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  1. Hi Group Build Mods, @trickyrich @Stew Dapple @galgos I have been checking out this GB for a time now, and got the Build mojo running to build some thing large, given I have a number in my stash. I am wondering if I might be allowed entry into this GB? I have the following somewhat started but I think under the 25% threshold Revell Spitfire building a Mk IB Done thus far Matchbox SBD 5 Dauntless - as RNZAF SBD Done thus far Revell F4U-1 (building as a an RNZAF F4U-1D) Done thus far Let me know what you think, given the 6 month length, I can get at least one done Thanks Alan
  2. Hi Paul, The colour I mixed was actually more for a former RNZAF P40E-1 received from the USAAC October 1942, which was originally from an RAF Lend Lease order, taken over by the US (RAF Code ET449) This P40E-1 was handed over from the USAAC at Tongatapu, Tonga, October 1942 to RNZAF 15 Squadron, where it went on to serve in the SW Pacific wearing the RNZAF Serial NZ3094 NZ3094 (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) This colour photo of NZ3094 shows some what, what the cockpit colour looked like (photo used permission of NR Mines) This next photo shows it cleaned up some (Photo used for illustration purposes only) Based on the DuPont colour 71 036 ( no FS or NCS colours that I am aware of - FS didn't exist in WWII anyway) It was mixed from Humbrol paints, as below - not perfect though Regards Alan
  3. Slightly OT I know, but the first 6 TBF-1's were not considered to be 1C's as they were the model with the cowling gun trough and different cowling gills. used only for training The later 43 odd were true TBF-1C's with wing guns and again different cowling gills two totally different beasties. TFB-1 NZ25204 (note cowling gun trough) (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) TBF-1C NZ2521 - Note wing guns and different cowling gills (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) Regards Alan
  4. Using another Photos provider, hopefully you can now see the Pics Regards Alan
  5. Thanks Chris, The photos show up in my post, but I'll look at using another Photo site if they don't appear for others Regards Alan
  6. Given that these aircraft were purchased by the British Air Ministry (not Lend Lease) I would not be using US Interior Green or Zinc Chromate, as the Air Ministry/Ministry of Aircraft Production would have specified RAF paint types for the cockpit, albeit manufactured in the US - Other US paint types were permitted in use (see comment below re wheel wells) The actual colour (IMHO) would be more like this blue/green Interior colour in the this Hudson photo (Photo used with permission NR Mines) I have tried mixing the colour, but it takes a bit of getting it right to the Mk I Eyeball Since these were British purchased and you are using Colour Coats, I would likely use their RAF Cockpit Grey Green - not a pure match, but way closer than US Interior Green. For the Wheel wheel wheels I would go with the Curtiss Colour in the photo below That colour can easily be mixed to the "Eye" by mixing Yellow Zinc Chromate and a little Aluminium as I did in a P40 build previously Hope that's of help? Regards Alan
  7. As Alluded to in your post above, from the RNZAF Museum (obviously of Kiwi's, but with RCAF aircraft (EATS/BCAPT) Hope they may be of help? Fairy Battle Unknown Bombing and Gunnery School, Canada. RNZAF Official - Air Force - Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions Believed to be at No. 9 Bombing and Gunnery School, RCAF Station Mont Joli, Canada. RNZAF Official - Air Force - Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions Unknown location in Canada - Written on reverse - One of the Fairies of Dunkirk, battered, but still flying." RNZAF Official - Air Force - Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions Battle '36' at No. 4 Bombing and Gunnery School, RCAF Station Fingal. RNZAF Official - Air Force - Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions Sharkmouth painted, Fairey Battle gunnery training aircraft in Canada. RNZAF Official - Air Force - Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions Norduyn Norseman Unknown RCAF Station Canada RNZAF Official - Air Force - Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions Tiger Moth Tiger Moth "6". Believed to be at No. 6 Service Flying Training School, Dunnville, Canada. RNZAF Official - Air Force - Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions Ventura Probably outside your period of interest - No. 1 General Reconnaissance School, RCAF Station Summerville, Prince Edward Island circa 1944 RNZAF Official - Air Force - Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions Avro Anson Course 46 Observers Portage La Prairie Manitoba." in front of an Anson. RNZAF Official - Air Force - Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions Anson FP941 at No. 3 Service Flying Training School, RCAF Station Calgary. RNZAF Official - Air Force - Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions RNZAF Student Observers walking to aircraft at No. 4 Air Observers School, London, Ontario, March 20 1941, during BCATP training in Canada." RNZAF Official - Air Force - Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions Hopefully of help to you aircraft wise? Hopefully some of our Canadian members can assist with RCAF Station information where missing? Regards Alan
