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  1. Thanks guys for your input. As usual a modeller with one reference is sure, and with two is confused. LOL
  2. just wondering what the yellow circles were for on the armored bulkheads of Lancasters and Mossies
  3. fantastic looking build! As far as the gloss finish, according to the book " Crommelin's Thunderbirds A History Of Air Group Twelve" the planes were waxed, which added about 5 knots of airspeed. hard to replicate in scale though, without getting that "toy look" to it. I'm really looking forward to your progress as it looks fantastic so far!!!
  4. i remember someone posting a link for toggle switches in 1/24th or 1/32nd scale. like a dummy i didn't save the link and can't find it again. HELP PLEASE!!!
  5. looks great so far. the seat cushion you're referring to was actually the pilot's life raft or "dingy" as referred to in the U.K.
  6. My father flew Hellcats off the U.S.S Randolph with VF 16 at the end of the war, so I am a bit of a Hellcat nut. I do know that the exhaust bulge on the cowling, along with the lower exhaust flap were deleted somewhere in early to mid -3 production, and that the very early F6F-5's had the windows behind the canopy. There is a picture of David McCampbell's MINSI II that is an early -5 and it is glossy sea blue overall with the aft windows, it is my understanding these were deleted on the -5 early in production. The only visible difference between a late -3 and early -5 is the windscreen. I have also read that -5's left the factory with rocket stubs installed and metal blast deflector plates over the flaps behind the stubs, -3's did not. Also as a side note regarding arming your Hellcat, dad said he flew with rockets OR bombs on a strike, never both
  7. Hello everyone. I"m a newbie here at LSP but have been modelling on and off for many years. I was very excited to see that Airfix is coming out with a 1/24th scale f6f-5. You see my father flew one with VF 16 off the U.S.S. Randolph at the end of WW2 and have always wanted to do a big model one in in his air-groups markings. My question is what exactly was the predominate cockpit color? I'vw seen and heard everything from Bronze green on early hellcats, to Interior Green, to Black from the consoles up. I've had the opportunity to sit in a restored Bearcat, and everything but the Interior Green floor, was Black. as the Hellcats dad flew at that time were brand new late builds, I,m inclined to go with that. it's hard to tell from the B&W photos I have, the color of the armour plate behind the seat is. any insight anyone has would be greatly appreciated!
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