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Clear-Vax set No.46: USAAF World War 2, part 4 (1/72 scale)

1. Convair B-24J (armoured canopy) & B-24M. Suggested kit: Suggested kits: Academy/Minicraft B-24H, J & M.

Drawing 1 shows the B-24J armoured main canopy as fitted to a number of 8th Air Force B-24s. The cockpit canopy, bombardier window, astrodome, nose side blisters and top turret directly replace the kit items. Use the kit ball turret and small side windows. To fit the nose and tail turret parts, carefully cut way the clear areas from the kit pieces before fitting the replacements on top. Also included are some spare main canopy side blisters, which were often fitted to the nose of 8AF B-24H & J aircraft. Drawing 1A shows the B-24M. In order to fit the Clear-Vax bombardier window, cut away the corresponding area from the kit nosepieces at the lines marked X and Y. We have made no attempt to reproduce the Emerson nose turret, as its excessive depth precludes vacuform moulding.
Suggested references: B-24 Liberator, Detail & Scale vol.64 (Squadron/Signal); B-24 In Action 80 (Squadron/Signal).
2. Beech C-45. Suggested kit: Hobbycraft C-45.

The Clear-Vax main canopy directly replaces the kit item. Use the kit side windows.
3. Curtiss P-40E/M. Suggested kits: Academy P-40E or P-40E/M.

The Clear-Vax canopy is sectioned for display in the open position and directly replaces the kit part. Use the kit side windows.
Suggested references: P-40 Warhawk, Detail & Scale vol.62 (Squadron/Signal); P-40 In Action 26 (Squadron/Signal); P-40 Walkaround 8 (Squadron/Signal).
4. Curtiss P-40N. Suggested kit: Academy P-40M/N.

The Clear-Vax canopy is sectioned for display in the open position and directly replaces the kit item.
5. Lockheed P-38J. Suggested kit: Academy P-38J.

Two canopies are provided, for display open or closed.
Suggested references: P-38 In Action 109 (Squadron/Signal); P-38, Detail & Scale vol.58 (Squadron/Signal).
6. North American B-25J Mitchell. Suggested kit: Hasegawa B-25J.

The Clear-Vax nose, main canopy, upper and tail turrets directly replace the kit items. Use the kit side windows.
Suggested reference: B-25 Mitchell Walkaround 12 (Squadron/Signal); B-25 In Action 34 (Squadron/Signal); B-25 Mitchell, The Magnificent Medium, Avery (Phalanx).
7. North American P-51D Mustang. Suggested kit: Tamiya P-51D.

The Clear-Vax canopy is sectioned for display in the open position, and directly replaces the kit parts.
8. North American P-51D Mustang (“Dallas” canopy). Suggested kit: Tamiya P-51D.

The Clear-Vax canopy represents the flatter bulged type common on late-model P-51Ds. It is sectioned for display in the open position.
Suggested references: P-51 Mustang, Detail & Scale vol.51 (Squadron/Signal); Aerodetail no.13 P-51D (Dai Nippon); P-51 Mustang Walkaround 7 (Squadron/Signal); P-51 Mustang In Action 45 (Squadron/Signal).
9. Republic P-47 (“Razorback” canopy). Suggested kit: Tamiya P-47D Razorback.

The Clear-Vax canopy is sectioned for display in the open position. Note on the drawing the way the canopy rear sits in relation to the fuselage.
10. Republic P-47D (“Bubbletop” canopy). Suggested kit: Tamiya P-47D Bubbletop.

The Clear-Vax canopy is sectioned for display in the open position.
Suggested references: P-47 In Action 67 (Squadron/Signal); Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, Bodie (Widewing); P-47 Walkaround 11 (Squadron/Signal).

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