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      PhotoBucket are no longer permitting 3rd party hosting   01/07/17

      As most of you are now painfully aware, Photobucket (PB) are stopping/have stopped allowing their members to link their accumulated years of photos into forums and the like, which they call 3rd party linking.  You can give them a non-refundable $399 a year to allow links, but I doubt that many will be rushing to take them up on that offer.  If you've previously paid them for the Pro account, it looks like you've got until your renewal to find another place to host your files, but you too will be subject to this ban unless you fork over a lot of cash.   PB seem to be making a concerted move to another type of customer, having been the butt of much displeasure over the years of a constantly worsening user interface, sloth and advertising pop-ups, with the result that they clearly don't give a hoot about the free members anymore.  If you don't have web space included in your internet package, you need to start looking for another photo host, but choose carefully, as some may follow suit and ditch their "free" members at some point.  The lesson there is keep local backups on your hard drive of everything you upload, so you can walk away if the same thing happens.   There's a thread on the subject here, so please use that to curse them, look for solutions or generall grouse about their mental capacity.   Not a nice situation for the forum users that hosted all their photos there, and there will now be a host of useless threads that relied heavily on photos from PB, but as there's not much we can do other than petition for a more equitable solution, I suggest we make the best of what we have and move on.  One thing is for certain.  It won't win them any friends, but they may not care at this point.    Mike.

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  1. Hi Jon, The British system seemed to depend on a lower vent to exhaust the gasses, but the vent was wider and flatter than the American export* design. If the aircraft has the side intakes, I believe the lower vent is there - if hard to see. (Not having seen British records, I sometimes wonder if the UK had a second exhaust design.) The US design is much more easily recognized, by comparison. Cheers, Dana * The American vents for USN and Kiwi use were flush intakes exhausting through the tail wheel doors. The USN originally decided against vents, hoping instead to solve the problem by sealing the bulkheads behind the pilot - they were wrong...
  2. Hi Jon, There were two versions of the CO vents. Most photos show the British-installed versions seen on the Mk.I through Mk.III. The Mk.IV had a Goodyear installed variation, seen on page 60 of Aircraft Pictorial #8 (Corsair Vol 2). The Mk.IVs were also delivered with the "short short" wing tips (page 59), rather than the short tips seen on earlier FAA Corsairs. Cheers, Dana
  3. Hi Marvel, I can only guess about the RAF's use of that greenish Sky during WWII, but the earliest reported use of a pale green grey camouflage came from the Ministry of Munitions in September 1918. A multi-toned camouflage was tested on a Salamander and on a Pup: the sides and undersides were painted a "light green grey" comprising White, "Chrome," Brunswick Green, and Indian Red. The green grey also replaced the white in the upper wing insignia. Although the report mentions advantages in shadow reduction, all of the test observations were made from several thousand feet above. The advent of Sky doesn't seem to have a direct descent from the 1918 tests, but folks with a much better access to the British sources will certainly know a lot more than I. Cheers, Dana
  4. Hi Occa, I've seen those vertical demarcations in a number of photos, particularly on B-17s, but I've never been able to confirm where they originated. Since many of the photos show aircraft fresh from the factory, my best guess has been that it has something to do with the arrangement of work stands. In modeling, we load up the airbrush, pick up the model in the other hand, and paint away. I suspect that on the real aircraft, one team was painting the nose, while another team worked from the wing aft - any differences in the paint used by each team could have produced such demarcations. It's just a theory, but it would be fun to replicate it on a model one day... Cheers, Dana
  5. Adding to what Antti explained for the F-5 and Synthetic Haze Paint, from the beginning the F-7 used the same Sky Base Blue and Flight Blue lacquers, but applied the paints in the same pattern as OD and Neutral Gray. When aerial camouflage was found to be less necessary, it was stripped in the field. Cheers, Dana
