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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1965 on: March 15, 2019, 05:10:56 am »
I'm far from being a prude but I can't say I'm impressed with the tail art or "home carrier" options the builder's taken, crass is the term that comes to mind to describe it. :rolleyes:
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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1966 on: March 15, 2019, 09:03:40 am »
Strong situations require strong words, and IRL I swear too much and am opposed to all kinds of censorship (and I'm glad that they don't beep four-letter words on air around here) but this isn't such a case, it's simply bad taste. If using random squadron/carrier name from leftover decal stash was not an option, and there had to be a joke involved, I would still have preferred double entendre over this kind of "humour".

A good example of a joke of this kind done right is in IL-2 Forgotten Battles (IIRC it's on Pacific Fighters or later, like the 1946 collection) on PC: on certain US planes you can choose to decorate your plane with a variety of classical-style nose art, one of which is a completely innocuous-looking pinup girl sitting in a bathtub, with the text "Tub Girl". It's only if you are old enough to remember one of those original "shock images" from dialup days when you get the joke (do NOT google at work if you don't). Needless to say, a scaled-down photo or a faithfully drawn rendering of the original image would not have been funny at all.

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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1967 on: April 09, 2019, 02:17:40 am »
Interesting and credible Whiff - A Panzer II with a quad 20mm Flakvierling on top.

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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1968 on: April 09, 2019, 05:33:52 am »
That turret looks VERY tight around the Flakvierling. IIRC, the weapon needed four men to operate properly, and with the pics' reference I can hardly imagine more than two persons behind the gun, hanging half way in the air? The model looks great, but would IMHO not work, I am very skeptical.

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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1969 on: April 09, 2019, 06:21:22 am »
Fantastic model but as Dizzy says doesn't look that practical.

If the side panels could drop down then it might work, or if it was a twin 20mm AA ?
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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1970 on: April 10, 2019, 01:49:07 am »
I think it looks great.  :)  I can think of some places that cramped that I was expected to wedge into, to complete some military task or other. 

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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1971 on: April 10, 2019, 03:59:54 am »
Ah, Chief Petty Officers, ya gotta love 'em! ;)
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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1972 on: April 10, 2019, 05:11:39 am »
The builder himself admits that it might be a bit too tight to be practical, but then he also points out that the Marder II SPATG was based on the Pzkpfw.II chassis and was equally crowded. In fact, he used Marder II gun shields in his build.

I suspect you're right though, and that a Wirbelwind-style shield with double-sloped sides to give more elbow room might have been a better idea.
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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1973 on: May 12, 2019, 03:03:34 pm »
P-40 with P-51 wing. Not sure of the story of this one, found the pic's browsing aircraft photo's at Australian airports...

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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1974 on: May 12, 2019, 03:18:30 pm »
Fascinating!! Thing says the wings were temporarily put on there because no P-40 wings were available but....  I guess no P-40 wings ever became available later?  Pretty cool either way!! Good ol' 1:1 kitbash.  ;D
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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1975 on: May 13, 2019, 04:43:06 am »
That must have been difficult to integrate to the fuselage. The p40 famously having 6(?) wing spars. The P51 I assume the more normal 1 or 2.
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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1976 on: May 13, 2019, 06:55:54 am »
Now that's an interesting find! Thanks for sharing.  <_<

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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1977 on: May 13, 2019, 07:54:18 am »
I hope they didn't try to retract the main gear. The P-40's gear retracted rearwards into wells in the trailing edge, and thus it had no wells under the fuselage!  :o
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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1978 on: May 13, 2019, 08:17:08 am »
As the fitting of the wings was done by the museum, I suppose it was for static display, so no problems for wing spars or retracting u/c.
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Re: Whiffs found surfing
« Reply #1979 on: May 13, 2019, 02:38:46 pm »
Well, the P-51 wing was actually a Curtiss design, and originally had plans on installing it on a version of the P-40. North American bought the rights to it when the BPC* had asked them to produce P-40s for them but North American declined but then said well build you a better airplane.  One of the reasons why NAA was able to build the Mustang Prototype in 120 days --- the rest is history ---

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