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  1. F4U Royal New Zealand Air Force

    Hi Carl, I think your Spliced RNZAF Corsair looks great I also think you have captured the rear section colours quite well !!! Thanks for sharing your model with us Regards Alan
  2. Beriev BE-4 Russian puddle jumper

    Hi Pat, Very Nice - Beriev built some nice "boats|" Thanks for sharing your build with us. Thanks/regards Alan
  3. F4U Royal New Zealand Air Force

    Hi Lee, Glad to help. The Xtradecal sheet is good - they actually asked we Kiwi's for help on that. You haven't opened a can of worms, it's just there are people out there in the Modelling community who adhere to Myths which have no substantiation. An example from LSP, a decal manufacturer posted they would like to do RNZAF schemes, for the new Tamiya F4U-1D I commented that the Roundels were not light blue. His comment was (I kid you not) that he had been told on at least two occasions that the RNZAF had no colour standard for our Roundels..... I promptly volunteered to get information from the RNZAF Museum for them. The Museum sent through the info (which included the Roundels in the link above) to the company, it suddenly became too hard. Go Figure....... About the Spliced Corsairs, both NZ5272 and 5307 were F4U-1A Corsairs, NZ5307 was one of the F4U-1A's I mentioned above that were repainted after assembly (and before handing over to operational squadrons) in GSB. Both NZ5272 and NZ5307 really only had some 6 weeks operational life before coming to grief in accidents, and reduced to produce. Both fuselage sections sat in an RNZAF bone yard for some months, before being mated and turned into the Corsair we know. (Incidentally a US F4U-1 Corsair and RNZAF Corsair were also spiced but I can't access the photo I have of that) If you serf the net you will find a lot of builds, where people have painted the rear section of NZ5272 Grey - Why, who knows? The rear section of NZ5272 sat in the bone yard, it got a good sun tan, but was not used and weathered like its stable mates who continued flying and fighting. Likewise for the forward section of NZ5307 When it was joined to the forward section of NZ5307 it was still wearing the 3 or 4 tone colours, which it remained in to the wars end. It was not painted grey despite what anyone says, no RNZAF Corsairs wore grey paint in the Pacific forward areas. And if anyone says they did, what incontrovertible evidence do they have to substantiate that claim? (You watch people will start posting photos of the splice in Black/White Photos stating the rear is grey) Interestingly also, I have noted that the Know it all's who have built the Spliced Corsair fail to show, that if the GSB weathers to what's underneath, they show Chromate Yellow or metal, when under the GSB there was US Navy 3 or 4 tone colours, and this would show through before Chromate yellow or metal. There are no known Colour photos of RNZAF Corsairs (that have surfaced) all are Black and White. Interestingly Maurice Conly the Official RNZAF artist spent a lot of time around our Corsairs, painting them in water colour. Funnily none ever show a Grey corsair Maurice Conly painting - note Roundel colours RNZAF Corsairs Arguably some one could say this was grey,,, but it's just faded US Navy scheme RNZAF Corsairs Hope that helps you with your questions Regards Alan
  4. F4U Royal New Zealand Air Force

    Hi Ed, Thank you for the your comments To Be totally Honest the only real issue with Ventura V4880 is the wrong Blue - should be darker like the Ventura Sheet V4897. Ventura may have tried to portray the "Faded" look, possibly one of those myths that have existed about RNZAF aircraft in New Zealand - bit like no wing folding for RNZAF Corsairs.... Ventura have in both Sheets, printed the correct Starboard Upper and Port Lower Roundels, where the RNZAF had no US Star/Bar. RNZAF SU's painted the Pacific Roundel, but of course with no Insignia Blue border for the bar, the RNZAF Roundel and Blue outline around the white bar are the same colour. I have not seen this correctly replicated on other Decal sheets, which is where the people who supply other manufacturers get it wrong. I could go into how the Roundel was offset but that would just complicate things Regards Alan
  5. Tamiya 1/48 Corsair, RNZAF

