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  1. Chris, We have had a couple of detailed discussions regarding B-17iG interior colors, which included photos. IPMS Stockholm also did a three-part article on WW2 US aircraft interior colors, and you can do an internet search for it- a well researched and pretty accurate article. You will find some areas were finished in dull dark green, some in unpainted aluminum, and some in untinted zinc chromate primer. In addition, there were parts of the flight deck and bombardier/navigator station that had canvas insulation/sound deadening panels that were in dull dark green or OD. In the unpainted section aft of the radip conpartment, you would also see the stringers and some supports finished in zinc chromate primer. Hope this helps! Mike
  2. Great news, Ed! I would like two sets. BTW, your F-86F slatted wing sets are the bee’s knees! Did I see somewhere that ypu are working on the same for the F-86D? I guess because the belly section is a different contour than the F-86F? Hoping everyone at Red Roo are safe and well! Mike
  3. Actually, Dave; I think it was seven exhsust stacks on each side- that’s what my kit had! Mike
  4. Very nice job on a kit that is not the easiest to build! Only the 2nd one I have seen completed, and it’s a winner. BIG flying boat! Regarding the beaching gear- IIRC, they were painted just like the nav lights- red for port and green for starboard- not a biggie, but some squid is going to see your RFI photos and let ypu know! Mike
  5. Jay Gee, There was a BM’er who was doing the very same build, using the Airfix kit a while back, and a couple of us posted photos and details of both installations. He had to graft on the waist gun blisters from an Italeri kit I sent him, but that wasn’t all that diifficult; modifying the B-25J tail gun position was the hardest part of the buiild. You could do a search for the topic, as it had a lot of detail period photos and text. You will also have to alter the shape of the top of the waist gun blisters, as they were not the same as the ones on the H and J, but the info in the discussion will show this. I have no success using the BM search engine, but I bet one of our regulars will be able to pull it up- good luck on your project! Mike
  6. I am having to use my smartphone to perform any functions on BM, and I’m not familiar with it- either ATT is blocking BM’s server again, or the Russki’s are hacking me. Thanks for having my six, Steve! IIRC, we had a discussion on this topic , and I posted photos of the antenna and fairing; the OP could do a search for it! Mike
  7. 72modeler

