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  1. Thank you William for the correction, my sources are are lean to say the least, when it comes to SA vehicle markings. Even online searches I find no official use of the Sprinbok as a vehicle marking during World War II. Would you happen to have a date for said photo? A wiki entry on the SA 1st Infantry Division has an interesting OOB for Oct. 1942. If I'm reading the above linked chart correctly, the EB marking found in the Junior battery Regiment can also be considered the third battery? There is such a unit listed at the bottom of 2nd South African Infantry Brigade Brig. W.H.E. Poole: 1st, 3rd and 14th Field Batteries of 1st Field Regt SA Artillery Corps In the end, I'd still go with same order of colours as described in my first response. regards, Jack
  2. 1/16 and 120mm is the largest you will find in military full resin figures. You can find larger scales, but they would be busts only, usually in the 1/10 scale range. There is a small selection here 200mm: https://www.mitchesmilitarymodels.co.uk/product-category/200mm/ If you want 1/6 size figures, there is a fairly huge market in the poseable collector figure range - some people will still paint these and improve on an already finished product. regards, Jack
  3. Canadian born John Urwin-Mann joined 238 Squadron in May of 1940. On August 21st, he shot a Ju88 for his 5th confirmed kill. Record books have him flying serial P3930 at that time and blue 2 position. Have chosen R as a possible individual code letter, so will look something like this: Based on the few period photos of 238, it should have a blunt nose spinner, I think, maybe... regards, Jack
  4. Can only guess, but on the assumption that is a Stag's head marking of 22nd Armoured Brigade - the artillery battery assigned to them adopted this marking, which is usually depicted in red. So probably B is also red, while E is blue, since battery formations used a combined red/blue AoS tactical markings? regards, Jack
  5. For the Italian mottled camou, I've seen some modellers apply the scheme by stippling the appropriate colours in powder form and brush. You could finish off the paint mule with powders to arrive at a denser colour? regards, Jack
  6. Got some work done, so will start the update with the last discussed detail concerning the intercooler flap: After cutting out the flap, cleaned up the edges, and added a strip of sheet plastic to act a a lip for the new thinner piece made from brass (inset photo). Right now it is sitting loose, but once fixed in place will only be slightly open. Clipped wings are done, though might need some further sanding once a coat of primer is on - lights will be sorted out at the end: 1. After the initial sessions of adding two part epoxy, a temporary 'winglet' is super glued in place to aid in adding another round of putty. 2. Winglet removed, original plastic strip (from previous update) can clearly be seen sandwiched between the green putty. 3. Wing tips sanded smooth, and in anticipation of breaking the pitot tube, have also sanded flush a 0.9 mm tube (0.72mm inner diameter), inserted into wing leading edge. Have also done some work in the cockpit area, beefing up a replacement headrest. Also added sheet plastic to the rear of the kit part that sits directly behind the pilot. The edges are beveled so some semblance of a panel will still be there. regards, Jack
  7. I should add a bit more because it does get more complex after May 1944. This vehicle type falls under the SP anit-tank role and what follows is a timeline of the crew uniform: - start of war crews wear black, panzer style insignia, as well as P cypher worn on shoulders boards denoting Panzerjager - Feb. 1942 uniforms exchanged for the field grey type, but insignia remained in the style from previous uniform - May 1944, uniform style dependent on type of unit they served under: 1.) - under Army, Corps, or Divisional Infantry, Rifle and Mountain, uniform remained as above 2.) - Regimental Infantry, Rifle and Mountain - skulls replaced with Litzen on green patch surrounded with waffenfarbe colour dependent on parent formation 3.) - units under command of Panzer or Panzer-Grenadier Divisions returned to wearing black Above taken form the book on tank uniforms by Martin Windrow. regards, Jack
  8. The standard uniform should be black as this is a tank hunting vehicle. Crews could still wear other cuts of uniform that is not black, particularly during the summer, likely in the form of either tunics or similar cut panzer wrap in lightweight reed green material. During the final months they would wear whatever was available to be issued, so even field grey style panzer jackets are possible. regards, Jack
  9. That would be a yes concerning the Valentine and the Caunter scheme. Also note you get to do the white/red/white recognition flashes as they appeared for Operation Crusader: Found a comment by Mike Starmer about the subject here: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/rac-white-red-white-flash-t103327-s10.html regards, Jack
  10. The Asisbiz site is pretty good for displaying photos, so just look through the list and click the links for those labelled as 2./JG1 and dated 1944: https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Fw-190A/JG1-I.html regards, Jack
  11. Weathering powders can be diluted with water or an alcohol based solution. The finish does leave a rough grit behind, so it depends on the subject if it's appropriate to have said texture. It's not something you normally use if the aim is that of a filtered colour or panel wash on a clean subject. regards, Jack
  12. Excellent, that view looks to have it just slightly open. Looking at a pdf copy of the manual, the diagram illustrates it as detail E, Intercooler flap: A little reading and it conveniently lists the possible positions and when to use (red bracket). It was also mentioned, further on, wide open position after landing so the interior cools down quicker. regards, Jack
  13. It's in front of that bottom window, so would have to be supercharger outlet door? Sounds like the proper technical name - but yeah, I was thinking of thinning it more to scale, or even remove and replace with some thin brass sheet, in which case I would position it more closed if in flight? regards, Jack
  14. Got a few more detail questions: 1.) On the underside fuselage a little ways aft of the cowl area, there is a huge opening. Did this articulate on the real aircraft? What was it's purpose, did it work on the same principal as the cowl flaps? 2.) The various lights on the exterior that are molded concave, is this correctly detailed, or should they be flat lenses like the solitary clear one that the Tamiya kit provides? regards, Jack
  15. Vallejo redid many of their WW2 British aircraft (as well as Luftwaffe) paints. They had originally been released as a 16 bottle set that combined both RAF and FAA colours together - the box had a clear cellophane window on the front. Now they have smaller and more numerous specific sets. Mind you, I've yet to come across a comparison of the old and new that would indicate any improvements. The identifying number, and where necessary the proper paint name, have been changed. For example, they now have Sky Type S #71.302, while earlier they had instructed to use a Luftwaffe colour, RLM 84 #71.103. That is interesting about Agama and Xtracrylic. thank you for the revelation. regards, Jack
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