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Offline Matt Wiser

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Iranian Vought V-507 Vagabond
« Reply #525 on: March 09, 2014, 02:22:40 PM »
On their real F-14s, the IIAF never installed the IRST. They were waiting for the TCS system to become available, but the Revolution ensured they would never get it, along with swapping out the TF-30 engine for the GE F110, and 70 more F-14s.
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Iranian Vought V-507 Vagabond
« Reply #526 on: March 09, 2014, 02:38:33 PM »
Indeed.  And that's why I omitted it on this one, too.  They were also looking to convert them to boom style refueling as I understood it, too (that's what happened to the 80th F-14A of the initial order.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Iranian Vought V-507 Vagabond
« Reply #527 on: March 09, 2014, 04:15:30 PM »
They were also looking to convert them to boom style refueling as I understood it, too (that's what happened to the 80th F-14A of the initial order.

That's the first I have heard of that.  Do you have any details?
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Iranian Vought V-507 Vagabond
« Reply #528 on: March 09, 2014, 05:59:52 PM »
Schemes of P-61 and He-100 are tops :)

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Iranian Vought V-507 Vagabond
« Reply #529 on: March 09, 2014, 09:23:43 PM »
That's the first I have heard of that.  Do you have any details?


ACIG and the Osprey on the subject both mention it.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Iranian Vought V-507 Vagabond
« Reply #530 on: March 10, 2014, 01:09:17 AM »
Beautiful.  I'd love to see where they were planning to put the boom receptacle (I've got my own ideas that follow a reasonable logic, but...).

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Iranian Vought V-507 Vagabond
« Reply #531 on: March 10, 2014, 02:50:18 AM »
Thanks Logan

I'd love to see where they were planning to put the boom receptacle

Likewise.
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Iranian Vought V-507 Vagabond
« Reply #532 on: March 10, 2014, 12:09:08 PM »
Thanks Logan

I'd love to see where they were planning to put the boom receptacle

Likewise.
My own thoughts are in front of the windscreen, either on centerline and plumbed to the pilot's right to pick up the line from where the probe regularly is or directly in front of the probe's location.  I suspect what equipment would need relocating would drive the location, but either of those would be the minimum-change locations.  I've looked at a cutaway of the F-14 and these still look like the best choices of locations.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Checkerboards Suck
« Reply #533 on: March 24, 2014, 12:17:30 PM »
Working on another profile.  I highly doubt anyone can guess the squadron, since it's not in the top 100 you'd associate with this, but still...checkerboards suck.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Checkerboards Suck
« Reply #534 on: March 24, 2014, 04:49:02 PM »
Working on another profile.  I highly doubt anyone can guess the squadron, since it's not in the top 100 you'd associate with this, but still...checkerboards suck.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Checkerboards Suck
« Reply #535 on: March 24, 2014, 05:40:51 PM »
Checkerboards.. US?

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Checkerboards Suck
« Reply #536 on: March 24, 2014, 10:40:36 PM »
British, actually.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Checkerboards Suck
« Reply #537 on: March 24, 2014, 11:20:35 PM »
Tornado F2/3 alternative?  I cant wait.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Checkerboards Suck
« Reply #538 on: March 25, 2014, 02:10:16 AM »
It wouldn't happen to also have Shark's teeth would it...

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Re: Logan's Profiles - RAF SEAC P-61F Widow
« Reply #539 on: March 25, 2014, 04:30:01 AM »
Nope, no shark mouth this time.  As always, click on the image below to see the picture at 100% or view it at my DeviantArt page.



In preparation for invasion of Japan, the RAF knew that it would need fighters with the range to escort the long range Lancasters and Lincolns being developed for Tiger Force.  Since the RAF had no suitable types for the role, it had a number of P-61Fs shipped directly from the US to India for training and operational experience on the type.  South East Asia Command (SEAC) was already flying Thunderbolts in the long range escort role, and it was one of these units that the RAF selected to be the first to transition to the big, new Northrop fighter.  No. 258 Squadron received its P-61Fs in Spring of 1945 and it soon came to appreciate the exceptional range and firepower of the Widow.  Its commander, Sqn. Ldr. Neil Cameron, had recently become an ace flying Thunderbolts.  While escorting Liberators over Rangoon on 11 February 1945, he shared in the destruction of a Ki-61, Cameron having previously enjoyed success flying Hurricanes in the UK, Russia, and the Middle East.  The aircraft of this initial batch of P-61Fs delivered to the RAF received the standard camouflage of Dark Earth and Dark Green uppersurfaces and Medium Sea Grey undersides.  They also reintroduced the checkerboard engine nacelles on the new aircraft, which came to be frequently employed in the ground attack role.  Subsequent P-61Fs would be delivered in the natural metal scheme common to USAAF aircraft at the time.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - RAF SEAC P-61F Widow
« Reply #540 on: March 25, 2014, 03:19:56 PM »
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Re: Logan's Profiles - RAF SEAC P-61F Widow
« Reply #541 on: March 27, 2014, 09:52:16 AM »
Well done Logan! The Widow looks really slick in SEAC colours  :)
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #542 on: March 27, 2014, 10:47:29 AM »
Thanks, guys!  As always, click on the image below to see the picture at 100% or view it at my DeviantArt page.



