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Tailspin Turtle

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  1. Tailspin Turtle

    Neptunes, can someone enlighten me please.....

    Some odds and ends here: http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2016/02/early-p2vs.html http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2014/02/hasagawa-p2v-neptune-kit.html One of these days, I plan to do a more comprehensive comparison of the various dash numbers.
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    Any sign of aftermarket FJ-3 decals in 1/72?

    CTA decals - the good news is that the trim on the nose is probably best rendered by paining it.
  3. Tailspin Turtle

    Bearcat 1/72: Options?

    Ah, the ultimate(?) post on the F8F vertical fin: http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2016/07/grumman-f8f-bearcat-vertical-tail.html
  4. Tailspin Turtle

    Bearcat 1/72: Options?

    http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2016/07/grumman-f8f-bearcat-windscreen.html There are other posts on the Bearcat in this blog. Just type F8F into the search block with the magnifying glas in the upper left hand side of the page
  5. Tailspin Turtle

    Any sign of aftermarket FJ-3 decals in 1/72?

    Oops - I think you’re right. The trim should be white for the second squadron when the airplanes were blue, except when some airplanes in the squadron were gray/white during the exterior color changeover: see http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2009/12/changing-from-blue-to-graywhite.html. Unfortunately, the decal maker appears to have relied on the FJ-3 color profile here, which is probably incorrect: http://www.wings-aviation.ch/21-USNavy/NorthAmerican-FJ/VF-61-1.png
  6. Tailspin Turtle

    Any sign of aftermarket FJ-3 decals in 1/72?

    See Jolly Rogers Part One: https://ctamodels.com/buy-cta-decal-here
  7. Tailspin Turtle

    N.A. FJ-1 Fury, Valom 1/72...Finished!!

    In the color picture of 116F above, the wheels and struts are interior green, worn so the natural metal of the components is visible to an extent.
  8. Tailspin Turtle

    Skyraider AEW Mk1 (AD-4W) scale drawings what´s out there?

    Unfortunately, I doubt that any AD-4W drawings, even those reportedly based on factory drawings, are accurate with respect to the unique details, although some are certainly better than others. For a summary of my work so far, see http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2018/06/ad-4w-skyraider.html
  9. Tailspin Turtle

    Grumman Avenger Mk 6

    For what it’s worth, this is a link to my postwar TBM gouge (it includes a link to a TBM-3Q/N discussion): http://thanlont.blogspot.com/2015/07/post-war-eastern-tbm-variants.html Hasegawa issued its 1/72 TBM as a Japanese Self Defense Force -3S2 with a canopy that might work but the kit is pretty expensive.
  10. F-4A 145315 wound up on display at the USS Lexington museum in Corpus Christi.
  11. Tailspin Turtle

    C-1 Traders

    http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2010/11/trader-and-tracer.html
  12. Tailspin Turtle

    Boeing X-32A (Italeri 1/72)

    My guess is that owing to a significant deficiency of hover thrust compared to weight (pictures of it hovering indicate that as many parts that could be removed, e.g. the inlet, were removed), it didn’t get very many coats of paint beyond one, if any. Since much of the exterior consisted of black composite fiber/epoxy panels, that made for a motley finish. With respect to its competitiveness vis-a-vis the X-35, the latter could hover in its full up and away configuration, at Edwards AFB no less (2,500 feet above sea level and usually hotter than the standard day).
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    F11-F Tiger: ever build one of these?

    It was in my "Drafts" blog so I was afraid both of the modelers interested in it wouldn't be able to find it..
  14. Tailspin Turtle

    F11-F Tiger: ever build one of these?

    http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-grumman-xf9f-9-too-little-too-soon.html
  15. Tailspin Turtle

    N.A. FJ-1 Fury, Valom 1/72...Finished!!

    That Tailspin link actually goes to my FJ-1 canopy post. The Bendix tank post is here: http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2018/03/fj-1-tip-tanks-1948-bendix-race.html
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