    P-47 question

    I think you can build a P-47D-30 from the Tamiya kit, but you will have to find a non C-series R-2800-59W engine. The -30 had the compressibility recovery flaps as well as the relocated landing light like the M, so you should be good to go, there. IIRC, the -30 used the Curtiss Electric paddle blade prop with the assymetric blades, which I think comes as one of the kit choices. (Not my scale, so I’m not totally familiar with what comes in the box.) You might ask @Tbolt for confirmation/clarification, as he is our resident Jug expert! Mike
  8. Antti is correct- the antennas were part of the Rebecca Beam Approach system, and also appeared on the Mk VIII. Not every aircraft had them fitted- it appeared to be a factor of where the aircraft was used. If you go to The Spitfire Website and look at the mast and antenna section, you can find a description, usage, and photo of the antenna and its fairing.
  9. @lesthegringo, You might try this: they make very tiny flat cotton pads that are attached to small plastic handles that are used, IIRC, to clean the optical heads on VCR's and record/playback heads on cassette recorders. If the Tamiya primer you used is acrylic or water-based lacquer, you should be able to put a few drops of Windex or some other ammonia-based cleaner on the pad, and rub on the windscreen's inner surface to remove the overspray. I forget what the little beggars are called, but you can get them at electronics stores or online. Failing that, find some photos of aviation charts and maps and reduce them down to 1/48 scale, and plaster them all over the top of the instrument panel shroud, especially in the corners, as so many aircrew do when flying cross country. That should help break up the reflection on the inner windscreen surface enough to hide the overspray. Failing that, you could always make a 1/48 scale airsick bag and place it on the BN's seat and blame him for barfing all over the inside of the windscreen! (Yes, I know- I am one sick puppy, but that'ls what you get for gluing that windscreen on so well! Mike
  10. For such a short run, like the IFF wires that go from stabilizer to fuselage, I either use sprue or very fine nichrome wire that I got from a friendly orthodontist. Mike
  11. Dennis, Pretty sure both EP401 and BR329 had Rotol props with Jablo blades and the long, pointed spinner. See the link below for text and photos. Also pretty sure that both Spits had the fittings for a slipper tank, but I didn't locate any photos that showed them carrying one; guess it would depend upon the range required for a given sortie. There were a couple of discussions/RFI's on these two Spitfires ere on BM- you could look for them. Betting @tonyoth as built one or both, but for some reason, I can't seem to flag his user ID so he will see this- weird, as I can pull up everybody else! (Russian hackers?) Mike https://allspitfirepilots.org/aircraft/EP401
  12. I thought some of you tailhook types might find this film footage of interest. An hour loing and no sound, but worth watching. Watch for a VA-174 Scooter carrying LGB's! Those were golden days, before the many types assigned all got replaced by F-18's! (Old school and I don't care who knows it!) Footage via YouTube. Mike
  13. I thought all of you Jug fans (and you know who you are!) would find this photo collection of interest; it shows the current status of the P-47D razorback that the Dakota Air Museum is restoring to flight. IIRC, it is an actual Republic-built P-47D, not a Curtiss-built P-47G, as are the other flyable razorback Jug survivors. Note that it will have a functioning turbosupercharger, which is very rare among all the flyable P-47's. The quality of the restoration looks to be top notch- can't wait to see her fly again! Mike https://warbirdsnews.com/warbird-restorations/dakota-territory-air-museum-p-47d-restoration-update-december-2021-january-2022.html
  14. What kits are you restoring? I might have some spares. PM me. I'm not aware of any aftermarket F-4 gear doors in 1/72 scale. If you are able to obtain one set of doors, it should be pretty easy to make plasticard replacements or cast resin copies, if you know how. Mike
  15. I saw this just now on the excellent FalkeEins website; I think we had some discussion on this event and display a while back, but the website had several photos I had not seen before. See how many captured Luftwaffe aircraft you can identify, as well as how many new RAF and FAA types are also on display. If just half of those airplanes had been saved.... Mike http://falkeeins.blogspot.com/
  16. 72modeler

