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    PB4 Privateer

    Tony, thanks for the tenner!
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    PB4 Privateer

    Late reply re: Tony's posts and models; not wanting to patronize I don' t always chime in, but I definitely look for all Tony's posts as I greatly appreciate the time he takes to share his talent and expertise! Thanks Tony!!!
  3. The question is what colors were they painted at the factory? That video, though helpful, has a definite color shift. The orange of the insignias is quite pale, the yellow prop tips too dark, and the sky too grey for somewhat sunny weather. The uppersurface color looks like 36118, so maybe DuPont EDSG? The undersurface color? Who knows; maybe a factory mix close to MLK standard? The color shift, I believe, affects the appearance of the interior color as well. Just my view....
  4. As for stretching sprue, I've found it easiest to heat one end of a piece, jam it onto a plastic lid from a jar, and pull slowly. You' ll get a nice thin line, depending on how long you want it. I find that this method gives a more even thickness, but like the standard way, it just takes a little practice.
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    ASV radar

    Ewen, that Thunder Mug picture is the first one where I noticed the side array without the under wing antennas. Photos of the USMC planes I've seen all had the yagis like the early USN Pacfic theater PB4Ys. Now I notice quite a few planes with those side antennas without any under the wings. I thought about censors, but the only antennas they really seemed to be concerned about were those various nose aerials, sometimes with a jacket over them so the censor didn't have to scratch them out of the photo. Still, a side array without the wing antennas? Puzzling.... Thanks again for sharing your knowledge! Jim
  6. Great posts here; and special thanks to Giorgio! Ciao, Jim
  7. I have some of those Italian books on the Regia Marina's seaplanes, and all the artwork of cockpits and cabins show a grey green color like the bike advert and the close-up of the fellow holding the prop blade. I can only assume that those books are largely accurate. I can' t doubt that light blue grey was a cockpit color, but have never seen any pics or artwork that shows it. If I recall, that Stormo site mentioned the use of blue grey, though I had the impression that it was not the usual color nor mandated, but I would tend to accept your explanation.
  8. Not that I could make a meaningful contribution to this thread, but doesn' t that prop color look a lot like the anti-corrosion cockpit color?
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    ASV radar

    Thanks to all who contributed. Ewen, I appreciate your time in clearing things up for me. The first link you provided was the site I mentioned, which showed the RAF style dorsal array which only some USAAF B-24s in Alaska used, as far as I could find. The USN patrol bombers didn't use that set- up to any extent if at all, just the single row of transmit aerials along the rear fuselage under the waist guns, and the under wing yagi receivers, as you indicated, for general search. The army B-24s transferred to the USN appear to have had the ventral scanners as the new production anti-sub PB4Ys had. The few B-24s which had the under nose scanner remained with the army in No.Africa, so I believe. The only US Atlantic anti-sub plane with a nose yagi I could find a photo of was an army B-18 from 1942. I'm still confused seeing photos of a few PB4Ys with the rear transmitter array, belly turret, and no yagis under wing, in the Pacific. You confirmed my assumption that the single engine USN planes had transmit/ receive yagi antennas, but those bombers with side fuselage aerials doing both? A return signal would be harder to home in on with only those, no? Thanks again for all the enlightening posts! Jim
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    ASV radar

    Have questions about said radar. Looking at photos of yagi-equipped a/c, some have obvious transmitters; assuming the yagis are receivers, and some don' t. For example, the Fairey Swordfish has an obvious transmitter antenna in the upper wing center section, but single engine USN planes like the SBD and TBF/M don't have an obvious transmitter. RAF B-24s also have a nose yagi, the USN planes don't, assuming the array on the rear fuselage sides of many early Pacific theatre a/c are the transmitters. Further confusing photos, to me anyway, are those PB4Ys with, again what I believe are transmitting fuselage antennas, but without any wing yagi antennas, with only what I thought were small homing antennas, and so, no receiver...? I can only assume that the ventral scanner as in the UK based patrol bombers was a detriment to defensive armament in the Pacific. One online site I found discused the different ASV radars, but was not specific as to the early sets used by the USN which dispensed with the dorsal arrays. Later PB4Ys have various mini yagis on the lower forward fuselage, in various places, again begging the question as to the location of the complimentary antenna, unless those yagis transmitted and received. So, can anyone help? Thanks!!!
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    F-7 camera sets

    Ewen, thanks for that clear description. I was confused by Ginter's description which led me to believe the army and navy planes had more in common than they actually did, as you have said. After your explanation regarding the lack of an aperture in the PB4Y, I should have realized that since the navy recon planes opened the bay doors, the trimetrogon cameras would be able to be mounted longitudinally. As for the draft, I was basing that on the cabin photo which led me to believe that the rear bulkhead was removed, again wrongly assuming a common army/navy modification. Thanks again!
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    F-7 camera sets

    Thanks to all who posted! I'd seen the photo of the army F-7 with the camera over what looks like an open door over what would be the tunnel gun glazing in the PB4Y. Ewen, thanks for pointing out Ginter page 92 with no windows or apertures in the aft bomb bay door. I just looked past that. So, should I then presume that the navy planes would have the trimetrogon set in the nose, and roll up the bay door for their big cameras, or have a crewman hold one out the waist gun position? Open bay doors without a baffle like the waist guns would make an awfully drafty cabin with nowhere for that air to go, no? I'm still confused, though as I would only model a navy B-24 I shouldn't care that much, about a trimetrogon in the bomb bay. How can there be a camera in the center with the catwalk? I thought that was a major structural component of the B-24, but something else I could be mistaken about. Many thanks again to all who shared their knowledge and research!!! Ciao, Jim
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    F-7 camera sets

    Thanks gents for contributing. Pat, that scan was helpfull and what I imagined as Kinzey only provided a side view with a dark line parallel to the side aperture indicating another squarish window underneath. Pictures I've seen online and in those books only show one camera against the bomb bay door aimed straight down seemingly to sight through the 'side' window, with insufficient room for another camera and its support frame aiming through the straight down window next to the catwalk. Ewen, I did see a photo online of the modified cabin, and it only shows the one camera. If there were two cameras next to each other, servicing in flight would be difficult to say the least. Really, I find the Ginter book disappointing as I thought they were as much for the modeler as for the aviation buff...most of whom are modellers anyway. Ginter also claimed a trimetrogon set in the bomb bay. How? The nose yes, but elsewhere parallel to line of flight? What am I missing? As for the cameras, Ginter lists both K (army) and F (navy) models as being installed in the PB4Y recon planes. Regarding paint, the USN/MC F-7 type planes appear to largely be in OD/NG, but I could be wrong about that. I do though like sea birds in land plumage.... Thanks!!!
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    F-7 camera sets

    Having Ginter's and Kinzey's respective works on the PB4Y and B-24, am confused with their different descriptions of its camera suite. The one photo of a camera in its mount in Ginter doesn' t match his description. So, how would an F-7 variant's bomb bay camera apertures be represented? It looks like there's only room for one camera shooting through the roll up doors on each side of the bomb bay cat walk(?) but a drawing in Kinzey shows two side by side, one pointing outward, the other down in the one door. Confounding, no? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
  15. What looks like a tailhook might be a catapult hold-down or release bar/line. I don' t believe there were any P-40's set up to be carrier capable like the P-39 or -51.
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