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  1. So I've been wading through what research I can find and the multiple forum and blog posts by Nick Millman/Aviation of Japan, and have been getting progressively more confused. I'm working on a B6N and have been struggling to get the upper green looking right, and am puzzled as to what to use on the underside. I made a color swatch from the paints I had and scanned it: 1) Upper surfaces: D1 vs D2 green; from what I gather, XF-11 is meant to represent D1(the darker of the two), and XF-70 is meant to represent D2. Now, which to use? Some paint manufacturers/online posts
  2. As far as I'm aware, the ring you see in front of the engine in current day Swordfish (which is inaccurately copied onto model kits) is part of the modern fire extinguishing system. The ring should be removed for a WW2 Swordfish.
  3. Thanks, I'll go with yellow then. I saw that specification earlier than only discontinued the stripes in 1943, but lots (most, even) of the photos of wildcats from before that clearly have the yellow tips.
  4. Hello- Does anybody know when the USN tri-color propeller tips were phased out? I'm doing a Midway Wildcat and am trying to work out if I should go with the three-color prop tips or solid yellow. Thanks
  5. Great, looks like I can do it with some very minor modifications, thanks.
  6. I'm working on a Viggen and am looking into maybe putting some missiles on it for a QRA scenario. I can't find any aftermarket Skyflash missiles in 1/48. Would it be accurate to just use an AIM-7E? I know there were internal differences with the guidance and radar seeker, but externally were there any big differences between the Skyflash and the AIM-7E that would be readily apparent in 1/48? Thanks
  7. TIme to work on the engine: It's a resin replacement from Vector, Here are the parts I'll be using. I won't include the exhaust stubs on the back of the cylinders as they won't be visible. After initial painting and assembling, I inserted wires for the ignition harness. Final result: Here it is assembled in the cowling: Here is the kit's Mk VIII gunsight, and the armored glass that also served as the surface for the gunsight reflection: Primed in gloss black, ready to go:
  8. Continuing work, filled in the wingtip lights with a block of clear sprue before sanding and polishing it to shape. I also cut out the recesses for the landing light and gun camera on the wing leading edges, and plan to fill this with a transparent material later. This landing light in the wing was only present on earlier Corsair models and needs to be filled. The problem is maintaining the molded fabric texture. I started by filling it with milliput and mr surfacer I then laid down some tape to form a channel, and then he
  9. The ugly duckling now has paint! I managed to get the Airfix kit put together and rescribed enough for a NMF (hopefully). We will see how she looks when I lay down the aluminum. I already added the silver lacquer to the wings. Major progress on the Eduard build. Decals in place Followed by an oil wash. Per photographs, the propeller didn't have any of the Hamilton-standard logos or stencilling, so I left it black. Some light fuel stains Added small details like the backup gunsight post, bomb racks, antenn
  10. Got the flaps installed. I had an Ultracase resin set, but either because of it or the way I built the wings, the fit was poor. Instead, I opted to use the kit parts for the inner flaps (filling the wing step which only appeared on later aircraft) and build my own covers from plastic sheet, and use the resin flaps for the more complicated outer sections. I still needed to add some shims to lengthen the resin flaps so that they would fit up against the inner parts. I added the covers on the underside from some thin plastic card. Added
  11. Can anyone point me to a good photograph of the landing light (sometimes referred to as the "approach light") on the -1D Corsair wing leading edge? It should be on the left wing just inboard of the guns. The 1/48 Tamiya kit has the incorrect earlier circular landing light on the wing underside that I need to fill and replace with the above. The kit has a small rectangular panel that looks like it's in the right place but I'd like to confirm. On a similar note, where was the gun camera window located? There appears to be another similar rectangular panel I can open up on the right s
  12. After wrapping up the gear bay, I got to work on the wing guns. I got a set of two Master brass P-51D guns for my two Mustang builds, but concluded that those kits did not need them. I took six of the recessed gun mounts from these sets, and after slightly drilling out the openings on the Corsair wind leading edge, glued them in place with thick CA. This lets me use those two sets I got, plus I still have four leftover guns for a future P-51B or something like that. I then mounted the outer wing sections in place. The mechanism Tamiya provides, a
  13. Scribing results are mixed. It's tolerable but could be much better. Considering the area will be natural metal I've set it aside for a bit to figure out what to do. Progress is much better on the Eduard build. Here is the masking for the green noze. The end result I painted the area around the exhaust titanium and added some heat staining evident in some photos. A close up: I originally added some chipping to the black stripes, and then noticed later on a photograph of the real aircraft th
  14. Even more of the landing gear plumbing done. Just need to add the cables to the door actuators like this on the other side and I'll be finished and ready to move on. Either going to do the outer wings/gun areas next, or keep working on landing gear.
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