Jump to content
This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here: mysite.com/cookies

By continuing to use this site, you agree to allow us to store cookies on your computer. :)

Nick Millman

Gold Member
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

1,748 Excellent


About Nick Millman

  • Rank
    Very Obsessed Member

Contact Methods

  • Website URL

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Over the hill and far away . . .
  1. Dunkirk movie Spitfire

    DTD Technical Circular No.489 of 5 Apr 1945 set out the marking of aircraft escape doors, hatches and break-in panels, requiring (amongst many other things) that all knobs, handles and releases on camouflaged surfaces were to be painted yellow and on uncamouflaged surfaces to be painted red. I presume that might be the origin of the red painted crowbars. Nick
  2. F4U Corsair Primer colour help needed

    Indian Red is one of many names used for Pigment Red 101 Synthetic Iron Oxide (i) to (iii) and Pigment Red 102 Anhydrous iron (III) -oxide; Ferric Oxide (natural red oxide) not to be confused with Red Lead which was lead chromate or tetroxide. Those are not typically pink in masstone colour unless tinted with a white pigment (for example a four to one tint of titanium oxide to red iron oxide iii results in a pink hue a little lighter than FS 31638) but are darker and range in hue from a deep brownish red to a dark orange dependent on particle size and manufacturing process. Mixing Indian Red pigment with zinc chromate (yellow) would result in the salmon pink hue. If Indian Red was used to describe the salmon pink primer it would seem more like a term of convenience. Nick
  3. Wildcat V Colour Conundrum

    Thanks Jamie. Regards Nick
  4. Wildcat V Colour Conundrum

    Olive Drab and Dark Slate Grey are not that far apart in terms of reflectivity and hue. A misperception probably arises because so many models and profiles show a medium or light toned greenish-grey colour more like Light Slate Grey to represent Dark Slate Grey and to be fair some colour photos also seem to show that. But in terms of the colour standard - and bearing in mind the instability of OD - the difference between OD 41 and DSG is only 4.66, well within the typical variance parameters of up to 5.0 for wartime applied paints. And ANA 613 to DSG is only 3.02. DSG is 12% diffuse reflectivity to EDSG's 10%, whilst OD should have been similar to MAP Dark Green - 7-8%. DSG is a Munsell GY - Green-Yellow - but only just over the threshold from the Y (Yellow) of the ODs. With applied paints and weathering I think all bets would be off when it comes to tonal contrasts in photos or even differentiating between US applied and British applied paints. Nick
  5. Beaufighter VIf colours. No. 46 Squadron

    There are photographs showing 46 Sqn Beaus with disruptive pattern upper surfaces and Night under surfaces in Egypt during the period late 1942 to early 1943. The upper surface colours have been variously interpreted as TSS and even Desert scheme. The Night under surfaces demarcation varies. Captions describe the aircraft as being engaged in night air defence of Egypt. Possibly DK Decals based their profile on those. Nick
  6. Beaufighter VIf colours. No. 46 Squadron

    Understood thanks. Much of the Middle East practice when it comes to camouflage finishes appears non standard and contrary to Air Ministry instructions and DTDs, even those which specifically refer to them. The amount of discretion exercised by HQ Middle East is uncertain but there are clues. For example a query about PRU colours for Spitfires operating in the Middle East was answered that aircraft would be delivered finished according to the current instructions but that on arrival in the Middle East "necessary camouflage instructions will be given to them". Nick
  7. Beaufighter VIf colours. No. 46 Squadron

    Excellent. But really it is Night. Even in the film a difference can be seen between the blue-black of the airframe and the cowling rim paint which was matt black. Prop hubs in flight colours too. Nick
  8. three colour upper camo beaufighter

    The paintwork appears heavily chalked and stained, whilst the '2' looks as though it has been painted on a rectangle of paint covering a previous letter or number. Nick
  9. P-40 rare color factory photos

    The 1936 Spec 98-24105 called for the "US Army" marking to be in black dope or oil paint - or white if there was insufficient contrast. Spec 24114 of 22 October 1940 changed the colour to Insignia Blue 47. Nick
  10. Beaufighter VIf colours. No. 46 Squadron

    We are talking at cross purposes. The blog is Google-hosted (unfortunately) so you have to sign in to Google to access it but you don't have to sign in with a gmail account. Nick
  11. Beaufighter VIf colours. No. 46 Squadron

    I don't think that is right. I have to sign in to administer the blog and I don't have a gmail account. Nick
  12. Martlet Mk.I

    Glossiness is not always an indication of decals being used. In UK as late as September 1941 RD Materials were complaining to paint manufacturers on behalf of receiving units that the paint used for national markings was too glossy and bright. The situation resulted in contracts being modified to ensure that only matt paints were used and a ban on using "glossy" paints already held in stores on operational aircraft (but they were permitted to be used up on trainers). The interesting aspect of this is that the complaints do not refer to the pre-war bright colours but specifically mention yellow, dull red, dull blue and white as being too glossy. For US aircraft gloss paints for insignia/primary colours remained in use until the end of 1941 and beyond (as the ANA 500 series colours) but the camouflage finishes colour card Bulletin 41 of September 1940 included Insignia Red 45, Insignia White 46, Insignia Blue 47 and Identification Yellow 48. Therefore from 1940 there were matt and gloss paints of the same insignia/primary colours available. Nick
  13. Why does Hasegawa not include weapons for most of their modern kits?

    The sheer number and diversity of weapons. It would not have been practical to include all load possibilities in a kit and modellers being modellers they would moan more about what was not included than praise what was. The weapons sets were first issued at a time when kits were less sophisticated and the loads included often poor and were considered a great idea at the time. The kits were cheaper then too. The UK mark up on them now is little short of outrageous. Nick
  14. Martlet Mk.I

    According to most references (Clements, Tullis, etc.) the Chinese national markings were painted on. IIRC there is a photo of it being done. The "Flying Tiger" insignia were decals. Nick
  15. Beaufighter VIf colours. No. 46 Squadron

    Looks like Night painted over a camo scheme - and from that article:- "The moon was starting to rise and our all-black aircraft looked very menacing in the dim light." Which poses more questions about the DK scheme! Must have been a non standard scheme as DTD 360 Issue 2 of Nov 1943 required night fighters and intruders in overseas and desert areas to be finished as for home service. If they were engaged on coastal duties there were three schemes, standard and specials A & B, none of which required overall Night but scheme B was Extra Dark Sea Grey over Night. Nick