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Spitfire addict

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  1. Color question regarding USN change from flat to glossy finish

    Thanks for your input Dana. Weren't their some Privateers that had a similar glossy tri-color finish? I remember seeing some that seemed to have a more turquoise/aquamarine color used instead of the old intermediate grey-blue. Maybe it's my imagination, the monitor on my computer, or the color photos in the books. Cheers
  2. Color question regarding USN change from flat to glossy finish

    You all have confirmed my suspicions, guess that's why the air show aircraft have gone glossy. I talked to a maintenance officer at NAS Lemoor and he said that every 28 days they go over their aircraft looking for corrosion and that is why some naval aircraft look quite splotchy at times. Corrosion is a constant battle. I also remember reading many WWII stories where the pilots had their crew chiefs wax the finish in order to squeeze a couple more critical knots out of their planes. Regardless that glossy deep sea blue sure looks pretty, but these airshow airplane sure are loose with their color schemes sometimes. So did very P-40 ever made have a shark mouth? One would think they did when one attends an airshow! Anyway, thanks again guys. Cheers
  3. Hello my Britmodeller comrades got another question which I am sure will be quickly addressed. After watching some video on a newly rebuilt Avenger in a beautiful all glossy deep blue scheme I couldn't help but wonder when and why the USN went from flat to glossy on their aircraft. It would seem that the glare would be a tell tale sign that aircraft were on their way to the target, or they just didn't care because they had air superiority? Just a thought. Anyway I am curious, and since I am on a Pacific Theatre kick right now the info will be helpful. Thanks guys, and all the best. Cheers
  4. Hellcat in FAA service

    Thanks again my friend, your input is always valuable. The Hellcat was quite an airplane and I was curious to see if any former FAA Hellcat pilots wrote anything about their experiences. By the way, just go back from the Huntington Beach Airshow where the F-35 was paired with an F-16 Viper, and the F-35 is every bit as bad as has been previously reported. It couldn't climb vertically like the F-16, couldn't turn with it either. The only thing it excelled in was that it was louder than the Viper. Lockheed says that the weapons system will even things out and the F-35 shouldn't have to engage in ACM. There I go, digressing again. Thanks again Troy, you are a good wingman. Cheers Randy
  5. Hellcat in FAA service

    Thanks mate, I will check it out. Cheers
  6. New Airfix Walrus

    Haven't seen it yet in the US but plenty of resin and PE parts available. We need a 1/48 Stranraer now......but first, where is that Airfix Spit Mk XIV kit? I have two of the Academy kits and the more I look at them the more I realize that they are perfect examples of what truly fatally flawed kits they are. Where did academy get the dims for their kit? Anyway, dear Airfix, I won't be around in 20 years and it is on my bucket list, so maybe before you release another subject that has been done to death you folks can release the Mk XIV. Maybe my wife will bury it with me? Cheers P.S. The Smer kit isn't all that bad if you want to put in a bit of work and a few aftermarket bits for the SH kit.
  7. Hellcat in FAA service

    Greetings, . I have the dual combo 1/48 Hellcat kit and am about to build the -3. I always like to research my aircraft before building and have been trying to find whatever articles/books that pertain to my subject that can be found, and so far have found little real information on the FAA Hellcat in both European and Pacific theatres. The information I have found is more ancillary than deep in information. So far I have found that the aircraft was generally well received, and much appreciated for its ruggedness and lack of nasty habits that plagued the Corsair. That is about as much information that I could find. I do have the Osprey publication on the FAA aircraft as well as the second Sturtivant book (not the "bible" that some of you are lucky enough to own), so on to my question; any good books or articles out there on the Hellcat from a pilots perspective? As an aside, the P of F Hellcat which was painted in FAA colors with the D-Day stripes was one of the most beautiful airplanes ever, but of course, since we do not have enough dark blue Hellcats around they painted it in a 1944 deep sea blue scheme that five others on the circuit are painted. Kind of sad, but at least they didn't paint a mouth on it like just about every P-40 on the air show circuit. Excuse the digression, and perhaps over generalization, but I think most of you understand what I am getting at. Anyway, any help on the info would be great. Cheers
  8. Type 18-1 USN torpedos, why so ineffective?

    Thanks for the reference, there really is a dearth of history regarding the silent service. Cheers
  9. Where is 1/48 new tool B-24/B-17/B-29/Lancaster ?

    Then we have duplications by different manufacturers of what heretofore were obscure topics like the Bolton Paul Defiant. Either Hobby Blob/Trumpeter didn't get the memo or didn't really care, the Airfix kit was just fine (unless you are a hard core rivet counter, in which case you will be sadly disappointed with any kit) and there wasn't really a need for another Defiant, especially so close on the heels of the Airfix release. I think the probability (I can't venture a percentage) of a new tool twin is much better than a four engined bomber. As was said earlier by myself and others, the price point would be the biggest problem. I still want to get kits like the Sea Venom and Meteor Mk 8 but my wife says (and she has a point, like they often do) that until I start building some of the hundred plus kits I already have that I can forget buying any $60.00 plus kits to add to the overflow of the others. By the way, anyone ever get whacked in the face with kits falling out of the over stuffed closet? I would love a nice 1/48 Sterling or Halifax made by Tamiya, but would be happy with a new tool Blenheim (this also applies to Airfix ) or a Baltimore, but guess I will have to wait for Santa Claus to show up with it. Who knows, maybe the Chinese companies will surprise us with one of these kits, but with our luck they will come up with a 1/48 Spitfire "one-Mark-fits-all" with a really fat fuselage like their Hellcat and inserts for each subsequent mark of Spit a' la Fw 190/Tf 152. The possibilities are endless! Cheers
  10. Type 18-1 USN torpedos, why so ineffective?

