The Curtiss P-6E Hawk is the one you're thinking of. Lots of others
such as the Boeing F4B/P-12, the Vought Corsairs, Curtiss Helldivers,
and later on the Boeing P-26 if you just want to count US fighters.
On Nov 8, 5:15 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
the Corsair? I have an old airplane book of my dads, I think from
1940 that had a Corsair with yellow wings, Also showed a P-38 with
yellow wings. Was that artistic license or for real? I have the 1/32
Peashooter from Hasegawa. Are the planes you listed available from any
mainstream companies? Not sure I can deal with a 1/48 or 1/72 kit
with PE and/or vacuform anymore...
thx much - Craig
'Corsair' was applied to several designs from Vought, the F4U being just
one of them. That said, I believe the XF4U may have had yellow wings
but remember that it also had a cockpit farther forward than the
OTOH I don't think I've ever seen a yellow-winged P-38 except as an
I'm sure that you do have a Martin B-10 in your collection. That was
the quintessential prewar US bomber. And they're mon-kee approved. ;)
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
I did have the Willaims Bros. B-10 way back around 1975 when I was 16
yrs old. And as everyone has bought the thing, it never got finished.
I think it met its doom with paint thinner, a match and the good ol'
I've seen colorized photos in old "Air Trails" magazines that showed
the earliest Corsairs with yellow wings, a grey fuselage, and as you
said, the cockpit much further forward than later production models.
Also the earliest P-39 and P-38, although these might have been flight
Prolly right, and don't forget that other Vought prototype, (173? -
looked kinda like a Curtiss P-36 Hawk) that was lost early in the
flight testig phase when it flew out over the Pacific and was never
seen again. Colorized photos that I've seen of that one show a grey
fuselage with chrome yellow wings.
Then there are those planes that were important pre-war designs that
soldiered on in WWII. Macchi Cr32 and Cr42, Gloster Gladiator, Bristol
Bulldog, Poliparkov I-16, I-153...etc etc. These are just single engine
In short, there are a LOT of must-haves.
The Inpact/Pyro/Lindberg big four (eight): Bulldog, Flycatcher, Fury
and Gladiator--great kits cast before you were born. The decals? Eh,
but the SMER/Merit Bulldog has a great set for the Inpact Bulldog, and
the kit & decals cost less than most aftermarket sheets.
Had a friend who converted the Gladiator into a Gauntlet, the Fury
into a Nimrod and was looking into conversions for the other two as
well when I last talked to him.
Kitbashing can be fun (if it doesn't drive you crazy).....
Well, they would be awful big for 1:32 scale, but any thirties
collection should include the DC-3, the Lockheed Electra, and the
Beech D-18/C-45. Also, how about Stinson Reliant, a beautiful
airplane with a big round engine. Piper cub is also an important
airplane of the thirties.
Don't get the idea that the only important planes of the thirties are
military- there are any number of interesting civil planes. I have
started a collection of commercial flying boats- the Boeing 314 and
the Martin clipper. Would like to see a nice kit of the big Sikorski
Speaking of 1:48 racers and civies, don't forget the ones from
Lindberg back in the day. Peguso has repoped them and they go nicely
against the Hawk models, especially the Howard "Pete" (forerunner of
the "Ike"), the Vernon Payne "Knight Twister", the Velie
"Monocoupe" (get two and undo the clipped wings) and the Ercoupe Club-
Aire - they're all from the 1930s.
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