  6. HI Guys, I've never seen the term "Grumman Gray" in a contemporary document, though it's in common use in modeling circles. The color was simple the same Light Gray that had appeared on the original camouflage scheme being used up as a finish coat over the primers. That way there was no need to purchase two strocks of paint. While 36440 (Light Gull Gray) is the closest 595 color, Light Gray was darker and cooler. Cheers, Dana
  7. Hi Ed, That photo has been reproduced in a number of places, usually mentioning the odd blue paint on the aircraft. There is no blue paint on the aircraft. The original, now in the possession of the National Air and Space Museum, was stored in a damp basement. Mold was trapped inside the envelope, and stained the emulsion. If you look closely, you can see traces of the same blue "paint" in patches on the hardstand. The only way the captioners could have known this would have been to examine the original - otherwise it looks like a blue aircraft.... Cheers, Dana
  8. Hi Pip, Accepting that I'm more of a color historian than color scientist, I just took the two chips into the backyard at 6:00 pm on an overcast evening. In that poor light, the post-war chip was darker, stronger, and bluer. The 1944 chip was grayer and yellower. If I'm home on a bright, sunny day this week, I'll give this a better attempt. Cheers, Dana
  9. Hi Pip, I've got the correspondence about the changes, the 1944 cardboard chip, and the post-war metal chip, but I don't have any technical analyses of the colors. In short, while I've got proof that it happened, I don't have Munsell values that will lead you to accurate matches. Cheers, Dana
  10. Glossy Sea Blue (ANA 623) actually had a poor reputation with the Navy - the wartime color faded too rapidly, losing much of the blue hue. I'd recommend adding small amounts of a medium gray, but don't go too far if you're worried about scale effect. In 1947/48 BuAer responded to the many complaints by reformulating the paint and issuing a completely new standard color chip. BTW, Intermediate Blue underwent a similar change of formula during the war, though the color chip remained the same. In the original paint, the blue pigments often faded to leave only a pale pink. Cheers, Dana
  11. I can't claim to have seen Paul's SAM articles from last year, but Wasp was one of two carriers sent supplies of an experimental USN paint called Dark Blue, which was a supposed near match for Deck Blue stain. Half of Wasp's air group was supposedly painted in the new color. If the Spits matched the F4Fs, they could have all been using the new Dark Blue. That is just another possibility - and I'm not claiming that this happened with any certainty - but it's a strong "cudda-bin." Cheers, Dana
  12. Sorry - looks like I posted the photos (rather than the links) and somehow used up my message space. Anyhow, IF any of the 17th's aircraft were blue, they were probably the mixed blue in between. Flypaper, you're going back a long way to the old Flight Plan days. I remember all the Rapidographs and Zip-a-tone we used to prep our artwork, seeing my first ever word processor (it was gigantic, slow, and complicated!), and learning to love research at the archives in Ottawa and DC. Changed my life, those guys did, and I'm glad of it. The OD research continues, though the book is on hold. It's always good to wait a bit longer - last week I found a note that the Army's 3-1 Olive Drab standard seems to have changed in 1923-24. I still don't know what that was all about, but paint manufacturers were complaining that it wasn't fair to change the standard color after they had begun producing paint... Cheers, all! Dana
  13. Hi All, It takes a while to catch up with e-mails and postings - sorry to say, I'm still way behind. First, the Light Blues. Here's what I would consider a decent match for the Army 3-1 Light Blue 23 as applied by the (then) Air Force Museum: Next a decent match for the Air Corps post 1934 version of Light Blue 23 from Planes of Fame. They may have been trying to match the ANA Light Blue (True Blue), but the photo looks more like the Air Corps chip to my eye. (I know - you can't tell from a color photo....)
  14. Looking forward to this one - there are so few definitive English-language books on Japanese colors, and this one should end all sorts of confusion! Cheers, Dana
  15. Hi Barney, Graham's right about this - BuNos 57966 - 57983 never went to the FAA; they were the first 18 F4U-1Cs and were kept by the Navy/Marines. JT652 thru 669 were build under BuNos 57126 thru 57143; all were F4U-1Ds, The allotment lists changed several times during the war, depending on who had the greatest need at any given time. The site you visited probably worked from an earlier list - the final lists are very clear on which aircraft became Corsair IIs. Cheers, Dana