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  1. John, Been busy working so haven't really had a chance to check out your 17740 build. She's looking Great! Hope I'm not to late on this little bit of info for your build, but the 2 "thumbnail" shaped items on the inner most walls of the wheelbays are zippered, canvas inspection covers and not a metal that would chip. Also in the center of the rear most wall is a wooden wedge shaped block which is to aid in stopping the rotation of the tire in the wheel bay and it would probly have rub marks towards center as the tire rubbed it before the rotation stoped. GREAT WORK STILL!!! My apologies for being tardy again!! Alfonso
  2. Great work all Around John! I'm not sure on the outer wheel hubs color. I've read over the years anything from Lt. Grey or just a Grey, Silver Laquer, White, Black in no particular order. I think they may be Grey left overs or Black as I seem to recall Goodyear Corsairs with the Black finish on them?! On some Hellcat color pics I've seen time and again, there's Intermediate Blue but these are specific to some early VF-5 Hellcats on board CV-10 U.S.S. Yorktown early in '43 while being redied for SWP action during her shakedown. Great examples of non standard Counter Shading/ 4 tone/ 3 tone schemes application on all aircraft aboard her at the time. Not just the Hellcats either as the "scheme" was becoming standard during this time. Great color studies during the change from Blue Grey over Lt. Grey to early Counter Shading and Markings changes throughout their deployment! Sorry, a bit of a rant! Who's to say, we need a time machine.. BAD! LOL She'll look Great Still and I like your finished set! Now the gun breeches. IIRC, The .50's are staggered at 6", 12", 18" from Wing LE starting from inboard to out. Inside of a blast tube wich is the same ID(Inner Diameter) as the opening on the LE. Hth, my apologies to be late to the party but at least I showed up! LOL Alfonso
  3. Totally Gotcha! I understand your reason for doing what you've done and I get it! Didn't mean anything in a negative way by what I wrote either. I just answered your question on the visual differences is all, lol The written word is not my friend! Lol Alfonso
  4. @Thunnus I hear what you're saying and understand your taken route in the end. The reason the canopy hood won't close with the "open hood" plug vs "closed plug" is due to the non scale thickness of the canopy hood which prevents the "open plug" from accepting it into it's recessed home. Not meant to be a bash at Tamiya at all. The canopy hoods clear perspex, it's framing and armor top plate would have to be paper thin to do what it actually is supposed to do in the recesses on the turtledeck in this scale. The only thing to notice in the "closed plug" is the recessed area is over pronounced to allow the canopy hood to close and is not accurate in its shape vs the "open plug" for an open canopy. It also lacks the top of the spine of the turtledeck and its inward taper on the recess and the detail on the frame mounting bracket. This is an area that was always missed on Corsair kits and models forever and a day till this kit. Even Tamiya's 1/48 kit got it wrong! I've always scratched this area as I always felt it as a necessity! Lol My apologies for the "Corsair" rant! I will just have to cover the area with a finger when I view it! I'm sure you'll understand this as I know your "handles" origins... It's like calling a Snook a Tuna! Lol Your kit and your decission, GORGEOUS ALL AROUND WORK STILL!
  5. GORGEOUSNESS!!! 1 question though, are you going to be closing the canopy hood after all that work in there? I ask due to the turtledeck rear cockpit plug insert as it is for the closed canopy option. Alfonso
  6. Oh, Yeah, canopy frame colors... Windscreen inner frame - fl. black Canopy hood inner frame - interior green Hth
  7. Ok... Gonna do my best to be clear here. Here goes... Looking at the engine head on... 1- Is the "bell" shaped gear reduction housing. 2- Located on the GRH @ the 11:00 and 1:00 position are the 2 distributors. In this case tear dropped as she's an early bird. Later came the "rounded" type with the "arrow" looking ignition connect on top. People wrongly call these magnetos and it makes me wanna barf! Lol 3- The magneto is located @12:00 between the 2 distributors. 4- Forward of the magneto also @ 12:00 is the prop governor. 5- Underneath at the 12:00 position under the PW logo is the oil scavange pump which has a line that leads back and attaches to the oil sump underneath. 6- The collector ring with the attachment points for the spark plug leads, 2 per cylinder, 1 fore/1 aft. "Tubular" type for the 2 "tear drop" shaped distributors and "flat" for the "round" shape. Just rough descriptions without giving manufacturers names for these items as that would be a bit much, eg: Bendix or Kelvinator magneto...etc...lol Hope this is clear. Just useless mental data from the top of the dome. The type of $..t you can't talk to people about! Lol BTW-GEORGEOUS WORK!! I wish I had my Corsair stash in front of me to pic and send your way. I'm sure their must be loads of pics online on PW R 2800, I forget the subtype numbers. For wiring just emulate what you see an an actual but match the distributer and GRH and Ignition ring. I mean they need to match, the written word is not my friend, LOL Alfonso
