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  1. Erwin, Here's what I could find after a quick look through my Hellcat references- I have my Naval Fighters F6F monograph out on loan at the moment, but when I get it back later this week, I can be more certain regarding your questions about K21: The photo you posted shows the late cowling with no bulge and no lower cowl flap. (See the link below for cowl types.) cowling interior was most likely Grumman Grey, but the chin intake interior would more than likely be the undersurface color- white (IPMS Stockholm/Sovereign Hobbies) Doubt K21's BuNo was 40428, as BuNo's 40421 to 40430 went to the RN as Hellcat Mk 1's (Joe Baugher website)I have seen the BuNo of Vraciu's F6F-3 listed as being 40467 All blocks of F6F-3's could carry one external tank on the centerline; later blocks could have bomb racks on the inner wings that could carry bombs and were also plumbed for external tanks. When I get my reference book back, I will check for confirmation, but one of our resident Hellcat experts, or maybe @Tailspin Turtle can answer all of your questions much better than I. (It's been a while since I did any F6F researching, so I might well be fuzzy on some of the above.) Mike https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/f6f-3-f6f-5-cowlings.48401/
  2. Wow- how did I miss that one? Of course, I also found out about their excellent Spit FR18 after it was no linger available, although I did hear back from them after sending an email asking if they would consider a re-release, that if they did, it would most likely be from new molds...one can only hope! Mike
  3. Not really! Here's the available1/72 kits- the one/s I have are in boldface. (Probably have missed some, to be sure!) Miles M20, Kora resin Fiat G56 LF and Special Hobby injected Ki83 Special Hobby and MPM I think there was a Eagles Talon vacform and also an Aviation Usk injected kit Fw-187 Karo-As and Special Hobby injected XF5F Rareplanes vacform and MPM injected He-280 Huma and RS Models injected, and I think Airmodel did a vacform MB3 Magna resin I think Execuform or maybe Formaplane did a vacform, although Planet and Merlin did the MB2, resin and injected, respectively. MB5 Falcon vacform and AZ Models injected I-185 Art Model, Eastern Express, and Model Russia injected I think AModel also did an injected one He-100 Lindberg and Special Hobby injected
  4. Do you have, or do you know anybody who has bought their C-46? I have the Williams Bros. kit, but was wondering how much better the Valom kit is, regarding cockpit and mainly the wheel bays- it's so doggone expensive, I hate to fork over that much money! You might be right about the size, but the C-46 at 108' span is pretty close to the Hastings, at 113' so there's a faint hope! Mike
  5. Glad I could be of assistance- I will look forward to the RFI photos! Mike
  6. Believe it or not, this popped up during a search for MB Mk5 bang seats! Very interesting article and photos of some well-known designs that never saw service. Not sure I agree with all ten selections, but hey- everybody here has an opinion, right? My personal two faves are the MB Mk 5, a real rocket ship, and the XA-38 Grizzly- not your father's Twin Beech! I hope you enjoy this! Hmmm...believe it or not, I have an injected or resin kit of every one of these- 1/72 is truly THE scale! https://hushkit.net/2019/07/10/cancelled-the-10-best-aircraft-of-world-war-ii-that-never-saw-service/
  7. Opus, Do these help? Mike https://martin-baker.com/products/mk5-ejection-seat/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin-Baker_Mk.5 Not any help on the MB seat, but a very interesting article on the Sabre 6! https://militaryaviationchronicles.com/cold-war/perhaps-the-best-f-86-canadairs-sabre-mk-6-turning-60/ See if this article and photos are useful for your project: https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/canadair-cl-13b-sabre-mk-6-of-bundesluftwaffe-with-martin-baker-ejection-seat-1-32.33059/
  8. That is a very well done F6D- don't see many built up, in any scale. You have done a wonderful job duplicating the various painted and bare metal panels, as seen on the real article. One of the faults of the Tamiya kit, besides the incorrect depiction of the rear wall of the wheel bay, is the thickness and design of the separate canopy frame, which prevents the kit canopy from resting on the top of the fuselage when slid back. Pretty hard to correct, even with a vacform replacement hood, and most likely too late and too hard to correct on your outstanding build, but something to keep in mind for the next one, as you obviously have an eye for detail and correctness. See the photos below to see what I mean. Mike As the canopy slides back, it droops and follows the line of the upper fuselage and slightly overhangs it; it does not go parallel to the canopy sill, as depicted on so many models. https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/view-of-an-unidentified-pilot-in-the-open-canopy-of-a-north-american-picture-id477565553?s=2048x2048 https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.php?aircraft_id=77 https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/attachments/img_2908-jpg.92125/ https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTj0_xlYspl9kDvdzkv6OpqkBWxVenFuN_Ks-G4JcKWT3VMlBfcZA_9KR_rnl0t0ot2ymE&usqp=CAU
  9. My goodness, that's a beautiful WW Rhino! You must really love the suckers to have done all of the work you listed to improve the kit! To me, the G is the prettiest of the F-4's, next to the FGR's. Of course, you realize that now that you've done all of this incredible modeling, FineMolds will release a new-tool WW! (We will have you to thank for it!) Mike
  10. Looks like the ammo cooked off in the gun bays! Mike
  11. Yep, my bad, Ed- they were RCAF Cats...these poor old Mk 1a memory banks ain't what they used to be! You will like Roscoe's book; it is a very good read, and I learned a lot about the use of the Catalina from reading it. I will go back and amend my original post to correct the misinformation. I was able to buy the digital download on the 162 Sq. Canso's as well as the Aviaeology 1/72 decal sheet as a result of my search for information on the nose gun mods, so I'm a happy camper! Mike
  12. @Giorgio N and @Wez, Good question! @Sabrejet will know, but I would think there were a lot more new-build Sabres with the narrow chord, short span, slatted wings than those with the F-40 wings. As you said, there probably weren't as many new-build F-86F-40's, but as Sabres got older or were reburbished/remanufactured for other nations, the F-40 wings were fitted, much like the USAF F-86D's that got the F-40 wings and became F-86L's. There is a Modelers' Guide to the Sabre and Fury, by Jay Sherlock, that I have copy of, that is an excellent guide, with serials, profile drawings, and detailed descriptions of the changes/differences in each variant and block number. The guide also provides serials for each block and variant, as well as reviews of the kits existing when the guide was published in 2012, as well as a list of all surviving examples. I have no way of knowing if everything in the guide is 100% correct, but I'm betting Duncan also has a copy and can comment. @Wez, If you have variants or block numbers you are interested in, pm me and I can look up what is said about them. Mike From the guide referring to F-40 Sabres: JSDAF F-40's added an air scoop on the RH rear fuselage approximately 18" behind the fuselage break line, F-40 conversion kits were furnished to Korea, Nationalist China, Philippines, Spain, Portugal, and Saudi Arabia to convert earlier Sabres. Many aircraft and almost all JSDAF examples had a TACAN antenna added to the upper nose, right behind the gun ranging radar. All F-40's had the dual store wing. Nose wheels could have six open spokes, or a solid cast disc with 12 vanes; there was a third type that was a solid cast disc with 24 small vanes.
