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Old 06-26-2018, 05:45 PM
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US Navy and USMC Between The Wars in 1/100

With all the recent interest here with what is unquestionably my favorite aspect of aviation history, I've decided to start an ongoing thread showcasing as many 'yellow wing' subjects I can find to build in 1/100.
I've gone through my collection of 'yet to builds' and count 35 models (mostly S&P) and there's many more that I'm yet to buy.
Assuming I don't get tired of doing it (unlikely as my love of these aircraft borders on obsession) this thread will go for quite a while.
As I said, most of the models will be Bruno creations; but there will also be Nobi, Der Kampfflieger and some Murph's subjects to add.
The collection will cover US Navy, USMC and USCG types used from 1919 through to around 1940.

Hope you all enjoy and any feedback (good or otherwise!) is welcome.

First up is S&P's Curtiss F6C-4 of USMC Fighter Squadron VF-10M.

Long live 1/100!!
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Old 06-26-2018, 05:57 PM
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Great work. Nice and clean. Excellent subject. Waiting for more of your variations of Long Live 1/100.

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Old 06-26-2018, 06:12 PM
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... I've decided to start an ongoing thread showcasing as many 'yellow wing' subjects I can find to build in 1/100.
Outstanding!!

I'm fortunate enough to live near Pensacola, Florida, The Cradle of Naval Aviation. There at the world's best museum (National Naval Aviation Museum aboard NAS Pensacola), are several immaculate Golden Wing aircraft on display, including this favorite of mine (Goshawk):

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Old 06-26-2018, 06:33 PM
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Information on USMC F6C-4 A-7404

Garry has asked me to provide some information on the aircraft his model is based on. It is Curtiss F6C-4, U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics Number (BuNo) A-7404 in the markings of U.S. Marine Fighter Squadron 10 (VF-10M) as they were in 1930-1932. It was the fifth airplane of the squadron, so, in the marking convention of the time, the aircraft is identified as 10-F-5 (fifth airplane of Fighter Squadron 10) with the “F” in a circle to distinguish it as a Marine Corps rather than a Navy squadron.

The Curtiss F6C series of fighter planes were the equivalent of the U.S. Army Curtiss Hawks. The original Curtiss F6C-1s of 1925 were duplicates of Army Curtiss P-1 Hawks except for the colors and minor equipment differences. They were powered by 430 horsepower (hp) Curtiss D-12 water-cooled engines. The F6C-4s were F6C airframes with Pratt & Whitney R-1340 420-hp nine-cylinder radial air-cooled engines. Thirty-one F6C-4’s were built in 1927, most of them serving with Marine Fighter Squadrons 1, 9, and 10 (VF-1M, 9M, and 10M), although Navy Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2B) served with F6C-4s aboard USS Langley (CV-1) in 1929 and 30.

In 1930, most of the F6C-4s were transferred to Pensacola Naval Air Station to serve as trainers, but eight aircraft of VF-2B, including A-7404, were transferred to VF-10M in July 1930 to replace their previous Boeing FB-5s. In September 1930, VF-10M was attached to the U.S. Army 95th Pursuit Group (commanded by Major Carl Spaatz) to participate in an exercise in which Army and Marine fighters provided air defense of San Francisco against attacking Navy carriers, Lexington (CV-2) and Saratoga (CV-3).

A-7404 crashed on 28 October 1932 and was stricken from the Navy list. That same year, VF-10M turned in their remaining F6C-4s, which were replaced with Boeing F4B-4s.

A Curtiss F6C-4 painted as A-7404 is (or was) on display at the Pima Air & Space Museum. http://www.pimaair.org/aircraft-by-name/item/hawk A restored F6C-4 painted as A-7404 (perhaps the same bird) is now on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Marine Corps. Barnstmr's Random Aeronautics: Curtiss F6C-4 Completed Headed to NM-USMC

Images:

1. Official U.S. Navy photograph of A-7404 taken at San Diego on 18 August 1931. Reproduced in Larkins, p. 36. Available on line at https://en.valka.cz/topic/view/83853/Curtiss-F6C-4-Hawk

2. Official U.S. Navy photograph 16_003190 of A-7404 from the Ray Wagner Collection. Date unknown. Available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/17915571946/in/photostream/

