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  1. This build was completed yesterday. It was done OOB, with the addition of Eduard seatbelts. Paint is Vallejo Model Air, applied over a black base mottled with gray shades. I bought the Arma Hobby FM-2 "Training Cats" edition, initially with the intention of using some aftermarket decals to build a deployed, combat area aircraft. I decided against that, and set about building a "Training Cat." Deciding which one to replicate proved very difficult! Ultimately, I chose to replicate LS03, unit unknown. The mix of the Atlantic camo scheme with a mismatched cowl grabbed my attention. The build was a pleasant experience, and assembly went very smoothly. Thankfully, I researched the kit and read about a build technique that greatly simplified assembly of the landing gear. This would have been very difficult just going off the instructions. I noticed the landing gear, as supplied, seemed to be missing a strut on each side. I cut some styrene rod and added them- 5th photo, circled in red. The cockpit was washed with Flory grime wash, and the wear was done with Vallejo Metal Color dull aluminum applied with a sponge. The exterior weathering was done with Flory washes, oils, and Tamiya Weathering Master. I tried a new (for me) airbrush technique for the exhaust staining. I built up a layer of "engine soot", followed by thinned NATO black, and finished with a thinned mixture of a grayish tan color I made by mixing Light Gull Gray and "yellow sand". I included a photo of the actual aircraft at the end. If anyone knows anything more about this aircraft, such as where it was stationed, I would like to hear about it. Thanks for looking, and feedback is always appreciated.
  2. Hello All, I am wanting to buy a few of the Airfix 172 F4F-4 Wildcats, as I see them pretty cheap at the moment. I would like to backdate/convert one to a -3 variant in British markings. I read that some had folding wings, some didn't. All had the two-flap cowl and 4 guns? On converting one to a Gloss Sea Blue late variant, say a FM-2, too much surgery and best to buy a whole different kit? Thanks for any advice/light you can shed. Jeffer
  3. In October 1943 almost four dozen of US a/c (20 Dauntless, 14 Wildcats and 10 Avengers) attacked the German shipping in Norwegian fjords near Bodo - just north of the Arctic circle. Several photos show the SBD-5s (no upper cowling air intake) with red-surrounded stars-and-bars and single- ot two-digit number on the fin. The well-known photo of SBD No.19 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Leader#/media/File:SBD-3_CV-4_Norway_1943_NAN10-1-45.jpg shows the plane in two-tone camouflage of Blue Gray and Light Gray - the undersides surely aren't white and there's no difference between the fuselage sides and top colour. Another photo http://www.airgroup4.com/la-plata-1.jpg shows starboard wing uppersurface decidely NOT in the NS Sea Blue (that should be darker than the sea below it), while next one http://www.airgroup4.com/leader-03.jpg shows the port wing uppersurface much lighter than Insignia Blue. Nevertheless there's still another (well-known) photo of two SBDs http://www.airgroup4.com/skomver-lighthouse-norway.jpg where the undersides CAN be white, while the sharp border along the fuselage side below the cockpit suggests later three-tone USN camouflage. So my question is whether could these VB-4 SBDs wear Atlantic three-tone camouflage of Dark and Light Gull Grays over White, introduced in early (April?) 1943? It's worth of mention, that during the same raid the VT-4 Avengers still wore Blue Gray over Light Gray two-tone camouflage, OLD insignia (stars with no bars) and OLD numbers (e.g. 4-T-11) in black on fuselage sides. Another interesting question concerns Wildcat fighters. Most sources list F4F-4s here, while (following Ernest L. Crochet journal http://www.airgroup4.com/crochet.htm) since August 1943 all Wildcat crashes on the Ranger CV-4 are described as FM-2. Also the photo http://www.airgroup4.com/torch1.jpg taken (presumably) in mid-1943 show Wildcats taking-off from the USS Ranger deck as tall-finned FM-2s (four wing guns and lack of upper cowling air intake do stay for such conclusion too). BTW what camouflage do these FM-2s wear? White number on the fin precludes two-tone Artlantic scheme, white undersides make two-tone Blue Gray/Light Gray (there were no FM-2s painted such AFAIK) also impossible. So which three tone: Atlantic Scheme One (of two greys over white) or standard scheme of two blues over white?
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