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  1. If you're doing a OH-6 I recommend the U.S. Army Silver Eagles team. https://aerobaticteams.net/en/teams/i157/Silver-Eagles.html I saw them perform in 1973 at Burke Lakefront airport when we took a C-5 to the show from Dover. With things going on the crowd didn't know about, mostly and fortunately, it was some three days.
  2. Most of my A-7D shots did not have their tanks on. Like most fighters they would rely on tanker support and use the pylon for weapons. Most of the time when they carried their tanks they would be heading to a new base assignment but there were times when a special mission would require a fighter to go 3 bags full, but I would have no idea what they were up to.
  3. Now, did the A-7D use the same tanks as the navy and marine A-7s?
  4. If I remember right, back in the late 70s or early 80s Fine scale used to be Fine Aircraft Modeling or something close to that. Back when I started building we had things like solid wing, with the national markings and numbers molded riight into the plastic. Wood models aircraft were still available, the pilots were part of the fuselage halves. Later came a piece with the pilot and or back seater molded as one piece with in their seats with some type of equipment molded as one piece. If you sanded away panel lines you could replaced them with a piece of stretch sprue if the correct width. Some people didn't bother doing that, they just left the lines stay away and moved on. Others would sand all the lines off carefully.. Now if you wanted to detail the cockpit, you had to build the parts yourself. Sometimes you had to mix your own colors, but when IPMS put out a mixing chart, it got easier. A lot has changed and sometimes I go back to the old ways when I can and have to for certain parts.
  5. What's the harm in him asking? He probably hasn't been building as long as most of us and asking a question about a tecnique is ok.
  6. IO took these shots at U-Tapao in 1971/72. The "D' models did carry a ton of 500 pound bombs internally and then on their wing pylons 12 750 pounders. Every day we would get at least one bomb convoy to the base through the East gate where they would go directly up the hill to the bomb receiving area, and you wouldn't believe how many bombs were there each day. We would have to use a aircraft maint. stand to get a look at the inside of the trucks to make sure nobody was trying to hide among the pallets. Out of each cell we would have at least one bomb that refused to drop. When returning home they would try to get it loose over the ocean and when that didn't work they had to return home with it. Each time that happened we would block the roads to the ends of the runway until the danger passed. The roads where the bomber sat could be blocked for some time. The "G" models didn't show upon the base until mid 1972, during the Raster invasion. I don't know if Anderson and maybe Kadena got some or not but we had them until I left in September 1972.
  7. I went to Guam for a short TDY and one day actually walked all the way to the end and looked down. I had heard that there are more than one B-52 down there. Those pictures were taken in Thailand in 1971/72. The B-52 stayed until the end of the war, not exactly a short time. They would launch missions very hour along with as many tankers as needed for the package. That made for a lot of noise and smoke. The only time it was really quite there was during Christmas day, the Bob Hope U.S.O. tour and one time after a attack when they decided to evacuate all aircraft that were still flyable except for our three H-43 copters and the local aircraft assigned there, I guess they weren't considered much of a threat to the enemy. All our B-52s were the typical "D' models with the black and cammo paint job until we got sent some "G" models for a while. Not exactly sure when they left but they couildn't carru as many bombs as the "D"s.
  8. I wish that that was available when I did my last couple Herks. Back then I had to make everything myself.
  9. I always liked the Scorpion. The first real one I saw was at the Air Force Museum back in 1970. They had most of the aircraft outside and the F-89 was tucked under the Valkyrie. The only other one I saw was at Lackland in the Security Police training area sitting next to a C-119. I've been meaning to build a F-102 with the Green Mountain Boys markings. If I remember right they were from Vermont. We had one land at Dover A.F.B. while i was there.
  10. ikar

    work stands

    I would think that if you are out in the field somewhere you would have to make tables and maint. stands out of whatever was available, supply crates, wood from a ruined structure, trees, and so on. It's not like being at a fully equipped base where all you have to do is go around and steal it or request what you need. They had to be creative with what was on hand.
  11. I was in the Air Force and hated to fly. I would when it was necessary, and I have been in several near air to air accidents, almost went down to a mountain in Alaska, had some one try to knock us out of the air by trying to blinding the pilot, had some idiot with a airliner try to take off like a fighter pilot once too often when he had a engine on fire, and been to a few crashes. Let me think, why don't I like to fly and why have I turned down flights in fighters where they would let me get in some stick time? Beats me. But the reason that a plane can fly is simple: even bricks can fly when enough power is used. Given some of the things that have flown in the past, you have to wonder just how much power did they use, was it enough, or too much? love the ground
  12. When looking again, it's not the wing tip, it's a illusion that combines the trailing edge of the wing and the light shining on the radome. I never included the wing tip or year number when I examined the photo. I was never in aircraft maint. like my wife was and never got into some of the details. I just noticed what was necessary at the time and snuck photos when necessary. I sit corrected. Yours is the superior intellect,,,,for this one.
  13. The tail codes back then would have been just like the tail numbers. From the angle of the photo, looking at the nose, that is a most likely a "D" model instead of a "C". If you liik closely just below the tip of the nose you can see the sensor sticking out. The "E" model nose was more slender and a bit longer.
  14. CANCELLED Covid-19 Update: After much discussion between the IPMS Orlando officers and the Wyndam convention center, due to the ongoing pandemic and for the safety of attendees to the show, Modelpalooza is cancelled for 2020. With the restrictions that would be mandated both by the state and by the Wyndam resort, we would not be able to operate the show at full capacity. This would put Modelpalooza at a severe financial disadvantage that would jeopardize funding future shows. We want to be able to offer a fun, full and safe show that all can enjoy, and to that end it is better to cancel the show for this year both for the safety of all those involved and to keep Modelpalooza solvent for future shows. On a more positive note, we have been successful in negotiating the use of the Wyndam for 2021 and 2022. If all goes well, in fall of 2021 we should be able to resume Modelpalooza at that time. We will announce the new dates once we have worked out the details with the venue. For vendors who have registered and paid for tables, you will be contacted separately to work out an extension for 2021 or for a refund. For those who have booked hotel room reservations, it will be up to you to cancel those on your own with the Wyndam. We want to thank you all for your patience and support during these trying times. Keep building! We will be sure to have plenty of tables to display almost two years worth of build time at the next show. IPMS Orlando.
  15. ikar

    What is this?

    Well, he never really explained the exact reasons, but I have all his ribbons and things. He had the usual stripes, his cross with the weapons he was awarded, plus one strange looking device that was serving the same basic purpose but was more technical looking and had a metal bar underneath it saying photography. I know he had gotten in trouble concerning his photographic work when he took his commander's official photo and superimposed a dog's head on it. Maybe they had built a relationship over time. I know he had a penchant of taking shots where he shouldn't be with the pictures of the experiments in developing tricycle landing gear. He had some where they would grab a bi-plane and run some poles trough the fuselage and attach a wheel on the end that would make the tail wheel stand way off the ground. He took shots like these usually while everybody was looking at the aircraft and he was behind them shooting over the staff car. Sometimes you could see the chrome strip going down the hood in the picture. However he did it he managed to keep out of trouble. This may be part of the reason he ended up in the O.S.S. later. He didn't even tell me that he was with them until about a year before he died. So how he managed it will have to remain a mystery.But he went from photography, to C-47 pilot as a N.C.O., to other things until the end of the war.
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