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  1. In the Spitfire XIV photo link, notice that several of the aircraft had the late, larger rudder with the 'z' tab! Mike
  2. Thanks, Graham- didn't realize I could edit the title, not just the text. Correction has been made. I appreciate the suggestion. Mike
  3. Yeah, I was in such a hurry to post the link, I didn't notice I labeled it Fortress III instead of I/II/IA. Mea culpa, you all, as they say in southern Greece! Mike
  4. Forgot all about Mike's website! Thanks for the reminder! Mike
  5. You didn't miss anything- the photos are all of B-17E's, but I thought the color schemes and markings would be useful for anybody wanting to do a Fort in the very attractive Coastal Command colors. Maybe the links below will be useful. http://1000aircraftphotos.com/Contributions/Larkins/1330L.jpg https://www.google.com/search?q=RAF+Boeing+Flying+Fortress+III&biw=1280&bih=654&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjhz6HOxr_RAhWExVQKHWOfCDcQ_AUICCgB&dpr=1#imgrc=JmN1OdUyzExLJM%3A https://www.google.com/search?q=RAF+Boeing+Flying+Fortress+III&biw=1280&bih=654&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjhz6HOxr_RAhWExVQKHWOfCDcQ_AUICCgB&dpr=1#imgrc=mEVt35AWmU_9wM%3A Mike
  6. IIRC, Loon Models and Airkit did a1/72 PBJ radar pod in resin, but I'm pretty sure they are both OOP. I started a PBJ conversion years ago, using the Italeri B-25C/D, and IIRC, I used a reshaped tip tank from a Hasegawa F9F Panther. It was actually pretty easy. Maybe QB will do one when the Airfix kit comes out, along with the rectangular package gun pods that some of the PBJ's carried. Mike
  7. Color photo interpretation issues notwithstanding, and taking the time that 601 Sq had their Airacobras into account, could the grey seen in this photo be an example of the mixed grey that was used until adequate stocks of ocean grey were available? (Back in your can, worms!) Mike
  8. Yep- I have the MMP reference- glad you liked the link! Mike
  9. It appears to me, if you look at the bulkhead behind the seat and the inside of the gear doors, that the paint looks too dark for RAF grey-green. I am guessing the cockpit, gear struts, and the interior of the gear doors are Bell green; can't tell if the gear bays are chromate green or yellow. However, Airacobra interior colors are not well-documented...where is Dana Bell when you really need him? Mike
  10. Mk 1's were equipped with 2 .50's in the nose, 4 .303's in the wings, and the 37mm cannon was replaced by a 20mm
  11. I just stumbled upon these- the 59 Squadron B-17E is beautiful! Some good photos I have not seen before, and I hope this link hasn't been posted before. Especially timely with the imminent release of the Airfix B-17G. Mike http://number59squadron.com/fortress.html
  12. Give him this link to the Harrier SIG- if they can't answer your Harrier modeling questions, nobody can! Excellent modeling resource! http://www.harriersig.org.uk/ Mike
  13. 72modeler

