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Susaschka

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  1. Thanks! Checked these F-4D building instructions with the content of my F-4C kit, and it is indeed possible to build a complete F-4D from it. 🙂 Stopped looking for another F-4D kit and just ordered another one of these that I will build into a F-4D. Fortunately the F-4C kit comes with a uniform F-4 C/D SEA stencil decal sheet that I can use on my F-4D too. The only thing missing here are the reflective anti-collision stripes, but fortunately these are on my aftermarket decal sheets.
  2. This week I received my Academy 12294 1:48 F-4C "Vietnam War" kit that will be build and convert into a Spangdahlem (E)F-4C Weasel. Besides this F-4C, I'm also planning to build a F-4D and for this I'm looking for an Academy 12300 or 12310 1:48 F-4D kit. However, these are a bit harder to come by, unlike the Academy F-4C. While inspecting the content of this kit, I noticed that a lot of additional parts for other versions are included in the box and I'm wondering if it would be possible to build a F-4D from this kit. It even looks as if a F-4B and F-4J could also be
  3. That is a very nice looking model + stand and thank you for the weapon loadout info! It's allways great to receive confirmation and what a coincidence that I'm planning to build a plane that you actually worked on. 🙂 I have four more additional questions if I may: - Can I assume that my favored loadout of an AN/ALQ-119 (st6), an AN/ASQ-153 (st4), 2 GBU-10's (st2+8), 2 droptanks (st1+9), a SUU-23 (st5) and 2 AIM-7's (st3+7) is realistic if I lose the SUU-23? - Did the F-4D's at Spang ever use the SUU-23 gunpods? - What could/would be carried on station 5 besides
  4. Here's another shot of this bird from a little more back, showing that the GBU I thought that was on the centerline TER is actually on the inner left pylon and the centerline contains 3 LAU3 rocketpods. (Photo credit: Hans de Ree) Unfortunately I was unable to find a picture taken from the front. Looking at more F-4D Airshow static shots aroud that period, It looked like they made it their goal to load as many different weapons onto a plane. 🙂
  5. Yup, that is very true and it sometimes looked like it was a contest to see how much ordnance could be loaded. For me it only provides me with intel about which weapons were in the arsenal and could be used.
  6. Thanks for clearing that up! I think you are right that it propably is a BLU-27 or similar on the centerline and not a GBU. AIM-4's I never considered, because for me they look like toys. 🙂
  7. Here's a F-4D from Hahn during the Open Day at Soesterberg 16-06-1967. (Photo credit: Hans de Ree) Looks like this one is loaded with 2 (likely4) AIM-7's, a SUU-23, 2 BLU-27's and a TER with 3 LAU-3's. Any comments? Note the absence of the nose sensor and old style serial. Looks like Niels is completely right with his statement that the F-4D's would carry anything. 🙂
  8. This is indeed a very interesting looking loadout! I've never seen SUU-7's before. Can't tell for sure, but it looks like there are two Aim-7's on the aft missile wells, a MER with 2 Zuni rocket launchers on the outer left station, a TER with at least 2 Mk.82's (most likely 3) on the right inboard station and on the centerline a MER with what looks a GBU? No ECM pod is mounted on the front right well and I can't really see if a Pave Spike is mounted on the front left well. Also a SUU-23 can be seen on stands in front of the plane, together with 2 other devices I can't identify
  9. Yeah, My thoughts exactly. Will have to buy a set of GBU-10 Paveway I's then. 🙂
  10. Thanks again! Same here with the Paveway designation, but there is however a significant difference between the two variants: Paveway II bombs have pop-out rear wings, as Paveway I examples have not. The GBU-12's carried in the pictures are Paveway I examples, but all the 1:48 GBU-10's and GBU-12's I own are all Paveway II's. Guess I'll have to buy additional Paveway I GBU's. 🙂 Great that the F-4D's from Spang did use the SUU-23 so I will consider this option as well. Thanks for pointing out the SUU-21A, because I had no clue what it was. As it is no "real" we
