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  1. I'm pretty sure all the -5s came from the factory in overall Dark Sea Blue. As mentioned above, it's possible a few very early ones might have been in the tri-color scheme, but I've never seen any photos. If the Eduard 1/48 kit is as good as their 1/72 offering, then it's the best of the bunch. I built the Eduard 1/72 F6F-5 some years ago, and it was fantastic. SN
  2. Here are a couple of closeups I took of the wing slots on a Lockheed C-60. Same exact wings as the Hudson. Cheers! Steve
  3. Here's an example of Dull Dark Green as applied to the nose compartment of a Ford-build B-24L. This is one of a group of nose art panels that were saved from scrapped B-24s and B-17s, owned by the Commemorative Air Force and on loan to the Experimental Aircraft Association Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Only a modeler would be as interested in the back sides of the panels as much as the exterior nose art! SN
  4. Here is a photo of some B-24 bits I have in original, unweathered Dull Dark Green. It's a very dark, very matte color. These were among thousands of leftover parts when the Emerson Electric factory in St. Louis, Missouri was shut down at the end of the war. The parts were collected in barrels, and ended up forgotten in a warehouse, where they were discovered decades later. Fortunately they were given to a local aviation museum (I was given these parts years ago for winning a "guess the airplane" contest.) They've never been exposed to weather or sunlight, so the color is about as close as
  5. Here's a photo of her departing Davis-Monthan AFB in 1959, on her way to the Air Force Museum in Dayton. As you can see, she has the ball turret installed. The ball turret currently isn't installed..it was removed shortly after she arrived at the museum and installed in their B-17, which didn't have turrets at the time. The turret opening in the B-24 was covered with a rather crude sheet metal patch. The B-17 with the B-24's turret was eventually transferred to another museum. A few years ago the B-24's ball turret was returned, but hasn't been reinstalled yet. SN
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    AT-11 Kansan

    Good stuff! My plan has always been to use the fuselage from the PM AT-11, and combine it with the wings, tail, and canopy from Hobbycraft. SN
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    PB4 Privateer

    I have the White Dog decals, and they're very nice. Unfortunately they've been out of production for many years and the company is ancient history. Although in the era of the internet you might be able to find some on the secondary market. <edit> that Amazon link looks like a real bargain..I would grab them, if you haven't already.
  8. Yep, it's a Ford-built B-24M. In this case, the "S-curve is there, but the enlarged navigator's window cuts into it. Also, for some reason the museum didn't install the bombardier's window when they restored it. This nose of this particular aircraft was heavily modified when she was being used for research, with the turret and bombardier's windows removed and faired over. This is the Duxford aircraft around 1950. I believe it was the last Liberator operated by the USAF. To date, the Academy B-24M is the only Liberator kit to correctly portray a "Ford nose," albeit
  9. Ford-built B-24s had a distinctive nose shape. They used the same Emerson turret as Consolidated-built machines, but the "chin" window was a different shape, as well as the fairing around the turret. This fairing blended into the rest of the nose with a characteristic "S curve." Here's a Ford-built B-24, showing the fabled "S curve" behind the nose turret. On Ford machines, the back edge of the bombardier's window also angles back, and the upper edge angles upward. Here's a typical Consolidated-built B-24J. It lacks the fairing with the S-curve, and the bombardier
  10. OK, so here's my more-or-less finished attempt to "fix" the Aeromaster decals. It's no Renaissance masterpiece, but hopefully the closeup photo with flash makes it worse than it is. Hopefully they'll look OK once applied to the model and weathered a bit. I did a little bit of work on the springboks, but Aeromaster's interpretation is still all kinds of wrong. They can't really be corrected without doing entirely new artwork. Here's the real thing, which shows just how far afield the Aeromaster artwork is.
  11. Oh, I know. That should be an easy fix. Fortunately the serial number is largely covered by the fuselage code letters.
  12. Thanks for all the info, gents. I did a bit of playing around with a tiny brush in an attempt to correct the Aeromaster Decals colors. The result isn't perfect, but I think it's passable for 1/72 scale. Judging by the few photos I've found of the artwork on real aircraft, the head of the springbok is all wrong, but I don't think I'll bother correcting it. Photos show the silhouette of Africa and the border were sprayed on, with a soft border. I don't plan to try to duplicate that either. I can't figure out how to make the "insert image" function work, so here's a link. https:
  13. Any idea when these decals might materialize?
  14. Thanks, Piet! The decals I have (the old Aeromaster set) show the map of Africa as orange with a wide white border. Looks like I'll have to figure out a way to revise the colors. SN
  15. Hi all, I happened to win Special Hobby's new 1/72 P-40K in a raffle last week, and was toying with building it as the Maj. D.B. Hauptfleisch's well-known EV421 (the decals I have say EW421, but apparently this is wrong.) The aircraft was apparently a late E-model with the extended dorsal fillet, externally indistinguishable from a K. Anyway, I had a couple of questions: Would this aircraft have had a standard U.S. seat harness, or the British Sutton Harness. Also, would it use the round- or square-backed seat (and would that seat be unpainted or the cockpit color?)
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