    P51D Nose Art

    At the end of the war, the aircraft squadron and individual aircraft codes were painted under the left wing so that any low-level flying (buzz jobs) could be recorded and reported to the appropriate command. These were known as buzz numbers. You can see these in many photos of fighters and fighter-bombers taken after the war. At some point this system was replaced by a two-letter prefix for each aircraft type and the last three numerals of the aircraft's serial number. For example, the buzz number for the F-51 was FF-xxx and the F-86 was FU-xxx .For aircraft with duplicated last three numerals, an A,B, or C was added after the last numeral of the buzz number- for example FU-877A. If you do a Google search for USAAF-USAF buzz numbers, you will see a list for all aircraft types that would be a very good modeling reference. I found a couple of photos of G4-A I thought you might enjoy! http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/20907 Mike
  14. Thanks so much for sharing these photos- I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that many of us have saved them for future reference. Mike
  15. The turret swap I knew about- sorry for the misspelling on Hayes! (My fingers are a lot faster than my brain, sad to say!) I know at some point in production, the carbs were switched to Holleys, which is why the versions after the B had the larger intakes- maybe the Hayes mod included replacing the Holleys with fuel injection carburetors like the ones that went on the B-29's. Thanks for the reply, Steve! Mike
  16. Steve N, Found this photo of a restored B-25J, Am I correct in assuming this example has both parts of the Hays modification? Looks it has the squared-off air intakes as well as the modified exhausts with some of the Clayton stacks combined and exiting through the single outlet? Figured it would be better to post this as a new topic rather than cluttering up the Airfix Mitchell discussion. Also has a good view of the bombardier's escape panel- looks like the two horizontal frames are internal- is that correct? Mike https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:B-25J_Bomber.jpg
  17. I see what you mean, Steve. Hadn't really looked hard at my Hasegawa/Revell B-25's as they're not on my immediate 'build' list. I think I'll see how the italeri nose transparency compares, although, IIRC, there is an issue with the cross-section and shape of that one, too. Guess I will also pull out my Falcon/True Details transparencies and see well they stack up against the Hasegawa kit. Might be better to wait and see how well the one on the new Airfix kit will be and make a vacform copy for a glass-nosed Hasegawa J. I agree with your comments regarding silly mistakes- with the current scanning and measurement technology, numerous original or faithfully restored examples to study, and countless detail photos, there really isn't an excuse not to produce an accurate, well-engineered kit. Maybe the people involved are so far removed in age and/or experience that they've never been up close and personal with the real article, either static or in flight. There is a big difference between making a model compared to making a replica. Thanks for the time and trouble you went to in answering my question! Mike We have my friend and modeling mentor, Bob Angel, to thank for the new Airfix kit, as he has been working on a B-25C conversion using the Hasegawa J and the Italeri C/D for quite a while. The last time he did something like this, he took one of the old Frog Ventura test shots and built a beautiful PV-1...then Academy released one that while certainly not without its faults, was light years ahead of the Frog kit! I had been telling him to hurry up with his conversion so we can have a new release- he is NOT amused!
  18. Missed that observation- have to pull one of my kits and see what the nose looks like. Off the top of your head, what were the nose issues as you saw them? ( Site adm,-Sorry if this is off-topic- start a new one?) Mike
  19. Thanks, Steve; that makes sense, as a lot of the airworthy B-25's I have seen in photos or at airshows have that carb intake configuration. None of my references showed that intake on a WW2 B-25. 'Preciate the rapid reply! Mike
  20. You 'da man, General! Just now saw this- incredibly clean modeling on the cockpit and the colors and weathering are spot-on! Where do you hangar the beast, though? Mike
  21. Words fail me- what a magnificent build- the masking must have been fun, but it's perfect! Striking scheme, too! Mike
  22. 72modeler

    P51D Nose Art

    Don't give up now- you've gone this far; and besides, you've learned a lot, too! BTW, how did you mask and paint the yellow band on the spinner? It's fantastic! Mike
  23. Andre- you beat me to it; I found my Mitchell serial list, but you were too quick off the starting line! Wm- Guess we won't know for sure about a possible B-25B boxing until we get a chance to see the actual plastic to see how the kit is engineered. The B model intakes were more narrow than the C/D ones, so if they were going to make both variants possible, I would think Airfix would have to make the carb intakes as separate parts to be added to the nacelles, but again, we will have to see. Another issue is the exhaust configuration, as the B and I think early C's had a single stack on the outboard side of each nacelle, and one is longer than the other, if memory serves. There was also another style that was fitted between the single stack configuration and the final multiple stack 'Clayton' exhausts- it is described in the Wolf book, and had groups of exhausts siamesed together- it reminded me of one of the A-20 exhaust variations. IIRC. Easy to do if the kit is engineered for these options, and separate cowlings takes care of the multiple stack versions, or the stacks can be sanded off for the earlier variants, but I am going to keep my yap shut until I can lay my hands on the actual bits. (Bottom line- I'm not getting rid of my unbuilt Monogram snap tite B-25B just yet!) No matter what, Airfix is to be congratulated for an early Mitchell, no matter what other versions they might or might not release; I, for one, will be snagging at least two...betting the first batch gets sold out immediately! It would be smart of QB, I would think, if the Airfix moldings don't look like a B model is in the offing, to take their early version resin cowlings and R-2600 engines and add single exhausts and proper carb intakes to model a B. Mike
  24. Well said, Sir!
  25. Steve N, You are correct about the carburetor intakes; the B version intakes were shorter and more narrow; The C and subsequent versions used an intake that was noticeably wider and slightly curved to follow the upper contour of the cowling. (Might be associated with the switch to Holley carburetors and air filters.) There is also another version seen in photos that is much taller and boxy in shape, but I think they might be very late production or postwar mods, as I wasn't able to find any photos that showed them on a WW2 Mitchel or written reference - I could very well be wrong on that, though. Dalea, I was able to find some more written description of the armor plate fitted to B-25A/B/C/D versions. it's pretty wordy, but if you would like, you could send me a PM and I'll send you the text. Basically there was a change in the seat armor shape for the pilot/copilot as well as for the bombardier from the A to the D. Mike
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