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About rjones726

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    LSP Junkie
  • Birthday 05/19/1960

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    Port Orchard, Washington USA

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  1. Miss Marunouchi in all her glory. Typical load outs included HVAR rockets and either a pair of 500 lb bombs or napalm depending on the type of target. Four plane section often went out with 2 of each. As to the anti glare panel to my eye it could be either OD or black. I'm thinking I'll go with black. The spinner is orange and appears to match the tail flash and the springbok on the roundel. That'll be fun to mix. Getting ready to head out for a weekend getaway of tubing, tennis and cycling with my bride of 31 years. I'll get a WIP put together and posted next week. v/r, Rob Rob
  2. Hi John, I have a set from a Tamiya Corsair. They will require some work to get them to fit but it shouldn't be too tough. As far as the anti glare color I think in general you are correct but I'll need to check the available photos and decide...that's a ways down the road. v/r, Rob
  3. Hi Mike, This is exactly the "look" I am hoping to achieve. "Wanda" in particular, is a beautiful example of a well-used Mustang. Thanks, Rob
  4. Hi Nick, I've searched and read everything I could find on the internet on 2 San. I came across a group of photos (many in color) and one jumped out at me. It was a young African-American pilot standing beside his Mustang. At first I thought some knucklehead had put it in the wrong file but as I read more I discovered it was, as you said, Lt. Chappie James. While I appreciate the offer, I don't have a Silhouette and intend on using the AIMS decals provided by John. Thanks, Rob
  5. I've pretty much decided to build it as an ANG Mustang that has been through "refurb" with stripped wings and black cockpit. The goal is a worn dirty "bomb truck" so I can have fun weathering to my hearts content. I'm horrible at photography but I'll get a WIP up soon. If nothing else it'll be good for a few laughs
  6. Thanks for your comments Nick, They raise some interesting questions. Did the aircraft stored in Japan go through any type of depot upgrade/maintenance between the end of WWII and the time they were issued for Korea? If not they most likely had green cockpits and smooth wings. Same question for the ANG aircraft-what was done to them before/during the time they were issued for use by the Guard and reissued to the SAAF. As I said before- I'm sure the answer is...it depends The aircraft I want to model appears to have come from the states (I'm guessing an ANG unit as I found some info showing it was involved in an accident in Alabama between '45 and '50). As I said in my original post while I enjoy the research I don't want to let it keep me from building so I need to just decide on a finish and go for it. Film at 11... v/r, Rob
  7. Nice photo Jari. I hadn't seen this one. The wing on the foremost aircraft certainly looks smooth to me. v/r, Rob
  8. Inspired by John and several other builds I have seen lately of post war F-51's, I pulled a Tamiya P-51 D/K out of the stash and decided to build a SAAF 2 squadron F-51 -specifically "Miss Marunouchi". I contacted John to see if I could purchase the SAAF markings from his AIMS decal set and he graciously donated them-Thanks again John!!! From my research it appears many (not all) of the aircraft in this squadron came from ANG units including North and South Dakota, Utah and Texas. Some may have been pulled from reserves left over from WWII. My question for those more knowledgable is this: Would ANG aircraft still have puttied (smooth) wings and cockpit in interior green? I know some went through a depot refurbishment where the wings were (sometimes) stripped and cockpits painted black. None of the photos of SAAF F-51's I have seen clearly show the cockpit and I am unable to determine if the wings are smooth or not. I suspect that the answer will be that all of these combinations are possible and I'm good with that. My goal is not 100% accuracy because I don't really want to get bogged down in research (been there-done that) but to end up with a reasonably accurate representation of a bomb truck. Thanks, Rob
  9. My 3 wishes: 1. A Jenny (Yes ,I know it's post-war) 2.Something French (Yes, I have heard of Copper State Models) 3.Something Italian ( Yes I know it's pretty esoteric)
  10. Are you sure this is a re-release? They have (or had) a Hannover Cl. II but I think this may be a new (early) version. In any case it's a WNW kit so it's all good.
  11. When dealing with a sequel, my motto is "Go in with low expectations and you won't be disappointed"
  12. Actually all three scenarios are possible and have happened in real life. The probability is incredibly low but, as you said, "hey, it's Hollywood".
  13. The Navy explains how a 57 year old Maverick could still be flying: https://news.google.com/articles/CBMibGh0dHBzOi8vbmV3cy51c25pLm9yZy8yMDE5LzA3LzIyL25hdnktYW5zd2Vycy1ob3ctYS01Ny15ZWFyLW9sZC1tYXZlcmljay1jb3VsZC1zdGlsbC1mZWVsLXRoZS1uZWVkLWZvci1zcGVlZNIBAA?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen Here's a summary for those who don't want to read the article: 1. Prior enlisted service 2. Broken service (Active Duty ,Reserves, Recalled to Active Duty 3. Retired but retained on Active duty
  14. That's what I thought. I pulled the box off the shelf last night after posting and Lo and behold there appears to be parts for a full lower rudder on the sprue. I guess I'll have to save my scratch building skills for something else Thank You. v/r, Rob
  15. I've been thinking about how I want to build this kit and keep coming back to an inflight display. A plane this fast and sexy shouldn't be sitting on a clunky dolly and nose wheel IMHO. Anyway, does anyone know if there is an aftermarket lower rudder available. I have several references and making it is within my capability but I like to know my options Thanks, Rob
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