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About Marco1965

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  1. Lets see if I can bring back the images: <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/45536804@N03/24047945497/in/dateposted-public/" title="20171207 Zero y P-40 2"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4556/24047945497_7aaa07b7b7.jpg" width="500" height="338" alt="20171207 Zero y P-40 2"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  2. Thank you for your comments. This is weird, I see now only half of the image that I uploaded yesterday. Wouldn’t know what’s happening. Marco
  3. December the 7th. With 1/72 Tamiya's Zero and Airfix P-40 available (plus Starfighter "Pearl Harbor Defenders" decals), I decided to assemble the most known fighter types during the attack (still waiting for a suitable P-36 in this scale), and as they are quite small, thought that they would look better if shown together on a single base. Tamiya's A6M-2b was assembled out of the box, using the kit decals and paint instructions. It represents E11-137, Liut. Masao Sato, Carrier Division 5 Air Superiority Force, 2nd Strike Unit, aircraft carrier Zuikaku. The Airfix P-40 (I used the Curtiss Hawk 81-A2 kit, same thing) got the benefit of a small PE fret, and represents Liut. George Welch's fighter, 47th PS, 15th PG, buzz number 160, as far as information is available. Bot kits received some additional detail like brake lines and the correction of the wheel wells with simulated canvas in the case of the P-40. A map of Pearl Harbor was painted on a wooden base, a simulatedJapaneseaircraft carrier deck was built for the Zero and a dirt strip for the P-40. both pilot figures came from the Hasegawa WWII Pilots kits, and I guess that tuxedo pants and shoes color for Liut. Welch is ok. Marco
  4. Salvador Corsair soccer War camo quesiton

    Undersides were Light Gray. Back a little bit in time, in 1968 the operational salvadoran Corsairs (FAS 202, 204, 215, 219 and 220) were camouflaged in three tone wraparound scheme. During the war, ground troops / AAs wouldn't make the difference between a salvadoran camo Corsair, or a Honduran Dark Sea Blue Corsair, they all looked like a dark menacing thing approaching them. Thus, one salvadoran Corsair was shot down by friendly fire. Some time after that, nobody knows exactly how many days or weeks, the yellow bands were added on/under wings, fuselage and cowl. Underbellies were still camo. And then, some months later (again, who knows) the undersides were painted in a local mix of Light Gray, covering the two tiny roundels that were carried under the wings. Whatever shade you see on the Light Gray undersides, is the results of heavyi weagthering and 4 years under tropical sun and rain (Corsairs were usually kept outside hangars, and as their operational use declined strongly after the war (FAS shifted to Mustangs/Cavalier Mustang II), nobody really cared. Marco
  5. That is an excellent representation of the July 1969 war salvadoran Corsairs, congratulations! Marco
  6. Salvador Corsair soccer War camo quesiton

    Italian Intruder, a little bit late, but the scheme of the postwar salvadoran Corsairs (only two, FAS 215 and 220) was a very weathered tricolor scheme on the upper surfaces (Originally Dark Green, Medium Green and Dark Tan), with Light Gray undersides. Yellow bands over/under wings and around fuselage and cowl, markings were pretty scarce, limited only to roundels on each side of the fuselage (NOT on nor under the wings, neither FAS lettering on/under the wings), and tiny white FAS letters and a/c number on each side of the tail. Rudder was camouflaged (the one in the picture that you posted was a replacement part installed after it was sold in 1974), although there is one picture of FAS 220 showing a blue/white/blue rudder with what seems to be large repairs. Probellers were black with yellow tips, spinners varied from white, to yellow, to black/blue. Wheel wells had been long overpainted in the exterior color, probably a mixture of greens and light gray. Wheels were greenish. There were no numbers on the front wheel well doors as often mistakelnly represented. No antiglare panel either. Both 220 and 215 had rocket racks under the wings. The only decals that you will need are the tail numbers and the two roundels, quite easy. Aztec has them. Marco
  7. The last of the series is complete (pending the diorama). The AIRES gunbays are excellent, but lots of patience is needed to paint and correctly assemble all the tiny parts, ammo belts and some scratchbuilt parts (the PE braces for the doors are not good, better use thin wire). The flap behind the gunbays was left hanging, as it is seen in several references to improve access to the 0.50". One 750pd napalm bomb (M116) was attached to one of the central bomb racks (the other will be part of the diorama). And this is part of the diorama already, conversion of a Land Rover SUV into a 1961 Lanb Rover pickup, WIP Marco
  8. What a nice paint scheme, like the oversized anchor markings on the wings. Marco
  9. OK, back to FAS 213, the 1962-65 scheme. According to references of 213, It was quite weathered, mostly on the wing roots, propeller. I had painted aluminium and interior green before the Dark Sea Blue coat, and started simply scratching and sanding the surface as much as I needed to represent the worn out areas. I added some aluminum drybrush as well. Oil color shades were applied as needed, pastels, too. The propeller was painted aluminum and then flat black with orange tips, using the salt technique to wear the orange out of one of the tips, as seen in references. The scene I am replicating, shows M116 Napalm bombs being loaded to the Corsair. I managed to find a couple of the long discontinued Cutting Edge M116, beautiful. I only had to sand a little bit the arming wire guide on the upper side of the bombs (the one to the left already sanded). I added some scratchbuilt details to the front and rear fuse areas. I installed the 0.50" (AIRES) in the gunbays, tricky to have them all machineguns aligned, specially the inner one. I am converting a Land Rover SUV (Airfix, 1/43) into the Land Rover Pickup seen in the pictures of FAS 213. Quite a significative conversion, it is almost ready to paint (orange...), I hope that the scale difference is not to evident (around 3/8" or 1cm in total vehicle length). I couldn't find anything closer to convert into the Land Rover Pickup. Marco
  10. Thank you for your comments. The colors I used were Gunze Acrylics for the Dark Green/Medium Green and Camo Gray undersides, and Model Master Dark Tan. Weathering was kept to a minimum as FAS 404 had been delivered only 8 months before the war started. Marco
  11. 1/32 TRUMPETER F-14 TOMCAT

