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  1. You don't need a guru for the cowling. There is no mystery here at all. It was anodised aluminium. Hate to spoil the fun, but it really was. Along with deflector box for air intake and oil coolers intake. Edit: Wheel wells are ZCY all right. That goes for all P-47s. Cockpit is not so easy but Bronze Green is the one colour that goes not into competition. The safe bet should be Dull Dark Green for the N. Very similar to BG on the other hand.
  2. Gerry would have a blue tail. If You want yellow, You need to find A/C with side number in 600 range. 413th FS markings were the same, but yellow, hence the kit mistake. There was famous ETO Mustang ace Urban Drew (with jet kills under his belt) serving in 413th. Plane was called Detroit Miss II IIRC, and was partly yellow of course.
  3. It did fail. The memory. N was C series straight. Earlier N models did use R-2800-57 engines which featured old style ignition configuration with central magneto an two distributors flanking it. Just as we see presented in this build. The items were different but construction stands. Gerry, being N-5 carried -73 engine with GE ignition: two 'turtle' distributors with integrated magnetos. No magneto in the middle. Just to make it clear - the engine in the model is supposed to be good enough, so good enough it is. Yet You are dead right on the colour issue. 456th FS did use blue for the tails and cowlings, not yellow. Here is asymmetrical CE Paddle Blade. It is a D-model prop, a little bit different from the N one, but the shape idea is visible. In my opinion kit prop aims to be asymmetric. I don't remember seeing pictures of Gerry either, but a wartime N driven by asymmetric blades is yet to be discovered. The symmetric propeller pic is to be seen above, so it should be not difficult to make a decision how to proceed.
  4. It's OK. There are many types of superchargers. This one is an exhaust driven one. Turbine in this case, but still a supercharger.
  5. Lower part of the prop is wrong too. It is just another screw, 'asymmetrical' paddle blade. It was used on P-47N but not on Yours. So you are going in the right direction. I think, with a little filing the blade root will be OK. It seems You are all right with general configuration of the model compared to real 'Gerry'.
  6. I reckon You've answered Your rear fuselage question yourself. Well done! The engine flaps are not a success though. The spaces between them are far to big. I'll try to pin the very frame this kit is presenting even if the inbox picture is not very helpful ;). Maybe I manage to create some info on my own... .
  7. Would be swell, wouldn't it? Well, I don't even know how to do it. I don't know what bird are You building, I don't know the kit, don't know how deep are You going to dig into detail and where You place Your limits of corrections. I will gladly answer a question, if I manage that, or react to what I see. And in the end there is no way I can force You to do anything, so it would be cool anyway. The engine flaps should be closed in the parking mode but it was possible to have then open, so it is up to You and Your preferences.
  8. Your choice. I specified when a mistake would be one, didn't I? On the other hand I see often situations when painting is chosen after the model is almost complete. And the painting is often in conflict with construction details. I admit, I don't understand this attitude to model building but who cares what gonzo understands?!
  9. Excellent job on the engine. Creative! Yet You still miss half of the ignition wires and have issues with the ignition elements. You are also making a common mistake not saying at the start what precise aircraft You are going to build (or is it me being blind?). I mean, that would be a mistake if You hoped for some information according to the construction and finish of the original bird. It is only now I can tell Your P-47 is N-5. But should she be? They differ through the versions and some of the elements are easy to spot even on first sight. I know I am a bit touchy when it comes to Thunderbolts, but also ready to shut up when suggested to.
  10. From that perspective you see skin under both. But the forward one shows a skin of the ventilation duct. The rear just the fuselage skin. The deflector is a shaped peace of tin fitted to the skin. It is open from behind but no duct there. I didn't designed this bird, You know, I just love her ;).
  11. The forward vent is a vent. The rear 'vent' is not. It is a deflector in a vent-like shape.There is a fuselage skin under it.
  12. I hate to be bearer of bad news, so please, don't shoot the messenger. And they are bad only if You cared :). Your job on engine is very good but You have modelled a R-2800 for early -D Thunderbolts. It is B - series with early ignition type. You need C-series which are a bit different and to be careful with ignition parts- these being always an issue with Double Wasp engines The terminology is a little mixed in this tread but I think the magneto/distributor story is for some other occasion. And half of the sparks are in want of their wires... hmmm, I'll just stop here. You've made a lot of great modelling job here. I admire that. Oh, the rear ventilation is not a ventilation at all. Be careful there. It is just fixed deflector separating the ventilation exit from engine exhaust with firm surface skin under it.
