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  1. AMStreet

    Some colour photos

    Regarding the finish on the B26 and P47 I think that given the hard lives these a/c led a matt finish would be understandable. They were operational and the ground crew would have had no time to polish them up. That's one thing that I really dislike seeing on some restored a/c. A lot of hard work has gone into making them look as if they had been chromium plated and to my eye that just does not look right. The owners of course have every right to present their a/c as they wish but I think it is a big mistake. Just like some over-zealous restorer polishing the patina off of an antique. Generally that destroys the value of the item. Just a pet hate of mine, I'm sorry to say.
  2. AMStreet

    Some colour photos

    I just spotted this on the Guardian website: Here The one that caught my eye was of the 112 Sqn Kittyhawks. Now I had always believed that the squadron codes were white but to my eye these look like medium sea grey. Enjoy
  3. AMStreet

    Academy versus Frog

    Thanks for all the replies. It was as Seahawk says the blister windows that first made me think about the similarities between the two kits. Checking the few available plans I have there are some problems with the tail end of the two models but nothing that some work with a razor saw and plastic card won't fix. One problem I can't seem to get an answer to is the observer's cockpit. I have been unable to find any references to the layout of this area. Now I know that the USN did not use this but the FAA did and as I intend to make one of the models as a Tarpon I would like to know how it was fitted. Any pointers to reference material would be of great help. Thanks.
  4. AMStreet

    Academy versus Frog

    Digging through my cache in search of inspiration I came across an Academy 1/72 Avenger kit. On looking at the parts a thought struck me that they looked awfully similar to those in a Frog kit which I also have. so I checked the two kits out. Apart from recessed panel lines and a few minor differences, the parts of the two kits are pretty much interchangeable. Can anyone tell me if Academy got hold of the Frog moulds after Frog went bust or are they some sort of clone?
  5. AMStreet

    Iraqi Gladiator

    I have just dug out a number of Airfix Gladiator kits. One of the subjects I want to do is a Mk1 as used by the Iraqi Air Force during the campaign in 1941. I have a set of markings from DP Casper which covers this affair, although the instructions are, in my opinion, not worth much. Looking around the web I have not been able to find much information on the configuration of the Iraqi a/c. One of the few illustrations that I have been able to track down gives me some idea of the markings and colours but some other details seem to be missing. For instance, were the Iraqi Gladiators fitted with the Watts propeller and was a sand filter fitted? None of the sources I have seen are entirely clear on these points and I wonder if anyone here has an answer. Thanks.
  6. AMStreet

    Wheels Up or Down - What's your opinion?

    Most definitely down. I agree with the points made by Shane. To my mind models don't look right on stands and as I need to put them somewhere to store having them stand on their own two legs, as it were, make my life easier and I don't get quite so many breakages. Having said that MikeMaben's 262 does look the business.
  7. AMStreet

    B-24 "Mickey ship" colours

    I've been doing a bit of research into the Mickey ship grey colour and I think I might have the answer. In Camouflage and Markings No. 13 there is a reference to a Sea Gray colour adopted by both the Navy and the Army as a replacement for Neutral Gray. This, it is said, was similar to Neutral Gray but with a blue component. As this colour was introduced in 1943 I wonder if that was the grey used for Mickey ships. The standard quoted is FS 36118. I do not have a FS colour chart so cannot confirm this but to my mind this colour looks to be a good candidate.
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    B-24 "Mickey ship" colours

    Right, thanks for that. I'll hunt down some Neutral Gray and see how it goes.
  9. AMStreet

    B-24 "Mickey ship" colours

    I'm thinking of doing a B-24 Mickey ship and wondered if anyone had a colour spec for the grey that was used on some of them. Most of the colour profiles look to be around the medium sea grey colour but if anyone has a more precise value it would be appreciated. Thanks.
  10. I have none. They are too big for me. 1/72 suits me best. They are much too expensive for my income and if I did build one I would really struggle to find somewhere put keep it. (One of the drawbacks of modelling for as long as I have) I have none. They are too big for me. 1/72 suits me best. They are much too expensive for my income and if I did build one I would really struggle to find somewhere put keep it. (One of the drawbacks of modelling for as long as I have)
  11. AMStreet

    French service Sopwith Triplane

    I had forgotten about the reversed rudder stripes. To me that seems to indicate that the markings were done by Sopwith using British standard colours. The reason being that they may have thought "The roundels are the reverse of ours so the rudder stripes will be as well." Thanks for all the thoughts.
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    French service Sopwith Triplane

    I have just got hold of an old Revell Sopwith Triplane solely for the transfer on the fin. The example I have is in much better condition than the ones currently available so I want to use it. After looking at a number of planes I have decided to do one in French service. The question is, are the national markings painted with British standard paints or were they remarked by the French? The reason I ask is due to the marked difference in the two sets of colours, the blue in particular being markedly different. Any thoughts would be welcome.
  13. AMStreet

    Markings for the Airfix Heinkel 111

    Graham, Thanks for that. The references I have do not give the actual dimensions so I was in a poor position to see if the crosses were right. Looking at the sizes, it does look as if the 2:1 ratios are about right for the upper to lower crosses. From what you have said I think that I will mix and match. Keep the Airfix crosses and use the Xtradecal codes. It's a pity that no-one seems to do Luftwaffe code letters any more, unlike those for the RAF. I do have some ancient Microscale letters and numbers but they are the wrong size. There is, I think, a market for such things, I have some Bf109s just aching for someone to produce a set or two of coloured numbers to go with all the Gruppe and Staffel badges I have. Thanks again.
  14. AMStreet

    Markings for the Airfix Heinkel 111

    Graham, Yes it is the P that I am making. The dimensions of the markings are as follows: Upper wing Airfix 14mm Xtradecal 17mm Lower wing Airfix 28.5mm Xtradecal 35mm Fuselage Airfix 14mm Xtradecal 20mm There's no hakenkreuz on the Airfix sheet, the Xtradecal one is 11mm across the flats. A Techmod sheet I have gives a size of 9mm AF. Unit codes Airfix 8mm xtradecal 10mm It was the unit codes that first made me think about the size difference. they were so different one from the other that I took a look at the crosses etc. Everything on the Xtradecal sheet is so much larger than on the Airfix one. Hence my original post. I'm going to finish the model as S7+HA of StG 3 in North Africa colours. As this A/C was used in 1941 I suppose that the markings could well have changed from those used in 1940 but the difference is so great it just had me worried that something may not be quite right. Apologies for the lack of information in my original post. I hope that this one will help.
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    Markings for the Airfix Heinkel 111

    I have got to the stage were I am thinking about the markings to be applied to the Heinkel 111 I am doing at the moment, and I have hit a bit of a show-stopper. The transfers supplied with the kit and the after-market Xtradecal set I also bought do not match. The crosses are completely different sizes on the two sheets. The Airfix ones are small and the Xtradecal ones are much larger. Neither look right to me and to add to the confusion those on my Italeri Heinkel are different again! Does anyone have any idea if either set is right? Thanks.