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  1. There's a page by page visual review on youtube. In my opinion if new to figures it could be a great source, but if you are looking to just improve one aspect of figure painting, then you could just as easily find a specific demonstration on youtube. regards, Jack
  2. Nicely done! Model colours are a personal choice, while historically Tigers of the 501 independent heavy battalion (not an actual DAK unit) were low contrast colours as displayed by the Bovington Tiger. regards, Jack
  3. During July 1940, Germany was already entertaining the possibilities of operations in North Africa. This became a necessity to prevent a total collapse of the region. By late 1940, the Army would have tropical wear ready for issue, with Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine would follow soon after with their own designs. My reference library also mentions that tropical clothing could also be sourced from the Italians and later, captured British booty -the two prime alternate sources. No initial purchase orders have been uncovered to pin point an exact date. In a huge compendium of tropical uniforms by Robert Kurtz, he mentions the Luftwaffe pith helmet only began to be available mid-1941, but it's distribution was phased out by early 1942 as it was considered unsuitable. In the photo I had linked earlier, the individual facing the camera with his hands behind his back, looks to be sporting Italian headgear, goggles and shorts - or maybe the person is actually Italian too? As to why not everyone was issued tropical clothing and in every suitable region, well initially these was intended only for the DAK. It was only later that other areas of similar climate (and usually just during summer months) did they become standard issue. Priorities and availability also factor in. regards, Jack
  4. Roundel diameters were fairly consistent (accept when the outer yellow ring was reintroduced mid 1940). In this case the 25 inch fuselage is certain, then just blowing up the image so the roundel fits this measurement gives a good benchmark to measure other details - of course a decent profile photo makes calculations more accurate. The posted measurements are what I arrive at, with code height being a guesstimate that takes in consideration the fuselage curvature. regards, Jack
  5. Was reading on another forum that an underlined code letter meant there was a 2nd aircraft in the squadron that contained the same individual code letter. If a third aircraft had the same letter, then the bar was placed above the letter. https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/underlined-code-letters-numbers.38224/ Also confusing is 115 Squadron also used the same A4 codes? Another good front on view of the codes, albeit 115 Sqn. https://aircrewremembered.com/atkin-samuel.html regards, Jack
  6. Ground crew would of been issued the Luftwaffe version tropical clothing. Their colour was more desert appropriate than the olive tropical clothing of ground troops. https://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/news-photo/north-africa-war-theater-german-luftwaffe-feb-41-may43-a-news-photo/543820453?language=fr regards, Jack
  7. I'll go sit in the corner, that's what I get for multi tasking while in front of the comp. So it's either perspective or just sloppy mark 1 eyeball drawing the D taller than the 4? regards, Jack
  8. Hello Andy, I took one additional set of measurements for the code letter D, which would be the location for your O? Compared to the A, this one is narrower at 22 inches, and taller by about 1.5 to 2 inches. There could be some perspective at play, or if the artist was knowledgeable about letters, he may have extended the top and bottom of the letter O slightly? regards, Jack
  9. According to a past thread, Lancaster fuselage roundel diameter is 54 inches ; Armed with that measurement, I took the photo and enlarged it so the roundel matches 54 inches width wise. Results are (length by width): - letter A is 40 x 30 inches, with 6 inch brushstroke - number 4 is 17.5 x 15.5 inches with 2.5 inch brush stroke Font/typeface is irrelevant and will need to be hand drawn in vector format. Any sans serif closed top 4 will do as a starting point. regards, Jack
  10. Peddinghouse must of designed those decals while partying heavily during Oktoberfest... According to this write up, Beurling scored his 20th 'Malta' kill on October 10th. Actually he downed two 109's that day, bringing his tally to 21 while flying a Vb tropical EP706 T-L. https://www.emedals.com/flying-officer-george-frederick-beurling-dso-dfc-dfm-bar-raf-rcaf-autograph regards, Jack
  11. Take your pick, Beurling flew ten different serials while stationed on Malta. There are a couple Vb listed as not tropical according to the Spifire Production page, but in the Brian Cauchi publication he has them labelled as tropical. He also has two letter codes for the following aircraft, so maybe the linked chart was just abbreviated: EN973, T-T EP135, T-Z EP706, T-L BR173, T-D regards, Jack
  12. Every now and then when discussing paints for American built aircraft for British use, there is mention of paint chips found in the Monogram publication. Would anyone know if this is the book, or maybe it's an updated version containing those same WW2 chips? https://daviddoylebooks.com/piston-engine-aircraft/official-united-states-aircraft-colors-1908-1993 regards, Jack
