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Robert Hampton Grey's FAA F4U-1D Corsair Decals


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Hi Guys,

 

I am wondering if any of you can suggest a person/company that might be willing to do a set of decals/masks for Robert Hampton Grey's Fleet Air Arm F4U-1D Corsair in 1/32 scale. I really want to do this aircraft using the Tamiya F4U-1D Corsair. As some of you might  know "Hammy" Grey was the last Canadian and only pilot of  the Canadian Navy to win the last Empire Victoria Cross (Canada created their own version afterward). He flew from the HMS Formidable and was KIA attacking and sinking the Japanese destroyer escort Amakusa in Onagawa Bay, Japan in the last few days of the war.

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Jonathan and I have been back and forth over this endlessly.  The bottom, bottom, bottom, bottom line is that nobody knows what aircraft Hammy Grey was flying on the day he earned his VC.  Lots of people will tell you they know, but the fact is, there is zero documentary or photographic evidence (at least that has appeared to date) that proves conclusively what a/c it was.  Otherwise we'd have done it on one of our sheets.

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Yes for sure. You are correct as far as we know there is no incontrovertible proof he flew 115 or as some have said 119 which these people say was his personal aircraft. Many companies have made decals/markings for aircraft that were later to be found not to be correct. They went with what information they had at the time and I don't think this is an issue. However, one may believe there has to be iron clad proof but it seems given what information we have if we go with that logic a set for Grey will never be done and it would be shame not to be able to pay tribute to him with model of an a/c he could have flown.

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On 4/18/2020 at 1:29 AM, Jennings Heilig said:

It’s been a while since I’ve looked at it, but IIRC Jonathan has proof positive that a/c #115 couldn’t have been it, since it was lost before his VC mission.  Don’t quote me on that, but I believe that’s what he found.

 

Jennings, 

There was a  #115 on board the Formidable but is suspected lost in action as a new 115 was apparently delivered by the baby aircraft carrier HMS Arbiter with serial KD658. This a/c was on board during the time of the VC winning mission.

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On 4/18/2020 at 8:15 AM, Kagemusha said:

There are a set of masks available for 115, if you can find it, with this book.

 

Awesome! Thanks very much. I hope I can find that book. However, if anyone here has the decals and will not use them I would willing to purchase the set.

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