1/48 Wirraway, Commonwealth GB

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    #1 JohnAnthony, Nov 3, 2010
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    User name: JohnAnthony
    Name: John
    Category: Intermediate
    Kit: Special Hobby SO48054 CAC CA-9 Wirraway
    Scale: 1/48
    Accessories: RedRoo Mk II Detail Set
     

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    Looks good. Any details of a unit, crews, use etc ?
     
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    No not yet. I need to do some research on the operators of one of the available schemes. There are no aftermarket decals that I know of so I'm limited to the box offering. I just really wanted to build that kit.
     
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    No problem. One of our Antipodean friends can probably help out with some details.
     
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    #8 JohnAnthony, Nov 3, 2010
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    I did find the following info on 444:

    Rec 1AD ex CAC 09/12/41. Rec 22 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 03/01/42. Issued 24 Sqn RAAF ex 22 Sqn RAAF 01/02/42. Accident 19/03/42 Garbutt/Bowen following forced landing. NFDs. Repaired. Accident 17/06/42 when engine failed in flight over Townsville. No damage. NFDs 24Sqn. Rec 12RSU ex 24 Sqn RAAF 05/08/42. Rec 23 Sqn RAAF 08/08/42. Rec 10RSU ex 23 Sqn RAAF 05/10/42. Rec 23 Sqn RAAF 13/10/42. Accident Lowood 2200hrs 09/11/42, Pilot Sgt R.R.Cowley Serv#405834 was practising night take-offs prior to converting to Airacobas, when he raised under-carriage too soon and bent prop tips. Aircraft managed to continue flight and land normally. Airscrew was only damaged slightly. Rec ANA for Dive Bombing Mods 13/03/43. Rec 23 Sqn RAAF 08/04/42 and coded NV-J. Rec 7SFTS ex 23 Sqn RAAF 26/07/43. Issued AFRU 19/01/45. Rec 5SFTS SR 27/03/45. Rec 8OTU 22/04/45. Issued Clyde Engineering 27/07/45. Issued to CAC 23/08/45. Canc. Issued to 2CRD ex Clyde 06/09/45. Rec 2CRd ex Clyde 03/12/45. Approval to convert to conponents 06/02/46. Date 22/10/48, conversion carried out.

    Evidently it changed hands a few times. Looking for pilots by the name of Garbutt, Bowen, Sgt R.R. Cowley Serv#405834...

    I wonder what the dive bombing mods would have been?

    And A20-496...

    Rec 1AD ex CAC 25/01/42. Rec 22Sqn RAAF 22/03/42. Rec 23 Sqn RAAF ex 22Sqn RAAF 16/03/42. Accident 21/04/42 when Sgt D R Austin precautionary landing near Archerfield or Brisbane NFDs, damaging wiptip and airscrew. Repaired. Ground Accident 14/07/42 at Kingaroy, when aircaft being towed into hanger was struck on Starboard wing edge. Repaired. Accident 09/09/42 when landing at Lowood, Pilot held off on landing damaging port wingtip. Crew, P/O G R Cory and Army Captain B M Lovett not injured. Repaired.Rec 3AD 20/10/42 ex 23Sqn RAAF for engine change. Rec 23 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 28/10/42.Coded "TM" 23Sqn RAAF 04/43. Rec 10RSU ex 23Sqn RAAF 02/11/42. Rec 23Sqn RAAF ex 10 RSU 13/11/42. Rec ANA 10/05/43 ex 23Sqn RAAF for D/B Modifications. Rec 23Sqn RAAF ex ANA 17/06/ 43. Rec 13ARD ex 23 Sqn RAAF 21/07/43. Rec 7SFTS ex 23Sqn RAAF 12/10/43. Rec CFS ex 7SFTS 28/04/45.Rec CMU Tocumwal ex CFS Point Cook 15/03/46. Stored Cat C 01/10/46. Allocated 1AD for conversion to components 30/10/53. Still held Tocumwal 1957. Rec 1AD 11/12/57. SOC 17/10/57.

    Sgt D R Austin, P/O G R Corey Army captain B M Lovett...

    And 572...

