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seawinder

Another F/A-18/C question: Mk 84 bombs

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I'm doing the plane from VFA-81 Sunliners that shot down a MiG. According to the Bullseye decal sheet, it carried, besides missiles and a tank, four Mk. 84 2000 lb. bombs. I can't find any photo online showing a Hornet carrying that load, so I'm trying to figure out the proper position of the bomb relative to the pylon. Can anybody shed any light on this? It seems as though there are two possible ways: centered on the two sway brace locations (as shown in the Hasegawa instructions), in which case the bomb would protrude about 5/8 inch (48th scale) in front of the pylon forward end; or centered on the entire pylon length, in which case it would protrude just a bit fore and aft. The bomb sits better in the latter configuration, but did the pylon have the necessary attachment points further aft?

Thanks, Pip

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Here's a photo of one being loaded. Not sure how helpful it is though.

 

us-marines-load-a-mark-84-2000-pound-bom

 

Mark

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That's extremely helpful, thanks! The bomb appears to be centered on the two sway braces, which is the first possible option I mentioned in my post. It also confirms that there isn't't any adapter mounted on the pylon, which means the bomb is mostly not flush with the bottom surface of the pylon. Your truly a lifesaver as I was going to go with the other option, which obviously would have been wrong!

Thanks again. Pip

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