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  1. A5M1 over China

    Thanks very much, Steve and Corsair. regards, Jack
  2. A5M1 over China

    Thank you Graeme H, Andwil, and Stew. About the construction, yes it will put the build skills to the test. Just a lot of little things that can make the difference, most of which could have been avoided with some quality control. Here are some things to look out for: - tail planes and landing gear spats: these have a tab that is suppose to fit into a location hole. My sample, the holes were almost solid, so I just trimmed off the tabs and flush mounted, adding brass pins for extra strength. There is a hiccup with the tail planes as they look to sit staggered, so maybe the fuselage halves aren't perfect either? - tail wheel (as well as much of the small detail pieces): completely rebuilt as it is an oblong shape, can't be saved by sanding it circular since the details of one side don't match the other - engine cowl: the two pieces when joined do not form a perfect circle (or is that is how it is suppose to be?). It also just floats around the engine with no attachment points. So I added small lumps of putty on the cylinder heads, cleaning it up after the cowl is attached. - wing detail: trailing edges are thick, so best sand those down before joining halves. Navigation lights on wings were carved out and replaced with shaped clear sprue. - auxiliary fuel tank : open on top, so fill with putty - general fit of large parts is good, but there are gaps to fill. Surface detail is nicely engraved, so to avoid losing that from sanding, I added plastic sheet to fill in areas before cementing the pieces - decals: extremely thin and prone to curl on itself, and shatter if 'played' with too long. I masked and sprayed all the Hinomaru as well as the fuselage stripes. Here are some construction pics: regards, Jack
  3. This was released late last year from AVI models in 1/72 scale. For a modern kit, the quality of casting is a bit disappointing, or at least my sample looked to have the molds slip. The instrument panel had no detail (nor was a decal provided). The pitot tube and exhaust were also scratch built as these details were not provided. The markings on this particular Claude are of IJN ace Tetsuzo Iwamoto during operations over China. regards, Jack
  4. Pz III L track links

    Spielberger also states the number as 93. If the kit is set up with pivoting rear idlers, you adjust track tension just like on the real thing. If not, you will have to remove a link - if that becomes too tight, you might get a bit extra length by stretching the track with some gentle force. regards, Jack
  5. Barkmann Panther A Zimmerit

    All I can offer is what is in the book 'A Sound Like Thunder" by Denis Oliver. There is one b/w photo and a trio of illustrated Panther A profiles from Das Reich during this period - nothing specific about Barkmann. Zimmerit appears to be the simple square style, and honestly don't know the difference between early and late style. Maybe the early style from Atak, but only saying that because this allocation chart based on the Fgst.Nr. has them delivered to I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 2 of Das Reich in February 1944: http://www.panther1944.de/index.php/en/sdkfz-171-pzkpfwg-panther/truppenteile/zuordenbare-fahrgestellnummern/produktionsjahr-44 regards, Jack
  6. F4U Royal New Zealand Air Force

    The above colour shot in the opening post is a screen grab from a computer game simulation - so as Steve has eluded to by mentioning it as a painting, it should be taken as an artist's interpretation. There is mention here of the use of at least two blues for the repainting of roundels, one of which was the 'Pre War RAF Bright Identification Blue'? http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/thread/1414179842/2/New+F4U-1a+Corsair+EagleCals regards, Jack
  7. Needing recommendations for paints for beginners

    Haven't tried AK paints, but seen it stated they behave like Tamiya brand. In fact one person said they brush even better out of the bottle ... but it would be good to see a few more comments before pulling the trigger on them. Also check out this video review, about halfway through - regards, Jack
  8. Rag-wing BoB Hurricane.

    Jim, is it possible to tell the type of Rotol prop - Spit or Hurri style as described in Troy's link? regards, Jack
  9. That does look very good. I think the observation about the 'decal look' is it appears the fuselage codes were applied after a panel line wash? If it's a matter of the decals being too thick, you can either pass an exacto knife along the panel line, or use an appropriate coloured pencil and draw in the lines atop the decals? regards, Jack
  10. Rag-wing BoB Hurricane.

    Thank you Jim and Chris - so the published diary is incomplete. Combining it with the link Chris provided, the bulk of the Canadian Hurricanes departed for the UK on May 25th 1940. The Squadron itself boarded ship (Duchess of Atholl) on June 8th, leaving Halifax harbour on the 11th, arriving at Liverpool on the 20th. The entry for the 5th of October does mention Pitcher along with two other Squadron pilots, each one bagging a 109 that day. regards, Jack
  11. Rag-wing BoB Hurricane.

    Jim, that is great info on a unique Canadian Hurricane - is it known exactly what was done to update the aircraft? According to the published diary of 1 Squadron RCAF, during 1940: June 21 - unit arrives at Middle Wallop June 25 - Hugh Dowding visits, and upon learning the squadron's Hurricane's were not of the latest type, has them replaced (June 30? ... does not state if this was completed by or initiated by said date). At this time the Hurricanes brought over from Canada were still being uncrated and reassembled. June 26 - first practice flight in the UK July 4 - Squadron arrives at Croydon July 16 - aircraft prepared with proper markings, YO prefix regards, Jack
  12. M3/M4 Medium Tank STGB Chat

    Simple answer would be, unless you are building exactly from a specific photo, no it does not matter. Only exception would be for time frame as the the smooth style road wheels were introduced during the summer of 1944. http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/suspension/vvss_suspension.html Hopeful those those that have studied the Sherman more will add to this ... regards, Jack
  13. Spitfire to Seafire

    There is a Sword kit Seafire III at this Canadian shop. Price might be alright when looking at the exchange rate, but I know UK members seem to get hit with import duties/tax? https://www.westcoasthobbys.com/products?keys=seafire&field_brand_tid=All&field_category_tid=All&field_collection_tid=All&sort_by=title&sort_order=ASC&items_per_page=33 nvm, just realized it's the larger scale than the OP is seeking. regards, Jack
  14. Looks very good, I like the colour. I thought the myth of Italian paints on Luftwaffe aircraft was debunked last year (it was a topic here on Britmodeller), or has new information come to light? regards, Jack
  15. Ordnance QF 2 pounder Gun in Caunter Scheme?

    There is photo evidence that at least one sported that scheme: The fact that it is being utilized in the portee fashion (as opposed to a static deployment) might be the reason it had the Caunter scheme applied. Nevertheless, it is a rare find. regards, Jack