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  1. I’m sorry, I have no idea why the -79 was used only on the A-26B or why a certain engine was chosen over another. I can look up the differences between the R-2800 models but that’s as far as I can go. I don’t know if a reference for the A-26 that differentiates the various production blocks exists.
  2. According to my reference, the A-26B and C were fitted with either the R-2800-27,-71, or -79 engines. The R-2800-27 was a B series engine (bullet nose prop reduction gearcase), with Bendix-Scintilla ignition system and used on the A-26B and C. The R-2800-71 is another B series engine used on A-26B's and C's with turtleback (S-18LG-P1 magnetos). The R-2800-79 is also a B series engine used only on the A-26B with the same magnetos as the -71. So any given A-26B or C could have either turtleback magneto's or a Bendix-Scintilla dual magneto. I have no information on what engines were equipped on which serial number aircraft. The B-26K Counter Invader used the R-2800-52W which is a C series engine (bolted prop reduction gearcase) with a Bendix-Scintilla low tension ignition system. Can't help you with the wheel brakes; maybe someone else knows more. REFERENCE: White, G.(2001). R-2800 Pratt & whitney's dependable masterpiece. SAE Publishing. PA (pp. 262, 277, 283, 285, 415-422)
  3. Say hi to Peter Espada for me (Tim); I think he’s the head judge. He’s in our club here in Central PA.
  4. Thanks Jose, I'm clawing my way through this with any free time available as I want this thing done and off my desk. To be honest, I'm completely tired of it and want it gone (as in - in the display case). While it is Summer, I keep right up with the "to-do" list and we live in a recently built home so there's no a lot of maintenance to do on it right this moment. I'm fortunate that I have time to dedicate to this tank but i gotta tell ya, it's really tough at times; I get one thing done on the tank and then something else pops up and needs to be added to the list...almost like this thing has a mind of it's own and doesn't want me to finish it.
  5. This is one of the photos I used. I have several others for the right side and front of the vehicle but again, nothing conclusive for the rear and nothing for top of the vehicle
  6. Thanks Kev, much appreciated. There's still some more work to do but I'm relatively happy with the results I've been able to achieve so far.
  7. Paint is on... but looking at the photos closely, I need to do some touchup here and there as well as correct a couple of spots that "magically" appeared on the left stowage container Oh well, it's getting closer to being done. The lower hull is Tamiya XF-60 (armor dark yellow) in my attempt to create sort of a shaded gradation between the lower and upper hull. The red-brown is also Tamiya XF-9 Hull Red while the remaining two colors are MiG AMMO dunkelgelb III and dunkelgrun from their Rye Field Models Panther paint set. The entire paint job was airbrushed freehand which is probably why I need to go back and touch up some spots (as you'll notice in the photos). From the three-foot range it looks pretty good but up close...well, you'lll see. The camouflage pattern is loosely based on actual photos of tank 221 from the 2nd kompanie, 1st SS Panzer Division during the Ardennes Offensive in December 1944. There's no shots of the top of the vehicle and no good shots of the rear of the vehicle so I just used the color profiles in the Panther: External Design and Appearance book of the factory painted steel-wheel Panther to give me a guide of sorts.
  8. I use Alclad II aluminum shades (there are several but I don't use anything labeled as "polished" as it's too shiny) and their associated white or grey primer. Note these are not acrylic, they're lacquer based.
  9. While it's a nice release, after building their 1/16 Panther G kit (with all the issues therein), I'll pass. I'm even thinking of selling my 1/16 King Tiger and 1/16 Jagdtiger kits. I think I'm done with 1/16.
  10. Lacking a substantive photograph of the cockpit of your subject aircraft, it could have either the SJ or WM seat, especially the early D models. The installation of the seat was based solely on production availability to the best of my understanding. If the production line had SJ seats, that's what would be installed; if they had WM seats, they'd install those. There's no production break whatsoever with respect to the type of seat installed. In short and lacking any photographic evidence of the aircraft cockpit, pick the seat you think looks the best and go with that. Remember, the SJ seats in the P-51D were made of metal and painted a dull dark green color. Oh, 44-11255 is definitely a P-51D-5 NT (aircraft build in Dallas, TX)
  11. That would be awesome! Tailored to the Tamiya kit please Don't stop now, we need the discerning eye to point out which tweaked parts are needed to improve the Tamiya CJ kit (although it's pretty good out of box). The WAR HUD would make a Block 40/42 a little easier to build from the Tamiya kit.
  12. Oooo...oooo (best Horshack voice from Welcome Back Kotter), how about a JHMCS (Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System)? There's a couple of photos of it in jmel's book on the F-16C/D.
  13. I do agree but I'm sort of confused about why you quoted me in your statement. Your post seems to stand on its own and my post had nothing to do with either Vincent or Radu; I just asked whether the U4 designation was indicative of the aircraft was equipped with a Mk108 30mm cannon in the nose.
  14. LOL, i had to look that one up. By the way, does the "U4" designation on this kit indicate that it was equipped with a 30mm Mk108 cannon in the nose?
  15. Which scale might that be? 1/32, nope, not dead nor dying...brand new 1/32 Lancaster, brand new Bf109G-14, etc. Nope, not dying nor dead.
  16. By the looks of the responses here so far, they'll be losing quite a few....
  17. Ugh...9% smaller...They should've just made it 1/32. Hard pass....
  18. I for one, will NEVER willingly fly Air Canada ever again after my horrible experience in Montreal this past May.
  19. Kit is out of stock at Volks USA so don't even bother with it (pre-order is closed). I imagine Sprue Brothers will be having stock of this kit in the not-too-distant future and Scale Hobbyist as well. I had originally decided not to get this kit but based on the Vincent's assessment (and Radu's commentary), I'm thinking I may just pick this one up too.
  20. Yep. According to The Mighty Eighth, by Roger Freeman, several of the 422 BS carried black undersides on night leaflet dropping duties after August 1943.
  21. A very war weary B-17F from the 305th BG....probably modified for other duties but noting she still has the Norden bombsight covered. Looks like Squadron/Plane-in-squadron codes under the left wing (this was a post war addtion I believe) but does not agree with the plane-in-squadron code (K), on the fuselage.
  22. I used to love the TFE 731’s on my (as in crewchief) Lear 35. Didn’t care for the Aeronca thrust reversers though but they weren’t that bad. Very easy engine to maintain and the oil SOAP lets you know far in advance if something’s not behaving well within the engine. That way, the pilot(s) doesn’t/don’t get an unpleasant surprise. I think Garrett got acquired by Honeywell a bunch of years ago but nothing else changed from what I remember. The TPE 331’s on the other hand were a pain because every time the crew shut them down, we’d have to go out and spin the props to cool the engine down to prevent the rotating group shaft from warping.
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