Pictured situation: Return of a damaged airplane of
VMF-114 from a strike mission against fortifications on Peleliu, mid 1944.
- Motor modified (gearbox too long, magnetoes wrong);
- Cooling flaps in cowling cut out and replaced by
scratch built ones (scrape/sand rear of cowling to accept ring in appropriate
angle, glue cooling flap segments onto);
- Cockpit interior modified (instrument panel
replaced by scratch, seat, bar behind seat, straps, throttle, levers);
- Windscreen and cockpit hood PVC (see page C);
- Brewster bomb rack from sprue parts;
- Main landing gear modified (esp. scissors, brake lines);
- Tail landing gear completely scratch;
- Damage by shell and shrapnel: Appropriate part of inner
fuselage scraped to paper thickness; part from fast food aluminum tray glued
onto inner side, and hole punched through with a nail of suitable diameter; if the pastic is thin enough the aluminum will
show as ragged edges on the outside).
- Actuating levers on trim tabs bent wire (replacement
on rudder a must because it should be horizontal);
- Navigation lights clear plastic tinted with marker
pencil of appropriate colour (see page "lights").
- "Ageing" of model minimal because VMF-114 got new
airplanes; just minimal scratches on top of inner wings (in this case with an
old silver felt pen with almost no colour left; traces of spilled gasoline by
wetting surface with thinner and applying a drop of very very thin light brown
colour (almost translucent).
- Figurine scratch built, head from a Verlinden mechanic.
thoughts and tips for modeling see "Modeling ABC"