  13. Have you tried emailing Hunor directly about their figures, their email is listed here: https://henk.fox3000.com/hunor.htm Martola online shop in Poland (I've had no problems ordering from them), do list their vehicles, but will probably be a delay of several weeks as they order them for you. One listing at Scalemates not mentioned is D-Day Studios, but just have the one set: Other than that, only other option is to continue converting other nationalities figures. Their khaki uniform dates back to 1922, and both German style helmets of 1915 and 1935 were utilized. regards, Jack
  14. Maybe a brand called 'Dinky Toys". but these were die cast metal. https://www.warrelics.eu/forum/collections-display/dinky-spitfire-719-a-678967/ regards, Jack
  15. Hi @eagledocf15 - unfortunately still in mothballs, but might get back to it next year. When it happens, I'll be sure to link this thread to the appropriate 'Work in Progress' section. regards, Jack
  16. There's a couple evaluation reports available as pdfs, first one is on the Corsair I, and at the bottom there is listed cockpit features as being 'unsatisfactory': http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/f4u/jt118-handling.pdf A second evaluation report on the Corsair II that included night flying trial, but I did not notice any mention of requiring instrument panel change: http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/f4u/jt259-handling.pdf regards, Jack
  17. Hi Gordon, I've been using this free host for photos, but you should still keep your images saved on the hard drive for future reference, just in case the site goes under or becomes a paid site. The login feature I've never used, but probably allows arranging and grouping photos into albums or such: https://postimages.org/ I've plans to draw up the side scoops, vent, and inter cooler flap in vector format and get them custom PE. I'd offer you some in 1/32, but you might finish your build before the year is done? regards, Jack
  18. Thanks Jamie for that trio comparison. Was wondering how this fits in with period colour photos from 1943. The closest software simulation I have is Kodarchrome 25, the number represents film speed. According to Wiki, the 35mm still film version was made available to the public in 1936, but only a film speed of 10 is mentioned for 16mm movie film. Anyhow, it seems this particular Kodak film at 25 speed did reduce a bit the reds and yellows, or was it an increase in blue? Back on page 3 where the colour photos were posted, I think that first example was either digitally altered or was scanned from a book. The original might be found here as the source is being quoted as the 'Naval Slide Collection at the national Archive': https://historylink101.com/ww2_navy/org/planes/BritishPlanes/index.html regards, Jack
  19. Gord, that be interesting to see exposed FAA paint underneath the GSB. The walk around set of photos do show some natural wear, but the tail specifically I did not notice any area that could be described as purposely exposed by the restorers. regards, Jack
  20. Just came across Dana Bell's response about Dupont and ANA paints as they pertain to Royal Navy Corsair: I’m aware of two versions of VS-34900, the camouflage and markings drawings for British Corsairs. The original drawing (which I’ve never seen) was dated April 1943; the first revision (“A” revision) released that October notes that the drawing was “Brought up to date.” It appears the only differences involved switching from the birdcage canopy to the blown one. I don’t believe there was a subsequent drawing of FAA camouflage, though I’m sure there was a Goodyear drawing of FAA markings for Glossy Sea Blue Corsair IVs. As I’ve noted earlier, the drawings call out three camouflage colors: Dark Olive Drab duPont 1071-028, Sea Gray duPont 71-19324, and Sky duPont 71-021. While everything I’ve seen says the FAA Corsairs were camouflaged with paints that matched the cited colors, I must admit that NONE of them were painted with duPont 71-series paints. This doesn’t matter to modelers directly, but all duPont 71-series paints were lacquers – and all of the FAA-camouflaged Corsairs were painted with enamels. (The use of enamels also meant that there was no change in colors between fabric and metal surfaces, an issue seen on most US Navy Corsair camouflages.) As noted frequently on this site, in 1938/39 the British Purchasing Commission hired duPont to produce color standards matched to the RAF’s own chips; duPont did OK, but screwed up on several colors. Most US manufacturing drawings and specs quoted the duPont numbers but added the words “or equivalent.” This allowed aircraft manufacturers to purchase from a variety of paint producers, as long as the paints matched duPont’s chips. The ANA agreements were a joint effort to limit the number of paints that aircraft manufacturers needed to stock. The mid-1942 agreements chose the most commonly used color to become the standard, allowing that color to be substituted for an approved list of similar colors. The agreements never required the substitution of a US paint for one of the British paints on the duPont charts, and it appears several of the British colors continued to be purchased and applied by US aircraft manufacturers until fairly late in the war. The ANA color chips released in May 1943 were based on the selected ANA standards, and were reasonable matches. Standardization was particularly important for the Corsair since major subassemblies were being built at subcontractors around the country. Outer wing panels, vertical and horizontal stabilizers, and rudders and elevators needed to match the paints being applied by Vought and Brewster - and photos suggest there was a fairly high degree of consistency. (Note that the demarcation lines needed to align too!) The standard FAA colors in 1943/44 would have been Dark Slate Grey, Extra