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  1. Kinda wish, after seeing how nicely yours turned out, that I got rid of the two Airfix and one Fujimi kit that I had. It would be nice to get a state of thr art Seasprite, including the USN gunships and upgraded versions, but rotary wing models are not as popular or as numerous as fixed wing for some reason. It would have been nice if Italeri had done one back when they were releasing helicopters left and right. You did a 4.0 job with the old Airfix kit, and BTW, those tail rotor bands are not too shabby! Mike
  2. Jeez, Louise! That's a beautiful model! Very subtle paintwork evident. That being said, every time I see the 1/48 Airfix kit, I get angry that they screwed up the 1/72 kit so much! Glad you 1/48 modelers got a state of the art kit! Mike
  3. There used to be a Microscale F9F-5 conversion that came with a new fin and rudder, and I think intakes and wing fences for the Hasegawa kit, but since the Hasegawa kit was an F9F-2, it didn't take into account the longer fuselage of the F9F-5. IIRC the major external differences were the fuselage length, fin/rudder, intakes, and wing fences, but I have attached a link to an article by @Tailspin Turtle that also points out differences in the wings, of which I was unaware. I have the HB and Hasegawa kits, and one problem I recall reading about the HB kit is that the windscreen has an incorrectly slanted arch, which the Rob Taurus vacuform canopy corrected. If I can find the articles that dealt with converting an F9F-2/3 into an F9F-4/5, I will post it. The Hasegawa kit is actually pretty decent, but needs a cockpit and a new nose, if I remember correctly, and I think Quickboost did a replacement resin nose for that kit. Why nobody has given us a state of the art F9F-5/5P is beyond me. ( If Arma Hobby ever gets into jets, an F9F-5 and a slatted wing F-86 would be wonderful entry points- hint, hint, hint.) I also recall the wing fences were retrofitted to some of the earlier variants, but I'm a bit hazy on that. Mike See if these are useful: http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2017/12/grumman.html http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2016/01/photo-panthers-f9f-2p-vs-f9f-5p.html http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2009/10/grumman-panther.html https://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2019/01/grumman-f9f-panthercougar-canopy.html http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2011/05/172nd-f9f-2-panther.html @Tailspin Turtle Tommy, I hope providing links to your F9F modeling blogs is not stepping on your toes, but I had all of these saved for future reference, and you ARE Mr. Naval Aviation when it comes to modeling their aircraft! It's been a long time since I fiddled with my Panther kits, so I hope my comments are accurate- please feel free to confirm/correct for the other Mike!
  4. @don f, Here's a 2008 photo of the NMNA'as PB4Y-2 Mike https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.php?aircraft_id=519
  5. The M's don't get the same love and attention as the other Scooter versions, but they are handsome and nasty-looking little beasts. Yours is a beaut, and the first one I can recall seeing in quite a while. Well done! Mike Yes, you are correct- the speedbrakes are usually not open on the ground; if they are, just barely Nice catch! That being said, the stabilizers were almost always seen nose down after shutdown, which on the Fujimi kits is a real pain in the bum to do! (This was pointed out to me by the late Bob Davies, an incredible scratch builder and modeler, many years ago, who did a contest-winning Fujimi A-4E.) Not meant in any way as a criticism of your outstanding A-4M, but as a way for you to take your OA-4M up another notch. If you Google A-4 photos, you can see what I'm talking about. Mike @Tailspin Turtle might have covered this in one of his Tailhook Topics blogs- he could confirm, or more likely, correct me!
  6. Wow! That's one beautiful Turkey! If that is brush-painted, I'm throwing away my Paasche airbrush! Nailed the colors, and I bet Alan @LDSModeller will like this one! Pretty rare to see an Avenger/Tarpon with any kind of nose art- gotta love those Kiwis! Mike BTW, I am really impressed with the weathering you did- very restrained, but very realistic. I think I have been corrupted, as my favorite TBF scheme has always been Battle of Midway, but now I'm thinking Kiwi colors is the way to go!
