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  1. @tonyot, Was this one of the CC Liberators you modeled a while back? Very interesting history and account of a U-boat sunk by a very gallant Liberator crew via You Tube. Mike
  2. I recall we had some discussion on this P-47 variant a while back, but I found a couple of photos that I don't recall seeing before, so I have posted links to them below, as well as a description/specs/ IIRC, Koster did a 1/48 conversion, and there were also a couple of short run conversions/kits in 1/72 scale, but I don't recall who did all of them- Sharkit was one, I think. The fastest Jug of them all, and I believe it was the only US single-engine prop-driven aircraft to top 500 mph in WW2. That's pushing a 7-ton milk bottle pretty darned fast! Mike photo caption stated this was taken at an airshow at Wright-Patterson Field in 1947 http://rob.com/bream/1947WPAFBairshow/DSC07679.jpg photo taken at Farmingdale after a test flight https://i.pinimg.com/736x/10/46/5f/10465f46099f24027cb7711043a5aa4b.jpg history, specs, and photos https://oldmachinepress.com/2013/12/17/republic-xp-47j-superbolt/
  3. I seem to recall we had some discussion on the Howard 500 conversion of the Ventura into a high speed executive transport quite a while back, and while looking for some reference photos on another Lockheed/Vega aircraft, I stumbled upon a site that has a description, history, and photos of the airplane. IIRC @rob Lyttle was either working on a conversion or was wanting information on it, so I hope the old Mk 1a memory banks haven't failed me yet again. I think there are only two flyable examples in existence- both owned by the same person! I saw the 1st one built on the Dee Howard ramp in San Antonio when I was a teen- had no idea how significant it was at the time! Mike https://www.deehoward.org/the-dee-howard-legacy/innovations/howard-aero-innovations/item/howard-500 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAvfJGCqE40 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8YogYSBcmU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HBmeWL-or0
  4. Got this from an old friend and modeling mentor- he knew I would like it, and if it hasn't been posted before, I'm pretty sure many of you will, too! Excellent footage that shows modeling details: arrestor hook, catapault spools, stiffening plates, etc, This one's especially for you, @tonyot! Mike https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnVJJ9BVLGU
  5. Hi Everyone, For the last few years, I’ve been researching my grandfather’s Cierva C.30a autogiro and I would really like your help to model it accurately. During the time it took to set up my Britmodeller account, I’ve enjoyed reading the forum archives and it seems that @petetasker is a bit of a C.30/Rota expert – so it would be great to get your thoughts. I am full of admiration for @pierre Giustiniani's model of G-ACUU as HM580 – it was fantastic to see. And another incredible find was @Fastcat's story of sneaking into Elmdon hangar to see G-ACUU in the 60s. Wonderful stuff! The time now seems perfect to model G-ACUU given the availability of the Mini-Art 1:35 kits, which look great to my untrained eyes but as they come in so many flavours, I'm not sure which one to start with (or are all the kits the same, just with variation in the decals?). I want to model G-ACUU as it was in 1950 when my grandfather bought it. It was also in the same scheme when it flew at Hendon’s 50 years of flying display 1951. My grandfather loaned the aircraft to Norman Hill (who was a F/O in No.529 Squadron) to fly the display. My grandfather was an RAF signals F/L involved in radar development during the war and I have his service record but have been unable to tie it to the autogiros so far, despite my best efforts. The liveries pre- and post-war look very similar in the images from “Aeroplane Monthly” magazine (below) but the longitudinal stripe is different widths. The colours are a complete mystery though because all the images I have seen to date are black-and-white. The aircraft has been well photographed since the 1960s when, following the birth of my father, my grandmother forced Guy to stop flying and it was loaned to the Skyfame collection and has latterly found a prominent home at the IWM Duxford next to their glorious Spits. The IWM have returned to G-ACUU to a wartime scheme, so I would really like to commemorate its civilian life. Some have linked the nickname “Billy Boy” to G-ACUU but nobody in my family has ever heard this name and so we don’t know where it came from. In the book “Spitfires and Autogiros: A history of Upper Culham Farm, RAF Henley-on-Thames”, the author Darren J. Pitcher claims the following which I have not been able to verify: - G-ACUU/HM580 was crashed on the 18th October 1943 whilst returning to Thornaby in bad weather flown by P/O Gillies. I’m hoping there might be a photo of this somewhere. - G-ACUU was the last autogiro to fly with the RAF. This is a sad footnote to the story but I haven’t heard this before and it would give the aircraft extra importance. Sorry, that’s a bit of a full-on first post - hope it's interesting to some and starts a conversation. Cheers, Simon
  6. This subject is not exactly in my wheelhouse as a modeler, but I have always been a fan of the racing planes of the 30's-40's as well as a fan of famed test pilot Tony LeVier. Tony flew the original Schoenfeldt Firecracker, and after reading about how the replica performs, I have even more admiration of his flying skills. I thought some of you might find the story interesting, and it would make a great modeling project, as I vaguely recall there being a resin kit of the airplane. Knowing our resident vintage racing airplane modeler/historian @Moa has either built one and/or has a folder on it, I'm sure the linked article might be yesterday's news, but I offer it nonetheless. Mike http://roadrunnersinternationale.com/firecracker.html Excellent site with photos and text on the 1938 National Air Race, in which the Firecracker competed...those were the days, and those were steeely-eyed men and women who flew them! http://www.airrace.com/1938NAR.htm
  7. Scheduled for October 8th : Aviation historian Victoria Taylor's The Dambuster Legend in wartime Britain. https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/trenchard-lecture-the-dambuster-legend-in-wartime/#.X2x8WkL-tFg.twitter For those not familiar, Victoria also presented the recent RAF Benevolent Fund podcast series about the Battle of Britain, and featured on the WW2Podcast channel.
