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  1. Excerpt from "insignia & markings, Curtiss 1941/43" On early Kitty... late, the fuselage roundels are different only note the ratio of Curtiss's RAF upper roundel, different of british, the red dia is smaller
  2. chamois colour appears since jun 1939, and as Denis wrote, was used for the hidden areas. Before 1939, many cockpit receive a coat of light blue grey(Potez, Morane, Dewoitine, Latécoère, Caudron...), from 1939, cockpit was primed with one coat of chamois and one finish coat midnight blue. Interior areas of Amiot 143 were probably light blue grey.
  3. Lockheed called it "glare shield", on all p38 models, material was canvas black dyed
  4. @72modeler, found in Kittyhawk I technical manual, the loading diagram gives(weight in pounds) H87A2/P40D - 4 guns .50 =309 - 2400rds=738 total 1047 H87A3/P40E - 6 guns .50= 463 - 1686rds=506 total= 969
  5. US oxygen demand mask, tube; 1"1/4 outside diameter
  6. yes, these are the bombing lights, white and red. White lightturns on when the bomb bay door are opened and the red when release the bombs. these signals is for bomb aimer of following airplanes.
  7. these three light are st'board offset don't forget the two bombing light under the rear blister
  8. @ Tbolt: sorry, it's 42; I slipped on a key, the drawing is dated April 42
  9. the factory modification started on January 43, but the reinforcement of the wheel arches with stiffeners on the skin of existing planes would only affect the Mk Va & B. (note found on the technical drawing of these stiffeners) Bizarre, bizarre.....
  10. Attention, the blue grey seen in the link given by Denis is too blue, the saturation is excessive. the blue grey used for interior area cockpit before 1939 december on french aircrafts was a bit lighter than "dark blue grey" of upper surface camouflage.
  11. on Curtiss H81/P40,B & C, the walkway was Linoleum sheet(Green Aero Floor) bonded to the skin and the edges were secured by metal stripes screwed into the skin. On british and AVG airplanes the camouflage paint covered the walkways , so it is not easily visible.. About walkways material: there were several method - rubber sheet(Wondergrip) bonded on skin: , D520, MS 406, hawker Typhoon - carborundum & formica powder bonded: H 75 early, F4U...("brush coat of black walkway cement....sprinkle the wet surface evenly with a full coat of No. 36 Carborundum grit...remove surplus carborundum with 15-20lbs air pressure...seal the grit surface by applying one full spray coat of black walkway cement thinned.... - Linoleum(Green Aero Floor) bonded: P36/H75, H81/87/P 40s... - Abrasive cloth(Tri-mite) bonded: NA-T6.... - non skid paint(smoother):NA-T6, P 51, P 39...
  12. I dont retrieve the techical drawing or manual where the diameter was indicated but I remeber that is 18 swg = 1,02mm. I'll try find again when I come back my home.
  13. British aerial was în staînless steel. 1.02 mm dia
  14. note: the first airplanes had their cockpit paint in "gris bleu", not in "bleu de nuit"(midnight blue) which was appear dec 39
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