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  1. On 11/1/2022 at 7:17 PM, YF65_CH53E said:



    My CH-53 crew chief instructor was on that mission and he survived.  I have talked with him many times about it.  A couple of things, first, the RH-53D's used for the actual mission had the Engine Air Particle Separators (EAPS) barrels removed prior to the mission execution.  the degraded engine performance that these EAPS caused was deemed unacceptable and they were left on the ship.  So your models of the RH-53D's will need the EAPS barrels removed if you want to depict the aircraft on the deck of the carrier.  The aircraft were painted in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier in the desert sand colors.  When they came aboard they were in squadron colors as to not tip off anyone as to their real purpose.  I will ask Brian what date if he remembers the aircraft were painted.


    Sounds like a great project.  Please keep us in the loop.



    Thanks for the info!

    Since I want the Crusaders present on board, I will build a Nimitz version not later then 17-4-1980.

    For this reason the EAPS barrels are present on my RH-53's and they will most likely have their original navy blue colors with full markings.


    It would be great if your instructor can remember when the RH-53D's were painted, so I will be sure if I choose the right color scheme.

    Could you also ask him if he can remember around which date the mission stripes were painted on the F-14's, A-6's and A-7's?

    This would be very helpful indeed.

  2. 13 hours ago, YF65_CH53E said:

    Out of curiosity, are you doing a "Desert-1" depiction?  the attempted Hostage rescue?




    Hi Gunny, You are absolutely right, I indeed am.

    Because I want the RF-8 Crusaders to be on board together with the RH-53D's it will be prior to 17-4-1980, as apparently 17-4-1980 was the date the Crusaders were cross-decked to the Coral Sea.

    Only thing that I need to find out is on which date the RH-53D's were painted in the sand camouflage.

    If it tuns out that this was done after 17-4-1980, I will also need to create the regular HM-16 decals and possibly lose the "mission stripes" on the wings. Choices choices, choices... 🙂


    Link to my project: https://www.scalemates.com/profiles/mate.php?id=35910&p=projects&project=125931&m=editi

  3. 12 hours ago, Dutch said:

    SCM only lists CH-53E available in 1:350 scale.  Have you tried 3-D print shop Shapeways .com?  Try BaconFist Models.  He takes requests and specializes in naval & aircraft accessories for carrier models.  Also, try SNAFU Store.  He already has a 1/350 CH-53E & CH-53K.  He may be able to make a RH-53D fairly quickly.




    Thanks Dutch, I will contact them to see if they can help me out.

  4. For my 1:350 Nimitz 1980 project I'm looking for 8x RH-53D's in 1:350 scale.

    As far as I can tell no RH-53D's have ever been produced as models in this scale, so I'm looking for alternatives to create these.


    As far as I can tell I have the following options:

    1: Buying 8 CH-53E's and converting all of these one by one into RH-53D's. This might prove time consuming and very likely they won't be exactly the same.

    2: Buying 8 CH-53E, converting one hull  into a RH-53D master, have it scanned and have 8 examples 3D printed.


    I would prefer option 2 to keep them exactly the same, but I have no clue where to get them scanned and printed.

    Online I found somebody who has done this in the past and I tried contacting him, but all my messages remain unanswered.


    Does anybody have any other ideas and/or suggestions?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated!

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. 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:



  7. 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:

    image.png.a4d75cc60139f0d9da142bd8f06c1ec2.png                                  image.png.3311c21baec1dcd067a167f24cd48f75.png



  8. 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:



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



  9. 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.

  10. 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)
    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!
  11. 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.




    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?

  12. 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. 👍




    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/)



    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/)



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


  13. 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.  🙂

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

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