Post by Dave Homewood on May 24, 2008 21:29:51 GMT 12
This is a fairly well known RNZAF Official photograph, seen in a few books, but I recently had a chance to scan an original print from Alex Brisbane's collection. I have scanned it in large dpi and have been studying it closely.
I noticed in this busy and interesting photo of No. 10 Servicing Unit working on their Venturas that there's a nose art on on NZ4518 which looks like it could be a cartoon of a penguin or a kiwi in a jacket reading a book. That's the way we interpret it. Do you have any other ideas of what it is? I don't think it's one of the Disney artworks that many received.
You can also note in the photo the vehicles have hand painted numbers on them as well as stencilled. Great references for modelling dioramas. If anyone wants any other particular area zoomed in on let me know.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 26, 2008 13:50:25 GMT 12
Further information on this photo, 'Classic Warbirds: Pacific Twins" by Malcolm Laird, Pete Massong, Rbert Montgomery and Christian-Jacques Ehrengardt (Ventura Publications) states on page 55 that NZ4518 in this very photo is wearing the (NZ) Blue Sea Grey and (NZ) Sky Grey colour scheme. That means it has already been repainted in RNZAF service and I'd then deduce the nose art was applied after that, so it's RNZAF nose art and not factory-applied Disney.
Also this was the same aircraft that later collided with Dakota NZ3501 (Popeye) over Auckland shearing the C-47's outer wing off and killing the Ventura pilot, Flt Lt. Farnsworth.