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  1. B 25 D DIRTY GIRTY FROM BIZERTY 1/48th Accurate Miniatures B25-D Mitchell 129896 This model depicts an aircraft that was possibly flown by the 340th Bomb Group in late 1943. The aircraft exhibit’s the wear and tear typical of the Mediterranean Theater. 1/48th Accurate Miniatures B25-C Mitchell 113207 This model depicts “OH-7” late in it‘s career. This was a B25-C that flew over 80 missions in North Africa and Italy from March 1943 to January 1944. OH-7 was an original 445th BS aircraft that made the trip to North Africa in late February 1943 when the 321st Bomb Group transferred from the United States to North Africa. Along with the severe weathering of the Mediterranean theater, the left rudder assembly was replaced with one from another aircraft toward the end of it’s career.
  2. YanK Send me a pm and I will be glad to answer any questions. Rocat I use Model Master Enamel Paints for everything. Dave
  3. 1/48th Tamiya Corsair Mark I This model depicts a British Corsair Mark I (F4U-1) stationed at Brunswick, Maine in 1944. JT 169 (18191) was the last Birdcage Corsair built by Vought for the British. This aircraft was destroyed when it collided with another Corsair and crashed into the sea off Pemaquid Point, New Harbor, Main, June of 1944. FAA Corsairs originally fought in a camouflage scheme, with a dark gray / olive-drab disruptive pattern on top and a light gray belly; the early Navy scheme with the O.D. added, but were later painted overall blue. It is unclear if the stateside squadron training scheme was retained for all British Corsair squadrons All but initial deliveries of FAA Corsairs had 20 centimeters (8 inches) clipped from the wingtips to permit storage in British carrier hangar decks. The higher sink rate of the clipped wing combat aircraft caused problems for new pilots when landing on carriers. Eventually all the training aircraft had their wings clipped to alleviate this problem. The surviving Corsair Mark Is were returned to the Navy in August of 1945. The Corsair Mark II (F4U-1A) and Mark IV (FG-1D) were the only version used in combat.
  4. Thanks The article was called Weathering With Dullcote. The third part is missing from the forum The link is to the gallery article, but it can be confusing because of the photo layout. Dave http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/tnt1/101-200/tnt177-tnt-weathering-Rapasi/00.shtm
  5. 1/48th Accurate Miniatures SBD Dauntless This model depicts one of the SBD Dauntless stationed on Bougainville in the Spring of 1944. The Marines flew these aircraft on an almost daily “Milk Run” to Rabaul and other bypassed Japanese held islands. The SBD-4 fuselage has the faded factory applied Blue Gray over Light Gray paint scheme. The Sea Blue paint on the surfaces viewed from above was applied in the field. The engine cowling and left main wing panel are from a SBD-5 that has the factory applied Tri-Color paint scheme. The windscreen and gun sight are also from a SBD-5. The term “Milk Run” was used to describe missions to bypassed Japanese islands that had little or no aircraft for protection.
  6. This model represents an example of a pieced-together aircraft, built with parts from different aircraft, and assembled in the field. Pilot and W/Nr. are unknown, I./JG 301, May 1945.
  7. “In May of 1942 the Joint Aircraft Committee’s Subcommittee on Standardization agreed to eliminate redundant paints needed for camouflaging AAF, U.S. Navy, and British aircraft produced in the US. Under this plan AAF Neutral Gray and Navy Blue Gray were to be superseded by RAF Extra Dark Sea Gray, which became known simply as “Sea Gray”. (ANA603) However, enough Neutral Gray had been stockpiled by ‘42 that some aircraft produced in 1944 were still being painted the older color”. Quote from Dana Bell, Air Force Colors Vol.2. P-47D 15-RE 276322 was factory painted. The 371st was a Fighter Group in the Ninth Air Force that flew fighter sweeps, dive-bombing, and escort missions prior to the invasion of the Continent. After the Normandy invasion the Group moved to bases in France and had the upper invasion stripes painted over. P-47D 22-RE 226231 was shipped unpainted. The 362nd F.G. was transferred to the 9th Air Force in April 44’for the invasion of France. They escorted C-47s on June 6-7. The aircraft were then to be used for tactical missions and were camouflaged for low level operations. The Group was moved to bases in France where they flew continuous missions until wars end. P-47D 20-RE 42-25274 was the first aircraft that had all the factory camouflage deleted.
