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About 72modeler

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    San Antonio, Texas
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  1. What the others have said- best He-111 I have seen in quite a while, and I applaud your choice of markings. Now you need a Ju-88A with the same ID bars to go with this one! Mike
  2. What is this? A REAL airplane? I am impressed! Can't wait to see what the scheme will look like. (Will it have a men's and women's lavatory? Just detecting a theme here.) International orange conspicuity areas, like the Boeing and Sikorsky Clippers? Mike
  3. Impressive! You should be proud- beautiful finish and weathering. I think the Mk 1's are handsome airplanes! Well done, sir! Sure wish Airfix had corrected the nacelles on the 1/72 releases like they did on the 1/48 kit. Mike
  4. 72modeler

    More Seafire/Spitfire Questions

    I'm probably wrong, but isn't that the oil tank mounted in front of the fuselage fuel tank? I am guessing that the filler cap is on the shoulder of the oil tank to allow for expansion of the oil when up to operating temperature and to prevent overfilling. I know rear axles on autos are filled to below the filler opening/drain plug for just such a reason. Just an uneducated guess. Waiting for a former Spitfire erk to jump in here and educate us...or maybe @Troy Smith! Mike
  5. 72modeler

    Fairey Long Range Monoplane

    Airframe did a 1/72 vacform of the airplane; it was kit No. 30, IIRC. You might look for one on the auction sites, or the 'wanted' section here on BM, but not very likely, I would think. It's a handsome beast! You might could get @Moa to scratchbuild one for you, but make sure he puts the loo in for the aircrew! Mike
  6. 72modeler

    77th years from Doolittle raid

    Very nice tribute, Allan. You even got the broomsticks and the absence of yellow prop tips, which I have seen on several Doolittle Raid B-25 models. The 80 silver goblets with each man's name are now at the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AB. See the link for their history. https://www.history.com/news/one-final-toast-for-the-doolittle-raiders
  7. 72modeler

    Lockheed F-5G recce Lightning

    RP, It's going to be pretty hard to find photos of operational F-5G's, I think, because they were all modifications of production P-38L's, I doubt any made it to the ETO or MTO, but went to the PTO because of the late date they were manufactured. The photos Laurent has posted are more than I have ever seen before or have in my reference library, but I did find a few photos of lesser quality that I have posted below as a link. Not surprisingly, many of the restored/airworthy P-38's are former F-5G's that have been converted back to P-38L's, most likely because they were very low-time airframes when they were surplused at the end of the war. Going to be very shiny but very plain! You might also do a photo search of the various PR squadrons to see what they might have in their archives. Best I can do, sorry! Mike http://vintageairphotos.blogspot.com/2012/01/pacific-photo-lightnings.html
  8. In view of the passing of Richard Cole, the last surviving Doolittle Raider, I have attached a link to some interesting photos of the NAA assembly plant and modification center at Fairfax, KS, along with some interesting original color photos, some of which I know you have seen. The main website is a very interesting one, with sectional charts, period, and present-day photos of numerous airfields and airports that are no longer active. I hope this is an appropriate place to post this topic, but Mike, if you feel it best, please move to a more suitable location. Mike http://www.airfields-freeman.com/KS/Airfields_KS_E.htm#fairfax
  9. 72modeler

    77th years from Doolittle raid

    Richard Cole was a true gentleman, class act, and an amazing aviator; he went west on Tuesday at the age of 103, here in San Antonio; he lived in Kerrville, TX. I had the honor and privilege of meeting him and talking to him on at least two occasions when he would come to our annual IPMS USA chapter contest along with several other pilots from WW2 and Korea to meet entrants and spectators and sign autographs. He was very down-to-earth and modest about what he and the other Raiders had done, and said to a man they would have followed Jimmy Doolittle to the gates of Hell and back. He and his kind will be missed, but never forgotten. I am betting there is one heckuva group reunion going on in some celestial party room for the 80 men who are gone, now. CAVU skies and a brisk tail-wind, sir! See the attached link. Mike https://www.dallasnews.com/obituaries/obituaries/2019/04/09/richard-cole-last-wwii-doolittle-raider-dies-texas-103
  10. OK, now I'm impressed! Don't know about the 1/2A RC model, but the Ukie looks like a Jr. Shoestring Stunter or a Baby Jumping Bean! Those were the days- a 1 1/2v dry cell, a couple of spare glow plugs and a quart of Cox racing fuel and you were good to go! I went from a Cox PT-19 to a .35 Ringmaster and never looked back! Incredible Baby Bee .049, Moa! Mike
  11. 72modeler

    Tomahawk IIA Query

    Just got back on the website after solving some internet access issues...this might be just a guess, but it appears to me the roundels on both wings are the same diameter, but from a quick measurement of the photo, it appears to me that the roundel on the port wing has been painted further inboard than the one on the starboard wing; due to the greater chord at that point, it gives the appearance that the roundel is smaller in diameter than the one on the starboard wing. . On the camouflage pattern, I do agree that the difference is not due to being in the shadow of the fuselage, for the same reason/s submitted by Graham. I'm just spitballin' here, as we say in Texas! BTW, BS_w, thanks for the great factory photos and diagrams! (I will now sit quietly and catch up on everything that has transpired during the week I couldn't login!) Mike
  12. OK, now you're just showing off, Moa! I will be more impressed when you do the spring starter! Can't wait to see a 1/72 glow plug! Mike
  13. 72modeler

    My Sabre builds...

    Stuart, They are all outstanding builds, but I really like the SAAF F-86E version! (Slightly off-topic- did you get my comments on the SH F-86H fuselage length? Mike
  14. Me, too! I kept looking for the leadouts and a 1/72 .049! Mike