June 12th, 2013, 03:30
You're welcome Capt. Kurt,
yesterday I could not find this other CobraUk's masterpiece too, because there's no thumbnail to show it:
In the library, sorted by ascending date, it's posted at page 13, right above VF-17 top ace Ira Kepford repaint. It depicts the faded, war-weary F4U1-A, VMF-214 #883 , BuNo. 17883, flown by both Maj. Greg 'Pappy' Boyington and Lt. Bob McLurg. This is the "real" Boyngton mount, not #86 "Lulubelle" as most people think because of the famous Boyngton's picture taken for propaganda purposes.
Boyngton clearly wrote that no-one in VMF-214 painted personal insignias on their Hogs, to keep Japanese fighter pilots from singling them out. 'Pappy' always flew the dirtiest, worst looking, battered Corsair in the squadron to avoid becoming a preferred target, as he would have been instead flying "Lulubelle" in combat.
I believe the skin Dbolt's overhauled stock F4U1-A came with, depicting VF-17 #1 "Big Hog", flown by the "Jolly Rogers" skipper Cdr. Tommy Blackburn, was done by CobraUK as well.