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  1. Thank you to all who answered and I deeply appreciate your thoughtful replies. My solution is to take a Boston nose and modify with new framework, possibly grafting a He-111 nose cone that appears to fit. Or I will go with the solid- Soviet torpedo units used both. Many thanks!
  2. I might add that my kit is the AMT 1/48 Havoc.
  3. I am interested in creating a glass nose for the Russian A-20G torpedo bomber (which was delivered with a solid gun nose). Please see below. Since no aftermarket exists for such a modification, I was wondering if the members have any suggestions for modifying the nose? My low-effort choices include: fashioning a nose from the Douglas Boston; fashioning a nose from an A-20J, or using the solid nose to create a master for vacuforming a new glass nose (most time consuming). Any suggestions or advice is most welcome. I know the Boston's nose is the wrong shape, but it's the easiest solution. Sure hope Vector creates a mod. Thank you for your advice.
  4. I was wondering if anyone can recommend any needed or suggested aftermarket upgrades for the beautiful 1/48 Airfix Spitfire Mk. Vb? The finished kits I have seen on the web and otherwise look fantastic without the resin or photoetch, however perhaps one of the readers and/or Spitfire experts can suggest some upgrades that take the overall look of the kit up a notch? I am thinking of adding the CMK cockpit and perhaps the Vector exhausts. Many thanks for your thoughtful response.
  5. I sold my left kidney for the HPH 1/48 Beagle. Now I read that Trumpy plans to release one. Anyway, I am concerned that the B-36 at shows will be nothing but a big silver magnet for children and ham-fisted adults (who need to spin the props) or a massive dust collector in the attic. The bombays are very nice and upon first review, it looks dimensionally correct.
  6. Looks great from here and highly detailed. Just wondering where I could build it; and where one could display it. Also thinking of how to make the surface interesting; maybe rock salt method; or post-shading? Cost will be a factor.
  7. Hi Paul, Thank you very much for your informative and helpful response. I have Soumille's book Volume 1 and could never seem to locate Volume 2. (I have looked high and low for over 10 years!). After a brief round of correspondence with the author ten years ago (in which we discussed the use of Lodestar and Ventura aircraft in Indochina) I lost contact. The photos (both long shots) in Tome one and the beautiful color profile show a very clean plane in natural metal. I found another photo of a ELA.52 plane at Bien Dien Phu, again natural metal with curtains for VIP transport. No ELA.52 squadron markings. If you would provide your email I will gladly forward the photo to you. As for me I am focused on modification to the passenger compartment. A good friend who once flew C-45's tells me that the radio direction finder and other equipment was most likely installed over the main spar at a modified operator station, necessitating removal of the seats, but since there are no blueprints are available it's all speculation. Also I am adding resin exhaust and props, new engines, photoetch interior and P-61 radio components. I have yet to locate a suitable ELA.52 badge, however. I would like to correspond with Mon. Soumille so if you have his address and/or email, I would appreciate it if you would share it with me offline. My email is: 34Drive"at"gmail.com Thank you again Paul for your help and very interested in your project.
  8. Sir, this is a big help. May be only one sentence but may be references. I have ordered it and several others. Merci beaucoup!
  9. Thank you sir! I have the first tome but cannot find the second. As you mentioned if anyone has the book I would appreciate a glimpse of the profiles and/or photos. Merci beaucoup! If you happen to recall where you read about the radio direction finders I would also appreciate that source. Thank you very much!
  10. Greetings! I read in a periodical that the French used at least one C-45 Expeditor as an electronic surveillance platform aircraft in Indochina during the hostilities 1945-1954. Can anyone shed some light on this claim? Unfortunately I have been unable to confirm this or uncover photos. With its ability to loiter, camera-carrying features on F-2 and manuerabiltiy the Expeditor would be a good candidate for such a mission. Thank you in advance for any leads or references.
  11. Question about possible foliage green PV-1: pic inside

    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C201734?search I found yet another photo showing A59-82? on the AWM website. It appears to be in foliage green. Website says it was overhauled and Lodestar seats were installed. Could it be that more than one PV-1 was painted foliage green? Not clear what the number is....also A59-4 may also be a green Squadron 13 Ventura. Thanks for any comments. https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C201734?search
  12. Question about possible foliage green PV-1: pic inside

    Thank you again for this splendid information.
  13. I was wondering if any of the RAAF experts would care to comment on the color of this 13th Squadron PV-1 Ventura? It appears to be foliage green of possibly overall olive drab. Any suggestions appreciated. (Somewhere I recall Ian Baker's suggestion that it was foliage green after an overhaul, but cannot lay my hands on the ancient email). Best wishes.
  14. Can anyone identify this PV-1 Ventura in Shanghai, China 1945?

    I will run both numbers. Thank you very much.
  15. Can anyone identify this PV-1 Ventura in Shanghai, China 1945?

    Thank you sir. I have the book "Lockheed Twins" which lists the serials and disposition. Should be a start. I appreciate the response.