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  1. Even though I no longer live there, it would have to be Polks Hobbies in New York City. A very interesting and fun place… Here's a small piece I wrote about it for IPMS Canada's online newsletter, beaveRTales: Bob
  2. The most common filter used in B&W film photography was a medium yellow. It was intended to restore blue skies to a more realistic appearance. Sky tends to photograph lighter than it appears to the human eye because of the light blue colour and the ultraviolet radiation it contains. The yellow filter darkens it a bit and brings it back to a more 'normal' tone. Once again I'll reiterate... we're talking about black & white film photography here. The only filter that will reduce glare - and it depends on the type and direction of the light - is a polarizing filter, and I'm not sure they were available at the time. In any event, it wouldn't affect the rendition of the colours. I suppose we're drifting off topic here! I'll shut up now! Bob
  3. To expand on what Graham said, this exercise won't really work the same with digital photography as it does with film photography. In manipulating a digital file you're introducing effects to an already existing image, whereas the use of filters, etc. in film photography alters the image that's actually captured. It also looks like there might be an exposure problem, as the charts look overall rather dark. Ideally you would want to take an exposure reading from an 18% grey card, and that would produce properly exposed swatches. With B&W film photography you wouldn't want to use filters on the camera, as they would then produce an inaccurate representation of the grey tones. For example a yellow filter would darken blue tones. FWIW, long ago, back when the Luftwaffe 02/71 scheme was proposed and scoffed at by many who thought ALL German 109Es were 70/71 (yes... there was such a time!), I ran a similar test. A friend had an original RLM colour chart which I borrowed and photographed in B&W. I don't remember the film I used... probably Kodak Tri-X. I metered from an 18% card, took a series of photos, processed the film and made prints, and lo and behold... the 02 tone matched that seen in many photographs. So I applaud the OP for his scientific curiosity and approach. It's just that you really have to go 'old school' for it to work properly. Bob
  4. I found, on a flag website, reference to the South African flag of the period as using "old British Standard Colour Classification - Orange: BBC 57". I have no idea what that is, so someone more familiar with that standard will have to chime in. Bob
  5. One source – and I'm sure there are others – is "Protect & Avenge, the 49th Fighter Group in Workd War II", by Ferguson & Pascalis. In one photo he is leaning against the aircraft and you can see it marked "Lt D.H. David" under the windscreen. Bob
  6. He's on our More Stars in the Sky sheet... along with Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, and Ted Williams. Bob
  7. According to my research, Pleasence flew as a wireless-operator with No 166 Squadron, flying Lancasters from Kirmington. He was shot down on an Agenville operation on 31-Aug/1-Sep-1944. The Lancaster was NE112, coded AS*M. That's the easy part! As to whether it had any special or personal markings... haven't been able to find out. If anyone comes up with good info - on his or any other aircraft - there's always room on future "Stars in the Sky" sheets! Bob
  8. Beautiful... and even then he didn't smile!
  9. Gable was filming Combat America, a propaganda film about air gunners. He was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook, England. Although neither ordered nor expected to do so, he volunteered to fly combat missions. He flew in a number of different aircraft. I don't have my references to hand right now, but I think it was 7 or 8 missions. Here are a couple of photos... one at his station, and one post-mission. Charles Bronson - Charles Buchinsky as he was known then - was a nose gunner on Weather Observation Crew, 61st Squadron, 39th Bomb Group. The aircraft was called Old Overcast, though I've not been able to find any decent photos of the aircraft itself. In this photo below, Buchinshy is fifth from the left, front row. Bob
  10. We now have our two newest decal sheets back from the printer and ready to go! There's a sheet of colourful 1/48 Beechcraft 17s that includes markings for USAAF, RAF, Chinese, and US Antarctic markings. There's also 1/72 scale Stars in the Sky 3, which has markings for aircraft flown by Robert Clothier, Tim Holt, Jerry Coleman, and Dean Paul Martin. Here are images of the instruction sheets as well as some interesting photos. Here are a couple of Chinese AF all-white ambulance Beech 17s, and a white-tailed US aircraft in rather unhappy circumstances And here's actor Tim Holt (back row at left) with his crew and the "City of Monroe".
  11. You can't really be dogmatic about colours derived from a photograph... too many variables such as lighting, type of film, processing, storage, exposure, display monitor variances, enhancements, etc., etc. For example, here is the same photo from two different sites. Each, on its own, might look "acceptable", but comparing the two... Bob
  12. Actually, the colours on the Memphis Belle impersonator are quite good... for a factory fresh finish. You can see what the real Memphis Belle looked like in this wartime documentary (which in my opinion is a much better film that the silly Hollywood version).
  13. Ooops!... sorry for the multiple posts. I meant to fire a single shot, but the mouse was set on full auto! Bob
  14. We have a couple of Jimmy Stewart's aircraft on our decal sheets! The Stars in the Sky sheet (unfortunately now out of print) contains one of Jimmy's B-24s, along with aircraft of Sabu, Clark Gable, and Gene Roddenberry. The More Stars in the Sky sheet has another Jimmy Stewart B-24 as well as aircraft of Clark Gable, Dan Rowan, and Ted Williams. Bob
  15. Hi, rossm! Unless you have definitive proof of insignia blue for a particular aircraft, black should be fine, as it was also used. To quote from T.O. 1-1-4: 3-16. GENERAL SPECIFICATION FOR USAF STANDARD IDENTIFICATION MARKRIGS FOR AIR- CRAFT AND MISSILES. Vertical Block (Chamfered Gothic) type letters and arabic numerals shall be used when applying identification markings. See figure 3-3 for construction of letters and numerals. Unless otherwise specified herein, insignia blue, Color No. 15044, will be used on aluminized or white surfaces; either gloss enamel, Specification MIL-E-??29, or lacquer, Specification MIL-L-19537, is acceptable. Gloss black, Color No, 1?038, may be used as a substitute for the insignia b1ue. Insignia white, Color No. 178?5, will be used on red finishes. Insignia red, Color No. 11136, will be used on black finishes. I suspect that black was probably the more widespread, as it was undoubtedly the more common colour held in a unit's stock of paints. Bob