    Hi Pete, Nice RNZAF Corsair Your Model depicts one of the 24 RNZAF FG-1D's (all FG-1D's started with NZ56**) sent to Japan in 1946 per Steve's comments above. The only comment I would make as an FYI for next time or other modellers, is the RNZAF Painted out the WWII Pacific Roundel with Non Specular Sea Blue, then applied the Post War Roundels over the top - you can see it in this photo of the FG-1D's waiting to travel to Japan at RNZAF Hobsonville Station 1946 - your aircraft model is amongst them Thanks for sharing your build with us Regards Alan
  6. F4U Royal New Zealand Air Force

    Hi Lee, My advice, stay away from the Sky Model decals 48 - 043, wrong colours, wrong everything. Sky Model Decals 48-043 RNZAF F4U-1(A/D) Corsairs were never light grey, dark grey etc etc. RNZAF F4U-1 A and early D's were stock standard Corsairs delivered in USN 3 or 4 tone (which ever side of the street you choose). The only thing different were the RNZAF Pacific Roundel painted over the US Star. as per attached photo RNZAF Official - Used for Illustration purposes only What I'm a bout to say is probably going to wrinkle a few noses out of joint, but really I'm past caring There is a lot of stuff on the internet about WWII RNZAF aircraft, Corsairs in particular, which is just plain rubbish. This has either been started by some person or SAGE (Self Appointed Guru) that has read or heard some comment and "Chinese Whispers" later it become Gospel Truth" and perpetuated by all and sundry Point in case in the colours of the RNZAF Corsair Sky decals. I have modern colour photos (not mine) of What RNZAF "Faded" Roundels look like some 70 years later, and they look nothing like the Sky Models or even Ventura Sheet V4880. The Artistic rendition in your post is wrong also, colour of Roundels, as is the markings aft of the "Angry Donald Duck motif on NZ5277 - never existed. Continuing with my comments, as I have told folks on the Internet previous (especially those from a certain Geographical area who like to tell we Kiwi's what our Air Force did or did not look like) that not everything about the RNZAF is on the Internet either. I could write a long narrative on the Idiotic things I have read on the Internet which includes "Supposed" Know it all's who don't know it all Also People wanting their 15 seconds of fame by supplying wrong info to Decal manufactures (don't get me started). As far as finishes go please note the following for RNZAF Corsairs: F4U-1(a) US Navy 3 or 4 tone - some repainted after assembly in overall GSB Early F4U-1D - US Navy 3 or 4 Tone Later F4U-1D Overall GSB FG-1D Overall GSB Later Some F4u-1's (certainly A's) received an upper repaint such as these two F4U-1's in either Non Spec Sea Blue or GSB Incidentally NZ5350 -"Struggle Buggy" (F4U-1A) below is the subject of one of my Corsair builds RNZAF Official - Used for Illustration purposes The RNZAF Operated two fleets of Corsairs, one in the Forward areas of the Islands, the others in New Zealand as trainers. Obviously those that stayed in New Zealand F4U-1(A/D's) didn't weather as much The RNZAF Aircraft that flew off the forward areas, again weathered much more so - These aircraft flew off the same airstrips as US Navy and Marine Corps aircraft - so weathered much the same Below is a well weathered Corsair (F4U-1A), but note the Roundel - appears freshly painted/redone Dave Homewood (ex RNZAF) wrote in a conversation we had a bout RNZAF Roundels in the Pacific, that the SU (Servicing Unit) personnel would repaint the Roundels, as they were proud of their country markings, plus if the Roundels were fresh/redone, smaller chance of one of our erstwhile allies shooting at our aircraft/pilots as they did on occasion. Now the RNZAF Pacific Roundel was painted in paint made by BALM here in New Zealand, it was prone to fade or wear, and when it did, it looked like this Note the US Star underneath - I have yet to see an decal manufacture even show that on RNZAF Corsair markings. Posted above by Tony are the Ventura Decals. As a Kiwi I am ashamed to admit one of our own got it wrong - V4880, having said that we too have those in the Antipodes who get it wrong...... The other Ventura Sheet V4897, Pete Mossong who I consider the Kiwi expert on the RNZAF Corsair worked with Ventura to get it right - I would go with that. And in finishing, to stop the naysayers" From the RNZAF Museum, the colours of the RNZAF Pacific Roundel on NS Spec Sea Blue and Intermediate Blue - Stores Ref: 33b/164, B.A.L.M. Ref: S13-044, Description: Matt Blue Iden Colour Correct RNZAF Roundel colour Now a Caveat - I realize modellers can build what they like. To be honest if some one built a Kiwi Corsair with pink and red polka Dots and said that was "Their Take" on it, I would not be fussed. It's those who try to make out they know something about it and paint/mark their Corsairs like they have spent 20 years at the Rukuhia Graveyard, as being what our Corsairs really did look like - that gets me annoyed Thank you for asking, and I Hope the above helps Regards Alan
  7. Modelling 1/72 later P-40 / Kittyhawks

