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Andrew D Jolly Rogers guy

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  1. Jolly Rogers history in 1/72 (31 planes)

    Kindest, sincerest thanks for all the gracious comments! Here are a few more shots, broken down by squadron designation. Here is VF-17 only: Here is VF-5B: And VF-61, the end of the original lineage and my favorite lineup: Then hijacking VF-84: And finally the hijacking of VF-103, then VFA-103:
  2. This is a sneak preview of a series of online articles I'll be doing at another site, my Jolly Rogers history collection. I built most of these between the years 2000 and 2008, just completed a second Super Hornet to represent this decade (2010's). As some of these planes don't exist in kit form (i.e. F9F-6 and F9F-7, F8U-2/F-8C) there was a LOT of scratchbuilding modification going on. Add to that the fact that many of these markings did not exist in decal form during the period it was built, and the markings challenge was ALWAYS an issue. I mentioned a decade-relation with the Super Hornet, meaning I wanted one good scheme for the 2000's and for the 2010's, to be repeated in the 2020's. I did the same for the Tomcats. One good F-14A scheme for the 1970's, one for the 1980's and again for the 90's. Same with VF-103's F-14B's, one from the 1990's and again for the 2000's. Additionally I wanted to represent each F6F Hellcat type flown during the war (F6F-3, F6F-5, F6F-5P); I only lack the F6F-5N, as I've never found any decent photos of a VF-17 radar Hellcat although they did have them assigned. Some other types are repeated; for instance, the F6F-5P, F4U-4 and apparently the F8F-1 were flown in different markings under both VF-17 and VF-5B. During the build I amassed a good volume of unpublished photos especially from the 1950's during the VF-61 years. The collection took 2nd place in the Collections category at IPMS Nationals in 2010. Hope you enjoy!
  3. A-7E seat in 1/72

    I've got the Aires 1/72 A-7E 'pit, but I have never liked adding the PE belts etc. I'd like to find a replacement seat for the given replacement seat, ironically, meaning one with molded belt detail. I was looking at the Quickboost AV-8B seat, am wondering if it might be considered "close enough" in 1/72, and if its size compares to the Aires? The Pavla seats are significantly undersized. And yes, I do mean a late seat for Operation Desert Storm, NOT an ESCAPAC.
  4. Su-24MK Fencer IRAQ - Trumpeter 1/48

    Oh, I like it!!
  5. SWORD releasing 1/73 FJ Furys

    Ooh, nice! 333 would be my first choice!
  6. SWORD releasing 1/73 FJ Furys

    Oh, but what a blessing, all the same....would've done anything for this back in 2001/2 when I did the vac conversion as part of my complete Jolly Rogers history. Was glad for the experience, granted, but coming off that experience, this is absolutely beautiful!!
  7. USS Arizona colour's.

    Oh, nicely done!! Last December was definitely the most emotional of all the pilgrimages I've accompanied the Arizona's survivors on...this one was toughest. Added to that was the fact that we interred the ashes of not one but two survivors into the ship the evening of the 7th. Both were wonderful men, one I was especially close to, and was the one who gave me a fragment of the ship. Very humble man, uncomplicated, pure gold as a human being.
  8. USS Arizona colour's.

    Oh, I do look forward to seeing the Fletcher! I do mostly aircraft, but I think you can understand that I HAD to do the Arizona...I keep it in my classroom, believe it or not, which is a bit of a strange sight since I'm a music teacher, but once a year I teach the history of that awful day owing to my "special friends". The kids are absolutely fascinated with it.
  9. USS Arizona colour's.

    When Glenn Lane was still with us he signed the photo of himself in my "Big Book" on the Arizona; he's the one standing on the Kingfisher's wing. The pilot was killed in the attack, only a few months after this photo was taken.
  10. USS Arizona colour's.

    Well, pretty much her entire career she was in light gray, until June 1941 when she got the Ms 1 treatment with 5D dark gray. During this time she sometimes had the number 39 on turret 2. The red turret tops is another question...some suggest from photos she had them toward the end of the light gray, but the survivors who remembered the red tops say she got them at the very end, along with the lighter blue-gray. Which leads to another problem, that while photos seem to conclusively prove the colored turret-tops, most of the Arizona's men don't remember them at all...but all 3 men from the aviation division (now deceased) insisted to me that they were there. Makes sense when you consider they were done for the scout planes' sake, to more easily identify which ship is yours. Arizona operated with Oklahoma and Nevada, and while it's easy to tell Arizona from the other two if you're looking carefully at well-focused photos, it's not so easy from the air, especially with weather, turbulence and substandard lighting conditions. Don Stratton and Lauren Bruner insist there were no red-tops, and that they were high up in the foremast for their station and could have seen. Oh, well....you're safe leaving them off for the 1930's. If you're doing Revell's ship as a 1930's, and you want to do it accurately, there are some changes to make; simplest is to leave off the "bird bath" gun station atop the mainmast; this was installed in January 1941. Other issues are removing the two box-like antiaircraft fire control directors atop the bridge area (one port, one starboard) and part of the associated decking. Also checking references for where to place the searchlights (funnel vs mainmast), though I *think* they're already correct for the 30's. Also remove the "splinter shields" from around the eight antiaircraft guns on the boat deck, and the two round gun tubs from the fantail; they were late additions.
  11. USS Arizona colour's.

