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  1. Am guessing it's the same venturi effect that caused fuel to siphon out of the refueling probe of the Prowler, and why you see the area gunked up with sealant. i.e. enough airflow over it creates suction and causes the fuel to seep out. A layer of tape seems like a quick an expedient way to solve the issue. Agree with OBG--specialized tape. Also the same stuff they used to cover the gun ports. Nowadays it's "ordnance tape," "Speed tape" or "400 mph tape" or any such nomenclature. I think each service has their own name, but it's really just heavy duty duct tape that OD green.
  2. Chain you say? After reading this article this morning, I think use it to replicate a gigantic Pumpkin Boat that's tied up to a pier in your scene! Nebraska man rides pumpkin for 38 miles down Missouri River | Omaha State and Regional News | omaha.com You can thank me later! All jokes aside, looking marvelous!
  3. Cool! Always fun to try our skills out on something that just lets the imagination flow. Fun to see where the path takes you. Can't wait for more.
  4. Found it! Check out this pic. Nav laying across his table, chart in hand. Look at his eyes...thats some stress. As in "I'm not sure where we're at, but the Initial Point is coming up, and they're shooting at us" stress. Found it in this book, which is a gem. (And posted under fair use) To keep things moving on, I've been adding the kit basics. Am attempting to add enough details to spruce things up without going completely overboard. You can see where I opened up rhe radio room over the bomb bay. Trying to be reasonable in my approach. That section won't be visible, so no point going overboard. And from the other side without the glass. Would be blocked by the waist gunners. I guess that's the fine line we all try to balance on. How much is enough? Could I add all those lines you see by rhe Navigator? Sure. But they won't be visible. But he'll look cool peering out the window! YMMV, but that's my approach for this build. -Peter
  5. I'm out of superlatives Peter. Excellent tutorial as always. Appreciate you taking the time to show us how it's done. What I love about this place - people taking the time to share so we're all learning. What does impress me is how much you've improved the process since the earlier builds. Makes me think you need to try a NMF monster like the B-17 or Liberator. Or maybe a B-25, but something that has enough data for the amount of detail you can produce. Easy for me to say and recommend of course, I'm not building it! -Peter
  6. You and me both! Here's the plan in my mind (for both the top turret and the tail turret): My son's off at college, but he left his lathe sitting in the garage. Will turn a master out of wood to check basic shapes and refine them. Then cast in resin and vacuform. That's the plan anyway. We'll see--lot's of ground to cover before I get there. Also need to find better pics of the tail turret--I saw one that had windows on the top as well as the sides--looks like major mods to the tail feathers.
  7. Sigh... How many times can I say that B-24s are confusing? Realized last night that because I'm building a B-24L built at Willow Run, this plane likely had the M-6A stinger guns in the rear, vice the standard Consolidated turret. Need to do some more research to confirm, but from what I've read, that's what Ford was putting in their bombers. As I was reading about Willow Run though...by 1944, Ford was pumping out a B-24 every HOUR. They were producing so many, that the Air Force had to cancel contracts with Douglas, North American and the Consolidated plant in Fort Worth! That's crazy - I can't even process that. The AF literally cancelled a contract with the company that had originally designed and built the plane because Ford could do it faster and better... Anyway, here's a picture of the turret in question. Found it on this site: Aircraft Gunnery_Tail Turret (liberatorcrew.com) At least the same site has a really good schematic too! If there's a bright side (there always is), it's that at least I don't have to deal with the crappy seam in the middle of kit turret... More soon. -Peter
  8. Looks amazing! Those Cold War Studios turrets make a tremendous difference! Did you replace the oversize tires? (tyres? Wheels?) Happy to see one of these completed--gives me hope that it can be done. -Peter
  9. I think your best bet will be scouring official websites for Public Affairs photos. Photo Gallery (navy.mil) Photos (af.mil) Explore Photos (marines.mil) or you can try DVIDS DVIDS - Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (dvidshub.net) it'll show all the US DoD photos--even the ones that don't make the PA cutline. I'm sure other country's have their own Defense websites with pictures as well. No chance anyone will be doing a walkaround. -Peter
  10. Agreed! I was going to make a snarky comment about the photo along the lines that it's the Bomber Mafia's dream: CAVU skies and no defenses. Was doing some research at work and was thoroughly depressed while reading about the performance of the precision bombing during the oil campaign. Post war analysis showed that only 12.9% of the bombs dropped fell within the fences of the oil refineries. Only 3% of the total dropped hit any structures or equipment. That's a whole lot of effort for not good results... Those planes are amazing! Of course everyone loves "The Dragon and His Tail," but there are so many to choose from. Me, I'm partial to the Zodiacs. They had some great artwork too. I've never understood it (honestly haven't dug too deeply), but the Zodiac B-24s were transferred from the 8th AF to the 15th. At least 2 ended up in this BG, but they were scattered about. You could really blow peoples mind and have 8th AF markings on 1 side and 15th AF markings on the other!