By the early summer of 1941, Romania—having allied herself with Hitler's Germany the previous year—was preparing for war with the Soviet Union, in order to recover Bessarabia (Eastern Moldavia) and Northern Bulkovina, territories lost the previous year.  The ARR (Aeronautica Regală Română), incorporated into Luftflotte 4, repositioned its units to Moldavia, close to the Soviet frontier.  Among the forward units was Grupul 5 vânătoare with its Heinkel He 100s.  On 15 June 1941, a week prior to Unternehmen Barbarossa, both Heinkel Escadrile were ordered to move to Focsani-North airfield in Southern Moldavia.

On Sunday, 22 June 1941, at dawn, the Romanian Heinkels took off on their first combat missions of the Second World War.  Their very first mission was to provide air cover for Potez 63 light bombers of Grupul 2 bombardament attacking the Soviet airfields of Bolgrad and Bulgărica.  Twelve He 100s took off from Focsani at 1050, in gloomy weather and rendezvoused with the bombers over the airfield.  Light anti-aircraft fire was encountered en route, but this increased considerably over the first target, Bolgrad airfield.  Despite the heavy flak, the Soviet planes lined up on the runway were successfully hit by bombs and gunfire.  The warning, however, was immediately sent out to other units.  When the Romanian formation reached the second target, Bulgărica airfield, it was greeted by numerous Soviet fighters, already alerted to the impending raid.  A bitter combat ensued between the dozen He 100s and some thirty I-16 Ratas.  In the event, the first air battle between the Russians and the Romanians was a victory for the latter.

At 1205, Sublocotenent aviator Teodor Moscu dove on the last pair of I-16s as they took off.  He fired a burst into one of them, sending it crashing in flames.  Pulling out of his dive, Moscu suddenly found himself face to face with another Rata.  He squeezed off a burst hitting Russian fighter in its radial engine.  This proved to be fatal for the Rata.  The wrecks of the aircraft went down in the Danube and quickly sank.  Now Moscu had his hands full!  Several I-16s bounced the Heinkel, one firing from Moscu's right front quarter.  He was hit in the starboard wing, his fuel tanks punctured and was losing fuel rapidly.  The rear fuselage received hits as well.  Second Lieutenant Moscu in a final effort fired a long burst at the attacking fighter, which abruptly dove and disappeared from sight.  Adjutant stagiar aviator Pavel Barbu, Moscu's wingman, joined up with him, escorting the damaged Heinkel home following the Danube River back to base.  The fuel warning light came on and, taking stock of his fuel crisis and structural damage, Moscu decided to put his machine down at the first available airfield.  This was Bârlad airfield, where the bullet-ridden fighter made a successful wheels-up landing.

Slt av Teodor Moscu was officially credited with two confirmed victories and became the first hero of the Romanian air force, in a war which had just started and was to prove a long and exhausting one.  Later, in an air battle of Cazaclia, Moscu added two more kills to his score.  His He 100D, No. 13, was repaired and rejoined Escadrila 51 vânătoare.  Note Walt Disney's "Pluto" squadron emblem.

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Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #543 on: March 27, 2014, 03:40:19 PM »
 :)
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #544 on: March 28, 2014, 02:36:58 AM »
 :) :) :) for both!

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #545 on: March 28, 2014, 02:41:23 PM »
Another beauty Logan!  :)

Are those colors also whiff or true? Somehow I can't recall of them on romanian wwII aircrafts...  ???
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #546 on: March 29, 2014, 03:29:34 AM »
Another beauty Logan!  :)

Are those colors also whiff or true? Somehow I can't recall of them on romanian wwII aircrafts...  ???

Logan would have the reference pics on him, but they're quite true. I just did a quick Google search and it returned He 112s in that same grey with yellow trim.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #547 on: March 29, 2014, 03:54:17 AM »
Thanks for the kind words, everyone!  I like how colorful this one was.  Indeed, Vuk, it is a scheme from an actual Romanian He 112B/E.



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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #548 on: March 29, 2014, 04:37:35 AM »
Seen here too:

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #549 on: March 29, 2014, 04:51:20 AM »
Sharp markings and they look excellent on the He-100D  :)
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