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    Yesterday, 22:27
    Yes he has! We are starting to have a rather extensive collection of orions! Very interesting info indeed! Thanks for sharing. I checked with 333skv again and it might be that it was perceived as an iso badge as it is very very similar with the same layout, colors and borders. The final textures for the P-3B were sent to KBT last night and hopefully the entire package should be ready for download soon.
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    Yesterday, 19:49
    Incredible news!!! If I read it correctly, Restauravia has announced that they are going to make the Mirage F1. They have posted an announcement on their website. http://restauravia.fr/index.html All of their products have been incredible. The Mirage IIIB is wonderful and the soon to come Mirage IIIC will be amazing as well. The F1 has always been my favorite Mirage variant so I am totally excited by this news. :ernaehrung004: Thank you Bertrand Barbé for bringing this to my attention.
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    Yesterday, 12:36
    Sure is a bit amazing to see that it looks to be no guidelines on what kind of warning decals they are putting on the props at all. The US military tend to be good at that part.. For a comparison, I don't think I have seen anything similar to the ISO label on any new C-130J, so it looks to be a "issue" seen on P-3s and a few other propeller aircraft. This could maybe point in the direction that these ISO stickers have been put on the blade by the manufacturer or overhaul company in accordance with their own ISO safety certification regs.
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    Yesterday, 09:44
    I just got an answer from a Captain which is a flight engineer at 333 Skv in Norway and he confirms he has seen ISO warning labels on newer props with the 3 bladed propeller symbol at the top. He also said it was a bit of a lottery what kind of decals the blades have when they get them to Norway. Beside that Norway paints the tips yellow, they are of course sourced from the same supplier as the USN. So it might look like there are differences from batch to batch etc. Might also be with ISO certification for the manufacturer/overhauling company. Can be interesting to hear if the USN actually have specified ISO warning labels on the blades or not. The answers from the pilots of course were that they had not seen any decals at all on the props during their walk around...hehe ...
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    Yesterday, 07:06
    Im no aircraft engineer for sure :-) Hopefully we will soon have some hard facts about it. GE is asking the USN and i have asked en engineer and a few pilots from 333 sqn here in Norway. Due to some miscommunication from my side to KBT, it was the beta of the P -3B he uploaded. Hopefully we will have the final package ready.
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    Yesterday, 06:16
    I know very well the old danger and warning signs used on propeller aircraft. ISO signs are not only for lasers, but for any hazard and it is the new global standard for such decals. The new signs are something which have suddenly appeared on P-3 propellers, even here in Norway on the C/N fleet. Just look at the pics, the black and yellow triangle perfectly follow the ISO standard with a stylized 3 bladed propeller as the danger symbol followd by the warning text bellow. The triangle is pointed in the direction the propeller is turning. On the normal/ older P-3 blades it was common to see the badge of the manufacturer, but not anymore. I know of norwegian military equipment which have been grounded because the dangerous/ optical sights with lasers part did not have the new ISO...
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    April 23rd, 2014, 23:13
    Last year I attended a laser safety course and got an extensive brief on the ISO Standard warning sign system. Her is my case for it being an ISO standard warning decal and not a company logo (The ISO warning sign system is now the standard for most parts of the world). The ISO warning triangle is a triangle with a yellow center with a black border with yellow outer edge. There should be a pictorial "multi language" symbol showing the danger painted in black/or contrasting Yellow/black (on the decal in question you can clearly see a propeller symbol on the top part of the triangle, this is per ISO standard) The same color coding goes for the following warning text which has the same border coloring. From what I can see the mystery decal follows all the above regulations which...
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    April 21st, 2014, 03:26
    Nice! Thanks for checking it up GE! the text itself would be interesting to know for the making a correct decal for the texture. Adrian Brausch also provided me with an close up, albeit not possible to read the decal itself, it is possible to see that it is an danger/warning decal which conforms to the ISO Safety Alert Symbol standard. http://www.a-m-c.ca/files/procedures/ansiandisostandardsdecals.pdf Quite funny the safety oriented society we have ended up with.... you should think that a propeller was seen as an dangerous object by most people without a warning sign...
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    April 20th, 2014, 08:27
    Should be simple enough, just use the grey scheme with the US customs model and you (more or less) has a pod free Charlie..