    Amazing diorama, the figures look so real! I could spend hours looking at all that detail! marco
  12. Hi Mike, wingtip fuel tanks were kind of difficult. I could not find any conversion that fit the shape/size for the 110gal tanks. With the actual measures of the real wingtip tanks, I basically scratch built them by cutting, trimming, adding front end - mid section - tail parts from my spare parts box. Marco
  13. When the P-51 first went to war during WWII, nobody would have thought that the last air to air combat the Mustang would see, would take place almost 30 years later, in a war between two small Central American countries. The Mustang fighting for the Salvadoran Air Force in July 1969 was quite different, it had been “upgraded” to a COIN version by Sarasota Aviation Corp. (later Cavalier Aviation Corp.), with reinforced wing spars, additional racks and capable of carrying more external ordnance, 110 gals wingtip fuel tanks, higher vertical stabilizer, new instruments, gunsight and provision for an observers seat instead of the fuel tank behind the pilot, and designated “Cavalier F-51 Mustang II”. I took excellent Tamiya F-51D Mustang Korean War 1/48 model as the starting point to assemble one of the six Salvadoran Air Force Mustang II, FAS 404, the last Mustang ever to have been shot down in air to air combat. Apart from the quality, the Tamiya kit includes an essential part to assemble a Mustang II: the Hamilton Standard Cuffless prop (although Tamiya erroneously identifies the propeller as an Aeroproducts). A basic Eduard PE set, a vacuumformed Dallas canopy and Aeromaster resin/PE bombs were used, but most of the Mustang II modifications were scratchbuilt, including: 1. Vertical stabilizer 1,5 feet taller 2. Remove fuel tank and radio equipment behind pilot, remove armor, and add observer seat (similar to pilot seat) 3. Update cockpit, including accelerator lever, side panels, gunsight and armament panels on top of the instrument panel 4. Delete “U” shaped canopy frame reinforcement, add headrest to the rear end of the inner canopy frame 5. Add four bomb racks (these should be marginally longer than the original P-51D ones, but I simply made resin duplicates of the ones provided in the kit) 6. Add 110 gals Wingtip Fuel Tanks 7. Move the pitot tube to an outer position under the wing, not to interfere with the lateral bomb rack 8. Add VOR antennae each side of the vertical stabilizer Salvadoran Cavalier Mustang IIs were delivered in 1968 in SEA paint scheme, glossy finish, the same scheme they used during the July 1969 war against Honduras. Cockpit and wheel wells were painted light gray. External ordnance used during the war consisted only of 100 pd bombs. FAS 404 was shot down on July 17, 1969 by a Honduran F4U-5N. It´s pilot, Capt. Douglas Varela, the last pilot ever to be KIA fighting in a Mustang. The scene shows FAS 404 as it could have appeared while preparing to taxi for its last combat mission. Marco
  14. Filed your pictures already for reference... great work. Marco