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  1. The Beutepanzer site seems to have the best collection of the Lince in german use; http://beutepanzer.ru/Beutepanzer/italy/autoblinda/Lince/Lince-1.htm On the second page is only one photo, and the scheme stands out as quite different. Looks like the camou shapes were applied to a yellow based vehicle: regards, Jack
  2. Is your subject WWII or post war? Only one vehicle was completed in 1943, and with the fall of Italy, the factories in the north came under German control. Consensus appears to be that most vehicles were taken by German occupation forces until the end of the war. Afterwards, any surviving vehicles were adopted by the Italian police, or used by the military unit 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment Lancers in Aosta. Photos of the German operated Lince seem to confirm the Italian "amoeba" camou pattern continued in production, and therefore likely in Italian paint colours. The only differences noted is some finishes had wider as opposed to thin outlines of the camou shapes. Some minor differences could be a result of two different production companies - Lancia and Ansaldo. Colours are likely splotches of dark green and brown, all of which are outlined in dark yellow. dark green = Verdo Scuro brown = Rosso Ruggine dark yellow = Giallo Sabbia Scuro regards, Jack
  3. It's a bit of a wait to see the 1/72 version, but much better than the 10 years it took see the Emil - and that was with Special Hobby doing most of the work. regards, Jack
  4. Yes, unless we make our own decals (or paint over them) we are limited to what the market has available. There is one new detail I noticed that not many colour profiles capture, and that is a diagonal stencil line running from the lower corner of the canopy down to the access step on the port fuselage side. It's illustrated here, and note how the deeper red tone of 14 , so it has been considered before: Taking another look at the earlier posted photo for studying grey scales, that stencil line does look a bit lighter than the number "1". So a comparison of the average pixel colour in the circled areas does confirm this: regards, Jack
  5. Discussed briefly on the side with @tango98, there is a possibility the 14 on the fuselage was a darker shade of red compared to the devil emblem. There is RLM 28 Weinrot - directly translates as wine red, but seems to be more popularly referred to as maroon in the western world. Anyhow, references do indicate it was used for identification purposes by the Luftwaffe. I'm leaning towards Panchromatic film, simply because the devil has clearly defined red and black, and is not that similar in dark greys like you would have had it been ortho film. Is it under exposure (or some similar anomaly) on the extreme right making the number appear black, most likely. The difference is, it only requires an increase of about 15% darkness to shift RLM 28 towards black. For RLM 23 ROT, it requires much more, at least 50% and this results in quite dark RLM 65 surfaces, which does not reproduce what is in the photo. Panchromatic sample darkened: regards, Jack
  6. Kagero did publish a pamphlet or booklit if you will, with decals in the three main scales. Battle of Britain Part II has the devil emblem: No numbers, but can also try search for the FCM sheet, supposedly they did markings for either 1/72 and 1/48. Here's another - PRINTscale http://www.printscale.org/product_12.html regards, Jack
  7. Hello Dave, your pm just got through - maybe just some intermittent connection? Thank you for responding. regards, Jack
  8. Found a second source in book form, that attributes the subject in question as "Black 14". It can be viewed as a pdf sample here, page 63: https://www.scribd.com/document/506905671/Luftwaffe-at-War-Messerschmitt-Bf-109-in-the-West-1937-1940 Odd thing, the author is Michael Payne, so hopefully @tango98 can confirm if they are one in the same person. regards, Jack
  9. The dark colour on the lip of the air intake was discussed here back in 2018. It did not end with definite explanation, but it seems for whatever reason, that was a factory supplied part that usually was left in it's original colour, even with a repaint of the aircraft. The engine cowls quite likely were removed to be spray painted, but that filter part remained attached to the engine and was not bothered with? regards, Jack
  10. Colin, no problems there. I did find it interesting to discover how rough a going JG 52 experienced during that summer of 1940, at least mostly their second and third gruppe. Eventually (according to wiki) the unit would become "... the most successful fighter-wing of all time, with a claimed total of more than 10,000 victories over enemy aircraft during World War II." regards, Jack
  11. @fishplanebeer, unless these pages are missing, check your Wingleader Photo Archive Number 4 book again. Pages 56-57 has 1./JG 52, and page 58-59 has 2./JG 52. After looking further at book references (Osprey's JG 52 and another publication on Luftwaffe Emblems): I Gruppe has all three Staffel carrying the running boar with a tri-coloured shield behind it - established around August 1939 II Gruppe did not use a Gruppe emblem as above, but instead chose to have each staffel with their own emblem design. With this setup, not necessary to carry the horizontal bar symbol III Gruppe used no emblems at all, but did carry the wavy bar to signify third gruppe. So with the above, now can understand why "Red 14" has no second gruppe marking on the fuselage rear. Interesting history for JG 52 during the BoB time frame: - July 22 1940 ,Geschwaderstab is joined by III Gruppe at Coquelles. Operations were disastrous and lasted only 10 days, before the third gruppe is pulled out. - 2nd August, I Gruppe arrives at Coquelles, operational until last day of October when sent home to rest - 6th August II Gruppe arrives (but pulled out 18th August. Returns to operations on Channel Front Sept. 25th, pulled out Nov. 5th. regards, Jack
  12. It is curious though, if the use of 'Red 14' in all the various photo captions and published texts, is actually based on a physical written crash report, which is yet to be identified here. Or, was it a colloquial description of the aircraft that has remained constant through the years - Red Devil, (Red or Black) 14, condensed to just Red 14? regards, Jack
  13. I think there is some valid argument to go with black for the fuselage numbers. In this photo the "1" is clearly darker than the devil, and one can see both the bow n' arrow are darker, as is the outline of the caricature. Image quality is not constant though, with the left side being brighter and the extreme right is shifting darker: while Concerning the other two middle squadrons from II and III Gruppe JG52, they are both reported as having black number codes. The two crash reports found in the provided links from @72modeler do not specify black or red for the 14, so is there a third report? There is a starboard view in the recent photo archive book of the 109 from publisher Wingleader. It confirms no devil image on that side. Interestingly, they do add the Luftwaffe pilot claimed to be from 5th Staffel, which adds confusion as this machine has no horizontal bar symbol. Maybe he was just filling in the roster of 2nd Staffel for that day? regards, Jack
  14. Avalon's profile caption for AJ733 doesn't appear to quite match the history as presented here: http://www.rwrwalker.ca/RCAF_AJ686_AJ790_detailed.html Also, aren't black stripes associated with target tugs or gunnery training (different school?). VintageWings article has this image for "Medicine Hat-based North American Harvard II" http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/551/The-Ghosts-of-Southern-Alberta.aspx regards, Jack
  15. Referencing back to the Nuts & Bolts publication, the wartime photos of the DB 9 all seem to taken during the early stages of the Russian campaign. Most are examples from Hermann Hoth's Panzergruppe 3, and a few further identified as 7th Panzer Div. The included colour plates offer a wide choice of schemes, but only provide a year without identifying location or naming a specific unit. regards, Jack
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