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  1. Have been off the interwebz for a bit, but you're making great progress! As for the flight suits, yes by 71 they all had green Nomex. As for hand positioning, the RIO will likely be bracing himself against the IP or a grab handle on the sill. Standard practice for pilots was left hand on the throttle (very straight arm, locking it in place) and the hand is placed behind the stick, almost touching their chest, with the forearm resting on the thigh. Trim was set before takeoff and the stick would rotate back and into their grip during the stroke--this kept them from pulling back and stalling due to the forces involved. Both would have their heads firmly planted against the ejection seat headrest. I can tell you that the cat shot is brutal, so they're bracing for it to fire. Once it shoots (esp. on the older cats) they're pinned against the seat regardless. Hth Peter
  2. Find Hal Buell’s “Dauntless Helldivers.” He participated in every major carrier battle, and was part of the small cadre of men and a/c flown off the Big E and also flew missions as part of the Cactus Air Force. Fascinating read! HTH Peter
  3. Gord, that’s the door alright. Can just barely make it out, but it’s roughly in line with the trailing edge of the wings, so you’re good to go. Tailspin Turtle has some good pics of various fittings (but no Phantoms) on his website. -Peter
  4. Gord, check posts 47 and 48 in this (even older) thread: http://www.zone-five.net/showthread.php?t=15441&page=3 The part you have questions about is actually rope that is tied down to keep the bridle from being tossed overboard. Over to you if you want to keep it—the bridles were good for a few dozen shots. As for your next post, those are the leading edge flaps. peter
  5. Hey Gord, here’s some answers that may help. no slats on the J...came later with S airframe. As for ordnance, VF-84 was an east coast squadron and only made 1 deployment to Vietnam in 65 and Med cruises were notoriously short of everything as it was all headed to SE Asia. So likely A/G ordnance is nill... you can make an educated guess with period photos though. As for the bridle and how that is used, best thing I can tell you is to check out my old build of a launch scene from a few years back. The bridle is essentially one cable that has ropes attached to keep it from being flung off the bow (no ropes if it’s been used enough, in which case they flung it off the bow!) there’s a holdback bar/fitting that attaches beneath the tailhook, which is what keeps the a/c in tension until the cat fires. here’s the link (not LSP, but a large display at 30”x30”) http://www.zone-five.net/showthread.php?t=29067 HTH Peter
  6. Akihabara! It’s the “geek district” meaning anime and hobby shops galore! Volks’ has a big store, plus Yellow Submarine and a ton I can’t remember. Was stationed there twice and miss it greatly. So much to do and see...
  7. Omg, tell me you painted the ties along the wiring! If you tied them like the real deal, I’m going to start another hobby... I’m stunned. Peter
  8. Dude, I feel your pain with the canopies...that’s what stalled my 1/24th bird. No easy solution. But that being said, you nailed it. It might not have the changing hues of the 1:1 bird, but they changed constantly and look the part in the pic. Can’t wait for my next trip to PAX so I can see it in person! Peter
  9. I’m not gonna lie...I check this site everyday, hoping that you’ve posted an update on her. Haven’t touched a kit in 10 months and I’m trying to live vicariously through you improving this kit! Peter
  10. Honestly, it depends. Helmets were introduced circa 2005ish. Took awhile to outfit, and even then pilots don’t always fly with them (depends on a lot of variables, including qualifications etc). I’d take a look at the www.navy.mil photo gallery and go after what squadron your looking for. You can even see the pilot and WSO wearing different helmets in the 2-seat squadrons, when both have the capability to use it. another detail is the sensor system in the cockpit...am guessing the Revell missed that detail. Jake Melampy’s Book covers it quite well. HTH -Peter
  11. Damn Pig. I can small the BO and Copenhagen...that’s some seriously sharp painting!
  12. Honestly, I think we’re all overthinking it. The real one has fore and aft seams and is split in three pieces. I’d make a mold and cast one, or carve the basic shape, and then smash mold some pieces to trim following the same seams as the real deal. Food for thought. I don’t have the kit, but when I get it, that’s how I plan on tackling it. HTH Peter
  13. Following up on this...did some more digging on APT-2 Carpet Jammers. (I'm an old EA-6B ECMO, so I might have nerded out a bit). Found a couple of links that may be of interest for folks. http://www.rkk-museum.ru/documents/archives/images/52b-45-01.pdf (it's a pdf scan of a wartime document called "Radio and Radar equipment used by the USAAF" shows all the black box and antenna locations) http://aafradio.org/ is a goldmine. Check out "Old Crows Corner" and "Docs" He's got pictures of the equipment, plus tons of photos of PBY-2s for those so inclined. Also, if you haven't read Alfred Price's "Instruments of Darkness" I can't recommend it enough. It's the EW history of WWII. -Peter
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