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About 72modeler

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  • Birthday 10/13/1948

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  1. That you managed to make such a good model out of the kit says something about your ability, determination, or tolerance of consuming massive amounts of alcohol! If you squint real hard, you can see where an F-22 inherited its genes. I have the 1/72 Anigrand resin kit, and it looks to be a little better, but has the obligatory mass of pinholes and pseudo wheel bay detailing. The Continental inline engine was the W-34 turbojet of its day, as nothing that used it was worth a darn! Mike
  2. Nice Rhino, Tom. She still looks good after all these years! Looks like you started out being a very good modeler and now you're even better! Rhinos uber alles! Mike
  3. Tony, You're going to need a BIG hairy stick for this one! I will be following your WIP with great interest, as I just got mine last week, I'm thinking of a Berlin Airlift salt hauler myself! Thanks for the heads-up about the colors and roundels- guess I need to do some research, too! It will be the ultimate pool toy when finished! I found two short videos of Berlin Airlift Porcupines for your viewing pleasure! Mike https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O-JwzwMiSg http://taylorempireairways.com/2009/09/short-sunderland-flying-boats-in-the-berlin-airlift/
  4. Obviously I don't have access to the same photo archives you do,, but the point I was attempting to make was that in all of the photos I looked at (almost 50) those that had 6-digit serials had all six digits applied to the fin, with none on the rudder. It does look like in the four photos you posted that the horizontal placement varied above and below that which was specified, but Vonbraun wanted to know if the "extra" digit placement on the rudder was correct or not, not the height on the fin on which the serial was painted. Vonbraun might want to try contacting the author of the P-47 In Action through Squadron Publications to see if he could supply information on a photo or other reference used by the artist who did the profile. Regardless, it's a pretty razorback Jug with nose art not seen before, so certainly well worth modeling, no matter where the serial ends up being applied! Mike
  5. Yowzah! Can't have enough 352nd FG Mustangs! Very nice build! Mike
  6. Von Braun and Tbolt, Not that the 362nd FG is one of the 9th AF groups I have an interest in, but I did have some spare time between projects today and I looked at photos of P-47D's on the 362nd FG facebook page, an internet search for 362nd P-47D's, and all of my Thunderbolt photo reference works, which are pretty extensive, and I can make the following observation- out of every photo I observed of a razorback P-47D, including all of the 362nd aircraft, whether OD or natural metal, on every one that had a 6-digit serial number, the serial was located entirely on the fin centered on the center rudder hinge. I was not able to find any photos of My Gal Sal, but there might be one in the recently published book on the 362nd FG P-47's titled Thunderbolts Triumphant, by Chris Bucholtz. I have no way of knowing whether or not the serial placement on the color profile you posted is correct or not; anything is possible, and there is always an exception to the rules when it comes to markings applied to aircraft that are outside the 'norm' or what is specified in a T.O. or markings document; battle damage and/or a rudder replacement is a possibility, but that would not seem to require painting a serial digit on the rudder when all six digits would have been painted on the fin anyway- same rationale for a possible fin replacement- why would one digit need to be applied to the rudder? Maybe if this did indeed take place, the painter used the normal spacing for a 5-digit serial and ran out of room on the fin? Bottom line- until a photo surfaces that shows the fin, we will never know. I personally don't take much stock in many color profiles, as I have been bitten more times than I care to admit when an actual photo of the airplane depicted in an artist's rendition is found. If you really want to do this aircraft as correctly as possible as a tribute or to make as good a replica as you can, then don't apply the serial until/unless you can find a photo that confirms the unusual placement of the 6th digit, or knowing that the factory applied 6-digit serials entirely on the fin, go with that. Is this a great hobby, or what? Not much help, I guess, but maybe a photo will surface. Mike
