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  1. 72modeler

    classic 1950's air show photos

    I just stumbled onto this collection of classic 50's era photos of USAF, USN, and USMC aircraft. Some very colorful and unusual schemes as well as aircraft for which there aren't a lot of good color photos, and I wanted to share them with you. Enjoy! Mike https://www.flickr.com/photos/23032926@N05/sets/72157628027548881/page1/
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    Dornier 335 question

    Or, try this airshow/display on for size! Mike http://airshowstuff.com/v4/2015/step-into-history-with-this-rare-footage-of-a-spectcular-1945-airshow/
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    1/48 F-100 comparisons/issues

    Scimitar, If the canopy of the Monogram kit is only a little too narrow, and you have the capability, you could fill the inside of the kit canopy with plaster or modeling clay (plasticene?) and use it as a master to plunge mold or vacform over it- that would increase the width of the canopy. I don't have the 1/48 kit to see how narrow the kit canopy is. perhaps you have a modeling mate who could do this for you? Mike
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    Fujimi F1M Pete

    Wow! Nice build! I agree with Roman that the base really sets off an already great model. Hope I can do as well with mine. I think yours is only the 2nd one I have seen built, as it seems to be a very good kit in the box with not much rigging. Mike
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    Fairey Delta 2

    The old Frog kit cleans up very nicely- you should be proud of what you have done with this kit! Mike
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    Al Williams Grumman Gulfhawk 4

    Tony, An interesting query! I did some research, both print and photographic, and I personally don't believe that either of the two G-58's built by Grumman had folding wings. One, because they were civil versions, not military versions of the F8F, they did not need this capability; in fact they were not certified in the 'experimental' category by the FAA, as almost all ex-warbird single-engined aircraft were. No military equipment was fitted, so both were considerably lighter than their USN cousins- I can only image how much better they performed! Two, in the good quality photos I was able to find of Gulfhawk IV, I could not see any panel lines associated with the folding wing sections- I am guessing the wings for those two civil Bearcats were one piece, from tip to tip. I couldn't find any written confirmation that the folding wing sections were not used, but it's my uneducated guess. Perhaps @Tailspin Turtle might be able to help you with this question. Sure was a beautiful airplane in that orange/white sunburst scheme! Mike
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    Dornier 335 question

    IIRC, almost all wheel hubs on Luftwaffe aircraft were made of a metal casting called 'elektron,' which might have been a magnesium alloy, and were finished with a coat of semi-gloss black enamel, as mentioned in the Merrick and Monogram books on Luftwaffe camouflage and markings. Mike
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    Italeri 1:72 T-45 Goshawk

    As I recall, there are a lot more significant corrections that would need to be made to the Italeri/Wolfpack T-45 kit to make it an accurate model. IIRC, the kit as it comes is only accurate for the prototype T-45A, as it has none of the aerodynamic modifications made later for the operational aircraft. I remember reading a build article that contained excellent and detailed text and photos used to build an accurate T-45C...basically throw everything away except the canopy and build a T-45 around it! The finished model was incredible, but 'way beyond my skills, so I gave up any idea of building a T-45 until a better kit was released. I will try to find the article or at least tell you where to find it. I do recall that the nose and lower fuselage contours had to be made deeper to house the twin wheel nose gear as well as bulging the lower fuselage at the main gear bays to house the fatter wheels and tires fitted, in addition to numerous other mods to the wings, wing tips, stabilizers, etc. Mike
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    Dornier 335 question

    I also think natural metal for the wheel bays and inside surfaces of the gear doors would be the most likely, especially at that stage of the war. There is the possibility that stringers and other structural members might have been painted in RLM02 if they were joined to dissimilar metals, to prevent corrosion. I don't recall offhand, but if the inner skins of any of the gear doors were wood, like those on the Me-262, they would have most likely been primed with RLM02 or RLM65. ( RLM76 replaced RLM65 as the undersurface color on examples built from Autumn 1944 on, as stated in Michael Ullmann's article on Do-335 camouflage. ) I think gear struts would have finished in RLM02. Mike http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/do335camomu_1.htm
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    Question about Revell F4U-1A Corsair 1/72

    Part 32 is to be used if you want to depict the cowl flaps open and part 34 is to be used if you want to depict them closed. The top cowl flap was made inoperative so it would be closed all the time so as to prevent oil, hydraulic fluid from the actuators leaking and clouding the windscreen. Make sure that one is shut if you use the open cowl flap option. Mike https://www.google.com/search?q=f4U-1A+cowl+flaps&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwif28f8n-LhAhURQq0KHbzACsIQ_AUIDygC&biw=1280&bih=654#imgrc=PFOf_s_9JTBIYM:&spf=1555886298680
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    Revell 1/48 F-89 Scorpion

    Roger that! Been up close and personal with the one preserved here at Lackland AB, and it is one BIG airplane! See the 1st link on what she looked like in 1989 at Lackland- then see the 2d link for what she looked like in 1989, and the third link shows her at Stinson Field in 2009. I don't know why they moved her there or what she looks like now....I hope she has been restored. I'll see if I can find out more if any are interested. Sometimes these museum groups get non-profit/museum status, which qualifies them, I guess, to receive aircraft via the Air Force Museum or Smithsonian, but oftentimes their reach exceeds their grasp, and the aircraft end up deteriorating and have to be taken back. Mike https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1368034 https://www.airliners.net/photo/USA-Air-Force/Northrop-EF-89A-Scorpion/1345033/L https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1367237 Found her history, sad as it is. A rare Scorpion that deserves a much better fate! I am ashamed of what Lackland AB and the USAF Museum have allowed to happen to this very rare and significant jet. (As we say here in TX, "Hangin's too good for them thar low-down sidewinders!")
  12. I see- I thought they used them to make vodka...cheapskates that they are! BTW, your build is coming right along- going to dwarf all those teensy weensy scratchbuilds in your display case, but I guess several will fit under the wings when you're finished! Mike
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
  20. 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
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    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
  22. 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
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    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
  24. 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