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Troy Smith

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  1. any paint brand/type preference? the kit will list Revell paint colours, this will list the actual colours the short cockpit is grey-green, rest of interior is aluminium paint. external is Dark Green/Dark Darth uppers, Sky underside for a typical Mk.II Note, the Revell Mk.II is a pretty old kit these days, it was originally issued in 1978 or so, raised panel lines and no "gull" wing. HTH
  2. Neat build Steve, but not one of Tamiya's finest moments, something really wrong with the engine and especially the mountings I knew I'd seen a review describing the problems better I think Mike is right about all the kits having problems, I thought the MPM kit was better, but this looks a bit off too. The other 1/48th examples were... The AMT Meteor Mk.I from the 70's had a V-1 as a bonus (the kit as recently been reissued), and Hawk/Testors in the 60's did a double pack of the V-1 and Japanese 'baka' suicide bomb Again, I don't think these were all the great shapewise either..... Hope of interest, I mention the above as others have expressed interest in the subject. Kit issues aside, that has come out really well Steve. Cheers T
  3. this one? Great model and display base, a really neat piece of work.
  4. very interesting work terry if you don't have this, you may find it useful for camo and markings information, has patterns, markings sizes, etc etc eg note comments on the scheme you are interested in Given that Trumpeter's decals are wrong, you may wish to ask about for leftover Classic Airframes decals, though the 28 inch fuselage roundel is a tricky one, it's an odd size (a 1/72nd 42 inch would be 28 inch in 1/48 though) I tried to find some better critique of the kit, if the Whirlwind project chaps say the plans you have are good them they are your best bet. two members did post in this thread I'm surprised that brewerjerry has not posted on this thread, he a big whirlwind buff HTH T
  5. as a model and/or art. it's great, the chipping is very well done. But, as a representative model. it's not. first, Rotol prop blades are a compressed wood composite, so no bare metal second, wI have seen a couple of Hurricanes with chipped up paint like this, the nightfighters were painted black over the original paint. and after some more searches.... from the IWM site the other side of VY-X again, 6 stub exhaust, and what looks like a replacement canopy frame in original Dark Green paint. The 'panel' under the tail I think is just an artefact of the photograph, at first I thought 'replacement panel' but it's too big. By this point the underwing roundels should have been overpainted, 'B' type on fuselage and medium Sea Grey codes. hard to tell, but the spinner might have been replaced by the later pointy spinner Hurricane Rotol prop more usually associated with the MkII. tha the time, i really must go to be patchy finish.yes. extensive paint chipping, no. not VY-X, but same era the pale grey exhaust streaks come from running a lean mixture, but cordite streaks are sooty black I hope of interest/use, and despite my anoraky comments, the modelling skills of the build, finishing and weathering are very well done.
  6. C type came in May 1942 yes, mixed grey from HTH
  7. Hi Mrs P don't be daunted, Tamiya kits are usually very easy to build, (as you are aware) there are not many reviews out there of this as it's an older kit, here's an old review subsequently Tamiya have done an A6M5 kit, (the A6M5c has a different wing armament) which is a modern tooling, and this is what you tend to find reviews of. I posted the colour information, as there is still a lot of confusion about Japanese colours. If getting it right is of interest youmay wish to pick a scheme, and the find out if it's Mitsubishi or Nakajima built, as this affect the interior and external paint demarcation I'm having difficulty finding useful comparison images at the mo again, note Nick Millman's comments. here's a period colour shot very often Japanese lanes are shown weatherd to an inch of their lives, note even on these abandoned planes the 5 zeros visible only one is that chipped. one final point, Tamiya aircraft decals tend to be thick, at the least the use of hot water is recommended. here's a model I actually completed.. link posted more as it's an old Tamiya kit and brush painted with acrylics. There was a chap who did a great Japanese diorama a few years who was it... I'll add the link if I can find it EDIT here I think you'll enjoy that one! cheers T
  8. Great explanation of washout James I don't know if this adds much.... an excuse to repost this clip, Warning, some (justifiable) swearing in link.... which is old news, but makes me chuckle every time. cheers T
  9. A period colour shot from Etienne Du Plessis flickr account Spitfire LF XIV's of 349 (Belgian) Sqn. by Etienne du Plessis, on Flickr here's all the colour Spitfire shots the Belgian Wings site has a load of photos scroll down for Spitfires here's the Spitfire XIV's Spitfire XIV/Supermarine Spitfire FR.14 Frontpage.html cheers T PS Spitfire XIV/Spit 14 SG057.html
  10. the paint is original, but as Steve says, it's a repaint. How common 2nd line repainting? Standard practice from what can be observed from the few aircraft that were photographed, certainly two preserved Hurricanes in the UK, (L1952 in the Science Museum and P2617 in Hendon) were with OTU's (Operational Training Units) and were photographed post war in Day Fighter Scheme. here's some Hurricane's with OTU's bear in mind that obsolete fighter types were passed on OTU's, Operational being the important bit, so were camoflaged and marked in current fighter schemes. Note the Spitfire Mk.I at the Imperial War Museum is ex-OTU, and in original paint HTH T
  11. great work Mrs P, I particularly liked the triceratops with the backdrop. regarding the A6M5, this is the older (early 80's) Tamiya tooling, but does come with 6 crew figures. Japanese colours can be a bit of a challenge, this set has input from Nick Millman his blog is here the scheme varies a bit dependingon who built the plane, Mitsubishi or Nakajima perhaps more than you wanted to know if vehicles and dioramas are floating before your eyes, Hasegawa do a fuel truck HTH? cheers T
  12. the VVS got P-39's in both Temperate Land Scheme (US applied) Bell Airacobra 1941. by Etienne du Plessis, on Flickr and repainted 5 pages here,about Airacobra mk.I's in the VVS Re-painted in Briatain in gray-green camouflage scheme note 'sky' patches where the stencils were masked off. the Bell Green front UC leg suggests use of standard Bell primers. The cockpits may have been equivalent Grey-Green, hopefully Nick Millman might pitch in on that. HTH T
  13. Hi CC the AirfixPR XIX has a slightly too small nose ring. For clarity I won't use roman numbers. the front end of both single stage Griffon (Spit 12, Seafire 15, 17) and two stage Griffon (Spit 14, 18, 19,21, 22, 24, Seafire 45, 46,47) is the same same rocker bulges, nose ring, exhaust position. The difference is at the rear of engine. So the measurements you made of the Spitfire 14 are relevant to the Seafire 17 up to the rear of the main cylinder block. this if for the Airfix Spit 12, but the nose and problems are the same on the Seafire 17. the fuselage is too deep, and the rocker covers and exhaust are too low. after more research, the nose is the right length, so the white extension below is wrong, but the moved up rocker covers and exhaust, and the long thin triangle removed (base of triangle is 1mm) and the lower line of the colwing is then bent up, this correct the front depth problem, the rear fuselage needs some plastic card adding inside and then about 1 mm scraped off, as seen below the big problems. The Airfix Spit 12 and seafire 17 spinners are good as far as i know. HTH, I'll PM you later. cheers T
  14. Hi well, I'd have not started from the Tamiya, needs some tweaks, though it does fit very well. cheers T
  15. the Falcon Models 'Spitfire Special' worth getting if you plan on a few 1/48th Spits, ask in the wanted section for the one you need if you just want the one. HTH T