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  1. That is a great looking build. The comparison to period photos is interesting too. It seems Tamiya made the fuselage too tall at the tail plane?
  2. The green light was already given to the posed jeep question ... so any vehicle dedicated as a military staff car should be alright? Am looking at the Horch, specifically this one which belongs to the regimental HQ of a flak unit.
  3. I don't know if super glue formulas have changed over the decades, but given the variety of brands and specified applications, there must be some better than others - or is it just all a marketing ploy? My oldest build is an Eduard Albatros, though may not be quite 30 yrs old. It also does not have EZ Line, but stainless steel wires glued for the rigging. Of the 22 wires applied, nine are missing and two are only attached at one end. So not 100% failure. Looking at my other models with the elastic line, the only 100% failure is a few of the older builds, but these are just single line uses for the antenna wire running to the rear (109E and Spitfire). These are directly glued to the surface of the model. In the last decade or so, I've employed the method for attaching rigging wires on biplanes with a slight hole drilled in the surface so there is a sort of pocket to hold more glue. A decade old Spitfire and the antenna wire is still fully attached. Of five 1/72 biplanes built in the last ten years, three of them have a single wire has come lose on one end. Another 1/48 Albatros build from a dozen years ago, only two wires have come undone, but I'm certain this was a from a plastic statue falling on it. Otherwise the other wires are still quite strong and are able to handle poking with a finger. So my results are inconclusive, but maybe in another ten years they will be more telling ... regards, Jack
  4. Price wise, depends where one shops, but the recent Tamiya release of the IV ausf.G No. 35378 is a viable option, and a great looking set of tropical crew figures are a bonus. The muzzle brake on the gun barrel is the ball shaped one, so this is actually the F2 (or essentially an initial or early ausf.G after the long gun version received it's official variant). It includes one set of desert markings labelled as 21.Panzer Div. El Alamein Autumn 1942. Star Decals research confirms red 215, but further date it as November: I refer this video to clarify F2 and G nomenclature, plus it goes in detail the Border kit.
  5. That response is odd as the thread is already asking about accuracy on a specific subject. so why would the members have to ask again? If you know more, just post it as obviously by the number of views many are interested.
  6. Others are much more knowledgeable about the 109G, but concerning the Eduard kits, the second release of the G-6 apparently corrected the dimensional oversize in the wingspan and fuselage length, so G-10 should be fine in that area.. Main issue still appears to be the exhaust stacks are too tall and the angle in which they protrude. Not sure if these are corrected with Eduard's own aftermarket sets, so may have to rely on another brand? Eduard example is darker plastic while beneath is a Quickboost product: The other detail to watch out for is underneath where the wing assembly joins the fuselage. They have engineered the joint chevron shaped, but there really is no panel line of any kind here so just sand flush. Not sure if there is more, so hopefully the hive mind will add more.... regards, Jack
  7. The 'Spanish' marking is a bit different because it has the arms of the X extended all the way to the edges of the disc. If lucky, they are a bit undersized to what is required. Then just need to spray a slightly larger black disc and center the decal over that?
  8. A second nod to visit Gaspatch Models to source a Vickers gun. specially now that they have a 20% Discount Coupon BF2022GPM until the 28th of this month.
  9. @kpenney that would be great if you can obtain first hand information. If possible, also confirm if the markings are a particular grey or black? It seems the aircraft registered 15003 never had the overall grey scheme with darker markings. Going by the photo history on Airliners.net, it received a more colourful scheme some time in 2018. Is the underside grey the same as the one I have been trying to pin down?
  10. This is the best photo during the lead up to the planned invasion of Malta, the crew are also undoubtedly sporting tropical clothing: https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=32669 A few of the smaller tanks, but I've not come across any where the crew is wearing tropical gear:
  11. There was an Eduard editorial from 2020 that does mention they provided their 1/48 plans to Special Hobby. It is funny that the corrections that were done to the 1/72 version has Eduard describing them as 'altered it, corrected it, generally modernised it, brought it in line with the latest research available' - they just can't admit that they did produce a modern kit (both 1/32 and 1/48) but with mistakes.
  12. 1945 https://www.abovebelow.ca/product/342-north-american-p-51d-mustang-iv-442-sqn-1945-/310?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=false&category_id=3 Post war https://www.abovebelow.ca/product/185-north-american-p51d-mk-iv-mustang-402-city-of-winnipeg-squadron-1955-/657?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=false&category_id=3 https://www.abovebelow.ca/product/037-north-american-p51d-mustang-iv-1955-cjatc-or-city-of-london-sqn-/265?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=false&category_id=3
  13. What if the piece of equipment was painted in desert colured paint, but ended up not actually serving in a desert/tropical setting? Am thinking of the planned Axis invasion of Malta (Operation Herkules), but was aborted with the fall of Tobruk in 1942, There was a company of mixed German vehicles created containing the Pz IVG, along with the heavily armoured Pz I VK 1801 and 1601. regards, Jack
  14. Actually, quite the opposite was done. The analysis began with colour digital samples provided by Nick Millman, followed by assigning grey values via software that emulates b/w film. The purpose was to show that it is possible to have present the known official colours an RAF Hurricane would carry during this period in the way they were displayed by the photo in question - or more specifically that the grey tone of the MSG codes appear lighter than that of the outer roundel. Of course, if one does not trust the photospectometry readings by Nick Millman, and consider unreliable the software created by a programmer that also studies colour for a living, ( https://powerretouche.com/ ), then yes what I posted should be ignored.
  15. Nenad, that is a great looking build. You say it was a long trek to completion, but I think you did a lot in less than three months? I would still be at the construction phase in that time frame... regards, Jack
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