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Mark Joyce

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Mark Joyce last won the day on April 27 2019

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  1. Thanks Mike. That profile is the same as in Carl Molesworth's Osprey book, "P-40 Warhawk Aces of the Pacific," and if I recall possibly another book/website or two. It's likely all are based on the one in Carl's book, which I believe was the first published, as are the Eagle Strike decals I have for "The Carolina Belle." Ernie Harris was one of the few pilots who achieved double ace status flying the P-40. He was credited with 10 confirmed victories, which is the number of flags shown on his recovered P-40N, and per Carl's book his last confirmed victory was in this airplane on 21 Sept. '43. The Pacific Wrecks website indicates that the plane was then assigned to another (unnamed) pilot, who achieved an additional two victories in it. Perhaps that pilot's victory markings were never applied to the plane? Interestingly, the book I obtained my photo from has a photo of Harris' earlier P-40E, also named "Carolina Belle" and #67, but the text indicates his P-40N was #57. Harris is blocking much of the plane number in the photo I posted, but it appears to be 6 and not a 5. I'm wondering if, when his P-40E was written off, its lower radiator 'tub' with both the name and number was transferred to his P-40N, if I recall correctly this part being interchangeable between all Allison-engined P-40s. The photo of his P-40E is blurry too and the plane is somewhat in the background so it's hard to tell if the "Carolina Belle" lettering is different between the two planes, although the photo is of the opposite side of the airplane so it might be a moot point anyway. As an aside, Ernie Harris was killed in a jet fighter crash in 1949. Cheers, Mark
  2. "The Carolina Belle" was flown by ace Ernie Harris. I've checked my many books on the 49th FG as well as the Internet and have only found one, from the book "Protect & Avenge: The 49th Fighter Group in World War II," although the Pacific Wrecks website have a few of the plane's twisted remains; none of the ones there that I've seen are of much use with the exception of one showing Harris' name and his associated victory markings by the cockpit. Here's the one blurry one I have from the book, and am hoping others might be out there especially showing more of the airframe: TIA, Mark
  3. One of the nicest painted models, especially the NMF, I've seen. A real piece of art. Cheers, Mark
  4. Nicely done, Mark, on the old kit. The weathering effect looks great. I checked out the build thread and saw how much work you put into dressing up the interior. Cheers, Mark
  5. I would go for the Anigrand kit, but it has some serious shape issues, especially the nacelles, and the decals are incorrectly done (no white background on the lettering). Neither is necessarily insurmountable but enough to turn me off. And I would most definitely muck up a vacuform. I do have the XB-51 in 1/144, part of Anigrand's collection where you get a main kit and three related ones, so I'll probably build that and be happy for now. Cheers, Mark
  6. Another great looking T-bolt, Ed. Unlike you, I can never seem to get those anti-glare panels equal on both sides of the fuselage no matter how well I think I have them masked off. Cheers, Mark
  7. A nicely built and finished Hurricane. Is it the 72nd scale kit? Cheers, Mark
  8. I've not seen one of these built up for a looonnng time. It's always been on my 'want list' but is rare as hen's teeth nowadays and equally expensive. However, looking at your build thread and the issues you encountered make me rethink my wants. Regardless of the issues you had, the end result looks superb, especially the NMF. Cheers, Mark
  9. Nicely done, Tony, and that's an exceptional finish using a rattle can and brush. Cheers, Mark
  10. Having built this Special Hobby kit, as well as almost every other P-40 kit out there, I agree and think it's the best P-40 in any scale. For how detailed and accurate the Hasegawa P-40 series are, those plugs and inserts make them a difficult build for me. I thought I saw aerials but wasn't positive. What thickness Uschi did you use? I only recently started using Uschi on my builds and really like it, although I know there are at least three sizes. Cheers, Mark
  11. I always like to see a nicely done Scorpion, and it's a great collection you have as well. Cheers, Mark
  12. Very nice indeed....although it looks rather pregnant to me! Cheers, Mark
  13. Nice job on the build, and I especially like the 'oversprayed" US markings on the underside of the wings. Cheers, Mark
  14. Very nice build, and the paintwork is great. I just started using AK paints and so far I'm very impressed with them. Cheers, Mark
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