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Mike Starmer

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  1. Be aware that the Frog/Novo kit lacks the bomb bay. The kit was based on a postwar machine. Not seen the other kits so cannot comment on those. They were mostly used as pilot trainers, as that took some tricky handling at times. For this reason that were employed by B.A.T. flights, doped black underneath rather than the regulation yellow. Ansons were used by A.N.S. for radio /navigation as they were more sedately. Or so I understood from chaps who flew them.
  2. The colour instruction sheet of disruptive diagrams is mostly inaccurate. The side views generally conform to the 1943 issued painting diagram. However the remaining views are pure fiction, evidently in the erronious belief that these patterns were made up by individuals each with a tin of paint. These far eastern companies have no real idea about British camouflage.
  3. The bright colour on the Buffalo rudder is due to deflection and catching more light. The black tail cone is normal. All the pictures of Buffalos in my Finnish Air Force Camouflage and Markings book show the same feature as do Moranes. This is probably as a result of the rudders being painted before attaching to the fuselage. The green given in this book too is close to FS.34096, although the several colour photographs all differ, they look nothing like that FS green. It looks to dark and green compared to the images. These all show a distinct yellow or olive tinge more akin to FS.34259 but that seems too bright. In B/W images the contrast between green and black is quite high but 34096 doesn't do that. For what is is worth I would use Humbrol 159 or combine 226 and 155 on a model. One point worth mentioning, in a army camouflage information and assessment document I have, it is pointed out that on this planet there are very few areas, with one exception, where a blue-green colour would be effective. Colours for overland use should all be yellow-greens. The exception being its use by for over-water use in semi- and tropical areas. Humbrols 30, 76, 88, 149, 223 and 224 are all blue-greens. If you take a spot of those and add some white you can see the blue immediately.
  4. Cerrux Grey was not used by the RAF it was a FAA anti-corrosion paint for fleet aircraft. The RAF polished the metal panels and the fabric had Aluminium dope. This dope is not bright, it has a dull greyish tinge which is why you see the difference in photographs.
  5. I doubt that they would bother whitening the inside of the hatches at all. The white covering wasn't paint, it was a chalky semi-permanent covering like lime-wash. It could be removed with water and a stiff brush, or heavy rain too.
  6. Since I do a lot of mixing for various purposes I occasionally hit on a mix which is suitable for another purpose entirely. I found that this is a very close match to SCC.15 Olive Drab: 9 x Humbrol 253 RLM 83 + 1 x Humbrol 80 Grass Green. If you are not so fussy the 8 x Humbrol 159 Khaki Drab + 1 x Humbrol 33 Black. For the canvas tilts either 159 or 150 or combination of both colours. These were not painted but dyed and were of less intensive colour than the vehicle. For tank tracks a good general purpose colour is equal parts of Humbrol 64 and Humbrol 173.
  7. On German tanks the aerials are mounted on the end of wooden boxes fitted to the hull or trackguard. Aerials were retracted to prevent them being knocked off when the gun was traversed as well as overhead foliage damage. I should had mentioned that for British tanks in my previous. On early Pz IV I think the aerial base was sprung and a frame deflector under the gun flipped it down when traversed.
  8. By March 1945 almost certainly SCC.15 Olive Drab. Be aware that Dennis does not choose the print colours used in the artwork, he simply states what the colour should be with a little guidance as to its appearance. It is down to the artist to choose which Pantone colour is selected to depict the scheme. Gerry Chester whom I contacted long ago told me that all the NIH tanks were green, even in Tunisia. Although he was there, I never take witness statements literally. In this case in 1943 SCC.2 was the basic colour and it may be a simple case of recalling the predominent and most recent colour.
  9. Mike Starmer