    Rec 1AD ex CAC 13/04/42. Rec 7SFTS ex 1AD 20/04/42. Issued CAC F/B for Dive Bombing Modifications ex 7SFTS 16/11/42. Rec 7SFTS ex CAC F/B 14/12/42. Rec 4 Sqn RAAF ex 7SFTS 12/01/43. Coded QE-H 04/43. Rec 13ARD ex 4 Sqn RAAF 17/06/43 as A46 Boomerangs came on strength. Allocated 5Sqn RAAF as replacement for A20-274. Canc. Issued 7SFTS ex 13ARD 20/10/43. Accident 22/10/43 Charleville. NFDs. Rec 3AD ex 13ARD 07/11/43. Held 3AD but not repaired due to workload of unit. Issued Clyde Engineering ex 3AD 16/06/44. Rec 2Ap ex Clyde 21/11/44. Issued to 80Sqn RAAF ex 2AP 27/11/44. Canc, ret 2AP. Rec 452Sqn RAAF ex 2AD 27/12/44. Allocated 14ARD ex 452Sqn RAAF 09/01/45. Rec 87Sqn RAAF ex 14ARD RP 18/01/45.Ground accident 19/04/45 when engine caught fire on start up. Pilot, F/Lt G Lundberg Serv#404607 and F/Lt Baily not injured. Engine change. Accident 0930hrs 22/06/45 Coomallie when aircraft veered to the port on take-off when flown from rear cockpit. The first pilot took over control, then continued the take off after clearing a ditch, when the aircraft contacted a tree with the port mainplane causing some damage. After making a circuit of the strip, the aircraft was landed safely. Crew; F/Lt G C Henry Serv#413715 and F/Lt N G Johnston Serv#262640 not injured. Repaired in unit. Accident 1435hrs 23/11/45 when landing at Canberra after a travel flight from Parkes NSW, with the aircraft high speed taxying at 30mph, a sudden gust of wing from the port quarter caught and lifted the port wing, causing the port Oleo to snap off when aircraft righted. Crew; P/O D C Adams* Serv#5510 and Passenger Sqn Ldr L W Law Serv#144 not injured. Approval for conversion 18/12/45. SOC 18/12/45. * Flew last operational WW2 Sortie by 87Sqn Mosquito over Timor with F/O Kerr 03/10/45 in A52-613.

    F/Lt Lundberg Serv#404607, F/Lt Baily, F/Lt G C Henry Serv#413715, F/Lt N G Johnston Serv#262640, P/O D C Adams Serv#5510 Sqn Ldr L W Law Serv#144, F/O Kerr...

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    ADF Aircraft Serial Numbers - RAAF A20 CAC CA-1/CA-5/CA-7/CA-8/CA-9/CA-16 Wirraway

    A great shot by Phil Vabre at Airliners.net. I can see from this shot that I'll have to add the little steps on the left side of the fuselage. The kit doesn't provide them.
     

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    Great choice John!
     
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    Hiya John, great subject choice mate!

    Garbutt was an airfield up near Townsville
    Garbutt @ War - Garbutt Aerodrome in Townsville

    basically a new wing with hardpoints for heavier bomb loads and dive flaps. Since Wirraways weren't used in the dive bombing role, the flaps were usually wired shut.

    Cory went on to fly dive bombing strikes in Vengeances in New Guinea, later still I believe he flew P-40's.

    Redroo models has a conversion set which amonst other things contains a rear gun, after market decals are also available.
    :: RedRoo Models
     
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    This drawing maybe of some use

    Cheers

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    #12 JohnAnthony, Nov 3, 2010
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    Jeez! Wildcat, hub, you blokes are awesome! Thanks for the help.

    Just ordered the Redroo detail set!
     
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    Great choice John, I'm looking forward to this. 8)

    Cheers

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    Go Aussie Go, great choice John, I was going to do one myself, but then I decided on a bigger fish..............
     
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    Starting tio get a lot of Aussie planes here. Common Canucks!

    Nice choice John. Looks like a cacker of a kit.
     
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    Good info guys. Is that a genuine Wirraway in the pic, or a Harvard/Texan done up as one? If the latter, check the side steps John; I know they are fitted on the Harvard/Texan/T6, but could only see one on the plan drawing.
     
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    I'll hold off judgment till I get the Redroo refit - comes with a 20-page booklet of specs and photos.
     
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    That should cover it then !
     
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    That's a genuine CA-3 Wirraway Terry, A20-81 to be exact.
     
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    Thanks Andy, thought it probably was, but wasn't sure.
     
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