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    A while back, Monguse created and released a skinpack which was devoted to reproducing every P-47 Thunderbolt used by the squadrons within the 406th Fighter Group. While most were "plausibles" which included, along with each squadron's markings and ID letter/number codes plus an individual aircraft letter, included within were several historical aircraft, such as "Angie" and "Big *** Bird II".

    Well, now it's my turn to have a go, this time with the 354th Fighter Group.

    While this unit only flew the Thunderbolt from November 1944 to February 1945, they nonetheless played a significant, if underappreciated, role in holding back the German panzers during the Battle of the Bulge, in addition to combat air patrols, escorts, and running strikes against supply lines and other targets. Most of us know of Col. Eagleston's Thunderbolt, which of course will be included, but I'm hoping to dig up info on some other historicals from the 353rd, 355th, and 356th Fighter Squadrons; any help in this regard would be invaluable. Speaking of which...



    Thus far, these are the only two historicals from the 355th that I could find. There are almost none from the 356th, save for a single aircraft which bore no nose art. And I don't even know who flew "Wee Speck"; the blue cowl flaps will probably be axed for it, and definitely so for "Live Bait".
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    A while back, Monguse created and released a skinpack which was devoted to reproducing every P-47 Thunderbolt used by the squadrons within the 406th Fighter Group. While most were "plausibles" which included, along with each squadron's markings and ID letter/number codes plus an individual aircraft letter, included within were several historical aircraft, such as "Angie" and "Big *** Bird II".

    Well, now it's my turn to have a go, this time with the 354th Fighter Group.

    While this unit only flew the Thunderbolt from November 1944 to February 1945, they nonetheless played a significant, if underappreciated, role in holding back the German panzers during the Battle of the Bulge, in addition to combat air patrols, escorts, and running strikes against supply lines and other targets. Most of us know of Col. Eagleston's Thunderbolt, which of course will be included, but I'm hoping to dig up info on some other historicals from the 353rd, 355th, and 356th Fighter Squadrons; any help in this regard would be invaluable. Speaking of which...



    Thus far, these are the only two historicals from the 355th that I could find. There are almost none from the 356th, save for a single aircraft which bore no nose art. And I don't even know who flew "Wee Speck"; the blue cowl flaps will probably be axed for it, and definitely so for "Live Bait".
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    Anyway, here's the only historical example of a 356th FS Jug which I could dig up with my meager resources. Duggy, where the devil are you, man!?



    Slightly-improved versions of Live Bait and Wee Speck have already been made. Once I manage to nail the 353rd's skull and bones logo, those'll be next. The object here is to get the historical ones out of the way before starting general production.
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    Nice Thunderbolts:
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    Alright, Polly/Double Trouble from the 353rd is done. Hmm...looks like I need to flip the lettering for "Double Trouble"... :P



    As is Uno Who? from the 356th:



    Just for kicks and giggles, and to test out my theory as to the colour of the insignia used by the 356th (one source claims that the cowling was painted in white and black, but I say it's white and Insignia Blue), here's the following image. All that was used was the Grayscale mode with the addition of a duplicate layer subjected to Film Grain, Blur, then reduced in opacity by 50%:

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    As promised, more progress shots.

    Eagleston and Friends:



    From the 355th:



    Shorty Miriam and Lil Mike:



    I had to downgrade to Excellent mode for these shots because I don't think the Catalyst 9.4 drivers like IL-2 much -- worse, in fact, than the 9.3s.
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