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  1. Two new decal sheets have now gone off to the printer! We've done a reprint of the very popular 1/48 Starfighters in Combat sheet, but we also re-arranged it a bit and managed to fit in an additional scheme. This was a popular sheet and sold out quite quickly. We received a number of emails asking if it would be reprinted, and so we’ve done just that. There's also a new 1/48 sheet of More ANG Mustangs, and these are some colourful aircraft. Just check out the Oklahoma bird with the Indian Head emblem, and that flashy Minnesota aircraft. We'll post when they're all ready to go!
  2. This photo might be of interest. You can clearly see the different colours/finishes applied to the structure on the two closest aircraft, compared to the darker colour on those behind.
  3. I like the look of these large drop tanks on these F-51s, but does anyone know just what type they are? They look somewhat like a Misawa-style tank, but possibly commercially made. Thanks. Bob
  4. I like the look of these large drop tanks on these F-51s, but does anyone know just what type they are? They look somewhat like a Misawa-style tank, but possibly commercially made. Thanks. Bob
  5. I've looked at the leading photo closely and can say that IMO the white stripe was applied to the original aircraft and not added to the negative or a photographic print as a way of censoring out the swastika. In this enlargement you can see that the stripe is not continuous, as it conforms to the different angles of the fin and rudder. This doesn't provide any info on why it was done, but at least we can say that it was on the actual aircraft. Bob
  6. Our "Spitfires Over India" sheet has several Mk VIIIs, including Frank Carey's 'lightning bolt' aircraft.
  7. Yes, Jimmy Stewart's a/c was an H model. However, we did have a sheet of "Sub Hunting Liberators", but unfortunately it's out of print. Might be worth re-doing, I suppose, if the interest is still there. Bob
  8. In the link I oosted earlier photo #49 shows an F-8 at Niagara Falls. The caption reads, "First stop for F-8 Mosquitos from Downsview was the Bell Aircraft Modification Center in Niagara Falls, New York, for installation of photo reconnaissance cameras." So, possibly they had other US spec equipment installed there as well.
  9. Those following this thread might find this site interesting. Photos and details of Mossie production at Downsview, Canada. http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/histoires_de_chez_nous-community_stories/pm_v2.php?id=record_detail&fl=0&lg=English&ex=00000430
  10. Our new decal sheets are now back from the printer and available for sale! First, there is a sheet of 1/48 Cessna L-19 Bird Dog markings. We have schemes for the Kansas Army National Guard, US Army Reserves, US Army in Vietnam, Pakistan Army, an unusual Korean Navy bird, and an even rarer Japanese Hoantai aircraft. This was the predecessor of the Japanese Self Defence Force. Its insignia, a pink cherry blossom is used on the fuselage, while Hinomaru roundels are carried on the wings. The other sheet is a reprint of our sold-out 1/72 Naval T-Birds. Schemes here run the gamut from overall natural metal, to grey, to hi-vis red-orange & white, to the very colourful drone controller scheme. Here are images of the instructions along with the decals. Available from our website - www.iliad-design.com
  11. Thanks, Paul... makes sense. So you are saying that at some point these aircraft were stripped, and then for whatever reason re-painted with yellow, because that's obviously yellow paint that has dripped down on to the undersurface! Bob
  12. While looking at photos of Armée de l’air T-6s in Algeria I noticed something odd. The aircraft seem to be in either of two schemes… overall aluminum paint, or trainer yellow. But I did find a few photos which seem to show yellow aircraft with a light colour undersurface. (See photos below) At first I thought that some of the trainer yellow aircraft may have had a light lower surface colour applied. But there are obvious paint drips from the yellow into the lighter colour. So perhaps they started as overall aluminum, and had yellow applied to the upper surface. I’ve read that the T-6s were rotated back to France for refurbishing around 1958-59, part of which was to repaint them aluminum. Could some units, upon receiving these “new” aluminum T-6s have painted the upper surface yellow, while leaving the lower surfaces aluminum? That would maintain some sort of uniformity to the appearance of the unit’s aircraft, while at the same time leaving a more suitable undersurface colour for the COIN ops. Anyone have any thoughts or info… especially any of out French members? Bob
  13. If I read your original question correctly you are asking which particular publication that is. I would speculate that it may be a GE (General Electric) house organ, (a magazine or periodical published by a company for its customers, employees, etc.) If that's the case the company should have an archive... if you can figure out who to contact. Bob
  14. You may well be correct, Roger... it's one of things that we can never know with certainty. Here's another photo to ponder: It would seem to indicate that the lighter blue was the original colour. Note how the rudder markings are applied leaving the airframe blue to show through for the stripe, but on the wing, which is yellow, a blue stripe had to be applied... in a much darker colour. What might this mean? I would speculate that if darker blue paints (True Blue, roundel blue, or something similar) were available, touch-ups would not be done with the lighter colour on a darker aircraft. Again... we'll never know for sure, but it's fun to speculate. In any event, we're drifting from the original subject, which was Stearman BP-30, and which was light blue #23, a most difficult colour to match. Bob
  15. Here's an interesting photo, albeit not a PT-17. It does, however, show the two blues together. It's a PT-26 of Little Norway in Toronto, and you can see there are what I assume to be replacement panels atop and below the nose in the older blue variant, while the rest of the fuselage is overall "True blue". Their PT-19s/26s were originally in the lighter colour, so I assume these were taken from an old airframe being used for parts. Bob
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