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Warplane Art / Re: Boeing B-29
« on: June 04, 2010, 04:44:05 PM »
I'll have to get my B-29 material dug out of storage. When I do I'll put up a few photos of some trainers. :-jump

One observation on your side view--notice that a good number of Superfort ground crew removed the louvered panels over the turbochargers, both in the U.S. and the combat zone. It isn't consistent, but something that is quite noticeable.

Great stuff!
Scott

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Warplane Art / Re: Boeing B-29
« on: June 04, 2010, 07:40:16 AM »
Yes, it was his uncle, not grandfather. I'd forgotten--it seems the memory is one of the first things to go! :-wise

I've got enough B-29 subjects to keep you going for a long time on this thread! One of my research projects over the years has been the B-29 training program in Nebraska and Kansas. Trainers aren't as "sexy" as combat airplanes to most folks, but I've always found them very interesting. I'll have to get you a few images to study when I find the time.

Scott

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Warplane Art / Re: Boeing B-29
« on: June 03, 2010, 08:38:20 PM »
Ahah!

Would his WIX screen name start with a famous US patrol boat? :)

Scott

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Warplane Art / Re: Boeing B-29
« on: June 03, 2010, 07:37:04 PM »
No.1,

I've been in touch with a young man (on WIX) over the years whose grandfather was lost when Werewolf was shot down on her last mission. Several of us helped him to find the hardstand where A Square 28 parked on Isely Field, Saipan. I will try to find him and steer him here so he can view your art. He'll be very happy to see it, I think.

Scott

4895
Arado 234?

S

4896
Aircraft Modeling / Re: HOW TO: Natural Metal Finishes
« on: May 16, 2010, 06:02:08 PM »
I believe the P-26s were used in the very early part of the war for some training duties and as "personal" airplanes in a few cases. They were also used in maintenance training schools for a time and I've seen pictures of them in standard olive drab/neutral grey camouflage in a Chanute maintenance school hangar.

The Filipino air arm fought bravely with their P-26s against the Japanese in the early days of the Pacific war, also.

Scott

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: HOW TO: Natural Metal Finishes
« on: May 16, 2010, 04:45:23 PM »
Beautiful three-view, No.1!

I can't decide if the small red panel just behind the cowling is truly red or fresh olive-drab to match the rest of the anti-glare panel in the photo. I'm thinking it was a replacement part in green, but I may use the red as you've done it.

These training airplanes were flown very hard and the maintenance crews were faced with shortages of spare parts. The Base Historical Records tell of not being able to get parts and tires because priority went to the combat zones first, then CONUS training stations. Bruning nearly had to cease flying for a short time because no tailwheel tire inner tubes could be gotten.

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: HOW TO: Natural Metal Finishes
« on: May 15, 2010, 10:30:40 PM »
Y36 was a P-47D-20RA built at the new Republic plant at Evansville. The serial is 43-25372.

One interesting thing about the Thunderbolts assigned to Bruning was that they got a lot of "oddballs". They had Curtiss-built Gs and the second prototype of the bubbletop variant ended up as a trainer there.

Scott

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: HOW TO: Natural Metal Finishes
« on: May 15, 2010, 10:01:50 PM »
Insignia red cowling.

The most interesting thing about the markings on this P-47 is that the factory painted the national insignia on the fuselage too far aft to put the standard ETO squadron codes on. Notice that the forward bar of the insignia is not painted onto the intercooler exhaust doors but is completely aft of the doors. This pushed the aft bar so far back that no letter could be applied. The insignia was repainted on combat aircraft, I don't know if it was done in-theatre or at mod centers. I also don't know if all the factories applied them this way or not.

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: HOW TO: Natural Metal Finishes
« on: May 15, 2010, 09:50:12 PM »
I found my P-47 and it is raining all weekend, so I may get a start on this project tonight and tomorrow. :-jump

I'll be building the NMF airplane in the photo, a D that was assigned to Bruning Army Air Field in Nebraska as a training aircraft. Ellen and I have spent many hours walking on what remains of Bruning AAF so this model will be a connection to our home state. It's hard to see from the picture, but the Jugs have only two guns per wing for training purposes.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_4872.jpg


Scott

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: HOW TO: Natural Metal Finishes
« on: May 10, 2010, 07:13:45 PM »
I'm thinking of dusting off a 1/72 Tamiya P-47 that I started years ago so I can actually contribute to this thread. If only I knew where I stored it! :-think

Scott

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: HOW TO: Natural Metal Finishes
« on: May 09, 2010, 05:48:29 PM »
No.1,

If the "thinner" has dried up in your Metalizer products but there is a lot of the solid pigment still in the bottom of the bottle you may be able to use lacquer thinner to re-suspend the pigment. I've been forced to use lacquer thinner to revive a couple of bottles with good success.

Scott

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: May 04, 2010, 07:55:44 PM »
I used to know a GREAT modeler that had no patience whatsoever. He had a nearly finished kit that something went wrong on and he just swept the entire model into the garbage can. It was a wonder that he ever finished anything far enough to show us. He eventually gave up the "hobby" because it was too hard on his health and wellbeing.

Scott

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: May 04, 2010, 06:56:57 PM »
Just a quick update--I get to build the nacelle interior structure for the #3 engine one more time! :-wall :-roll I managed to destroy the first attempt yesterday when I moved some stuff around in my modeling area............I wanted to curse a little bit, but it was actually kind of funny. I work in a tiny space that used to be a storage closet/attic that I insulated and finished out. Our German Shepherd has decided it is HER room and I had to move my chair to accomodate her. She just looked at me with her head turned to one side and laid down.

Oh, well, we've all had to redo things in our modeling careers, haven't we?! :)

Scott

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: May 02, 2010, 04:06:05 AM »
Here are a few photos of the bomb racks that I built several months ago:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_3057.jpg


The kit racks depict (rather generally) the later style rack with a solid web between the two uprights. The YBs and earlier production variants used the type with separate intercostals as I've built:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_3060.jpg


Here are all four racks, still needing most of the release mechanism and other details installed:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_3064.jpg


And one of the racks test-fit into the bay:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_3062.jpg


Scott

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