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Jure Miljevic

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  1. community reputation

    Good! No fears about possible clashes between that other virtual and our parallel plastic universes, then. Cheers Jure
  2. Typhoon QRA Scrambled to intercept Ryan Air Jet

    I bet Typhoon pilots were having a blast. Cheers Jure
  3. B 29 "Bockscar", 1/72 Academy

    Minimum of marking, just as it should be for Nagasaki mission a-bomber. Strangely enough, such plain markings suit very well to streamlined Art Deco style B-29's shape. Congratulations, Jerzy-Wojtek. Cheers Jure
  4. 55 seconds?

    I agree, Piltdown Man, that is why airliners draw fuel from fuselage tanks first during cruising. Still, later in the war both Kanonen Vögel and Ofenrohr Bf 109s (20-mm wing cannon and 21-cm unguided rocket armed aircraft) were thoroughly disliked by wast majority of their pilots. Thin air at, say, 22000 ft provided hardly enough lift to fly straight and level, while energy drain, caused by additional weight of wing ordnance, rose drastically with altitude. Even at gentle turns few hundred feet could have been lost easily. Cheers Jure
  5. NA-73 Mustang I, best options in 1/72nd

    Hello Graham, I agree. But with D model North American was in for some significant changes anyway, in aerodynamic, construction and production sense of the word. Beside the more pronounced leading edge kink, which was the most obvious change on the wing, the main spar had been strengthened to cope with heavier loads (extra gun with ammunition in both wings, overall increase of ammo from 1250 to 1880 rounds, provisions for rockets, bigger drop tanks, and I suspect also for heavier bombs). While this could have been accomplished by introduction of new alloy as wing main spar's building material I suspect design team decided to go the whole hog and simply increased its dimensions. This would allow for use of thicker airfoil which, with P-51 D's substantial weight increase over P-51 A (about 1500 lb, speaking from the top of my head), was needed to provide additional lift anyway. Nevertheless, I am browsing through my books to find the source of airfoil change information from my previous post. Cheers Jure
  6. What was made with wood on the LA-7

    Hello I am glad I could help, Vitor. Jerzy and Ed, I completely agree with you both. Cheers Jure
  7. NA-73 Mustang I, best options in 1/72nd

    Hello P-51 D also had slightly thicker wing cross section than earlier models to dispense with tilted machine guns, which jammed frequently during dogfights. This deeper airfoil could amount for apparent ˝higher˝ installation of D wing. Will check and come back later. Cheers Jure
  8. What was made with wood on the LA-7

    Hello, Vitor Wings were made of wood apart from: metal spar, leading edge slats, flaps, main undercarriage, ailerons with fabric covering, trim tabs, various service panels on wings' lower surface and metal strip, covering wing outer surfaces and central wing joint just outside undercarriage. Fuselage behind the cockpit and tail apart from: radio doors, tail undercarriage, metal construction control surfaces with fabric covering, trim tabs and radiator. Check also this web page for cutaway drawings and description. Cheers Jure
  9. B-17 model kits 1/48

    Hello, Craigmason1971 I have both kits in my stash and I built Monogram's Chow Hound more than three decades ago. Unfortunately, the kit came with a four pages prospect of superbly built diorama of battle-damaged B-17G, complete with very realistic shrapnel and bullet holes, and crew figures with aircraft's nose art on backs of their jackets. I decided to do the same, but did not quite succeed to say the least ... Monogram's kit was great when it had been first released but shows its age these days. As Troy said, Revell's F model interior is a bit on a bare side, but there is plenty of AM stuff around for both kits. Still, even B-17F OOB built can produce very good results, if one keeps everything buttoned up. Cheers Jure
  10. Qatar to buy Typhoon

    Hello No re-sale of fighters between Qatar and Iran. Since dispute between countries on Arabian peninsula (about which phrase ˝pot calling kettle black˝ comes to mind) there may have been slight thaw in Qatar - Iran relationship. But this is temporary ˝my enemy's enemy is my friend˝ sort of improvement. And, just like Procopius said, Iran does not need another fighter type which it cannot support and maintain. Cheers Jure
  11. Qatar to buy Typhoon

    Good point about supply and support leverage, XV107. It works both ways and I did not think about that. Cheers Jure
  12. Qatar to buy Typhoon

    Hello Qatar has a large US military base on its territory. I understand it is also a host to some Turkish troops, share large natural gas field with Iran and, for the last few months at least, has rather strained relations with other Arab countries. Still, its latest military purchases look more like a response to Saudi Arabia's buying spree than a fulfillment of genuine defence requirements. I am still wondering about pilots and maintenance crew for such a diverse flying circus. Qatar will, if it has not done that already, have to resort to hiring mercenaries. Otherwise all this hardware will just eat away storage space. Just my thoughts. Cheers Jure
  13. Most probably a stupid question but....

    Hello Amazing attention to details for a toddler, Laurie! Yes, according to several books, it was a lookout on Ajax who first spotted Graf von Spee's funnel smoke. Sources divide upon the reason why Graf von Spee did not launch her aircraft: one mentions trouble with catapult cylinder and other state that one of her Arados damaged one of her floats in heavy landing. The same source states, that the second plane's engine broke down, so she had been stripped of useful components and dumped overboard. A correction of my previous post: Graf von Spee carried two Ar 196 A-1 floatplanes and not those of B subtype, of course. Cheers Jure
  14. Most probably a stupid question but....

    Hello I think it was the Fairey Seafox from Ajax, which spotted for three cruisers during Rio del Plata battle. HMS Achilles also had Seafox on board, while HMS Exeter was equipped with Walrus. Graf von Spee had two Arados Ar 196 B, but I doubt they had been catapulted into the battle. Here is a wartime news footage, which also shows Graf von Spee after the battle in Montevideo harbour. At about 4:20 one of Arados can be seen, or at least what was left of her after naval engagement. Cheers Jure
  15. Qatar to buy Typhoon

    Does that deal also involves pilots and ground crew training? Cheers Jure
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