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About jimmaas

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    Clifton Park New York USA
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    Serious fanatic about the Brewster Buffalo.<br /><br />Also fluent in WW I, USN interwar, Netherlands East Indies, early PBY's and the Martin B-10

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  1. WWII Curtis SOC-3 interior Colour?

    Whoops, I was away from my references when I initially replied. The interior would depend on the period involved. SOC-1's and SOC-2's had fabric surfaces in silver enamel, but metal surfaces in gray enamel (around FS 595a color 16473). So the interior metal surfaces would be gray. By the time the SOC-3 was in production, the Navy had discovered the joys of aluminium lacquer, and both exterior and interior finish would be in that 'silver' finish.
  2. WWII Curtis SOC-3 interior Colour?

    "Unpainted" is unlikely. Metal on USN aircraft was routinely given a coating (enamel or lacquer depending on period) to prevent corrosion. Sea air can be unforgiving. Remember that some areas of interior may have shown the inside of fabric areas, which gets into a whole other question.
  3. WWII Curtis SOC-3 interior Colour?

    Curtiss SOC's were built in the mid 1930's, the "yellow wing" era. Interiors would have been aluminum lacquer. The Naval Aircraft Factory also built some as SON's, and production lagged behind Curtiss so the interior factory finish might be affected, I don't know. And the aircraft may have been overhauled later so completely that an interior repaint is possible. But the default interior is probably silver. Interiors are much harder to repaint than exteriors.
  4. I think it shall come in three months. The number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.
  5. There is a lengthy article on the subject of B-O-B wing/tail stripes in Model Aircraft Monthly Vol. 3 No. 10, October 2004. The article is by Paul Lucas and has several rabbit holes, but there is enough photographic/report justification to show that: - stripes appeared on some He-111's, Do-17's and Ju-88's - the stripes were in three colors, white, yellow and pink - the color of stripes did not appear to be related to Staffel or Gruppe - in some cases the stipes appeared on only one wing uppersurface and only the corresponding tail side; that would suggest (but not prove) a relation to formation flying.
  6. P-40B/C Hawaii Early 1942 markings

    It would not be the first time that a profile was created on very little information, or wrong information. Or rank speculation, as followers of Sidney Chivers may know! With respect to 'Squirt', there may not have been any large white fuselage numbers. The first photo, although not (evidently) of 'Squirt', was taken at Mokuleia Field in February 1942, according to http://www.airfields-freeman.com/HI/Airfields_HI_Oahu_N.htm (you'll have to scroll WAY down). No numbers, unless there is a yellow number on the fin top. I suspect that post-Pearl Harbor the large white numbers may have been considered kind of conspicuous (which is silly, since you are adding red-white stripes, but....)
  7. P40C Tomahawk

    You may have already seen it but this 360 degree panorama (while a bit dizzying) shows the forward interior of the sliding canopy. I do not know of any hinged window on the port side - do you mean something like the 'clear vision port' as seen on the Spitfire and Buffalo?
  8. Thank you! I am looking forward to it.
  9. Very nice review! Just a couple of building notes to add: - the fit of the firewall (bulkhead at the rear of the landing gear well) needs to be watched - without some fettling, the one piece lower wing will be bent and dihedral will be lost (which looks very odd!). - the inner faces of the horizontal tailplanes need some scraping to insure that the elevator hinge lines are a straight line, left to right, when viewed from above. - the smaller bumps on the wing upper surface are actually covers for the wing gun rounds counter dial. There's a rectangular glass face on the inboard face (facing the pilot, of course). In this case, a small rectangle of black decal would probably do, but for the ridiculously ambitious, the dial is black with three digits displayed horizontally. - Since the Finns fitted a Revi gunsight at the top center of the instrument panel, the compass (which had been at the top center) had to be moved. It was relocated to a little doghouse scabbed onto the starboard side of the instrument panel coaming side. If you attempt this, be very careful to insure the doghouse will allow the windscreen piece to fit! A great reference for the interior is a 360 degree tour of the sole surviving Buffalo at http://ilmavoimamuseo.fi/virtualmuseum/ (the Buffalo is the upper icon on the right hand side of the floor plan).
  10. HELP!!!! What have I done? Contrail 1/48 Vildebeest!!!

    Ah, glad to see all the words of encouragement. Mockage would, at this point, seem somewhat churlish. But the temptation....! First rule, make the trailing edges thin. Nothing ruins a vacuform more than blimpish trailing edges. My approach to vacs was always to try to make the result look like an Otaki kit - nothing real fancy, just a straightforward workmanlike.piece.
  11. Any update on the A-17 book?
  12. Nakajima Ki-4

    Although it is directed to the Ki-27, this commentary http://www.aviationofjapan.com/2010/07/paint-matters-mr-color-ki-27-mix.html on IJAAF Gray-Green may help. While the Army and Navy both used a gray overall finish, they weren't the same, and considering the interservice rivalry, wouldn't be.
  13. Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo

    Yes, except for the natural metal portion that takes up compression.
  14. Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo

    The landing gear well color was the same as the undersyrface color - Non-specular Light Gray.
  15. Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo

    That would be the oxygen tank, and the general consensus is for a light green, as in this example: click here