  11. Alrighty amigos. Wanted to see what my handiwork looked like under a coat of paint. Only did one side as I’m still in the middle of stringer hell on the other one. Also wanted to see just HOW much was going to be visible. I think I’m on the right track - there’s a hint of what’s there, but not much more. And with pilots sitting there, the eye will be drawn to them anyway. So I’ll keep the detailing to a minimum, as well as the paint. and here’s the bombardiers station. I lopped off a good 15 mm of the flooring as it’s quite different with this nose glazing. As I look at how tight of a fit it is, I’m realizing why I saw a picture of the navigator laying on his table. Also, stumbled across this excellent shot in ye’ old personal archive. From the same BG, but am unsure what squadron. The white cowls would be the 767th, but the lower numbers were reserved for the 764th. But I like it for the excellent detail on all the nose modifications! In the same folder, I found this gem. Another 15th AF B-24L. Look under the nose, and you can see the self protect jammer antennas. There’s 1 forward of the nose gear, and another 3 between the nose gear and bomb bay. I’m still trying to find out exactly how many/where they were installed. If anyone knows, or has better pictures, I’ll take ‘em. Honestly, I can’t believe I’d never seen ‘em before, but once you know what to look for, they pop up in a lot of pictures. so that’s it for now. Plugging away on stringers and adding bits from the kit as I can. Don’t know if I’ll work my way aft, or start thinking about crew members for the nose. Thanks for following along, and appreciate the comments. -Peter
  12. Salt water corrosion and stack gas from the ship’s exhaust do horrible things to airplanes. Add an insane flight schedule and corrosion from 65-68, and there were a lot of USN jets looking like this. Most of the planes repaired at Cubi Point were corrosion issues, not battle damage.
  13. That’s looking incredible! And what a journey it’s been!
  14. Morning folks. Unexpectedly found myself alone in the house last night, so spent some quality time at the work bench. Managed to get the left waist window done. Had previously opened it up, so last night I was able to cut a piece of clear sheet and glue it it. After a quick polish, I used some foil tape to replicate the panel that was used to attach the window to the fuselage. You can see the hole I cut for the .50 cal. will sort that when I start working on the waist section. Am debating on the right side window. My uncle said his was blown out. I might make the opening and then leave the clear bits out. That would be a cool conversation piece! Also managed to get one side of the cockpit painted up, but no pics of that yet. Hopefully this weekend. Thanks for following along, appreciate the comments! -Peter
  15. I was shocked at how easy the process actually was--wish I would have taken more photos to help explain the process, but I was dealing with resin spillage Your Lib is looking fantastic--I look forward to the RFI. Fun bit, looks like a B-24 despite the wings. I'm still debating whether or not to tackle those...
  16. While I can't speak to the black magic about the colors and paint lifting, here's how I've done the same: Now that you've got the etching primer on, I'd shoot it with Tamiya AS-12 then the YZC and the camo. AS-12 goes down wonderfully and is rock hard. To chip/weather the top coats, I don't even bother with hairspray or chipping fluid. I just grab a piece of 0000 steel wool and gently rub. Have also used polishing cloths of around 2K-4K grit to get the same effect. Of course, I'd do it on the mule before jumping in with both feet. Don't know if YZC is offered the new Tamiya Lacquers, but that paint may be a little more resistant to pulling than their acrylic. -Peter
  17. Heh...I had my doubts as I started hacking up a $200+ kit! But I'm having fun and learning some new tricks as I bumble along. I'm beginning to understand why you and Peter make such use of tech drawings to get things right. Problem with the B-24 is with 18K of them built, there's SO many variations. I was reading a book a few weeks ago that talked about Consolidated changing the fuel pumps mid-block and then changing them again. It got to the point that in theater Flight Engineers didn't know what was in their airplane till the manned up for a mission and learned on the go. BTW, those are those little blobs Monogram included on their iconic 1/48th B-24 that go on the upper wings. The radios are another example--depends on each aircraft. They could be on the flight deck behind the pilots or in the area above the bomb bay/behind the wing. As for your canopy--I say try it! I managed to score a small box of resin and another of molding putty at Hobby Lobby during one of their 40% off sales. Brand is alumilite. I think you could mess around with the kit canopy and make a silicon mold pretty easily, w/o damaging the kit part. Also easy enough of a shape to do a smash pull, w/o using a vacuum former. break break For everyone following along, I was scrolling through the interwebs for reference pics and found this pic in the Ann Arbor Public Library. (posted under fair use as an example). A B-24L from the same build block as the B-24 I'm building, taken at Willow Run after a test flight--she's super shiny! It's a great shot as it shows the bombardier's aiming windows I'm building, plus the enclosed waist guns. Check out the enlarged Nav window, which supports the bulged field mods done by the 15th AF theory. You can barely make out the A-3 "High Hat" turret up top. I have my thoughts for how to make that when the time comes. Moving my son back to the dorms tomorrow, so hopefully will be back at the bench later in the week! -Peter
  18. Your comment got me thinking last night. Some might call it AMS, but I think it's the age old story. I want some something accurate that depicts a particular plane in a snapshot of time. I'm making a B-24L. The kit is a J, so that requires some changes at a minimum. While I want to go hog wild and add things in the radio compartment, I won't as it wont be visible. In the waist section, I'll likely open up the area above the wing, but that's about it - not much else will be visible. Always a fine line... Hopefully more soon. Busy week though, so likely nothing until the weekend. -Peter
  19. Actually clear plastic that I pulled over the resin buck. I realized my post actually didn’t say that, so went back and edited for clarification. As of now, it’s been sanded up to 10k grit. Polish will come as I get ready to install it.
