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  1. The only real issues you would face apart from reducing the nose length, would be the Windscreen/Main sliding portion of the canopy and rear glasshouse, which were different to a F2A-2. Cockpit differs also such as Instrument panel, quarter panels/gauges, would need to scratch build the panel under the Inst panel for RAF type Contact Switch and contact indicator. Compass Port side on cockpit floor TR9 Contactor/switch on Port Cockpit shelf Heating tubing/distributor Starboard side under Inst panel Pilots seat which is the squared top version such as this photo of a 488 NZ Squadron 339E The seat is attached to two tubular frames which curve at the top (as in photo above) Behind pilots seat (starboard side) Mesh cage for Oxygen bottles, Starboard side Mk VIII Oxygen regulator On lower Starboard fuselage (outer) rear circular panel/hatch for Flare chute Remove outer Formation lights on wing (both )upper Hope that helps? regards Alan
  2. Hi Rob and Craig, thanks for the welcome and comments Ever since my Dad came home from overseas Deployment when I was just a youngster, he had a crate full of models, and one was the Brewster Buffalo (Revell kit), I have had a soft spot for the Buffalo. Especially since the kit had "Felix the Cat" as an emblem. This is not my first Buffalo build, so some of my previous build photos will help expalin what I hope to show This photo is a screen shot from a Colour 1941 film - which I can't find any more and this from the Movie "Dive Bomber" 1941 a YouTube link to a cool part of the Dive Bomber Movie, in which in the last few seconds the LSO paddles in a F2A-2 on the USS Enterprise So a bit of an update - Plastic has been cut! The Fuselage forward section is a bit hollow - needs some filling in You can see from this Life Photo of a RAF 3339E Buffalo, there is quite a bit of structure/equipment in the hollow The Wing section also is mostly devoid of structure also So I want it to start looking like this (sans the piping only on RAF Buffalo's) So a little bit of measuring and styrene cutting later, I ended up with this - very pleased I added some styrene to the lower wing section to fill in a gap (see through) Nothing is glued yet but the above helps to fill in a void I also added a strip to the front of the engine bulkhead, as it had a gap The actual cockpit is a little void of a few things (flooring etc), so I'll add those shortly Thanks for looking in, more soon Regards Alan
  3. Hi Dennis, The photo in your post is a USN F2A-3, where the sliding canopy was changed The F2A-1/2 , RAF 339E had metal framing over the main canopy and rear glass house section See USN F2A-2 in this photo USN Brewster F2A-2 US Navy Various F2A-1/2 US Navy Brewster F2A-1/2 with metal Canopy framing Regards Alan
  4. Given the other dodgy colour call outs for the RAF Airframes hmn........... Steve is right, the F2A-2 had a 5 inch fuselage extension (2.6mm in 1/48) between the cowling and wing leading edge. The F2A-1 had Carbon Monoxide vents further aft as well Regards Alan
  5. Hi All, This is my choice of build for this GB This kit has been in my collection for quite some, so an opportunity to build it. The Brewster F2A-2 and 339E Buffalo are favourites of mine, and I have spent many a day researching, both especially the 339E to build a 488 (NZ) Squadron airframe in Singapore circa 1941 and a USN aircraft Hopefully this will turn out as well as I hope Box art Kit Sprues - not a lot of parts Canopy Glass house Kit Instructions Kit Decal Sheet - they haven't weathered very well, which is a pity I plan to use an Aero Master sheet I plan to do an overall Non Specular Light Grey scheme for a VF -3 Bird off the USS Saratoga Actual Decals See you all Saturday - Thanks for looking in Regards Alan
  6. Hi All (read GB Mods @rob85), This crept upon me, so a bit late signing up, but may I enter this GB please? This would be my build choice with your consent Thanks Alan
  7. Hi Ash, Your Build is coming along nicely To answer your query above, it can be both RNZAF Mustangs Open NZ2412 Closed NZ2421 Regards Alan
  8. Hi Tony, These photos of the Preserved RNZAF Ventura/RB 34 at MOTAT may help with the Interior, and it's NOT Interior Green or Zinc Chromate. MOTAT RNZAF Ventura/RB34 The RNZAF received these Lend Lease WWII Bomb Bay could be Zinc Chromate/Green tinted ZC or Lower colour (Sorry don't have conclusive photos) Regards Alan
  9. Hi Zac, Happy to help I have more photos of the Solent, especially Interior Regards Alan
  10. Hi Zac, This is a close up of the Solent Propeller Cone, it's really more bulbous than a Tempest Prop Cone This from MOTAT some years ago, info about the actual propellers 3.81m equals 52.91mm in 1/72 scale - not sure if the Tempest Mk V/VI props are that length? These are the Bristol Hercules Engine Specs - note the diameter of the engine. 52in =18.33mm in 1/72. The Rear section of the Airfix Sunderland wing Nacelle is 20mm, your Nacelles will be only slightly larger, you might need to adjust Not to re-ignite the Engine alignment debate (should have used these previous (blame Photo bucket)), if you look from the rear in this photo, you can certainly see the "Straight" set up and not "Toed out" - apologies for the wrong info previous Hope that helps you? Regards Alan
