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  1. No grenades for you!

    At that time A.F. basic was 6 weeks. After that you were usually sent to whatever school you needed for your future job, admin., cook, aircraft maint., and so on. For the Security Police we had another 6 weeks and then some were either picked or volunteered for K-9 which was longer than the other schools. When you got your notification to go to South East Asia, you had to return to Lackland and its Medina annex. You also had to go to Camp Bullis for the more intense training, such as working with armored vehicles, field manuvers, bare base setup and defense heavy weapons, and so on. If you were picked to specialize in the 81mm mortor or 50 cal. you went to Fort Hood next. The 90mm recoiless and L.A.W. rocket were taught at Bullis but sometimes you might have to go over to Fort Hood as well. At that time the grenade range was at Medina and only used by the Police. The hole thing wasn't too bad if you didn't mind the spiders, fire ants, and rattlesnakes.
  2. No grenades for you!

    When we went to the live range during combat school it was a memorable day. It's one thing to throw the practice egg type we used and a whole other thing to have a live egg in your hand. The weight is the same but the feel was smoother than the cast dummies.. As I waited my turn down the line the instructor suddenly yelled, "Oh S%#T!" and dove down by me. A second later there was a loud noise and it looked like the whole world was vibrating like in the cartoons. Evidently someone a bit farther up had let his slip during the throw and instead of it going straight out, it went up and curved to the right, giving my position a airburst. I ended up with a few cuts on my neck from the grenade that my instructor patched up and then asked me if I wanted to take a break or toss mine next before he sent me to the observation point where the rest of the class was waiting their turn on the line. I took my grenade and when he said to pull the pin my first live one suddenly felt a lot different. I got it out a sfe enough distance and then headed to the class to have my wounds rechecked .
  3. fulcrum1, watch out for those WWII diving targets, it's not unusual to find they can still be armed with live explosives. Anyway, what I try to do is get in some range time and kill some paper targets. I used to be pretty good with my M-16 and .38 in the Air Force but I just don't always find the time I'd like to have for shooting.
  4. Things are still crawling along with this mutant Cruiser/Carrier. Obviously not all of the vast amount of P.E. from the Flyhark set is going ot be used but much of it will be. I have done some painting of the ship and what I am curious about is the look of it. The gray is darker that the Mushasi I built earlier but thr instructions call for it. However I just doesn't look right completely flat. Shouldn't it be at least semi gloss, and if so, what should I use?
  5. I'm working on a 1/350th Mogami cruiser/carrier for a friend. He said he wanted some P.E. and wooden deck parts. There are no wood decks on this ship but I did pick up the Flyhawk P.E. set that has a lot of detail, some of which I am not physically able to use because of thier size. There are more than 15 frets in this set along with barrels and other things. The brass parts to cover the decks are very thin and they seem to line up with the detail easilly enough. It does take some effort to co-ordinate between the kit instructions and the P.E. instructions. The P.E. sheets have several nice color photos to help but some things could use some explaining. For instance, they show some parts colored red or blue but so far I haven't seen any explanation of what this really means. Do I cut something off the plastic part of cut through the brass? I'm not sure. I considered trying to contact the company but considering they are based in China and have shown a couple spelling errors in their instructions and Chinese companies are not exactly noted for customer service, I thought I might try here. Has anyone used this company's products before and might be able to give a few answers or opinions?
  6. PhotoBucket Embedded fix???

    I just looked at the photobucket site to see if I could look at my photos. It doesn't appear that I can access my account anymore. They claiming that they are updating their system. Looks like I lost everything at this point.
  7. I was getting ready to paint a model of the Destroyer Yukazaki and wound up with a problem. According the the chart, part of the deck is listed as a Linoleum color. Does anyone have an idea of what color could be used to at least come close to this color? The instructions list the color as SC06.
  8. 1:1 scale F-111 cockpit mystery

    When I was at Dover in 1973 we got a capsule in on a pallet. It was waiting to be sent on to its next location and from the looks of it , deffinately fired from a real aircraft, not clean and neat. When I was in a couple fighter squadrons they always had a cockpit training device to help the pilots remain up on their various procedures . The sitting pilot would react to problems given by another pilot who would watch the student and see which control he would move in response. Even I had to use a more elaborate one to get cockpit qualified so I could sit in the seat and do what I had to do and I had to do this for three different types of aircraft.
  9. Star Trek: Discovery

    Caught the last half of it. Reminded me ofa J.J. production and just couldn''t get into it, especially if I had to pay to see more. Oh well, back to DVDs It was said that some of the performances were a bit wooden. So was The Next eneration at first. It can take a bit of time for the actors to feel comfortable with their roles. Almosta shame I will mot be seeing how they do later...if they do later.
  10. Best of luck to folks in Florida

    My wife's about 20 miles north in Lake Mary taking care of her brother who needs constant watching and may need to be taken to he hospital if the power goes out. Meanwhile his wife is working at one of the hospitals during the storm. I have to stay to take care of my animals and watch the house. My wife's brother sent out a general invite to the rest of the family to head to his place up in Georgia. I can't make that long a trip myself due to complications from military incurred medical problems. Oh well, this isn't the first storm I've been through.
  11. Modelpalooza

    Hope you can make it. My wife and I will be manning the club's table. If you can, stop by and introduce yourself.
  12. Modelpalooza

    Anyone going to this year's contest in Orlando? Pre-registration is underway. There is a story going around that that is the only way to enter, there will be no walk in registrations. I don't know how this started but it's wrong. Would that make any sense to not have walk in registration?
  13. There's some areas of the Pacific well over 20, 000 feet deep, an aircraft going deep would probably crush itself from the impact. I heard there's a B-29 in the lake at the Hoover Dam, I thik it was. It's supposed to be in pretty good shape and was part of a research project of some type.
  14. Trying to find the conversion kit to turn the HB Vietnam armored car into the Air Force Security Police XM-706E2. Hopefully they got all the seats and benches that were inside correct. There is also a detail set for the hatches. The other is a model of the M-715 truck, which we called a weapons carrier. I have tried to order the conversion but I have not been able to do it and the 715 is way too expensive when the shipping from Europe costs more than the kit.
  15. Water color

    I have a 1/700th waterline model of the carrier Wolverine and besides wishing it was 1/350th scale I need to know what the color of the Great Lakes is