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  1. 11bravo

    F-35A Crash

    Totally OT but this is a pretty cool article. Low energy catapult testing with an F-35C. Glad test pilots get paid the big bucks! https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/33689/code-brown-as-this-f-35c-sinks-to-just-above-the-waves-after-taking-a-low-power-catapult-shot
  2. Looks like the lower aft fuselage is pretty grubby as well (leaking fuel / hydraulic fluid from combat damage perhaps?). VV-Z would make for an interesting model to build.... If nothing else, it gives me some guidance on weathering the oil/exhaust soot on the undersides (and I assume topsides as well) of the horizontal stabs.
  3. I think you must be correct. I know fabric / dope is standard to repair damage to fabric covered surfaces but would they have used this approach for damage to the wooden horizontal stabs? I've often wondered how they repaired bullet holes in wooden structures like those of the Mosquito.
  4. Hi Mike, I was thinking the same as well but the pattern on the pic above doesn't match the standard topside "night fighter" scheme as shown on most diagrams I've seen. Very interesting....
  5. Based on Anthony's great selection of pics, it looks probable that at least some Mossies had this opening sealed off. Especially the picture of crash landed VV-Z which clearly shows something in the tail cone. Since Coastal Command Mossies wouldn't have needed the "Flasher" unit, my money is on a plug. Only unfortunate part is that I wish I had read this post sooner, I already went ahead and glued the fairing in place on my build. Going to be quite difficult to seal this off with the fairing in place. Completely OT but in looking at VV-Z, it appears that the underside of the left horizontal stab and elevator were partially camouflaged. Any idea what that's about?
  6. This has been a most interesting thread, thanks to everyone who contributed. I have a question - does anyone know if the Type F fairing under the tail would have been left open or blanked off if the lamp wasn't installed? I'm building the 32nd scale Tamiya kit (as a Strike Wing Mossie which surely wouldn't have had the flasher unit installed) and it has this part open with no cover. Any info would be appreciated. John
  7. 11bravo

    Bearcat

    Great point. Given that when it was developed, Kamikazes were starting to take a horrendous toll on the USN, it was really intended to be an amazingly fast, quick-climbing point (or near-point) defense fighter.
  8. 11bravo

    Bearcat

    Arguably, had it seen action, it would have been the best piston-engined fighter of WW2.
  9. I still can't understand how the observer was able to manipulate this weapon. Doesn't look like there is sufficient room to traverse it unless the guy ducks his head out of the bubble.
  10. Hello. I'm wondering if anyone has a few pictures of the bomb bay of an FB.VI (especially the aft bulkhead and the sides, showing the control wires, hydraulic lines, etc). I'm building a model of an FB.VI and can't find many good references on this area. Kind regards! John
  11. Hi Jamie, Just a monthly check-in. Any progress to report getting your awesome paint shipped out to the colonies? Regards, John
  12. I did a bunch of research on this subject when I did my F-51D Korean War build. Here is what I found: Some F-51's had the putty removed, some didn't. Some F-51's were in NMF, some were repainted overall aluminum lacquer Some F-51's had the cockpit repainted black, some kept the WW2 vintage interior green. Some F-51's had additional radio gear behind the pilot, some kept the WW2 vintage radios Some F-51's had new cooling vents on the fuselage sides, aft of the wings, some didn't. Just about every F-51 were the later block numbers that had the HVAR stubs installed. Hope this helps! :) Bottom line is that you need to have good references for your subject and if you don't just wing it. Highly unlikely anyone can prove you wrong.
  13. I'm sorry but I can't help with a picture. That being said, take any profile with a huge grain of salt!
  14. Thanks Jamie & Dave, I appreciate it. I was aware that my pic above wasn't from an FB.VI but it was the only thing I had handy to illustrate those colored instruments! Regards, John
  15. Hi folks, I'm building the Tamiya FB.VI and am starting on the instrument panel. One thing I noted is that some references show the engine gauges to be outlined in either red, blue or yellow. However, most restorations I've seen (I know that the accuracy of these can vary), have the gauges in basic black. From the decent B&W pics I've found of WW2 Mossies, it also appears that the gauges are black. Any info would be much appreciated. Here's a restored IP with the colored gauges.
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