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  1. Hi John, That kit isn't going to build into a -4 without a MAJOR rework. You'll need a new cowling, prop, exhaust position (above, not below, the wing), canopy, windscreen, fuselage aft of the armor plate, cockpit (with floor), seat, and whatever else I'm forgetting. Best to go for a -1D and plan a second kit as a straight-from-the box -4. Cheers, Dana
  2. Hi folks, There's a great deal of confusion surrounding American interior colors - this is just a note of clarification... Zinc chromate primer is a cool, semi-transluscent yellow; it's a range of colors, depending on how the components were mixed and what vehicle they were mixed in. Aluminized zinc chromate is zinc chromate primer with ground aluminum primer added. The first of the green zinc chromates, it was a range of bright "candy apple" greens depending on the original primer color and the amount/composition of the aluminum added Yellow Green was the second green zinc chromate; similar formula to aluminized zinc chromate, but with black added. Great variation in color depending on the original colors and the type/volume of black added. Interior Green was "invented" in late 1942 and standardized in May 1943. The only green zinc chromate that was expected to match a color card, this was a mix of zinc chromate primer and black. Despite the standardization, the color showed some variation in practice. Bronze Green was usually an enamel, not based on zinc chromate. It usually had an oily appearance. Dull Dark Green came in two versions, neither based on zinc chromate. Generally produced as a lacquer, it had a flat or semi-flat finish Medium Green was a camouflage color often seen on the leading and trailing edges of flying surfaces. In November 1944 it was approved as a cockpit and anti-glare color, though there is limited evidence of the extent of its use. In Seattle, Boeing had problems with a paint shop; the AAF granted an exemption from painting interior surfaces unless an anti-glare color was needed. Photos of surviving B-17s often show several green paints used in the same cockpits. Douglas skipped the instructions and painted many of its B-17 cockpits Interior Green, receiving permission after the fact. I've no data on Vega's cockpits. I'd love to get this all pinned down one day, but contemporary evidence (Wright Field/contractor correspondence) is hard to find. Good luck with the model! Cheers, Dana
  3. Hi Chris, Yes, initially they were puttied. Later testing showed that the new putty increased the speed by several mph. However, the wing would flex in flight and squeeze the putty out of seams creating ridges instead of smoothness; the expanded putty cost more in speed than the smoothed putty saved and the putty was abandoned altogether. While I've got the report, I'm not sure where I have the info on deleting the putty, but it certainly happened during WWII. Cheers, Dana
  4. I hadn't realized this thread went back so far! I found some new information at the Archives just before the Covid shutdown a couple of years back -- an Army unit requested permission to paint the interior of fabric surfaces with aluminized dope or enamel. The request noted that several Navy squadrons had been doing this to prevent oil and dirt from discoloring the cockpit interiors and make things look more professional. Wright Field granted permission. This couldn't have been a widespread practice -- at least I've never found any photo of an Army or Navy aircraft with the fabric painted aluminum inside. Still, it makes for an interesting possibility, and after my "definitive" note of six years ago I thought the revised infromatino needed sharing... Cheers, Dana
  5. Hi Bill, Sorry to inform you that Bill Koster died in September 2020. I don't have access to the replacement parts you need - hope someone on the board will be of more help... Dana
  6. Hi Paul, What a wonderful result - all that work has really paid off! Great Corsair! Cheers, Dana
  7. Looks like you're off to a great start. Before you get too far, I'd recommend filing off the trailing edge flap guides. They were on only the six preproduction aircraft and the first four production aircraft - none of which wore the camouflage you want to use. You may also want to replace the ECM pods. If you want to know more about other details, ask here when you've chosen a scheme - there are plenty of folks here who will be better versed than I on the more modern A-10s. Cheers, Dana
  8. I photographed 76-540 on 8 July 1991, shortly after Desert Storm. Both tail planes were normal at that time. I agree it must be a display thing... Cheers, Dana
  9. I'll add my congratulations - I've enjoyed watching you pull this one together, and the end result is wonderful. Cheers, Dana
  10. I hadn't noticed this topic when it was active last year; I suspect the model is completed already, but on the off chance that it isn't... The scheme is a standard MAC Air Rescue and Recovery Service scheme that seems to be descended from the post-war OA-10 Catalina colors. There's a schematic on page D-62 of most 1960s and '70s editions of TO 1-1-4 listing the colors as blue 15042 over gray 36622. The colors might have been matched to 595a (NOT 595b), but the blue might have been the original ANA paints - Some Navy factory drawings continued to call for ANA colors into the mid-1960s (despite the government's introduction of FS 595. Cheers, Dana
  11. Hi Paul, Glad you liked the book - it's still one of my all-time favorite research/writing projects. Your beautiful work continues. It seems you're enjoying your project too. I'll enjoy following your progress! Cheers, Dana
  12. Hey Paul, Don't worry about the missing pistol - it wasn't installed until the 2,505th Vought Corsair (F4U-1A BuNo 50040). If anyone ever notices, you can take credit for having one up on Tamiya! Cheers, Dana
  13. Very fine, Paul! I'm enjoying your build - looking forward to what comes next! Cheers, Dana
  14. I can confirm that for Mk.Is - enough short wingtips were produced as kits to retrofit to these aircraft, which were all delivered with US Navy wings. Later, enough short-short wingtips were produced to cover survivors among these aircraft, though I've no idea how many short-short tips were installed in Mark Is. Cheers, Dana
  15. Hi Rod, You're a truly fine modeler - beautiful results! Cheers, Dana
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