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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!
  11. Paint on. After struggling to make my own mix with Mig Ammo paints I went with Vallejo Yellow Olive and English Uniform for Dark Green and Dark Earth. I did use Mig Ammo's Sky for the underside: Next up: decals. Thanks for looking!
  12. It's coming together and I'll be able to start painting it soon I decided to add the radiator now - I painted the interior Sky and I added actuator rods Thanks for looking!
  13. I had some difficulty with the fit of the fuselage and the wings (as many others did) but yesterday I read a tip by some one suggesting to simply leave out the firewall bulkhead part: it's invisible and doesn't really add any rigidity to the fuselage and apparently this part causes the fuselage to not fit the wings properly? Not sure but worth checking out.
  14. Working on some details. I had bought the Eduard Brassin wheels but I remembered there was some discussion them being the wrong size. Just last week there was a discussion over at Hyperscale discussing the size of Hurricane wheels and the thread concluded they had a diameter of 24,5" which should be about 13,5 mm in 1/48. The kit wheels are in fact a lot bigger (almost 15 mm) and the Eduard wheels are a bit too small (just under 13 mm) but they're closer in size and they look much nicer so I'll go with them.
  15. the fit of the fuselage and wing is problematic - especially at the front out with the Mr Surfacer 500...
  16. Cockpit finished, assembled the wings, and getting ready to put the fuselage together: As mentioned in the first post I'm using parts of an Eduard interior set. I think they got the setup of the Sutton harness wrong so I modified it a little. I also added two gauges on the left hand side of the cockpit from spare decals (these are actually from a 1/48 FW-190 instruments panel). Finally a picture of the instruments panel and the cockpit assembly: Gluing the fuselage together next. Thanks for looking!
  17. Usually my builds have some sort of local connection to the north of The Netherlands but not this one. The Airfix 1/48 Hurricane I has been in my stash for a while. I picked it up on a lovely trip to the Bristol area a few years ago. Could have bought it in a local hobby store or online anywhere but it was a nice little memory from that trip. For a long time I was planning to build JX-B but I was inspired to build a 303 Squadron aircraft, so that's what it's going to be. The kit is nicely detailed from the box. Two things I appreciate from Airfix: one, their modern kits are constructed somewhat the way the real thing was constructed which gives you a nice insight into how these aircraft were conceived. Two, their colour call outs in the instructions are in fact mostly correct. They were correct for the 1/72 B-17 and they're also correct for the Hurricane, as far as I can tell. I added some parts from the Eduard set for this kit. It's been painted with my usual combination of Spanish acrylics. AK, Vallejo, and Mig Ammo. I tried to improve the Eduard instruments panel by adding some colour to the gauges on the right hand side. The instruments panel was sprayed with clear flat (Vallejo's flat varnish thinned with 70% alcohol). Tamiya clear was then finally added to the gauges. Going to be putting the wings together, and then adding it into the fuselage. Thanks for looking as always!
  18. They're "rasensteine" - a base I got from Uschi van der Rosten (seen here: https://www.uschivdr.com/shopping-categories/shop-display-diorama/)
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