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David Rapasi

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  • Birthday 01/11/1942

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  1. Try this method, it helped me allot. http://www.arcair.com/tnt1/201-300/tnt202-masking-Rapasi/00.shtm Dave
  2. 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
  3. YanK Send me a pm and I will be glad to answer any questions. Rocat I use Model Master Enamel Paints for everything. Dave
  4. 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 i
  5. 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
  6. 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 g
  7. 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.
  8. “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
  9. 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 f
  10. 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
  11. 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 o
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. The Hasegawa F6F has 24†wheels and 32†tires. The Accurate Miniatures TBF has 24†wheels and 33†tires. Dave
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