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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Just finished another Hubley #495 airplane. This one is painted in the blue/silver scheme that only came in a particular set in '58. The aircraft was not catalogued separately in these colors. The #495's from '56-'60 were red/silver normally. It has the Blunderbuss2 approved upper fuselage without a hood scoop behind the cowling. Actual planes in these color are HTF due only appearing in only one set for one year. I don't want to elaborate on the set right now. I hope to actually share the set in early December. I restored it like this for that purpose. It was pieced together from various 495's I acquired and I modified a post '60 cowl to fit it. The blue isn't exact but pretty close and I can live with it. I used a Chrysler silver from Pep Boys and when I sprayed some on the inside of the fuselage next to some non oxidized original paint,it's impossible to tell the difference between them. I consider this to be the most accurate Hubley silver I've found and it's only about $5 a can. I highly recommended it for an accurate Hubley color. The prop and replacement insignia stickers came from Ebay. I confiscated the canopy from my Flying Circus 495, I won a another Circus plane that was in better condition overall to replace the plane I had . It worked out great because the new plane has great paint except for the upper fuselage. The other plane has a upper fuselage in great shape and paint loss everywhere else. I can slap the better upper fuselage on the new plane and have a Flying Circus plane in optimum condition and another in good condition. I got a good deal on the new plane, it has a canopy and prop that are missing on a lot of the 495's. I hope to share(knock on wood) a cool Hubley set with this plane in early December.
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    1. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      It even has bombs to drop. Looks like a cross between a Wildcat and a Hellcat. Reminds me I don't see many of either at air shows aside from those owned by Planes of Fame. Corsairs I see a bit more. Which has nothing to do with Hubley but I got to thinking about that with the Flying Circus.
    2. Newfld Newfld, 3 years ago
      Fantastic plane
    3. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 3 years ago
      Thanks Apache and Newfld. Its's a P-47/F4F/F6F Thundercat. You're correct about not seeing the earliest members of the Grumman cat family that much at air shows. I don't understand the Hellcat not being there, but I guess hand cranking the Wildcat landing gear up and down would be annoying. They were both great historic planes and deserve the right to be on stage. I remember seeing the Confederate Air Force doing a flyover in Dallas in the 80's that had a beautiful navy color blue Hellcat in the formation. It was so cool, I was walking to my car to go to lunch and look up and see the F6F along with a P-51, Corsair, P-40 in Flying Tiger markings, Glass nosed B-25, C-47 with invasion stripes etc. flying overhead. They also had what was probably a Texan painted like Zero, I doubt if it was a real A6M. I can't remember the other planes but it was something I'll always remember.
    4. Brunswick Brunswick, 3 years ago
      Nice!! Are you ready for Alabama and Auburn in the 'Iron Bowl' this coming weekend?? I'm sure you are!! Lol!

    5. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 3 years ago
      I'm chomping at the bit Thomas. The Bowl of Iron is THE great rivalry game! No holds barred, gum to gum and cheek to cheek, cry havok and let slip the dogs of war, damned be he who shouts; "Ho! Enough",Nuff said! Bama needs to make the run to obtain another coveted crystal ovoid. Oh, one more thing, ROLLLLL TIDE!!!!
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      You're running a Hubley chop-shop. War Eagle !
    7. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 3 years ago
      I just change the serial numbers BB2, nobody's caught on.
    8. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 3 years ago
      I think it’s KooL Breezeway,,,on the Runway !
    9. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 3 years ago
      Thanks everyone, have a happy/safe Thanksgiving.
    10. Johnsmith Johnsmith, 3 years ago
      You too!

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