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  1. Thanks for the info. As we all know there are no perfect kits out there, they all have issues. The only path will be to pick the most accurate kit available and go from there. Glad to know HB makes an early version. I can scrape enough decals out of my stash to get the right markings, then with a little white paint I can get close. Thanks again my friend. Cheers
  2. Thanks once again Troy, always there to help. I am glad I didn't buy the kit. I know Hobby Boss has a -4b but that would be too late of a version for me. Would a Tamiya F4U-1D with a Hamilton Standard four bladed prop do the trick, or are there too many additional components that would be difficult to add?
  3. Hello, I just received an old Hasegawa 1/48 F4U-4 and I have a question regarding the use of the A and B model of this Corsair variant during WWII. I want to build a WWII aircraft but it seems that WWII decals are not as available as the Korean! If at all (although the old Monogram kit did offer WWII decals along with the Korean War markings back in the day, if I remember correctly.) As I understand it from the small amount of info on the net, they didn't start arriving at front line carriers until 1945. Did both the -4a model and cannon equipped 4b both make it onto carriers and into battle? How much mor effective were they in the ACM environment. Any info would be appreciated. Cheers
  4. I forgot that the pics might repost when a quote is used instead of a reply. Thanks for a heads up on that, I didn't mean to offend your sensibilities. Thank heavens we have those who are willing to monitor and point out the various faux pas that the rest of us may not recognize. In future I shall avoid quoting when numerous pictures are present in the post. Have a wonderful day! Cheers
  5. Thank heavens we have you Nick to chase those pesky "hares" down, we learn a lot we didn't know that way. Talley Ho!
  6. Thanks again Nick, that pretty much takes care of that. Looking forward to the new book!
  7. Less than 1% of 1% probability I would say, I am fully convinced it was misidentification and have no obsession whatsoever with making something that is pretty much impossible a reality, it is just one of the quirks that history has provided. The only reason I posted the topic was to investigate the probability/possibility of it being a Tony. All the accumulated evidence suggests it was a case of misidentification. With that being said I think we have sufficiently beaten this horse into glue. Thank you for your input. Cheers
  8. Duly noted my friend, it is not entirely out of the realm of possibility that a Tony was present despite the information presented, that is why I gave Ramsey the benefit of a doubt. We have possibility vs probability here and the weight of the evidence is on the probability side, in the negative of course. I do appreciate your input, always valuable, so continue to press on lieutenant!
  9. Micro scale released a bunch back when the ERTL kit came out, I got my favorite VMF 232 Death Rattlers "Come to fight, come to Win" and the navy squadron with the Rams horns on the nose section. The Planes of Fame air museum has a -3 in the markings of a navy squadron but it is in serious need of restoration. They flew the F-86-F-30 Sabre the other day, a beautiful aircraft. Now if KH could only due an accurate (and I use that term loosely) F7U-3....and if elephants could fly, etc.
  10. Well at least it wasn't a March hare right? I always find the more obscure parts of history more fascinating. One of my recent "hares" was in regard to Japanese seat belts, especially IJAAF, more specifically, why did the IJAAF only use lap belts in their fighters? Still trying to figure that one out. Anyway, thanks for your input as always, and your new book is on my Father's Day gift list. Cheers
  11. I don't know, you think a guy who has only been flying against radial engined aircraft would know the difference between a radial and in line engined aircraft (unless some early prototype Fw 190D prototype got sent to the Japanese for Hirohito's birthday) but once again, who knows? Maybe it was one of those "fog of war" things that always happen in battle? Cheers cheers
  12. It's amazing how additional information can really help us to see a clearer picture, and thanks to Nick we can assume that the aircraft perused was not a Tony, nor a Judy, but it is hard to fully accept that a Zero especially was misidentified as one of those aircraft. The B5N in its regalia could possibly been mistaken as a "Messerschmitt" but it is a much larger aircraft. Who knows? I just thought the topic was fascinating because I read reports from pilots in the Cactus Airforce who also mentioned these "Japanese Messerschmitts" early in the war. Just like most historical events, we will never really know. Cheers
  13. Sorry to leave you out of my last dispatch, your intel was good but we needed one of our specialists to bring additional information to light in order to get a more complete picture. I believe you are scheduled to be promoted to private 1st class. Congratulations, but please don't let it go to your head. You know what Winston said about power and corruption right? Carry on Private Seawinder, you are an asset to our ranks! Cheers P.S. Your conclusion has been duly noted and sent up the chain of command. You will receive additional rubber biscuits in your daily rations. No need to thank me, you are most welcome!
  14. Thanks to Nick and his analysis, additional information e.g. combat reports, etc. some light has been shed on this subject that strongly suggests that the aircraft in question was misidentified and could have not been a Tony. Thanks Nick, your input is always greatly valued. Cheers
  15. What you say makes sense. Why the heck would the IJAAF, who couldn't stand the navy and were loath to cooperate in any way whatsoever inject their fighters into what they would consider a naval problem. As to getting a good look at the adversary, that is easy to explain. Within the ACM envelope you will be flying at all angles of attack to strike the enemy aircraft, especially when trying to get in a good deflection shot as the enemy aircraft turns, which should provide a good side view of the aircraft. Regardless it is an enigma, and we will never really know what really happened, but those pilots were not prone to hallucinations. As a point of interest, I have a very good friend who was an F-104 driver back in the early 1960's, and part of his duties were ADC, basically chasing down blips, aircraft that didn't have their IFF on, lost aircraft, etc. This friend of mine had a lot of hours in the F-104, 100, 101, and flew ground support in Vietnam Nam. Additionally, he had a lot of hours in various commercial types for American Airlines. I asked him if he ever chased down a UFO (no, I'm not a tin foil hat conspiracy nut) and he said he had some very interesting "close encounters" and found it impossible to chase whatever these things were down. Regardless, he knows what he saw and his wing man backed him up. Of course they were told to shut up if they valued their careers. The point of this all being, people see what they see, whether it is real or illusion. The experiences were quite real to the pilots and their wingmen. Of course we will never really know for sure will we? Still, it's pretty interesting any way you cut it. Cheers Commander Zog of the 12the Universe