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  1. John Landers P-40E 'Texas Longhorn' questions

    Hi Mike, FWIW Lander's Texas Longhorn (18764) USAAF Serial 41-36243 - RAF Serial ET889, would have been painted in US manufactured Paints (most likely DuPont) in RAF TLS scheme. Before anyone tells me it wasn't so, I show you a P40E-1 taken over by 15 Squadron RNZAF. This P40E-1 was previously assigned to the USAAF 68th FG/PG based in Tonga 1942. Though B&W photo the RAF TLS shows in the photo. Note aircraft wore RAF TLS while with both Air Forces. RNZAF 15 Squadron, either Guadalcanal or Espiritu Santos - NZ3105 - USAAF Serial 41-25136 - RAF Serial ET784 (RNZAF Official, Used for Illustration only) Note Lander's P40E-1 RAF Serial is not that far from some of the P40E-1's received by the RNZAF so would be I would say, same colours Dark Earth/Dark Green/Duck Egg Blue (Sky) Colours from RNZAF P40E-1 NZ3031 (RAF serial ET770 - USAAF Serial 41-36124) RNZAF P40E-1 Colours can't give you any info on artwork Regards Alan
  2. RNZAF Grumman TBF-1C Avenger 30 SU

    Thanks gents for you comments Steve - Yes it will be interesting to see if Malcolm does a do 1/72 sheet for RNZAF TBF's (1's & 1C's and I suppose Post WWII too) Little bit of History, in 1942 the RNZAF became attached to the US Navy and under overall command of the command of the the US Navy (while unit/Squadron command remained with the RNZAF). Wally Ingham who was attached to both 30 & 31 SU's wrote of how it was to live under US command in his book above especially in the forward areas. The RNZAF received both the TBF-1 and TBF-1C, it was the TBF-1C which saw action, all arrived requiring assembly, which was carried out at RNZAF Hobsonville (where I grew up) certainly these two hangars would have seen both sets of TFB's Gate entry to Hobsonville Hangars Once assembled at Hobsonville the TBF-1C's were dispatched to RNZAF Gisborne (East Coast of New Zealand) Upon arrival there, Wally records again in his book that the Commanding Officer gave permission for the aircraft to be adorned with motifs - Disney characters were popular (Donald Duck, Grumpy/Happy the Dwarves, Clara Belle Cow, Dumbo the baby Elephant), others had a personal touch, such as Fred Ladd's TBF-1C with the Dripping Beer Barrel (Plonky), which was meant to be derogatory to the Japanese (interestingly enough Ladd was a teetotaler). While the TBF was designed to be a Torpedo bomber, the RNZAF never dropped a torpedo in anger, even though as recorded by Wally, crews were sent to Australia to train in the art with the US Navy. So onto the model - Starting with the power plant, Wright R2600 engine, the cylinders given a "Bronzing" effect The engine is not complete, as there are still other items to add. The Engine bay comprising of the engine bearers, which is missing the dishpan, Trumpeter didn't include one with its kit as in the below photo of an actual RNZAF TBF-1c, the wood item is a mould to vacuuform/plunge mould a dishpan The mould its self Where it will sit in relation to the fuselage The Real thing Thanks for looking in, more soon Regards Alan
  3. Hi All, This one I started some time ago on another forum, but placed on the back burner till now. RNZAF WWII aircraft whilst popular are generally built and presented on forums with either bad technical information or the modeller decided to build it that way (I have no issue with that - as long as they state this is their take on the subject, and don't try and offer up all types of garbage as to why the built it that way). The issue I have as a Kiwi, is the Know it Alls who don't know it all, or will tell you, "I have this book etc etc etc". I make no apologies for the rant, I've grown tired of these people spouting comments on forums and when you correct them (with actual technical or correct historical evidence) they tell you they have the Kiwi Bible on this or that or people who write comments for books or magazines........ The July 2016 version of Flypast, whilst had some correct info, also makes out that the RNZAF only flew the TBF-1 - which we did for training, the actual aircraft in combat was the TBF-1C two totally different beasties............. hence my above comments The reason for this build is a bit of a breather , my Sunderland III build is coming along, but cutting and gluing internal stringers sort of gets to you after a an hour or so at a time so, something more or less OOB to keep my sanity Also the next reason for this build is this. My all time favorite RNZAF TBF-1C is the one with the "Flying Kiwi -Who said the B--d Couldn't Fly". For a long time the actual serial for this aircraft was not known - until just recently I discovered the correct serial NZ2522 -(the author of the Flypast segment even got that wrong - people read it, get the wrong info --- argh. ) just recently I found out on RNZAF Proboards the serial http://rnzaf.proboards.com/thread/25871/ventura-rnzaf-scale-avenger-decals?page=1&scrollTo=257463 Having found that, I just had to finish building my Avenger!!!! So onward and upward Box art Inside the box Some big pieces of Photo etch Check out the size of the fuselage Will use Montex Masks - More on RNZAF Marking later - the Flying Kiwi will probably have to be hand done As always a good book for reference A photo from my personal collection (Not NZ2522) Kit Instruction are well laid out (to me anyway) OK Time for Tea, so more a bit later on...... Just so people are clear on this, I'm not one of those modellers who are precious with their build posts, if you have questions please ask away. Thanks for stopping by Regards Alan
  4. 1/72 Sunderland cheek guns

