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  1. BS_w

    What gunsigjht was used on RAF Thunderbolts?

    Mk VIII sight, according the pilot's flight operating instructions D-25 up to D-35 and british models
  2. BS_w

    Arfix P-40 Pearl Harbor "US ARMY" decals

    US ARMY lettering( insignia blue color) seen on P40 and P40B&C the rudder balance weight was in the rudder leading edge or in the horn at the top. What you can see at the left of rudder was not a counterweight but the top hinge
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    Airfix Chinese P-40 B markings...

    On the AVG's p40B, the chinese insignias had different rays and different space between the rays. these insignias were probably painted. for the P40E allocated to China, the chinese insignias were decals purchased from Di-Noc MFG. The blue was "Dark Curtiss Blue No 1262"(1942, paint) or "No 1282"(1943, decal Curtiss ref 464) Is these two shades are variations of this Curtiss Blue 1263 below? (darker or lighter?) source: aviationofjapan.
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    Spitfire wheel well walls

    the vertical angle of leg pintle was 17°30 on early models, to 20° on later models, so the wheel well was inclined Best wishes!!!
  5. Hello Hume, how are you? in the right rear window it's the cap filler of de-icing tank which is behind the headrest armor plate. "An opening is cut on the right-hand side of vision glass to allow for the filling of the anti-icer tank. This opening is fixed with a hinge cover operating from inside.", this change sept 1942 Merry Christmas !!! Edit: the propeller anti-icer tank is between Sta 7 & 8 on P40E (and Sta 5 / 6 on F, L, K & M when fitted, on these models, the cap is just behind the frame Sta 5)
  6. Rubber feed shoes are cemented along the leading edge of each blade and distribute the anti icing fluid. The thickness of feed shoes is thin so it's not easy to see it on the pic
  7. I found this: - oil system modified - cowl flap altered to prevent 100 percent closure - drain valve installed in lowest part of oil tank sump - added a 750w immersion heater in oil tank - all bearing exposed -60°F lubricatd with another grease - additional heat for carburetor and guns - oil lines lagged with asbestos tape and cotton tape - cockpit heating system modified - added propeller anti icing system and more
  8. As Dana wrote, it's first model of blast tube opening. I've change the curves of the pic and now we can see the openings in the leading edge. They are as the drawing on the right, at top(1940). later, the blast tube will protrude the LE and a fairing will be around it.(drawing at bottom 1941) Note the large opening and blast tube diameter of first model.
  9. BS_w

    A noob P-47D question about kit props

    the hub is not enough massive to be HS propeller. It's probably a Curtiss prop with narrow blades, drawing 714 or 2721200. Pn this pic the nose is yellow, not red as written in IWM
  10. BS_w

    A noob P-47D question about kit props

    thank's Mike it's correct, P61C propellers were fitted with SPA 9-200 blades,(Also SB2C-5)
  11. BS_w

    A noob P-47D question about kit props

    symmetrical paddle blade, cuffed = CE 836, uncuffed = HS 6507 asymetrical paddle blade = SPA blades on CE hub all other blades are narrow blades(CE 714, 2721200....) Curtiss & SPA(AO Smith) blades: http://lapatrouillesimple.forumgratuit.org/t582-les-helices-curtiss-electric
  12. BS_w

    P-47D wings?

    - flap doors : B, C D to D10 - 3 reco lights under the starboard wing : not on B & D1 up to D10 - dive recovery flaps : D30 up to, the ldg light move near the wingtip. The rounded leading edge of aileron become sharped on late version
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    P-40F 'Stud' and AmTech 1/48 P-40F/L

    There was two material for the seat. made in aluminium the seat was painted, or in stainless steel and it was bare metal. One of both seat could be fitted on F model depending their availability
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    British P40B or C?

    This is a cockpit of the french contract, on a better pic we can see a letter on the engine controls. They are G for Gas, E for essence, and H for Hélice instead T/Throttle, M/Mixture and P/Propeller on US or british airplanes. All name plate were changed or over the raised markings(rudder pedal, trim)when Curtiss allocated these airplane to British Edit: on the third pic, the dial of fuel cock shows 5 ways, probably Off/Main/Wing/Reserve... and Belly? Et le D520? il avance?
  15. BS_w

    Bf-109 Propeller dimension question

    Curtiss Hawk had Curtiss Electric propeller?
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    WWII aircraft wingtips Nav lights ??

    Yes, I agree with you. The modeller don't need to know how was the navigation light exactly, but enough to made it on his model Examples Spit: filament lamp/coloured cover Hurri, Lanc, Mossie...: filament lamp/coloured cover/clear fairing Seafire(late models): filament lamp/coloured fairing
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    WWII aircraft wingtips Nav lights ??

    on Hurricane, under the clear fairing , what is green coloured is the cover which is over the filament lamp(bulb) below, the nav light assembly: socket+lamp holder and cover(lens) http://spitfirespares.co.uk/Lighting
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    WWII aircraft wingtips Nav lights ??

    Army navy, aeronautical equipment, 1944 (but since 1931 it was same)
  19. BS_w

    WWII aircraft wingtips Nav lights ??

    in the Army Navy catalog of electric accessories, all bulb are clear and the cover(or lens) is coloured(P51...), then this assembly is sometime under a clear fairing.(P47...it's probably the case of Mosquito, Lancaster...) The clear bulbs are universal and could be used on any navigation light. On the Spit, the upward identification light had a clear bulb under a clear fairing but a red or green cover could be fitted for signalling purposes because there was not coloured bulb.
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    Mohawk III 510 Sqn

    the interior side of the door which is normally visible without disassembly is coated in green color primer (left) as the interior of fuselage. the inside of the door(between the skin and the inner embossed plate) is coated with untinted primer(right) which is not visible both side of embossed plate(fuselage door)
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    Mohawk III 510 Sqn

    http://p40hawksnest.co.nf/Curtiss/Types/P-36.html Below, the inside of windshield frame( primer tinted "green color") and inside fuselage door of french Hawk(No 151) At right, the background is grey, shade 18%, under the coat of tinted primer we can see untinted primer.
  22. per'haps there is some V, is this the gun heater duct behind the third exhaust?
  23. Seen on Supermarine drawing
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    IDF lights on P-51 Mustangs...

    if the lights interfer with the bar of insignia on B & C models, it's not the case on D model because the ID lights are near the wing tip(lights are at 196" from a/c centerline on B&C and at 207" on D model) the 35" D insignia had it center at 24" from wing tip splice line(or 166" from a/c centerline)