  8. I found this while looking for B-24's stored at Kingman, AZ at war's end. Some very well-known and not so well-known assembly ships. Great modeling projects here, but a masking nightmare! Another bunch of likely candidates for @tonyot's case of Minicraft Libs he has squirreled away! Mike http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/477/Polka-Dot-Warriors.aspx
  9. Got this from an old friend this morning, and I thought many of you might enjoy reading about her history and restoration. What a labor of love! This one's for you, @tonyot! Mike https://acesflyinghigh.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/restoring-the-last-surviving-raaf-consolidated-b-24-liberator-2018-update/ Looking at the photos of the cockpit, it appears to me that this is an example of the bronze green known to have been used by Consolidated and other manufacturers that was later replaced by dull dark green. I think this is a good approximation of the color, because IIRC bronze green has a sight sheen to it compared to the more matte dull dark green. What do you think, @Dana Bell? Quite a testament to the quality of the original manufacturing process that you can take the wings from a B-24D and bolt them onto a B-24M! (They sure don't make Fords like that nowadays!)
  10. While looking for new to me XP-47J photos, I found this very thorough history of the development of the P-47 Thunderbolt that I thought some of you might enjoy reading. From the Cradle of Aviation Museum archives. I know it will never happen, but I sure would welcome a kit or conversion to make a J- the fastest WW2 single engine piston-powered fighter. I've got a 1/72 Tamiya razorback Jug set aside....someday! (IIRC, there was a resin kit long ago OOP, but I don't recall the maker.) Mike https://www.cradleofaviation.org/history/history/aircraft/p-47_thunderbolt_aviation_darwinism.html https://oldmachinepress.com/2013/12/17/republic-xp-47j-superbolt/
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    Jug Journal

    While looking for new to me XP-47J photos, I found this very thorough history of the development of the P-47 Thunderbolt that I thought some of you might enjoy reading. From the Cradle of Aviation Museum archives. I know it will never happen, but I sure would welcome a kit or conversion to make a J- the fastest WW2 single engine piston-powered fighter. I've got a 1/72 Tamiya razorback Jug set aside....someday! (IIRC, there was a resin kit long ago OOP, but I don't recall the maker.) Mike https://www.cradleofaviation.org/history/history/aircraft/p-47_thunderbolt_aviation_darwinism.html https://oldmachinepress.com/2013/12/17/republic-xp-47j-superbolt/
  12. @canberra kid John, Saw this four part series just now and thought of you; just in case you don't already have them. Those black RB-57A's and B-57B's are soooo pretty! Some good footage for USAF Canberra fans. Mike https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAoA70dSsMk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JW60vHSNiA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWcGL4SQxTw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d12YJNvCT_c
  13. I found this just now, and it was a very interesting site from both a modeling and historical perspective. It notes all of the components of the B-29 that were supplied by various auto manufacturers. There are some very nice period photos and a list of the serials of all the Martin-built B-29's, including two of the more famous Silverplate aircraft. The Martin-built Superforts were said to be the highest quality, and when Col. Paul Tibbets toured the plant to see how production of the Silverplate Superforts was going, he personally selected the one that he was going to fly. I thought this might be of interest. Mike https://usautoindustryworldwartwo.com/b-29-usautoindustry.htm
  14. I am truly biased where this Sabre is concerned, and I think this variant was the ultimate Sabre performer, and even though I love my 8th FBG Korean War F-86F's, I think this is the most beautiful of them all! A shame she is grounded due to bang seat issues, but I am hoping she can be returned to the airshow circuit. I never had the pleasure to have seen and heard her fly, as many of you have, but I bet it was an experrience! Needless to say, we are LONG overdue for a state of the art Avon Sabre in my scale or 1/48! Mike (Texan by birth, Aussie by inclination!) https://aviationmuseum.com.au/raaf-ca-27-sabre/
  15. Stumbled over this article and photo collection while looking for Sea Otter articles...go figure! Interesting read and neat photos of some Vengeance dive bombers that survived for a short time after the war. Heads up, @Rabbit Leader, I think you will like these, if memory serves! Mike http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/kalgoorlie-vengeances/kalgoorlievengeances.html
  16. I wish we had a Colors and Markings forum, but I guessed this might be the best or most appropriate forum for this post. See the link below for everything you wanted to know about roundels but were afraid to ask. I'm sure there are omissions and errors, but it looks like a pretty good basic reference. Most of the information/photos are from WW2, but there are other eras covered. Many of the color photos appear to have been colorized, and some have been published before, but many were new to me, and I hope to you, as well. Enjoy! Mike http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/382/Roundel-Round-Up.aspx