    This may help you on history of Galley Gun. Still hunting for a photos I have somewhere of the MG and pintel mounting Regards Alan
  5. 1/72 Sunderland cheek guns

    Whilst I do have the Italeri Mk III, I'm going to convert mine into a Mk V (MR5) which served with the RNZAF - some of which did have the ports for the forward guns as left overs from WWII service or built that way just prior to wars end. Close up, if you go to Seawings site and look under Aircraft walk around's, click on Sunderland 2, it has some close up shots of the forward guns (exterior/interior) http://www.seawings.co.uk/ Re the waste guns, are your referring to the Galley guns (found on some Mk III/V's) or Beam Gun position aft of wing found only on Mk V's as in this photo? Regards Alan
  6. Shorts Sunderland MR5, RNZAF 1960's

    Hi all, Something of a update I have to say folks, some really AWESOME builds going on in this GB!!!!! What I have been up to........... I have new Image storage site....... First off, I have re-scribed the bomb bay doors in more correct position, along with two portholes, along with the stern Gunners hatch and Galley hatches, along with the Beam hatches and drilled porthole The Beam porthole is slightly larger in Diameter (40.6cm) than the straight porthole transparency (30.5 cm). What the Beam Hatch looks like from the inside I have also started the Upper Dorsal hump, where the upper turret once sat, once the turrets were removed (either for production or deletion due to no need for them) the round hole for the turret was replaced by a hatch This is the fairing with filler and sanded to proper profile This what the hump looks like from the side on the real thing What it looks like from inside, notice the hatch While I won't be using it the forward part of the fairing where it would sat, and in relation to the hump I have started on the interior, filling in the wing wells Also I have started a basic interior, so there is not a "See Through" effect - you can see behind the Bomb bay forward Bomb bay bulkhead/flight deck floor, the wing well filled and sanded. More soon, thanks for looking in Thanks/regards Alan
  7. Airfix Short Sunderland Mk III -(By Request)

    Hi All, Thought long and hard about finishing this thread. First off The Photo Bucket debacle, and posting images - have a new image provider Second, I have gone off forums of late reasons being: even when you have absolute correct technical information, someone has to know better. Modellers who are precious about builds where they are giving erroneous technical information and you point it out, it's tantamount to a declaration of war. With my builds I like people asking questions/participation, to me a build thread is a learning area for all, not for me to be precious about it...... Primarily dealing with RNZAF aircraft, I'm fed up with people telling we Kiwis what are Air Force was/was not, Is/is not when they have no idea themselves!!!! I really don't care if someone paints their RNZAF Corsair pink with purple polka dots if they simply build it, and state this is my take. It's the ones who state our Air Force did this or that, to justify their build and it's so full of the brown stuff it's not funny......... rant over I like Britmodeller, and really is about the only Forum I participate in anymore these days - anyway I'm going to carry on this thread to finish, and have a another Sunderland to build with you after this......... with hopefully not so long a gestation period So, after the last post here's where we are: The Bomb bay doors have been dealt to and moved forward Next up, I dealt with the Flap wells and thinning the wing trailing edges: With the top and lower wing sections together, I need to add a strip to add strength You can see the strip here, it will add the backing for the Flap well inner structure as the red curves denote Note in this photo the very thin fairing section into which the flap slides in/out What it looks like on the real aircraft Note the cut out flap held in place to show how it would look - though on my model the flaps will be extended Hopefully more soon - hope you enjoy Thanks for stopping by Regards Alan
  8. Shorts Sunderland MR5, RNZAF 1960's

    Hi All, Another segment to my Build. Please note I will add a link for any photos I post just in case you can't see the Photo Bucket one This week I have been busy "manufacturing portholes from sprue as below First off drilling out the centre to create the porthole (using 1.6mm drill), and when set re-drilled to 2mm (actual size is 1.98mm) which equates to 30.5cm in actual 1:1 size. Photo Link I'm glad the skills I learned in School wood working shop class turning wood, can be scaled down Photo Link Measuring to get 2.4mm with my calipers (The 2.4mm is outer dimension which equates to 37.5cm in 1:1 size) Photo Link I have done the Starboard side, you can see where I have added the tooled sprue to the aft potholes, the white sprue you see, is to block the hole for the beaching gear pin, and note the filled in Bomb Bay door windows to move the doors forward (too far aft like Airfix kit) Photo Link I have created a Bomb Bay door template to scribe in the new doors in correct position Photo Link Just a piece of Technical info, from Sunderland manual and Bomb Bay door dimensions Photo Link For those interested My Airfix Sunderland build link showing how I dealt with the Portholes and bomb bay doors Airfix Sunderland More soon, hope you enjoy, and thanks for stopping by Regards Alan
  9. Hi Simon, From two AMO's on the Flying boats If you look at these photo links of RAF 230 Sqn aircraft based at Egypt you will see the Temperate Sea Scheme, no black 230 Sqn Sunderland Mk I 230 Sqn Sunderland Mk I As to the comments in above posts on Natural Metal, especially on the planing bottom, ALL Sunderland's were painted from the keel up to the loaded Draft depth of the water line, with a "Lanolin Based" water proofing paint - generally clear at first, then changed to a light grey. And as to Natural metal Sunderland's operating - The RNZAF at the end of WWII stripped its 4 MK III Sunderland's down to bare metal, and operated them for some years this way - see photo from my collection RNZAF MK III Sunderland Natural metal Regards Alan
  10. NZ corsairs x3