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    April 19th, 2014, 15:50
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronmacphotos/7568948896/in/photolist-cTNe5f-cTNecj-8fLBWy-8keUBG-ebW23Y-cwQQNU-8nhKaD-eyswrq-eav9Fz-cL52zC-cxB3Cu-8Nyk5X-dvyGnB-eD1kZx-fgESas-cFa1jS-bxZVCd-df6ksc-ec9SnG-ec9SDh-cWNtud-cxyESN-6GCkDK-eFANjL-fmd3bj-d32GRQ-a73VrR-ebY3ds-hZh125-fgESjU-bGxWQz-9ahJKD-amafR9-asbyYc-8TWGAS-8uGWqv-e155hD-2U6DCB-a6FWtk-6rguNU-5qzres-JRfs3-a5qxRP-dGNZyW-cTTRhE-8nkSeQ-5v2Hyy-bGxWBR-dvbuxE-apKE4N It looks to be the standardized international warning/danger decal, but not 100% sure. It has the same shape as the laser warning decal on the AN/PEQ-2A on my HK416
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    April 19th, 2014, 15:46
    Lockheed P-3N "6603" (156603) of 333 Skv RNoAF 2012, Andřya AB. This aircraft was originally P-3B (HW) 603 and was rebuild into a P-3N in 1992 at NARF Jacksonville. ASW gear removed, but C model avionics and nose FLIR turret. It has recently gone through the ASLEP modification and got new wings in Canade from Lockheed kits. Used for supporting the Norwegian Coast Guard, training and as general utility aircraft. Also made new tail texture with more detail, so I have some work in front of mw with updating the other mastertextures and paint schemes. <!-- attachments -->
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    April 19th, 2014, 04:03
    Thanks for the picture. The scheme is from the mid/late 70's I think. Compared to the Bs and early Cs it has a new bat badge (notice how the wings are on my B paint compared to the wings on the picture). I'm also working on an early Charlie from VP-24, "10" as it looked in 1970 with the newly awarded Presidential Unit Citation and "E", it has the same BAT design as on the B's. Bill from this thread flew her and her older sister B "22" in 1970.
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    April 19th, 2014, 02:53
    A question to the SoH crowd: Newer pictures of P-3C propeller blades shows a new triangular decal as compared to the old Hamilton standard badge as seen previous. Do any of you have any knowledge of this decal? The first that struck me was maybe it is a new danger decal or something.
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    April 17th, 2014, 13:25
    yep :-) Since the start idea was a stock B model, I proposed to remove the nose turret to KBT (which was a carry over from KBTs P-3C) and use the animation for the search light. Luckily he did not and it fits the NZ scheme perfect.
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    April 17th, 2014, 11:14
    The B is still being worked on. Trying to get it as accurace as possible. In the meantime; the first export user of the P-3B, the Kiwis.. Bye some stroke of luck, KBT did not remove the nose ir turret as I proposed, and that makes it possible to replicate the mid life scheme of the RNZAF Orions.
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    April 17th, 2014, 11:11
    Very nice shot indeed!
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    April 15th, 2014, 10:33
    The A looks interesting. I think the B model can be remade into the A with little effort. Do any of you know of major external differences? I know the engine power was less than on the B, but that is an easy aircraft.cfg file change. The plan is to make a Kiwi B in their initial paint scheme as well, the old USN scheme with the kiwi roundels looks jolly nice :-)
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    April 14th, 2014, 13:30
    Yes, we all agree that it was not used on the P-3C as it had other systems for night use. What we have been discussing is that it was more or less a standard loadout on the P-3B and was in USN fleet wide use from 1960's and at least into the 1980's. So I'm very grateful for KBT making a dedicated P-3B model which includes the searchlight pod as it was more or less a standard feature on this model. The pod can be toggled off as well, if you want a clean model.
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    April 14th, 2014, 12:57
    Nope!! I believe you are confusing the Bravo with the Charlie.. Bill is talking about the "Low Light Level Television" (LLLTV) system ("TV" optical system) VP-24 tested on their new P-3C in the early 1970s, NOT about search lights on VP-24 P-3B (The Bs of VP-24 used the search light as most if not all other USN P-3B sqn when performing the ASW mission). The search light was a STANDARD ASW store used on both A and B as they had no other means to visually check surface contacts at night. It was used fleet wide by the US Navy, Australia, New Zealand and Norway since the introduction of the B up until the late 1980's when either the Bs were retired or modernized with optical IR devices (turrets). If you do a through search I'm sure you will find pictures from close to all active duty USN...
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    April 14th, 2014, 02:31
    The problem is the file size, 8x master textures in 2048x makes the total file size rather large.
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