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  1. Gunny

    F-4b qustions..Phriends please help!

    In case the OP or anyone for that matter is still interested in this intel, I'll spend my own 2 cents. VMFA-351 operated late B's for a Very short time at NAS Atlanta until the OV-10 arrived due to the vast community uproar from the locals about the noise Phantoms were creating in the surrounding area. This particular F-4B appears to have been updated under "Project Heavy Weight" (dropped ailerons, slotted stabs, bolting inner leading edge flap closed, buldged trunion covers over the main gear, beefing up & lengthening of the main gear, thus the need for the trunion covers in the first place). It has also appears to have been upraded under "Project Shoe Horn" by the presence of the the Sanders AN/ALQ-51/51a/100 Deception Jammer & Track Breaker antennas being installed as late as '70-'72. It also has the zero/zero MB Mk-7 seats installed by pretty much 1970 fleet wide vs the originall MK-5 seats. Bear in mind that not all mods were consistant fleet wide. Some had the antenna protrusion on the forward vertical stab (these were never removed when some became N models), either the hook shapped antenna on the "Donkey D*!k" of the one shaped like the one found on the F-4D (The troublesome IRST was deleted earlt in the war & capped with a stubby, shorter cap. Some of hese birds were wiring nightmares from squadrons that received various B models from others as the lessons were being learned on the fly over the sky of Vietnam to help counter the hostile radar & detection & hap-hazard attempt to jam & RWR. Case in point, VMFA-122 performed in the field squadron level re-wiring so they could carry the infamous three gun pods on the center line & outboard stations. Receiving squadrons could not figured out how to get the wiring back to spec. Some squadrons came up with their own mods & jimmy rigged in attempt to "fix" problems with any particular airframe when tech reps were on hand, altough some of thes problems were not being solved company tech reps that WERE on board the boat, Danang, Chu Lai or any one of the NARF locations. Just because one jet was modded at Atsugi or North Island isolated changes were being made prior some probs were not being trouble shooted as some other issues took "priority" as deemed by the services & Douglas. And, not all that the AFC mods were being installed in the airframes at the NARFs, some during PAR, for no rhyme or reason. I think the F-4 was the most modded aircraft during the Vietnam Era. Phantoms (along with Thuds) were so overworked & stressed that no one could keep up with all the changes to keep the airframes & associated with what was needed during that era. When the boat headed for home, often times the Corps swapped their high time airframes for the Navy's lower time airframes to be transported on the said boat to CONUS for Depot level for AFCxxx at a NARF in order to keep the more utilized USMC birds due their constat local incountry CAS mission for the grunts or Steel Tiger targets in Laos. However, it's an interesting dichotomy that the more utilized USMC had worn out birds in short orde. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong or left anything out. Semper Fi, Masterguns
  2. Gunny

    Comparison of Black basing vs. Pre-shading

    Hold thread resurrections, Batman! I'm late to the game here. Just happened to find this thread by chance looking for another. I'm a diehard USMC Phantom Phan & I rarely have problems finding pics of the 1:1 Rhino I want to model between my vast library & my dad's old pics from his long time career as a Phantom driver. (when he can find them.) I weather based on what I see in the pics particular to the decals I have for that bird especially if they are in color. I don't see preshading as too relalistic when used all over the airframe. Postshading over a black base coat with various tone (quite tedious) looks more real. The You can run some panel wash & widen the effect to replicate fluid escape. And, finally, some artistic license makes it a lot more fun the more you study highly used airframes, especially such ones in contiuous combat operations. Have fun!!!! Semper Fi, Masterguns
  3. Emailed hime last night & the set was sold. Thanks, though. Semper Fi, Masterguns
  4. As the subject states....Looking to buy this cockpit. I can pay via paypal. Please anyone that can help TIA! Semper Fi, Masterguns
  5. Gunny

    US Navy terminology question.

    -Geedunk in the USN has the same meaning of the USMC term "pogey bait," i.e, candy, fatty foods & drinks that can contribute to turning into a fat body. Extremely frowned upon especially in the infantry, & the Recon/Force Recon & Raider (MARSOC) communities where top peak physical condition is mandatory. Failure to meet decathalon type condition or fall out of something when you're not dead & you're done. Marine Corps as a whole because our very strict height to weight ratios & BMI standards are so strict that you can get booted out for failing to meet or maintain the standard as it applies to individual. Same stuff to stay away from even as a civvie. Stay lean & clean! -Scuttlebutt is a drinking fountain & the other completely non-related meaning are rumor/passing word that has not been confirmed or general conjecture & sometimes possibly true activity that is being passed amongst sailors or Marine's in groups or one on one. The unconfirmed Passing of the "word" summarizes it fairly well. General meanings I as I remember over my time in & they remain in use today. You get the picture. Semper Fi, Masterguns
  6. Gunny

    Mods, please delete

    Gosh dern-it! I already have some of those very same seats that I ordered earlier this year & forgot about in my accessories tubs. I guess I should’ve looks in my A-6 accessories box first. I feel like a space cadet now for asking. A big thanks to you for your reply! Semper Fi, Masterguns
  7. Gunny

    Kinetic 48033 F/A-18D ATARS kit decal sheet

    LAU-10/A Zuni pod. Four rockets per pod. Usually smoke for marking targets. However, laser guided Zuni based rockets are being evaluated. Now, or least were. Historically the older rockets weren’t that reliable. I think there are five shot pods are in the works. All that said, the former are the same Zunis in one form or another that that were cleared for use any other military aircraft. Semper Fi, Masterguns
  8. Gunny

    Return of the Hasegawa 1/48 A-4C next year

    This is why I buy several kits within a few months so I have what I might need years later & not have to pay eBay money. I can’t believe I still have a few original release Hasegawa T/A-4B & Cs left all these years later still needing to be built. You never know what Hasegawa & some other top rated companies will do (or not) with rereleases. Semper Fi, Masterguns
  9. Disregard. Found the answer. Semper Fi, Masterguns
  10. Well gents, I picked up a bottle of Liquidex acrylic translucent iridescent gold from Michaels & a Masters Touch acrylic 36 count .7fl oz tubes in a plethora of hues-all of which I opine I should be able to use in some form with future builds as well-from hobby lobby. If you have experience with these brands, in any capicity, good or bad, please share. Thank you. Semper Fi, Masterguns
  11. Thank you. I keep forgetting about using Future. I have what seems like a pallet of that stuff that i do use a lot but will realistically ever use all. I’ll prolly have leave to my children in my will. Thanks again. If I go this route I’ll prolly ask you yo walk me through baby steps. Semper Fi, Masterguns
  12. I’m not familiar with this stuff. I would be looking at for it at Honby Lobby tomorrow. Did you use acrylic or enamel based clear. Which color powder? Thanks. Semper Fi, Masterguns
  13. Do you have to use acrylics? I assume you one would do to ease of clean up if there was a booboo on the canopy. However, if you have the mixture you like & have tested on junk canopy could you use enamels? Reason asking is because I have many more enamels than acrylics in these metallic colors that I can thin like the nail paint which is essentially similar to what Fightng-84 used, correct? Feed me the knowledge, dudes. Semper Fi, Masterguns