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  1. RLM Alternatives

    Best option would be to buy Xtracrylix. However, I understand where you're coming from because Humbrol is still relatively easy to find locally in some shops. I have built up a log of what I personally consider Humbrol matches for various RLM colours. RLM 76 - try Humbrol 127. This is possibly not quite blue enough but given you're doing a late war bird with all the paint supply and quality issues that come with it, this should be fine. RLM 83 - this one's tricky because I've seen multiple interpretations as to whether 82 or 83 was the darker colour. For late war German camouflage, I don't match the individual colours but rather the combination according to what produces the right amount of contrast. So what's the second upper surface colour in the scheme you're planning? Depending on that, RLM 83 can be matched by Humbrols 116, 117 or 163. EDIT: I tried Humbrol's own RLM range (24x - 25x) in Enamels in the past and found them lacking. Awkward to paint with and colours not looking as expected. Humbrol 247 in particular was too bright and blue, closer to RLM 65 than 76 in my opinion. The acrylics may be better but I decided not to risk them.
  2. Canopies for AZ Model 1/72 Bf 109s?

    Good to know about Pavla though I was hoping for square frame as well as Erla. Rob Taurus do for the Fine Molds kit but they're too big on the AZ fuselage. I used one and it was a long and painful sanding process.
  3. Does anyone make these to buy as aftermarket accessories, vac formed or otherwise?
  4. Spitfire to Seafire

    Ooh, interesting. I would probably use that to make a 4-cannon trop, they look pretty mean and unique.
  5. Spitfire to Seafire

    However, the oil radiator is an because it would involve filling in whatever fitting and locating gaps the Mk.IX kit has, scratchbuilding or stealing from a V and making it all look nice. Also, how do you correct the underside cowling curvature when shortening the nose? I imagine that's no easy feat either. Getting both a V and a IX seems to be the only option for a kitbash and even with the cheapest kits that approaches or exceeds the price of the dedicated ones, availability notwithstanding. I've noted all your advice and options but my conclusion is this is no longer something I want to try. Looks like I may be in luck though with acquiring a Sword Seafire kit
  6. Spitfire to Seafire

    This is starting to sound like a bit more effort than it's worth. Although I suppose a Seafire Ib would be easier, as if I recall correctly that is just a Vb with a tailhook.
  7. Spitfire to Seafire

    Sword kits sell like hot cakes and never seem to get reissued, I can't find one. Also I thought a conversion would make for a cheaper project and a bit of fun. What Vc kit do you recommend? Vbs seem to grow on trees these days, everyone and their dog makes one, but Vcs are also hard to find and then tend to be old or not very good kits.
  8. Spitfire to Seafire

    Scraping around looking for ideas to make a Seafire Mk.II or Mk.III in 1/72. It seems I can start with a Spitfire Mk.V, fit the 4-bladed prop, 6-stack exhausts and integral armour windshield (all from a Mk.IX) and scribe the panel lines for the tailhook (retracted to keep things simple). Am I missing anything or is that close enough?
  9. Bf 109G-2 retractable tailwheel

    Talking about G-3s is misleading since that's just the pressurised cockpit variant of the G-4, with the latter being the main production model. You can basically ignore the odd numbered Gustavs when talking about the evolution stages of the design. I was always under the impression that the landing gear improvements introduced with the G-4 were retrofitted to late production G-2s and that these aircraft were functionally identical except for some internals (radio). But that basically settles it for me. If there is evidence Finnish pilots were flying with the tailwheel down, possibly by choice, on G-2s that don't have the wing bulges (MT-202 does not) then I can have some confidence in doing the same for MT-213. Thanks all!
  10. Bf 109G-2 retractable tailwheel

    I have a mind to build several G-2s going forward. The most immediate one in need of a tailwheel decision is a Finnish example, MT-213, fairly well photographed (also have the MMP camo booklet that includes it). It was delivered in 1943 but the wings clearly have no bulges and the main wheels are the early 5-spoke variety and parallel to the oleo strut. I'm trying to make a subjective call on how big the tailwheel looks...
  11. Bf 109G-2 retractable tailwheel

    That's a good point. Shame in Lawzer's picture you can't see the tops of the wings clearly enough to tell if the one with the tailwheel down has wing bulges.
  12. Bf 109G-2 retractable tailwheel

    As far as I know, the Bf 109G series started off with the same retractable tailwheel as the F series. With the introduction of the Bf 109G-4, the tailwheel was changed to a larger type that no longer fit in the fuselage recess, so was locked down. These tailwheels were then retrofitted to the Bf 109G-2. This is where my problem lies. I like building my aircraft wheels up, but in flight pictures are hard to come by and I'm struggling to work out on specific G-2s whether the tailwheel is retractable or not. Does anyone have more information, maybe tips to recognise the larger tailwheel in ground photos? Or perhaps dates of retrofit for the large wheel or production batches known to have it so I have a basis for making educated guesses?
  13. Beginner

    Not hard, just a bit tedious! Good luck with your MiG!
  14. Beginner

    Is white primer a thing? If it is I would use that. I'm not trying to scare you, just white paint has universally bad coverage almost regardless of medium. Not sure about the gloss but Humbrol matt acrylic white (and yellow for that matter) need something like half a dozen coats to look decent. Maybe I'm doing something wrong
  15. Beginner

    Overall white paint... oh boy, good luck with that one!