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June 2014 Release From Wolfpak Decals


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Gents:

The next release from Wolfpak should be available in about a week. Both sheets will be priced at $17.00 each. Some of the subjects reflect your requests. Hope you like them.

Getting started sheet 72-071, Hunters and Gatherers;. First up is a F-89J from the Happy Hooligans in aircraft grey which is followed by a 23rd TFS, 52nd FW F-4G from Spangdehlem. Options for two F-15Cā€™s from the 159th FS, 125th FW, Florida ANG both equipped with Sniper pods is next. From Moody AFB, Georgia a F-4E from the 68th TFS 347th TFW. A ES-3A Shadow from VQ-6 to go along with either the Hasegawa kit or the new conversion kit is next. A Navy RQ-4A from Paxtuent River. Rounding out the sheet is the first F-35A of the 56th FW at Luke AFB.

Sheet 72-072 is next with a choice of a F-102A of theGreen Mountain Boys, 134th FIS, 158th FIG Vermont ANG or one from the 86th FIS, 79th Fig at Youngstown Municipal Airport with Mr. MaGoo noseart. The Vermont ANG F-102A has the CASE XX wing and the 86th FIS the Case X. The next aircraft is a F-8H of the 7th FS, 5th FW Philippine Air Force. An A-10C from the 81st FS, 52nd FW and a AV-8A of the Royal Thai Navy follow. From Clark AFB a F-4D of the 90th TFS. Another Vietnam War aircraft is the F-105G from the 17th WW squadron. Last but not least from the Vietnam era is a C-130B of the 773rd Tactical Airlift Squadron from Clark in the Philippines. This unit was inactivated this past April at the Air Reserve Base at Youngstown, Ohio.

Enjoy,

Mark

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Cool detail on the F--15C from the 125FW :)

One comment though; as with the F-15E, the Sniper will most likely be carried on a pylon under the right or left air intake, and not the centerline station. But until I see photos it may very well be that the centerline has been chosen?

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One comment though; as with the F-15E, the Sniper will most likely be carried on a pylon under the right or left air intake, and not the centerline station. But until I see photos it may very well be that the centerline has been chosen?

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The pod is mounted on the centerline pylon, and the cockpit is changed with an 8" x 10" display replacing the engine instruments and TEWS scope on the right side of the instrument panel.

Regards,

Murph

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Mark,

Pretty sure the "Mr Magoo" F-102 is a Case X wing. Glad to see somebody finally do a Vermont F-102 in their William Tell markings; I have the old Aerodecal sheet, but the decals are very thick, and the markings (particularly the Air Guard badge) are not very well printed.

Regards,

Murph

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Gents,

Big mistakes on my part. I left off three subjects. The instruction sheets are now correct. Added the Navy RQ-4A to sheet 71. Additionally added the Clark F-4D and the 17th WWS F-105G to sheet 72. Guess I must have CRS.

Mark

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Thanks for the pic, Murph - never seen that before :)/>

Another picture, and link to more info.

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A targeting pod is not something one would expect to see on an aircraft like the F-15C Eagle. After all, the Air Force fighter jet was not built to drop bombs but to dominate Soviet-built fighter jets ā€” and it has, judging by its flawless record in dogfights against enemy aircraft.

But for nearly a year, the Air National Guard has been flying and evaluating an F-15C with a Lockheed Martin Sniper targeting pod attached to its underbelly.

The Guard primarily flies F-15Cs for homeland defense missions, called Noble Eagle. The aircraft sit alert and rapidly respond should an incident occur on a commercial jetliner or if an aircraft strays into restricted airspace, such as over Washington, D.C.

Adding a targeting pod could allow an F-15 pilot to visually track aircraft at greater distances and obtain information for that mission.

While the Sniper system ā€” currently used in combat on A-10 attack jets, F-15E Strike Eagles and F-16 fighters ā€” is most often used for tracking objects on the ground, the latest versions have "some pretty good air-to-air tracking capability," said Jon Sutter, Lockheed's Sniper business development manager.

You "can tell what type [of aircraft] it is and maybe get a tail number and things like that off it," he said. "At longer range, you can use it to track a target to augment the radar in case the radar is being jammed."

Perhaps more important than the pod itself is the way the Guard integrated it onto an aircraft.

Typically, when new widgets are installed on a plane, software engineers need to rewrite the aircraft's operational flight program, or computer code, a long and costly process.

So the Guard took a different approach. Borrowing some electronics from the F-15C's younger, multirole cousin, the F-15E, officials developed an adapter that allows the Sniper pod to interface with the F-15 flight computer.

A new 8-by-10-inch display has been installed and replaces analog, round-dial gauges. Lockheed has developed a system that depicts target "tracks," or information, on the screen.

"The real story is the fact that you can take an advanced sensor and really put it on almost any airplane now, just plug and play, without having to spend a lot of time and money changing the OFP of the airplane," Sutter said.

Instead of connecting to the plane's central computer using traditional methods, engineers are using Ethernet.

Since last year, the Guard has been maturing this technology. The pod has been tested tracking slow-moving and even maritime targets. Tests are expected to wrap up around this time next year.

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RES-IM just released a conversion set for the ES-3A in 1/72

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/RESIM7217

I have it, and while it repeats some of the mistakes of the white metal included in the Hasegawa special boxings, it is a complete set and a much better way to build an ES-3A. The Hasegawa kits have been going for really high prices (when they even show up) on ebay. Its probably cheaper to buy the decals aftermarket, and the resin conversion, than to try to scrounge up the Hasegawa kit.

Anything ES-3A has been a long time coming. I, for one, am very excited.

Hoops

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