    Hi Rob, You didn't specify F4U-1A Repaint, F4U-1D or FG-1D? Being Black & White, bit more difficult, but hopefully this will help GSB RNZAF Corsair GSB Corsair RNZAF FG-1D RNZAF FG-1D Colour Profile Regards Alan
  11. Bear in Mind Gents, that the Italeri Kits (Mk I/III) have their Own "Accuracy" Issues -and that's not the Trench panel lines or "Fictitious" Riveting...... Regards Alan
  12. Shorts Sunderland MR5, RNZAF 1960's

    Hi Guys, Have added links into my post for the photos, so you can see them HTH Alan
  13. Shorts Sunderland MR5, RNZAF 1960's

    Hi All, Thank you for your comments Well it's 19:32 hours, Saturday Sept 2 here in New Zealand, time for a quick update I always like to add in some historic/technical info with my builds, so here are some shots from a Mk V Manual, I own, and as you look at the Photos you will see it was at RNZAF Lauthala Bay, so my Dad most likely used it. Some of the pages Cockpit/Flight Deck Upper Hatch over Flight Deck - Been up through that when our Sunderland's were in Service This one always gets a smile from me, Bilging the float while afloat, you have to wonder what that chappy did to end up here All Sunderland's had to obey Maritime Law while on the water -Hence the Mooring Light Manual Photo Links Manual 1 Manual 2 Manual 3 Manual 4 Manual 5 Manual 6 Manual 7 Manual 8 Onto the Model - this what I would like to end up with Sunderland in Braby Using some spare Balsa, I measured up to see how the model will sit in the Braby Braby Sanded off the fuselage rivets Rivets Areas I need to address - The Kader kit suffers from the same issue the Airfix kit does with the forward edge of the Bomb Bay door too far back - need to add in the Beam gun hatches also Areas to fix Need to add in the Hump where the upper turret once sat Dorsal hump More to follow soon - Hope you enjoy Regards Alan
  14. Shorts Sunderland MR5, RNZAF 1960's

    Hi Ray, I do have other Flying boats/Seaplanes kits (Martin SP-5M Marlin/Grumman Hu16 Albatross/Curtiss Seahawk/Catalina etc), but with my glacial build rate, I figured this would be the easiest option to actually finish the GB. Should I finish with time to spare, maybe the Martin Marlin...... Regards Alan
  15. Hi All, Only a few days to go, and the GB kicks off officially. My entry will be a a Lincoln/Kader Kit 1/154 scale, my choice of size means within the four months, I should finish, as opposed to 1/72 scale. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the retirement of the Sunderland from RNZAF service, after some 22 years of service (both Mk III and MR5) starting in 1944 with the brand new Mk III Sunderland transports arriving from Britain, to the later arrival of the MR5's early 1950's. The Sunderland's served both with No's 5 & 6 Squadrons, eventually just 5 Squadron. My Dad served with 5 Squadron both at RNZAF Lauthala Bay Fiji (spelt Lacala in Fijian, but pronounced Lauthala), and RNZAF Base Hobsonville (here in Auckland). My Dad introduced me to these grand Ladies at a young age, taking me on board a number of times, and I was privileged to see and do things that aviation buffs can only dream of today My Dad was always willing to pass on his technical knowledge, and after many discussions with him and others who served on the Sunderland, I have built up quite a knowledge base of the Sunderland and how she worked Today not much remains of both bases, but my memories are bright and great, as is my love for this aircraft. Lauthala Bay was the epitome of all things Flying Boat and South Seas Islands - This movie clip recently became available posted by Dave Homewood of RNZAF Proboards, of Lauthala Bay - the music is cheesy and OSH would have a heart attack today, but hey it was the 60's Many of the scenes in the movie, were similar/same as the slides we used to watch as children from Dad's time at Lauthala Bay - By the way the cheesy "Isa Lei" song is actually a Fijian farewell song sung at ship departures usually. On to the model - Ignore the Box art Required Model photos - this is really just the Airfix kit reduced in size Airfix kit and Kader size comparison Clear parts Instructions Kit Decals - I won't be touching these....... Will go with a set of Oldmodel decals designed interestingly enough for this scale http://www.oldmodelsdecals.com/442_500_csupload_68482816.jpg?u=721011540 Hope you enjoy, and see you in a few days regards Alan