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Tail-Dragon last won the day on February 25 2014

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About Tail-Dragon

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    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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    W.W.2 Aviation, Armour, Naval and Helo's

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  1. 1/48 Stuka recommendation

    Revell doesn't help with the confusion - they have their old 1/32 kit with the red snake markings, Monograms old 1/48 "G" model, and a rebox of Hasegawa's 1/48 B/R kit with red snake markings. Your next challenge is - was the snake red/white or camo/white, and was it on left side only, or both sides! Hubert Polz would be proud of the confusion he's caused with these markings!
  2. Here is my Dragon 1/35 Porsche type 205/2 "Maus". - Added Eduard photoetch grills, fuel tank bracket and straps, ladder etc. - Added wiring for headlights, plumbing for external fuel tank - Paint scheme from photographs of prototype - Added welding detail on hull top/side skirt joints - Added tow lugs on rear hull - Painted with Tamiya acrylics, weathered with pastels and oils Hope you like, Colin Here's an interesting size comparison, both 1/35 ... The Maus turret is actually larger than the Stuart! Cheers, Colin
  3. Hurricane Mk IIc Night Fighter/Intruder

    Thanks everybody, the Hasegawa is a lovely kit to build (other than 2 glitches - the step behind the cockpit, and the awkward seem at the wing lower trailing edge) If I understand the history correctly, Kuttlewascher's Hurricane was originally black with grey codes, then, in preparation for Dieppe, No. 1 Squadron repainted their night fighters in a partial day fighter scheme - but without the yellow leading edges and with red codes. Quite different from the Sea Grey/ Dark Green intruder scheme.
  4. Here's my 1/48 Hasegawa Hurricane Mk IIc built as Karl Kuttlewascher's Intruder aircraft. (I know I haven't added the red doped patches that are commonly illustrated - decided not to and reasoned that this is his machine the day before !) I added Ultracast exhaust , external fuel tanks and wheel wells, Eduard's photoetch belts, Squadron Vac canopy with plastic strip internal structure, brass wire handles, and exhaust glare guards made from brass sheet. Hope you enjoy, Colin Here's my Heard of Hurricanes so far ...
  5. The Maus that roared!

    Hm ... Very interesting! I'm working on a 1/35 CyberHobby Porsche Maus V2, and thought I'd just do a size comparison with a Churchill Mk VII in the same scale. My goodness, that think is huge!
  6. AirfixP-40B Help

    I use a mix of 1/3 isopropyl alcohol (99%), 1/3 household cleaning ammonia, and 1/3 windshield washer fluid. Its powerful enough to dissolve dried paint buildup inside airbrushes, or if sprayed through and airbrush, washed acrylic paint off like it was watercolors.
  7. 1/48 Canadair Argus

    That is beautiful! Please, please give us more photo's and details.
  8. There are no photos of McKnights lower nose that I know of. The references I had seemed to indicate a possibly higher demarcation line, while the photo is of McKnight and Bader in front of Bader's machine (note the black spinner) There doesn't seem to be a hard and fast rule as to the demarcation line at that time, some on the panel line, some above, and some WAY above! Even the kit and decal manufacturers are split ...
  9. Thanks, everybody. I've been on kind of a Hurricane kick, lately ... I haven't tried the new Airfix kit, yet, but I'm looking forward to it! Colin
  10. I've just completed Italeri's Hurricane Mk I. Loads of improvements, alterations and scratchbuilding, but it's done. Paint is Tamiya's acrylics (custom mix for the dark earth), Mix of kit and IPMS Canada "Canadian Aces" decals, and weathered with oils and pastels. Hope you enjoy ... Colin
  11. What paints for Dark Earth / Dark Green ?

    I matched Tamiya acrylics to the paint chips in "British Aviation Colours of WW2" and came up with the following mix for Dark Earth. Tamiya XF-49 - 4 parts, XF-52 - 1 part, with XF-81 for the Dark Green A is Tamiya XF-52 Flat Earth B is Gunzie H72 Dark Earth C is Tamiya custom mix that appeared in Hyperscale, of 1:XF-72, 1:XF-49, 1:XF-55 D is my mix of Tamiya 4:XF-49 Khaki and 1:XF-52 Flat Earth (lower, darker version is under a coat of Future) To my mind, it has a good balance with the Dark Green, and definitely doesn't have that red hue that Tamiya's Dark Earth has. Colin
  12. CA 1/48th Dornier 17Z

    Here's a Techmod set for the Battle of Britain on sale at Hannants - https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/TM48009 I have used them on my CA DO-17z and been very happy with the quality of the decals
  13. This is a Tamiya 1/35 Churchill Mk VII backdated to an early WW2 era tank. The changes were removing the high bustle (post war) commanders hatch, and scratchbuilding a low bustle hatch. Removing the armour plate on the intake covers and adding the lifting lugs, removing the front and center section fenders, replacing all handles and tiedown loops with brass wire and strip, making periscope covers from brass strip, tow cable from fine solder and paint with Tamiya acrylics and wethering with oils and pastels. Hope you like, Colin
  14. Thanks, everybody. I had no idea this was such an issue. Sounds like sky lowers with a duck egg blue spinner and band is the way. Would anyone have any insight into the radiator inlet and outlet area colors? Thanks, Colin
  15. I'm working on Willie McKnight's aircraft from 242 Squadron, and I'm hoping someone here can help clarify a few points. I'm looking at doing the Nov-Dec 1940 period and planning (?) on a "Duck egg blue" lower surface, with "Sky" spinner and tail band, and a black port wing. Is the "Duck egg blue" lower surface correct or should it also be "Sky', and would the lower colors (black and blue/sky?) be painted inside the radiator intake and the radiator exhaust area's, or would they be solid blue, or aluminum? Thanks in advance, Colin