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Jure Miljevic

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  1. Ki-102 question

    Wingtips, towards the leading edge. Take a look at this photo: Unfortunately, no idea about blobs on horizontal tail. Cheers Jure
  2. Czech Republic wants UH-1Y's

    Junglierating, I agree with you that maintenance costs of some parts of UH-1Y (rotor head, for example) are very low. However, Russian parts are cheaper to begin with and, with in house maintenance for Mil helicopter, most of the money remains at home. Also, Mi-17 is much roomier and has a higher lift capacity than UH-1Y. Cheers Jure
  3. Czech Republic wants UH-1Y's

    There are countries in the world where persons on ministerial positions actually do their jobs? Quite a risky enterprise these days. Cheers Jure
  4. Bf 110 loadout from Sicily to Malta

    Hello I got through all the books I have and, unfortunately, found no photos of Bf 110 of said unit with such a bomb load. Curiously, no one else chimed in. Good luck with your model anyway. Cheers Jure
  5. Bf 110 loadout from Sicily to Malta

    Hello I am sorry, no joy so far. I browsed through several other books and while there is plenty of photos of III./ZG26 planes with 900 l drop tanks, I did not find a single one showing Bf 110 with 2x500 kg and 4x50 kg bombs and 2x300 l drop tanks. Bf 110 E-2 was cleared for 2000 kg of bomb ordnance so payload, mentioned earlier, should not be a problem, at least not in theory. I still have several books to check, so keep your fingers crossed. Cheers Jure
  6. Bf 110 loadout from Sicily to Malta

    Hello Messerschmitt Bf 110 C, D, E variants (ReVi) book includes several photos of Bf 110 Ds and Es from 7/, 8/ and 9/ZG26, taken on Sicily in 1942. One shows one of the planes, apparently after heavy landing, with a broken undercarriage leg. This particular Bf 110 is equipped with ETC 500/IXb bomb rack under the fuselage/centroplan, 900 litres drop tank and two bomb racks for lighter bombs (probably 50-kg ordnance) under each wing. Will try to locate the photo on the web. Cheers Jure
  7. Lapland war Finish insignia?

    Hello Unfortunately I found nothing about Lapland war in my copies of Combat Aircraft magazine. Returning to MS.406 and C.714 book again, in chapter titled Lapa sota 1944 there are two more photos of Mörko-Morane fighters, still with swastika national insignia, but devoid of yellow Eastern front markings. Numbers of aircraft in question are MSv-624 and MSv-302. An abstract in English at the end of the book says that during the Lapland war Mörko-Moraani fighters flew reconnaissance and escort missions in late September and in October 1944 only, as by early November they had been withdrawn from units and put into storage. Cheers Jure
  8. Lapland war Finish insignia?

    I admire your efforts concerning type balance in your glass cabinet, Jerzy-Wojtek. You probably already came across this one, still ... In MS.406 in C.714 (SIH) book there is a photo of MSv-633, accompanied by black & white profile drawing. As both AaCee and Vesa indicated colour profile you posted is somewhat questionable. Spinner does seems to be of lighter shade than black fuselage camouflage colour but, on the other hand, it certainly is no lighter than propeller blades ... Unfortunately, no idea if national insignia background is white or light blue/gray. Back to my bookshelf ... Cheers Jure
  9. Lapland war Finish insignia?

    Hello, Jerzy-Wojtek Sadly, Lapland war is usually just a footnote in history books. Still, some articles has been published about this little known part of the WWII. IIRC one was published in Combat Aircraft magazine decade or two ago. Will try to find it after lunch. Cheers Jure P.S.: Are you interesting mainly in Mörko Morane or other types also come into consideration?
  10. Lapland war Finish insignia?

    Hello, Jerzy Trust post-September 1944 photos of Finnish planes with (I believe) Count Thulin swastikas. Finns definitely did not change their markings to roundels before April 1945, and even then upon Soviet insistence only. Cheers Jure
  11. NA-73 Mustang I, best options in 1/72nd

    Hello There is are several drawings of P-51B's leading edge droop, including one on page 8 (although for Station 0), in the first document I posted the link to on previous page. The second document from the same post also has a Mustang I wing root drawing (thou somewhat crude one) on page 67. Also, in his latest post John Thompson again provided the link to Jumpei Temma's impressive drawings of Allison Mustangs. They are certainly worth a very close examination. Cheers Jure
  12. Revell 1/72 Spitfire Vb - new tool ?

