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  1. Here's what I found in my Fort refs, it's easier to see the repeating exhaust/leak patterns once you have several different samples to compare. Let's start off with some -F's: Then some -G's, this first one is colorized but still serves to discern the patterns. Not directly from above but still shows the exhaust stains to good effect. Here's an original period color shot of the same bird: s/n 42-97503 "Princess Pat" VP-X. You can also clearly see in this shot how grubby things got behind the top turret, as per K2's post. I just love how much i
  2. WUNDERBAR! Magic hands, indeed, you are just wrecking shop right now, John.
  3. Splendiferous work, as always, John. Chapeau!
  4. North American's nomenclature called it the "clear vision panel" in the P-51A Flight Manual, to "afford the pilot better vision while flying in rain, sleet or snow". I believe Damian is right that only -51A's, A-36 Apaches and early F-6's had this windscreen, although it is very possible some Merlin-engined B/C's had it too. There always seems to be an exception to these kind of things...
  5. Here's a few pics, fellas. Here's a shot of the elusive and rarely-seen liner for the rear of the well, there was an equivalent liner for the front and roof but I've yet to see a photo of those installed. And then there's this guy, with his snazzy oleo strut boots which I've never seen on any other Mustang. This is F-6B "Jeanie", serial number 43-6174, 'AX-K' of the 67th TRG - 107th TRS with pilot Capt. McAllister and his ground crew at Lemolay airdrome, France, August 1944. Anyone have any info on these oleo boots? Cheers
  6. Hey, Mark That's a zippered canvas access panel. OUTSTANDING work, that wheel well looks the biz, Wolf!
  7. According to the Erection & Maintenance manual the cowlings (along with the firewall and cowl flaps) were left in anodized natural metal finish. Only the engine mounts were finished in yellow zinc chromate. P-47 Erection & Maintenance Manual - T.O. 01-65BC-2 Section VI - Finishes b. ANODIC TREATMENT (1) .... The anodizing produces a surface of aluminum hydroxide in the work. Aluminum hydroxide has good corrosion resistance and provides an excellent bond for paint. It is soft and easily scratched, therefore the surface is given a coat of primer imm
  8. Gob fully smacked, you are a scratch-building deity, Jay!
  9. Yea, fozzy, stoked you've got this beast back on the bench, hope you've been eating plenty of yogurt cuz that's a lot of real estate to cover!
  10. Hey fellas, here's a couple of close-ups of the vents on the side of the fuselage, might come in handy. Unfortunately no shots of the underside vent, mainly because KD 431 doesn't have the scoop there (not sure if the vent hole is still in place, though).
  11. I copied this from a 10-year old thread on Luftwaffe colors at WW2aircraft.net, who in turn copied it from another thread elsewhere (threadception?). Apparently it comes from David Wadman, who's authored a few books on that very subject so I'd reckon it's backed by some solid research. Here you go, hope that helps! --------------------------------------- Beware the early/late split for 02/66. As part of a discussion elsewhere about early, BoB-era Ju88 interiors, which were certainly RLM66, this contribution was made by Dave Wadman regarding Bf 109’s of the same period.
  12. Hey K2, here's a link from Tailhook Topics that Jennings mentions in the the text of his decal instructions, LOTS of good info here: http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2014/01/f4u-corsair-wire-antenna-alternatives.html
  13. Yowza! Weathering is super on point, big ups, Tim!
  14. Here's what I found after scouring my P-38 folder, hope these help: Voilà! Thomaz
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