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About 72modeler

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  1. How cool a model would this make? You could never get a mod like this done in less than 5 years nowadays. Thanks for sharing a very rare set of photos.....hmmm, where's my Italeri H-21 and my old Airfix B-29? Mike
  2. lap belts, only, IIRC. Mike
  3. I just now found a B-29 website that I think some of you might find useful or informative; many of the photos show the center wing spar areas very well. Enjoy! Mike Graham, If you go to the website and click on the developments and models tab, you can read about the B-29A and its different wingspan. How are you doing? ( I sure have learned a lot from reading your posts, by the way!) Mike
  4. IIRC, I seem to recall reading an article by Dana Bell regarding this, as well as some other written references, which I can't remember at the moment. I think the upper wing spar coverings on the B-29 were not alclad, but anodized aluminum that was painted with zinc chromate primer and then aluminum paint, which gives that area a noticeably darker and duller finish than the surrounding metal panels. You can really see this in photos of factory fresh B-29's. Hopefully Dana will log on and either confirm or document my ignorance/bad memory! I have attached a link to a photo that shows this finish pretty well- note that the anodized area includes the fuselage center section stub, which was built integral with the fuselage and to which the wings were attached; I think this method of attachment was altered during production so that B-29A's had a slightly different wingspan than earlier examples...have to check my William Wolf B-29 book on that one, so don't quote me just yet!. Mike
  5. Andre, I don't know for sure the reason for removing the exhaust shrouds, but it seems to have been a fairly common practice on USAAF and RAF Mustangs- guess the crew chiefs figured it was several fasteners they didn't have to contend with; I would imagine, maybe with long-range sorties, flown at lean mixtures, the exhaust stacks got burnt out and had to be replaced fairly often- maybe it was less trouble to just leave the fairings off. (My purely uneducated and speculative guess!) Lots of photos show both configurations, so go with your photos, if you have them. Mike
  6. Wow! The old gal cleans up pretty nicely! Outstanding build! My favorite version and scheme, too! Hard to believe those are the kit props- so, how many cold ones did it take before you had all four done? Just askin'! Mike
  7. The area of the flaps that are exposed when the flaps are down is unpainted metal. There is a band of black bars painted on the LH flap from the leading edge of the flap to the painted edge that show how many degrees of flap are selected; this is visible to the pilot from the cockpit. Each bar indicates 10 degrees of flap. Doubt you could do the numerals in 1/72 scale, but the bars would be a nice detailing touch! I have attached a link to a photo that shows what the indicators look like and where they are located. Good luck! (I doubt, with all the maintenance, painting/repainting, all aircraft retained these, so your guess would be as good as anybody's, short of having a photo of the very airplane you are modeling and if the photo showed the LH side of the Mustang with the flaps down. MIke
  8. Thanks, Z! Mike
  9. Wow! I am impressed! IMHO, the IV A is the most beautiful delta jet ever built- right up there with the F-106A. You made this very old Heller kit look like a new-tool! Mike
  10. A terrific two-fer, ToT! Have you ever built a bad model, yet? I haven't worked up the courage to do one Blenheim, much less a pair! Great builds! Mike
  11. I echo what the others have said- very nice build! A Gee Beeski! Mike
  12. Fuad, A beautiful model! Much better than the reviews I have read about this kit. Guess I will have to get one, after seeing what you have been able to do! Well done, sir! Mike
  13. Outstanding! The colors look very good- what paint did you use, if I may ask? Best Anton build I have seen in 1/72 scale. I am jealous! Mike
  14. GzeM, Excellent photos, especially the He-112's- thanks for sharing them! Looking at the photo of what I think is D-ISJY, are some of the panels and maybe even the upper and rear fuselage finished in RLM02 or RLM 63? They sure look darker and duller than the rest of the metalwork. Black and white photos are always a challenge for us modelers! What do you think? Sure is a rugged-looking beast! Mike
  15. CB, Not an easy task! I have a good friend who used to be with Hawker and later was head of BAE Aerosystems for North America; his uncle flew Hurricanes and later P-47's with No. 79 Squadron, and we both have been trying to find serials/codes for the Jugs his uncle flew. Not a lot of photos from the CBI, compared to the ETO and PTO, it seems. Jugs in the CBI scheme with the white bands are soooo pretty! If I find anything, I will post it here for you and any others interested.( I was able to find Spit XVIe serials/codes for the 695 Sq. aircraft his uncle flew postwar, but his uncle's CBI P-47 logbook entries list either serials or individual aircraft letter, but alas, not both together! My firend said his uncle sure loved the Jug compared to the Hurricane...probably agreed with the comment I once read that the interior was so roomy, evasive action in a P-47 consisted of undoing the harness and running around inside!) BTW, thanks for all of the Canberra knowledge you have shared with us on BM- I have a folder just for your pearls...Canberras uber alles!) Mike And yes, Mark, I have visited your site and have it bookmarked!