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About KRK4m

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    1/72 aircraft & AFV, 1/700 warships, H0 trains

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  1. KRK4m

    Boeing 307, C-75 details

    BL stood for Berline Legere thus Light Saloon. BL-15 was a 15CV (French fiscal HP) inline six of 2867cc while BL-11 (11CV) was exactly 2/3 of it - 1911cc inline four. Originally there have been also smaller (pre-WW2) 7CV models with engines ranging from 1303 to 1628cc. To confuse things still more the French fiscal HP system differed from the British one, so British (Slough-built) "15HP" model (Light Fifteen) featured the 1911cc four. Thus it was identical to the very car our late uncle and auntie used for the Krakow-Paris-Krakow trip in 1968. Cheers Michael
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    Three amphibias: Duck, Goose, Gosling

    Actually with Goose if my Eyeball MkI informs me correctly Cheers Michael
  3. I just have found an Irish web store featuring some limited stock of their own cast 1/72 AFV resin kits. Unortunately I'm unable to find any opinion about the quality of their products. So my question is: does anybody of you have any experience with Irish HOBBY DEN resin kits? Are the parts crisp enough? Are they buildable for the average modeller? The prices are affordable and the range includes such (otherwise unavailable) subjects like the M47 Patton, M59 APC and AMX-13. Thank you in advance for your opinions - I would appreciate them very much. Cheers Michael
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    B2M2 Mitsubishi

    I just had a phone talk with Arek Choroszy (Thomas' son, now a C-in-C of the business) and in fact they have no dealership neither in Australia nor even in the UK. But there is a good news too as the Polish Mail has special fare for small packets (up to 450 g) worldwide - each single kit from A/B/C ranges can be shipped to Australia for 4 GBP (5 EUR or 6 USD). You can order their kits straight from their website. Cheers Michael
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    SNJ on USN flat tops in December 1941

    Thank you, Gentlemen, for your interest. Sonoran - they were surely on the carrier deck, 1 or 2 each on all five "new" CVs (save the Lex and Sara). Graham - the a/c you mention is the one from Marines unit in New Hebrides. And I can't recall uncamouflaged (i.e. yellow-winged) planes on the deck in late 1941. Turtle - interesting link, although devoted mostly to the postwar era Seahawk - thanks for the info on the ASC-33 modification date. So it looks that these planes in December 1941 were not hooked, plain SNJ-3s. Bunker Hill and Lexington you say? It means 1943 or even later! Now I have to find this Ohlrich/Ethell book. Cheers Michael
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    Vultee Vengeance Cutaway Drawing & Plans

    The main problem with both (otherwise decent) Czech kits is that they use the same fuselage for the A-31 (Mk.I/II/III) and A-35 (Mk.IV) whereas the main difference between them should be the wing angle of incidence (0 degrees in A-31 and 4 degrees in A-35). The difference is easily visible on the real aircraft (in the A-35 leading edge is located 10cm higher on the fuselage and the trailing edge is 10cm lower) and especially on the "in flight" pictures - the A-31 flies "nose-up" (as the angle of attack is greater that angle of incidence) while the A-35 keeps fuselage horizontally (4 degrees angle of attack is just enough). IIRC the AZ 1:48 fuselage portrays the "horizontal" A-31 wing fairing while the SH 1:72 features the "angled" A-35 one. Cheers Michael
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    1941 CV-5 Yorktown aircraft photos needed

    Thank you PF for the Bluejacket link (Wings-Aviation has been known to me for a long time). Now I see that a new query should be started comprising the SNJ-3s from VT-6 (Enterprise), VF-8 (Hornet), VF-41 (Ranger) and VF-72 (Wasp) too Cheers Michael
  8. It is said there https://bluejacket.com/ww2_12-07-41_carriers.html that at the time of Pearl Harbor attack four USN flattop-based units were using (as supplementary type of course) the SNJ-3 Texan scouts. Has anybody ever seen the gray-painted SNJ-3 sporting 5-S-... (Yorktown), 41-F-... (Ranger), 6-T-... (Enterprise), 8-F-... (Hornet) or 72-F-... (Wasp) fuselage codes? Were these aircraft hook-equipped SNJ-3Cs or "plain" SNJ-3s with no arrester gear? Did they have the rear-cockpit gun or not? Cheers Michael
  9. Blotched camo over the upperwing roundels is a true masterpiece. Making this whole camouflage with brush(es) must have been a serious (nomen-omen) challenge My only "fly in the ointment" is that I see these blotches (on the real a/c rudder preserved in France) less freshy green - more khaki/olive. Nevertheless in the very beginning of this story you're absolutely right - lack of RWD-9 kit in ANY scale is hard to understand for me too. Cheers Michael
  10. Absolutely amazing "hasty" camouflage on this silver/red civil livery. I hope you won't forget to extend the camo blotches onto the overwing roundels Great work done on such a small plane :) Cheers Michael
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    Fujimi Sea Stallion vs Italeri Pave Low 3

    Frankly speaking some time ago I've done this conversion the other (much easier) way round - modifying the CH-53E into CH-53D. But it was not in 1/72... It was 1/700 and the CH-53E was taken from the Dragon kit of some Tarawa- or Wasp-class assault carrier. In 1/72 it is not worth bothering with as the Italeri Super Stallion is a quite decent kit. Cheers Michael
  12. It is said that during the Neutrality Patrol Atlantic deployments between 20 April and 2 December 1941 the VS-5 squadron on board of CV-5 Yorktown used a mixed bag of SBD-2 Dauntless and SNJ-3 Texan scouts. Has anybody ever seen the gray-painted SNJ-3 sporting 5-S-... fuselage codes? Were these aircraft hook-equipped SNJ-3Cs or "plain" SNJ-3s with no arrester gear? Cheers Michael
  13. Theoretically you're right calling RWD-9 the "avioneta" (lightplane in English), as her dimensions (11.6m span, 7.6m lenght) and weight (560kg empty, 930kg MTOW) are broadly comparable to the Cessna 170 (11.0m, 7.6m, 550kg and 1000kg respectively) that is universally acclaimed as the first (1948) worldwide standard of 4-seater lightplane. Nevertheless bear in mind that with her 280 kph (175mph) max speed the RWD-9 was actually faster than then-standard Spanish fighter - the 170mph Nieuport Delage 52. The standard bomber (Breguet XIX) was another 35mph slower... After all among the 34 planes participating in the 1934 FAI Challenge Internationale de Tourisme there were just 7 RWD-9s. And these 7 planes have literally wiped-off all the opposition, taking 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th places. The only other aircraft classified with 3 crews in top ten was the Messerschmitt Bf 108, that took 5th, 6th and 10th place. Cheers Michael
  14. KRK4m

    Fujimi Sea Stallion vs Italeri Pave Low 3

    Some time ago I have had all three (Fujimi, Italeri and Airfix) simultanously on my desk. Overall Fujimi is the clear winner hands down, although there are some areas where Airfix is better and very few places where Italeri is worth mention. Cheers Michael
  15. KRK4m

    Arado 196 A1 Graf Spee T3+AH

    By the way are you sure that the roundels really look like the French ones? As the sun is really VERY high and the seamen wear summer shirts it looks like the last days of of Graf Spee somewhere on South American waters (Argentinian December weather is like June in Tunisia or Cyprus). Thus the roundels can as well be the Argentinian blue-white-blue... Cheers Michael