    Thank you for the great info. In the after action report produced by Dick O'Kane after repatriation from Japan there was no record of an attempt to dive and miss the torpedo which was set for running at 6' depth. I imagine that since the sub fired its last two torpedos (which up until the last two all ran true) the circle was too tight to submerge to an adequate depth to avoide it. Consequently O'Kane mentions one similar incident occurring to a Royal Navy submarine as well as a RAN submarine. As to the model, I would have to say that I have just enough room for it so it is at the top of my list. I would like to paint it in the disruptive cammoflage used by the Tang on its last two tours of duty. I believe there is a Gato class sub in San Francisco harbor where tours of the boat are provided. Cheers
  11. Type 18-1 USN torpedos, why so ineffective?

    Hey guys, as an aircraft guy I am figuratively speaking as a fish out of water on maritime/naval topics but had just finished "Clear The Decks" by Medal of Honor winner Captain Dick O'Kane (an amazing read by the way) and was shocked to learn right at the end that the Tang was sunk by its own torpedo! He speculated that the destroyer guys liked the fact that the circling torpedo might have a chance of striking a ship in battle. Despite this, it seems the American torpedos were problematic through most of the war with antiquated or ineffective guidance and propulsion systems, bad detonators (from all accounts early on in the war the torpedos would porpoise and/or just bounce off the sides of Japanese ships, which had they been sunk would have shortened the war effort?) and other problems. I have a second query, I would love to build a model of the same class submarine as the Tang. Any model recommended? My dad was a navy man so I decided to research the naval side of the war, especially the submarine force. I recently visited the submariners memorial at Naval Supply Station Seal Beach, it was very sobering and only increased my appreciation of a force that seems to not get much ink. I guess the aviators were the glamor boys, but they could use a parachute, (no disrespect intended) but very few submariners ever escaped from a sunken sub. Anyway, any help on these topics would be great. Cheers Spitfire Addict
  12. Where is 1/48 new tool B-24/B-17/B-29/Lancaster ?

    I feel your pain. I would be happy just to get a new release of the Spitfire Mk XIV but so far the best company to accomplish that without having to do a whole new retool would be Airfix (it looks like their Spit Mk XX is set up for just such a contingency) but so far no news. My best guess regarding the big aircraft is that sales/demand are much lower on the big aircraft because of the tremendous amount of room they take up once built (and I suspect 1/32 bombers suffer from the same malady), plus the price point, which is always a factor. Unless the demand goes up exponentially I would also imagine that Revell will not consider even retooling their old 1/48 bomber force. That would help tremendously.msome order why Eduard does not take up the cause, and the answer is pretty much the same, plus the logistics involved dealing with bigger boxes, shipping, etc. I would love for Revell to retool their existing twin and four engines bomber kits by engraving the panel lines. If you ever tried to rescribe a big bomber kit then you would no doubt never do it again, we are talking many hours dedicated to a very arduous task (at least for me) just to cover that process. I also believe that the bigger a 1/48 kit is, the more warts exposed, the B-24 and 29 are good examples (depending on how picky you are, and for a more modern big kit the Revell B-58 Hustler is an incredibly labor intensive putty queen that needs a total retooling!) but I digress. My advice is that you work with what you have, I doubt you will face the day when Revell releases a retool of their bombers, or Tamiya coming out with a full range of four engines bombers (I would love to see a 1/48 Sterling) so learn to accept the realities of plastic modeling. If I built all the four engines kits I have I would have to build an addition on to my house! Anyway, hope this helped mate because hope is all we got. Cheers SA
  13. Thinning out the tail and trailing edges on the Eduard Tempest?

    So sorry about that Troy, had a momentary bout of brain flatulence, so please forgive me. Must be getting old because I can't keep track of all my postings over the years, so your patience is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for the information (which I have now archived to avoid a repeat) very much appreciated. as an aside, my son Rusty just got back from Duxford and Bovington, and he bought me a nice 19 squadron polo shirt, I wear it proudly. Thanks again Troy
  14. Thinning out the tail and trailing edges on the Eduard Tempest?

    Thanks Tony, that will help. What I am worried about is what grit of sandpaper to use, and whether I should use a sanding block for a more uniform surface. I know the plastic is pretty soft so I want to be careful as to type of sand paper to use so I don't erode too much plastic too quickly. If you think that tool you recommend will do the job better then I will give it a go. Now just to find one at a reasonable price. Rumor is that Eduard is retooling the kit in order to address the thickness and fuselage length problems. I have mixed feelings about that since I have two kits that I paid a premium price for. I do have the Jaguar fix kit for the Tempest but there is a lot of extra work involved. I guess I can't have everything, besides where would I put it all? Cheers
  15. Hello fellow modelers, i am finally building the Eduard 1/48 Tempest and was wondering about any tips on thinning out the overly thick tail and trailing edges of the wings and tail planes/elevators. From the various threads I have read it is clear that this has been done, I just need some tips on the techniques used, how far to sand along the fuselage just above the tail, and any other tips from those who have done this. Any other tips about the build would be great. Cheers SA
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