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About MDriskill

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  1. Hasegawa 1/32 FW190 JV44 stripes

    Without looking at all those nice links above, on the lovely color 1/48 scale 4-views in Jerry Crandall's books on the JV 44, the wing stripes are 2 mm wide, the fuselage stripes about 1.5 mm. That would translate to 3 mm and 2.25 mm in 1/32.
  2. What is the Fw 190 A-5Y?

    The so-called "Morane mast," the long skinny antenna under the wing, was the external component of the Y system. More commonly seen on fighters later in the war.
  3. Vintage Airfix Kits

    Among WW2 1/72 subjects, the Spitfire Mk I and Vb, and FW 190A and D, are nice ones as already mentioned. My personal all-time favorite, though, is the 1/72 Bristol Bulldog. Lovely fabric rendition, very petite small detail parts, nice engine. When carefully built it holds up to most modern stuff quite well IMHO, and I don't know of a better kit of the Bulldog that has appeared in the meantime.
  4. I just ordered this - FW-190 content - question added

    Point taken...but I understood your question to mean, "are the kit bits with which the detail set interfaces, the same in the F-8 and A-8 kits?" The answer to that is, "yes." Again, I haven't built either kit, and don't own the detail set.
  5. I just ordered this - FW-190 content - question added

    Again, I don't have both kits, but I'd bet my next paycheck that it fits fine.
  6. P51b Question

    You seem to have this curious notion, that building models should be fun! Of all the nerve...! For whatever my opinion is worth...the fuselage glitches in the AZ kit, bother me less than the wing geometry of the Academy kit. Given your criteria, I'd go with the former; but will look forward to seeing the results here regardless!
  7. P51b Question

    A real minefield, that one! The consensus is that the definitive P-51B/C has not yet appeared. There are 5 contenders out there, my two cents on each... Monogram: an ancient kit from the 1960's, raised surface detail and little internal detail, but considered by many to have the most accurate overall shape of all. Hasegawa: IMHO the most accurate fuselage of all (most kits are too narrow in the front upper cowl--not enough room in there for the Merlin--but this kit has it right). But the wings completely miss the correct shape of the strake at the inboard leading edge, and interior detail, especially the absurdly shallow wheel wells, is weak. Academy: a decent overall shape, but the wing root chord is a bit too broad, and the carb intake opening under the nose is much too big. A favorite of many, though, and that intake can easily be replaced with bits from another kit. Revell: Also decent looking overall, but some funny shapes in the nose, a poorly detailed canopy, and the fuselage is a bit short. AZ: the newest contender. Appears to mimic Revell's shape (and errors) closely, but a much higher level of detail, and an especially good cockpit. Many builders opt for a hybrid solution, I've seen the Academy wing on the Hasegawa fuselage done well for example. For an out-of-the-box build, I'd go with either Academy or AZ. Others will disagree!
  8. I just ordered this - FW-190 content - question added

    While I haven't personally compared the Revell A and F side-by-side, I'd be very surprised if anything other than smaller variant-specific parts differed.
  9. I just ordered this - FW-190 content - question added

    The kit shares most of its parts with Revell's earlier FW 190F-8, released a couple of years ago. You should be able to find many reviews and builds of that kit. Here is a nice article from the "Large Scale Planes" forum, comparing the Revell F-8 with its main rival, the early-2000's-vintage Hasegawa kit. Lot of good reference links later in the thread, too: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=56507&page=1
  10. Checker nose JG 1 Fw 190s

    I have none of those, of course, and make no claims to being a "real" (which to me means, primarily original-source-reliant) researcher on this subject. I'm just another hobbyist with a life-long interest in the Fw 190, and a ton of Fw 190 books. My previous post is just an interpretation of the photo as published. All that being said, no one has yet pointed out anything that would disprove my interpretation of the Kunze photo as black checkers only over camo...😬
  11. Checker nose JG 1 Fw 190s

    OK...I'm likely a minority of one on this one! The variegated appearance of the lighter checkers in that famous photo of Kunze's machine has long intrigued me-it's hard for me to see them as either white, or yellow, blocks! It's possible that they are "oil-smeared" I suppose, but: the BMW 801 did not habitually throw oil down the top of the cowl; nothing else in the photo seems to indicate damage to the aircraft; and they just don't look like typical oil streaking to me. And note how the light areas get darker toward the top, ending with a general tone that is very similar to the paint elsewhere on top of the fuselage. A simpler explanation may be that the lighter checkers just haven't been painted on yet, in other words we are simply seeing black squares over the original camouflage paint. That seems much less of a stretch to my eye, than interpreting the lighter squares as a solid bright color (especially yellow, requiring a string of speculative assumptions about how a cowl ended up in the "wrong" staffel).
  12. Sopwith Pup, HR Models, 1:72

    That is truly wonderful, a lot of finesse in a tiny package! If I had that touch with rigging there would be more early birds in my display case...
  13. Those are nice-looking models! I for one would enjoy seeing some more close-up views.
  14. 1/72 Bf 109G-6AS

    I appreciate everyone's very kind comments. It's a good feeling to finish one after such a long dry spell... Several have commented on the finish. The basic paint is Aeromaster RLM 76 light blue enamel. The main weathering technique was oil pin washes; starting after overall glossing with clear lacquer, decaling, and another gloss coat to seal the decals. The washes go on in layers with additional gloss coats in between. I started with a dark mix of burnt umber and black to highlight control surface separations, access hatches, and areas around the engine. When that was done, the model still seemed a bit "flat," but I thought repeating this for every panel line on such a pale base color would be over-doing it...a little dirt goes a long way in 1/72! So I used a gray wash--sort of a dark version of the camo color--to more subtly highlight most other panel lines, and was pleased with that. Exhaust stains and other subtle streaking was done with pastel powder, applied with a small brush over the final semi-flat coat. Paint chipping is colored pencils.
  15. You and Tamiya-San are a very impressive team! That is a beautiful model indeed.