  7. Yep- she's a beaut! Along with the Hunter, and F9F Panther, the most beautiful of the weenie cookers from the 50's! Very nice build! Mike
  8. Fuad, I had no idea that the USN flew O-2A's as range control aircraft out of NAS Fallon, so I learned something new from your build. That is one very colorful Skymaster! Your usual flawless finish, too. Ho, hum! The underside looks just like the real ones- lots of fluid and exhaust staining! Mike
  9. What the others have said! You have done the ol' gal proud! Can't have too many Shack RFI's around here, if you ask me! Mike
  10. Magnifique! I used to have this kit, but got rid of it a long time ago and realized it was 'way beyond my skills as a modeler at the time, so I think I traded it for a Caudron C.714 and an Ms225...not much easier, as it turned out! Very nice model that does not look its age- you should be proud of this one! (Wonder if the arrogant DeGaulle had to hunch down to get in and out of the cabin; if he turned his head sideways, I don't think he would have been able to get through the entry door with that proboscis! Mike Seriously, that's a great build, Tony! Heller certainly did give us some very esoteric types and not too shabby kits, considering when they were released, for which we should all be grateful.
  11. You could paint the area covered by the codes black; apply the red kit codes, then paint the upper camouflage colors; when you peel the red kit decals off, you will have black codes left! (Just need to carefully trim the carrier film from around the kit decal codes, but I have some very small surgical scissors and scalpels that make the task pretty easy.) Another possibility is scoring an outline around each existing red code on the decal sheet, but don't go through the backing paper; paint the red codes black, and when they are removed from the backing paper, you should have black codes. Just a thought. Mike
  12. I think I remember reading that Sub Lt. Graham Hogg was the top scoring Fulmar ace, with 12 kills, but I do not recall with which squadron, aircraft carrier, or details of his Fulmar. Sorry! I'm pretty sure I read this in the Osprey FAA Aces of WW2 that a modeling buddy loaned me to read a while back, so you might try to obtain a copy. Pretty amazing that the Fulmar is credited with more kills than any other FAA type, but I'm guessing that was a target rich environment,the pilots were extremely skilled, and their opponents weren't. That's a BIG airplane to be throwing around in an air to air scenario- those FAA pilots must have had big anodized brass ones! Mike
  13. They are both very nice builds, and I agree with the comments the others have made, The colors look spot-on to my eye. Sure do look like larger scale kits. Mike
  14. I was looking for photos/text on a 237 Sq Spitfire Mk IX in another topic post, and this link popped up! A very interesting history of Boscombe Down, aircraft collection, and detail cockpit photos of the aircraft in the collection, as well as great color photos of modern aircraft ordnance. Some great reference photos for modeling projects! I hope this has not been posted before. Mike http://www.sbap.be/museum/boscombe/boscombe.htm
  15. Here are some scale profile drawings that show the H and the P. https://weaponsandwarfare.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/qasxw.jpg Here is a brief description of the variants that might be useful. http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/LRG/he111_variants.html Externally, the air intakes look to be on opposite sides, as you have stated, and depending upon the sub-type, could have had either the LH or full bomb bay blanked off for the installation of extra fuel tanks, with external bomb racks being fitted in their place; in addition, the H had an extra beam gun position on each side fitted over the trailing edge of the wings with MG15's, along with an extra crew member to man them. The P had fuselage beam guns mounted only above the center of each wing. There were some other armament differences between the two variants, as outlined by the others who have posted replies. The H replaced the P and was basically an improved P, so depending upon the sub-types, they both could be very similar externally. The preceding was taken from the William Green Warplanes of the Third Reich. I have the 1/72 Hasegawa He-111P and He-111H kits and there is a sprue with the correct engine cowlings in each kit. Guessing the other externally visible differences would be easy to do. I'm not very well versed on the detail differences between the variants of the He-111, but I do have the Aero Detail, Kagero, and Classic Publications monographs on the He-111, and if you give me the sub-type you want to model, I can look up the detail differences for you. Best I can do off the top of my head. Mike
