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  1. A-20B or C, open gun position , smaller intake of the B/C , G ran a larger intake incorporating a tropical filter going back from front of engine cowl, also G's were only solid nose , Glass nose didn't come in till the J model which had a turret, only real way to distinguish is to have the nose uncovered to see if it is a stepped (B) or slopped (C) nose.
  2. yep RAAF senior Office attitude was abysmal early in the war. "On 27 April 42, Jackson met with his pilots and revealed that some senior RAAF officers had expressed dissatisfaction with the way in which No. 75 Squadron was avoiding dogfighting with the Japanese Zeros. Jackson and his men had generally eschewed such tactics owing to the Zero's superiority to the Kittyhawk in close combat. The senior officers' comments had evidently stung him, as he declared to his pilots: "Tomorrow I'm going to show you how". According to journalist Osmar White, who saw him on the night of the 27th, Jackson's "hands and eyes were still and rock steady" but he appeared "weary in soul" and "too long in the shadows". White concluded: "He had done more than conquer fear—he had killed it". The next day, Jackson led No. 75 Squadron's five remaining airworthy Kittyhawks to intercept a force of Japanese bombers and their escort. He destroyed an enemy fighter before being shot down and killed". Geoff Fisken scored 6 kills in Buffalo's over Singapore and said they were not as bad as made out to be , Hurricanes also performed well I think there were 8-10 Hurricane aces over Singapore, main problem was once again operational deployment by Senior Offices underestimating the Japanese, equipment and pilots sufficient for task if they were used properly. After combat experience most IIB's (particularly over Burma) had their outer 4 x .303's removed and 1x other from each side to allow hardpoints to be fitted and improve role rate 6 x .303's were more than sufficient against Japanese aircraft.
  3. Agree Graham, I just did an abbreviated post , attitude and training were probably the two biggest factors in A to A combat in WW2, acceptance of Axis capabilities by Allied commanders, improvement of training of allied pilots and decline on axis side. One of the most stupid attitudes of allied commanders was the attitude of superiority over the Japanese early in the war , Buffalo sufficient for any Japanese opposition over Singapore and RAAF Command ordering P-40 pilots over NG to mix it with Japanese aircraft over Port Moresby as hit and run technics not considered aggressive enough.
  4. air combat is all about using your aircraft advantage against your enemy's disadvantage , every one knows Japanese aircraft are maneuverable but only at lower speeds , below 300 knts Japanese aircraft out maneuvered and out climbed all allied fighters but above 300 knts and right turns Japanese aircraft had weaknesses and couldn't keep up with any of the main allied fighters in a dive , above 300 knts Hurricanes and P-40's could turn better than Japanese fighters , the problem early in the war was the Allies got slow and dirty with Japanese aircraft and got badly beaten , when flown properly even early war fighters like the P-40 and Hurricane could more than hold their own with Japanese fighters (case in point June 44, 16 x RAAF P-40N took on 12 x Ki43 and 2 x B5N bombers and shot down 7 x Ki43's and both B5N's for the loss of 1 x P-40)
  5. Peter I'm pretty sure IIB AP894 was flown in 43 not 42 it had the interim white markings
  6. yep the old "A" models operated as delivered for awhile , I was involved in the upgrade program, wheel and brake assy replaced and extended wingtips and flaps added, all F-111 wings are the same the C and G had extended tips , when the RAAF bought spare replacement wings from the US they bought short wings off A/D/E/F models and added long tips , they got replacement short wings as the shorter wing copped less stress than the long span wings (the long wing was ordered specifically for the F-111C for use in the tropics for better takeoff and payload ability in hot weather ). After the 4 x F-111A's were converted to C models I overhauled all the F-111A wheels and Brakes and these were sold back to the US as spares for their fleet.
  7. Also the F-111C run the bigger F-111G main wheels and Brakes. Basic config , F-111A fuselage with F-111G wings and Wheels/brakes gives you basic F-111C pre pavetack.
  8. Ok I have used almost exclusively for years Model Master paints, I like going straight to the ANA or Mil spec number , well after Testors announced they were dropping them I promptly buried my head in the sand and said ," Ah stock will last, i'll be ok", well it hasn't and I have to look for new paints as most stores here in Australia are just about out of stock ,what do most guys use now ? Thanks
  9. Jason, RAAF PBY-5A's were not used in the mine laying "Black cat" role , PBY-5A's used in WW2 as ASR role as their range was too short for mine laying , most converted to PBY-5A(M) spec (ie , converted back to flying boats) with undercarrige removed to lighten them for the mine laying role , most RAAF PBY-5A's converted to the (M) spec. Of interest the un modded PBY-5A's were the model kept after the war as they were the most utility/multi role being Amphibians , almost all the pure flying boats were retired quickly after the war.
  10. Thanks guy's just looked at a couple of reviews and it looks ok , may try one of them .
  11. Has anyone actually made an accurate F-35 model yet without the ridiculous raised RAM panel lines, the F-35 is quite smooth not with the large panel lines like every model I have seen so far , the panel lines raised on the models should be decals not molded in.
  12. Fuselage only Black/white ID stripes were added to Mitchell and Boston's of 2 TAF I think in Oct 44 and removed in Jan 45 as they kept getting attacked by US Fighters (Mitchells confused as Dornier 217's and Boston's as Ju88's !!!) , so Aug configured A/C no stripes at all ,Oct-Jan Fuselage ID stripes.
  13. The serials I listed are straight off the 88 Sqn Operational Record history and match the serials on the pictures, the pictures I have are about 40+ MB high rez photo's and when you blow them up the serials are as clear as a bell.
  14. No airbrushing , photo is as it looks , as I said earlier 3 types of fin flash in use at this time , May 42 as they transitioned to the later style with narrow white band , I have a series of colour and B&W photo's of 88 Sqn on that day that show all this and the shadow under the tail but its to much of a pain to post them I only post direct now not threw another site. 88 Sqn operated AL289, AL690, AL692, AL693, AL721, AL740 and AL775 and 13 Boston III's in the Z series in May 42
  15. All Douglas build DB-7B's in that picture, not even 6 mths old. AL690. AL693, AL721, AL775, other photo's show earlier Bostons as well in the Z series.
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