    Hello, John I do not have this Revell's Vb but I doubt both this one and the old one are built with the same tools. Look at the photo, showing kit's underside: gull wing trailing edge at wing to fuselage attachment can be seen clearly. This part is flat without even a hint of anything resembling a curve on the old 90's kit. Cheers Jure
  13. NA-73 Mustang I, best options in 1/72nd

    Hello Justin, I believe it was Dana Bell who decades ago suggested Humbrol 108 is a close match to OD. I compared this paint to remains of original paint on bits and pieces of shot down WWII USAAF aircraft and I tend to agree with him. Mike, yes, thickness of an airfoil is irrelevant for us model builders. However, debate here has strayed from OT to differences between airfoil of P-51D and earlier models quite a few times so I thought posting those two documents would do no additional harm. By the way, Leading dimensions table in RAE document refers to a full scale aircraft and not to a 1/6 scale wooden model. Amount of data on airfoil in Master dimensions document is immense and the document could probably be used to create shop drawings. I guess nobody in your SIG has found it yet as it certainly is worth studying and provides answers to many other questions apart from airfoil thickness. Here is my penny's worth on original query. I have Italeri kit in my stash and while it could probably be sculptured into something presentable is it worth the effort? Probably not, so let us hope somebody in model building industry will take pity on us and provided new, accurate, rich in detail and reasonably priced kit of Allison Mustang in 1/72 scale soon. Am I asking for too much? Cheers Jure
  14. NA-73 Mustang I, best options in 1/72nd

    Hello I must correct myself. 17,5 inches is 1,458 ft. and not 1,416 ft. Slip of finger while calculating probably. So, P-51D and Mustang I airfoil wing positions I had been referring to are one third of an inch apart. Even so P-51D airfoil is thicker for more than twice this length than Mustang I airfoil, far too steep an increase on such a short distance. So I stick to my guns in I claim P-51D has thicker airfoil than Mustang I. All data I worked with are in primary documents linked to in my previous post and, if in doubt, anyone can calculate it by himself or herself. Also, these documents contain plenty of very useful drawings and other information. Justin, in a book I read some time ago (and I still cannot provide a quote because I cannot find it) the reason given for modified airfoil was higher weight of a D model. Slightly thicker wing provided more lift, however drag also increased. More room inside the wings eliminated the need for tilted machine guns more as a byproduct (though a very welcome one) and higher weight and more drag resulted in slightly lower maximum speed. Cheers Jure
  15. NA-73 Mustang I, best options in 1/72nd

    Too late to resurrect this topic? P-51 D did have slightly thicker airfoil than earlier versions. Take a look at publications on these links: http://naca.central.cranfield.ac.uk/reports/arc/rm/2535.pdf https://crgis.ndc.nasa.gov/crgis/images/5/54/Master_Dimensions_Book_P-51D_1943.pdf On page 66 of the first one leading dimensions of Mustang I are given. Maximal airfoil thickness at the wing root at 0,040% of span (1,486 ft. from the center line) at 39% of the chord is given as 15,1%. On pages 12-19 of the second publication Master wing ordinate chart for P-51D is given with ordinates of upper and lower camber for various wing stations. Adding ordinate of the upper camber to ordinate of the lower camber (8,923 + 6,884 = 15,807) for the second station (17,5 inches or about 1,416 ft. from the center line) at 40% of the chord gives airfoil thickness of 15,87%. 0,77% does not sound like very much but at chord length of 99,594 inches P-51D airfoil is more than three quarters of an inch (0,767 inch) thicker than Mustang I airfoil. Leading edge kink is not included in data for neither subtype. On a wingtip (0,482 of wingspan or 17,9 ft. from the center line, 50% of the chord) Mustang I airfoil's thickness is 11,4% or 5,704 inches and P-51D's is 11,44% (216 inches or 18 ft. from the center line, 50% of the chord) or 5,72 inches. A quick glance over data in Master dimension book P-51D shows that unlike most of the aircraft of the day P-51's airfoil thickness (in % course) changes constantly. This is due to efforts of design team to delay flow separation and drag generating turbulent airflow for as long as possible. Cheers Jure