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Massimo Tessitori

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  1. I suggest to look to photos of real planes with the livery and age of the model that we are representing. To paint a model taking another model as reference is not a good idea. Besides one has to distinguish the lines of the openable panels, as the engine cowling or maintenance hatches, from those of riveted panels that were fixed.
  2. If I remember well, the size of the T-62 of Tamiya is excessive, so it could be that some more links are required.
  3. My impression about the wingtips is that the lower face is bent upwards, this would justify that the far wingtip looks cutten in perspective.
  4. I wonder if the possibility of refitting a gunner's position was previded before building. Or maybe it was preserved from the twoseater prototype.
  5. Interesting. The rear opening is curved in the same way.
  6. Serial what? Il-2s built before the war had transparent rear canopy and one piece armorglass behind the pilot, later ones had metallic one and armour with two windows behind the pilot. I don't know the exact day when they changed.
  7. Very interesting. It should be a plane built in the first half of 1941. But the rounded vane behind it is from the factory or made for a conversion to twoseater? Regards Massimo
  8. Probably. But it could explain the paper or fabric sheet taped on the side as a censure for photographic purposes. An alternative explanation for what seems the head of a blonde woman could be a Guards mark, that should have a similar look and seems more likely.
  9. Thank you all. Now I've collected some books to deepen the differences between the variants. I will credit Alex Ruchkovsky for having shared his researches on the Soviet conversions of A-20G to add a navigator cabin. Regards Massimo
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    I think that now we have a sufficient consensus on the unreliability of the profile of Hobbyvista.
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    Hi all, unfortunately I haven't made deep researches on Yaks and I don't remember to have seen this photo. Maybe I could ask Mr. Ruchkovsky or Misos.
  12. Hi, thank you, I pass to another question. I would know what were the visual differences between the Boston III and the A-20C. The cut of the glazing should be the same, is there another way to distinguish them? Thanks for any suggestion. Massimo
  13. Hi, I don't think. The one high on the fuselage, close to the wingroot, is partly covered by the prop blade and the profile of this is sharp, so it could be a defect of the plane but not of the photo. Just, I think that the place is very hidden for an artistic painting. Good suggestion, I see that Ruchkovsky has worked on this sheet, I'll contact him. Regards Massimo
  14. Looks a good idea. They have some resemblance to two of the actresses, but I don't know if they were the main female characters. The square thing could be some fabric thing taped to the plane over the painting. Strangely it is not visible in another photo, but it is real without doubt. This could be put by Soviets. the ones on the nose and cowling appear in more than one photo. The doubt can be on the supposed women. Good, this is much clearer than the article in Russian.
  15. Hi all, Tapani is working on profiles of Soviet A-20, and now he is facing photos of a plane with the U.S. slogan 'We dood it' and many paintings that was delivered to SU. I've asked to Andrey Averin, that answered that this is a gift from Richard Red Skelton - an American comedian and actor, best known for his radio and TV shows of the period 1937-1971; in particular, for "The Red Skelton Show". He added four links: http://ava.org.ru/bap/1gm.htm# https://bellabs.ru/51/Photos/1GMTAP_WeDoodIt-01.html https://bellabs.ru/51/Additions/Article_Pravda-277.html https://ok.ru/nashiioni/topic/63553187897416 Now, this photo shows a lot of strange marks, probably of American origin. Increasing the contrast, I think to see: a light 32, an horizontal line and an angled one on the oval on the nose; the painting of a sort of painting and a dark-skinned woman behind it, and her legs and skirt under the painting; close to it, the head of a blonde woman; a round with a sort of clover inside a circle. Could these be marks of fuel, oil firms, or any sort of mark of a firm or association? Can anyone recognize any of the marks? Regards Massimo
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