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  1. The early C-54 kits were shipped with both of the observation blisters need for an SC or HC-54 (the A in SA refers to an amphibious aircraft). Later they stopped doing it. If you have the kit already, and you got it when it was first released, it may very well have both of the blisters. I got a second kit (neither of which have been built yet) in the same boxing as the first one and it had only one of the blisters. You can always measure that and find the diameter you need. Before I discovered that I had both blisters in the first kit I was thinking of using the side blisters off of a B-29 kit. I tend to think that the blisters for both the B-29 and B-36 would probably be the same size or very close to each other. Later, Dave
  2. Fisher Models made a resin cockpit and provided an MB Mk 4 and Mk 6 ejector seats. I found it in the kit that I got at a raffle. It is nearly done now as the last Swiss Mirage IIIS with the gold finish. Fisher Models is no longer in business. All of their stock and masters were destroyed in a fire that ripped through the town of Paradise, California a few years back. Later, Dave
  3. Found this video about a week or so ago: The question I have is that the finished exterior paint is glossy and it appears to be darker than FS 36173. Has there been a change in the exterior color finish, or is the glossy varnish something that will wear off in time? I'm working on a model of a Kazakh A400M but still have a ways to go before painting the exterior. Thanks, Dave
  4. If the 48th FG-1 is anything like the 72nd FG-1, it only has two rows, not all four. Later, Dave
  5. Thanks. I won't be doing it again! I have some other conversions in work from last year, but no more WiPs. Later, Dave
  6. Since you asked nicely I went ahead and put one picture of the finished product up on Flickr: The B-17G nose section if from the Hasegawa kit since the tail turret is totally messed up and I had no other plans for building it. The B-24 is from the Academy B-24M Mama Foo Foo kit. I wasn't going to build it that way either but at least I was able to use everything aft of the nose gear. Lots of weight in the front including at at least one .58 caliber round ball bullet. The OD 41 is Colourcoats, the neutral gray is 36173 since that is pretty close to what it was. Colourcoats say it should be 26118, but I like what I used better. The old Humbrol Authentic Neutral Gray 43 seems too dark and too blue to be correct. Besides, I built it for myself and not a contest. I used two part epoxy and Testors body putty on the nose to fair everything in. I called it the speckled trout because of the gray and white that I ended up with after sanding everything to shape. Later, Dave Later,
  7. No, never did. I did do a WiP on the Rareplane AJ-2 Savage and that went well over 100+ pictures. I only have around 170 left on Flikr and I will not be paying to use a photo hosting site where I don't make that many posts. Anything I might post now on Flikr would be from my trip to Latvia and Kazakhstan a few months ago, and I don't plan on doing that either. Later, Dave
  8. I recently finished up a B-17G/B*24 conversion (B-17G nose on a B-24) and used dark dull green for the interior. Those pictures above look to me to be interior green. Dark dull green is quite a bit darker than interior green and the type of film and any filters used could make the interior green look a bit more like OD. To my 65+ year old mk I eyes, dark dull green looks a lot like Humbrol 88, deck green. The dark dull green I was using came from Colourcoats paint. Later, Dave
  9. The S in VS-935 stands for ASW. To quote from Tommy Thomason's Tailhook Topics Drafts site, "In 1958 Fluorescent Red Orange replaced International Orange as the standard high-visibility paint on non-training aircraft." So that should be fluorescent red-orange for high vis markings. VU and VC aircraft would have had the engine gray and fluorescent/orange paint up to the time that the Navy did away with that scheme for VU/VC/Drone Director aircraft. The S-2C is the only version that was finished in that scheme and it had a large fairing running along one side of the fuselage (right side IIRC). Later, Dave
  10. I have a feeling that is an air launched torpedo, though those are mostly seen on ASW helicopters. Later, Dave
  11. Wing tip lights are always green on the right side (sometimes looks blue) and red on the left side. Most of the other lights are probably white. The colors for the left and right side first came about with sailing ships centuries ago and carried over onto aircraft as well. Later, Dave
  12. I was looking through the Roger Freeman book, "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" and he mentions that some later B-17Fs had the Tokyo Tanks fitted and even later some had the vents. I went to Yahoo and checked and found this interesting, and long, discussion on the whole matter: https://www.key.aero/forum/historic-aviation/116067-b-17-wing-tip-vents-fit-date The vents were mostly at first a retrofit, but despite what one person wrote, they did paint around the vents as can be seen in the photo of Dreambaby above. If you look for photos of Princess Pat, B-17G 42-97503, the area around the vents was painted, just not the vents themselves. I would say that unless you can find a photo of the particular B-17F you are modeling with the vents, go ahead and fill them in anyway. The vents seem to have come into use around the time the Gs were replacing the Fs. Later, Dave
  13. Hi Mike. The problem with the windscreen is that the upper line of the windscreen goes up towards the middle and not straight towards the middle. The windscreen glass is narrower at the middle than it is on the outer sides. Also on the Hasegawa G kit the Cheyenne turret is too small. What I have planned at a future date is to put the wings from a Hasegawa F kit on to the fuselage of an Academy G. Might have to shim the wings a bit because of the known dihedral problem with Academy's B-17 Wings. The Revell F kit also needs to have the Tokyo Tank vents filled if building an F. On some of the Revell kits they leave enough parts to do an early G which may then need the tank vents. This well know photograph shows an early Douglas built B-17. The waist guns are NOT staggered, the Cheyenne turret has been in place for some time, but the cheek guns are new additions based on how dark the OD is around them. The Tokyo Tank vents are also clearly seen. Later, Dave
  14. Just to let you know, the kit wings have Tokyo Tank vents on the wing tips. The F models were never fitted with Tokyo Tanks and they need to be filled. The Tokyo Tanks came in with the G model and the vents came in part way through the production run but were also retrofitted to earlier Gs. Later, Dave
  15. I have two photos of Danish F-86Ds in a green camouflage color. I found them several years ago, but now they don't seem to be found anymore. Both are copyrighted. Aircraft F-984 was shot by Nils Mosberg, and F-994 was captured by aviationphotocompany.com. You may be able to use these as search terms to find the photos. Later, Dave
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