  7. Paraphrasing from Ducimus No. 15 in the Camouflage Markings series: "Size of characters was 7.5 inches high, with a maximum width of 5 inches; spacing between the figures was 1.5 inches...on the first P-47D's produced at Evansville the top of the serial was placed in line with the top of the rudder trim tab...commencing with the first P-47D's from Farmingdale and all all Evansville-built P-47D's from the -3 on, the serial numbers were centered in line with the center rudder hinge. On P-47's that had a six-figure serial, the numbers were spaced 1 inch apart instead of 1.5 inches, to fit on the fin." That being said, the P-47D shown on the color profile should have had its entire serial on the fin. Since I have yet to find a photo of this P-47D, I can't confirm this, but you know the saying about not trusting a profile without a photo to back it up! Hope this helps! Mike
  8. I hope Rudy gave you a good deal! Don't get to see the guys at King's very often- just when we go to the Austin club's annual contest in October. Mike
  9. Very nice build! I have always wanted to do a P2V-5 and have the Falcon conversion, but haven't had the nerve to start it, as I only have one kit and I dread cutting it up without a backup...think I paid $6 for a Minicraft boxing 'way back in time- bet I can't find one for that now. Can't get over what a BIG airplane it is for a twin, and would want to do the flaps down and the wheel bays corrected, but that's a very expensive aftermarket purchase! I do have the Pavla cockpit. Bet it took a scale ton of noseweight, too! Mike
  10. You might try contacting Kenny at Gator's Masks and More- see the link below. If you send him a photo or drawing of the aircraft with the markings you need masks for, he can make them for you in the size and font required. I do not receive any compensation or consideration for mentioning his products, just a satisfied customer over the years. You could also use his masks to paint the national insignia. Several builders on this website have used his masks and have had good results. Good luck! Mike http://gatorsmask.com/
  11. She was indeed a P-47D-20-RE, shot down by flak over France on 30/06/44 while being flown by another pilot, a Lt. William Broughton, who became a POW. Regarding the spacing of the final '4' in the serial on the RH side of the fin, it might have been because that production block of P-47's had 6-digit serial numbers, versus the 5-digit serials of earlier production blocks, which would have put the '2' on the port side and the '4' on the starboard side over the rudder hinge/balance , so they were moved to clear it, as there was not enough room to paint all six digits on the fin. That's just a guess on my part- I can get up to the reference library later today to check my Ducimus Camouflage and Markings No. 15 on the Thunderbolt, as I seem to recall some text and drawings that showed serial number placement. Mike
  12. Gary, It's on my list! I have a college classmate, longtime friend, and fellow model builder that lives in Ft. Worth, so the next time I visit him, we plan to go. Big D is only a 4-5 hour drive from San Antonio. Used to be four hours or less, but the truck traffic on it now is pretty insane. IIRC, they have the only flyable A-26A (B-26K) Counter Invader in their collection- 'Special K' I would love to take walk around photos of her! Now you need to do an F3H and F7U to go with your Ford! Mike
  13. Now, that's what I call a classic weenie cooker! Super model! Planning my 3rd visit to the museum this summer- it's only a 10-hour drive from me. I also liked your choice of ordnance load, too. Mike
  14. I can only echo what the others have said- considering all the "firsts" involved in this build, you did a great job, and that's a pretty darned smooth finish for your first airbrushed model! Your fit issue with the fuselage and the wing roots is very a very frequently encountered one, especially with kits like this that have a one-piece lower wing. I don't recall if this Airfix Spit kit has the fit of the wings to the fuselage either too tight or too loose, but many times if you dry fit the completed wing assembly to the fuselage, you can see if you need to sand back the wing fillets on the fuselage if the fit is too tight, or make a spacer or two below the cockpit tub out of leftover sprue to spread the fuselage a bit if the fit is too loose. (Just keep an eye out to make sure the dihedral is correct!) You have come to the right place, as this is the BEST website to learn from others and to get answers to questions. Betcha you will find your next model is even better! Mike
  15. Martin, Just now saw the RIF....incredible model, and I think it's your best one so far. Glad you persevered and saved the windscreen. If the Italeri donor kit is indeed the Esci kit re-boxed, then I echo what Giorgio said about your using the best bits to make a very accurate F-104, as I have always thought the Esci F-104's were pretty darned good, with just the shape of the canopy being the biggest disappointment. Now, my friend, when are you going to do the T-38, F-102A and the F4H-1 and make the diorama? Mike
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