3. Line up of VF-10M F6C-4s at San Diego, 1930. A-7404 is second from the right. Reproduced in Sambito, p. 3. https://www.marines.mil/Portals/59/Publications/A%20History%20of%20Marine%20Fighter%20Attack%20Squ adron%20232%20%20PCN%2019000308100_1.pdf

4. William T. Larkins photo of 10-F-3. Larkins, p. 37.

5. F6C-4 painted as A-7404 at the Pima Air and Space Museum. http://www.pimaair.org/visit/new-aircraft-list

Sources:

Joe Baugher, “US Navy and US Marine Corps BuNos, First Series (A6002 to 9999),” available at http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_seria...stseries2.html

Peter M. Bowers, Curtiss Aircraft 1907-1947, Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1979, pp. 267-271.

---, Curtiss Navy Hawks in Action, Carrollton, TX: Squadron/Signal Publications, 1995, pp. 16-18.

Thomas E. Doll, Berkley R. Jackson, and William A. Riley, Navy Air Colors: United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Camouflage and Markings, Vol. 1 1911-1945 (Carrollton, TX: Squadron/Signal, 1983), pp. 7.

Peter Freeman, Wings of the Fleet: US Navy & Marine Corps Aviation 1919-1941, On Target Special, Ardington, Oxfordshire, UK: The Aviation Workshop Publications Ltd., 2010, p. 23.

William Green and Gordon Swanborough, “Curtiss F6C-4, Fighters A to Z,” Air International, Vol. 10, No 4, April 1976, p. 190.

William T. Larkins, U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft 1914-1959, Concord, CA: Aviation History Publications, 1959, pp. 27, 36-37.

Phil H. Listemann, USN Aircraft 1922-1962. Vol. 5: Type designation letter 'F' (Pt-2), Haverton, PA: Casemate Publishers, Philedition, 2017, pp. 56-58.

Paul R. Matt and Bruce Robertson, United States Navy and Marine Corps Fighters 1918-1962, Fallbrook, CA: Aero Publishers, 1962, reprint of the Harleyford edition of 1962, pp. 34-40, 164.

William J. Sambito, A History of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, Washington, DC: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1978, pp. 2-3, available at https://www.marines.mil/Portals/59/Publications/A%20History%20of%20Marine%20Fighter%20Attack%20Squ adron%20232%20%20PCN%2019000308100_1.pdf

Page Shamburger and Joe Christy, The Curtiss Hawks, Kalamazoo, MI: Wolverine Press, 1972, p. 67.

Gordon Swanborough and Peter M Bowers, “Curtiss F6C Hawk,” United States Navy Aircraft Since 1911, New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1968, pp. 123-125.
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Old 06-26-2018, 06:42 PM
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Sensational, fantastic, supreme construction, surely MichaelS will make you a joke. I honestly love seeing your finished constructions, will you post a Wip again? Even if it's just photos, we learn a lot by watching your skills. Very well done again !!
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Old 06-26-2018, 06:50 PM
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This is wonderful! Not only will I follow with great interest, I will try to contribute as the discussion moves along.
And if I can sway anyone to create or recolor any aircraft into USMC markings...
I am so excited I think I will change my avatar.
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Out of curiosity-why did US Navy planes had yellow wings? US Army also had yellow wings and blue fuselages on most of their aircraft.Fad of times or some practical reason?
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excellent build there mate! can you show us how you rig these little things?
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Very nice Thread! I watch with great interest!!!
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Wow! No shortage of 'yellow wing' fans in this joint!

First and foremost, huge thanks to Don Boose for his kindness, time and resources for digging up and posting info on this model. He really is this forum's very own St.Julien Perlmutter (Clive Cussler fans will know who this is)! We build pretty little aeroplane models, but it is you that brings 'em to life my friend.

Gene K: do I envy you! If I lived near that museum they would be having to boot me out at closing time every day.

Sergio and CMDRTED: next biplane I do will be a WIP.

Butelczynski: I'm sure I read somewhere that the yellow top wing was to aid SAR efforts if a plane went down. Don't know if it's true so don't quote me.

Thanks for your positive comments, support and interest Brent, Mike and Péricles.

Next model will another Bruno- his Vought Kingfisher of NAS Quonset.
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