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  1. Thank you Alistair and Greg. --------------------------------------------- At the stage now ready to add primer and paint, but first will be some RLM 66 on the canopy frame. Btw, the canopy masking worked out fairly well, almost perfect in some areas. Above are the parts left separate for ease of painting, but here is the remaining details for backdating to the G-6/AS as well as improving some details: Antennas on top were replaced with brass, as I have a bad habit of breaking plastic ones. The loop antenna should also have a flatness to it when viewed from the sides, instead of being a ring. On the starboard engine side, the upper access cover needs to be removed, so a simple fill in here. The vent scoop on the clear canopy part also needs to be added - the kit part had this more to the rear. I wasn't sure what type prop blades would be correct for this one. I have read that initially the thinner blade of the G-6 was kept (which really didn't take advantage of the more powerful engine), but eventually would be replaced with the broader paddle VDM 9-12159. I believe this the type provided in the G-10 boxing? Since this is going to be an inflight display, simple answer is to not use any. The wheels up position required adding some sort of swivel detail to the upper part of the struts. The wheels themselves also had to be sanded for the doors to sit flush. I've also embedded a brass tube into the lower fuselage to later accept a length of stainless steel wire for the whip antenna. regards, Jack
  2. They had also announced a new book/decal combo on RCAF Tomahawks - delays there too? regards, Jack
  3. Being aware of dates, we can definitely say no. Zimmerit began to be applied in December of 1943, while the 504th Heavy Tank battalion (of which Tiger 131 belonged to), arrived in Tunisia during March/April 1943. regards, Jack
  4. Agreed, all that has been stated is possible, as wartime setting makes rarely for absolutes concerning colour paint directives. The colour dock photo is interesting, but I wouldn't want to make a definite guess as to the paint colour. I've Chory's book that includes hand painted (not printed) chip matches to Heer samples - and none of them appear like the yellow seen in the above photo. In fact, all the tropen colours are dark as is the Dunkelgelb (dark yellow). Then there was a modern study done of RAL 8000 photographed in different lighting conditions: http://www.network54.com/Forum/47207/thread/1326015112 regards, Jack
  5. Ferdinand 333 was captured at Kursk battle, and did have some sort of wavy spiral pattern on the hull, but was much thicker on the upper structure. I think the example above is a more personal interpretation by the author? http://grayknight.narod.ru/Ferds_Kursk_43/Ferds_Kursk_43.htm regards, Jack
  6. These were the only ones I could find for the Spad. Never ordered from them so can't comment on how their service is: http://tin-soldier.com/allied72dek.html edit - seems to be the only one button to add to shopping cart, so assuming the whole page is the decal set? regards, Jack
  7. AgentG, that is interesting about the dark yellow - was this recent findings? Not surprised about the dark yellow vehicles themselves, but that they made their way to Africa - is there a date attached to those examples? I think it safe to say dark yellow was not present on neither the J nor L models as their production ceased in 1942, while the N continued to be produced well after the African campaign was over. Dark Yellow became official sometime in February 1943. The initial shade used was readily available before that date, as it already was in existence for farming equipment. regards, Jack
  8. Can't help you with specific kits (scale not my genre), but I think you are familiar with Scalemates to see what kits are out there, but also check out OnTheWay for reviews and such: http://www.onthewaymodels.com/reviews/kitreviews.htm regards, Jack
  9. Don't know if it shares the same fuselage as with the their Vb boxing, but comparing sprue shots, certainly appear identical. If that be the case there is a tweak list posted, wherein you can see suggestions for the fuselage: https://www.largescaleplanes.com/articles/article.php?aid=2716 regards, Jack
  10. Gigant - sounds like a Tunisian setting, which begs the question why wanting to backdate, as there certainly were plenty IIIL's by that stage. Anyhow, RAL 8020 - some hobby paint comparisons here: http://www.network54.com/Forum/47207/thread/1462689665 Good info from AgentG, and though not intended to change one's mind about color choice, it should be known that when the second set of tropen colours were introduced in March 1942 (8020 and 7027), the directive did state that older stocks were to be used up first. There were something in the order of seven factories producing panzer III"s, and I couldn't begin to guess at what stage they were at with their paint supplies. regards, Jack
  11. I don't know of any Tiger units employed in the bombardment role, but I suppose it is possible as they did carry a couple varieties of HE shells and the gun had a max range of 20k meters. I think the only limitations would be the max. gun elevation it could achieve compared to a true artillery piece. http://www.fprado.com/armorsite/tiger2.htm --------------------------------------- Some good read here on how empty shells were dispensed with: http://www.network54.com/Forum/47207/thread/1169403124 regards, Jack
  12. When it comes to armour 'artists', the two biggest names are probably Mig Jimenez and Adam Wilder. Will also throw in Mike Rinaldi, though not sure if he has anything on youtube, but definitely has published books with step by step on specific subjects. King Tiger loadouts, best references are wartime photos. In general they only carried standard kit, not usually loaded up with extra supplies and such, except for riding infantry. regards, Jack
  13. Haha, Phoenix Folies goes HO scale.
  14. More info from another forum: http://www.network54.com/Forum/47208/thread/991767632 A Squadron used Russian City names letter O starts for 1 trp, B starts for 2 trp, V for 3trp, K for 4 troop, and a mix for HQ. Their numbers ran 1-19, 1-16 for the troops and 17-19 for the HQ. B squ used US State (and one city- New Orleans) names in no particular naming scheme. Numbers: 22-24 HQ, 25-40 troops. C squ used Northamptonshire place names. I trp C starts, 2 trp S starts, 3 trp H starts, 4 trp L, HQ B starts. Numbers: 43-58 troops, 59-61 HQ ----------------------- So it appears A squadron does start at number 1, but the 'formula' also omits a couple numbers from sequence in between each squadron. regards, Jack
  15. That is exactly how I would calculate their particular system in use. Problem is, it does not match the information provided with the illustrated firefly, stating A squadron 3 troop were assigned call numbers 9-12. One other thing I recall seeing is a Sherman numbered 66 from the same 33rd Brigade, but from 144th RAC - so maybe the Regimental HQ vehicles were numbered last? That will correct the sequence at the start, but shifting those four vehicles to the bottom only uses up 62,62,63 and 64. I think I'd better post a question over at ww2talk for the full layout. regards, Jack