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Fred Horky

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  1. Welcome to IPMS/USA! You mentioned having been a mech on USMC H-34's in the early 1960's. Did that perhaps include the USMC H-34 squadron TDY at Danang in 1963? Our C-123 squadron was there on the other side of the runway, on a temporary duty six month "Joint Training Exercise" from Pope AFB NC. At the time we joked that our "joint training" was mainly providing live targets for VC practice AAA ....and at low altitude and about the world's slowest airplane to shoot at, they still had trouble hitting anything. But as we all know they got better, so the "joint training" must have been
  2. I agree with Dave ....those saying "...why can't we have the same location every year, like England does?" likely have never been to Europe, most especially England. In this country many members travel farther to their "next-door neighbor chapter" event, than ANYONE in England travels to get to theirs.
  3. Gil, you mentioned the type's being best known as a trainer in the U.S.; and you're probably right that Kittyhawk is going for an international market. Among the little wars *, the USAF flew it (and took losses) combat in Korea as a FAC, as did by the French in Algeria as a COIN aircraft. I have personally come across former Belgian T-6's in the Congo, and other places. Also note that Kittyhawk evidently chose to do the POSTWAR canopies, with the frameless side glass. That didn't appear until wartime AT-6's and SNJ's were remanufactured after WWII to the standard USA and USN standard PR
  4. Lookin' mighty fine, Gil! :Smile_sceptic: Just now I realized that in all these years I've never ever built a model of the Rhino! This, despite having owned most of the kits at one time or another, and either given away (the fate of most of my rather extensive stash on moving to North Carolina) or sold them on E-bay. My only connection with the Rhino in 1:1 scale was not in the Air Force, but before that as a newly-minted engineer in 1954-1955 working in the structures lab (sort of a torture chamber for airplanes) at Mac (McDonnell Aircraft Corp ...this was long before McDonnell-Dougl
  5. You want "posts"? I give you stinkin' posts! How about this one: "Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday, Dear Gil, Happy Birthday to You! (And many More.......) (All sung with appropriate gusto but off key. You're lucky this is visual only. I'm sending this early because your birthday is Friday because, well, you never know....) There, I've covered "Facebook" AND IPMS/USA Forum notifications, all at once! :Smile-tongue: Personally, I've tried to quit counting birthdays, but they keep coming anyway. I guess it's better than the alternative, but the c
  6. Garth; Clare: Gee, my input is likely to be so late that nobody will notice, but I had to try. I continue to be amazed at how far outside the modeling mainstream this old (IPMS #6390) codger has become! A web site that gives USAF fonts! What will they think of next? If I had wanted to know how big and what font to use on an F-106 model, my convoluted solution would have been to go to my USAF Tech Order 1-1-4 "Exterior Finishes, Insigina and Markings Applicable to USAF Aircraft" (21 March 1978: old, but it still has all the OLD SEA camo schemes AND the non-tactical schemes!),
  7. In my earlier post today (above) the "missileer" veterans' website was mentioned. For probably more than you'll EVER want to know about the Mace system and its deployment to Germany (including photos), try these links to articles I provided to that website ....about all of them include pictures. Contact me privately with your email address if you'd like to correspond or have questions about the Mace and its support equipment. http://www.sembachmissileers.org/2012/01/training-daze-at-orlando-afb/ http://www.sembachmissileers.org/2008/02/oh-the-memories/ http://www.sembachmissileers.org/2
  8. Thanks, Jim! Not knowing that old "Q" articles are available shows how far outside the IPMS mainstream I've strayed. In his first post on this thread, Ron Bell noted that .." This scale of this model just calls out for extra details. The prime mover cab is very spacious and has large windows. There's got to be lots of plumbing and cabling that can be added as well. " Actually, having spent several years working with these things, I respectfully disagree. There are a few things that could be added beyond the instrument panel itself, but the MM1 cab was remarkably barren, considering it
  9. I'm not even sure if "aircraft" is the right category for this thread, since the model includes military ground equipment but NOT armor, and a missile is sort of an airplane, but.... So here goes.... Over fifty years ago Renwal issued a 1/32nd kit of the TM-76A "Mace" missile. (In the 1962 DOD-wide realignment of designations, it became the MGM-13.) Perhaps more important was the ground support equipment included in the kit, which built the FWD Corp MM1 prime-mover truck, readily identified by its eight huge Goodyear super-wide "Teratires", and a Fruehof-built semi-trailer transporte
