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  1. Hi Steve, I've not seen any really clear, well lit images of Streig's Corsair, but the little I've seen suggests he did fly with the 3rd camouflage variation - which is what your drawing shows. Intermediate Blue was a purple-blue color; the blue pigments faded rapidly, leading to numerous complaints from the field that the paint ended up looking pink. You've got plenty of room to plaay with the paints! Remember that the Semi-gloss Sea Blue portions of the wings would differ between the lacquers (metal skin) and dopes (fabric), and that the fabric extended all the way
  2. Hi Steve, Have you chosen which individual airframe you want to model? There are three major variations of the four-toned scheme for F4U-1As, plus a handful of minor variations - most of the schemes aren't properly identified in publications. If you post your choice here we can toss you a few hints about what you're trying to recreate. Cheers, Dana
  3. Through WW2 the US military used three different colors for radial engine crank cases. The main color was the Engine Gray noted in the previous posts. This was the Navy's 1930s color standardized as the ANA shade in 1938. In mid-1943 the ANA members also allowed manufacturers to use the Army's 3-1 color Dark Gray No.13. The third color was an earlier Army color, but just now I can't locate the memos discussing its use. I seem to recall that it was 3-1 color Blue Gray No.12, but I'd feel better recommending this if I could put my hands on the documentation. Cheers,
  4. Hi Victor, If you drop me a note at my e-mail address (danabell@earthlink.net) I'll send you some pix of Dark Gull Gray/White Kingfishers. There were plenty of them assigned to East Coast inshore patrol squadrons. Just a note - while modelers commonly refer to these schemes as "Atlantic" schemes, they were officially ASW Scheme 1 and ASW Scheme 2. While most often seen on Atlantic-based squadrons, they were also carried by a few rarely seen Pacific-based units. (Most Pacific units flew varied missions, and the schemes were not designed for use where enemy aircraft mi
  5. Hi N6539F, From what I can tell, only one of the B-17Bs completed its conversion. It was certainly painted with Cabot Haze Paint, but appears to have crashed in the US before ever seeing combat. I've many detail photos of the conversion - send me your e-mail address and I'll forward them to you via DropBox. (Unfortunately, I've never found an overall photo of the aircraft, but I suspect there were very few markings beyond the national insignia.) Cheers, Dana danabell@earthlink.net
  6. Hi Elger, I never got a look at the boarding ladder, so I've no opinion on its color. I had an invite to go document Flak Bait's colors back last January, but things got a bit crazy with the whole Covid thing and I haven't had a chance to get out to the Hazy Center. B-26s were originally camouflaged with OD and Neutral Gray only; I'm not certain when the production orders added the Medium Green blotches. Later camouflage (after OD was deleted from most other aircrafts' production lines) seemed to dispense with the Medium Green, and eventually the only factory-applied
  7. Hi Mark, A beautiful job, skillfully excuted! It's been fun to follow your progress and a joy to see the results! Cheers, Dana
  8. Hi Fabio, Indeed - the aerial wires run from each wingtip to the fin. One of the wires should have an additional lead to the fuselage, but I don't see it in any of the photos. Cheers, Dana
  9. Hi Whirly, That's the XP-40 in its final configuration. The first three production P-40s were delivered in aluminum finish, but all subsequent P-40s, P-40Bs, and P-40Cs were delivered in camouflage. As to the markings, that's the #11 aircraft assigned to the Materiel Division at Wright Field. (There might be a blue/yellow WRIGHT arrowhead marking on the aft fuselage. If so it's blocked from view by the wing - but it was there earlier in the year when the aircraft carried a simple "10" on the vertical tail.) The designator appears above and below the left
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    PBY4 Catalina

    Hi Steve, I can give you an idea, but it won't be very helpful. The colors were to be matched to the 1926 version of the Munsell charts. As listed in the 1935 handbook of naval aircraft camouflage they were: BG-B 2/4 Blue Green - the upper surface base color for all aircraft GY-G 2/4 Yellow Green - the disruptive color applied to 1/3 of upper surfaces on larger aircraft (such as the PBY) PB 4/4 Purple Blue - the countershading color applied to vertical surfaces PB 6/2 Purple Blue - the underside color There are two problems
  11. Dana Bell

    PBY4 Catalina

    Hi Pauly Boy, My name shows up in some of the linked threads referenced above, so I thought I'd add in some details to help you with your color choices. Let me start by saying that I don't know what colors those two prewar squadrons were painted. They were eventually to become the Black Cats, but that was later in the war. They were not painted in the same scheme as seen at Pearl Harbor - those aircraft wore Dayton R. E. Brown's Seagull scheme, a graded progression of black to white down the fuselage sides (with dark blue to white on a single aircraft). The known re
  12. Hi MDriskill, Sorry if I seemed upset with you - I wasn't, though my note wasn't clear about that. I'm just not happy with the sites that think they can reproduce what they wish for the greater good. I've had books turn up on those sites less that a month after the release date - certainly not my greater good! Best to you and yours for a happy Thanksgiving! Cheers, Dana
  13. I have to disagree about Boxart Den. Any site that publishes copyrighted material without the author's/publisher's permission should be banned forever. Don't ask me why I feel that way... Cheers, Dana
  14. Sorry it took so long to find the papers on this - the elimination of the walkway was begun in June 1945 with MCR 396-1. By that time the F4U-1 was out of production (with Vought switched over to F4U-4s) and Brewster had closed down. The change applied to FG-1s only. Cheers, Dana
  15. Hi Shaun, Vought tried a number of different walkways, but all Corsair Is and IIs had them. They were deleted partway through Corsair IV production, after the step was added to the right inboard flap. Cheers, Dana
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