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  1. Not just twice! I have survived two fires of this car (in July 1977 and September 1981) before you received your driving licence. A real Fireball :) Cheers Michael
  2. Actually the strut was foldable in mid-height with upper part folding backwards and the wheels moving forwards. Here is the animation https://ramrao.com/aircraft/b58-hustler/ Cheers Michael
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    Beware that usually EDSG means Extra Dark SEA Grey (the very dark blue-grey with purplish hue) while Dave said Extra Dark SLATE Grey (similarly dark grey-green with brownish hue). Cheers Michael
  4. Finally, there is something for me - the basic (though beautiful) FM-2 from USN escort carriers fighting over the Pacific. Although I do not have either the 70031 "expert" or the 70032 "Royal Navy" kit, but in my (70033) manual one thing went wrong. Describing the FM-2 history, someone mistook the engines, saying that thanks to the lighter and more powerful P&W R-1830-86 engine, the 4-gun FM-2 performed much better than earlier Wildcat variants. The truth is the opposite - it was the heavy 14-cylinder P&W R-1830-86 that spoiled the low-level performance of the F4F-4. And so the FM
  5. As I have already mentioned a week ago in my T-34/76 entry, I was planning the 2021 to be my "Russian AFV year", but the T-34 STGB temptation proved too strong. Since my childhood this long-barreled tank-hunter seemed to me the most attractive variant of the T-34-based SPG family. And – as it was also the most numerous one (4950 built compared to 2650 short-barrel SU-85s and just 650 of the howitzer-armed SU-122s) – this became the natural choice for the second member of the T-34 family within the STGB. The SU-100 was also the most numerous Soviet fully-armoured SPG of the WW2, exceeded o
  6. SU-100 tact.no. 215, (probably) 1st Guards Tank Brigade Berlin - May 1945 Kit: 1/72 Unimodels #334 Paints: Humbrol 117, 130, 11, 33, 53, 56, 70, 171, and 225 enamels, Vallejo Matt and Gloss Acrylic varnish, Rimmel eyebrow mascara - all applied by Italeri brushes Extras: Aber 0.3mm steel rod, decals courtesy of my drawer The WIP can be found here: More RFI photos of this T-34/76 can be found here: Cheers Michael
  7. And after next 8 days its dizygotic twin is completed too. The 0.3mm dia antenna wire and the external accessories (seven spare track links and two towing ropes) were fitted. In the end I have also decided to drill the 0.8mm hole in the vertical fin over the gun mantlet that was used as the hoist eye. Then the sights received black lenses, the spotlight got several layers of Vallejo acrylic gloss varnish and the white (Humbrol 130) "Berlin operation" stripes were brush applied to the casemate. The stripes were painted without help of any masking tape - like on the prototype in the sp
  8. Lucky you! For last 3 months or so I'm looking for the 5mm tall white outlined turret numbers for the German 1/72 tanks. Years ago there were Dom's Decals, then poor remnants of them were distributed by Tumbling Dice. But today it looks that nothing like that does exist on the market Cheers Michael
  9. OK - let's agree mid way. The impression depends most on the light, the film and the print quality. And (although I'm not sure) on the paint supplier. Perhaps you're right if we can trust that every can of Schwarzgrun 70 (as well as the Dunkelgrun 71) between 1939 and 1945 followed the same chemical formula. Probably it is not the case (for the Duxford boys weren't using the original RLM formula in the 21st Century), but as the museum curator I'm really used to the various (and totally unpredictable) cases of the paint fading process. Just have a look of the "Schwarzgrun" fading effects
  10. Absolutely right. IIRC the Schwarzgrun was fading quicker than Dunkelgrun and after some time one couldn't say which one is darker - the only difference was more bluish hue of Schwarzgrun against the more yellowish Dunkelgrun. Thus on the b/w photos they can look like the single colour overall, which led some authors to the conclusion similar to yours. IMHO there were no Luftwaffe aircraft painted in single (i.e. either 70 or 71) Grun on uppersurfaces. Cheers Michael
  11. Actually a quite different subject, but also for the P-40N experts out there. Which USAAF P-40 group (there were five of them: 33rd, 57th, 79th, 324th and 325th) in the MTO flown the P-40N variant there? Are there any pictures known? Were these aircraft really left in NMF or did they sport standard OD/NG scheme. Or maybe even the desert one? There are numerous pictures known of the RAF and Commonwealth Kittyhawk Mk.IVs from Italy, but the USAAF P-40Ns are some kind of enigma. Any help will be appreciated Cheers Michael
  12. Yeah... On the paper it seems that they were better, like the Valentine was considered better than Matilda and Crusader better than Stuart. But their operational efficiency was quite the opposite. The T-34 had the powerful gun, sloped armour, mighty Diesel engine and wide tracks - only the PzKpfw V Panther looked better. But on the other hand the crew accomodation and build quality were extremely poor. The Soviet propaganda called the T-34 "the tank that won the war" or even "the best tank of the WW2", but in reality it was the vast numbers that counted. Some urban legend says that
  13. So after 5 weeks the T-34/76 is completed. The 0.3mm dia antenna wire and the external accessories (four spare track links, two towing ropes and a 2-man crosscut saw) were fitted. Actually the saw handles needed to be made beefier, thus two strips of the 0.3mm thick plastic card were CA glued on like described in the SU-100 thread above. Then the Humbrol 83 was brush-applied as the 7K yellow ochre large spots over the standard 1941-43 4BO "protective". The sights received black lenses, the spotlight got several layers of Vallejo acrylic gloss varnish and the white "Dzerzhinets" (afte
  14. Link-and-lenght, like in every UM AFV I met. There are 44 parts of the tracks within the box. You can see some kind of WIP thread here: Pity? Why? Perhaps I didn't catch you Actually in May 1945 there were only 220 Polish tanks and SPGs fighting alongside the Soviets, 140 of them being T-34 and T-34-85. On the other hand the Polish armoured units in NW Europe (i.e. Germany and Benelux) posessed almost 700 Shermans and Cromwells, while another 400+ (mostly Shermans and Stuarts) were used by the Polish units in the MTO (Italy and the Middle East). Perhaps so. Mind that their
  15. For the schoolboy born in Poland 12 years after the VE day the terms "tank" and "T-34" were synonymous. Mind that today the 1990-91 Gulf War seems just few years ago - five, maybe eight, but surely not 30. In my country in the 1960s the T-34 was omnipresent - dozens of them were standing on the pedestals commemorating the Nazi defeat. The 3-volume novel Czterej pancerni i pies (Four tankmen and a dog) by col. Janusz Przymanowski, set in 1944-45, follows the adventures of a tank crew and their T-34 tank in the 1st Polish Army. The book (compulsory reading at school) and 21-episode TV series hav
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