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About Tweener

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    Curtiss and Douglas aircraft of the 1930s.

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  1. I must say, you've done a great job on this one! I've always thought the SB was a great looking plane but I've never had the courage for the ICM kit even if the SCW SB's look a treat. I'll have to store away this build log just in case you inspire me to find the courage.
  2. Apologies for going MIA for most of the summer - time has a funny way of running short when you need it most, evidently. The good news is that my schedule is starting to free up again, so I wanted to ask you all if there were any particular Hawk variants you would like to see me post about first. So far, I have some notes on the YP-20, P-6E, and XP-22, but I could certainly look into others as requested. Thanks, Tweener
  3. Made some more progress on this one over the past few days, and took a few new photos as well: I think that it is really beginning to take shape; now I simply need to make a few touch ups and source decals. Thanks, Tweener
  4. While taking a break from scratching the Hudson Bomb Bay, I started 2 new projects, a Brewster Buffalo in USAAF Markings (Australia 1944) and this one, a Monogram F4B4 as a Boeing 256 of the FAB. Thankfully, no obvious conversion was needed, so I simply assembled the kit and got to painting. I'm looking forward to doing a Thai Air Force F4B next. Hopefully, the finished model will look like this: Currently, it looks like this: I apologize for the poor photo: MM Russian Armor Green is curiously hard to photograph. Tomorrow, I will try to get outdoors to take a better one if the weather holds. The Engine is done and ready to attach, but first I need to finish painting the pilot and then attach the upper fuselage around him. Finally, I will need to source some Brazilian Roundels. I might just buy an FCM P-40 Sheet and a P-40 as well, for a stablemate. Perhaps a P-36 could even appear if I can get the old Monogram or Revell kit for cheap. That's all for now, Tweener
  5. @MoaNot a problem! I was just looking for your page to see if you had done any Boeing 100's, so the timing could not have been better! @72modelerWould a page that just lists the common parts between different airframes be useful? I could update it as I continue to post each aircraft.
  6. Here is an example of what I have in mind: XP-23 The XP-23 was the last biplane fighter design produced by Curtiss Aircraft. Developed from the P-6E, it received a new monocoque aluminum fuselage, new tail surfaces, landing gear, and a more pronounced nose that housed a supercharged V-1570. The final aircraft was a far more aerodynamic one, essentially a cleaned up P-6E. It’s fine looks were deceiving. Weighing in at 4124 pounds gross, the aircraft was excessively heavy. This increased weight almost 800 pounds worth, doomed the aircraft to mediocre performance. At sea level, it was able to reach a top speed of roughly 180 mph (289 kph). This increased to 203 mph (327 kph) at 15,000 feet and the service ceiling was 26,000 feet. Armament was the standard 2 x .30-cal machine guns above the nose. As an option, one of these could be replaced by a more powerful .50-cal. In the end, the XP-23 was returned to Curtiss because it was a product of a bygone age. The Army had placed it’s order for the first Boeing P-26 monoplanes during the development and testing of the XP-23, ending the days of the biplane Pursuits. Once it had been determined that no orders would be forthcoming, the XP-23 (then known as the YP-23) was modified to serve as a test aircraft for radiator drag testing. The supercharger was removed and a 2-bladed prop replaced the original 3-bladed unit. Briefly, the radiator was also removed and in its place a hose transferred the used coolant liquid into an overhead tank that then discharged it safely away from the pilot. The wings of the XP-23 went on to serve as the basis for the wings of the Naval F11C Goshawk fighter.
  7. Tweener

    Post-War Mitchells

    I've just started on the big Monogram 1/48 B-25J, and though I like the looks of the Finito Benito, Next Hirohito decal scheme, I am more interested in doing something post-war for a change. I know that B-25s were used by both Air Training Command and Material Air Transport Command, but finding period photo's has so far tended to elude me. I'm curious as to whether anyone knows if there were any standard markings used for these birds, and if so what they were / if decals are available for them. As of now, the plan is to make the bird seen below, assuming it is in any degree of standard markings. I don't know if it it just me, or are most of the engine cowlings finished in flat black? Thanks in advance, Tweener
  8. I'll try to get started this weekend!
  9. @72modeler @Corsairfoxfouruncle@dogsbody One thing I should probably note is that for now, I am only focusing on USAAC types. Would you still be interested? As for format, I am thinking I will type up short descriptions of each of the aircraft (2-3 paragraphs) with all the photos I can find. Does that sound good? Thanks, Tweener
  10. Would anyone be interested in having a collection of photos of the Curtiss Hawk Series all in one place? I have been compiling as many photos as I can find and have been sorting them out by type (P-6A, YP-20, XP-23, just to name a few). I have been thinking about posting this as a sort of one-stop reference to the series, but I'm not sure if interest is high enough, or where exactly I should post them if it is. Is anyone interested or does anyone have advice? Thank You, Tweener
  11. I rather like Vallejo faded PRU blue myself
  12. Well, this really shouldn't have taken as long as it has, but life has that effect, does it not? After spending far too long painting and repainting the AHT-5, I've finally gotten it to a point I'll call good enough. Next, I just need to do a small bit of detail painting and find replacement wheels. The kit ones were less than presentable and I've lost one of them in any case. On my next trip back home, I should be able to call this one done - the first finished model in much too long. Thanks, Tweener
  13. I've got one of these in the stash I really should have gotten to by now, I've long thought it to be one of the better looking planes of it's day. With your talents, I'm surprised you haven't produced the Finnish F13s with radial engines. Perhaps in the future?
  14. I myself was always curious as to why a twin engine configuration wasn't tried before 3 engines were decided on. In any case, I too am working on a 52 under a different name - C-79. Right now it's backlogged while I search for an RLM 02 that can actually be brushed. I'll be following, Tweener
  15. Having one of these nearing completion, I definitely agree it is a great kit. I'll need to see to picking up at least one more for the sake of building a night fighter as well. I'll be watching - Tweener
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