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Fred Jack

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  1. Fokker ordered the fabric to be nailed on to cut production costs. Maybe this is why Aces, like Udet, who received Fokker built D-Vlls had their wings replaced with Albatros built wings.
  2. I’m from the UP. Glad I moved to CA. For those who don’t know, The UP stands for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It has four seasons, Last Winter, Winter, Next Winter, and Mosquito/Black Fly Season.
  3. All of the 100s jets were Century Series. I don’t think the F-110 stayed Century Series when it was changed to F-4.
  4. The century series started with the F-100 and ended with the F-110, of course the F-110 later became the F-4 Phantom, so the F-107 is definitely a Century Series Bird.
  5. I saw one at the Musee de Millitaire in Brussels. I couldn’t believe how small it was.
  6. Have you folks ever had the privilege of seeing a wing of Voodoos in flight like I have?
  7. Since Fokker had the fabric nailed on instead of stitched, does anyone know if the striping bled through to the inside of the fuselage? I guess this applies to the early DVll as well.
  8. There are plenty of planes in production that are much bigger than the 101. Each person has different tastes.
  9. In the ‘50s every kid looked in the sky to see Voodoos fly overhead and fell in love with them. There are a lot of us baby boomers around, but not even one 32nd injection moulded model. If people knew how good they looked next to a F-104, everyone would want the pair.
  10. Also, if you haven’t been on WnWs page, they “sold out” their Albatros decal series only to rerelease each sheet with a model Albatros.
  11. If you’re going to build Voss’ F-1, make sure you put in a LeRhone, also available from WnWs, like Voss did, although I doubt he ordered his from WnWs, because there exists a photo of Voss inspecting the motor on a Nieuport.
  12. I have both PCM Hurcs, the wood wing and the metal wing and like them both, although I have always preferred the Mkllc.
  13. Remember, some units in Europe used more available British green, and American OD became brown with age. This was told me by SSGT Marine, Chief Mechanic on Mag Gillard’s planes during WW2.
  14. Until the end of the War, paints, such as Olive and dark blue, either faded or changed color. As far as the Japanese, “Meatballs”, they rapidly changed to a reddish rust color during the war.
  15. All Zeros were called Mitsubishi even when built by Nakajima. This practice is true with a lot of planes built by many manufactures to keep demands. We are fortunate with the Zero in that the manufacturer can be identified by the paint job.
  16. From comparing large photos of Goring’s , his lower wing and under fuselage contrast with the white struts indicate to me that they were lozenge covered and not white. In bright light and at an angle, lozenge patterns could look to be white with dirt splotches.
  17. After some 69 years, I found the NCA DC3 model of the plane My dad took me on when I was two years old, and there was only one model in the World. It is being sent to my house along with an actual photo of the real plane. As we were boarding, a class of school children had come to see the plane, but I was more excited over the school bus.
  18. That’s just it. They still say it is a J, but when I first saw it, it was an H. My favorite multi engine planes were always the B-24, Halifax lll, Do-17, Bf110, P-38, and the Lockheed Hudson.
  19. Maybe Pheon Decals knew of the release which is why they are planning to release a set of more than 200 Dr1 decals.
  20. The BR.1 Camel IS the chase plane and Brown’s last combat plane. As a duelist, it doesn’t make sense, since Brow really fires out of range and desperation to save his friend. The Baron never even reacted to Brown’s attack, having been mortally injured by the Aussie gunner.
  21. It was the FAA that put the brakes on the flying car, not the manufacturer.
  22. Just use Elmer’s glue all for the kit clear parts. When the correct parts are available, use water to remove the old, making it easier to replace.
  23. A few years ago I saw and flew in the last flying B-24. On the side of the port fuselage it said, “Made at Willow Run Detroit Michigan”. This would make it a B-24 H. But last year, I again saw the same B-24, but the Willow Run inscription was missing and the owners insisted this was the original Witchcraft which was a B-24J. Since I’d like to make a 1/32 scale of it, what really is this plane? If it isn’t the original Witchcraft, what was it originally? When I flew in it it definitely was an H, which means it wasn’t the original Witchcraft. I want a model of the plane I flew in.
  24. Whether odd or even serial numbers determined whether the paint outside the masks were painted light or dark. Spits were always factory or repair depot painted, whereas Hurricanes were repaired and repainted by the Squadron mechanics. Also dirt had a lot to do with aircraft of any Squadron looking different in a photo, even if they all were painted the same.
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