  10. Gee, Dennis; I'm glad I found your explanation of that "Warn" status! I was fearful that I was on probabation or something! Having had a ten or so years on the e-board including several terms each as Prez and DLC, I was sort of worried that my Elder Statesman status was in jeopardy! As I'm sure you have figured out I'm one of the old-codger-members who post infrequently but when I do, include many words. My membership goes back forty-three years; and if my membership application hadn't been lost the first time ...all I received back from IPMS/USA that time was a cancelled check ...m
  11. Gil ....it's taken a couple of days* to get my input on-line, but I only wanted to say how nice it is to see such a nice job done on a forty year old kit! So many IPMS'ers, while complaining vigorously about the high price of "furriner" plastic, still break the kids' piggy banks to buy it. We're supposed to be MODELERS, not assemblers! Thanks for your outstanding demo of that principle. * Due to a technical problem (insufficient computer expertise) the forum acted like I was some Chinese hacker trying to break open a Wall Street. I couldn't get my account opened; the IPMS website just a
  12. Welcome back, Mike! I'm sort of just coming back myself, having just "downsized" from Georgia to North Carolina after thirty-four years. It wasn't my idea, but the kids and grandkids are all in North Carolina, and I've discovered that the strongest force in the world is the pull between grandma and grandkids. Did you get to Arizona in time for the recent IPMS/USA National Convention there? Fred Horky IPMS# 6390
  13. Troy .... I have a copy of USAF T.O. 1-1-4 from about 1980. It is the source document for all USAF camo patterns of the era, plus a wealth of other material concerning paint and marking USAF aircraft. If you give me an e-address, I can scan the relevant OV-10 page and email it to you. Fred Horky IPMS #6390 P.S. I'm retired AF as well, although from a different era ...I've been retired for almost 34 years! What was your career field?
  14. This has indeed been a wonderful thread. So often memorabilia like these photos just get thrown out by non-enthusiast heirs. I would have loved to have my father-in-laws personal files (military orders, "Form 5" flight records, and the like) since his career had started in 1923. That was in the Army Air Service as an Aviation Cadet in "Lighter Than Air" ...flying the same type captive balloons with a wicker basket as used in World War ONE! That was obviously about as good a military career as being a saddle-maker, so he soon became an "airplane observer" in WWI left-over DH-4's at posts in
  15. Question, does anyone know of any authentic explanation of why the airplane had the garish red and white bottom? I'm guessing it was because late in the war the Luftwaffe fighter force had trouble identifying themselves to their own anti-aircraft fire when returning to base. Best wishes to everyone for the Christmas season... Fred Horky IPMS# 6390
  16. Nick ....thanks for your reply. The kit in question is definitely 1/72nd, and as obviously intended for Korean domestic consumption. As I'd mentioned, it was obtained from a modeler IN KOREA, not through a commercial source. I suspect the same molds were used in a Revell "re-pop". Fred Fred
  17. Help, please: I have an old (about 20 years) Korean-issue "Ace" 1/72nd kit of the SAAB JAS-39 "Gripen" multi-role fighter. The modeler who gave it to me back then had received it directly from a contact in Korea. The box and picto-gram instructions have precious little English (or Korean, for that mattery) but the markings on the decal indicate it as a developmental, not operational, airframe. It's looks to be a very neat little model, with engraved panel lines, a full engine (which won't be visible when the kit is assembled!), a very complete ordnance suite ...even a fairly ela
  18. Thanks to everybody for your comments and information, on both the miniatures in kit form and the the 1:1 scale M274 for sale on Ebay. The latter is tempting, but since I already have three cars in a two car garage (one bay having two Corvettes stacked on and under a four-post lift) I doubt my wife would look favorably on adding the little M274, however "cute"! Thanks again... Fred Horky IPMS# 6390
  19. Here's hoping that Armor in the right forum for this subject. It's not "armored" in the convnetional sense and in fact is as thin skinned (like NO skin) a military vehicle as you'd ever find. A friend just sent an email with a link describing a project funded by DARPA (the DOD's advanced research people) to build a four-legged mechanical pack animal. It's being built by a bunch of eggheads in Boston and is INCREDIBLY complex. In fact, you'll just have to see it to believe it. http://www.bostondynamics.com/content/sec.php?section=BigDog The whole thing reminded me of the last
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