  8. Gorgeous Work, just Simply Gorgeous!! Alfonso
  9. What Up Glen!! It's been quite a while I would say! I've seen the Kitty Hawk & Panda Hobby growth and am Extremely Happy for You Sir!! Good on you for that. I actually purchased a Kingfisher a couple of years back and all I can say is... What a Beautiful kit! Haven't really modelled much in quite some time. I've set up and tore down my studio in the past 7 years more than I wish to remember. Soon though, soon, I'll be back at it. Life and my daughter come 1st and I'm currently out of town again for the next 9/10 months. I just recently packed up my modelling essentials and this and another kit so I have some sanity at night! Lol Hope you and the wife are good, if the number is the same I'll hit you up one of these days to chew the fat! Be Peace Brotha! Alfonso
  10. GORGEOUSNESS X INFINITY!! Ok, for the answer to your question. No those "plates" are correct as that adds the 7" increase in cockpit height, which Tamiya should be commended for(insert clapping emoji here). I would say measure them to see if they scale out? Not clear on what John1 means by removal of the troughs? Gorgeous paint work! Alfonso
  11. Also Corsairs had wrap around Cowl flaps for quite some time and you must check pics of the aircraft being modelled to see if the top 3 were sealed shut or not. VF-17 worked on alot of the solutions early on before leaving stateside with Vought to solve alot of the issues and the leaking problem which made most units seal these was 1. 17740 has its top 3 Cowl flaps sealed and a makeshift field made cover(IIRC) so this does not apply to her. People saying the Corsair was not a "good" Carrier handing aircraft have been saying this based on following suit with what has been wrongly stated for years. VF-17 proved the Corsair before leaving the States to the PTO but due to logistics on spares aboard the fleet for the Corsair they became land based as they did not want to transition to F6F Hellcats as the Loved the Corsair that much! Ooops, rant over! Remove all this if you wish! LOL Alfonso
  12. IIRC, regarding the flare pistol, it wasn't removed entirely but it's exit firing hole underneath was cloth and dope lined and if "it" needed to be fired was fired out of the cockpit instead. The gun was left in to sort of "plug" the hole until they relocated it later on and at first a wooden plug was inserted until the entire assembly was removed later on. IIRC it was also one of the issues similar to the lower windows "problems" alowing carcinogens into the cockpit from the exhaust fumes coming into the cockpit. @John1 the rudder troughs, what do you mean by their removal? All Corsairs were floorless until the -4 introduced a floor so the troughs remained till then. Corsairs are So Much Fun! Lol All this info is off the top of my feeble brain sooooo, references are in order. I have limited access to the internet ATM and even to view, sign in is a chore! If I had better access I'd search for you but then I'd have to send a you a bill! Lol John (Thunnus), Do yourself a favor and get the Dana Bell book(s), it's SO worth it! Alfonso
  13. Yes. Due to the introduction of removal starting in the 500** BuAer#'s the viewing window would've been present on her as I know after the 17*** came the 18*** just had to do some thinking and now my brain hurts. Whether or not her "V" frame was removed( a weight saving measure IIRC) is up for debate. Nobody goes that far in on Corsairs anyway sooo, I think your good! Lol Alfonso
  14. Scott has the book and maybe he can chime in? The thing is that BuAer #'s on Corsair production have splits depending on production block. I have only one book that has them (BuAer#s) all and as I said is in storage. It is a Motorbooks International release titled " F4U Corsair" and I can't remember the authors name? I do not recall if Danas' books cover all #'s or is just specific to the change # itself? On a side note, the AK colors look "Truer" to me in MHO! LOVE what you're doing and as I've said before... Extremely Envious that you are doing a Corsair and a -214 bird at that. Sh$$, Modelling at all makes me even more envious as I am trying to do something with plastic on an aircraft in general! Lol Great Show All Around! Alfonso
  15. John, LSP, All my stuff is in storage at the moment. If you have the Dana Bell book, check the BuAer #'s to see when the glass was removed on the production line as I do not know off the top of my feeble brain. Also some were painted over soooo more guess work. Wish I had a better answer for you but, that's the Best I can do ATM!
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