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Jennings Heilig

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  1. I don’t think Neil has settled on anything specific for the -300 yet. I’m going to lobby for ochre Southwest for one
  2. That was the first thing I asked him after I introduced myself
  3. Tamiya 1/48 B-17G. Imminent release since 1993.
  4. It isn’t at all. Airliner photo sites get thousands of new images a week.
  5. I’m sure there will still be announcements, just no show.
  6. https://news.tfw2005.com/2020/02/27/shizuoka-hobby-show-2020-cancelled-in-japan-407093?fbclid=IwAR30WovzBnON8mqa5q_DSoFfZFLs9Wk9mFX45jelYLo_ZKwdmOrglcWxGrc
  7. There really isn't much needed in terms of "upgrades". The kit is pretty much dead nuts accurate as-is, and it's pretty hard to see inside the cockpit.
  8. Not to be too pedantic, F-4 stabs have *slots* not slats. Slats, by definition, are a moveable surface. And I can confirm 100% that the slotted and unslotted stabs are structurally identical, with the structure that creates the slot bolted onto the existing leading edge.
  9. Considering nobody's heard a peep out of Tan Model for a couple of years now, I'm not holding my breath that you'll ever see anything else out of them.
  10. I met none other than Field Marshall Albert Kesselring's great-nephew today! The family resemblance was uncanny, even at that genealogical distance. Kesselring's brother left Germany prior to WWI and settled in Cincinnati. Mr. Kesselring was amazed that I knew who his uncle was.

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Kesselring
  11. Very nice Tolga!! Have you seen any photos of the Malta based Spits that show the mysterious 'bump' on the outboard end of the upper wings? We have several photos, but we can't figure out what it might have been for. Only seen on Malta based airplanes.
  12. Yes, my mistake. The title of the thread should say "FG-1A" not "FG-1D". I've had -1Ds on the brain.
  13. Are you thinking of the Operation Crossroads birds with the parrot colored tails? If so, note that those were F6F-3Ks, not -5Ks. They had an extended tail wheel leg (between the fork and the main part of the strut), and a more complex wire antenna fit.
  14. Sometimes you can get too into the minutiae of things when drawing in vector art. Ask me how I know. You tend to want to make things perfect, and in the real world, they just weren't. I've had to learn to resist the urge to try to make things I see in photos fit my idea of how they would have to have been done, and I think my decal art is better for it. Just draw exactly what you see and don't over-think it. Even if they did use a stencil, stencils in WWII were made by hand, not cut by computers. They were rarely perfect, and rarely perfectly applied.
  15. I seriously doubt they went to that much trouble. You'd have needed to lay out a letter, then try to dissect out parts of it. I'm 100% sure they simply laid out the curve the way they saw fit.
  16. http://www.fundekals.com/images/whistlingDeath/F4U_Inst_Final_7_30_18.pdf
  17. Looks like your subject a/c doesn’t have quite perfect semi-circles. Note how the connectors between the “up” ends and the “down” middle aren’t quite vertical.
  18. I’ve never seen much detail info on them. I wouldn’t hold out much hope of finding detailed photos of the cockpits. The remote control gear was probably connected to the autopilot, so it’s not like there were mechanical rams actuating the stick and rudder pedals in the cockpit.
  19. That central belly tank was not widely used, and was very unpopular. It frequently hung up and was unable to be jettisoned, and when you were about to toe to toe with a Japanese fighter, carrying around 160 gallons of highly flammable fuel vapor wasn’t advisable. Also, the size of that tank precluded its use with the catapult on the carriers. There is discussion of all this in the instructions for our big F4U decal project...
  20. Mine pooches a little bit there, but not that much to worry about. I pooch more than it does
  21. That's one way, but they weren't all made up of semi-circles. Some were more flattened and less "wavy". I'm sure they were laid out by hand in most cases.
  22. Huh? They look absolutely perfect on my kit, which I’m sure came from the same molds as the one pictured. The Titanic rivet counters say they’re fine.
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