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Slartibartfast

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  1. I saw either no nose marking or a white ring on the forward cowl. Can't say Freightdog is wrong but haven't been able to prove them right from Internet photos.
  2. I, too, appreciate these exploded-view works. I never realize just how much stuff was crammed in there. I'm used to seeing the back-end of fighters with little more than cables running through them.
  3. I continue reading this thread and shaking my head in wonderment for the things you do and how you accomplish them. Wunderbar!
  4. Uncuffed blades look like the cuffed blades. Aeroproduct blade tips are nearly semi-circular.
  5. Modern NAVY finishes tend to true flat but that's after exposure to sea air and heavy cycling. Spitfires weren't glossy but more of a satin.
  6. Army Air Force dropped the factory camouflage requirement at the end of 1943 as it recognized that German bombing of England was all but kaput and higher production rate afforded by not camouflaging fighter aircraft was more important. All P-51D should have gone to England in NMF with the exception of early Mustang IV for the RAF. Some American Mustang units in England insisted on camouflage for the occasional German intruder flight and had their upper wings painted OD. Eventually, even those unit commanders acquiesced and removed the camouflage requirement.
  7. The metal elevator has been documented as Feb '45. There is some conflicting member posts but IIRC there is a photo of the T.O. dated February.
  8. Uncuffed HS prop was seen on F-51D/K used in Korea.
  9. All Mustangs up through late block B/C were camouflaged at the factory so there would be no silver underneath it. When stripped in theater, they would be painted with silver lacquer to protect the putty.
  10. Eduard's newsletter is apparently not the best source for block details. There are two threads going on Hyperscale that show the problems. Christian has provided a list, IIRC.
  11. Post in the General Discussion forum. This is the General Discussion archives where posts from the General Discussion forum are sent to quietly grow old.
  12. Nice, the faster version without the gaudy aero boy racer stuff.
  13. Slats! We need slats! And not the 6-3 version.
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