Awesome link Lucky.
There should be plenty to keep Thundercals busy for a while eh Norris?
I had the pleasure of meeting Charlie Mohrle of the 405th FG when I was in Texas last year.
You can see one of his presentations HERE
Hope this will not be too long to post here – when it comes to 405th FG I get wordy..
Sometime done the road i will get to afew more from the 405th There are a few I have not gotten to and a few that Id like to re do just because they had really unique artwork (Like Honeybucket Joe! - which I also have a different version of..) K-Kid comes to mind, as well.
But i do think the 405th has been fairly well covered! By my count, I have already gotten 54+ different 405th P-47s onto decal (!) Mostly in 1/48th some in 1/32nd and 1/72. I know Bombshell has afew others and Chief Ski U Mah and Balls Out seem to be popular with kit makers.
Those images on you tube are all from my collection. The fellow who posted the vids is a nephew of Mike Titre (who flew the Mole) and gained access through the family for their use. Mike had given me several images and helped me make contact with other crew from the 405th. We became good friends until he passed a few years ago. Anything I collected from the 405th, I made sure Mike had all the info and/or images.
Mike made a museum of the 405th collection in his apartment. Though he is gone, His nephew who owns the building now, keeps it all preserved and upon request, opens it up for those who might want to visit. So if any who make it to the Chicago area would like to see his collection, let me know and I will make it available.
Here is a link for an EAA interview with Mike It's about 45 min long but worth watching.http://eaavideo.org/video.aspx?v=1203030921
Thanks for posting Charlie Mohrles links. I know him and (though its been years) used to talked to him often on the telephone.Happy to see he is still at the Museum. If Mike Titre was a main link for my getting in touch with 405th members, Charlie was very helpful in getting me research from the 510th. I never had much luck with the 511th guys. Though I did meet Hank Mohr whose plane was Dottie Mae - pulled out of a lake a few years ago.
Back in 2000 at the IPMS/USA national Convention, the club i belonged to built all of the AM planes i researched for the 3 monographs ( 23 P-47s) plus 2 additional that I had made as a special order for a Malcolm hood razorback Turtle No 9 and a 511th plane, Sierra Sue. Sue was the only 511th plane I was certain of at the time or was easy enough to do the art for from the few extras I had found after the AM project. Go here for McKintsry’s’ web page: http://ipms-mckinstry.org/
Check the left column for Operation Thunderbolt. Apologies for the images- the best that I could do in 2000 when scanning was necessary ( and not state of the art) but before digital was common. The slides I shot are good, just the software end let me down. I will be redoing that section in the near future. It is possible to post them to the sig if there is interest, too.
Below is a useful list of just about all I can recollect that I have researched and gotten to decal for the 405th FG. I'm sure I have missed a few but as you can see, there are a lot of them - mostly 509th followed by several 510th and just a few 511th. I have some decals still available if anyone might be interested.
B= BUBBLETOP R= Razorback
AM= AeroMaster SS = SuperScale
EC= Eagle Cals ES= EagleStrike
ZZ= Zotz MC= McKinstry
RM= Revell/Monogram PYN= Cutting Edge/Meteor Prod.
All 1/48th unless noted
BALLS OUT (d. Duck) (B) G9*L AM
BALLS OUT (BULL) (B) G9*L (ALSO 1/32nd) AM/ES/ SS (+ 1/32 SS)
CHICAGO FAT CAT (B) G9*N ES/SS
CHIEF SKI-U-MAH II (B) G9*J AM/ES/SS (SS also in 1/72nd scale)
CHOW HOUND 2nd (Red cowl) (B) G9*B AM/ ES
CHOW HOUND 2nd (Black cowl) (B) G9*B AM/ES
CHOWHOUND III (B) G9*B SS
EARLY BIRD ( R ) G9* H ES
EL TEXANO (B) G9*T AM
FAT CAT CHICAGO G9*N (B) SS (not CHICAGO FAT CAT(!)
FAT CAT (R) G9*N SS/ES
JABO (B) G9*U
JABO ( R) G9*U ( ALSO 1/32ND) AM/ES/SS ( + 1/32 SS)
HONEYBUCKET JOE! (B) G9*Q AM
JAYWALKEN’ MOLECULE ( B ) G9*C ES/SS
JINX (B) G9*W AM
KAT SAS (B) G9*A SS
LITTLE JOE (B) G9*0 AM
LITTLE TOMMY GUNNER (B) G9* W AM
LOOK! NO HANDS (B) (G9*E) AM
NEMANIE II (B) G9*X AM
NUT CRACKER (B) G9*M AM
PEGGY DARLIN (B) G9*C AM/ES
STINKEY (B) G9*R AM
THE MOLE (B) G9*T AM/ES
THE TURTLE no 8 (R ) AM
THE TURTLE No 9 (R ) G9*K (+ *) SS/MC
THE TURTLE no 10 (B) G9*K AM/SS/Mc * (SS also in1/72nd)
THE VIRGIN ( B ) G9*D ES/
TING A LING (B ) G9*A ES
VONNIE ( R ) G9*V ES
WHAM BAM IV (B) G9*W AM
Whooo (B) G9*K ( also 1/72nd and 1/32nd) AM/EC
BOOG (R) 2Z*Q ES
EVIE (B) 2Z*O ES
FLYING JENNY/ MORMON METEOR IV (B) 2Z * K ES
GEORGIA PEACH II(B) 2Z*X ES
GEORGIA PEACH ( R ) 2Z*X ES
KANSAS TORNADO (R ) 2Z*D AM
LITTLE LULU (R) 2Z*P AM/
MISS CAESAR (B) 2Z*S ES
PEG O’ MY HEART ( R) 2Z*L AM
PILOTS DREAM (B) 2Z*V AM
RAID HOT MAMA ( R) 2Z*D AM/ES/SS/ZZ
SQUIRT II ( R ) 2Z* P ES
SQUIRT 6 (B) 2Z*P AM
TALLAHASSEEE LASSIE (B) 2Z * T ES
THE BUG ( R ) 2Z*B AM/SS/RM
THE SCARAB (R ) 2Z*H ES
TOUCH OF TEXAS (R) 2Z*M SS/ AM/RM (SS in 1/72nd scale
TOUCH OF TEXAS(B) 2Z*M AM
YANKEE TARHEEL ( R ) 2Z*B ES
Dottie Mae (B) K4* S PYN
SIERRA SUE (B) K4*Q (*) MC