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About gunner

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    Hooked For Life
  • Birthday 05/07/1953

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    Temecula Valley in Southern California
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    Aircraft Research, College football (Oregon).Working on my ranch with wife and family.

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  1. OK.... I’m ready. How and when can I order the Helldiver?
  2. For those interested in the HpH Tigercat or the Helldiver, I have them for sale. Tigercat is $275 and the Helldiver is $200. PayPal only. I most cases, shipping is about $16 Conus Contact me direct at jmwitous@aol.com.
  3. I received this kit as a Christmas gift and was surprised that there was only one decal option.The kit is very nice and I did order the wheels, cannon and a few figures. I would really like to see decals for Hptm Ruffer’s aircraft 0364 with the red codes and the T-34 kills on the tail.
  4. Hello Jimbo, Those tie downs look great. I would be interested in purchasing at least 2 sets. How do I get money in your pocket and the tie downs in my man cave?
  5. Interesting, that’s my email I’ve had for 17 years. Anyway, I would be interested in masks for the stars and bars as well as numbers. You can text me at 951-237-7577 if the email doesn’t work.
  6. Hello Jennings, Please contact me offline. I have an extra Hellcat kit you can use for engineering stencils. I am very interested in national insignia and numbers. jmwitous@aol.com Thanks
  7. Hello Jennings, Go to www.adamsplanes.com Look under USS Gilbert Islands, VMTB-143 and VMA-512. Most of the planes had white nose art and were kept in immaculate condition. The Gloss Sea Blue was touched up after every flight. Their maintenance office was a real stickler on corrosion control. The story of the air group is fascinating. My interviews were with Lt. Liebech and Lally. The PAO was a celebrity. You will like the story.
  8. The 2 F6F-5P's that the Marines flew off of the USS Gilbert Islands had the single camera on the port fuselage, aft of the trailing edge of the wing . They were part of MCVG-2 and were flown by pilots from VMF-512 and VMTB-143. About 10 years ago I did an oral history for the Flying Leatherneck Museum aboard MCB Miramar, with 2 of the pilots from VMTB-143 who flew the 5P on several occasions. Both said they enjoyed the handling of the Hellcat and the fact that they were fully armed on the missions. From what I have read, the 2 camera aircraft were later versions, possibly used afte
  9. I agree with many of you. An F6F-3 and 5N are most likely in the future. I got my kit today and will be converting it to an F6F-5P. Very simple modification I have done on the Trumpeter kit. I would like to see someone come out with 1/24 tie down strips in P.E. so I can do a carrier deck. I’m still searching for pilot figures, seated and standing. Decals would be nice too. Model on boyos
  10. With the imminent release of the Airfix Hellcat in 1/24 scale, we could use US Navy and FAA pilot figures, standing or in the cockpit. Shapeways has 2 sets of 1/24 scale US Navy WW II deck crew figures. The second item I think would sell would be about 24 inches of the metal carrier tie down strips in Photo etch. about 6-8 strips should do the job. Bass wood strips are easy to find and the deck should be fairly easy to make. A tow tug and tow bar would be cool too.
  11. Thanks all, Patience is a virtue, er, maybe not for modelers.
  12. I have spent a bit of time trying to locate a single source for DEF Models Seated Zulu Pilots, Cannon and FOD covers. I went to Def’s website and hit their distributors across the globe- No Joy.. Is there a way to buy from them direct or is there a source that’s not listed. Any help would be appreciated.
  13. Hello Dave, Thanks for the intel on the Zulu. I too have these flying over most every night. (my ranchito is about 3 klicks from the NE corner of Camp Pendleton) Ive been waiting years for a good Cobra kit and now this! Hope you have some Red Dawg decals in the works. Now if we had a Yankee, That would be bitchen.
  14. Hello Dana, I have been a fan off yours for years.. I would like to use the HK IX XVI kit as the foundation of a USAAF PR XVI. I would like to do one with the Red Tail, PRU Blue with invasion stripes on lower wings and fuselage. I’m not sure which one I want to do. I’m open for advise. Thanks
  15. I have the HK Mossie IX/ XVI and would like to know if they were camera equipped or were they for strike reconnaissance / weather. The modification to make the kit a PR version looks fairly easy. Also does an aftermarket astrodome for the top of the canopy exist? I would like to build a 25th Bombardment Group Mossie in PRU Blue and the red tail. Any help would be appreciated.
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