    Hughes HK-1

    I thought it might be better to post this information here, rather than in the WW2 forum where it was originally discussed in another topic discussion. What a magnificent flying boat!, now preserved at McMinnville. OR. Mike https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Hughes-H-4-Hercules-HK-1/6137363/L?qsp=eJwljcEKwjAQRH9F5lwPVVDITb0UPNSDPxCSJSlWE3ZXtJT%2Bu2m8Pd4MMzNceil99T5lgoGQZRfRIFu2T4GZ8aDpk9gXRvcOkWTTXbftWolJ08UqhcQTzO7YQBLruTB80SfnKCt5/H3PnniNSFw9COWwLUB8q4z9oXg/SB5t3SC1w4hl%2BQEQ2zaL https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Hughes-H-4-Hercules-HK-1/6137285/L?qsp=eJwljcEKwjAQRH9F5lwPVVDITb0UPNSDPxCSJSlWE3ZXtJT%2Bu2m8Pd4MMzNceil99T5lgoGQZRfRIFu2T4GZ8aDpk9gXRvcOkWTTXbftWolJ08UqhcQTzO7YQBLruTB80SfnKCt5/H3PnniNSFw9COWwLUB8q4z9oXg/SB5t3SC1w4hl%2BQEQ2zaL https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Hughes-H-4-Hercules-HK-1/4801039/L?qsp=eJwljcEKwjAQRH9F5lwPVVDITb0UPNSDPxCSJSlWE3ZXtJT%2Bu2m8Pd4MMzNceil99T5lgoGQZRfRIFu2T4GZ8aDpk9gXRvcOkWTTXbftWolJ08UqhcQTzO7YQBLruTB80SfnKCt5/H3PnniNSFw9COWwLUB8q4z9oXg/SB5t3SC1w4hl%2BQEQ2zaL https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Hughes-H-4-Hercules-HK-1/2274988/L?qsp=eJwljcEKwjAQRH9F5lwPVVDITb0UPNSDPxCSJSlWE3ZXtJT%2Bu2m8Pd4MMzNceil99T5lgoGQZRfRIFu2T4GZ8aDpk9gXRvcOkWTTXbftWolJ08UqhcQTzO7YQBLruTB80SfnKCt5/H3PnniNSFw9COWwLUB8q4z9oXg/SB5t3SC1w4hl%2BQEQ2zaL
  17. Here's a short description/history. Too bad it came before reliable turboprops...what a fire bomber it would have made! Mike https://www.theaviationzone.com/factsheets/hk1.asp https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes_H-4_Hercules
  18. Those were the days! Nice footage of Blue Angels F9F-8 Cougars at an airshow- such a beautiful airplane! The Essex class carrier visible in the film appears to be CV-40, USS Tarawa. Footage via YouTube. Mike
  19. Jut got through watching both of these films, and I thought some of you would find them of interest. If you ever have the opportunity to fly a PBM, the film will show you how it's done! The Mars was the largest WW2 airplane, IIRC. The two surviving JRM's have been retired after many years of service as fire bombers; one will going to the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, FL, and has been repainted in the overall glossy sea blue camouflage it wore in service. The other example is up for sale.Both films via YouTube. Mike https://youtu.be/YCKLuBi9C1E https://youtu.be/mAQCCKB6p7A
  20. Superb! You really captured the varied tones of the black finish better that I have seen before. Got to see and hear one fly at the Randolph AB airshow where I live back in the nineties...Incredibly loud! What they say about the skin panels being loose when cool is right; after shutdown and cooling off, fuel began leaking all over the place!! As soon as the Blackbird parked on the ramp, the ground crew placed large fans in front of the main wheels to cool them off. Spectators were not allowed close to the airplane until it had cooled down. (This one came to use direct from Beale AB, CA to San Antonio, TX- took less than 45 minutes to fly the 1,476 miles, as they piped the crew's radio transmissions into the airshow loudspeakers! from wheels up at Beale to wheels down at Randolph) Mike
  21. Very nice! I totally echo what the others have said! Glad to have you aboard- keep 'em coming! Mike
  22. I have a couple of saved period color photos of Tempest II's lined up outside the factory awaiting delivery; the inner surfaces of the main gear doors look to be grey-green, with the grey-green on the upper half of the doors and the undersurface color on the lower half; in another closeup photo of three Mk II's, the inner surfaces of the gear doors are painted in the buff/mustard colored primer. . IIRC, it was in later production when Hawker began using the buff/mustard colored primer on the inner gear doors and wheel bays- but as I recall, that was was mainly on Sea Furies, For sure, @Chris Thomas would be the man who would know! Mike photo via Wikipedia: Here is a link to photos of the Mk II on display at Hendon- appears to be the yellow Hawker primer, but the usual caveat regarding museum aircraft applies; I also don't know if this Tempest is in original unrestored condition or was restored at some point. Photos from the excellent IPMS Stockholm website. Maybe these photos will be helpful? http://www.ipmsstockholm.se/home/hawker-tempest-mk-ii-in-detail/
  23. Guess the Spad could carry everything AND the kitchen sink! Found this footage just now and had to share it! Looks like carrier ordnance crews had a fondness for bolting porcelain weapons under Skyraiders, as the famous Viet Nam War toilet bomb will attest many years later! Hope you enjoy the film footage, via YouTube. Mike https://youtu.be/4Q7N_WBvgLs
  24. 72modeler

    NAA A-36's

    I was looking for some photos of the A-36 evaluated by the RAF, EW998, which I have always wanted to model, and in addition to those photos, I also found two videos that I have attached links to below. First film is 43 minutes ling, and is silent, but has some very interesting views, including in-flight photos with the dive brakes extended. I hope you will enjoy looking at them. Mike Footage via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAPqoC3_hqA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S2ebxpyQrk
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