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  • Birthday 08/07/1966

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  1. I think early Cobra's had mini-guns which were 7.62mm.
  2. The new Nashorn is in 1/48 scale.
  3. So I'm practicing with uploading pictures and wanted to share this one of same squadron in flight, with the white radomes I'm pretty convinced that these are overall Gull Grey
  4. If you compare the photos of the A-6E in those markings, 3rd roll down 3rd from left at the site Derek provided, with the photos next to it. the left photo being Gloss Gull and the right being TPS I say these Intruders are in Flat Gull Grey. I can say that I do not recall ever seeing Intruders or any attack aircraft in overall Gull Grey so this might have been an experiment being done by that community. Again my point of reference is 1986 and all attack that I can remember were in TPS. Now just to note all KA-6D's remained in the Gull Grey over white for it's whole career. Thanks Derek, cool site.
  5. For the official orders, after some testing the navy did in the mid 70's it was ordered around 1977 that all aircraft off the assembly line and out of depot will be overall Gloss Gull Gray (16440). Just to note it doesn't take long for gloss Gull Gray to become dull and weather beaten. TPS started showing up in the mid 80's after again testing in the early 80's. I arrived at my first squadron, VF-124, in 1986 and it was 60/40 Gull Grey to TPS. We had over 20 Tomcats since it was a training squadron (RAG). It wasn't until the mid 90's that pretty much all navy aircraft were in TPS.
  6. Yes it could be tedious. As far as how bad always depends on use. One plane could fly up to 6 times a day (1.5hrs flights). The consoles around the knees would see the most ware. Consoles are clear plastic the are painted white and then black on top, any chipped or worn paint will cause the red/green back light to show through which can be distracting during night flying. Any light in darkness gets amplified.
  7. Hello, I would just like to add insight into how the navy does things. My point of reference is 1985 to 2005 as an o-level Tomcat/Hornet fixer. All things NAVAIR is governed in the Naval Aviation Maintenance Program (NAMP), this was established in the early 70’s. Before this the squadrons were pretty much doing there own thing, there were standards that were being loosely interpreted. So for our purposes: Aircraft are washed every 7 days while at sea and every 14 days on land. (7 day and 7/14 day inspections). Every 56 days they go into corrosion inspection (56 day inspection), all work centers do their part and then into paint, only 10% of the airframe can be painted. Every 280 days (280 day inspection) the cockpit is painted, including the consoles. Just to note that we would either cover up the words with thin strips of tape or paint the consoles black and then scratch in the words. All these have to be performed in the shortest time possible, got to get the plane back on the schedule and plus keep the Maintenance Master Chief off your butt.
  8. I have found that war time radials have a dark (engine gray) crank case and the rest is along the lines of neutral gray or even light ghost gray.
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    And another. Well that's it for now, the cockpit is next.
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    Now to check for the alignment problems with the fire wall and engine mount. They were there but the fix was pretty simple I just bent the plastic a little at a time until it all lined up. The mount isn't quit in there holes up at the top but you can't see it.
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    The wheel well was done the same way with wire and plastic.
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