Dark Sea Grey, and Sky. So, the Corsairs’ colors themselves: Dark Slate Gray – Prior to the ANA agreements, Vought had applied this color (based on duPont 71-19323) to Chesapeakes. By the time Corsairs were in production, the ANA agreements had allowed the substitution of Dark Olive Drab (duPont 1071-028) – here I suspect the “1071" prefix reflect the fact that the AAF lacquer was specially formulated to reduce the infra-red signature. Vought was particularly good about confirming any revisions to color schemes or paints, so I do not believe old stocks of Dark Slate Grey were ever expended on Corsairs - and if they were, the outer wings and tails would not have matched the center wing panels or fuselages. Extra Dark Sea Grey – Again, Vought had used this color (71-19324) on Chesapeakes. In the ANA agreements EDSG was adopted as the standard and renamed Sea Gray. If Vought had leftover stocks of this paint it would have made no difference, but there’s no evidence that it would have mattered, since both color names referred back to the same duPont number. Sky – I’ve major problems with the origins of the US version of this color, but those issues don’t apply to Corsairs (so we don’t have to go there). The Vought Chesapeake drawings call for Sky Type “S” Gray 71-021 or equivalent. (This is the only color on any of the drawing to specify “or equivalent.”) On the Corsair drawings the color is now Sky 71-021, which had been accepted as an ANA standard. Note that 71-021 matched neither British Sky or Sky Grey, but at least was a pale green. Anyhow, I hope that something here is helpful - I know there’s a lot more detail than necessary, but I hope the extra clarifies some of the continuing issues. Cheers, Dana regards, Jack
  21. On 17 March 1941, Inspectorate 2 ordered that equipment in North Africa should be painted two-thirds yellow-brown (gelbbraun RAL 8000) and one-third gray-green (graugrün RAL 7008). Canvas items was to be also to be painted using a special type of paint. On 25 March 1942, Inspectorate 2 ordered that gelbbraun and graugrün were to be replaced by brown (braun RAL 8020) and gray (grau RAL 7027) once existing paint stocks were depleted, using the same pattern. Above was just copy/paste from here: https://panzerworld.com/german-armor-camouflage Incidentally, the first set of colours already existed on the RAL charts for a number of years. Both of them heavily used in the rail industry, according to research from Tomas Chory. ---------- About Italian aircraft paints, the same idea has been offered as being utilized by the Italian Army on their North African vehicles, but has never been proven. The closest may have been a veteran's statement that they used whatever they could get their hands on. ---------- That last photo could easily pass for layers of dust, either natural or purposely applied. Markings were then wiped clean, possibly with a wet rag, with the resulting water streaking? Possibly fingerprints cleaning off the dust on upper edges? regards, Jack
  22. Bare with me while I try to catch up, but I thought the only time Dupont paints have been associated with Royal Navy Corsairs was on the initial instructions for their painting. Dupont were lacquer, while those paints applied to Corsairs were enamel. Can the same paint ingredients be used when switching the solvent base from thinner to mineral spirits? regards, Jack
  23. I agree, adding some grey to your preferred Sky paint is the way forward with ANA 610. Cybermodeler site has a lot of colour info, but the problem is they don't illustrate how well a particular hobby paint brand matches up. For any particular colour you are looking for, the hobby paint columns all have the same digital value straight across. As far as I'm aware, the only WW2 ANA paint chart made available to the public was from Monogram, which Cybermodeler do include in their bibliography of sources. Their British reference though is not the Museum Aviation book often quoted here, but some online modern charts? Digitally I find their Sky duller compared to said book chart, as well as the studies compiled by Nick Millman. As a result their Sky is slightly darker than ANA 610. The colour photos posted earlier of Corsairs are suppose to be from Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine 1943. I think maybe from an American photographer as well? So that could mean Kodachrome film and whatever peculiarities it had with colour. One other photo from that set, maybe this one: Too bad about the staining on the undersides as it hides the nature of colour. General impression though is it looks be a grey green. regards, Jack
  24. @Dana Bell addressed the colours briefly on the first page. From saved past notes, there was also mention "Most of the duPont 71-line paints were lacquers, but the Corsair's RAF paints were enamels (matched to the duPont numbers). So the question is not only how it compared to official RAF Sky paint, but also how close was it to the Dupont sample? From a digital point of view, here are Sky from British Aviation Colours chart compared to a sample from Sovereign's web page for the Dupont version. Below it is the colour luminosity in grey form: regards, Jack
  25. Here's a colour study using using Power Touch demo, software that emulates b/w film. Orange is just a 50/50 blend of roundel red and yellow - no idea if that is official mix. I used the default setting of 80% for filters. At 100 % Red filter, the yellow sample transforms to absolute white. Just a quick observation, utilizing the red filter makes both Roundel Red and Medium Sea Grey near equal grey tone. regards. Jack
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