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Offline lauhof52

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Lauhof's profiles
« on: December 26, 2011, 06:23:27 PM »
Hello Folks,

Logan informed me about this forum and i am glad to see you all here. I went back to the Douglas Decimator I, which i like most. Here is one which belonged to the VMF-114, it took part in the Battle of Peleliu in 1944, but the pilot had to make a forced landing on Ngesebus. The plane was captured by the Japanese, and after examining, send to the Germans for further exploration because of the building of the carrier Graf Zeppelin. It was send to Versuchsverband OKW, known as 'Circus Rosarius'.

regards
Lauhof




Offline taiidantomcat

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2011, 09:33:33 PM »
Ha! Very clever!!
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Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2011, 10:08:05 PM »
Welcome, Lauhof!  Glad to have you here!

Cheers,

Logan

Offline lauhof52

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2011, 10:40:49 PM »
Thanks Guys! :)

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2011, 01:46:11 AM »
I like it, looks like that Decimator really gets around.
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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2011, 09:36:07 AM »
Welcome aboard, Lauhof!

Offline lauhof52

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2011, 02:19:59 AM »
Thank you!

Here is another one from the beginning of the development of the TB3D. Logan's 1942-vikings gave me the idea. During 1942 the US navy were anxious to find a heavy torpedo-bomber to have an really hard opponent for the seabattles in the pacific. They start to develop a new bomber. The basic formed the TBD with a different fuselage. It was called the Decimator. Three experimental planes were build and put on board the USS Enterprise autumn 1942 for exercises. here is one from VS-6:

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Lauhof


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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2011, 03:16:24 AM »
Interesting, thanks.
The roundels in autumn 1942 are surprising, after Midway battle? This is pretty but risks friendly fire... or maybe to use as target? :)

Offline lauhof52

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2011, 04:13:31 AM »
Thanks Tophe! The three experimental TB3D's didn't took part in any combat at that time and had indeed the former roundel on the fuselage. Only the production TB3D-1's came into battle at the end of 1943.  But anyway i liked the view of it! So here is the second one from VB-6:

regards
Lauhof


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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2012, 04:58:27 AM »
Great to meet you, Lauhof. I'm Russ, and very impressed with your profile art.
 
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Offline lauhof52

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2012, 06:44:22 PM »
Thank you, Russ! Glad to have you here.

regards
Lauhof

Offline lauhof52

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2012, 10:20:14 PM »
The first production series of the TB3D Decimator came in the autumn of 1943. The VF-17 were the first squadron to recieve de Decimator to experience in the combat fighting in the pacific. The torpedobomber was still in the developing stage, so it recieved the number 01. Here is the TB3D from Lt.Cdr.John Blackburn.

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Lauhof

« Last Edit: January 04, 2012, 10:43:55 PM by lauhof52 »

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2012, 10:35:25 PM »
The Decimator has always been a pleasant concept, the missing link between the Devastator and the Dauntless II (later known as the Skyraider). Do you think you could possibly give some consideration to a TB3D-2 or TB3D-3 variant with a different cockpit that would be a missing link as well? Not the greenhouse of the TBD anymore, but not quite the bubble of the AD?

Offline lauhof52

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2012, 10:51:24 PM »
Thank you for the comment, Stéphane! I made some TB3D-2 and TB3D-3 variants on the what-if forum, so i don't know if this is what you had in mind:





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Lauhof
« Last Edit: January 04, 2012, 11:11:19 PM by lauhof52 »

Offline lauhof52

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2012, 10:58:38 PM »
The Decimator has always been a pleasant concept, the missing link between the Devastator and the Dauntless II (later known as the Skyraider). Do you think you could possibly give some consideration to a TB3D-2 or TB3D-3 variant with a different cockpit that would be a missing link as well? Not the greenhouse of the TBD anymore, but not quite the bubble of the AD?


..and there is also an 2B-version:



regards
Lauhof