  8. This model depicts a SBD-2 Dauntless aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, late Spring, 1942. On January 5, 1942 a directive called for the U.S. Insignia to be placed on the top and bottom of both wings. They were to be of the maximum diameter possible without overflowing onto the aileron. The fuselage Insignia was to be no larger than 24 inches. The thirteen horizontal rudder stripes were added at this time. On January 17, 1942 the Bureau approved the use of a 50 inch fuselage insignia. At this time they did not approve the wing insignia from leading edge to trailing edge, but did ok the insignia from the leading edge to the aileron cut out. Early in 1942, after a friendly fire incident aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, the Insignias on all aircraft were directed to be as large as possible, including over the flaps and ailerons. After the battle of Coral Sea, 4-8 May, 1942 and some lesser battles, thoughts of removing these very colorful markings became prevalent. On May 15, 1942 a dispatch was issued for the removal of the rudder stripes and the red disc from the National Insignia. At this same time the wing Insignias were to be no larger than 60 inches and fit between the aileron leading edge and the leading edge of the wing. The fuselage Insignia was to be no larger than 24 inches. Between this time and the Battle of Midway there were a variety of National Insignias on carrier based aircraft. The red discs on this aircraft were removed before the Battle of Midway. Colors used on this model; QMS #10 LIGHT GRAY QMS #12 BLUE GRAY QMS # 42 MEDIUM GREEN
  9. The research started in the early ‘50s when I started my collection of aircraft books and models. This model took about a week to finish. Dave
  10. This model depicts the "LIFE" of a Marine F4U -1 Birdcage Corsair (02576), from it’s early days in the Solomon’s, until it’s final days when it crash landed on Torokina, December 1943 . Early in the war the shade of QMS #12 Blue Gray was found to be to light when viewed from above over the waters of the South West Pacific. In October of 1942 the Navy issued a directive to formulate the shade of Blue Gray to match Munsell 5.5PB 2.6/3.3 Early missions showed that the black aircraft numbers were hard to distinguish, as a result the numbers were painted in white and moved towards the rear of the aircraft. To avoid confusion when more Corsair squadrons became operational at Munda, the one and two digit aircraft numbers were replaced with a three digit number. These were usually the last three digits of the BuNo. With the changes to the national insignia in June of ‘43, only the white bars were added to this aircraft. To comply with the change to the tri-color paint scheme, the areas viewed from above were painted in the field with a Sea Blue paint mix. The rest of the aircraft retained it’s faded Blue Gray / Light Gray finish. To create the changing weathered appearance of the model, it’s entire finish was faded by over-spraying with Dullcote plus a few drops of white mixed in. A few reasons for the unkempt appearance of the aircraft in the Solomon Islands. Quotes are from the excellent book, Corsair Aces of World War 2 by Mark Styling. "When operating from Munda our beautifully marked planes were put into a pool and assigned to different pilots from different squadrons every morning. That alone was enough to break our hearts, but when the SEEBEEs (who had been pressed into service as mechanics) asked us where to inject the gas and oil we were almost tempted to draw our pay and go home. There were a few bona-fide mechanics on the strip, but they had always worked on Grummans, so our sleek little planes went without much maintenance. They rapidly became dirty and undependable. They always kept going, but little things were always cropping up to annoy you." Major Bob Owens, July 1943; Reason for the three digit numbers. “When we went into Munda it was the first time ( since Gaudalcanal) that there was a group of squadrons flying similar machines. Each aeroplane had a number from 1 to 16. Having been assigned to fly a mission in “No 5”, I’d get out there on the line and there would be five “No 5s”- five squadrons each with a ‘No 5”! So we repainted the aircraft with numbers that weren’t like those of other units, most squadrons tending to use the last three digits of the BuNo.” Capt. James N. Cupp, August 1943; Capt. Ed Olander claimed a Zero on 17 October 1943 on a fighter sweep over Kahili flying this aircraft.
  11. This model depicts a Northrop P-61A-1-NO Black Widow, 42-5508, that was flown by the 419th Night Fighter Squadron from Carney Airfield, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. 42-5508 was condemned salvage obsolete Guadalcanal Sept. 27, 1945. This model was finished with Model Master Enamels, kit and homemade decals. Colors used on this model; QMS # 43 Neutral Gray ANA 613 Olive Drab ANA 611 Interior Green; Front Cockpit ANA 611 mixed 50/50 with Black; Radar Cockpit Yellow Zinc Chromate; Landing Gear Doors, Gun Bays, and Tail Booms Zinc Chromate tinted ANA 613; Wheel Wells
  12. For RLM 75 Grauviolett I use Model Masters Enamel 2085, the same color is available in MM Acrylic 4785. MM 2085 is a close match to Don Color chip for RLM 75. Dave
  13. The Hasegawa F6F has 24†wheels and 32†tires. The Accurate Miniatures TBF has 24†wheels and 33†tires. Dave
  14. Alan You’re welcome. Good luck with your new adventure into another aspect of model building. Dave
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