  16. Why in the world would the museum leave those lightening holes in the fin stub open to all the rain that falls annually in Pensacola? I can just imagine the corrosion this is causing. Mike
  17. From all accounts, a very capable fighter, and your build has done the type justice! Hard to get a smooth finish using red and white, but you have done it! Mike
  18. Yes. This ex-fire bomber was being restored to flight at the Lone Star Flight Museum at Galveston, Texas for many years. The Museum did extensive work finding, restoring, and installing original waist, nose, tail, and dorsal turrets, as well as a correct bomb-aimer's position and other sheet metal work. The only major concession to authenticity was the retention of the B-25 CW R-2600 engines, cowlings, and props that was fitted to the fire tanker fleet. I used to go to the museum's Flight Day every November when the airworthy airplanes in the collection were flown one last time before being grounded for winter maintenance, and I would marvel at all the work being done on the Privateer. She was immersed in salt water up to the mid-fuselage level during the massive flood during Hurricane Ike, and the corrosion that ensued could not be arrested, so the Privateer and some other aircraft were sold to the Pima Air Museum as static displays. Corrrect R-1830 engines, props, and cowlings were sourced and fitted. To the best of my knowledge, it is the only existing Privateer that has correct cowlings and engines. I am surmising that the tanker outfit that owned and flew PB4Y-2's saved some engines and cowlings when the R-2600 modifications were done, and Pima was able to secure a set. I am very sad that so much work was done to make her flyable, and that will never happen now. Mike These are for you, Bill! @Navy Bird https://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/pima-adds-catalina-privateer.html https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1366511 http://www.warbirdregistry.org/b24registry/pb4y-59819.html https://butcherbirdmodels.com/lone-star-flight-museum-galveston-tx-needs-donations-after-hurricane-ike Here is an excellent walkaround that highlights the restoration of the Lone Star PB4Y-2. http://www.primeportal.net/hangar/bill_spidle2/pb4y2_59819/
  19. True, but as the Third Law of Modeling states: "As long as you know it's there, it's OK to scratchbuild minute details that won't be seen after the fuselage/wings are closed up." Mike
  20. I was wondering the same thing! Perhaps a handheld mirror? Doesn't appear too smart to me. Mike
  21. I stand corrected, Martin! How did I miss this build? You've built as many Latin American Mustangs as the U.S. supplied, methinks! Mike
  22. Martin, Another very nice Mustang from your stable! Very attractive scheme, too! Proud of you for remembering to remove those wing reinforcement straps, which are only found on restored warbirds. If you can, you might want to see if you can re-sit that canopy so it's more tail-down at the back- IIRC, you got it done on a couple of your other builds. (It's the way Tamiya engineered the canopy that causes the problem.) Glad you liked the color slides, and I expect to see one of them as a future build. Mike BTW- I have to access BM links directly from the website via an alternate browser, as ATT is still blocking any access to BM via their server; I have given up trying to get the asynaptic subcretinous morons who are in their IT customer service to fix the problem, as it is at their end. Yep- they pretty much replaced the Aeroproducts props that came on the K's with a Hamilton Std. prop, as the Aeroproducts props were reported to have a balance problem that was hard to rectify.
  23. I checked all my print references as well as all the TBF walk arounds I have in my reference/computer archives, and I could not find a single photo that showed the air intake/s to the oil cooler on a TBF-1; all I could find were photos that showed the ducting immediately ahead of the oil cooler, the oil cooler itself, and the hot air duct leading to the exit flap on the RH side of the cowling. I guess unless somebody can come up with a photo or drawing that shows the oil cooler intakes, I wouldn't worry about it; there are no oval shaped intakes between the cylinders that I can see, like those on an FM-2, so nothing will be externally visible, anyway. Best I can do from my reference library- sorry! Mike
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