    Grant m/c guns

    Those twin .30 m/gs were retained on M3 Lees in Burma and found to be very useful in beating down Japanese infntry attacks on allied positions. There are accounts of this in 'Tank Tracks to Rangoon' and another book I read years ago about the 14th Army. The tanks were formed in night lager facing outwards with the infantry inside, like the old western wagon trains. If and when the Japanese attacked, these M/Gs could put down heavy fire as could the turret guns, m/g and 37mm canister, plus if required the 75s would use short fused HE if possible. A mortar team inside could also fire star shell to airburst outside the perimeter as well as HE if it were safe to do so.
  10. These pennants were changed regularly. There is a sequence for command tanks which at present I don't recall. It may be in the 'Warpaint' series. The shape varied too, rectangular, swallowtail and triangular. Colours varied, red, blue, yellow and green. The positioning was set out in orders prior to operations or action. The actual sequence for several days sent by written orders to the units involved. I have a set for Operation Crusader where over the period of the operation the positioning and shapes are prearranged for 2 or 3 days. Changes were signalled to units by code word which would be acknowledged then implemented at the appointed time. For example; days 1 -3 code Brushwood'. red triangle top, blue rectangle at middle. Days 4-6 code 'Pears', Yellow swallowtail middle, red rectangle bottom, days 6-10 code 'Broomstick' Blue swallowtail bottom red Swallowtail top. These were in addition to CO's flag or troop leader and so on. so there might be three flags showing, the command flag at top with the ID flag just below that. The use of these became more constrained in 1942 when it was realised that the enemy targeted multiple flags or brought down artillery on tanks which, although hull down on observations, still displayed an erected aerial with flags showing. Which is why aerial bases on the early light and cruiser tanks were foldable.
  11. I went into some detail on pre-war Tiger Moths a few years ago for a chap rebuilding one. The original scheme was overall Yellow with polished metal cowlings. The next phase was all Yellow. This was followed in 1938 when shadow shading began. As you see above in both images, all wing tips , fins, rudders and tail surfaces remain Yellow. This is in accordance with a DH drawing I have dated 1938. The tips are Yellow 6 feet inboard and include inter-plane struts too. The camouflage demarcations on the drawing are identical on both upper mainplane surfaces. The DH drawing states IIRC, camouflage to be to AD.1160. Another image I have taken at Hatfield shows an N serialled machine just as those images above, the shadow shading complies with the DH drawing. A 1938 drawing AD.1160, shows a single engined Hurricane type aircraft in Dark Earth and Dark green patterning on upper surfaces as one expects with a demarcation halfway up the fuselage. These N serialled Tiger Moths are all to the DH drawing with both upper and lower mainplanes the same pattern and colours. This is evident on the Hatfield machine. There is however a variation of the upper and undersurfaces demarcation on the fuselage. The DH drawing shows a high line along the top longeron whilst various pictures show that and a mid fuselage line. Now comes the confusing change, In February 1939 a new drawing, AD.1169, was issued for Tiger Moths on which the scheme is changed to have sides high colour line, and undersurfaces Yellow as are the wing tips, elevators and fin/rudder. Only the top of the tailplane is camouflaged, the elevators remain Yellow. The lower mainplanes are now Light Earth and Light Green in a different pattern. All roundels are A type. This was then followed by an amended AD.1169 dated August 1939, this shows the entire upper surfaces including all top tail surfaces in camouflage colours. The interplane struts are the colour they stand on but the fuselage still has Yellow side surfaces with B type roundels as do the mainplanes. I discussed these variations with the late Edgar Brookes and he assured me that the earliest Tiger Moth diagram he found was dated February 1939. The D.H. drawing I have came to me on a CD of RAE diagrams and documents. This confirmed that there must have been an earlier 1938 drawing for Tiger Moths which DH were using. One point I must make is that not only were Tiger Moths finished with the same colours and patterns on the mainplanes, but so were Hawker Furies and Gladiators at the time of the 1938 Munich crisis. One can only conclude that when shadow shading was first introduced then AD.1160 was the only drawing then issued for single engined aircraft but subsequently replaced by RAE designed others for biplanes utilising lighter colours on lower surfaces as they had devised for the 1936-37 drawings and camouflage trials. AD.1162 is for the Gloster Gladiator issued in May 1939.
  12. Jimbo, Mail me at mikestarmer18 at gmail dot com Subject RAF vehicles otherwise it will get spammed.
  13. Your image was blocked by my PC but from what you have written it sounds a fantasy job for markings. For NWE the colour on a Mk.IV would be either SCC.2 brown or the later SCC.15 Olive Drab, the British colour not US shade. Before January 1944 the red/white red flash would be on the front plate and below the intake louvres but not all units applied them. For NWE after June 1944 a white star inside a circle was mandatory on top surfaces applied to the large armoured intake cover behind the turret. There may also be a plain star on the front below the WD number but not always. There should be one on each side too but agin not always carried. WD number on front plate just below the drivers position and the rear over the louvres. Sometimes this was on both sides of the turret on the bottom edge of the front side plates. The unit sign on left mudguard front and rear, unit code on right mudguard front and rear. The bridge sign should be a 7 in black inside a yellow circle but may also be a yellow 7 or a black 7 on a yellow disc . This should be on the lower right side on the front plate but might also be central on the lowest front plate.. Squadron markings. diamond, triangle, square or circle should be white in reconnaissance units.
  14. I have a copy of Elliott's USN & Marine WW2 colours and a 1943 ANA 3-1 set of colour swatches. The gloss Sea Blue 607 in those match and my mix for those is Humbrols 4 x H77 blue + 1 x H68 purple. Then satin varnish over this when dry. As stated this is very noticeably different to the later gloss Sea Blue that is usually quoted.
  15. For 1940 a lot of airfield equipment were still RAF Blue Grey No.33. As Graham stated, RAF Blue Grey this is much darker than is generally realised, NOT the Humbrol colour No.96. If you can get Humbrol paints then a very close match is 4 x H14 blue + 3 X H21 black + 2 X H5 grey. On a model apply satin varnish as the mix is glossy. A close match is Humbrol 112 which is slightly too light and grey.
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