  11. Thank you very much! It looks that the F-4D in the top picture is indeed carrying a AN/ASQ-153 Pave Spike Laser Designator Pod on the forward left missile well. I found a very interesting picture of a F-4D from the 8TFW carrying a GBU-12D, AN/ALQ-119, AN/ASQ-153, and a SUU-23 at the same time. It also carries something else on the right inboard pylon that looks like a camera/rocketpod, but I'm not sure what it is exactly. Also found a picture dated 1977 showing a Woodbridge F-4D carrying a Pave Knife, Paveway I and Gun Pod, so I recon it was possible for Europe based
  12. For my 1:48 scale Spangdahlem Heritage project, I'm planning to build an (E)F-4C and F-4D. To build the (E)F-C Weasel, I've ordered an Academy F-4C and the GT Resin 48008 F-4C Weasel conversion Set. I've also allready accuired the AirDOC M48-03 USAFE Phantoms in Germany Early Markings to build the 63-7440/SP as shown on the picture below. The typical loadout for these birds was an ALQ-87/ALQ119, 2 AGM-45's, 3 AIM-7's and 2 droptanks and I will build it like that. For the F-4D I'd like to build an example with the black serial presentation as shown on the other
  13. Small update after receiving more information about the F-4E mission at Spangdahlem (SAM killing): I've decided to change the loadout to six Mk.20s on two TER's, two/three AIM-7E's, two droptanks, possibly a centerline tank and AN/ALQ-131. The weapons in this loadout (all are white) will have a great contrast with the European One color scheme! 🙂
  14. 30 July 2011 I took this picture of a Su-17 in the Vinnitsya HQ museum (Ukraine), loaded with dual R-60 launch rails on the middle wing pylons. Does anyone know if this is a viable R-60 configuration and if any Fitters actually flew with these? Online I've only found two museum Fitters carrying this dual R-60 loadout, but I haven't found any pictures of operational Fitters with this configuration. I'm in the final stages of completing my 1:48 Su-17M4 Fitter, and would like to know if a dual R-60 load is possible. Thanks for any help.
  15. Indeed! And I think ! also need to consider the EF-4C too... First I'm going decal hunting for the F-4D decals as I know these exist.
  16. Hi Niels, Did you ever manage to find these dual launchers you were looking for?
  17. Hi all, For my Spangdahlem Heritage project I'm also planning to build a F-105F (and maybe a F-105D) next in addition to the F-4E, F-4G, A-10A, F-15C and F-16CJ. After a very long search decals have been located and obtained, so now I can focus on the kits and their configurations. 🙂 I will build a bare metal or Aluminium F-105F, as these are the decals for that I've found and it will most likely be a Monogram or Revell kit. Now I only need to look for an interesting loadout. Can anybody help me with the following questions: 1: Were any of t
  18. The picture is a bit small, but it looks like a AIM-9 on the right side and 2 GBU-12's on the left and bottom station of the TER. Similar to the picture from the Israeli F-4E posted by Finn below.
  19. I also found this interesting article about accurate loadouts: http://thecombatworkshop.blogspot.com/2018/06/ensuring-your-aircrafts-loadout-is.html The site is worth checking out.
  20. I was able to find one of the updated manuals dated April 1990 and I attached it to this message. It can be found here: http://aviationarchives.blogspot.com/2015/05/f-4e-flight-manual-update.html Like it says: It appears to be only a partial copy, with just the updates. Hope this can help anybody. 1699092047_F-4EFlightManual.pdf
  21. Nice catch! To increase the load the Special Weapons Launcher was developed so an extra AIM-9 and bomb could be carried. I also read somewehere that it was possible to carry 2 AIM-9's with a TER loaded with 3 bombs without an adapter, but in that case the AIM-9's could only be used after getting rid of the bombs. According to the the serviceman I had contact with, they didn't use this configutation at Spangdahlem. They chose to load one inner pylon with AIM-9's and the other with bombs/missile(s) in the case AIM-9's were needed. AIM-9's weren't used very often anyway
  22. Thanks Cory, this was indeed one of my original questions. Is it possible to share the entire loadout list here?
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