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I will be resurrecting this build from last year's Maritime Patrol GB I got hung up with the weapons bay and figuring out how to hang the doors. Still some external details to add like the weapon pylons and various sensors.
As proposer of the failed Yanks Abroad GB, I have to build something that I had planned for it ! And there could be a lot of subjects here as among the possible ones were things like a Tunisian F-5, an Indonesian F-16 and a couple of Latin American A-37s. However when Enzo decided to name this special GB as "They Also Serve", I immediately decided that this would have been the perfect subject ! "They also served" is a definition often used for those types that were used but for a reason or the other never got much recognition. Most times this is because they were types that had limited impact and served for little time. My chosen subject fits this description perfectly ! The Vultee A-31/35, better known as Vengeance in the UK and Commonwealth, is sure way far down the list when it comes of thinking of WW2 combat types. The RAAF used them for a few months in New Guinea while the RAF used them in Burma. In combat the type proved to be quite unspectacular. Not necessarily bad, probably the best definition would be indifferent.. Later many were used for various tasks, particularly target towing and the USAAF only used them for secondary dities. It was a great example of those types that "also served", they did their job without impressing anyone and were quickly forgotten as soon as better options were made available. It is not only the aircraft that fits this description, the user also does, as Brazil is not really a country that many think of when discussing WW2. Yet Brazil declared war on the Axis in August 1942 and Brazilian forces fought with distinction in the Italian theatre. In addition, the Brazilian air force and navy were quite successful in dealing with the U-Boat threat in the South Atlantic. Such role may sound not particularly important but we must keep in mind that a lot of resources came to Britain from South America in WW2 and keeping German forces off those shores was quite important for the Allies. Still, even so clearly Brazil isn't that high on the list of the countries that fought in WW2, so they would probably end in a "they also served" list at the end of a book discussing WW2 air forces... So here we have a liittle known aircraft serving in a little known air force... perfect combination ! The kit I'll be using is the Special Hobby 1/72 offering. SH issued a number of different variants of the Vengeance and I got this one at the local flea market.. those who followed my previous builds may remember that I often mention this local flea market.. there was a time when a guy who had a stall there used to deal in model kits and often had some great unusual stuff. I was one of his best customers and I think I bought at least a hundred kits from him over the years. Then he joined the dark side and now only deals with die-casts... Anyway, as often happened with kits I bought there, this one came with no box: Inside the bag are 2 sprues in soft grey plastic, with all the features of SH kits of the era: Panel lines are recessed and well executed. The details are not too sharp and there's a bit of flash here and there. Nothing major really. Sprue attachment points are small and easy to remove. I don't like soft plastic but this is no worse than the one used by Airfix. I will probably deepen some panel lines, just in case they may disappear with the sanding that may be required to get a good fit. Notice how the sprues include parts for other variants, for example the target towing gear. The plastic parts don't include anything for the cockpit as this is offered in resin, together with other small parts. Canopy is in vacuform and fortunately SH supplies two copies, just in case... Decals are included for a USAAF aircraft and one from the Forca Aerea Brasileira. The instructions suggest to use a dark green and a light tan for the upper camo scheme, I'm not convinced however and I believe that these aircraft carried the standard RAF scheme in US substitute paints, so Dark Green, Dark Earth and Sky. The scheme proposed by the instruction sheet would have been more unusual but I'm sure that the Brazilian roundels will add enough colour to make this one stand out once completed
This build is for a QANTAS 100 years club display in November, so plenty of time to finish it (I hope). Some background on QANTAS LB-30s: In June 1944 the British authorities released to Qantas two RAF Consolidated LB.30 Liberators then being operated by BOAC, to supplement the Catalinas on the Indian ocean route. G-AGKT and G-AGKU had overhauls by Qantas at Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane before being delivered to Perth on 18 October and 24 September 1944 repectively in Perth. They were based at the newly-built Guildford Aerodrome (now Perth Airport), using the Australian National Airways hangar just built for their DC-3 services from the Eastern States. The Liberators which refuelled at Exmouth WA to reduce the ocean crossing, brought an increased payload of 3,800 lbs which allowed 8 passengers in airline seats, plus baggage and the essential diplomatic and priority mail. Two more BOAC Liberators joined Qantas for the Indian Ocean service, G-AGTI and G-AGTJ, allowing the Catalinas to be retired. The final Catalina service landed on the Swan River at Perth on 18 July 1945, marking a total of 271 Qantas Catalina services across the Indian Ocean. When Avro Lancastrians became available during 1945, the Liberators were retired and flown to Sydney. The original two were scrapped, but G-AGTI and G-ATGJ remained with Qantas as freighters VH-EAI and VH-EAJ, mostly used to carry engines to Qantas airliners across the growing postwar route network. I am using an Minicraft B-24D kit that has been hiding in my stash for around 10 years, the Magna Model LB-30 conversion and decals from Hawkeye Models I had a good set of in work images until Microsoft Photo editing software decided I did not need them any more and over wrote 10 images with just one. EDIT: I just found a set of images on a thumbdrive that shows some of the early work, yippee! So here is my progress so far. I had to remove the forward and rear turrets for the resin nose and tail pieces. Test fit after cutting The fuselage openings for various windows and the waist guns were filled with card and glue goo and sanded smooth. I will have scribe some missing details The kit was designed to have the bomb bay doors open, so the shape they are moulded in does not make it easy to fit them closed, I had to add a shim and then remove the extra overhanging door The cockpit was assembled and installed and given a splash of interior green Resin parts from the conversion including the wings (not shown here) were cleaned up and prepared fr assembly along with some of the few other pieces from the kit needed for this build A test fit of the parts so far, the wings are slightly warped and will need some hot/cold water treatment to straighten them out That's all for now
Evening all. With my KUTA Hampden finally finished, it's time to drag another victim to the workbench - one that I was hoping to build as part of @Giorgio N 's Yanks Abroad GB I've built a few 1/200 scale airliners over the years, but this will be my first Hasegawa DC-9. I'm not expecting too many problems, so to add a bit of 'interest' I've decided to build the kit as a Yugoslav Airlines (JAT) aircraft. Unfortunately, JAT operated DC-9-30 variants whereas the kit represents the longer -40. Apparently, it's an easy conversion if you own a saw (which I do). I also have some instructions somewhere, if I can find them.... Interestingly, Garuda Indonesian Airways (the kit's scheme), also only operated -30 aircraft! I'll be using this Lift Here! decal sheet. The model will form part of a 'History of JAT' display at this year's Cosford Show (at the beginning of April), so I have a firm deadline. Cheers