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  1. F6F insignia sizes: wing 45 " located 57" from wing tip Fuselage 50" located 69" from stabilizer. Sizes are for the original circumscribed circle of the national insignia, and do not include, red or blue surrounds or bars. See chart below it is USAF origin but the first 2 drawings applies to the subject. Disclaimer: I do not know if the drones had non-standard insignia applied. HTH, Pat D
  2. Is it possible that it is just a well used test A/C? Lots of exhaust streaking on the fuselage flanks, perhaps the belly is just dirty or just in shadow? That wheel door cover does look like a light blue...
  3. Hopefully this will maybe add a bit of information if you have not seen these: The bottom one in FAA service seem to have a name below the windscreen.
  4. The idea was to mimic the sea sheen when seen from above, hence a semi gloss. The leading edges were non specular to prevent a glint from a head on view. The Navy developed this scheme to provide the most effective camouflage from all aspects of the view of the A/C, top bottom, sides and head on even to the point of adding counter shadowing under the stabilizer. I assume that the Navy decided not to do the spine in semi gloss as it was a curved surface which reflects light easier than a flat surface - OR- possibly it was a production time saver? As to the 2 different colors of semi gloss and non-specular that is a question for Dana as to why the paints were formulated that way, but the Navy ordered a flat and semi-gloss dark sea blue which were somewhat different colors. I would assume that experimentation proved that the 2 slightly different colors and sheens were the most effective. Later with the overall glossy dark sea blue scheme, it was still effective camouflage, by that time the Navy was in a more air superiority position but also helped with some extra speed and anti- corrosion not to mention saving on production time. At one point in 1945 Grumman rolled more than 700 F6Fs off the line in ONE month, production figures which will probably never be seen again.
  5. The semi-gloss sheen to the upper wings and stabilizer aft the leading edge mimicked the sheen of the sea when viewed from above. The dark sea blue and the semi gloss sea blue were actually 2 different colors, Sovereign Colorcoats has these colours exactly correct to the ANA colours, dead on and accurate. Good stuff!
  6. Those models all look like a larger scale than they are. A very effective technique.
  7. I am talking enamels here others may have some ideas for shooting acrylics. Use the fine tip on your airbrush, thin the paint and use low pressure so you can move the brush slowly without causing runs. Remember spraying the green over the tan will not show as much overspray as say dark gray over light blue as the green and tan are fairly compatible in tone and that will hide some of the overspray, much like spraying a finer demarcation between dark earth and dark green, you can always go back and touch up. Here are some photos, good luck on your build!
  8. Couple of photos of the F6F-3 single bomb rack. NASM F6F-3
  9. pat d

    F-7 camera sets

    BExpositor said, "Regarding paint, the USN/MC F-7 type planes appear to largely be in OD/NG, but I could be wrong about that. I do though like sea birds in land plumage.... " USAAF F-7s were known to be painted in Synthetic Haze composed of 2 colours. The base coat was called Sky Base Blue and another color called Flight Blue was sprayed on the undersurfaces. IIRC the application was NOT similar to the application of Photo Recon P-38 with a counter shading and stripped finish , but applied in a matter similar to the OD.NG application- a fairly solid application, no mottling. Dana Bell has done quite a bit of re-discovery work on these finishes, Compare the F-7 photo to the P-38 color application. HTH, Pat D .
  10. ROSSM said "I have not seen UK based Coastal Command aircraft in overall white, nor any documentation for such but there may be a surprise out there if I say it never happened. My assumption is there was no threat from enemy aircraft in the RCAF operating area so camouflage from above was not needed and time was saved by using only one colour. " I thought it was actually glossy white seen from directly below and matt white elsewhere, 2 different formulations of the" same" colour. Can anyone confirm this? TIA, Pat D
  11. pat d

    F-7 camera sets

    So, how would an F-7 variant's bomb bay camera apertures be represented? This is the way Hasegawa has the camera windows on their recon B-24 kit. . I am not sure this is what you are looking for but I hope it helps
  12. Nicely done indeed, especially using an older model which many would dismiss. Good craftsmanship in all respects.
  13. Hasegawa provided them in the Fleet Air Arm Boxing of this kit but strangely not in any of the USN boxings. One could also possibly modify the 20MM cannon fairings in the nightfighter version. Thank you for your kind comments. Pat D
  14. Thank you all for your most kind comments. Yes, they were kept up pretty nicely but once they went on the carrier and went to serious work, not so much...
  15. Do the PV-1 in a sea search scheme
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