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Olivier de St Raph

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  1. Hi John,

    here is my mail adress: olivier.pansieri@orange.fr


    Thanks a lot


    All the best



  2. Hi Antonio, I just wanted to confirm John's opinion about the Missouri colors. I admit there is a margin of error doing such comparisons, but the contrast is very different between both greens and the grids, and I am sure we are not here in the margin of error. Moreover, I suppose John used nearly the same method to conclude that the Missouri had to be Extra Dark Green. I add that I could have used the original pic, but I deliberately lightened it what was not going in the direction of what I wanted to co,firm (the contrast is still more important on the original). On the other hand, I wonder how John could draw a conclusion about the grey of the underside. That is why I asked if the Ocean grey was usually associated to the Extra Dark Green in my post#545...
  3. Great pics of the "Sierra Sue II" here: https://www.google.fr/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwi_y6zepLTZAhWHLsAKHaFTA-kQjhx6BAgAEAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sim-outhouse.com%2Fsohforums%2Fshowthread.php%2F89989-Combat-Vet-P-51D-Sierra-Sue-II-A-New-Benchmark&psig=AOvVaw1aV3bMtjo8anELRwZVbnAG&ust=1519208970741173
  4. Hi John Other questions: 1) what difference between D-Day and IFF stripes? 2) and why would they have painted over the D-Day stripes and not over the ones on the fuselage? 3) and now, what is your interpretation of the glossy surface we can see on the internal part of the Missouri wing on the doc 20? Could it be fuel? 4) What varnish should be applied according to you on the Missouri? Do you agree to say we have 2 finish areas, one more glossy (internal part of the wings) and one more flat? Thanks a lot for your help! Olivier
  5. Hi John, Great info, I will follow these indications and will remove the rivets lines on the areas concerned, and of course will leave them on the 60% where they are right. Again many thanks to John for closing this fascinating debate! A question about the rear stabilizers: are there rivets visible on them? Were they partially or totally puttied?
  6. I made a comparison to check this very important point: 1) I first turned BW the doc 104 (Passion Wagon) 2) I then lightened a bit the doc 23, whose original is a bit dark 3) I then placed both side by side Conclusion: we can see clearly that the contrast both greens do with the yellow and red grids is very different: low contrast with the Passion Wagon, while we know this aircraft was RAF Dark Green, and on the other hand high contrast with the Missouri, meaning that the latter was very dark (even lightened). This confirms imho that John was right about the Extra Dark Sea Green. Do you know if such a color is available, or what mix should be done with Tamiya paints to get it? The XF-27 Black Green Tamiya should be quite good, don’t you think? N.B: more difficult for me to draw conclusions about the underside. Was usually the Ocean grey associated with the Extra Dark Sea Green, or other combinations were they possible (Medium Sea grey, fe)?
  7. Thanks Antonio for that great pic showing indeed how a leaking of fuel could create a glossy effect. I would like to have John's interpretation of the mirror effect on the Missouri Armada...
  8. Well, chaps, I must say I am a bit submerged by so many new infos, all fascinating! Thanks a lot, John, you ever replied to my first questions while I even have not yet read all what you wrote in the first one (my english is average but I have to translate many technical words to avoid misunderstandings). I will come-back on the debrief of this first amazing post#529, but first, as I just read your replies on post#540: 1) thanks about the "VE-Day", I just knew (as everyone) the D-Day 2) I don't see this squadron codes underneath the left wing on the Jolie Hélène, unless they are the very big letters: 3) Ok, now, that's clear for me. I ignored that these elevators were fabric-covered! Concretely, it means representing the ribs Torbjorn mentioned above and that we can see clearly as on this great pic: 4) Added to the collection of best docs too, this bottom view (lightened) of the fabric elevators with tiny venting drain holes (0,2 mm drill at 1/48?): Well, I still have plenty of questions and pics to add to the "best of", I will do that gradually. One more time, 1 million thanks John anyway for your kindness and to share your knowledge in this thread! Cheers
  9. 1/32 Tamiya P-51D Mustang "Missouri Armada"

    Congratulations for that choice, Antonio, and for the amazing job you ever did... And welcome in the "Missouri Armada"... Cheers Olivier
  10. What 1/32 kit will you use? Revell? Tamiya? ZM? Matt said the Revell was very good and not too expensive... This recalls me that I should go and have a look at his thread, but the time is missing. I will take advantage of my holidays, far from my workbench (from Wednesday) to read and learn still more...
  11. Hi Antonio, with all what we begin to have about that "Missouri", I think you should do an incredible 1/32 build! Cheers
  12. Sorry John, what is "VE-day"? Ok, I see clearly this light, I will not add it (it is not present on the Tamiya kit). I was right on this point, enlarging the -1DFF (doc 140) I will check this on my build, maybe I have to modify it because I was inspired by the Jolie Hélène when doing the job on the dorsal fin. I don't know how to read this. Can you precise please, maybe with arrows on the pic? Sorry for my ignorance again, but I don't see clearly what are these "elevators"... Ok, I understand this, I will change the Tamiya one, squarre instead of circular. you mean the detail I removed on post#474, after the suggestion of Antonio on post#466 (p. 19)? or is it something else? first thanks to confirm that the K14 was a field modif on the Missouri, among others. But I don't know what is the "extended bicycle grip throttle lever". Can you precise this please? If so, do we have the same "throttle lever" (to precise) than with the K 14? Fascinating! I used to wonder why the Missouri was still camouflaged while the new P 51-D were Bare metal, as mentioned in the O'Leary book and above, now I understand, thanks to you... Again fascinating infos! I have to stop for now the translation of your post, 1000 thanks, we learnt a lot today, and there is still a lot to come!! Cheers Olivier
  13. First of all welcome on the thread John and thank you so much for the very documented post I just began to read because I am working at my pro cabinet. I will study all that with a clear head as soon as possible... Though I read what you write about the putty on the wing and that’s funny, it is precisely what I intended to speak about in my next post. The last Antonio ´s pics show indeed that the rear part of the wings have rivets, while they are missing on the front part. All the best Olivier
  14. Hi John, could you reproduce the Revell instructions, please? It would be interesting and probably useful, as the only pic up to now on which I could see this clear difference, except the Missouri, is the doc 141 above. Cheers Olivier
  15. 1000 thanks, Antonio, for these praiseworthy efforts! Your docs are one more time great and some of them will be added as soon as possible in the "best of"... I had thought, like you, to a possible increased effect due to the angle of view with the sun. Anyway, we can be quite sure now that the finish of the Missouri should be satin and not mat with a more glossy area in the internal quarter of the wing. I am not sure that this more glossy surface has nothing to see with the fuel, even if I was wrong about the fuel vents. Just a few excess fuel when filling up (and for a maximum autonomy, they filled probably as much as possible), wiped each time, could create imho this mirror effect on a satin surface. Notice furthermore that, on most of your excellent docs, rivets are visible on the rear part of the wings A fascinating debate, anyway, and a strong will for truth that we all share! Cheers Olivier