSIP update kits for the F-15A and F-15C available, but unfortunately these have been discontinued.

    I've been trying to get my hands on both of these for quite some time now, but I haven't been able to obtain them.

    I anybody has any suggestions where I could find these I would be extremely grateful. 😉

     

    Links:

    http://www.wolfpack-d.com/catalog/htm/wp48010.html

    http://www.wolfpack-d.com/catalog/htm/wp48015.html

     

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  16. On 6/4/2022 at 5:59 PM, Murph said:

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    Thanks again Murph!

    Below are 2 pictures of the F-15C I'm planning to build and it has both of the features you mention, so it should definitely be a MSIP.

    I will make sure these features will be present on my model.

    (All my pics taken 26-7-1994)

     

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    F-15D 84-044 present the same day also has these features and should also be a MSIP:

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    However, F-15D 79-012 I also photographed the same day, doesn't have these modifications and therefore should be an unmodified one.

    Guess they where using both modified MSIP and unmodified F-15's at Spangdahlem in 1994.

    I'm also planning to build this one and will safe me some time now that I don't have to modify this one. 🙂

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  17. On 5/27/2022 at 10:50 PM, Thadeus said:

    I know I'm super late. But isnt that an AIM-120 on the fuselage aft station? On the left side I believe? With AIM-7 on the forward left fuselage station? There is radome visible under the right Sparrow.

    Edit: I suppose thats what Joerg meant by 4 Aim120's, 2 AIM7's and 2 AIM9's

     

    Those are indeed AIM-120's loaded on the aft fuselage stations and inner wingstations.

    Only thing left for me to find out is if the F-15C's at Spang were the regular unmodified ones or the MSIP versions.

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