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Canute

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  • Birthday 10/18/1948

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    Napoleonic Age of Sail, ACW

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  1. Take a look at this guy's site. Maybe not the exact bottles you need, but quality bottles and vials. Chem lab grade plastics: https://modelpaintsol.com/
  2. Yes, OC. I'm sure the ground forces feel better when they have some of them for night cover. And maybe a few A-10 Hogs around during the day. 😀
  3. Yeah, the original was used to sell war bonds, so it was a compilation of 8th AF missions. "12 O'clock High" was similar. AF Command and Staff school used it as a command study. A lot of the aerial shots were real gun camera shots. And yes those bomber crews had a high mortality rate until 1944, when we could send Mustangs up as long range escorts for them. Lose one plane and 10 guys didn't come home.
  4. Saw an AC-130 Specter gunship doing his thing one night. 20mm, 37mm(I think) and a 105 mm for good measure. Charley would be hurtin', for certain. And we threw some CBU cans on top of all that. Wasting trucks on the Trail on Laos. The gunship would mark the target with a call for the 20mm of sparkle and boy did it.
  5. They may have been lawyers, but many served in the Continental Army (Monroe and Hamilton) or had their lives messed with by the Redcoats. Hence, the Bill of Rights for all of us.
  6. I think it was the Navy with that motto. In fighters, it was "Fly, Fight and Win". 30K only if we were going a long way. I spent a lot of time around 500ft and sometimes a lot lower. Like below 100 feet. At 420-480Kts (480-550 MPH). Not much time for sightseeing. Usually de-conflicting us from the ground and keeping the jet on course.
  7. Lou, we had 4 F-4 bases in Thailand, plus a number in South Viet Nam (SVN). When I got there, the bases in SVN were mostly refuel and rearm spots for we Thai based F-4s. We didn't always have tanker support for these missions in the south. I stopped in 2 others bases in Thailand. Since I lived at Korat, our nearest divert base for weather or other issues (a/c closing the runway) was Ta Khli, north of Bangkok. The other base I stopped in was Ubon, a ways east of Korat, in the corner of Laos and Cambodia. Never went to Udorn, Nakon Phanom (Naked Fanny), and Nam Phong, a USMC base between Korat and Udorn. No travelogs about these. I did get to take an F-4 to Taiwan, where our depot was. We passed thru Clark AB in the Philippines to get there.
  8. No, Lou, we used Yankee dollars on base. The Thai currency was the baht and they were 20 to our dollar. If we went off base we had to use baht. I forget how we paid for food when we'd land at Da Nang and Bien Hoa, in South Viet Nam. Gas, rearm and grab a bean at the flight line snack bars (well, that's stretching it, but they weren't mess halls either). Da Nang's was the "No Hab". They had a posted menu for us aircrew, but almost everything we ordered got the answer "no hab", (no have in pidgin English). One time I got a BLT (that's bacon, lettuce, tomato) sandwich, less the lettuce and tomato. That was typical. The cook did load it up with bacon. AAAH.😀 Mark, 🤣, What a piece of S***. That clown was supremely ate up.
  9. Cool, the Chiefs. I was attached to that squadron back in days of yore when they flew Phantoms.
  10. OC, as long as you're not drooling into the box, should be OK. I've been know to open a box and ogle the parts, too. We had hooch girls to clean rooms and do laundry and boots. And for the same reasons as Lou. They all could have passed for your Grandma. Interesting stuff they'd heat up for breakfast. Oh, yeah, we were buying new undershorts every month. The "girls" cleaned them with steel brushes. Where they helped was getting fresh fruit downtown. We'd go and spend big bucks for pineapple, papaya and the rest. And wind up with a small bowl of goodies. Give mama-san $2 US and they'd fill the hooch refrigerator with fresh fruit. Go figure.
  11. Lou, I think we read your log loud and clear. Some of us just proof read and edit stuff better than others. I have a Ranger buddy of our vintage and his writing sometimes comes out scrambled. So what, I get the gist of what he's saying. I also know high priced engineers with the same issues. They're better when we talk face to face. Don't know what to say about the after market resin. Some of our guys tout Scalemates. This is their page for 1/35 UH-1: https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?fkSECTION[]=All&q=UH-1&fkSCALE[]="1:35" They do show a Viet Nam era door gunner for it, Lou.
  12. Lou, my brother, I agree with you. The good (relative) stuff is easy to remember; the bad we buried, deep. Hence, we don't like to dredge it up. You're right about long term relations from a 1 year tour, not many remain. However, being a career officer, I did forge some long lasting relationships. Have a buddy from Germany (73-76) living across town right now. We who went were altered by the experiences for good or bad. I feel we mostly grew up. My gripe was, after being sent off to save the world from whatever, nobody ever said thanks for stressing us out in doing the work. Ever since LBJ and his successors.

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