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  1. For tracks another possible brand are the 3D prints from Chino Model. HLJ is in the far east and carry some of them. I've linked the T54E1 type: https://www.hlj.com/1-35-scale-t54e1-type-connectable-movable-track-cnocm-052
  2. Yeah, I don't understand that post. If it's something that doesn't interest your taste, then why even bother clicking the thread? Rather post elsewhere on something you do support. It's doubtful a negative comment will discourage the designer's direction. I'm going to say the poster had a bad day, as I'm not inclined to think they are 'one of those guys'. ------------------- The Tutor is an interesting subject, not just for Canadians, but also for fans of the Snowbirds demonstration team. It has been a good two decades when the first and only kit was released in this scale, so it was due for a fresh take on the subject. regards, Jack
  3. Concerning the sworl prints available in decal form, not sure a particular brand can be chosen as the best replica as no surviving examples exist? They all seem, for the most part, to follow the same pattern, just some minor differences in the ratio of green, ochre, and brown. Good write up here with period photos: https://www.aviattic.co.uk/132-austro-hungarian-sworl.html Looking at the various brands, it is interesting Pheon did not attempt this one, but do have the hand painted style in their Oeffag series.
  4. The lack of radios was likely due to doctrine at the time. Armed recon was to gather enemy strength and positions by feigning their attack, but getting out quickly once information was established. https://tmg110.tripod.com/ger_ARB.htm
  5. According to a quoted source Panzertracts, the radio in a 222 was only fitted 1942 and onwards, so it depends the time frame you are modelling. https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/viewtopic.php?p=1004525#p1004525 regards, Jack
  6. You did not list what avenues of contact you have tried, so according to a 2020 discussion at LSP forums, the company was still in business. Contact is only through their facebook page and email, though the latter does not seem to be listed on fb. https://www.facebook.com/WingsCockpitFigures
  7. Something not sitting well with me was the quoted losses of all Panthers when the retreat was carried out. The wording can be taken any number of ways, so it requires something more concrete in terms of numbers. Pointed out here is that it was only the Kampfgruppe's encirclement at LaGleize that resulted in 13 Panthers being left behind. https://community.battlefront.com/topic/57566-anyone-know-the-actual-makeup-of-kg-peiper/ Another source give 22 lost Panthers up to Dec. 27th. So that means at least 16 Panthers were still operational somewhere, but the point is mute modelling purposes if they can't be identified with photos. https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=114669 this past thread may be of some use: Concerning Duel in the Mist, there are actually three volumes, but perhaps you already knew this as you mentioned edition in plural form. I have seen the first volume, and it includes some nice illustrations of the different factory schemes as presented by Hillary Doyle copyrighted 2007. Maybe his Panther illustrations can be found in other publications, but I agree the out of print pricing makes it more a connoisseur choice with deep pockets. regards, Jack
  8. It's unlikely that Panther crews would apply brown and green paint to their vehicles, because an order in September 1944 instructed the factories to apply the three paints directly to the primed surfaces. This means the dark yellow was no longer sprayed overall, but in camou shapes with the other two colours painted next to it ( and not over it). LSSAH, according to a couple books in my reference library, lost all their tanks on the Normandy front by August 1944. Their next replenishment came late in October/November with a shipment of 38 Panthers for the Ardennes offensive. https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/viewtopic.php?p=361197#p361197 Just reading snippets from google and forums, when Kampfgruppe Peiper was formed, it included all of 1st SS Panthers. Apparently on the 24th of December, with the advance stalled, cut off from supplies and no contact with other friendly units, the order was given to abandon all vehicles. Those that could do so retreated on foot. According to the linked pdf of a report on the weather, it was only on the 22nd that snow began to fall, so that leaves barely two days for possibly applying white washes to the armour. I don't think any photos are known to illustrate this. https://apps.dtic.mil/sti/pdfs/ADA121480.pdf
  9. I don't have anything immediate to post in terms of images, but I think the opposite is true concerning the ambush scheme. All three colours were applied at the factory, though there probably was some variation from one factory to the next. Echelon decals researched product for Kampfgruppe Peiper do show some variety: https://ca.super-hobby.com/products/1.-SS-Pz.Rgt.-Panthers-Ardennes-1944-45-Kampfgruppe-Peiper.html
  10. Looks good, and you get to further practice hand painted lozenges on the metal sections around the engine.
  11. Concerning the Daimler suspension, a Missing-lynx member has redesigned this and 3D printed them in order to decrease the parts count, as well as make more accurate. It includes reworked fenders as well. It's not cheap, so it's a question to the individual of which is more important, saving money or saving time. Not sure how you can contact him other than being a forum member over there: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/daimler-armoured-car-wheels-and-suspension-wip-t330711.html
  12. In the top left hand corner it looks like it states color by, and a larger file sample confirms: Color by facebook.com/JenosColor
  13. Thanks kindly @Casey Have saved your calculations to a dedicated folder. If plans ever come up to do a DFS from this period, it most certainly will come in handy. regards, Jack
  14. @Casey It would be curious to see how different the 'mixed' grey' is from Ocean Grey. If it interests you as well, then by all means give it a go.