  13. It is not 1945 matter. It is ETO radio equipment standard which means VHF radios . And there is SCR522 behind the seat mounted already, so there is nothing to attach the wire antenna to. The only task left is to find out if the canopy of this bird had the hole for the wire blanked with dedicated plug. Shouldn't be difficult with such a popular aircraft.
  14. Oh, I meant metal. 4 blade duraluminum Rotor props were used occasionally on Spitfire later on. Didn't care to check for MkII and wrote carelessly. Thanks for correction.
  15. The map is quite easy with P-47. The panels with exhaust on the nose, the cover of the exhaust channel to the turbine and turbine cover and area were stainless steel. The rest - alclad. By definition aclad is the same colour everywhere, but the NMF surface differences we see come from other reasons. The direction of machining process, the different methods of giving shape to the panels, even the shape itself make the light reflections produce different effect in our eyes. It would be a rule of a thumb that heavily shaped 3D panels should have looked different then flat ones. The problem is this effect would differ depending on the position of light source and observer. Presenting that using colours needs a lot of 'good feeling' and delicacy, supposing it is possible at all.
  16. Anything is possible, but there's nothing to prove the idea. 'Penrod and Sam' was written with a colour other then red, as it contrasts on the red cowling. The writing has no frame, but it drops a thin shadow, mostly black. 'Pe' letters have red background and their shadow is white. It seems other interpretations come from poor quality pics, where these details tend to disappear. The colour of the letters? Well, it's grey on black/white pictures.
  17. This type of construction of the top cowling was typical for CBAF Spitfires. Looking for this seem You will find it in pictures sort of easily. The cowling was exchangeable so it can differ later on in service. I have found a pic of MkI carrying that type of a cowling. As a rule of a thumb it should be filled on MkI model, and maybe left as a very delicate line for those cases where the line actually existed.
  18. Awhile ago Edgar told me, it was not possible to him to find out if the wedge remained as a part of C-wing undercarriage construction till the end, or was it replaced by redesigned oleo leg. Any news here maybe? He also added, the instructions were issued to tighten the bolts with special care, when fixing the legs with the wedge added.
  19. The thread was of no importance on grass fields. The characteristic geometry of the undercarriage did the job: \ / looking from the front and 'toe in' looking from above: / \ (nose of the plane to the top of the screen). Moving to Europe and using hard runways meant disaster for tires. it was necessary to correct the geometry and straighten the wheels. And threaded tires became wanted obviously. The geometry correction was not done until the end of war, though. The modification took time as usually. So Graham is right, as You can see. Even if possible, I don't believe there was a Spitfire with different wheels on both legs. The wheels differed in construction but also in dimensions, sometimes having the same number of spokes and looking similar. Different tires wouldn't look very strange unless threaded tyre and slick would have been used. It was quite a common practice for example with USAAF fighters on any theater.
  20. It is indeed. Doesn't cover all R-2800 ignition systems , obviously. White's book has it all. Less detailed of course, but all. Still the book is rather for R-2800 freaks, I would say, but for them - pure treasure.
  21. The museum engine has no governor mounted. The root is covered with a plate, as it often happens with exposition engines. Tbolt fitted a small item there imitating the CE governor (the smaller grey looking thing at 12 oclock) with thin bar going back between cylinders - a steering rod going as a system of links back to the cockpit. This steering rod was connected to the governor with the 'lever' opposite to perforated wheel typical for 'hydraulic' governor for HS prop. You will find the same 'hydraulic' governor on R-2800 built in other HS prop driven aircraft, like F4-U.
  22. I have now. Well done! On the other hand most modellers omit governor completely, being satisfied with magnetos and distributors ;).
  23. In short. With P-47 the factory outfit should be treated as a basic guidance. Aircraft was easy to modify. Some elements were not so big and distinguished, so modellers often don't care (e.g. never seen a model with right prop governor for CE propeller), other pretty obvious. As a result you could have seen for example a D-2 indistinguishable from late razorback models. And the 'dash number' for P-47 wasn't changed with even major ''field' modification. That means modeller has to look for the actual outfit of the plane he wants to portrait in the specific moment of time he is interested in. If he cares to be accurate, that is.
  24. Well, it's a dig out, but since the thread have came a bit alive again I thought maybe to thank You with addition of two fun pics. The credits for first one go mostly to Spiton, also a member of Britmodeller community, who fixed two separate pictures into one. I only corrected it a little to suit my personal preferences. The background is old German airfield in my neighbourhood. The famous Normandie - Niemen French regiment stationed there with it's Yak fighters for awhile.
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