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  1. You're right. The thread seems to have settled on the Academy kit. Wish Hasegawa released a TBF-1 with the gun in the nose. The boxing would be nice to have. VT-8. Grant
  2. I remember that the Frog Avenger's main landing gear was positioned wrong. I think that Academy copied this. The bomb bay in the Hasegawa kit is too shallow. The Mk 13 torpedo in the kit is a tad too thin and too short. 13' 5" by 22.4" in real life (56.8mm by 7.9mm in 72nd) versus 55.75mm by 6.55mm in the kit. The older Airfix Beaufighter torpedo is closer. If you want to make a very accurate Avenger in 72nd, I'd look for various Accurate Miniatures kit builds as a guide to add detail. If you want a typical mid to late war ASW fit, I'd add sonobuoys https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Weapons-bay-of-an-Avenger-showing-the-two-depth-bombs-at-the-rear-and-the-six-sono-buoys_fig5_312221907 and the MK 24 mine, AKA the secret acoustic torpedo FIDO. https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/80-G-373000/80-G-373112.html http://www.hauler.cz/e-shop/1-48-accessories-22/mk24-mine-„fido“-torpedo-1550 If you want a TBF-1D, The Italeri F4U-5N has a wing mounted radar that can be used. The Academy Typhoon or Tempest kit has longer launch rails that the USN also used for the underwing rockets. VC-8's Torchy 21 from the USS Guadalcanal had TBF-1Cs with the launch rails when the U-505 was captured. Part D4 should have the thin cross rods added to the underwing yagi antenna like on the box art on the Atlantic and RN kits. Hasegawa has the half engine molded to a plate. You may look for a good Wright Cyclone 14 radial engine. Grant
  3. Here is a PDF from EASTWARD Easter 2014 . Eastward The RAF Butterworth &Penang Association There is a section talking about Butterworth and 62 Sqdn in 1941. 27 Sqdn is also mentioned. https://docplayer.net/92844668-Eastward-easter-2014.html#show_full_text A request to identify a wreck, identified as a Blenheim Mk1. Some info on S/Ldr Scarf the VC winner. Aircraft Wreck Identification Needed, Date December 1941 Malaya thread http://www.adf-messageboard.com.au/invboard/index.php?showtopic=1625 Grant
  4. Here is a link to page 5 of the 27 Squadron Blenheim Mk. 1F. Grant
  5. You are looking for the A-4B. You can look for the Hasegawa A-4B repop. The A-4C and A-4E/F kits were repopped in 2018/2019 according to Scalemates. If you might be thinking of settling for one kit with the hope of getting parts to do the version that you want, sprue A, that has the fuselage parts and is in each kit, is actually different for most kits. The A-4B kit is the same as the A-4C kit with the B nose and instrument panel. Both the A-4B and C kits have a separate nose, the A-4E kit has the nose molded as part of the fuselage. In the A-4M kit, the modified tail is molded as part of the fuselage. too. The early A-4s had many fine markings. You want the A-4B for its bright markings. The A-4C also had many fine markings and the the A-4E did, too. Hasegawa did the VA-15 marking. 1/48 A-4B VA-15 VALIONS SKYHAWK #09784 And apparently be gotten on E-Bay 1/48 A-4B VA-15 VALIONS SKYHAWK + A-4C + CUTTING EDGE COCKPIT by HASEGAWA #09784 for $69.99. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-48-A-4B-VA-15-VALIONS-SKYHAWK-A-4C-CUTTING-EDGE-COCKPIT-by-HASEGAWA-09784/362916625138?hash=item547f843af2:g:s7IAAOSw8KxeP2Lc Grant
  6. Have you decided on which A-4 scheme or type? I guess ordering from Japan is lower down on your options. But many Hasegawa A-4 kits can still be found here. Grant
  7. You haven't mentioned a specific unit but the following units operated b-24s under the 7th AF. The 30th BG operated out of Saipan from Aug 44. It moved there from Kwajalein. I've read in only one place that when the group moved back to Hawaii in 1945, they were to re-equip with B-32s. Another B-24/F-7 unit was the 86th Combat Mapping Squadron which had a detachment flying out of Saipan. I believe that the 7th AF also had B-24s or LB-30s directly assigned to the 7th AF used for transport duties. I looked at the Hobby Japan Jeep Jeep Jeep book as the Japanese books often have Pacific stuff and lesser published photos, but in the pictures of jeeps on Saipan, the bumper numbers were too small to make out the unit. Sorry that I don't have better information.