  15. No math involved on my part as this online tool does it all. Just create two new RGB values for Medium Sea Grey and Night, and toggle the number of parts of each for the required mix. Also be sure to set zero value (or simply delete), the default colours that the web site loads. https://colordesigner.io/color-mixer#google_vignette regards, Jack
  16. I also took a look at Nick Millman's pdf publication on RAF colour standards, and there too it describes the 'mixed grey' was presumed to be darker than Ocean Grey. When applying the mixture of seven parts MSG to one part Night in digital form, the result is quite opposite. Ocean Grey still notably darker, though definitely more blue. So there must be some property of the actual Night paint being more potent when mixing?
  17. You should first make sure you and your friend are on the same page, You could use actual chrome paint as planned, but if your friend thinks you are capable, he might be expecting the chrome look achieved without the use of metallic paint.
  18. According to the SAM publication Combat Colours no.8 Supermarine Spitfire, the new Day Fighter scheme was introduced the middle of August 1941: - Dark Green retained - Dark Earth was to be painted over with a paint similar to Dark Sea Grey - undersides were to be Medium Sea Grey - Sky fuselage codes - Yellow leading wing edge The text does seem to infer that even at squadron level, they were responsible for repaints, as Medium Sea Grey was available since it was used for the fuselage codes. The upper surface grey was new, so in the interim, a specific instruction was sent out specifying a mix of seven parts MSG and one part Night. This upper surface colour was referred to as 'mixed grey' until end of August whence it was given the name Ocean Grey. During the summer of 1942, as new aircraft arrive from factories, Ocean Grey appears to have switched colour and became lighter and bluer. This may have resulted from further colour studies with the Spitfire Mk IX (as per SAM article). regards, Jack
  19. The asisbiz site has a second identical but different quality photo https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Bf-109E/LG2.html So have cropped that and added it third line in the comparison below. They all seem to have different degrees of manipulation (dark edges) around some of the lettering. Could just be the digital process, or was the photo touched up, or was the the cowl repainted after 'Peter" was already in place?
  20. Photo of JF627 taken in March 1945 from a lost photo album recently presented by VintageWings.Ca https://www.vintagewings.ca/stories/donald-lambies-war-3
  21. Very informative thread. Is there any other additional rule of thumb to be added regarding clipped wings usage, other than the already mentioned 'officer's choice'? Interestingly, RCAF's squadron leader Bert Houle had been quoted as stating: My favorite fighter was the Spitfire VIII with clipped wings. It had power and good armament. It could roll quickly and out-turn any enemy fighter we encountered. http://www.spitfireperformance.com/spitfire-VIII.html Couple photos from 417. appears to be more than one type of wingtip in use. The one landing looks to be clipped, while in the background is at least one with extended tips: Also a question about the colour scheme, have seen mention in the forums here, that operations over northern Italy saw the introduction of the DFS. Is it possible to pick a date (or base) that would require this transition? https://www.rcafassociation.ca/heritage/history/rcaf-and-the-crucible-of-war/417-squadron/ regards, Jack
  22. Pictures loading extremely slow. Are you using raw images directly from your digital camera? 300 dpi and almost 60 mb size files is just overkill, and does nothing really for viewing online.
  23. If this Tiger carries the initial tropical colours (like the Bovington example), yes the tones are are low contrast. There also seems to have been added a rust colour on the edges of the camou shapes, or is this some kind of digital camera result? Overall yes, very excellent build. regards, Jack
  24. There is some variances among the three accepted brands being correct. Barracuda has omitted the detail on either side of the shield, and appears to have gone with black for the RAF eagle. DK Decals has both a dark and dull red eagle, while the shield has a red cross - St.George? Two of the three do appear to have chosen the lion on either side of the shield. Still wondering how that conclusion was made, is there a much clearer photo as yet not discussed here? Note that the lion was not mentioned at all when this thread was first initiated. I'm still entertaining the idea that those bottom silhouettes could possibly be the desert jerboa....
  25. Hello @Nenad Ilijic, just saw your completed build, looks great. About the marking question you had posted in your build log, the solid colour is likely a company HQ vehicle, while the number above it must mean it contained more than one vehicle. So it could be either red, blue, yellow, or green if there was a fourth company. Battalion HQ used black for their markings, but the commander himself used the multi-coloured symbol based on the number of companies under his command. https://www.zimmerit.com/zimmeritpedia/ITALIA_sez_2.html regards, Jack
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