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Dana Bell

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  1. Ah, I really wasn't paying attention! So the vertical tail was angled 2 degrees to the left along the centerline. But the real question was the horizontal tails. OK, I'm awake now... The Corsair horizontal tails were identical - the left hand stab and elevator were simply flipped over and installed on the right side. This could pose a problem with colors on replacement panels, and a few early Birdcage photos actually show the camouflage colors reversed. When properly installed, the horizontals had zero degrees of dihedral along the leading edges. The entire horizontal tail had a 1-1/4-degree pitch up in relation to the thrust line, but that wouldn't affect the dihedral. One last note about the Glossy Sea Blue scheme - watch for the N/S Sea Blue antiglare panel on the forward fuselage - it will be a bit grayer even when weathered. It shows up pretty well in some of the previous color photos. Cheers, Dana
  2. Hi Ray, Sorry that I wasn't paying attention to your question about the vertical tail. There was a 2-degree angle to the left designed to counter the engine's torque - it should feature in all those early Corsairs, though most never notice it. Cheers, Dana
  3. A quick note on AN-I-9b... For years most of us accepted that the switch from the red border to the blue began on 14 August, the date on AN-I-9b's cover sheet. It turns out the change began in mid-September, when AN-I-9b was actually issued. More recent discoveries show that the spec was still being written in early September, and was finally ready for review around the 12th. I've no idea why the spec was released with an earlier date of issue, and some units were certainly applying blue over the red before the spec came out, but most factories and depots were still expected to release aircraft with the red surround in mid-September (and beyond for organizations that had purchased red-bordered decals!) Cheers, Dana
  4. Hey Cookie, Looks wonderful - a very effective job there! Cheers, Dana
  5. Hi Toby, A quick run through my collection shows plenty of pictures of beached PBYs with the wingtip floats raised. I suspect raising the floats gave ground crews one less thing to bump into during maintenance. Cheers, Dana
  6. Hi Glynn, Dennis and Minion are on the money about the camouflage scheme. One other note - #93 had the rear vision tunnel windows replaced with sheet metal. You might prefer to camouflage your model without the masks on those windows. Looks like a good build! Cheers, Dana
  7. Hi Tiger, A word before you get too far - those 12th BG Mitchells were Sand (desert pink) over Neutral Gray (not Azure Blue). This was a US scheme and didn't use the British color. Cheers, Dana
  8. Good luck, Dennis, I hate to see a redo, but it sounds like you've got it all under control. Hope it all goes well for you! Cheers, Dana
  9. Hi Dennis, You said the magic word lacquer - I suspect you're facing the same painting problem that affected manufacturers of the real aircraft. Lacquer will etch the surface beneath it (which is why it works so well on plastics) but doesn't play well with other types of paint. You can spray lacquer over lacquer, but not over dope or enamel. You can spray dope over dope, but not over lacquer or enamel. You can spray enamel over anything you want. (In modeling terms, water-based paints can be treated like enamels -- they'll spray over anything without damaging the underlying surface, but you can't overspray them with lacquers.) It appears your lacquers attacked your hairspray and (perhaps) your basecoat. When Goodyear took over Lend-Lease Corsair production for Britain, several Briggs outer wing panels arrived camouflage in enamels to match the FAA patterns and colors. By this time Goodyear was painting all of its FGs Glossy Sea Blue. The company received BuAer's permission to overspray the enamels with GSB lacquers - within months the enamels, the underlying doped basecoats, and the fabric portions of the wings themselves were all failing. Oops. Light sandpaper should clean away your problem. I too like spraying lacquers (no better finish in the world) and have had some luck using the old Magic Mask for simulated chipping. Any rubber cement might work just as well for you, but give your choice a test before working on your model. I like what you've done so far - despite a setback, it doesn't look like your efforts have been ruined. Cheers, Dana
  10. Hi Pierpaolo, Happy to help when I can - enjoy the books! I look forward to your continuing efforts on the model - it looks great so far! Cheers, Dana
  11. Hi Pierpaolo, Looking good - I particularly like your salmon mix. One note before you glaze over the rear-view tunnels: you might want to paint that area beneath the glass with camouflage paint rather than Dull Dark Green. That section was considered part of the exterior and painted accordingly. Cheers, Dana
  12. Hi Colin, My records only cover the -1 thru -1D versions of the Corsair. Vought experimented with several alternatively skinned components, but standardized Alclad everywhere except: Ailerons and tabs -- plywood (with fabric-covered plywood on some early aircraft) Rudders and elevators -- fabric-covered aluminum structure Outer panel flap -- aluminum structure and leading edge, fabric skin aft of leading edge. Lower skins were subsequently metal covered when rockets were mounted. Wings -- after sections of outer panels were fabric all the way to the outer edges of the wing tips (which matters if you're painting the dopes surfaces a different tone than the aluminum surfaces). When rockets were mounted, a metal plate covered sections of the fabric skin. Hope this helps, Cheers, Dana
  13. Hi Dennis, I've seen the originals of those pix - you are absolutely correct about the scheme. Paint away! Cheers, Dana
  14. Hi Colin, You're off to a great start. Just a heads up on two items: -- There should be no skin on the upper wing aft of the open gun bays. If you send me your e-mail address I can send you some detail pix to help with the build. (Don't forget that the flap aft of the guns lock straight down to ease access.) -- While most of the Corsairs used a coat or two of untinted zinc chromate, the cockpit would be the exception. You may wish to pop a coat of Interior Green (black + zinc chromate) in there before you seal that up. (It looks pretty good as is, but you may find it a bit too bright once the model's done and it's too late to change anything.) Cheers, Dana
  15. Hi Jack, I have to believe that 1071-028 was simply a duPont number for Dark Olive Drab 41. It couldn't have been related to OD 613, since the Vought drawings were prepared before the existence of 613. Cheers, Dana
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