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  1. P23B Karas 1/72

    Jure, do you understand Polish enough to read my articles? If not, just ask, here or in the private message, I can help you with the colours of the other Polish airplanes.
  2. A GOTHA

    These Schwarzlose guns are Austro-Hungarian and need completely different ammunition (8mm) - rather unavailable in Germany. These make sens only for Austro-Hungarian version of Gotha G.IV (which had different engines that German versions). See the picture below (hexagon colours may be not fully correct):
  3. P23B Karas 1/72

    It is true that I'm the author of the linked article (and the other, previous one on the same website on the same topic: First part of the Polish Khaki article). Sorry for late cathing up, but due to Easter holidays and some other things I was unable to visit Forum for some time. In general Polish military airplanes tops and side of the '30s period were painted in "khaki" colour, but for sure it had at least three variants, depending on period and paint producer. There were (at least) two of them, Nobiles from Włocławek and PORSA from Radom, and the original paint samples catalogues scans are published in these articles. Our knowledge is also built on the original airplane relics preserved in collections or found during archeological surveys. The coolest one is the whole Karaś rudder, bought recently by Polish WWII Museum from some German person who apparently aquired it in 1939 as a war trophy. And other part, slightly deteriorated due to being buried in the earth for some 50 years or more: The rudder colour is apparently the third (latest) version of the "Polish khaki", darkest and most brown. The plane has probably been repainted during overhaul, which is confirmed also with the hand-painted number in black (original factory numbers were red and probably painted with stencils). Early produced Karaś planes were apparenly painted in more greenish (but not green!) colour similar to the olive drab called "medium [or second] Polish khaki". Our reconstruction of these colours is as follows: Medium Polish Khaki (for early produced Karaś): Late Polish Khaki (for late produced or overhauled Karaś): Good representation of the "Late khaki" is the HATAKA 010 available both as acrylic and laquer (also in the set with "Early khaki" - not the "medium khaki"! - blue-grey and silver - HATAKA Polish '30s set) The PZL 43 produced for Bulgaria is different story, as it apparently had more expensive and slightly different finish (but also all the period colour photos are variously hued, the posted here photo of the P.43 with tail smashed by the tank (really!) is for sure too blue. There are also several Luftwaffe pilots statements from September 1939 who noticed that the Karaś planes were "dark brown", which was very effective camouflage for that period and environment. I hope it helps, I'll be glad to answer other questions if something is still unclear. (and someday I'll translate these article into English ) Grzegorz
  4. Triple Mustang build - 1/72

    Polish 303 Squadron gives you option for DG/MSG camo or bare metal: (its the same squadron, despite different letters - the code RF has been changed to PD after the war)
  5. Excellent. As usual from this Great Modeller!!! Congratulations, Fuad!!!
  6. It is shockingly good job. But still you're not the craziest Battle-builder I know. Long time ago in dark commie-Poland '80s my friend has built pretty good Battle heavily modyfying... Polish 1/72 kit of the Il 2m3 Shturmovik!
  7. I understand now! General rule for RWD was to paint fabric with aluminium dope (as it was lighter than white paint and preserved the fabric from UV). So this airplane may be an exception or the producer has made a mistake in the kit instruction. BTW, the aluminium dope was rather dull and grayish, not something like the polished alclad or chrome. RWD 13: RWD 5: Unfortunately no RWD 8 survived till today. Anyway, your model looks very good!
  8. What a lovely airplane, and the build goes very well! Good luck in finishing it, you're so close to the end! BTW do you intend to leave the fuselage in grey? It should be aluminium.
  9. Another excellent model from great modeller! Congratulations!
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  11. Arma Hobby 1/72 PZL P.7a

    Looks excellent! To be honest, the wooden propeller was covered with "true chinese laquer" which after application was brown indeed, but extremely dark, almost black. As a natural product it varied somewhat. This is the most light version I know: And this is one of the darkest: Finish was rather glossy in general, but the rear surfaces have been matted with some gentle sanding (to avoid light reflexes). There is a legend that Szomański factory employed true Chinese workers for laquer application, as the medium was too irritaiting for European lungs. Original Szomański logo: I'm waiting eagerly for the next part of the show! Cheers! Grzegorz
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  13. Arma Hobby 1/72 PZL P.7a

    I see you've ordered the book! I belive it was good decision. It summarises the most recent and credible knowledge. Good luck with the kit! Decals work excellent with MicroSol even on the most complex corrugated surfaces. My trials: Photo comes from Arma Hobby blog. It was good decision to order decals from Italian Cartograf. We did that also for the Fokker E.V.
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