  13. Blue Ankles? (I'm never gonna get out of this damned Naughty Corner!) Mike
  14. WHAT? No way! I'll let mine go for $500, and I'll pay for the shipping! Mike
  15. Ed, I think I saw the photos in either the Osprey or Ros Creed's book. I will pull my copy. The Catalina photo I am thinking of that showed four fixed .303 MG's mounted in the lower noise and poking through the cover over the bomb aimer's window was an RCAF Catalina. This just in! Found a photo in Ros' book on page 260 that shows a No, 162 Sq. late production Canso with the eyeball nose turret that shows four .303 guns exiting the bomb aimer's window- they are staggered, with the upper pair projecting further out than the lower pair. (Photo caption states- "Canso crews of No. 162 Squadron in Iceland found little use for the bombardier's window as originally conceived. They found it served a much better purpose in clearing U-boat decks of crewmen when fitted with four additional Vickers .303 caliber machine guns.") Here's a link to some 20 mm installations on USN Black Cats. Mike https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/black-cat-pby-catalina.54845/ Found this digital monograph on No. 162 Cansos that looks like it has photos and a color profile of one of their aircraft that had the four .303's fitted as well as a pair of 20 mm cannon- I think I just found my Catalina/Canso modeling project! https://www.aviaeology.com/store/p174/RCAF-Canso-A-collection-1_The-sub-killers-of-162-Squadron_Docs.html#/ Best I could come up with, Ed, but if I find anything else, I will post it here! Hope this helps! (How about a nifty little resin nose/conversion set, mate?) Found this 162 Sq loss report after the original post- might make a nice tribute model for a brave and unfortunate crew; a shame they all survived the water landing, but not exposure. Sad story that most likely happened far too many times. http://aircrewremembered.com/hornell-david-ernest.html
  16. Maybe Valom? They seem to have a soft spot for RAF transports- I mean, if they can do a Valetta, Bombay, and a Twin-Pin... Mike
  17. That is one nasty-looking bomb truck! I think it's the first F-14B I have seen built, and you have sure set the bar high for any subsequent efforts! Beautiful model! Mike
  18. This is an excellent model in many respects, but I think what you have built is more F4U-7 than AU-1. See the link to Tommy Thomason's excellent blog on the late Corsairs. The AU-1 did not have the 2-speed, 2-stage supercharger of the F4U-5 so the cheek scoops were faired over;, since the Au-1 was built off of the F4U-5, the carburetor air came from the wingroot intakes, not the chin intake, like the F4U-4/7. Don't feel bad- Italeri screwed these details big-time when they did their F4U-5, F4U-7, and AU-1 kits! That being said, the Aeronavale used both types postwar. Mike http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-last-propeller-pulled-corsairs-f4u.html
  19. Yep, she's a beaut! Rig that puppy and you will have a definite winner! Much more handsome than a Bison, too! Mike
  20. John Adams was 'way ahead of the curve; your finished model/s are excellent! The 184 was a BIG biplane! You have every right to be proud of the Scout and it's big brother. I agree with my fellow styrene surgeons- rig that puppy and take it up another notch. One bay at a time.... Mike
  21. Wow- if the rest of the model looks as good as the cockpit, Remi, you've got a stunner in the making! Not my scale, but I love the Tempest II! Mike
  22. One of our local master modelers and authors, Roscoe Creed, did a very comprehensive history of the Catalina that was published by the Naval Institute Press- IIRC, Ros had a lot of input and recollections from Catalina crews, and I remember seeing photos of some RCAF Cats with four .303's in the nose, as well as 20 mm Hispano cannon! Ros' book can be had at very reasonable prices from various booksellers- not intended to be a modelers' reference, but it is very detailed and is a very interesting read, of which I have an autographed copy! PBY- The Catalina Flying Boat, by Roscoe Creed. Mike https://www.amazon.com/Catalina-Flying-Boat-Roscoe-Creed/dp/B00HYMN0O0
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