  11. From the Peter Lewis Collection on Seawings Solent Mk IV frontal view - to me the engines look towed out (even if slightly)? TEAL Short Solent Solent Front view TEAL Short Solent At MOTAT there is a member of the staff who I have met, who maintained TEAL Solent's at Mechanics Bay he would know. Unfortunately I can't make it there for some time to ask. Video of Solent, some good shots, you can make up your minds MOTAT Solent Video Regards Alan
  12. Toed out Engines on our MOTAT Mk IV Solent Regards Alan
  13. Given that these Mustangs were part of the Territorial Air Force as an arm of the RNZAF, they were only flown (generally) on the weekends and on RNZAF exercises The Colour photo above shows NZ2423 as part of 42 Squadron RNZAF based at Ohakea between Oct 1955 and early 1957 after serving with TAF 2 Wellington Squadron previous from July 1954. Looking at inflight shots of TAF Mustangs, the wings appear to be Silver (or HSS). I would put the colour photo as an Airframe silver on the wings, also found on other RNZAF aircraft during that period. The wings may or may not be puttied, if the putty fell out/ was removed during overhauls, it was not replaced. Regards Alan
  14. Hi Ash, Yes, I would agree overall NMF, with exhaust staining/metal discolouration around the the exhaust. The Vertical Stabilizer certainly looks Silver, may very well be a replacement from an airframe Struck off Charge, and reduced to produce, that had been painted with HSS? Regards Alan
  15. Hi Ash, Just looking at your photo above (couldn't see them on the kit sprues) the Rocket Stubs can also be utilized (just remove the rockets) to add to your RNZAF Model A colour photo I manged to find (from when Photo Bucket went pear shaped), you can see the stubs under the wings (Image used for Illustration purposes only) Regards Alan
  16. Hi Mike, The Kiwi's are good, but these little guys have no respect for the law I'll have more on the Sunderland and Kittyhawk's soon Regards Alan
  17. Hi Mike Most photos show USAF birds with a mix of spoke/solid USN birds mostly spoked (on carriers anyway) You may have (or not) seen these before? USAF Skyraiders 1 USAF Skyraiders 2 USAF Skyraiders 3 USAF Skyraiders 4 More here Skyraider Association Hope that helps? Regards Alan
  18. Hi Ash, RNZAF P51D's were pretty much stock, exception being they all ( bar one NZ2413) had cuff-less props (NZ2413 has standard cuffed prop) Hard to tell from the photos, but the airframe may have been natural metal or painted in High Speed Silver (HSS), if HSS then the area around exhaust shroud was natural metal. Prop nose cone most likely NM Hope that helps? Regards Alan
  19. Always nice to see an RNZAF (TAF) Mustang A little bit about your particular airframe (2nd page in link) NZ2419 ( I have No connection to Ventura products what so ever) Look forward to your build Regards Alan
  20. Well for one thing, where the link has SEAC Variation FAA/RNZAF, RNZAF never used those type of Roundels in WWII When it comes to RNZAF Roundels, myths continue to perpetuate...... Regards Alan
  21. Really Cool Callum, my favourite Wellington Mk Ic Aircraft, looking forward to how your model turns out (on my list to do one day) 75 Squadron Wellington's Greg, from RAF Feltwell in Norfolk Jimmy Ward 75 Squadron Regards Alan
  22. Hi Ced I knew a WWII Mk III Sunderland Pilot, who told me what it was like using the Mk II ASV. Many of the "Operators" became quite good at using the equipment, but there was always a certain amount of "Grass", which the operators had to discern between the sea and "target" The receiving aerials, rear side of fuselage had electric motors which selected each aerial in turn as a pulse was detected. The display tube similar to my photo below, showed a single Vertical beam, and an "echo" would momentarily deflect the beam in the direction of the receiving aerial When a "target" was detected the Upper Cabin aerials and wing aerials then helped to home in on the target, which necessitated turning the aircraft in the direction of said target, until the "Blip" was of equal length on each side of the centre line, and all going well you got to make life difficult for the Vessel you were hunting. Of note the switching motors didn't like the tropics so well.... (The above is a very simplified version of how the MK II ASV system worked) Regards Alan PS the kit Mk III ASV blisters are a bit too shallow in depth
  23. Considering that at least one Dutch NEI (KNIL) Squadron shared Kallang with RAF Buffalo Squadrons, that would not be unsurprising. 488(NZ) Squadron records, record training flights between Dutch/488 Squadrons personnel/aircraft. Later the few surviving RAF 339E's were passed onto NEI forces in Batavia. Regards Alan
  24. The RAF had some 160 odd 339E Buffalo's spread across RAF and and Article XV Squadrons (Commonwealth manned squadrons under RAF Control) the aircraft arriving (circa) mid 1941 in the Far East. Some were lost due to operational attrition from then to December 1941. When one thinks of the Pacific War against Japan starting Dec 8 (an hour or so before Pearl Harbour) and the eventual capitulation/surrender of British/Dutch Forces early March 1942, I would say the 160 odd Brewster Buffalo did quite well given it was close to three months fighting. A number of Pilots from various Squadrons became Aces, other pilots gaining 3 or so kills, so the Japanese AAF got a bit of a Bloody nose so to speak. Regards Alan
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