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JWM

Northrop BT-1, Valom 1/72

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Hi,

I've just finished it. The last (so far) of series of Jack Northrop designs of all metal single engine monoplanes from 1930. - which all are related, one to another. This is BT-1 - the underpowerd dive bomber and then advanced trainer of US Navy, a precursor of BT-2, which then became a very scuccessfull SBD Dauntless (when produced by Douglas, not Northrop).

Basicly its is OOB build (Valom "BT-1, 1942" kit) - I made a small difference in decals. I made machine as perhaps looked later in 1942. But anytime I can add red circles in middles of white stars to go back to begining of 1942...The markings are from NAS Pensacola. I only increased height of aerial after analyes of some photos it seems to me neccesairy.

Photos are with halogen lamp - day is too short to catch good daylight. Sorry for this...

 

BT1 DSC05770BT1 DSC05771BT1 DSC05772BT1 DSC05773BT1 DSC05774BT1 DSC05775

 

 

 

And two photos of whole set of Jack Northrop's single engine monoplanes from my shelves:

BT1 DSC05777BT1 DSC05776

 

from left and aft: Spanish Gamma 2d (scratch conv. from Williams Bros. Gamma 2a/b), Chineese Gamma 2e (scratch conv. from Williams Bros. Gamma 2a/b), Iraq DB8-4 (MPM), US Navy SBD-3 Dauntless (Aifix),

first row, also from left: US Navy BT-1 (Valom), US Army Northrop Delta (scratch conv. from Williams Bros. Gamma 2a/b), RNoAF/RAF N3PB (Contrail vacu).

The contrail N3PB has shorter chord of the central part of wing, but the construction of wing looks so similar to others (especially Gamma/Delta/A17 or DB8 - BT-1 and SBD have shortered outer parts of wings) - I wonder if it is not a mistake of Contrail?

Comments welcome

Regards

Jerzy-Wojtek

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Another good and interesting addition to your huge collection, J-W!

Regards,

Jason

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Very nice build Jerzy, and impressive collection of Northrop aircraft!

I was slightly disappointed that you did not model the yellow wing paint scheme of the BT-1...

Well done nonetheless

JR

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Lovely build and a great addition to the collection!

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Thank you Gentelmen for nice comments, I appreciete it very much.

I was slightly disappointed that you did not model the yellow wing paint scheme of the BT-1...

Jean, I was temptated by the colours like here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/3627439969

but I have not seen yet grey/blue BT-1 and I wanted to see it :)

In fact I prefere war-time scheme even if machine is a secondliner...

Regards

Jerzy-Wojtek

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Many thanks Gents for likes and your kind and nice comments :)

Regards

J-W

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Nice build.

When you see them all together you can see the family resemblance and the distinctive Northrop cowling.

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