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Kepford wrecked this Corsair after a scramble,

July 31 2012 at 4:01 AM
John Ferdico  (Login ferdico)
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Response to Re: Kepford's Corsair

during which Tony set his wing on fire. If I recall, got two kills immediately beforehand, but of course those flags never got on this airframe. Again, if I recall my research, Kepford got to a score of ten kills on a mission the very day before, so it is already impressive that the crew chief seems to have already added that tenth flag.

I've heard stories about kills being pre-applied, then covered, the coverings removed when the kill was earned, but this seems rare, and only done by the cockiest of the cocky. McGuire was said to have done it. I wasn't convinced Kepford did, which really stumped me. Were the kill columns repositioned for some reason? Can't imagine why they would be.

I built the 1/32 Trumpeter to portray this aircraft on the morning on which it was scrambled. So how did I answer your question about the color? I pretty much wimped out: I made them a darker, grayish blue, because I just couldn't figure out what else they might be. Without any more info, I had to assume they were either residual varnish from removed flags, or overpainted flags. At least it looks just like the picture.

I gotta admit, I'm pretty intrigued by the guess they might be red. Maybe they painted a red square, then stenciled the white over the top? I've seen more evidence of the opposite (with a sailor hand-painting the red), but it beats any other theory I came up with. Let me know if you learn any more.

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