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  1. The fact that the entire wing had to be replaced was one of the drawbacks with the Buffalo, slightly alleviated by the fact that the RAF had far more aircraft than pilots; there were plenty of airframes to cannibalize.
  2. Following this LINK will provide a pic of the wing round counter (one each side) on Finnish aircraft BW-372, but all the versions were similar.
  3. Can't add much to what the esteemed Mark Haselden has stated...oh wait, maybe a couple of bits. For the Pilot's Manual, go HERE and note the interior is most likely an American version of Interior Grey-Green. On the wing upper surface, the Special Hobby kit has a little bump on a disc near the wingtip. These are location liught carried by US, Finnish and Dutch aircraft, but not the British. Speaking of bumps, inboard on the upper wing there is a large bump covering the machine gun. Inboard that is a smaller bump which is actually a cover for a mechanic
  4. The 1997 Flying Machines Press tome French Aircraft of the First World War , by Dr. James Davilla and Aurthur Soltan, lists both French and Russian (Lebedev and Dux) versions as 11.2 m span and 6.88 length. I realise the comprehennsive scope and heft (I find I am having trouble lifting it anymore) of the book is no guarantee of authority, but it does dovetail with the Windsock Datafile by Bruce, a credible source.
  5. Only an Azur kit in 1/72, nothing in 1/48. It's pretty much a different aircraft. And not earlier - the SM 79 B prototype flew a couple of years after the original three engined version.
  6. The flags appeared for sure on Martin 139's, Lockheeds, Brewsters and even a P-40E. So they would have appeared on the Hurricanes, pilots having this aversion to being shot at by their own side....
  7. The Navy order to switch from red-yellow-blue to 4 inch yellow acutally came earlier, in August 1942. However, F4F's predated even this, since many had yellow only tips well before that date. For example, the prototype XF4F-4 had yellow-tipped props in mid-1941; yellow-tipped props were common by the beginning of 1942. My suspicion is that Grumman, building Wildcats for export as well as Navy orders, get a dispensation from the Bureau of Aeronautics to use props which could fit British specs, in order to avoid production delays.
  8. Another useful item from the Critical Past video is the closeup of the fuselage fasces insignia. Hopefully most modelers are aware the background disc is a blue gray, not the bright baby blue most decal makers give us.
  9. Per "The Chiefs of Fighting Two", William Riley, American Aviation Historical Society Journal Vol 14 No. 3, "Late in 1940, ....the Grumman F2F's were flown to Pensacola and turned over for training duties. At that time all eighteen airplanes in the Squadron carried the Navy "E" - the first time in naval aviation history that all eighteen of a squadron's pilots had qualified for the award in the same year." So Toryu is correct in that E's were given to individual pilots but in 1940, all the VF-2's aircraft carried them. I am not aware of the 'E' being carried by VF-3 aircraft. Bot
  10. The 'E' could have sub scripts, small letters denoting excellence in 'c' for communications, etc. It was given on a unit basis in some categories. I'll check references and get back. As far as pinstriping, F2A's did NOT have pinstriping around the fuselage bands, with a single exception, BuNo 1386 when displayed at the NY World's Fair.
  11. When you say 'prop', do you mean the spinner over the propeller hub? Except for very early (when the propeller blades were natural metal on the front and probably black on the rear) I have only seen black blades, usually (but not always) with a yellow tip on the front of the blade. The colors you mention sound like the spinner colors used by the different units of LLv 24.
  12. I never have luck posting images, so hopefully someone can post the pattern. I can suggest the reason for A and B patterns being applied long after this was dropped in the UK. They were painted in the US by Americans who were following old instructions. Brewster painted its RAF Buffalos in A and B patterns (and sometimes reversed the colors). Although I have less info about Catalinas, the wings were made under subcontract by....Brewster.
  13. Those very light undersurfaces look very much like the white 'Sea Search' undersurfaces used by the AAF, particularly in the Caribbean. The undulating separation line in the B-18 in the first photo like the pattern used for the 'Sea Search' aircraft (including P-39's and P-40C's, as well as multi-engined types). Next question, of course, is how/why they were transferred to the SWPA.
  14. Be careful with that assumption. There are some differences in version among the AMG/Dora Wings P-63's. Some releases are for P-63A's, some for P-63C's, some for P-63 racer conversions (and there's one for a Pinball vriant). I'd decide what you want to model first and then google for reviews of kits for that version.
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