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About malpaso

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  1. @CedB, bear in mind that the squadron codes would have been painted on the airfield, preferably by an erk who was a signwriter or had some knowledge of the practice. He would probably only chalk out the rough outline, or possibly just the top and bottom line. I’ve seen a photo somewhere of JEJ with teeny-tiny serifs just visible - this is a classic sign of a properly trained signwriter, as it stops the corners of letters looking rounded off. As a result the official lettering guide is probably a “pirate code” and each squadron would vary slightly, which you can see across all RAF planes, especially BoB period photos. I don’t think there would have been much, if any of that masking out nonsense seen on BBMF or other modern restorations. So a bit of individuality would be prototypical. Cheers Will Spitfire looking nice by the way...
  2. If you have built any Eduard Spits you should have half wheels coming out of your ears! Might be easier than filing down AZ/KP wheels. I’ve only built two Ed’s (so far) and seem to have enough wingtips various, ailerons, cockpit doors and wheels for a squadron! Cheers Will
  3. Beard, you missed one - the undersides would be all sky again from April 41 when black port wing revoked till August 41 when OG/DG/MSG scheme adopted. Cheers Will
  4. My reading of the various books is that there was no such thing as a Mk.1b designation at the time - that is an after the fact name by modellers or whoever? There were around 3 or so initial cannon only planes, they then realised they needed to give the pilots more options than 60rpg of cannon ammo and reinstated the outer .303s for a batch of around 30. The real answer may still be around somewhere, but the books I've read sort of feed off each other as sources with mutual lack of clarity! Anyway I have this same kit to build, so look forward to you finding out if it has any challenges. Cheers Will
  5. Sunderland Mk.1 DA@G

    Rossm, thanks so much. That's a very helpful message. Yes the wiki photo is the one I'm thinking of - it seems to have appeared widely at the time and since, sometimes with a convoy in the background, if not you can usually see the sea in front has been retouched to hide a ship! Cheers Will
  6. Sunderland Mk.1 DA@G

    I am just at the point of having to assemble and paint the turrets of my Mk.1 Sunderland so need to decide on the paint scheme. Italeri offer some nice alternatives, but I am minded to split the difference and wonder if anyone knows if my idea is in the realms of possibility. I prefer the brown/green/aluminium scheme but prefer the letters DA@G as a composition, that Italeri show in grey/green (yes I know those aren’t the official colour names) for Oban 1941. According to Coastal Command 1939-45 the famous photo of DA@G was taken in Summer 1940 so I wonder if it would still have been in brown/green then? Any observations welcomed, even if I end up following my own logic in the end! Cheers Will
  7. Camouflage masking was blu-tack worms infilled with copydex. Infilling this way is much easier than with tape and weirdly satisfying to peel off! I will try paper masks sometime. I don't think there's an easy way to camouflage; aligning all the blu-tack worms to the diagrams takes a while, at least for me. Cheers Will
  8. Thanks for all the comments and likes. For those wondering about the decals, there were 2 coats of Klear before applying the decals with micro sol and set. Then another coat of Klear and finally a Windsor &Newton Galleria Matt coat. Unfortunately a couple of tiny areas of silvering appear on the photos though I can’t see them in real life. Personally I’m not so keen on the panel line wash look, I was nearly tempted to leave it after the last Klear coat as it looked like a smashing preserved warbird! Anyway I’m now working on a Mk.I Sunderland which I will try to get to look as knackered as in the famous photo of DA@G. Cheers Guys, Will
  9. My daughter bought me the Weekend 1/72 edition of the Late Spitfire IXc for Christmas. I really enjoyed building this, the only things that would be worth having from the Profi box are the belts and canopy masks. All built with Beatties (yes) liquid poly and painted with Tamiya paints using car screen wash as thinners through my H&S Ultra with the .4 needle fitted. Given the decals took around 3 hours though, "Weekend" was an optimistic hope for me - it actually took January! The markings are for the B option, MK984 of 308 Squadron flying from B.61 airfield in Belgium at the end of '44. Cheers Will
  10. Model T Ford 1917 LCP + Aussie

    Looks great. Mind you, that would be the smartest T in the LCP. Most of them looked like a rolling chassis in need of restoration. By the time the Aussies joined the LCP they recorded some very caustic comments about the (very) used Ts they were given! Cheers Will
  11. Eduard 1/72..my first Spitfire

    I’m on my second Eduard 1/72 Spitfire. They’re much easier and quicker than all the others I’ve done from Airfix, AZ, Frog etc. Everything fits together nicely - use only liquid cement. The best option for me would be profi-minus or weekend-plus, ie lots of decals, masks but forget all the PE apart from the belts! cheers Will
  12. Best Spitfire Mk. Vb in 1/72

    I got the same kit from the same source! I plan to do the USAAF version, but I'll probably have to raid the stars decals from elsewhere as even with the errata set included with the kit they don't seem to match the instructions!
  13. Italeri F4S Phantom II

    Tamiya issued the Italeri kit so maybe you can find their version of the instructions online?
  14. It will be big. I held a wooden 1/72 Princess carved by a local chap who worked at SR. It made his 1/72 B-52 hanging from the ceiling look puny! Cheers Will
  15. What are you reading?

    Malta Spitfire by George Beurling and Leslie Roberts. Now I'll have to do a Malta Spitfire. Intriguingly he uses "Spitter" as the nickname rather than the usual ones. Cheers Will