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  1. XV574 '2nd Special livery' help required

    Hello Ben! There is no photos of this paint scheme in "British Phantoms". So it looks like that the artist was actually doing a pretty accurate job (I wish they all would do that...). My mistake. Thank you for sharing this interesting photo. It gives also a very good sight on the fuselage shape. Best Regards, Antti
  2. Come on anyone, a new Ta 152H?

    Hello Red Dog! I started to build a Ta-152 H-0 using Tamiya FW-190 D-9 and Hobby Boss Ta-152 C. A lot of Milliput, sanding, cutting, scratch building... A conversion that at first looked very simple turned into some "serious" modelling. I didn't want to buy the Zoukei Mura kit, as I don't build my models with everything "down and open". Kits that have these features tend to be difficult to build in ready for flight configuration. For that reason I would love to see a Ta-152 H in 1/48 scale. How about it Tamiya? You've already made a beautiful Dornier Do-335... And yes, I would also love to have a "high quality" (Tamigawa) Spitfire Mk. XIV or F-4U 4 in the same scale. Not to mention Supermarine Swift or Scimitar... Best Regards, Antti
  3. XV574 '2nd Special livery' help required

    Hello Ben! Here you can find at least one photo. http://www.aviationphotocompany.com/p412807271/h64B0297B#h2cd36c51 Best Regards, Antti
  4. XV574 '2nd Special livery' help required

    Hello Ben! Patrick Martin's book "British Phantoms, part two" has three photos of XV574 in special livery. It looks like the artist who made the picture you added to your post, used some "artistic freedom". None of the photos matches that paint scheme. Best Regards, Antti
  5. Spitfire XIX Wing Markings

    Hello Pip! I have one photo showing the intercoolant text. It is located just the way you described, just above the horizontal panel line starting from the rocker cover (missing from the kit). The text is on two lines, like this: INTERCOOLANT N.A.M.B.T It is interesting to note that: - the letter b is capital although the text should read: N.A.M.b.T - no period behind the letter T It would be just brilliant if someone would do a proper stencil sheet for the 1/48 PR.XIX... Best Regards, Antti
  6. Info needed on Finnish AF SAAB Safir

    Hello Larry! At least SF-22 had the camera modification. The huge ADF -set was removed behind the pilot's seat and a vertical camera (Zeiss RMK TOP if I remember correctly) was installed for nadir photography. Mainly it was used for navigator training before Piper Chieftains arrived. A "hatch" was also cut into the rear cockpit glazing on the starboard side for hand held oblique photography.. I have a technical manual for SAAB Safir with measurements and all and I also should have a drawing showing the camera modification. SF-22 is still very much alive. It is preserved in it's original colours and in flying conditions. Some 20 years ago it was very close that I didn't buy that airplane... It is very different to all Pipers and Cessnas. Best Regards,l Antti
  7. Hello Troy! Another interesting detail is that the original paint chipped away easily; especially at the leading edge colour demarcation line. I have a book called "Englantilaiset hävittäjät" (British fighters) by Keskinen, Niska & Stenman. At least two different prints of this book exist. Best Regards, Antti
  8. Hello Lawzer! A Very Nice Hurricane you have there. More points for you finishing it in Winter War markings. Usually modellers choose the Continuation War scheme. A very nice detail are the gun ports; my grand father told me that at the beginning the covers were always painted with camouflage colours and later on with red dioxide paint or what ever paint was at hand. To my eye the model has a little too much of weathering. At first they operated at Lake Pyhajarvi in south western Finland. The runways were ice and snow covered (a frozen lake). When they moved to Turku (old Artukainen airport) they operated on concrete runways. We still have one Hurricane here in Finland in it's original paintwork. It seems that originally the landing gear bays were aluminium coloured as was the pilot's seat and cockpit framework. Best Regards, Antti
  9. RN Fg1 Phantom

    Wait a minute, wait a minute... I think either David Gledhill or Ian Black (both former RAF Phantom Navigators) discussed this in their Phantom books. All I have to do is to find that chapter. But there was a certain sequence if no alternative manual selections were made. Best Regards, Antti
  10. RN Fg1 Phantom

    Fantastic stuff John! Thank you for sharing My copy of the FG.1 Aircrew Manual has only five parts (the fifth being cockpit illustrations) but no part six. So those illustrations you posted must come from another source. A Weapons Manual of some sort perhaps? I don't have the performance manual either but I do have that for the F-4J and F-4E. It would be really interesting to see the AN/APG-59 (radar) and AWG-10 (fire control system) manuals. I guess they are still kept in a vault... Best Regards, Antti
  11. Me-163 Question

    Troy, I must have been something like six years old also when we visited the museum with my grand father (late 1970s). I didn't even notice the Me 163 as I was so exited to see a real Me 262 (I was a big fan then and still am). At least there was a ladder of some sort to climb and see the Me 262 cockpit. Best Regards, Antti
  12. RN Fg1 Phantom

    Nice pictures John and Scimitar! I have been thinking about buying a boat and now I have found it Got to get one of these. It seems that using pictures from both FG.1 and FGR.2 Aircrew Manuals one can get the harness spot on. Am I right that AL 13 was the last FG.1 manual revision? My copy is also revised to that status. John, do you happen to have Flight Reference Cards for the British Phantom? Best Regards, Antti
  13. F-4J (UK) Phantom

    Hello Chris, at least all published drawings give the three gray camouflage. The outer wings are Barley Gray (or BS 626 Camouflage Gray as it is called) and inner wings BS 637 MSG. Studying the photos don't show any difference at all; at least I can't see it. My "Big" F-4J is also almost ready for the paint shop. As I have a soft spot for all RAF aircraft the idea of a F-4J(UK) is very tempting. Which decals and stencils are you going to use on yours? Best Regards, Antti
  14. Spitfire XIX Wing Markings

    Hello Pip! I've been studying this particular photo as well. Some PR.XIXs had "small" auxiliary tanks in the wings; between undercarriage bay and aileron (filler port is missing from the Airfix kit). Those red stencils you are asking about may have been octane rating and capacity markings for these tanks. The filler ports for the "main" wing tanks are located near the wing tip and there actually were red stencils about octane rating and capacity. These two markings look too similar to be just co-incidence. Some notes about PR.XIX stencils: - they varied; studying the photos suggests that at least two different "official marking guides" were used during the years - detailed photos gives you the best idea what to use and where to place it - colours used were yellow, red and black I guess you are using Kitworld's stencils for your build. I used them for mine and they are not the most accurate ones I'm unafraid. Many items necessary for Mk. XIV and PR.XIX are missing, like all markings concerning the intercoolant or gear box oil level check. Then there are many that are just wrong, like the fuel markings (100/130 Gallons!) or the engine oil filer markings. You might find some useful details in here: Best Regards, Antti
  15. RN Fg1 Phantom

    Great photos John! Thank You for sharing Best Regards, Antti