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  1. The Beaufort was used primarily in the anti-shipping role, armed with either bombs or a torpedo. They saw extensive use over the Channel and the North Sea, attacked the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in port (Brest) on April 6, 1941, and were used to attack Axis convoys from both Malta and North Africa. They were also used by the Australians in the Far East right up to VJ Day. Warpaint #50 gives a good brief history, together with illustrations of Temperate Land Scheme, Temperate Sea Scheme , Desert Scheme, and Australian a/c. It seems to have been a good, solid a/c that carried many interesting p
  2. Re Kurdad's post on the Hobby Boss F-111A kit, there is no gun pod. One of the older kits (I don't remember which one) had the "bulge" that was still visible when the weapons bay doors were closed. If you wanted them open, you'd need to build the whole gun system. Also, according to Jim Rotramel's F-111 Weapon Load Description on the web, the Combat Lancer F-111s carried an AIM-9 on a trapese in the right side of the weapons bay. I've never found any resin. Sorry to intrude on your thread, but maybe a resin guy will read this, and the guys with scratch building skills can do their own thi
  3. For the S E Asia birds, at least the external part of the Vulcan installation would be needed. You resin guys need to support Kursad's work! Hint, hint.
  4. WOW! That's Logan Airport in Boston. It wasn't called "International" then, although I remember BOAC and Air France (piston engined) airliners there. As you drove in, you could see the hanger and ramp for the fighters, sharing the runways with civil traffic. Simpler times. Love the gull on 15500's tip tank.
  5. My guess would be Arctic Red for the dark panels, based on the Goose Bay location. Love the photos, anyway. Don
  6. Angle of Attack decals has a sheet (48-003) with markings for Army, Marine, USAF and VNAF O-1s. I have one, the decals look great but I haven't used any yet. Website lists the sheet for $10.50. HTH Don
  7. As I said, no expert, just remembering things I learned decades ago. I never heard of Brown shoes being worn by non-aviators, learned something new. In WW II, I don't think Captains flew operationally, that could explain aviator with black shoes. Always something new to learn.
  8. I profess expertise on this, but many WW II carriers were painted blue 5-S Sea Blue or 5-N Navy Blue, with the decks in 20-B Deck Blue, either paint or stain as needed. Others were (usually) multi-shades of gray or black, but still with blue decks. As a guess, I'd say the tractors would have been something akin to deck blue. Deck crew wore colored, soft helmets coded by job assignment, with matching shirts or vests (see yellow shirts at lower left in first picture). As I recall, plane hanlers were blue shirts, so I would go with those colors for a tug crew. Gray uniforms were authorized
  9. Thank you. sirs. Not often I san help! Don
  10. Kursad, Excited to see The Iron Eyeball, always liked that marking. I know it's late, but Pg. 238 of Doug Gordon's "Tactical Reconnaissance in the Cold War", Pen & Sword 2006, is a photo of the right side of the nose, with THE EYEBALL HAS COME HAS SEEN HAS CONQUERED in white block caps. Maybe you already knew that, if so sorry, but I didn't see it on the photos of the sheets. Don
  11. This may be a "discussion" type post, but relative to Exhausted's CAS posting: Before the Air Force was even the Air Force, they espoused a 'single manager' doctrine for airpower. This was not unique or parochial, the Army insisted (and still does) on single ground commanders, thus the USAF has no equivalent to the RAF Regiment. As for the Navy, a brief perusal of inter-service clashes in the Pacific in WW II shows how seriously they take naval control of naval assets. The Army's attempt to rebuild the old Army Air Force not only violated Air force doctrine, but also the 1947 National Defens
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