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  1. I built their Su-11 a few years back, and found it to be an extremely fun experience. Only thing I changed out was the kit missiles with AM ones. Good times, and I might build another one someday.
  2. The safety handle on the MXU is popped open when the jet is on deck, and the handles are only latched closed during the prelaunch checkout. They are hinged on the forward end and the aft end stuck out a couple inches when open. This is an often missed detail on most Tomcat builds... I'm on travel for work right now, but once I'm back I can take a pic of how I did them on a Hasegawa Tomcat I built a few years ago.
  3. Unfortunately, no... I had an extra cap left over from my prior build and I raided the extra cap from another kit in my stash to make it work. Whoever had the presence of mind at Tamiya to put a third cap in the bag is a lifesaver when it comes to situations like that.
  4. If the mods don't delete, I want to put out there that I lost my baggie for one of my kits and as a result ordered a bazillion screws and washers off of Amazon. If anyone ever needs some and are located in the US (otherwise postage is ridiculous), I can happily help out...
  5. No this aircraft would not have the GPS dome, LANTIRN pod, or the LANTIRN control stick in the RIO port side console. The round TID display would be present in the rear cockpit as well.
  6. Aeromaster's 1/48 sheet 48-561 will get you pretty close. Base airplane is a lo-vis 137 bird off the Connie in 2001. Granted the Connie was gone by 2006, but aside from finding a suitable carrier name from the right time period (Lincoln?) and the crew/PC names, you should have a pretty good jumping-off point. The air wing and the "flying butt cheek" tails are right for the time... Hope this helps! EDIT- Just realized these are Super Hornets at that time... Still though, the tails and other squadron data from that sheet cobbled together with a 137 Super Hornet sheet would REALLY get you close. Short of that, I don't know off the top of my head of any other lo-vis tail decals around for a 137 jet.
  7. That indeed is another subtle difference between the D and other variants... but I'd almost be afraid that even a vinyl patch would be overscale. I'll shoot you some detailed pics via PM when I have a moment.
  8. Next time the opportunity exists to catch up over beer, I'll explain why cockpit tub color doesn't matter.
  9. Hey Guys- Just wanted to pass along a few rules of thumb for time periods when stuff started showing up on the F-14D. 1. LANTIRN came about in 1996/7, with VF-2 receiving the first fleet mods, followed by VF-31. You can tell from a picture if a jet is modified for LANTIRN by looking at the spine for the small dome GPS antenna. If the dome is present, the jet is LANTIRN capable. Just because the jet has had the LANTIRN mod does not mean it HAS to carry LANTIRN on station 8B, or be configured with the LANTIRN Control Panel (LCP) in the port-side RIO cockpit. The LCP took up the same real estate as the TARPS control panel, so they were swapped freely. Furthermore- especially in the first few years of carrying LANTIRN, there were fewer pods/LCPs available to each squadron as there were more squadrons that needed them. Often times we would fly non ground attack training missions with the pod and LCP removed. Generally we had many more pylons than pods, so we would have an empty pylon or nothing at all hanging on 8B if we didn't have a pod for it. I cannot recall us ever carrying a missile pylon or rail on 8B on a LANTIRN-modified jet. 2. After the Delta jets got LANTIRN, there was a period of time pretty much up to late 2001 where the square PTID display was NOT installed. We only started receiving them in the D community when the A squadrons started transitioning to Super Hornets. PTID was a requirement when we started hauling JDAMs, so that is a good rule of thumb for whether it should have a PTID or not. We took VF-31 to sea in 1998 and 2000/01 with LANTIRN and the round TID. 3. I have spent a lot of time in a lot of F-14D cockpits. Of all of them, I have been in one/maybe two of them that were painted all black. Both belonged to VF-213 in the very early 2000s (pre-OEF). Every single other jet I have sat in- all the way to the very end of Tomcats, had the standard gray tub. I know they tried all-black briefly, but the cockpit would get hotter than hell on the flight deck in the Gulf, so they were repainted to gray. NVG mod had nothing to do with the color of the cockpit tub going black. 4. The ROVER antenna and GBU-38 were only carried on VF-31 and VF-213 aircraft during the last F-14 cruise. No other squadron (except test birds of course) carried the GBU-38. No other squadron *flew* with ROVER except 213 and 31 for just a few months on the last cruise. I stressed "flew", because yes, a stricken VF-101 aircraft was modified as proof of concept prior to the mod team coming out the the TR, but this never flew. It didn't even have engines at the time. 5. Hockey puck antenna on the back side of the starboard vertical fin cap... right under the anticollision light. Unique only to the D... as well as the side panel all the way aft on the port side by the horizontal stabs. 6. All fleet F-14D aircraft were TARPS capable. Happy modeling, folks... I plan on picking up a couple when the feeding frenzy dies down a bit. Having fun building my early VF-111 Tamiya "A" kit at the moment...
