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  1. The standard theater recognition markings for the P-47 were bands on the fin and stabilizers, and the forward section of the cowl. On OD/gray airplanes the bands and cowl were supposed to be white, and on NMF airplanes they were to be black. When airplanes were delivered to the theater, they went through a central depot (Burtonwood?) that painted the recognition markings on before sending the airplanes on to the receiving units. The depot would also apply the invasion stripes per the current directive on new airplanes coming through after D-Day. So it is entirely possible that t
  2. Concur with Tony. The outboard pylons weren't able to carry that load, and loading rocket pods on the aft MER stations is 1. useless, and 2. a good way to kill yourself.
  3. One more tip; the area under the canopy, behind the seat, should be the exterior color (Olive drab on a camo airplane, or unpainted aluminum on a NMF or field camo airplane), rather than the interior color. The project is looking good!
  4. FWIW, you've got the lower ducting in backwards. The flat end meets the oil coolers and supercharger duct, the flared end goes to the front of the cowl.
  5. Maybe, maybe not. It depends on the specific airplane in question.
  6. They are actually an adapter that is fitted to the wings; a bomb rack can be fitted to it. The -4 originally had no outer wing bomb capability, only rockets on the stubs. Fairly commonly seen on Korean War airplanes. If you see a photo of a straight -4 (not -4B with cannons) with bombs under the outer wings, this is how it was done.
  7. If you got a second kit, it's not hard to extend the wing yourself; just a matter of putting the cuts in the right place and splicing together. Shouldn't be hard to find a secondhand kit for a reasonable price (less than the correction set even).
  8. That's probably the only way you're going to find a non-NMF "N" model; a warbird. I believe that one was operated by the Confederate Air Force? The image of the right side shows text under the stab; the last line looks like an "N" number but I can't make out what it reads.
  9. Well, that's one way to avoid the whole "green or blue" question for "Lou IV"! Very interesting approach to models, and very well done!
  10. Some ignition systems in WWII were pressurized for high-altitude operation. Unpressurized systems were prone to arcing/shorting at altitude due to low atmospheric pressure, as I understand it, so the ignition systems were pressurized to keep it operating as intended. Braided shielding would not contain pressure, ergo the ignition wires had to be solid. So, while there may be braided sheilding on the wires, there is still a smooth outer covering. That is why braided wire would be incorrect on a model airplane, at least to my knowledge.
  11. Yeah, my 13-year old wants to see it, so we're going tonight.
  12. Here's an image of Flak Bait from May, 1945. http://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/3623 The airplane is pretty beat up after 200+ missions, but not quite as beat up as it is in the photo above.
  13. British Standard and Whitworth fasteners were different than US (not sure if SAE was around yet here) standard ones. Bolt head sizes and thread profiles were not compatible or interchangeable. Plus, I believe the British method for identifying wrench sizes was tied to the bolt diameter vs. the US method of sizing the wrench to the distance across the flats of the bolt head or nut. So a 5/8" wrench means something different depending on which side of the pond one is on.
  14. Very nice! Love those Blue Diamond Mustangs!
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