  8. If you check out this video, it has some excellent frontal shots showing the lower wings. Have to agree with Chris above, 0 Anhedral. Fairey Swordfish "why Pilots loved this Mistake of an aircraft" Regards Alan
  9. For the Sunderland (Mk II late production/ Mk III (until deleted) and Mk V (until deleted)), the upper gunner entered and exited from the bottom of the turret, as it was open. The gunner sat on a swing seat and his feet rested on the foot rest as below. If he needed to exit (i.e. parachute) the aircraft quickly, he would get down and head for nearest exit (being the rear hatch). If the Sunderland was to ditch, then all crew would assemble on the flight deck to exit through the upper hatch located over flight Engineers station (from a WWII Sunderland pilot) Regards Alan
  10. Hi Paul, Really nice . I recall circa 1990, Widgeons at Mechanics Bay here in Auckland. The base is gone now, I believe the sea ramp is still there, and is now home to the Westpac Helicopter (SAR amongst things) You may have seen this? ZK- Bay in a different coloured livery ZK-Bay Mechanics Bay Auckland Thanks for sharing your build of an iconic part of our civil aviation Regards Alan
  11. In a nutshell, the white tape was to "Help" prevent fuel leakage from the fuel tank just forward of the cockpit, assisting with preventing fuel flowing back over the Windscreen and/or into the cockpit You can see it on the Glossy Sea Blue painted F4U-1A (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) The above photo, is of interest also, as the lower Port Wing has no RNZAF Roundel Regards Alan
  12. The Fuselage colour is most likely Glossy Sea Blue, and yes, the wings remained the original 4 tone colour. It's sister Repaint aircraft NZ5350 can be seen in this photo, you can see the original colours on the wings (NZ5347 is at the far end) Note also the tape around the fuselage fuel tank, whereas NZ5347 had the tape painted over (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) The exhaust plume will be just natural, though does look very uniform against the Insignia White Regards Alan
  13. Initially I did think perhaps the lower colour may have been lighter, but further investigation showed it was just the sun light If NZ5457 had been repainted or painted per the Frog Instructions, it would have had a noticeable demarcation line as does NZ5347 in this photo from my collection (Originally would be RNZAF Official) below Regards Alan
  14. Hi, Happy to help, though probably a little clarification needed here for the Roundels/Bars When the RNZAF SU's received the Corsairs, they were wearing US Type Star and Bar at 4 stations (two on wings (Upper/lower) and Fuselage. These had the white bar border edges in US Insignia Blue as in the photo below (from my personal collection but most likely RNZAF Official originally) The RNZAF SU's painted over the US Stars with the RNZAF Roundel, but left the US Insignia Bar Border Paint as is. The RNZAF SU's then applied two extra RNZAF Roundels, Starboard Upper/ Port Lower. Given that the Roundels are painted in RNZAF Pacific Blue, these two roundels that will have their white bar borders in RNZAF Roundel Blue accordingly, you can see the Port Lower applied RNZAF Roundel in this RNZAF Photo (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) As you can see from my build in previous post, I didn't apply the letter of the law to my RNZAF Corsair (ran out of Group Build time), so if you left the Frog Decals as is no biggie (Only a pathological Rivet Counter like me would notice - just kidding ) Hope this helps? Regards Alan
  15. Just as FYI, RNZAF Corsairs Types can be identified by the Prefix number after the NZ as follows: NZ52/53 - F4U-1A (some of the very early F4U-1D's delivered had a 53 prefix (only a hand full) NZ54/55 - F4U-1D NZ56 - FG-1D So NZ5457 is/was an F4U-1D The Frog Decals are quite good colour wise the only "issue" is the Lower Port and Upper Starboard Roundels should have RNZAF Roundel Blue on the bar edges. Frog's colour call out is extremely erroneous though RNZAF Corsairs were never Blue Grey/White (note the 4 Tone uppers could/did fade to give that impression) The only Corsairs I'm aware of with a single fuselage colour with white under sides were the "Re-Paints" as in my model build below RNZAF Corsair Repaint build Whether NZ5457 had 57 on the Port undercart door, hard to say? The below photo is of NZ5441 (F4U-1D) of 5 SU (Servicing Unit) with code on Starboard undercart forward door (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with permissions) This is NZ5350 (in overall GSB) with no number on door covers (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with permissions) The below is the only photo I'm aware of of NZ5457 - Colour of NZ5457, looks to be overall GSB (Glossy Sea Blue (but faded)), Note - No white on lower fuselage. You can see the Patricia Mary on Starboard side, not sure if it was worn on the Port (FWIW Most likely not) NZ5457 - Post WWII RNZAF Rukuhia Hope the above is of help? Regards Alan
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