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  1. From Dana Bell's excellent Aircraft Pictorial 7: F4U-1 Corsair Vol 1: Cockpit interior: "Dull Dark Green was the finish coat for early Birdcage cockpits. .... In Spring 1943 the Navy directed manufacturers to use up existing stocks of Indian Red and Dull Dark Green lacquer, switching to a mix of black enamel and zinc chromate to create 'Interior Green' for a finsih coat and cockpit colour. Indian Red was quickly depleted but Dull Dark Green was often found on later Corsairs." [So you seem to have a choice of Dull Dark Green or Interior Green. I use Humbrol 149 for Dull Dark Green.] Bombing Window: "Every Birdcage Corsair was delivered with a bombing window, a feature that alllowed pilots to observe potential targets before initiating a dive bombing attack. The window was replaced with an access door later in production but there was no requirement to retrofit the door." A photo shows that, behind/above the window, two struts run from front centre to both rear corners of the window. Wing spoiler: [small triangle on leading edge of wing outboard of machine guns] not introduced until Bu No 17640, [so not applicable to any Corsair I]. If your references say anything different from what Dana says in this book, query your references! My additions/explanations in square brackets.
  2. Some frames are common across all the Tamiya 1/72 Corsair kits. The kits provide the slightly smaller (13' 1") prop introduced during F4U-1D production as well as the more common 13' 4" one. For a Corsair I you need the larger of the 2 options. The other will be a very nice addition to the spares box. (The USN and FAA both used the same props.) Early Corsairs like the Corsair I will have been built with the bombing window.
  3. I've just been through Geoff Thomas' excellent Royal Air Force Thunderbolts. It's often salutary to reacquaint oneself with some facts! In 12 photos showing underwing stores on operational aircraft, 1 shows US 500lb (HD273, NA-N, Mk.II) 1 shows 500lb MC (KJ335, FJ-W, Mk.II) 1 appears to show 500lb GP (FL831, NA-N, Mk.II) 4 show US P-38 style drop tanks (eg HD215 NA-F, Mk.II; HD298 RS-U, Mk.II; HD173, A, Mk.I; KL859 MU-T, Mk.II). "Seam" invariably vertical, colour aluminium. 3 show US 110 gal P-47-style parallel sided drop tanks (eg KL315 AW-F, Mk.II; KL856 KW-D, Mk.II, KL882 MU-H, Mk.II). Some photos are bit murky so identification of stores not always 100% definite. There are others where the store is identifiable but not the individual aircraft. Somewhere floating around on the internet is an invaluable Pathe film showing SEAC Thunderbolt operations. It may well give you more ideas.
  4. US 500lb bombs could be carried without further ado. British bombs required the addition of a UK bomb carrier to the bottom of the wing pylons as an adapter, though they are not often clearly visible. Such bomb carriers are available in the Airfix 1/72 Swordfish and Blenheim kits and, I imagine, in their 1/48 equivalents. Offhand, I can’t recall any UK bombs other than 500lb MC being carried but I haven’t looked for a while.
  5. Ideally on the 8th green.
  6. Very nice. PS Whatever you say about the Luftwaffe, you can't fault their lawn-keeping skills.
  7. Well, no-one can deny that it's a whole lot more realistic than what Airfix provided. Congratulations.
  8. As a rule of thumb but not, I think, invariably, SEAC fighter aircraft with Black serials are in the Day Fighter Scheme, those with the serial in White have been repainted into Temperate Land Scheme.
  9. According to the 4+ book on the Wyvern, which draws heavily on Westland archives, the tailplane dihedral, featured on VW867 and subsequent, was 10 degrees. The auxiliary fins were fitted to VW884 and subsequent. Both those serials are in the pre-production TF.2 batch VW857-886. HTH
  10. Now that’s what I call a result!
  11. C Rupert Moore, an artist who visited the aircraft post war to research colours for a painting he had been commissioned to do for one of the volumes of Aircraft of The Fighting Powers. He was punctilious in his research, taking a set of MAP paint charts with him. The whole story and the available evidence is thoroughly chewed over in these 2 threads. (Apparently it's no longer possible to post a direct link but a search on the thread titles ought to find them.) Grand Slam Lancaster Colours - Aircraft WWII - Britmodeller.com 617 sqn Lancaster BI special ( Grandslam) paint colour advice - Aircraft WWII - Britmodeller.com
  12. The photograph turns up regularly (there’s a nice A4 rendition in the 2nd of Dana Bell’s Corsair books) but I’ve never seen a serial associated with any 147/P: @iang’s delving into primary sources is your best, if not only, bet. NB the artwork (gorilla waving?) on starboard side of cowling.
  13. I promised myself that today I would not be distracted by the internet but be in my model room by 0900. Here I am 80 mins later having been completely beguiled by this charming thread. It's not just Ray's superb and ingenious modelling but also the way the BM shopmodelling community has rallied around to offer such a wealth of help and advice, as well as some folk's apparently bottomless well of arcane knowledge. I have learned a lot about seafaring as well as scratchbuilding over the last hour. Well done all and keep up the good work, Ray. PS I still think having Knight Templar "fitted for but not with" loos was a mistake. I know it's all the rage with MoD contracts at the moment but it must surely offend against some Victorian health and safety regulation. Right, let's see if I can make the model room by 1030! From a mere kit assembler.
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