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  1. "Hannant's have it available from June 26th" Symmetry here, for the XF6F-1 made its maiden flight on 26 June 1942
  2. Superlative work in all aspects, looks like something Industrial Light and Magic would turn out....
  3. Thank you, Andre. Yes it does indeed. I stopped at a factory fresh A/C on the Lockheed ramp. Thinking about trying to beat up and weather a Cabot Haze scheme got a real nervous going, I thought I would quit while I was ahead.
  4. FWIW, I tried to duplicate Cabot Haze as it was applied at the factory, but using a very dark blue as a overall base coat with various thickness of white applied on the flanks and undersurfaces. This was an attempt to do a factory fresh A/C and this is what I came up with. 1/48 Hasegawa conversion/ Paragon nose. Synthetic Haze is in the que for a future build.... BS_w thanks for that paint plan, never saw it before, I would love to see a hi-res version of it!
  5. EDIT! Apologies I have the spine light colors reversed The forward light is clear the rear is blue. I mistakenly used a restoration in a museum. Here are WW2 color photos
  6. The forward fuselage spine light is blue, the next one has a clear lens. the antenna wire comes from the tail fin mast to the main antenna then down to a port in the right fuselage side into a resistor cone shaped fitting Factory paint had the foot step line not always replaced on repainting
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    Best PRU Blue Paint?

    If you are in the U.S. Colorcoats is available as well as Xtracolor. As far as color accuracy I am building a F6F in the 4 tones scheme and the Sovereign Colorcoats colors for the USN 4 tone scheme look like they were cut off the color chips in the ANA chips reproduced by Monogram in their vol. 3 of USN WW2 colors & markings. authored by John Elliott.
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    Which paint?

    If you want to stick with enamels Xtracolor and / or Sovereign Colorcoats will do you well. Colorcoats has a good selection of Japanese colors also Italian. Both have very long shelf lives if the tin lids are cleaned and tightly caped. I bet your Xtracolor supply id still viable...
  9. FWIW I just checked the pilots notes for the Tempest V & II and Typhoon, all mention a mechanical indicator rod or button but do not mention a colour. Red would make sense or a perhaps barber pole type colouring? Tough t find a photo of them even in museum displays...
  10. It appears that these A/C have a very fine feathered edge. With regards to the Whirlwind, "colour halos" lastly ,here is a modern A/C with the camouflage demarcations sprayed with a tight boundary and the interior of the camouflage area then filled in. Very visible in certain lighting. HTH
  11. The NMUSAF does good research here are some shots of the restored engines on the Memphis Belle, plus an R-2800. Also shown first a couple period color shots from WW2 HTH, Pat D
  12. Since we are on a flight of fantasy, Can you just imagine with the torque of that Griffon keeping that outrigger float above the water on the initial take off run would be quite a job I can just see Jeffery Quill scratching his head....
  13. That was great to watch. It reminds me just how labour intensive these machines were, and the man power needed to keep them in top shape. It looked like you needed 3 men just to diagnose the aux gear door malfunction, and having to remove the wheel assembly to adjust the uplock mechanism. I wonder how many maintenance hours per flight hours these things required? Plus that big Sabre engine in the early days of the Typhoon! Thanks for posting this, looking forward to the new Eduard kit...
  14. I have to go with a weathered original Cabot Haze application, very weathered and then touched up or repainted in available camouflage colors. As Anitti said " I think the paint scheme is the original (yet well weathered) "Haze" paint because: - top sides look rather dark and undersides light - no hard colour demarcation lines are visible - under the wing a dark paint runs from the leading edge up to the main spar -the spinners have a soft colour demarcation lines" These are all hallmarks of the original Cabot Haze application, even with the original paints it was difficult to touch up in the field given the application of light colors over a dark base. Synthetic haze was a very different application Here is a profile from many years ago I believe from Replic
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