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Rob de Bie

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  1. OK, one last try to identify the mysery logo. I received a new scan of one of two photos that show the logo., courtesy of Jun in Tokyo. I softened it to remove the dithering, and rotated it to give mostly undistorted view. I also sketched in what I think I see in the logo. The only other photo that shows it somewhat clear (also shown above) was also rotated and skewed to give a sort-of undistorted view. If anyone has any idea, I would love to hear from you! Rob
  2. I touched a TR-1A only once at an airshow, but with regards to BLC, I've never ever read about that feature for either the U-2A/C nor the U-2R / TR-1. Rob
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    F-42B Tempest II

    That's impressive! I guess I'm still learning to engrave - I'm rarely totally happy with the results.. Regarding the Silhouette, one of our club members does nearly all markings with masks. On the two examples below only small squadron badges are done with decals. It surely looks good! Rob
  4. Many thanks for your search! There are excellent matches shape-wise. I never read anything about the US Mail being involved in the flight, so that one is very unlikely. Which brings us back to the C-W logo .. I'm trying to find a better copy of one of the photos, but otherwise I'm running out of ideas. Rob
  5. We'll fight united against the horrors of pre- and postshading I was an aircraft spotter for 12 years and never saw any operational aircraft weather like that. Rob
  6. That's way more than I could have asked for, many thanks! Here's an overview of logos that I considered so far, superimposed on the single other photo that shows it reasonably well. Left to right: the logo of the organising commitee (taken from a letterhead), the Curtiss-Wright logo (copied from a lapel pin), the Aeroshell logo (a sponsor, but it does not match the shape), and lastly a standard Dutch stamp from that era but it no airmail connection. The interesting thing is that the logo is hardly visible at departure, when it definitely already had it. That should tell us something about the color(s). Rob
  7. You made an excellent point regarding the marking's location, I hadn't thought of that. I searched a bit for a Dutch air mail logo, but found nothing close to it. Rob
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    B-58 Fuselage length

    Found it! On page 2 of this old Hyperscale thread: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/hyperscale/1-72-b-58-errors-t201945.html It's two pages only, the original article is probably longer. Rob
  9. I hope I caught you in time: please note that the large serial number on the nose was at a slight angle to the camouflage demarcation. The serial number is aligned with the horizontal reference line, and the camouflage demarcation angles slightly from the inlet cone towards the radome. There are exceptions, like 5803 and 5810 at Ypenburg. But 5804 at the top of the page follows the official instructions. The painting instructions are shown in Cor van Gent's book, pages 235 and 240. Rob
  10. Thanks for (re-) posting your Postjager build! A few years ago I almost ordered this model too, but instead I started working on a new and better drawing. I started with the Postjager drawing by C. ter Horst (NVM), but in the mean time I made a completely revised drawing based on research in archives. It's not done yet, so it's shown in a small size here. Since you're an expert on early aviation, one question for you - my last remaining problem with all the markings. On the Amsterdam - Indonesia flight, it had a mystery marking between the tail and registration. It's visible in just a few photos only. The basic shape is a sphere with 'wings'. The photo below is the best one. What could it be? My current best guess is a Curtiss-Wright logo, because the aircraft had Wright engines. But I haven't found another a/c with a similar marking so far. The photo appears to be orthochromatic, judging from how dark the orange registration are represented. All guesses are welcome! Rob
  11. These photos look like the Ypenburg storage. I don't remember operational Volkel 104s to ever be bleached and 'pre-shaded' like this. Do not copy for an operational a/c! Rob
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    B-58 Fuselage length

    I've seen a few photos from a Japanese modeling magazine, where a modeler corrected the model with inserts all over the model. Maybe they float around on the internet? I did not find them in a quick search. Rob
  13. Here's how the Hawk U-2A inlet and inlet duct look like. As you can see, the duct is nearly cilindrical. AFV Club shaped it very differently. Rob
  14. Well spotted!! Would you happen to know the (approximate) diameters of the fuselage exhaust openings for the J57 and J75 versions? I've tried to find them for ages, so I can get that detail right on my 1/72 U-2C. Here are the fuselage halves of the two versions of the Hawk / Testors U-2A and U-2C held together. I'm of course nit sure whether they are correct, but at least they knew there was a difference Rob
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    F-42B Tempest II

    Thanks again for all the details! I'm familiar with the Silhouette cutters, a club member made me a mask for the old Revell 1/72 F-16A with one. Shown below are my four tries to design the correct shape. I haven't used the mask itself yet, so I can't show the result. I looked up the specs of the tape, and it's about 0.12 mm thick, a typical vinyl tape I would say. Since your zig-zags and straight lines look so perfect, I have to ask whether you engraved them, drew them with a pencil, or sprayed them? I honestly don't know how did them so perfectly.. Rob