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About jimmaas

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  1. There is an 11=page thread starting here: http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13469 and a later thread here: http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/showthread.php?t=46224 Another discussion with illustrations here: https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/68388-fokker-dviii-wing/ and an attempt at a full size replica here https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=2389.0
  2. This was first described, as far as I know, by the late Dan-San Abbott on the Aerodrome website. The green/brown uppers, and light blue/purple unders, were made by staining the wing plywood in diagonal bands. I can't provide a link from my phone but wi try to do so later.
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    Finnish Buffalo help.

    There may have been a couple of versions of seat armor, but the best documented was a plate (covered in leather) placed between the pilot and the original seat , and a spade shaped plate attached to the front of the turnover pylon to add head protection. The parts (back, without leather cover), seat insert, head armor and original seat: These are from BW-372. Note that the Soviet shell from behind would have pretty much done in the pilot had it not been for the armor plate (he survived to a ripe old age).
  4. The Model 139WH-3 (aka the Dutch version with the long canopy) had a different forward fuselage (deeper to accommodate larger bomb load, modified aiming position) and the wings were changed outboard of the nacelles. The wing platform changed to a (nearly) straight trailing edge, with greater sweep on the leading edge. Plus the canopy change, of course. Not a simple change.
  5. And the figure of 160-odd is itself misleading. There were five Commonwealth squadrons in Malaya and Burma. A normal squadron compliment would be about 20 pilots. That's 100 pilots. Extra aircraft are great for spare parts but pretty useless shooting down Sallys and Nates if there's no one to fly them. The problem in SEA, for both the British and the Netherlands Indies, was lack of pilots, experience, and a robust system of radar.
  6. Additional info - one was shot down over the Western Desert, the pilot lost was an MP. The investigation of Brewster was by a House of Representatives subcommittee; the Senate investigation was of Curtiss and made a name for Sen. Harry S Truman. The allegations of sabotage were mainly directed toward the union at Brewster, Local 365, which had a number of questionable actions during the war. The company was not a shining light, changing executives often. At one point there were issues with tools being left inside wings that had been closed up. The odd wrench/spanner fouling aileron cables was annoying to the check pilots. A new president came up with a solution - a gantry at the end of the SB2A production line to pick the plane up, turn it over and shake it. The chief engineer asked "like you'd shake your trousers for loose change?". The president said "exactly" but this brilliant idea was never put into practice.
  7. Now if we could only find a photo of one of the ex-Belgian aircraft in markings for 71 Sdn RAF in late 1940...
  8. The book is out. Aviation Megastore in the Netherlands (brutal postage) and Aviation Book Centre in the UK. I've ordered, not yet received.
  9. Regarding undersurface colors on the Brewsters (prior to the introduction of DN-color) there has been considerable debate. They were delivered in overall aluminum lacquer paint; the green and black uppersurface camouflage was added with little surface prep in June 1941, explaining the tattered paintwork that quickly followed. The undersurfaces remained in the original Brewster aluminum lacquer. At some point, repainting of the undersurface was done with either fresh aluminum lacquer or light grey - sources disagree whether the light grey was used for metal surfaces. In any event, there was some repainting of at least some planes prior to the use of DN color, since the underwing serials disappeared prior to DN's introduction.
  10. I think the last letter stands fo bi-plane...
  11. I believe the SB2U-1 has a little problem with the wings. They seem to have the dihedral of the SB2U-3, which was greater than that of the -1 and -2. Additionally, there are minor (or 'it's unbuildable' depending on your mindset) issues with the cartridge ejector slots on the underwing surface.
  12. Yes, the collector would darken (but to to a uniform bronze color so beloved in ancient painting instructions). There's one bit that is often overlooked - the front lip remained 'steelish' since it was a separate part. Easy to do - paint and smudge up the collector ring with the burnt metal of choice. Then use a circle cutter to make a thin ring from dull silver decal (Tauro made a great sheet for this) with the inner diameter equal to the collector ring opening. The ring will be thin enough that some decal softener will settle it down properly.
  13. IIRC, the Bf-109B had no wing armament and slats that extended all the way to the landing gear bay. With the introduction of wing guns, the slat length had to be reduced. Of course, that means the AMG kit had 'B' (long slat wings, but if so, why the underwing bulge?
  14. Actually, there are differences between the USAAC B-10 and ALL the export versions, though (unlike the radical changes on the long canopy WH-3/3A) most are confined to the engine cowling and nacelle.
  15. The Finnish tail wheel was adapted from a standard wheelbarrow tire. Very inventive, those Finns!
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