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  • Birthday 04/25/1957

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    Krakow PL
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    1/72 aircraft & AFV, 1/700 warships, H0 trains

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  1. It is worth noting that Frank Linke-Crawford (born in Krakow to a Polish father and an English mother) was a leading Polish ace of World War I - flying these clumsy Austrian fighter plane imitations he shot down 27 Allied machines on the Italian front, including 5 RFC Sopwith Camels. Marvellous build ! Cheers Michael
  2. Stevej60 - there has never been such a scheme. The white undersides were only used in late-war US and British anti-submarine schemes: Dark Gull Gray/Light Gull Gray/White (USN carrier aircraft in North Atlantic) Dark Gull Gray/White (USN carrier a/c and flying boats in whole Atlantic area) Dark Sea Blue/Intermediate Blue/White (USN and USMC a/c in whole Pacific area) Extra Dark Sea Grey/Dark Slate Grey/White (RAF and FAA aircraft in 1942-44) Extra Dark Sea Grey/White (RAF anti-sub and GR aircraft from 1944 on) Schemes #3 and 4 are visible on RCAF Venturas here https://www.impdb.org/index.php?title=Son_of_Lassie The only known scheme using USN Blue Gray topsides linked them to USN Light Gray undersides, not White. So I repeat again: Revell instructions are wrong Cheers Michael
  3. Thank you for this link. However the Venturas here feature other two camo schemes seen on the Lockheed twins in RCAF service - one is the RAF Coastal Command ASW scheme of EDSG and DSG over white (high demarcation line), while another is the USN late 1943 four-colour pattern of two Dark Sea Blues (gloss and non-specular), Intermediate Blue and White. And here you can clearly see the purple shade of those USN late blue colors (as mentioned by Jimmaas). Cheers Michael
  4. A bit off topic, but it's great that you touched on the subject of green (Prussian) and purple (ultramarine) notes in shades of USN blues. Is it just my feeling that the NS Sea Blue from 1943-44 was also based on ultramarine? And which dye were based on both (overall) Gloss Sea Blue shades - the one from 1944-47 and the later one used on the first jets (F9F, F2H, etc.)? Cheers Michael
  5. It is a two-colour scheme, so Sea Blue Gray/Light Gray - factory scheme also for early USN machines. In fact, Intermediate Blue was very close to (although lighter than) Sea Blue Gray, but it was never combined with Light Gray undersides. And it has never been used in any two-colour scheme. So IMHO Revell is wrong. Cheers Michael
  6. For me, the Bf110 is also the most indispensable component (of this trio) of any WWII airplane collection, unless the current set is made up of single-engined or single-seat aircraft only. Cheers Michael
  7. Have a look at this https://www.aviationmegastore.com/311-squadron-mushroom-model-publications-9788361421436-books-on-aviation/product/?action=prodinfo&art=118068 A deeply researched and immaculately illustrated book. Cheers Michael
  8. Дело в том, что нынешняя "шахматная доска" похожа на вашего яка - белый цвет - это верхнее левое поле и нижнее правое поле. Но с декабря 1918 года по февраль 1993 года все было наоборот - левый верхний и правый нижний квадраты были красными. И в польской авиации до 1939 года, в польских эскадрильях Королевских ВВС, в польских полках на Восточном фронте и в авиации Польской Народной Республики после 1945 года. The tip is that the current Polish insignia looks like your Yak - white is the top left field and the bottom right field. But from December 1918 to February 1993, the opposite was true - the top left and bottom right squares were red. Both in the Polish aviation until 1939, in the Polish squadrons of the RAF, in the Polish regiments on the Eastern Front and in the aviation of the Polish People's Republic after 1945. Cheers Michael
  9. Extremely sharp and tidy build. However there is one doubt - do you have a photo of this very aircraft? Were the chessboard insignia turned 90 degrees from the regulation ones for sure? Cheers Michael
  10. Try any photos of the WW1 German planes at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow - the Albatros C.I has a 150 HP Bz.III, a 185 HP Bz.IIIa powers the LFG Roland D. VIb and a 225 HP Bz.IV is fitted to the DFW C.V. Certainly, these are Benz engines, with block-mounted camshafts operating the overhead valves via long vertical pushrods. Cheers Michael
  11. KRK4m

    Ardpol Question

    Nothing is certain yet. Negotiations are far from over. Two mfrs are interested in the purchase, but not at the price that Andrew is asking for. Cheers Michael
  12. They were there definitely. Warpaint No.41 even includes the color profile of Fulmar taking part in Ceylon clashes vs. JNAF. Unfortunately, this is the FAA aircraft from HMS Illustrious, not the one from No. 273 Squadron RAF. Cheers Michael
  13. There is a pretty decent -17PF kit from the Czech AZ. Obviously, if you want to park it close to the Airfix -17F it would be better to use only the nose AND FRONT (fixed) CANOPY as several details (u / c, auxiliary tanks etc) are played differently by AZ and Airfix. The PF is longer than the F not only because of the lip housing the radar above the intake, but the entire fuselage in front of the pilot's seat is different (also wider, taller and less tapering). The drawings are here Cheers Michael
  14. Presumably you meant "only Polish, not English" ??? Cheers Michael
  15. I understand you mean Henschel Hs 123, as Heinkel He 123 remains unknown to most of us :) From the outset, their number was small. A total of 265 were built (compared to 506 He 51, 514 Ar 68, 882 Hs 129 and 935 Hs 126, neither of which can be called numerous). 18 were sent to Spain, 12 to China, leaving 235 in Germany, including prototypes. Production ended in the summer of 1937, so in September 1939 less than 120 remained operational. About 30 were lost in Poland, a similar number in the Netherlands and France, and less than forty were left to be used at the beginning of Barbarossa. In my opinion, it was the extremely short range of this a/c type that became crucial for its deployment on the Eastern Front instead of Africa. Cheers Michael
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