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  1. Thanks for that information; much appreciated.
  2. Poor plane, now it'll be scavenged for parts and become a hangar queen.
  3. Did the G-6 kit always have the early & late options? Funny I've never noticed those before.
  4. With the Aires conversion set it may be possible...although it was made for the Hasegawa 109G, it may work on the new Revell kit. See this.
  5. The 1/48 Revellogram kit is much better than any scale of the HK kit although the HK kit has better detail in most areas.
  6. The R-2800-22W is a C series R-2800 engine with the bolted prop-reduction gear case but a photo is worth a 1000 words. REFERENCE: White, G. (2001), R-2800, Pratt & Whitney's Dependable Masterpiece. SAE Publishing, PA. pp. 261, 264.
  7. I’m not in my office at the moment but I can tell you what you want to know.
  8. Don't ya just hate that? What sucks is that when you want to find it again, you never can.
  9. Well done, how many hours did it take you in total? A little while ago, I thought about getting my fling-wing certificate but now that I'm 60 and have Type II diabetes (for now), I don't want the enormous expense ($250+ per flight hour or more) and don't think I can pass a flight physical.
  10. Yes, the -1A suffix was never used officially, they were all -1's, until the -1C and -1D, which were official. I think Dana explains that as well in his book, someplace but used the -1A to maintain a sense of difference between raised cockpit F4U-1's and what we call "birdcage" F4U-1's.
  11. Pre-ordered mine a few minutes ago from Volks USA. No issues here and the shipping rate was reasonable considering what the size of the box is going to be and where it's coming from.
  12. Hi Woody. I'm no expert on the F4U but I have Dana Bell's books on the Corsair and he's the closest thing I know to an expert if he's not one. Using his two volumes on the F4U-1, I'll try and answer your questions. 1. Were F4U-1D's ever painted in the tri-color scheme? Yes, F4U-1D's prior to BuNo. 57084 (Vought), were painted in the tri-color scheme (actually this camo had four tones - see Bell's Corsair Volume 1 for specifics) (Bell, Vol. 2 p. 6). The first production F4U-1D for the U.S. Navy was BuNo. 50360 (Bell, Vol. 2, p.43). Apparently there were no FG-1D's built by Goodyear before the change to Gloss Sea Blue paint. 2. Corsair BuNo. 17440 was indeed a "Birdcage" F4U-1 (Bell, Vol. 1, p. 5). If Dana peeks his head in here and sees this thread, he may choose to elaborate on the information as he sees necessary. Lacking that, his two volumes on the Corsair are invaluable references (as is the third book he has on Corsair cockpits) and if you've got a mind to, the links in my references below will bring you to Amazon.com where you can purchase these two volumes...well worth the cost, let me tell you. REFERENCES: Bell, D. (2014). Aircraft pictorial No. 7, F4U-1 Corsair Volume 1, Classic Warships Publishing, AZ (p. 5) Bell, D. (2015). Aircraft pictorial No. 8, F4U-1 Corsair Volume 2. Classic Warships Publishing, AZ (pp 6, 43)
  13. Actually, according to Aircraft Pictorial No. 8, F4U-1 Corsair Volume 2. by Dana Bell, it is accurate. The NASM Corsair is an F4U-1D that appears to have BuNo 50375 which was prior to the adoption of the overall Gloss Sea Blue paint (Bell, p. 6).
  14. If you're referring to the Tamiya Mk IXc kit, then I believe Pastor John (AIMS) has a conversion for the Mk. XI PR spitfire available (32P027). I think it's available from Hannants. Alleycat Models USED to have a Mk XI conversion but I dont' believe it's available any longer.
  15. The contemporary photo in your post appear to be F4U-1A's and painted in non-specular sea blue (three or four tone scheme from what I can tell) which weathered poorly as you can see. The NASM aircraft is painted in the tri-color scheme but is an F4U-1D; I've seen that one in person and it's an F4U-1D. Corsairs (and Hellcats) Gloss Sea Blue (GSB) weather by first turning flat (matte). From what I can see, the GSB didn't fade like the non-specular sea blue - remaining rather dark but it was subject to wear and tear just as any combat aircraft would be. The photos below are of VMF-312 and show some weathering on the airframes, exhaust staining, and paint chipping/wear. These photos were taken on their deployment to Okinawa early after their indoc with the F4U-1D's (they subsequently removed the tail checkerboards and trimmed the cowl checkerboards to not include the cowl flaps). As you can see, they're already somewhat weathered. Note the main landing gear struts are NOT GSB, they're most likely medium grey.
  16. Nice! I had a friend who was assigned to VMA-223 and he related the time he got to fly around in one of these OA-4M's (I think he said it was assigned to a HAMS unit but I may be wrong there)... Said the very first thing he did (after the pilot let him have the controls) was mash the stick to the right and almost lost his lunch with the speed of the roll of the aircraft...
  17. Oh boy, I can relate to that....but I don't have the excuse of working nights.
  18. According to the site, the F-16C prior to serial number 86-0262 have the NSI (small-mouth) intakes. The "common engine bay" was an attempt to use both engines interchangeably but due to the increased airflow needed by the F110 engine, it wasn't possible. So, Block 30 aircraft prior to 86-0262 have the NSI intake and the GE F110 engine. Serial 86-0262 and subsequent Block 30, 40, 50 (F-16C/D)... have the MCID intake with the GE F110 engine and Block 32, 42, 52 (F-16C/D),.... have the small NSI intake with the P&W F100 Engine.
  19. If you haven't already found it, have a gander at this site: F-16.net. This site has loads of information and you can probably find answers to a lot of your questions there.
  20. Check out Dave Roof’s stuff. He may have some harrier stuff. I can’t for the life of me, remember that name of the product line right now but I’ll get it in a minute…. EDIT: Flying Leathernecks!
  21. I think they'll also charge you shipping from Japan too so it may be a wash. I know they you shipping at Volks USA (which is primarily why I wait until Sprue Brothers has stock and then I get discounted, if not free shipping).
  22. Here's the link to the Volks USA Hs129B-3 Preorder which isn't open yet. Due for a 12/2022 delivery.
  23. Not exactly but poor ignition timing can cause it (there are several others as well). Detonation is the spontaneous combustion of the fuel/air mixture within the cylinder (an explosion) and isn't necessarily ignited by the spark plug (excessive pressure and high temps are what cause it). Some refer to it as "pre-ignition" but it's not the same. With the correct mixture (and all other things being equal), the fuel/air mixture should burn evenly across the cylinder, not explode. Think of detonation as a dynamite explosion when the proper ignition should be more of a flash fire. The effect of detonation on a piston is something like hitting it with a sledge hammer instead of an immediate increase in pressure. It ends up putting holes in pistons if left unchecked.
  24. NTSB Final Report, downloads as a PDF. ...and according to the NTSB report, there were no incorrect connections, just the P-lead was loose on one (right mag) of the magneto's of No.4 engine and the ground tab was in contact with the case, effectively neutralizing that magneto. There is also mention of a single strand of safety wire on the securing nut for said magneto p-lead...not germane to the situation but not aviation standard either. The other magneto did not produce sufficient spark due to wear of the compensator cam; both combined to cause the flight crew to shut down No. 4 engine. The magnetos for No. 3 engine functioned perfectly but No. 3 engine suffered from detonation (an uncontrolled burn of the fuel-air mixture in the cylinder - effectively, an explosion within the cylinder).
  25. Oooo..those look great! I think I'll be getting one of these in the near future. Thanks!
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