  8. I also suspect that being a tail dragger might make fitting the radome a bit easier, although the Gannet AEW had a nose gear. These books might be of interest Shackleton: At War and Peace John Chartres https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shackleton-War-Peace-John-Chartres/dp/0711018383 Postwar Military Aircraft: Avro Shackleton v. 3 John Chartres https://www.amazon.co.uk/Postwar-Military-Aircraft-Avro-Shackleton/dp/0711015139/ref=pd_sim_14_2/257-4330882-3898211?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0711015139&pd_rd_r=e4dcdf80-11b5-4b47-9a54-e434ec861869&pd_rd_w=Z66Bb&pd_rd_wg=bnF6O&pf_rd_p=6a30fab2-6ed5-4400-920a-f4b0f59e4ff9&pf_rd_r=7K1TBY17ZNM6SE7PAYW5&psc=1&refRID=7K1TBY17ZNM6SE7PAYW5 Don't have these two. Shackleton Boys: 1 Steve Bond Shackleton Boys: 2 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shackleton-Boys-1-Steve-Bond/dp/1911621122/ref=pd_aw_sbs_14_1/257-4330882-3898211?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1911621122&pd_rd_r=5696cf93-56db-4f6a-808b-d925cc8c63ef&pd_rd_w=QLIgb&pd_rd_wg=utkiE&pf_rd_p=0208d703-a674-4413-8899-c3889837d212&pf_rd_r=6ATC4XZYZV5KD6AWPYG2&psc=1&refRID=6ATC4XZYZV5KD6AWPYG2 Nor this one. Avro Shackleton Manual: All Marks 1951 - 91 (Owners' Workshop Manual) Keith Wilson https://www.amazon.co.uk/Avro-Shackleton-Manual-Owners-Workshop/dp/0857337696/ref=pd_aw_sbs_14_7?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0857337696&pd_rd_r=8b0c0c51-e8b8-4622-ad34-6d3383f9bce8&pd_rd_w=oxuTl&pd_rd_wg=RF4Ok&pf_rd_p=0208d703-a674-4413-8899-c3889837d212&pf_rd_r=BSVGM5TV6WYJY1GR5X2X&psc=1&refRID=BSVGM5TV6WYJY1GR5X2X Grant
  9. If the strengthening of the airframe for its low level role avoided the fatigue problems (aluminium alloy, DTD683) that doomed the Mk. 1, then Valiant B2 would have been a better aircraft over the Victor and Vulcan as both also suffered some problems when switched to low level role. Bill Gunston voiced this opinion in his Bombers Of The West. It would have saved boatloads of money but also deprived us of two very sexy aircraft. Grant
  10. You can see the Intermountain Sky Hook equipped B-17 in Thunderball. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218540/The-real-life-James-Bond-rescues-Flying-Skyhook-wasnt-just-007-helped-recover-CIA-agents-enemy-lines.html Grant
  11. This is probably one of the best reference books about the B-24. The text is pretty accurate. Alan Blue did lots of research and produced this book in 1976. I heard that he frequents B24best web. The B-24 Liberator: A Pictorial History Hardcover – June 1, 1976 https://www.amazon.com/B-24-Liberator-Pictorial-History/dp/0684145081 I've checked Wiki and it states that the difference between the B-24H and B-24J was the nose turret. It should be that the B-24H were manufactured by Ford even if assembled by other companies from knock down kits. A "Knock Down Kit" B-24H. When Ford began building B-24s at Willow Run it was only doing sub-assemblies and parts. This led to complete airplanes in kit form which were shipped to Tulsa Oklahoma by rail for assembly. The production of these kits continued even after Willow Run started building finished airplanes. https://www.pinterest.jp/pin/840625086668234302/?lp=true B-24Js were produced at Consolidated San Diego. Here is a thread but the photos are all photobucketed. Phil Marchese is very knowledgeable but can be unsparing in his opinions. He also apparently spotted some problems with Consolidated Mess book. B-24H and J Differences http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/186785-b-24h-and-j-differences/ Here is a thread on Britmodeler about B-24 kits. On page two, Troy Smith includes a lengthy and useful comment by Byron. The B-24 1/72 problem The Academy/Minicraft B-24H box art for the Zodiac B-24H Aires shows a Ford nose but the kit is for a Consolidated nose. The only 1/72 kit that tries to approximate a Ford nose is the Academy B-24M. Look at this BM thread grafting the Academy/Minicraft B-24M nose to a Hasegawa B-24J. Minicraft B-24M nose on Hasegawa B-24 Sorry that I can't be more positive. It depends on how much you want to do. Grant
  12. Try the CV-34 USS Oriskany, during her 5th cruise in May 1970. CVW-19 with four combat squadrons – VF-191 and VF-194 equipped with the familiar F8 Crusaders and VA-153 and VA-155 equipped with A-7. The 6th and perhaps later cruises also had the F-8 and A-7 combo. I've seen a pic with all A-7s, I believe. https://thereaderwiki.com/en/USS_Oriskany_(CV-34) Grant
  13. It is probably a Ford built machine. Note the slant on the rear of the bombardier's window. Consolidated produced machines had a perpendicular rear, i.e. straight up and down. A Ford machine would generally be a B-24H but Ford produced KD kits (knock down) for other manufacturers. The small side window would indicate a machine early in the production run. The window would later been enlarged or fitted with a bubble window. Here is a B-24H -5-CF for comparison. CF means Consolidated Fort Worth but probably assembled from Ford manufactured components. Note the gentle S shaped curved line near the front of the aircraft. That's a Ford feature. It also has the nose turret. https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/usa/aircrafts-2-3/b-24-liberator/b-24-liberator-shoo-shoo-baby/ North American produced B-24G. Seems to follow the Consolidated style bombardier's window. https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Photos/igphoto/2000554395/ 72nd modeler, not trying to dis your efforts. Sorry I don't have Consolidated Mess. Grant
  14. Yeah, the Fujimi VC-1 decals will do. Some interesting info here. FSM - What's the best Sea King in 1/72? http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/16/t/111204.aspx Have you seen this page? Mercury & Gemini Recovery Helos http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/daweeks01-2763369-mercury-gemini-recovery-helos/ Grant
  15. Have you seen this from Tailhook Topics? Reviews from Jodie Peeler. https://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/search?q=sh-3 If you have a fancy to do the Cybermodel VC-1 SH-3G, there are some errors in the VC-1 portion. The stars around the 'Primo Warrior' Alii should be a circle not an oval shaped ring. Microscale 72-414 http://www.aviationshop.co.za/functions/prodView.asp?idproduct=24190 Grant
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