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  1. Hello all, according to the book "Vulcan 607" every possible trick was tried to minimize fuel spray during disconnect as it blurred the view. Different ideas were tried and finally Vortex generators were found to be the most satisfactory solution (not perfect however). Fuel still spilled on the windscreen. Best Regards, Antti
  2. Indeed it was ZE350. She also had the "old" style, more pointed antenna fairing on the fin trailing edge and no reinforcement plates on fin sides. But did ZE350 have the wing reinforcement straps? I have seen only one photo and that is not good enough to be sure... Best Regards, Antti
  3. Well, I will join You as I have my 1/32 Tamiya F-4J Phantom on the bench and lots and lots of stencils and panel numbers for her! You bring the blankets and I'll bring tea and cookies BR, Antti
  4. Simon, when the model is complete You will see that it was worth the effort. Have fun BR, Antti
  5. Hello MilneBay, this is directly from the text book! I was wondering if this is the only explanation for different colours as Boundary Layer on a laminar flow wing is something like 0,3 mm thick and only in the lowest portion theoretically there is a zero air flow. That's why I'm open to all theories - re-paint, partially polished, damp surfaces... Best Regards, Antti
  6. Hello gingerbob, I agree and disagree with You I agree that it is impossible to confirm let's say which colour -RLM 02 or RLM 76- is painted on a certain aircraft. I disagree in this case as we are trying to identify a deep red colour; red and blue appear in exact shades of grey on photos when we can find out the film and filter combination. Of course a greater accuracy will be achieved if we have more than one photo. Best Regards, Antti
  7. Good points Jure! And when we understand Black and White photography we can make better than just educated guesses. Many online photos are out of this process as they may have been scanned from poor quality prints, re-sized several times and possibly photoshopped. It is quite easy to tell from B+W photos which film and filter combination was used. When this is done it is quite easy to confirm the colours. Gamble's book contains excellent prints from the originals, I guess I can spend a little more time with this Best Regards, Antti
  8. Thank You Vadim and Welcome Aboard (after all this is a naval fighter)! Best Regards, Antti
  9. Hello Si, Thank You I have been busy with the intakes. I've spent more time with them than many models. The cockpit is also ...."interesting". Luckily it is nearly complete. However it won't be an exact replica of any of the Phantom types; It is a cross between an F-4D and F-4B (Front) and F-4J and F-4S (Rear). I didn't want to use resin cockpits. As mentioned I use(d) some properly scaled factory drawings. I compared the diameter of the re-heat on the drawing with the information available on a General Electric brochure of the J79 engine and they are a perfect match. Revell kit parts have the "Turkey Feathers" that in turn match these references exactly. So I will use the Revell re-heaters with resin "interiors". An update is coming soon. Best Regards, Antti
  10. Hello Simon382, You can find the "NAVAIR 01-245FDB-2-1.2" manual in the Internet. It contains full stencils for F-4B and F-4J as well as some generic material information. You can check the stencils one by one together with Panel Numbers. Very useful document indeed. Best Regards, Antti
  11. Hello All, This is very interesting as I'm building a VMF-214 F4U-1A myself; possibly the famous one which was used for Boyington's "Hero Shots" but which he never actually took to combat. I have Bruce Gamble's excellent book "Swashbucklers and Black Sheep" with first class full page photos. Looking these pictures carefully I can say that: - #61, #63 and #93 had the red surround roughly overpainted with "medium" gray - #64X has red surround (I think this the photo Johnv mentioned in an earlier post) - The F-4U-1A #86 was named "Lucybelle" (two photos to prove this) - #507 had the red neatly overpainted on the star but left red on the bars (Starboard wing lower) - #51 had red surround on the national insignia - #29 and #35 had no borders; just star insignia with white bars - Some aircraft had national insignias on both wings; top side for example "Stars and Bars" on Port wing and "Bare Star" on Starboard wing There is also a mention on page 75 that the Corsairs carried the red surrounds "for a brief period during the summer of 1943". Hope this helps Best Regards, Antti
  12. Hello Ed and all, I searched my library and found a book called "P-38 in World War II Color" by Jeffrey E. Ethell. There is two full page colour photos of 54th Figter Squadron Lightnings pictured at Adak late 1942. They carry same kind of markings as in your photo but the national insignias are without bars. Planes "6", "76" and "8X" are visible. It appears that some fluid has been "poured" over the booms creating an illusion of two tone camouflage. Best Regards, Antti
  13. Hello noelh, are You quite sure about that? There is no vacuum around a wing (or any other part of the aircraft for that matter)? The turbulent flow touches the wing's surface just as the laminar flow. Best Regards, Antti
  14. Hello Work In Progress, You are absolutely right! I wasn't actually speaking about these photographs when I mentioned the Shock Wave. I responded to JWM who thought, that a dark visible line above a wing he has seen while traveling aboard an airliner, is a boundary between laminar and turbulent flow which it isn't. If you want see that you must attach wool tufs on to the wing. A Shock Wave forming up is visible to the eye. Sorry if I wasn't clear enough Best Regards, Antti
  15. Hello all, The "dark" area is a sign telling that there is a Shock Wave building up. This visible "wall" is a boundary between two very different air pressures. It also tells that the aircraft will enter a high speed buffet if airspeed is not reduced. At first I thought that this might simply be a "defect" in the printing process but the second black and white photo showed that this not the case. It is maybe possible that the leading edges have been polished and therefore they reflect the light differently. It is important to keep the leading edges of a laminar flow wings very clean. How does it sound? I wouldn't fly low over the ocean in a formation with water or visible moisture on the wings and with one engine shut down. Best Regards, Antti