    Thanks Steve! She actually went through a few different biplanes in the 1930's, starting with Vought O3U's following her rebuild in the early 30's (which I think the kit represents), a later version of the O3U, and finally in the late 1930's the Curtiss SOC. Kingfishers had not been in use for long before her destruction. As far as my build, it went through a LOT of mods in the superstructure to make it purely 1941, including the location of searchlights, which changed positions from time to time.
  12. USS Arizona colour's.

    At the risk of hijacking your thread, this is what I did with Revell's biplanes; I completely rebuilt them to Kingfishers using line drawings resized to 1/426.
  13. USS Arizona colour's.

    Yes, that's often a problem; model producers seem bent on the older models for inspiration, which were based on her various appearances in the 1930's. She definitely operated Kingfishers in 1941, 3 in fact. I used to know survivor Glenn Lane, who was a radioman on them (there are a couple of now-well-known photos of him on the wing of one of them attaching the hook to be hoisted back aboard ship). He also told me he thought one of the Arizona's planes had survived over at the seaplane base at the north end of Ford Island, amongst all the other wrecked planes, as they were USUALLY flown there while in port, though not always. The Revell is a strange combination of 1930's and 1941 features....
  14. USS Arizona colour's.

    Thank you Steve; yes, my mind is blown by my association with them for so long and in said capacity since I don't even have any family who was on the Arizona or even at Pearl; I was just in the right place at the right time and they welcomed me with open arms. The Arizona represents the greatest loss of life on any ship in the history of the US Navy, and her losses would have been MUCH higher had they been at sea instead of in the harbor with land only a few dozen yards away, and with 200+ of her crew ashore at the time (representing about 2/3 of her "survivors"). I also know very well that other countries have ships with more terrible numbers (the Hood is an obvious one), but the fact that you can SEE the ship as a tomb and visit to pay respects is absolutely mindblowing. It is simultaneously the most beautiful and saddest place I have ever been, and every time I went aboard with her survivors it became even more and more emotional an experience instead of easier or routine.
  15. USS Arizona colour's.

    Hello Steve, I'm blessed to have served as the National Secretary of the USS Arizona's survivors' association over the past 10 years until we officially disbanded last December during the 75th anniversary observances. I've had the privilege of knowing over two dozen of her survivors and former crew, almost all of whom are now gone. There are 5 survivors still alive as of today. I can tell you that this matter will probably never be settled completely to most people's satisfaction. I can also tell you that ALL of the survivors I have asked recall they worked on painting her a lighter shade of blue-gray than the dark gray (Ms-1) while she was drydocked in November 1941 while she underwent repairs from her October collision with the Oklahoma. The extent of the painting varies from survivor to survivor, some claiming the whole ship was done, others claiming they only had time to do the hull and main turrets (the latter actually does seem to agree with many photos). I finally pressed once more last December, and Lauren Bruner gave a weary look and said "Boy, if I had a nickel for every time they put a paint brush in my hand...." I had gone back and forth between the Ms 1 camp and the Sea Blue camp with great frustration and have finally come down in the latter camp, for the reason that they all remember actually applying the paint, even if they don't agree on the exact extent of coverage. I am also finally agreeing with Lauren Bruner that the job was probably incomplete, awaiting the painting of the superstructure, since the mainmast in the wreckage photos look like the Ms 1 jobs on the other ships. Some other details they have mentioned: -Clare Hetrick told me "They brought it up in 5-gallon buckets in cargo nets; they even had us mess cooks out there painting. They passed it down in pails." -Lauren Bruner told me it was a translucent color, which took many coats to cover the dark gray; definitely not a fun job for them! -Lonnie Cook told me he had to finish his area before he could go on leave; apparently it was a deck area. They were in a hurry to go ashore, so they poured it out and spread it around with mops. The next morning when the area was cleaned/hosed off, a lot of the paint was still not dry since it was so uneven (from the mops) and washed away...and they received a ROYAL chewing-out. In the end, no matter how you paint it, someone will act like a jerk and tell you you're wrong, when the truth is that we will probably never be 100% certain of the exact appearance.