The Museum of Science and Industry 

From my virtual friend south of the border…

amateur airplanes

Well, not much progress was made on the model front yesterday. The only work done was applying the awful decals on the U-2. Their age completely showed. I ended up supplementing from my spares wherever possible. Regardless, the U-2 is about finished. It’ll get a coat of clear matte today and receive minimal weathering.

By no means was yesterday a failure though. My visit to the Museum of Science and Industry was a great family outing that turned into a refreshing source of inspiration.

The famous U-505 on display is one of six captured German U-boats during WWII. Among the many displays are a few nautical dioramas that peaked my interest. I have a handful of ships in my stash but ever since I read a book about the USS Indianapolis, it’s been in my head to build one. I’ll be on the lookout for a kit now.

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Collection  Flight  Lieutenant  John  Kelly  U.S. Navy

he first F4U2 flew on January 8, 1943, and differed from the F4U-1 day fighter with the inclusion of a microwave XAIA radar unit, mounted in a bulbous fairing on the front edge of the starboard wing, with a rudimentary 3-inch radar scope in the center of the main instrument panel, and the deletion of the outboard .50 cal. machine gun to compensate for the extra weight of the radar. This weight reduction meant that the top speed of the F4U-2 was only slightly less than the F4U-1. The production AIA radar unit had a useful search range of a bit more than a mile and a half at an altitude of 2,000
VF(N)-75, the first Corsair night fighter squadron, was formed in January 1943, but was not deployed in the Pacific until October, 1943, when the unit arrived at Guadalcanal. VMF(N)-532 first entered combat flying from Tarawa, and moved on across the Central Pacific until they were based at Saipan in the summer of 1944. VF(N)-101 went aboard the USS Enterprise in January 1944, and provided night air defense for the fast carriers between the Truk raid in February and the landings in the Marianas in June, despite the fact their Corsairs were not “de-bounced” and did not have the stall warning strip on the left wing that had been found essential for carrier operation of the Corsair.