    For my RNZAF P40E-1 build, I simply took masking tape, stuck together sticky side in, then wrapped around a suitable sizes round object (pill bottle in this case) glued the edges, then took same tape and formed the well cover bottoms. Once dry carefully placed edges to mate with inner wheel well surface and then applied epoxy around the inner wing to hold in place - painted appropriate drab color. It's not totally perfect but does the job Still need to ad brass studs inside, probably spots of brass paint I glued ribbing to the upper wing to show through, but forgot about the aerofoil shape - never mind Hope that helps? Regards Alan
  8. RAF P-40s

    Hi Bruce I think you might get a better response to your query, by changing your title to "RAF P40 Designations". The best use of the term in WWII reference, would be Britain and Her Commonwealth (or Dominions - No Minion jokes guys ) The Term "Commonwealth" refers to places like Australia/ Canada/New Zealand/South Africa (you can probably include Rhodesia), who had Article XV Squadrons (Commonwealth Service Personnel) serving with the RAF, under RAF control, flying RAF supplied aircraft. Countries with Squadrons flying with the RAF such as RAAF 3 Squadron as an example under RAAF control who either owned the aircraft, or were supplied with aircraft and flew aircraft with RAF designations that you are after. These primarily in the Europe/MTO/Africa/Far East theatres. Article XV Squadrons Out of the RNZAF P 40's, only the E-1's and early K's were taken from RAF orders shipped ex USA. All the later K's, M/N's were direct Lend Lease from the USA, as the RNZAF in the Pacific was attached to the US Navy in WWII, hence referral to US designations (including the E-1's and early K's). In the Europe/MTO/African theatres no New Zealand Article XV Squadrons served (to my knowledge) as specific P 40 Squadrons. Certainly specific New Zealander's serving in the RAF flew P40's but as RAF Pilots not RNZAF. You might also want to check with BM members who are knowledgeable concerning RCAF and SAAF P40 usage and designations Hope that helps? Regards Alan
  9. RAF P-40s

    Are you after RAF or Commonwealth P 40 designations? RNZAF received the following P 40 models with following designations serving in the Pacific Theatre E-1 K-10 K-15 M-5 M-10 N-1 N-5 N-15 N-20 N-25 The aircraft for as long as I have been around, have been known by their US designations in and out of RNZAF circles. Since the RNZAF was/is a Commonwealth Air Force I assume this what you are after? OR are you after RAF aircraft serving with Article XV Squadrons? OR Squadrons that were Commonwealth serving in Europe/MTO , such as RAAF 3 Squadron? ADF serials list P 40's serving with 3 Squadron and 450 Squadron (Article XV) under the RAF designation I/II/II/IV Middle East/MTO RAAF P 40's ie E-1/E's etc are listed with US designations serving in Pacific Theatre, similar/same as RNZAF Regards Alan
  10. Sunderland Mk.1 DA@G

