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Proposal: Double Nuts Campaign
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 07:06 AM UTC
There are some really good campaign ideas floating around out there thanks to Mark Doremus' New Ideas thread. Thanks Mark! But, of course, I can't resist running my own suggestion up the flagpole and seeing if anyone will salute.

My idea is a Double Nuts Campaign, USN CAG birds from 1937 to date. It was in 1937 that the US Navy started combining fighter, scout, and bomber squadrons into discreet air groups that (generally) operated together from one carrier. At first they were given the hull number of the carrier they were assigned to, but during WWII it became impossible to follow this practice as ships stayed in the combat zone while air groups rotated in and out; and air groups became independent of, but attached to, whatever ship they flew off of.

At first the Air Group Commander had one aircraft assigned to him, normally a scout type due to range and radio set up, that allowed him to lead and coordinate strike missions. As the '50s became the '60s and Air Groups became Air Wings, each squadron designated one aircraft as the CAG (Commander Air Group) aircraft. Each squadron was assigned a unit aircraft number and each aircraft had a unique ID number, resulting in each aircraft having a three digit ID number, with the first digit indicating which squadron it was in. The CAG aircraft in each squadron was given the individual number 00, thus Double Nuts.

Throughout the history of the US Carrier Air Group or Wing, the CAG's airplane(s) frequently carried special markings, and as low-viz markings became the norm in the '80s, the CAG aircraft were often the only ones with color. This has led to some very colorful schemes over time.

This campaign offers the chance for a wide variety of aircraft in some interesting and colorful markings. I think it would be fun. Anyone else interested?

Michael
phil2015
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Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 07:13 AM UTC

I'm feeling kind of over-committed to campaigns at this point in time, so I may not jump in. But to begin with, I need a little clarification. This would be a plane for any carrier air group commander? Or does it have to be one of those marked "00"? (Or, are all carrier air group commander planes marked "00")?

And from WW2 up to present day?

MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 09:00 AM UTC
They're all marked with the double 0 now, but this campaign would be for any CAG aircraft from the USN, pre-WWII to the present.

Michael
PasiAhopelto
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Uusimaa, Finland
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Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 04:46 PM UTC
I'm in with F-14A. Not sure with what markings.
md72
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 06:51 PM UTC
OK, I like this one, I've got a Special Hobby SB2U-1 just waiting got a build like this.
MichaelSatin
Staff MemberCampaigns Administrator
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Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2020 - 01:39 AM UTC

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OK, I like this one, I've got a Special Hobby SB2U-1 just waiting got a build like this.



Box markings? Nice!

Michael
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 05:50 AM UTC
Giving this one a little bump to see if we can generate some more interest.

Michael
SHAKY962
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 06:35 AM UTC
Michael

I´m in!!!
john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2020 - 05:55 PM UTC
I'm in!

Looks like GWH TBD! Though pre Midway, or Midway hmmm.
MichaelSatin
Staff MemberCampaigns Administrator
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Posted: Thursday, September 03, 2020 - 09:13 AM UTC
That's 5 (or 6) so far!

Michael
SGTJKJ
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Friday, October 02, 2020 - 11:08 AM UTC
Michael, I am in! There must be a colorful F-14 or F-18 in the stash somewhere. Otherwise I recall having some decal sheets called “colorful tomcats” or something like this. Must be some double nuts in there
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, October 03, 2020 - 01:45 AM UTC

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Michael, I am in! There must be a colorful F-14 or F-18 in the stash somewhere. Otherwise I recall having some decal sheets called “colorful tomcats” or something like this. Must be some double nuts in there



In my experience, any sheet of decals of modern Navy subjects that say "colorful" has at least one or two CAG birds. Welcome aboard, Jesper!

Only a couple more needed to put us over the top!

Michael
SGTJKJ
#041
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 07:55 PM UTC
Anymore for this campaign? It would be a fun campaign with some nice and colorful birds!