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  1. Here's one that shows residue from the black and later white 15" band. I have a couple more that I'll have to locate. http://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/458
  2. If you blow that image up, besides the chord-wise wingtip panel lines, it looks like some discoloration over the panel lines and not a butt joint. That's the "hint" of panel lines that I referred to earlier. Not in question, all Mustang wings were factory finished as such. You're probably referring to Bud Anderson's account of his crew stripping the unit-applied camouflage from Old Crow with 150 grade fuel. There are images of OC's wing after the stripping and the wing finish is still in place, including shadows of the black 15" ID bands applied b
  3. You can see hints of lines\rivets in many photos, none in others. Regardless, a wing festooned with panel lines and rivets under a couple coats of paint is not particularly accurate. Having said that, I do agree that the chord-wise panel lines at the end of the wings and wing end caps were left unfilled, almost certainly because wingtip of removal during transport.
  4. Yet the majority of the latest "by the manual" restorations have very smooth wings. There are many, many "restorations" in museums that have very little in common with a factory-finished wartime P-51. Wear and tear surely reduced the factory finishes smoothness, but a couple coats of paint Tamiya's wing is not going to approximate the wartime finish.
  5. Outstanding execution on a unique subject- love it!
  6. Photo evidence indicates that the aerial was present on all but 8th, 9th and 20th AAF Mustangs. It is definitely there on MTO, PTO and CBI Mustangs.
  7. Bill, You could do an Essex-based VMF-124 or 213 from late '44/early '45. They had some early -1Ds with the braced canopy and 13' 4" prop but without rocket stubs, all in Gloss Sea Blue. Some may not even have had the pylons since they are using the centerline rack for the drop tank. It appears that some were passed on to VBF-83 as there are photos of the same early types with the CVG-83 G-Symbols. Brent
  8. Outstanding!! I love all U.S. aircraft in FAA livery and you knocked that one out of the park! May I ask what you used for your Dark Slate Grey? Brent
  9. HI Jennings Beautiful sheet! Is there any possibility of a future Atlantic/Tirpitz raid Corsair II? Brent
  10. Count me in for any TU, PE, LA or YAK. Brent
  11. Actually, I have several photos that I took myself of the UE's wing, but I can't for the life of me figure out where I saved them. I'll keep digging and post them when I find them. In the meantime, see the FHC's own gallery here.... http://www.flyingheritage.com/TemplatePlane.aspx?contentId=29# Brent
  12. That's slight inflight oil-canning while pulling G's in high-contrast lighting, not rivets and panel lines. Like you said, in certain light, at certain angles, you can see some texture to the wing, again, not rivets and panel lines. However, an image search shows there are dozens of other photos of Upupa Epops inflight and on the ground which show no hint of this. Period photos also invariably show a lack of rivet and panel detail. Taken just inches from the wing.... http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5349/7374415382_2fede200c0_o.jpg Obviously, if you want to build the Tamiya Mustang
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