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  1. Walkaway lines would have been symmetrical on MkIX wings. But I see no reason for them to be repainted with other stencils gone. Please throw no tomatoes at me, if somebody proved me wrong. Although I feel not much fear here... .
  2. To be more precise: the stencils were oversprayed and not repainted. This is confirmed by period picture. Yet it goes only for a couple of them, and the rest we can't see one way or another. Still, it means one can produce hypothesis that some of them were left and why, but nothing more. The only confirmed stencils left on the plane is the mentioned above piece of radio compartment door white writing. Cockpit door stencils survived too, of course .
  3. I would say no stencils, but you can't be 100% sure with them little fellows, and the pics won't help you enough. What was left actually, was the part of the white writing on the radio compartment door. The part that was placed on the roundel, with the rest having been oversprayed. The edges of the roundels were oversprayed too, by the way. It is quite possible the s/n was repeated on the rudder tub. By hand. It surely was the case for ZX-1. Graham, that's how we know the coolers were there, as the pics are quite shy on the subject :). I'd love to learn the reason for flat tube covers. Never met the answer, unfortunately.
  4. PFT Spitfires were DFS painted and oversprayed with Desert Scheme before they were delivered to the unit. A good freehand spray job with not much overspray. There are some wild theories what was sprayed instead of DS, but let's skip that. The spare cannon tubes were closed with flat covers (like the bottom of a peanut can), and there was fuel cooler air intake in the root of the starboard wing.
  5. Hello Dana! I was hoping You may have addressed a question I presented few posts above. It is off top, but I am very thankful for the work You've made on Corsair. These two F4U books are excellent!
  6. Three coats of three colours applied in P-47 cockpit? That's an eye opener. Now I must have another look at 49th FG D-4 found in New Guinea jungle. The cockpit is a colour mess there and with this information maybe it will be possible to come to some conclusions. Is there an information if that could have been the way to finish P-47 cockpits of those early D-s in both production plants?
  7. Correct. This is a place where function/constant speed selector for CE prop would be mounted. It is the same size, shape and has the same connections. In my opinion we see a kind of mock-up mounted on HS driven plane, ready to be quick-changed, if CE screw would have been used. Or just a provisional element to take a picture for the instructions.
  8. Adding a little: it is Schick Johnson metal seat for P-51. As the seats mounting on Mustangs changed during the production back and forth it can be called early or late depending on perspective. Again, there is a perspective for 'early' version.
  9. Hello,


    I'll take you up on your offer of any Little Bunny pictures.   I'm at:




    Thank you very much,



    1. greatgonzo


      Did the pictures arrive?


    2. 11bravo


      Yes, I’m very sorry about not responding.  Battling through some PC issues.  Thank you again for the information.   


  10. Yes, Norma was taken from Brazilian Sq delivery, and as a Lend Lease aircraft was painted standard USAAF camouflage OD/NG. It is rather impossible to be sure what colour was used for field paint job. British DG is usually first choice in those occasions, but You can not be sure. Contrasts seem to differ from picture to picture, so there is some field for interpretation. If You gave me your e-mail I would send You a pic or two :).
  11. Urbanowicz flew no 'M' at all. One of those ideas we can exclude. And funny thing is there is no reports of that belly landing. Only a note he damaged the undercarriage running on some stones on night landing Dec. 8th 1943. No accident report for that, so poor chance for proper belly landing. And Stinky is supposed to carry 188 by the way. He was a man and a half. Personally claims over 6 kills flying with 14th (officially credited with 2). Proud, educated, intelligent and observing. A word 'noble' comes to mind when you want to summon it up in one word. As a man he stood up from the typical picture of fighter pilot. His writing is excellent too. The books he wrote are much better then ordinary memoirs of the time. Very interesting, as he concentrates on so much more then fighting. Fire over China/Flying Tigers is just literature. Great read, but I am afraid no English editions. Not sure about that. Pity for Orchard. Man would have think the Polish connection could be a good idea to built the identity of the place.
  12. Nothing's there. It is just a pic of this 188 which was a basis to prepare the paper kit. We know nothing of Urbanowicz's Ns, except they where N-5 in operational flights. Urbanowicz was a guest, he flew only a few missions (13). An himself was not very modeller-friendly in this matter. During his visit in Poland, when surrounded by historians and enthusiasts and asked about details of his aircraft, he finally spread his arms wide and said: 'Listen, it was decades ago. I didn't care. If you asked me what colour of the eyes had the lady bartending in Orchard, I might have had a chance, but with the colour of something painted on my plane - no goddamned way!
  13. How about a link? I can surely read Polish ;).
  14. We do not know what specific planes were flown by Witold Urbanowicz. Yet we can exclude some quite popular presentations in profiles and paintings. The most probable candidate seems to be the P-40K Deacon Sad Sack of Lyndon Lewis - 169 on the tail. 188 is tricky. The number is supposed to be the one for the bird Urbanowicz was supposed to belly land. Lot of supposition and not much confirmation in documents and it was a 'K' anyway. We know quite well what types were flown by Polish Ace, but, unfortunately, no serials. This P-40 has been a Holy Graal for Polish modellers for years.
  15. You mixed descriptions on the pics and somehow painted Bubble D black knowing it was not black at all. And some details..., Ah I don't care! Big hug for presenting this very subject. And good modelling job done!
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