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  1. Approach light left gun camera right HTH, Pat D
  2. Moving along like a roaring herd of turtles, but it's getting there...washes next
  3. Could you possibly share any of these photos? This is very interesting as I had never heard of a Gosling/ G-44 being catapult launched, new territory indeed! I would love to see how the A/C was modified for this function. My interest is a bit more than modeling as I flew a Widgeon for quite a while. Thanks! Pat D
  4. Tommo, I do not believe the Widgeon was stressed for catapult launching. I have never seen any photos or drawings of such fitting. Grumman as far as I know did not intend the A/C to be catapult launched, indeed none of the Grumman hulled amphibians Duck, Goose or the large Albatross were designed with that in mind. The Widgeon was a small amphibious flying boat and restricted to wave heights of approximately 2 feet and general flew from fairly sheltered waters or runways.
  5. Not in color but perhaps these will help?
  6. pat d

    A6M2b

    FWIW: This A/C also had yellow leading edge ID markings which were partially overpainted on some areas. Tamiya's painting diagram appears to be pretty accurate. What appears to be chipping is possibly eroded overpainting or even just "holidays" from the original application of the green overpaint. Japanese factory applied paint for naval A/C was pretty good stuff and could take a lot of abuse, you would want this for an A/C based in a salt water environment. Look at the lower photos in spite of the abuse the paint does not show a massive amount of chipping...
  7. The "squiggle" pattern of RLM 76 over RLM 75 took about 35 hors of airbrush time over 12 painting sessions. Thank you all for your kind comments.
  8. Colin Xylene is a slow evaporating lacquer thinner, it has a 5 times slower rate of evaporation than Toluene. It will thin the paint without breaking down the binder, pigment and vehicle The mineral spirits also slows down the dry time even more and reduces the chance of clogging on the small airbrush tips, although this still has to be done occasionally. A slower drying time is the key as it allows smaller lines and retards paint drying on the airbrush tip/needle orifice. I use this same thinner blend for Colorcoats ( my favorite) REPEATING : Xylene must be used with good ventilat
  9. My pleasure, Mike. Just be cautious if you use xylene. I think this scheme in 1/72 could be done using the now out of production Paasche AB turbine airbrush, an amazing tool indeed. Best, Pat
  10. No masking. the RLM75 gray was applied and the RLM 76 lt. blue was applied over the gray freehand with a Paasche V Jr. with the #1 tip and needle sprayed at 15 PSI spraying pressure. Testors paint was thinned 1 part paint to 1 part thinner. I use a blended thinner of 50% mineral spirits and 50% Xylene-caution Xylene REQUIRES good ventilation and I wear a mask. Xylene is pungent stuff! I basically sprayed a "fishnet" pattern using a 1/32" line width then went over the lines to build up the colour density. It just takes time and obviously you can't do it all at once. What you see is about 8 pai
  11. 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
  12. 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...
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