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  1. 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
  2. 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
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    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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Hi Luca, That is indeed an F4F-4 - it was photographed on Core on 27 Sept 1943. The unit was VC-13, which flew only F4F-4s between September 1942 and November 1943. I did a good bit of primary research on the Wildcat, but I don't remember seeing anything about six-gun FM-1s. Do you have a citation? Cheers, Dana
  10. Hi Dunny, Sorry that I hadn't logged into this conversation earlier. I've two contemporary color photos of open P-39 cockpits. The first clearly shows Bronze Green (recognized by it color and oily sheen) and the second clearly shows the blackish version of Dull Dark Green (similar to German Black Green). Recovered wrecks and museum unrestored aircraft show Interior Green (black-tinted zinc chromate). All of this makes sense - Bronze Green and DDG were interchangeable, depending on what was in stock at the time of painting; Interior Green was the replacement mandated in 1943.
  11. Hi all! It’s been almost two decades since I last dug into the subject of those National Air Race camouflage schemes, so it’s taken me a few days to find all the scattered pieces that might add to the story. That’s my artwork on the Microscale sheet. It was first published in the November 1977 PriFly, the original chapter pub of IPMS DC. At the time I’d been married for less than a year, living in DC for less than a year, and working for the Air Force Still Photo Depository for less than a year. We had just learned we were expecting our first child – Colleen is now 43! That ar
  12. Hi BB, Max Schoenfeld's book Hunting the U-Boat had the explanation - before leaving the ETO for the MTO, the unit's B-24s were recamouflaged with Mediterranean Blue. Unfortunately, the groups records didn't specify Light Med Blue or Dark Med Blue, though I suspect dark. Cheers, Dana
  13. I've got a pre-summer 1942 photo of two VP-82 PBOs in flight - the turret position has been skinned over. Drop me a note with your e-mail addy and I'll be happy to share a scan. (Sorry, I'm not set up to post images here...) Cheers, Dana danabell@earthlink.net
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    Wildcat question

    Hi All, Tom Wildenberg's Destined for Glory was the first book I've seen go into the US Navy's change in fighter policy during the 1930s. Perhaps not without hubris, Navy planners expected their fighters to first destroy all of an enemy's defensive fighters, then bomb and strafe the AAA gunners on enemy ships while torpedo planes and dive bombers delivered their attacks. It was also the first book to explain why the F11Cs were redesignated BFCs - the planes hadn't changed, but the missions had. (Remember the anti-aircraft bomblet dispensers buried in the wings of the XF4U-1?)
  15. I wish I knew more about the Chesapeakes - since they weren’t built under Lend-Lease, there’s not much info in the US National Archives. The Academy kit appears to be a reboxing of the Accurate Miniatures kit - one of my all-time favorite models. Every built example that I’ve seen has been wonderful. The Chesapeake seems to include features of the SB2U-2 and SB2U-3 - the Dash-3's provisions for four wing guns and the factory-installed bombing windows, without the -3's engine, extra dihedral, wing tanks, or enlarged stabilizer. The only thing missing from the kit is the spoiler o
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