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About MDriskill

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  1. LF Thoughts on Sword 1/72 Fiat G.55 Centauro 2 in 1 release

    The kit has no option for the early pre-production G.55’s with 4 nose-mounted machine guns. It makes up only as a later aircraft with wing cannon, but these were manufactured with two different styles of vertical tail. The later-style fin and rudder is molded integrally, with the earlier version provided as a separate part, requiring a bit of surgery. The kit’s decals cover the full range of colorful options for the G.55, including 2 early and 4 late machines.
  2. LF Thoughts on Sword 1/72 Fiat G.55 Centauro 2 in 1 release

    Sorry I brought it up.
  3. P-51D-5 'Lou IV' 1/72

    This is really a lovely Mustang! Many thumbs up! I was so impressed by the P-51B in your last shot that I went back and found that build thread, too. WOW—I think you have cracked the code on a proper 1/72 razorback! That is the most convincing 1/72 P-51B I’ve ever seen, period. Both of them are just knockout builds.
  4. LF Thoughts on Sword 1/72 Fiat G.55 Centauro 2 in 1 release

    You need to discover “Scalemates,” mate. It’s basically a scale-modeling-only Google. Search there for any subject and scale you can think of, it will instantly list every kit ever made. Then click on the kit of your choice, and you will see a comprehensive list of box variations, release dates, decal sheets, accessories, reviews, and published references for it. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/1076241-sword-sw-72104-fiat-g-55
  5. LF Thoughts on Sword 1/72 Fiat G.55 Centauro 2 in 1 release

    I recently bought the Sword G.55, and am very pleased with it. Looks to be accurate, crisply molded, excellent surface detail, convincing small parts, and a very complete level of detail molded in to the cockpit and wheel wells—you shouldn’t need much in the way of aftermarket. Gives you both styles of vertical tail (though the early one requires surgery). The only non-styrene part in the kit is a well-detailed resin insert for the central wheel well. Excellent decals with a great selection of 6 colorful post-armistice ANR color schemes. The only real competition is the Special Hobby kit. This seems about equal in terms of accuracy, but is a typical older limited-run kit which looks to be a more difficult build. Slightly softer molding, a lot of resin and PE parts, vac-form canopies. You do get a nice film/PE “sandwich” instrument panel and PE seat belts which Sword lacks, though. I believe SH offers the “Sottoserie 0” and “Serie 1” versions as separate kits—mine is the latter. As a caveat, I haven’t built either one! But the Sword kit + a Yahu instrument panel and some aftermarket seat belts looks like the winning combo to me.
  6. Looking for help with Nakajima A6M2-N Rufe colours

    I have nothing to add to the excellent comments on exterior color, except to enthusiastically reinforce that venturing over to Mr. Millman’s “Aviation of Japan” blog is time well spent. The background color of the blog’s main page is the color you seek! In addition to the new book mentioned above, there is a PDF publication offered through the blog called “Painting the Early Zero-Sen” that is wonderful. It has a thorough analysis of all paints used on the actual aircraft, and an entertaining history of how the elusive exterior gray has been interpreted and matched by model paint manufacturers over the years. This is a little off-the-wall, but I’ve recently become a big fan of the fantastic detailed instrument panels made by Yahu. They don’t make a 1/48 one for the “Rufe” per se, but they do make two variations for the very similar A6M2—one in the color that Mitsubishi used, and the other for Nakajima-built machines. All A6M2-N’s were built by Nakajima, so you could do worse for your cockpit than to buy this panel and match that particular pale green for the rest of the cockpit.
  7. ICM kits any good?

    Their more recent 1/72 kits can be downright amazing. I have an I-16 in progress. The thinness and finesse of the parts is excellent, the subtle surface detail is among the best I’ve ever seen, and the amount of internal detail is astonishing (including complete engine bay). The parts count is a little intimidating in the box, but with careful preparation all fits very well. I own the Su-2, Po-2, Fw 189, He 70, I-5, I-15, I-153, and Ki-27 kits and they are all of a similar ilk.
  8. Bf 109G-10 Hungarian blue/yellow 12?

    The red landing gear paint was sometimes used as a reminder to service personnel, on 109’s with those versions of the DB 605AS or DB 605D engines that were configured for 96-octane fuel. Most other 109’s used 87-octane gas.
  9. Best Spitfire Mk. Vb in 1/72

    For what it’s worth, Revell is releasing a new 1/72 Mk VB this year, which no doubt will be based on their recent Mk II kit. I don’t own the latter, so can’t speculate on where the new Mk V will fit into the spectrum of available kits.
  10. Bf 109G-10 Hungarian blue/yellow 12?

    Well, I think we have officially beat this one to death...bottom line, I don’t think anyone will criticize you for going by a profile in the superb JaPo book. Your point about light angles is excellent. It has always seemed to me that WW2-era film can be very sensitve to lighting conditions; more than once I’ve seen two or more photos of the same aircraft, that give completely different impressions of color values.
  11. Bf 109G-10 Hungarian blue/yellow 12?

    Indeed, a great group of interesting photos, thanks for posting those. Just to play devil’s advocate, the closeup of the port side well illustrates the contrast between the fuel triangle and “12,” cited by authors of both MMP books (“Late 109 Camouflage and Markings” and “Hungarian Fighter Colors”) as evidence the number was not yellow. “Late 109’s” also points out that blue numbers were documented in 101 vadaszered’s loss records, so the assertion that this color was not “standard” may not be correct. Of course, it could also mean the triangle and number are simply different shades of yellow. They would have been from different sources and applied at different times of course—one at the factory, and the other in the field. You just never really know...welcome to the wonderful world of late-war Luftwaffe markings research, LOL!
  12. Bf 109G-10 Hungarian blue/yellow 12?

    The JaPo book shows yellow. These books are very well researched in general, and the color profile work is stunning. You can’t fault AZ too much for following that lead. The MMP "Late 109" book shows blue. The author makes two points for his case: 1) Yellow numbers were used only in one of 101 vadaszezred’s three groups, and loss records document blue numbers in other parts of the unit. 2) One of the photos (well reproduced in the JaPo and MMP "Hungarian" book) clearly shows the number is somewhat darker than the immediately adjacent yellow fuel triangle on the fuselage's port side. The MMP "Hungarian Fighter Colors" book (perhaps wisely!) does not illustrate this aircraft in color, but contains a photo of "12," and also casts doubt on its being yellow. The also cite contrast to the fuel triangle, and speculate that the number could be blue, red, or gray. For what little my opinion is worth, I’d choose blue for this machine. Actually, if I had a yen for a Hungarian G-10, I might choose the well-documented “Black 15" or "Black 16!” The side number color is not only unassailable, but the machines are rather more colorful with yellow on the nose and tail.
  13. Worst model quality?

    The kit that sticks out in my mind as the all-time worst was the Merlin Fulmar. Paid over $20 for it, back when that was worth something, but ended up giving it away (rather cruel to the recipient in retrospect). In addition to the faults described above, the fuselage halves were so badly warped, and of such thick plastic, that their correction was obviously well above my pay grade.
  14. Glass panels in lower fuselage on Grumman Wildcats?

    Well understood by every pilot (and by me), but I was wondering, maybe not by the theoretician designing the airplane! Admittedly a lame guess on my part. The earlier discussion on “bombing windows” is, I suspect, closer to the truth.
  15. Glass panels in lower fuselage on Grumman Wildcats?

    Pure speculation on my part...! But I wonder if they might have been of some value when landing on a carrier, particularly in knowing when you’d passed over the deck edge.