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  1. Afternoon all! Are any of you familiar with the F-5s of the 12th Photo Recon Squadron that were based in Italy in the second half of WW2? I'm wondering if anyone knows definitively what color the tail numbers were? I've always interpreted the tail numbers as white; however, Italeri has released decals for a 12th PRS F-5E with yellow tail numbers. This first photo is from the website "The Jive Bomber". https://thejivebombers.com/2019/03/27/lightning-strikes-f-5s-p-38s/ The tail numbers do look less brilliant than the white on the tip of the verti
  2. True, “modify” was a poor choice of words as there are some significant changes. The sentiment was more surprise and disappointment that they didn’t do more from the Hudson/Ventura family since the last 1/48 Hudson offering was the Classic airframes kit.
  3. I’m more of a 1/48 guy but don’t have the Classic Airframes kit so I imagine it will have to be 1/72. I’m surprised and disappointed that Revell didn’t modify their PV-1 kit to offer a Hudson given the number of countries that used the Hudson and all the various camo schemes. Wow, thanks! That’s very generous of you to offer.
  4. That would be cool! Then I wouldn't have to come up with my own. I'm still in the preliminary stages of this one and haven't looked but do you know if you can get a sheet that just has generic RAAF code letters and serial numbers in sky blue and MSG?
  5. Hi Peter, This is absolutely fantastic and made my day! Thank you so very much. You are not the first person to recommend David Vincent's book so I'll be looking for that. I generally try and see if my local library can connect me with a book first and I just haven't had the time to pop in and ask them. I also followed Tim's advice and sent an email to Ron but haven't heard anything yet. I am a sucker for planes with cameras. I equally love groups that are less well covered (which can be a problem when it comes to information) so for me, that photo of A16-112 was gold.
  6. Late war RAAF is also not my area of expertise so I could be wrong, and am in fact, wrong. I was basing my guess of sky blue on some RAAF markings documents I found in this thread over at the ww2aircraft.net forum. https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/raaf-markings-and-codes.9351/ I originally found the sky blue reference in the 1943 specifications document but there is another PDF in that thread, also shown below, from a 1944 specifications document that calls for medium sea grey codes (which I believe to include squadron codes and aircraft registration numbers) agai
  7. Morning all (depending on your longitude), Are any of you familiar with the Lockheed Hudson(s) used by the RAAF Survey flight from mid-1944 to mid-1946? I found this one picture of Hudson A16-112, coded SU-P. The plane carried a 6" trimetrogon setup in the nose. I'm trying to determine what is written on the fuselage under the pilots side window in the attached photo. It's obscured by the prop spinner. Any guesses or photos that might shed light on the mystery text? Camo looks like overall foliage green. I'm guessing SU-P codes in sky blue, not sure about the serial number, white o
  8. Looks like this thread hasn't been active for quite some time but thought it might be interesting to share this photo which I found on Brian Spurr's Facebook page dedicated to his father's WWII service. https://www.facebook.com/brian.peter.spurr/media_set?set=a.10155217058756901&type=3 The photo shows a Lockheed L-10 Electra named "Cloudy Joe". According to the caption on Brian's page, "It seems the factory serial of this aircraft is 1124 and it carried registrations YU-SBB and AX701. It was involved in a Operation Pike to photograph the Iraq oil fields." What's
  9. Thanks for the suggestion. I've been doing just that and trying to go month by month. So far, a lot of serial numbers and no codes for 682 Sqn.
  10. Hi all, Quick question about this book. A few years back there was a Spitfire-related thread in which a gentleman was looking for the serial number of a 681 Sqn Spitfire in India based on the "Y" squadron marking. Someone listed off the squadron code and serial number for over two dozen 681 Sqn Spitfires and referenced the book Coastal Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. To anyone who has this book, could you tell me if it has a similar list for all RAF PR squadrons and all PR airframes? For example, if I was interested in the two San Severo-based 682 Sqn Spitf
  11. Ha! No worries. I didn't realize there were more photos of K6K and if it hadn't been for your post, I wouldn't have gone looking.
  12. I've never seen that photo of JV723 your describing. The only photo I can recall seeing that incontrovertibly shows a vertical camera is this one. Thomas suggests this is JV282 on HMS Khedive. However, and maybe I'm completely wrong here, but both the NavSource entry for CVE-39 Cordova / HMS Khedive D62 ( https://www.navsource.org/archives/03/039.htm ) and the Royal Navy Research Archive entry for HMS Khedive ( http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/ESCORT/Galleries/KHEDIVE_Gllery_2.htm ) have a striking similar set of photos which I believe show the same plane, just earlier i
  13. Thanks for all the thoughts. One thing that I didn't notice until last night is the roundel on the starboard wing of the left-most Hellcat. You can only see the wing but it's painted similarly to 6G. The roundel on that wing is different than 6G. I don't see anything resembling a middle circle in red or lighter blue or gray. I only see dark blue and white. Does this affect how we interpret 6G? If we are looking at two shades of blue on 6G, why don't we see this on the other Hellcat? If gray/grey was used on 6G, why not this other Hellcat? (Unless we assume the dark blue paint stocks ra
  14. Hi all, Seeing as I'm in the mode of planning for some future builds, can anyone give me a hand interpreting the colors of the roundels on this FAA Hellcat 6G? Ron Mackay's Fleet Air Arm: British Carrier Aviation, 1939-1945, dates this photo as April, 1945 while Eyes for the Phoenix and the HMS Ameer website (http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/ESCORT/AMEER.htm#.XLYprqROlhE) gives the date as 28 May, 1945. I'm fuzzy on the dates and changes of FAA roundels so I'm guessing here but see three colors on the starboard wing (white, red, blue) and three on the fuselage roundel (
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