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  1. In his book, "Escape from Laos", Dengler mentions only bombs but doesn't specify what sort or how many. You will find his recounting of the mission on Skyraider.org here: http://skyraider.org/skyassn/dengler/dengler.htm At the bottom of that page is a link to photos supplied by Dengler which ought to give some guidance. I'd go with the mixed load of WWII types toward the bottom. HTH, Tom
  2. Gents, Not too long after the release of the Kitty Hawk F-101A-C kit I had occasion to visit the Air Force Museum and photographed their RF-101C and F-101B intakes. Here is a composite profile and oblique comparison of the left intakes of those two aircraft for anyone who might still be in the dark about the differences between them, They are substantial and quite noticeable. To me, putting F-101B intakes on an A-C variant, is akin to removing the gun fairing from an F-4E kit, replacing it with the C_D chin dome and calling that kit an F-4C or D.
  3. It is black, Vitaly. I would note that the Sidewinder depicted in the profile is totally wrong.That appears to be an AIM-9E, a USAF version not used by the Navy. It should be an AIM-9D/G.
  4. Actually, they are not always DGG, they can be LGG or black or not there at all. And all those variations might exist in the same squadron. They were generally locally applied, so it was up to the individual squadron what color they were. Differences would occur because during turnarounds between cruises, aircraft transferred out and others came in, often from other squadrons, and if the walkways were already there, they generally remained, regardless of color. It is a classic case of check for photos of the aircraft you want to do, or aircraft from that squadron in the same timeframe. Vital
  5. If you can edit the topic title, put a ? at the end. That would make everything clear.
  6. Gents, HobbyEasy now shows a release date of March 10th, and seems to still be taking pre-orders: http://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/tare0bal4idjzfrztyrj.html Cheers, Tom
  7. Whew!!!!! Thanks for checking in, Rex. Glad to know it is just computer woes andthat you are OK. I look forward to seeing you back on line, my friend. Cheers, Tom
  8. Has anyone heard from or about Rex? He has not been on these forums since November 3rd, and I have not seen him elsewhere either. I have tried PM'ing him, but no response. There have been a lot of topics to which I would have expected him to respond and, obviously, he has not. I miss his input, and I am getting worried. Hope someone knows something. Cheers, Tom
  9. Uwe, The Crusaders are VF-33 F8U-1E's (F-8B after 1962), which dates the photo to the Aug 1961-Feb 1962 cruise, the only one 33 made in that version. As Paul pointed out, their next cruise was on the Big E in the F-8E. The -1E/B had the same radar (and cockpit) as the -2/C, but no ventral fins and no A/B cooling scoops. Can't see the wheels, but most likely all early types, ie spoked nose wheel and ribbed mains, but possibly some had the familiar late disc mains. Cool photo, where did you find it? Cheers, Tom PS: I should note that the Cutting Edge
  10. In figure modelling, XXmm is (or is supposed to be) a standard, not a scale. That standard sets the height of a standing figure from the soles of the feet to the eye-line, thus very intentionally leaving out any headgear. So a 200mm figure should be 200mm from the soles of the feet to the to its eyes, and that should be the case whether the figure represents David or Goliath. The standard has been bent over the years, largely I think, because modern figure makers (and modellers) are largely ignorant of the standard, so one often sees reference to "XXmm scale". In this case, I think Trumpet
  11. Hi Tracy, Probably a day late and a dollar (or ten) short, but what about adding the silver (and maybe a bit of white) to clear coats and layer that up until you get the effect you want. Or reverse it: a silver base and add white to clear for the overcoats, like the "candy" coats on cars. Or go look at nail polishes - can't imagine there isn't a pearlescent white nail polish that would fill the bill. Look forward to seeing your result, whichever way you go. Cheers, Tom
  12. Superheat

    F-8D

    Gents, First off, the F-8D was an E with a small nose, or perhaps better stated the other way: the E is a D with the big nose to accommodate the larger APQ-94 radar. The only other differences between the two is that the E had wing stations, the D did not, and the 150xxx E's were built with the hump, which the D and 149xxx E's did not have. The D cockpit is identical to the E with two exceptions: the radar scope for the APQ-83 was similar to, but not the same, as the one in the C; and the station selector on the weapons sub-panel on the D did not have wing stations(not something
  13. Hi Stefan, As built, all Crusaders had green wing bays, but Interior Green, aka Chromate Green, not Zinc Chromate which is a very light yellow-green. Since there were numerous fluid lines - hydraulic, oil and fuel - running through the bay, and since they all looked the same on the green paint, the green bays were over-painted with white, which showed the red hydraulic fluid very well. This over-paint with white was probably done during PAR (repaint) cycles, as there still some green bays around when I got to the airplane in 1967. The rebuild versions - H, J, K, L, and RF-8G
  14. Wow! Thanks Alexey, that is great stuff. Cheers, Tom
  15. Sorry Charlie, but no. The big problem is no suitable kits, since all those cruises were in early versions with the small nose, and no kit maker has seen fit to do any early Crusaders, even though with only a few extra parts they could do them all. And decal producers show no inclination to do decals for versions for which no kit exists, even though there is a very good conversion available from Muroc Models. We basically get the same stuff over and over and over again: CAG's and MiG killers. I have nothing against either, knew a lot of both, but there were a lot of colorful early Crusaders
  16. Whoops!! I looked in props and missed it somehow. Looks like you already had more than enough clarification on the subject. I still look forward to seeing your model, whenever it gets done. Have a great vacation, Bobo. Cheers, Tom
  17. Hi Bobo, If you asked this question elsewhere, I cannot find it, so I will answer it here. The answer is yes, it should be there. It is Corogard and was commonly applied to the leading edges of all flying surfaces in the gull grey over white era (with some exceptions). It is difficult to see in photos because it often appears to be light gull grey carried over to the underside of the leading edge, and the upper side of the leading edge is usually not visible on parked A-1's. Here is a small shot of a 176 Spad (not 409, unfortunately) thatclearly shows it on the wings and vertic
  18. Great job on both, Darren, though I am, of course, partial to the Crusader. Glad I could help. Tom
  19. So I'm not the only one who can't look at that aircraft designation without inserting an extra vowel! Thanks, Kursad, made my day!
  20. Gents, I do not think there are any lighting or photographic artifacts in that photo. Keep in mind that manufacturers are given a wide latitude when producing paint to the FS specifications: 10% plus or minus on any parameter. So a batch from a manufacturer might be 10% too light, too dark, too much (or too little) of any primary color, or combination of colors, and still conform to the specification. And a 10% difference on any given parameter is a HUGE difference in the resulting color relative to the standard. So I think what you are seeing in the photo is just a graphic exam
  21. It's not an "antenna fairing" it is a second position light that is neon while the rear one is a conventional filament type bulb. The cover for the filament bulb is red on the left, green on the right, but the cover for the neon bulb is clear. Both bulbs are visible, the neon bulb runs the length of the housing, the filament bulb attaches at the rear. I don't have a great shot of either wing, this is about the best I've got. Next time I get near an A-4 I will photograph it close up. Cheers, Tom
  22. Steve, that is certainly what they were like in my day on the F-8, and this photo would indicate that it was the same on the F-14. hth, Tom
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