  17. I thought some of you might be interested in this website; you can learn about the Heritage Flight, pilots on the team, and the aircraft. They have been a very popular and stirring sight at airshows; almost brings tears to the eyes when you see and hear famous fighters from the various eras together in tight formation and breaks. I think my favorite formation has been the air superiority fighters of their respective decades: the P-51D, F-86F, F-4, F-15, and F-22. Due to budget issues, they are not as numerous as they used to be, but always magnificently flown by the members of the Flight. I have also re-posted a video of longtime flight member Chuck Hall's last Heritage Flight display; I've had the pleasure to have seen him fly on two different occasions; he's a consummate and very precise pilot. Hope you like these! Mike https://www.airforceheritageflight.org/planes https://vimeo.com/98664563
  18. I just stumbled upon this engine that I never knew existed, while looking for XB-42 details, and it was a very interesting article, so I am posting a link to it below for any of you that might also find it of interest. A little too late in its development, I guess, but would certainly have been a very effective powerplant for a twin or four-engined aircraft, like say a PM-1 Mercator, PBM-5, C-82 B-29, or C-97. Mike https://oldmachinepress.com/2013/03/22/wright-aeronautical-r-4090-cyclone-22/
  19. I thought some of you Herkaholics might enjoy this website; lots of interesting facts, photos, and specs on all past, present, and future variants on an airplane that will undoubtedly be the longest continuous production military aircraft in history. Enjoy! Mike https://howlingpixel.com/i-en/Lockheed_C-130_Hercules
  20. This beautifully restored Mustang is based here in San Antonio where I live, and flies over my house weekly. The owner is the nicest fellow and has let me shoot countless detail photos at airshows. One of the nicest restored P-51D's, as you can see from the restoration and detail photos. Bruce flies her with the replica 108 gallon paper tanks all the time. Jack Ilfrey's other 20th FG mount, a P-38J, was also named Happy Jack's Go Buggy. I had the honor and pleasure of meeting him years ago at one of our annual IPMS Alamo Squadron model contests. I hope you will enjoy the story and the photos. There are decals for this one in 1/72 and 1/48, BTW. Mike http://www.crazyhorseap.be/Mustangs/Mustangs/N74190HappyJack/N74190HappyJack.htm
  21. I am not sure if this is the right thread to be asking this... Does anyone have a profile or at least a very good description of Dahl's Gladiator that he flew in Libya? I have found nothing online... Thanks, John
  22. I'm not sure if this is the best location for this post, so I took a guess. (Mike, if you need to move it to another location, please do so!) This is a beautiful restoration of a P-51D-5 flown by Texas native Jack Ilfrey, an ace of the 20th FG. He also flew a P-38J with the same name. This Mustang is a faithful replica to the original, with the exception of the dorsal fin strake, which was not fitted to the D-5 that Major Ilfrey flew. This Mustang is based here where I live and I get to see it every time Bruce flies it, as the traffic pattern takes it over my house! Got to see it again last week end at our bi-annual airshow. Bruce is a former USN F-18 pilot who has an opthomology practice here in San Antonio, and in addition to being an outstanding pilot, is one of the nicest people you could hope to meet. I am waiting for my 1/48 Airfix Mustang to arrive so I can build it as a tribute to both airmen. I hope you enjoy the photos. Mike http://midwestaero.com/site/Photo_Gallery/Pages/Happy_Jacks_Go_Buggy.html
  23. I'm keen to model the units that an individual aircraft (in this case a Tornado F3) has been in from inception to disposal. Is there a way of finding this information out? I've sent a couple of emails to the RAF Museum at Hendon, to their heritage section, and so far nothing.. Are there any other ways to collect this info?
  24. I was most impressed recently looking at a copy of Merrick and Kiroff's ...and wanted to draw upon the collected expertise of the forum to discover if there is an RAF equivalent to this volume (in terms of the sheer level of detailed analysis provided in the above) anyone could recommend that covers roughly the same historical period? I'm not looking for any of the general visual guides to unit markings or painting guides for modellers (of which there are plenty) but a detailed scholarly analysis like the above that deals with the historical and technological development, industrial painting procedures and operational factors etc. and is well-referenced/illustrated. Any book references would be most gratefully received. Thanks for reading this. Tony
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