The camera flash always alters the color a bit, it's darker than what it looks here. At first I thought it was too flat, but I thought about it for a bit and this color is pretty much exactly what Conrad's Wildcat and Taigh's Harpoon are, which I figure are about the two most accurately painted Navy planes out there.
Post by Mark Allen M on Apr 5, 2014 18:01:32 GMT -5
Man-o-man!!! now that is super cool. I think the photo I posted of "Ginger 39" nosed over on the Hornet's deck really shows a lot of detail in the scheme. Does it look to be a sort of semi-gloss Navy blue?
What's also cool Greg is I don't ever recall seeing a VF-11 Hellcat model built. I've seen just about every other VF Hellcat, but not a "Sundowner" .... This is great!
There really isn't any gloss but there's no clear coat on it yet. I'm really questioning color choice though and was comparing it to pictures online when you posted. In lower light it's very dark. This was taken without flash. What do you think?
My internal struggle with this paint is still going.
I'm looking at different color photos and the color varies alot. As far as darkness, these look pretty darn close to the model don't they? The paint in all the period color shots I find seems to be darker than any of the restored Navy planes flying or in museums now, except for the Harpoon and Wildcat (off the top of my head at least).
Post by Mark Allen M on Apr 6, 2014 7:58:43 GMT -5
Good morning Greg, the model madness link with the night fighter Hellcat is spot on for VF-11. Perfect in every way. It's all solid navy blue, wheels rims, spokes, landing gear, the whole thing that navy blue. And as you know only the prop hub and belly tank flat white. The star and bars are perfect as well on that model as you wouldn't see a different navy blue color showing. Just the white star and bars only.
Semi gloss is what I was trying to achieve. I did a test of my clear coat yesterday and the gloss was nice but it hazed the paint and altered the color. I was more worried about it being too dark than anything. I ordered different paint this morning and will repaint it Saturday.
I got some work done on the engine tonight. Tomorrow night I get to make pushrod tubes out of .015" music wire for the front nine cylinders.
Post by Mark Allen M on Apr 8, 2014 7:53:09 GMT -5
Wow! Amazing the effort it sounds like your taking, very impressed and appreciated. Question Greg, (and by no means questioning your skills) just a question from a novice model build watcher. When you say your going to re-paint with a different paint over the paint you already have applied, will that make for a thicker coat that could take away from the fine detail i. e. fill in areas with too much paint.? Hope I'm making sense.
Can't wait for more photos (hint)
"What'd you say your name was again?" ..... "I didn't"
I'm keeping thickness in mind but it won't be an issue here. The panel lines were pretty defined and the paint and primer on it now aren't very thick. I used good primer, the silver and two coats of flat acrylic on it now are very thin. To clarify, the clear code that I mentioned went on a test model.
If I can get the pushrod tubes and ignition harness on tonight I'll have pictures later.
I got the engine pretty much done tonight. I used a Quickboost resin engine and hand cut pushrod tubes from .015" music wire. I just finished up the ignition harness. The harness isn't perfect yet but I'll wait until it's in the cowl to do any final tweaking.
I also started on the Avenger tonight to stay busy. The Hellcat decals shipped today and the new paint shipped yesterday, so it will be the weekend before anything big with the Hellcat happens again.
I think my daughter walked off with my good camera.
Alex Reynoso: I am looking for a Naval Museum that might display some of my father's WWII Navy items. I have a scaled model of a PBM-3 that he was a crew member of I believe crew #3. Thanks. email@example.com
Aug 23, 2017 16:50:27 GMT -5
Jim Broshot: Since nobody has responded in the last month and a half. The only Naval Museums I have ever been to are in Oregon: Tillamook Air Museum (housed in an old blimp hanger, used to be a Naval Air Museum but seems to have gotten away from that specialty. http:/
Oct 7, 2017 22:38:53 GMT -5
Jim Broshot: And its not a Naval Museum but an Aviation Museum and I have seen models displayed in its exhibits, the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in Mcminnville www.evergreenmuseum.org/
Oct 7, 2017 22:42:22 GMT -5
dcamp: Probably a dumb answer, but Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL?
Jan 9, 2018 12:24:30 GMT -5
michael16: Looking to contact Tom Farrell, son of WWII B-26 pilot of "Flak Bait" Lt. Jim "Boss" Farrell. I have an interesting story to share about my flight on GE corporate jet with then Capt. Jim Farrell. Please help me make contact with Tom Farrell
Sept 20, 2018 12:57:56 GMT -5
Kersh: Tillman's book "The Forgotten Fifteenth" has an account of this attack that may be of interest.
Apr 8, 2020 11:59:04 GMT -5
rupertpika151: My great uncle was on the Little Jo T-square 4 tail code #42-24611, engine 3 caught fire. The crew ditched the plane. 6 were recovered, 4 went MIA (including my great uncle), and one was captured and executed. I have the crew report.
May 11, 2020 12:42:24 GMT -5
rupertpika151: If anyone has any information or update links that would be greatly appreciated. We are hoping to have him, Joseph A. Esola recognized at Arlington in the summer/fall. Also the links on the original thread were not working, if anyone has current links?
May 11, 2020 12:43:59 GMT -5
rupertpika151: If anyone would like a copy of the report let me know. 28 pages.
May 11, 2020 12:44:41 GMT -5