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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.
  16. There are a series of colour and B&W photo's taken at 88 Sqn on the same day , I will look up the date, interesting shots of the transition of roundels and code colours , at least one photo shows the RH in red and the individual code still in grey and vis versa . The area under the stab is Dark Earth not Dark Green it just looks dark , in one photo of seven machines in a row you see 3 versions of the fin flash , original equal portions of red/white/blue, field modified with more blue added to reduce the white and the later fin flash when the C1 roundels added with equal red/blue with the narrow white band , interesting mix of markings , believe taken in May 42.
  17. To do a MLD DB-7B just use the std cowls from the kit not the tropical resin cowls , the 8 small cover plates (to form the Tropical cowl) were not removed before capture, photo's of captured DB-7B's also show them fitted and early RAAF Boston photo's also show them fitted, they were removed when RAAF Boston's went to New Guinea. Dutch DB-7B's retained their RAF serial under the tail (ALxxx) the Dutch D-xx number was on the nose , std RAF paint scheme DG/DE over Sky, Dutch triangles applied to fuselage sides and under wing over RAF roundels, not applied to upper wing, RAF roundel on upper wing and fin flash over painted, side gun blisters also not fitted before capture (as noted on aircraft when delivered to RAAF).
  18. Sorry nothing from me, never really looked much as Aussie Mossies. Boston's , Beaufighter's ,B-25's , Catalina's and Sunderland's are my main interest.
  19. Have lots of photo's Graham , OD IIIA's in UK, Night Intruders with 18 Sqn Italy, just too much of a pain to put on here.
  20. Graham , yes there were A-20A's in the two tone scheme but none I can positively ID in Australia, I'm not completely ruling it out we get all sorts of schemes still being thrown up , All the A-20A's were second hand aircraft when they got to Australia in early 42, (A-20A's delivered to the USAAF between Nov 40 and Aug 41) approx 60 of the 140 odd built A-20A's served in Aust/NG with many being worn out on arrival and needing O/H before going to NG and the two tone is not a scheme that has jumped out at me. Schemes other than OD over NG have been id's on P-39's, P-40's, B-17's operating in NG but these were almost all new build aircraft diverted from other operator deliveries there is a great colour picture on the web of a machine in the two tone scheme still with red markings applied in the US and colour movie of 89th BG A-20A's in NG in which they look Olive Drab. Yes RAF Boston's were in the OD/NG scheme before the Boston IV/V, RAF Boston IIIA's (BZ196 to BZ399 serials)(A-20C's), some were in the std RAF scheme DG/DE over sky but most of the Boston IIIA's were in std factory OD over NG, there is a couple of good films of French Boston IIIA in particular 342 Sqn (the French had their own photographers/film maker at 342 Sqn so there is quite alot of images of 342 Sqn Bostons), Similar with RAF Mitchell II's art work still gets around of them in DG/DE over sky when almost all were std OD over NG. Boston III (Wxxxx, Zxxxx and ALxxx series serials ) were in the std DG/DE over Sky in the UK Boston IIIA (BZ series) almost all in OD/NG but some in DG/DE over Sky A-20C's (originally used US serial but eventually renumbered in the HK series ) (diverted from USSR deliveries in exchange for Spitfires)delivered in OD/NG but as almost all used in NA/Italy ended up DG/DE over Black
  21. This is a work in progress, couple of corrections to be carried out and updated info, will be updated after the 3 articles have been published
  22. If you want info on RAAF Boston's read the latest ADF Serials Newsletter http://www.adf-serials.com.au/newsletter/ADF-Serials Telegraph Vol 11 Iss 2 v3b.pdf, this is Pt 1 on DB-7B's in RAAF service , Pt 2 will be A-20C/A-20A and Pt 3 A-20G's.
  23. Personally I think his art work is a shocker , colour film and photo's of 89th Bs A-20A's show them in the std single OD over NG , some early A-20's and A-20A's were in a two tone scheme in the US and Panama but in my probably 50-60 pictures of 89th A-20A's no where would you definitely say there are any in a two tone scheme. OD when it fades gives the impression of multiple colours , look at the wrong Interpretations of RAF Boston IIIA's (A-20C's), many thought they were in RAF DG/DE (some did get repainted but the overwhelming majority of RAF Boston IIIA's where in OD over NG) when they were just faded OD. The DB-7B's were in std factory (RAF Colours) of Dark Green/Dark Earth over Sky, these were diverted from the RAF contract not specific to the Dutch order for DB-7C's (which never got build , build to DB-7B specs and shipped to the USSR), these Boston's still had their RAF ALxxx serials on them when delivered (RAAF records from early April 42 still refer to them as ALxxx serials (03 Apr 42 2 AD Richmond AL358, 364, 365, 367, 892 became A28- 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 , the A28-xx was applied mid April 42) , just the Dutch D-xx number added on the nose and Dutch triangles on lower wing and fuselage positions covering the original RAF roundels, RAAF roundels were applied to upper wing and fuselage sides (just reapplied the same RAF markings as originally applied as the RAAF used at that time) and the ALxxx covered by A28-xx , initialy RAAF Boston's didn't run lower wing roundels but these were applied before deployment to NG . I have played with the original fuselage skins taken from A28-8 DU-J during its restoration and I was able to pick layers of paint off the roundel area revealing about 7-8 layers of paint , RAF roundel (4 colours), Dutch triangle (2 colours) re application of RAF style roundel (4 colours) then the overpaint of the yellow outer ring and red dot. Only variation to the DB-7B's was as they were damaged (belly landed) the Sky was overpainted in RAAF Sky Blue, this was not done all at once but as they were repaired , I don't think the last Sky underside disappeared till probably mid 44, in Jul 44 all remaining DB-7B's were painted in the new allover Foliage Green scheme for RAAF attack aircraft at that time, they also stayed in the DG/DE upper colours till the Foliage Green repaint in Jul 44, they got very faded and any repairs looked like Foliage Green as the original DG was so faded the new paint was very dark. His info on A-20G's (ie late 43 and later) is pretty good but the A-20A and RAAF Boston stuff is way out.
  24. the colour footage is of either 12, 24 SAAF or 18 Sqn RAF , based on Sicily, 12 and 24 converted to Marauders on moving to Italy , and the Boston's scrapped the desert scheme for the original TLS scheme on landing in Italy before taking a night bomber scheme when the Boston units went to the night interdictor role.
  25. Not your fault Jes , the decal sheet represents a Ic in delivery TLS scheme to 31 Sqn not a late model X in the later TSS scheme . To do a RAAF Beaufighter unfortunately you have to ID a serial and Sqn code you want then work out the time frame as to which scheme it is in. As a ballpark the first 54 Beaufighter Ic's were in Dark Green/Dark Earth over Sky, some had the Dark Earth repainted with Dark Sea Grey at 31 Sqn and as they went for overhaul/repair had the Sky replaced with Sky Blue. 55- 187 TSS scheme Extra dark Sea Grey/dark Slate grey over Sky, Sky replaced with Sky Blue thru life of aircraft. 188-217 TSS scheme Extra Dark Sea Grey over Sky post Jun/Jul 44 all remaining Brit build Beaufighters repainted in all over Foliage Green as per Aust build Mk 21's. obviously variations to individual aircraft but you have to research the individual aircraft.
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