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  1. Hey Maggie22! Thank you very much for your detailed and most illuminating response. The information you provided answers questions I'd posted in two separate threads regarding the A-24 - the issue now is: do I try and buy another SBD/A-24 and do both (as suggested by Jim Maas)? Your larger picture of 41-15801 is a cracker and certainly clears up the "is it glint or a coloured band of some sort?" True - I posted that picture just to highlight the red fuselage band fronting the white tail surfaces. Given your words about the black and white cowl band on 41-15801, I wonder if the red band on the A-24B is a different method of denoting a specific unit or flight. To all who responded, thanks so much for taking the time to give my questions some thought. じゃあね BB
  2. You could always just cover it in Indian/Burmese dust and hide the blotches...
  3. To amplify the above, some more old Britmodeller threads on the subject: and
  4. Hi again all, As a possible alternative to making an A-24 from the 1941 Louisiana manoeuvres, I am considering making this bird: Now, the only photo I can find of this aircraft is this one from the Australian War Memorial: I've not been able to find any other photos of early A-24 models in New Guinea, and I am a little circumspect about the black-and-white strip on the cowling - part of me wonders if it's a possible misinterpretation of glint off the cowling in the photo. Does anybody have any thoughts - or, hopefully, any other pictures of, or information - regarding 2nd ATF A-24s in New Guinea? If so, my chief questions are: 1. Did these aircraft indeed have a black-and-white nose band? If so, can anyone provide any pictures (of A-24s or any other 2nd ATF aeroplane) with such a marking? 2. Could these aircraft have had a red band (or a band of any other colour) in front of the white tail section, as per the aircraft in the photo immediately below? Thanks in advance for any assistance, BB
  5. Hiya all, Small numbers of A-24 Banshees participated in the US GHQ Manoeuvres in Louisiana in 1941. I want to make an Accurate Miniatures A-24, representing one of these aircraft; however, I have only found one picture of aircraft from this activity: Does anybody out there have any more information on A-24 markings, relating to the use of these aircraft in the Louisiana manoeuvres? If so, my chief questions are: 1. Did these aircraft have white (or red) crosses on the wings? If so, where on the wings? 2. Did these aircraft have 'US Army' titling across the underside of the wings? 3. What tail markings did these aircraft have (size and colour of serials and unit designators, etc.)? 4. Does anybody have any other photos of these aircraft? If so, can you please share? Thanks in advance for any help, BB
  6. Could it have been the same lighter grey as used in the Jaguar IM’s two-tone scheme?
  7. Of course, after having just placed an order for additional airframes… https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-14/defence-grounds-seahawk-helicopter-fleet/100538690
  8. Ewwwch! Crimes against the laws of aerodynamics. Yeah, probably because the Admiralty took one good look and just walked away in shame.
  9. No worries at all, only to happy to assist! I'd be interested to see how you go, in 1/48. Good luck!
  10. Yeah, the Fujimi 1/72 kit is a good compromise, which enables them make the most of common D3A1/D3A2 bits. Still - and as a pretty average model builder - I reckon the Fujimi 1/72 kit looks the part (especially with my old eyes). To me, it ticks all the boxes for featuring the major noticeable components (cowling, propeller spinner, Aichi-made exhaust, bomb crutch, elevators and canopy). I agree that the canopy and associated fuselage contours around the cockpit aperture are little over-simplified; however, I reckon it's still quite good, especially if you include a vac-formed canopy (such as Pavla V72045). Nice one, I'm still chortling and I'm going use it! Whenever I refer/go to my - admittedly small - storage vault, my wife's usual retort is at 0:06:
  11. Appearance-wise, the D3A2's cowling was more streamlined-looking and curved down toward the front, while the D3A1's cowling was more squarish-looking. The D3A2's oil cooler was a single piece unit (not being bifurcated - hence a different bomb crutch, more on that later), was shallower in profile, and was more rounded-looking from head-on than that of the D3A1. The D3A2's rear canopy was also more streamlined, and narrowed more towards the back - it also extended further along the back of the fuselage, so, you'll have to do a reasonable amount of hacking and filling of the fuselage around the cockpit aperture to convert a D3A1 to a D3A2. The picture below shows these details (the top drawing is a D3A1 and the bottom is a D3A2): Similarly, of the two profiles below, EI-234 is a D3A1 and 2-1-202 is a D3A2: D3A1: http://www.gahoh.net/traffic/ww2/profile/B5N-D3A/image/A1_shokaku-03.jpg D3A2: http://www.gahoh.net/traffic/ww2/profile/B5N-D3A/image/A2_hiyo.jpg The D3A2's elevators also differed, in that they were shorter in span than those of the D3A1. This detail is on the pictures below (the top three-view drawing is a D3A1 and the bottom three-view drawing is a D3A2): There was also a different bomb crutch on the D3A2's fuselage centreline, this being rectangular rather than triangular in appearance. The first crutch picture below shows both kinds, with the D3A1's on top. The second and third crutch pictures are those for the D3A1 and D3A2, respectively. The last picture is of a crashed and sunken D3A2. There are also some interesting noticeable differences between D3A2s produced by Aichi and Showa, mostly concerning the layout of the exhaust. The drawing below shows the single exhaust on each side of Aichi-produced aircraft (top) and the multi-stack exhaust layout of Showa-produced aircraft (bottom). This film contains also some information - including a drawing - of the exhaust layout on Showa-produced D3A2s (starting at 8:52 - don't worry, it's got English subtitles): A Japanese company, Create 301 (クリエイト301) produced a 1/48 conversion set; however (in my opinion, and with my 'skillz'), it was a bit ragged-looking and still required quite a bit of elbow grease to pull off. The picture below is not mine, but shows the bits as I remember them! Otherwise, try and find a copy of FAOW #151 by Bunrindo (IJN Type 99 Carrier Bomber Aichi D3A) - this has loads of photos, diagrams and explanatory text, to differentiate the variants! Note that this has also been published more recently as #33, but with the same title. As a bonus feature - because everyone here loves discussions concerning colours - here are two useful pages from the 'Aviation of Japan' blog, discussing the interior colours of D3As: http://www.aviationofjapan.com/2009/04/aichi-d3a-val-interior-in-detail-colour.html and http://www.aviationofjapan.com/2009/04/aichi-d3a-val-interior-in-detail-colour_10.html Good luck!
  12. Or perhaps an anti-flash white finish on the undersurfaces, similar to that on British, Soviet and US nuclear-capable bombers of the period? You could always make a torpedo-loading diorama and make it look like a recruiting/propaganda poster... And, because, why not, here's a semi-plan view...
  13. Okay, okay, you've got me there! Admittedly, the Stringbag was no Fleet Shadower or Seamew... Why is it, that British maritime-flavoured aircraft seem to be so, so... less than beautiful?
  14. Hey, my pleasure! I have always liked the Getti Tonanti scheme and would love to make one. I made the Kinetic F-84F up in Belgian markings, but She Who Must Be Obeyed would frown upon me if I bought another one! I'd love to see pictures of the finished product! Good luck, BB
  15. It's an additional order, to beef up the RAN's helo stocks (the original 24 replaced the S-70B Seahawk). I suppose it goes hand-in-hand with the RAN's new ships (and subs...), and general modernisation/expansion of its ocean-going ASW/ASuW capabilies. Cynical me would suggest - somewhat tongue-in-cheek, and perhaps a little unfairly - that the Aussies are happy the MH-60R seems to work as advertised, straight out of the tin (no more Eurocopter/Airbus 'issues', whereby the customer unwittingly provides the OT&E, if not proof of concept...). P.S. I had no problem with the link (right click > open in new tab)!
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