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  1. I'm sure the erks sent to "get some blue paint" would never have thought of such things. Are we also saying that all the wild and wonderful colours used on nose art creations would have, of necessity, been specified, authentic paint only from official stocks? I don't think so. Anyway... I see your point, Stonar, but I was just throwing out a possible scenario which no one had raised. Personally, I have no idea where the blue paint might actually have come from. Bob
  2. Has anyone else considered the possibility that it was simply some mid-blue from the nearest ironmonger (hardware store) to the base. Sometimes we tend to be overly technical about this stuff. Bob
  3. Our two latest decal sheets are now available! We've done a reprint of the popular 1/48 Pre-War Spitfires sheet, but we also re-arranged it a bit and managed to fit in an additional scheme. This was a popular sheet and sold out quite a while ago. People have been asking if it would be reprinted, and it's now even better than the original version. There's also have a sheet of 1/72 scale ANG C-47s, and these are some colourful birds. If the early ANG period, before the USAF standardized their markings, many National Guard units used state symbols in lieu of the fuselage roundels, and there are some great examples here! Now available on our website.
  4. As I understand it post-war models starting with the E18 had a fuselage with an additional 6 inches in height to provide more headroom in the cabin. If you look at photos you can see the difference. Some earlier models were also rebuilt to these specs, but I don't believe it was done to military aircraft. Sources I've read state that models starting with the C-45F had a longer nose, though I don't know how much longer. Many post-war civil versions had noticeably longer, more pointed noses. Below: C-45G (top) and Beech E-18 (bottom) Bob
  5. It's a little small to need a galley! I'm starting to think it may have some relation to its role, e.g. personnel transport vs nav trainer. I think I'll start searching for interior views and see if they give any clues.
  6. I've been looking at lots of Beech C-45s/SNB photos lately and have noticed that some aircraft have two small round windows on the starboard side, some have only one. I've tried to find a common denominator, but there doesn't seen to be any. Is it a local mod?… A particular version of the aircraft?… or what? Any ideas? Bob
  7. Even though I no longer live there, it would have to be Polks Hobbies in New York City. A very interesting and fun place… Here's a small piece I wrote about it for IPMS Canada's online newsletter, beaveRTales: Bob
  8. The most common filter used in B&W film photography was a medium yellow. It was intended to restore blue skies to a more realistic appearance. Sky tends to photograph lighter than it appears to the human eye because of the light blue colour and the ultraviolet radiation it contains. The yellow filter darkens it a bit and brings it back to a more 'normal' tone. Once again I'll reiterate... we're talking about black & white film photography here. The only filter that will reduce glare - and it depends on the type and direction of the light - is a polarizing filter, and I'm not sure they were available at the time. In any event, it wouldn't affect the rendition of the colours. I suppose we're drifting off topic here! I'll shut up now! Bob
  9. To expand on what Graham said, this exercise won't really work the same with digital photography as it does with film photography. In manipulating a digital file you're introducing effects to an already existing image, whereas the use of filters, etc. in film photography alters the image that's actually captured. It also looks like there might be an exposure problem, as the charts look overall rather dark. Ideally you would want to take an exposure reading from an 18% grey card, and that would produce properly exposed swatches. With B&W film photography you wouldn't want to use filters on the camera, as they would then produce an inaccurate representation of the grey tones. For example a yellow filter would darken blue tones. FWIW, long ago, back when the Luftwaffe 02/71 scheme was proposed and scoffed at by many who thought ALL German 109Es were 70/71 (yes... there was such a time!), I ran a similar test. A friend had an original RLM colour chart which I borrowed and photographed in B&W. I don't remember the film I used... probably Kodak Tri-X. I metered from an 18% card, took a series of photos, processed the film and made prints, and lo and behold... the 02 tone matched that seen in many photographs. So I applaud the OP for his scientific curiosity and approach. It's just that you really have to go 'old school' for it to work properly. Bob
  10. I found, on a flag website, reference to the South African flag of the period as using "old British Standard Colour Classification - Orange: BBC 57". I have no idea what that is, so someone more familiar with that standard will have to chime in. Bob
  11. One source – and I'm sure there are others – is "Protect & Avenge, the 49th Fighter Group in Workd War II", by Ferguson & Pascalis. In one photo he is leaning against the aircraft and you can see it marked "Lt D.H. David" under the windscreen. Bob
  12. He's on our More Stars in the Sky sheet... along with Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, and Ted Williams. Bob
  13. According to my research, Pleasence flew as a wireless-operator with No 166 Squadron, flying Lancasters from Kirmington. He was shot down on an Agenville operation on 31-Aug/1-Sep-1944. The Lancaster was NE112, coded AS*M. That's the easy part! As to whether it had any special or personal markings... haven't been able to find out. If anyone comes up with good info - on his or any other aircraft - there's always room on future "Stars in the Sky" sheets! Bob
  14. Beautiful... and even then he didn't smile!
  15. Gable was filming Combat America, a propaganda film about air gunners. He was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook, England. Although neither ordered nor expected to do so, he volunteered to fly combat missions. He flew in a number of different aircraft. I don't have my references to hand right now, but I think it was 7 or 8 missions. Here are a couple of photos... one at his station, and one post-mission. Charles Bronson - Charles Buchinsky as he was known then - was a nose gunner on Weather Observation Crew, 61st Squadron, 39th Bomb Group. The aircraft was called Old Overcast, though I've not been able to find any decent photos of the aircraft itself. In this photo below, Buchinshy is fifth from the left, front row. Bob