    Hi Will, Tricky one Sunderland DA-G had the serial L2163 according to my copy of "Ocean Sentenial" The Short Sunderland (John Hamlin). The brief history given (some what paraphrased) is as follows: First flew 17.06.1938 To 210 Squadron 24.06.1938 Coded "C" then "DA-G" Fight with FW 200 29.01.40 - Rear Turret damaged Lost a float in landing in heavy seas at Oban 25.09.1940 To 95 Squadron 16.01.1941 (95 Sqn served in West Africa) To 228 Squadron 18.12.1942 15.01.1942 broke from mooring and driven ashore in gale at Stranraer 21.04.1942 to S & ML 17.02.1944 57 MU Later became GI (Ground Instruction) Airframe 4891M at 1 MCTU Corsewell 12.10.1944 According my copy of Chaz Bowers "The Short Sunderland - Appendix 3 - Sunderland Log (again paraphrased) L2163: First flew 17.06.1938 To 210 Squadron 24.06.1938 -Coded "C" To 240 Squadron May 1941 To 10 Squadron (RAAF) June 1941 coded "RB-P" To 95 Squadron coded "G" -no date To 228 Squadron 16.12.1941 Sank in gale Jan 1942 To mkrs 21.04.1943 The Italeri Painting/marking Instruction give the date for DA-G Oban 1941. The differences between Hamlin and Bower are interesting!!!! when 95 Squadron was commissioned at least 3 Sunderland's/crews + Support crews were requisitioned from 210 Squadron to make up the detachment to fly to Freetown West Africa. Aircraft were Sunderland: L2163 - later replaced by N9027 (DA-J) N9027 P9623 T9041 Photo link of N9027 at Oban circa Aug-Sep 1940 - Note colouring Sunderland N9027 Oban circa Aug - Sept 1940 Of Note also is the website for 95 Squadron, Read from "Birth of 95 Squadron" the history of which relates to the Sunderland's above and histories by Hamlin and Bower 95 Squadron Website (My interest in 95 Squadron is purely because there were New Zealander's crewing its Sunderland's F/O Baggot was a Kiwi, who flew the first Convoy Patrol from Freetown March 1941) To your question as to whether L2163 could have worn Dk Earth/Dk Green/Aluminium? Certainly I think yes in 1940 - looking at L2163's squadron mate N9027 in the photo link above it appears to me N9027 is in Dk Earth/Dk Green/Aluminium. The caveat to this of course is Black/White photos can not realistically give you exact colours. - in this case though IMHO you can go with your colours of choice Hope that helps? Regards Alan
  11. Flying Boats & Float Planes 2 GB

    Hi David, My Jake is quite well past the 25% for GB's Some photos of where it's at Hope you like Regards Alan
  12. Did W.W.2 US fighters use a standardized pilot's bucket seat?

    Let me qualify my statement by adding that the P40E-1 was the export version. The seat would have been manufactured to accommodate the installation of the British Sutton Harness meaning that the attachment points /opening et al were built in. So similar, but also different to US P40E version. E-1's kept back for the USAAF would have retained those seats, probably fitted with US harnesses (but could have used RAF harness?) When RNZAF 15 Squadron took over P40E-1's that were being used by the USAAF 68PG in Tonga 1942, the RNZAF (if not installed already) could have retro fitted the Sutton Harness to the aircraft. This link shows the top of a E-1 Seat in RNZAF use in New Zealand looks like a typical seat.... RNZAF P40E-1 NZ3038 This RNZAF Official Photo shows NZ3009 (P40E-1) with Sutton Harness (Photo RNZAF Official - used for illustration purposes only) Regards Alan
  13. Did W.W.2 US fighters use a standardized pilot's bucket seat?

    Each of the main procurers (Being USAAF and US Navy (USMC had to take what ever the Navy gave them)) would have had specifications for pilots seats etc. These obviously changed during the course of the war, such as aircrew feed back (read complaints) and experience in design in mass production and aircrew comfort. Bear in mind that aircraft flown by US forces such as the USAAF which had been ordered by Britain/Commonwealth would have seats meeting those procurement requirements. Good example would be the Curtiss P 40E-1 flown by USAAF in the Pacific such as the 49th FG and 68th FG respectively would have British Spec seats as opposed to US Spec seats. Regards Alan
  14. Four Brewster Buffalo's

    Hi Jim, After your comments yesterday, I pulled out a copy of the 339E Buffalo Pilots Notes, and "Figure 2 Photo" showing the Instrument Panel. There is a Cover (item 20 in annotations) - "Removable Reflector Panel". appears to be rubber. The interesting thing is that the above cover only has a Lip that comes over onto the upper/outer edge of Instrument panel, and looks only a few Millimetres thick, and does not protrude out any distance, the Gun sight sits proud of the lip. In 1/72, even 1/48, it would not be so noticeable, but in 1/32, it would appear in light "Relief" Regards Alan
  15. "Dagwood" Phillip's Spitfire

    Found this on the Web, you may have seen it? If not, it seems to confirm your discovery (scroll down about 3/4 page or so) Re Spitfire Mk XVI SM331 Make of it what you will.