  20. So. It was time to bite the bullet and work on the bombardier’s sighting windows. Couldn’t do more of the stringers till I knew what that area was going to look like. Here’s the left side with the Nav windows and the stringers done. You can see I went a little caddywhompus on one of the formers…it’ll still work. More important that it gives the representation, as there will be a bombardier hunched over his Norden, so not everything will be completely visible. Before the Prowler, there’s no way I would’ve attempted to make the windows, but not now. Still pushing my limits, but getting comfortable with the process. @airscale Peter Castle had recommended using resin instead of the basswood buck, and this was the perfect time to try it. I used some white glue to attach all the clear parts to the nose and then kneaded up some silicon casting putty and wrapped it around the nose. At first I just put a piece of styrene in as a dam and poured the resin…hence the “Great Resin Disaster of 22.” Good lord, I had resin everywhere! Comical actually. But I actually got a good cast, so all’s well that ends well! (In the pic, the silicon dam was added afterwards, in case my part didn’t work out) Here’s the resin buck after sanding/smoothing and you can see my clear piece in the background. I just heated a piece of clear plastic over the stove and smashed it over the mold -it’s a really simple shape so this process was easy. Here it is just laying in place. You can see a LOT of the interior, even without having polished the clear bits yet. And a side view. It’ll need a smidge of putty, but that shouldn’t be too big of a deal as the nose profile with these windows is a bit different than the standard J model. Also, most of the seams will be away from the edges of the actual windows, which will allow me to glue, sand and finish without fear of fogging etc. and the other side… Now back to the stringers so I can work towards getting the nose compartment done. Will need to figure out how I want to do the crew as well. More as I plug along, but certainly happy to have this major stumbling block solved! Future ones are the A3 “High Hat” turret and the enclosed waist windows. More on those when the time comes! -Peter
  21. I'll make an educated guess that whatever solvent they had handy was used. Remember that the AVGAS back then was like 110 Octane and burned really hot. Am guessing it was quite capable of stripping paint. I know it was wartime, but you cant look at it through a modern lens (i.e. environment regulations, amount of work etc.) When the USN wanted to move all the enlisted aviation schools to Pensacola in the late 90s, the proposed barracks and classroom sites were old WW2 hangars. The area became a superfund site due to the amount of clean up required to safely build there. Apparently back then it was accepted practice to just drain oil and gas straight from the engines to the ground (helps keep the dust down right?) So I'm guessing the same occurred in other parts of the world.
  22. Yes! You should try "Neptune's Inferno" after that. The USN losses at Guadalcanal are staggering. Industrialized warfare at its worst. Sadly Hornfischer just past away from cancer a little over a year ago.
  23. Guilty as charged. Most everyone I know has one stashed somewhere in their house. Back in the old days, they were usually tossed over the side after a certain number of uses, so aviators tended to snag them. Don't recall if you reference this book in the 65+ pages, but's it's well worth your time: The Jolly Rogers: Blackburn, Tom, Hammel, Eric: 9780935553673: Amazon.com: Books Tommy Blackburn was their first CO. Came up with the Jolly Roger insignia. It's a great read, but I recall reading about that episode when I was a teenager and thinking it pretty significant. With the benefit of the intervening years, it REALLY strikes me what an accomplishment that was! And even cooler that you're replicating that snapshot in time!
  24. Oh wow, that looks fantastic Jay! I don't know what I'm more impressed with--that hook or the beautiful skinning job!? Glad you found the Duplicolor paint. Hopefully the YZC is a close enough match--I know the ZC sure is. That's the stuff I used to seal the bare metal after stripping my 67 Mustang. Lot's of comments from my fellow aviators that I'd stolen paint from the corrosion control shop!
  25. Jari, thanks for sharing! Several things jump out--most decidedly is that the hooks have no pressure holding them down. Modern a/c have about 1000 lbs of pressure keeping them down so they don't slap the deck and bounce up. That's what you're seeing in almost every crash - the hook bounces and keeps doing so all the way into the barricade. At roughly the 7:00 mark, some poor sod trashes the Air Group Commander's plane. I can't imagine having to explain that one... 8:00 is the end result of a classic approach turn stall. He's trying to recover and is out of airspeed and about out of altitude after leveling the wings. Pretty horrific crashes--unfortunately they still happen. There's a well known video of a T-2 impacting the Lex in the late 80s under similar circumstances. This still happens. Combine the wind with a pitching deck and non-skid that has been worn down in the landing area and it becomes a skating rink. Still have nightmares about sliding around the deck in a 5-wet Rhino off Korea in the winter. As we were going into tension for the cat, they finally cancelled flight ops. I would've been happier expect for the fact that we then had to taxi back to park and redo the whole slide across the deck routine...
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