  10. Looking for at least an extra pair of 1/32 scale LGTR rounds that are found in the Trumpeter F/A-18E and F/A-18F kits. If you have the kit and are planning on loading it up with bombs and missiles, please help your leftover LGTRs find a good home! Parts are listed in the attached photo. I can compensate with a little cash, and I can certainly cover shipping. Thank you everyone in advance! Nick
  11. If the antenna on the NLG door is the one I am thinking about, this is a TACTS antenna that goes on and off all flavors of Super Hornet. The presence of this little blade is not beholden to any specific Bureau Number group or lot. New jets don't necessarily have to have this antenna. I tried looking up the instructions on 1999.co.jp, for PT52 just to be sure, but I couldn't tell. Time to march my lazy butt up to my stash to see once and for all I guess.
  12. While somewhat rare, baby Hornets flying sans IFR doors is not altogether unheard of: Some refs for Baby Hornets trapping... The NLG strut doesn't really compress much. Pics were taken by some crazy person (me) on the roof of the TR, 08/09-ish... Engine settings during arrested landings depends on a lot of things, but they wouldn't generally bump the throttles to AB until after they were at the point where the hook would catch the wire. Otherwise, they would have too much power and overshoot/bolter.
  13. The ramps can be manually dropped at shutdown or by the maintenance crews on deck. This was normally done prior to a jet going into the hangar, or to facilitate maintenance that required the ramps in the down position. Normal aircrew shutdown has the ramps in the up position, but it's not uncommon to see them dropped like in my pic above. You're not crazy for wanting to build the Hasegawa Tomcat in this day and age... I have several and have built a few. True, it feels like you'll never stop throwing parts on it while you're building, but the challenges are well-documented and they do look sharp when complete. Happy building.
  14. The aircraft pictured are Ds, but what I write should hold true to A and B aircraft as well. Sometimes the upper speed brake doesn't lay totally flat when the aircraft is at rest. Bottom ones were always flush from my experience. Not saying they were never prone to droop, but for as much time as I had spent underneath them, I never noticed it. The way the fasteners were on the hinged panels did not lend themselves well to hanging freely un-propped like the doors on the Super Hornets. If they needed to be left loose and unattended for a bit, we "tacked" the panels back on by finger-tightening a couple of the fasteners down with the panel laid flat on the aircraft... like so:
  15. By 2003, VF-2 had PTID displays in their jets. When the Deltas got their LANTIRN upgrades in 1997/98, they kept their TIDs until A and B squadrons started transitioning to Super Hornets. For example, VF-31 had LTS starting in 1997, but we didn't start getting PTID displays in the RIO cockpit until late 2001/early 2002 when VF-14 and 41 started getting rid of their jets. To answer the OP, that VF-2 Delta very much could carry LGBs or dumb bombs for the timeframe that those markings signify. Just no GBU-38. Those were on VF-213 and VF-31 jets only for their last cruise with F-14 in 2005.
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