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  1. E&M? There's a nice copy of a training video on YouTube with what looks like a D-5 and this shows a lot of the cockpit features in nice features but they don't reference that propeller box as they go through the starting / take off procedures. is there any way to tell if the photos above are the only close ups I have?
  2. Very helpful, thanks! #1 answered - thanks. #2 also clear - I don't know why I thought it was IFF but SCR-522 radio makes more sense but you're saying they were fitted to ETO P-47s? And #3 - I figured indeed that there would have been a box like that for the late Curtiss Electric propellers as seen in the photos, but the aircraft fitted with the earl Curtiss Electric propellers would have the same box.
  3. Hello all, I'm looking into some details pertaining to specific cockpit equipment of a P-47D-1. The aircraft in question is 42-7924 and it was Mike Sobanski's aircraft in the late summer/fall of 1943 serving with the 334th Fighter Squadron out of England. I have three issues at this point that I'm trying to figure out. 1) this might be an easy one but I'm having a hard time with it: what is the type of gun sight fitted to the aircraft? This photo from americanairmuseum.com shows it fitted, but what type is it? 2) The right side of the cockpit was dedicated to radio equipment. A photo in P-47 Thunderbolt In Detail and Scale shows a type of IFF box fitted (black with five red switches on top that's also seen in Spitfire and Mosquito cockpits). Would 42-7924 have this type of box given the context it was operating in? 3) On ww2aircraft.net there was a discussion about a box fitted on the left hand side of the cockpit between the throttle quadrant and the instruments panel. There's photos of two types of boxes and they are different depending on what type of propeller was fitted: the Hamilton Hydromatic or the (late) Curtiss electric. Would the D-1, fitted with early (pointy) Curtiss Electric propeller blades have a control box there and, if so, what did it look like? https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/p-47d-25-re-cockpit-box.55818/ Any insights would be greatly appreciated!
  4. Finished the Airfix 1/48 Hawker Hurricane as a 303 Squadron aircraft Build thread here: Finished with Mig paints, and Vallejo for the top colours. "English Uniform" as Dark Earth is looking a bit too brown for me, but I like their "yellow olive" as Dark Green. Thanks for looking!
  5. time for the final bits 'n bobs like these thingies should be finished soon!
  6. I've been toying with this idea myself. Someone on a Czech forum did something quite like that a few months ago. It's not the best fit, but it looks like you could make this work: https://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=143726
  7. Looking good! Brings back fond memories of building mine a few months ago You may want to check the fit of the fuel tank carrier. The instructions tell you to glue the tank to the carrier first and then the whole unit to the bottom, so I did that and left mine off until the end, but then the top of the fuel tank carrier didn't fit flush with the belly of the aircraft, leaving a gap.
  8. Hello there - are there any photos or diagrams out there of the cockpit layout of F-5 Lightnings? (The P-38 PR type). Surely there must have been boxes for the camera equipment different from the standard fighter configuration but I can't find any information online. Any help would be appreciated! Elger
  9. The incident of the loss of Klein's P-51 was described in Van der Veer's Luchtoorlog boven Zuid West Friesland; locals I talked to in the late 1990s still vividly remembered an American aircraft going down (it shot its guns as warning shots for some reason and the children at the local school hid under their tables); Klein was found in the IJsselmeer near Stavoren having successfully abandoned the aircraft and taken prisoner there; the location of a P-51 wreck is known by local fishermen and we have a couple of pieces from a P-51B wreck that have washed ashore near the supposed crash site; there are also these online records: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/50952 https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T3377&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield= In short, it's 99% certain Klein's P-51 43-12485 crashed in the IJsselmeer just to the south west of Stavoren. Can't help you with anything happening near R├╝hlertwist on that same day I'm afraid.
  10. Decals on and I've already done a bit of weathering. Next up final weathering and finishing. Thanks for looking!
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