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  1. In this photo, the lower end of the "S" is darker than the light camo color (presumably Light Earth), which in turn is darker than the yellow outline of the RAF roundel. Therefore, IMHO the Sea Gray Medium is the best candidate. Certainly not any red - look at the red dot in the roundel centre. Cheers Michael
  2. Note that these two models differ essentially not only in the type of undercarriage, but also in the outline (in terms of the sweep angle) of the wings. Probably one is based on these plans and the other is based on these: And the question is: which of them correctly depict a real plane? Cheers Michael
  3. Judging from this photo, it certainly couldn't have been Dark Earth plus Light Earth as the contrast is way too strong. Since the Middle Stone did not yet exist in August 1940, it must be Light Earth and Dark Green. Cheers Michael
  4. You should also mention the owner of Mars Studio (figures 1:15 and AFV 1:72) - we were both frequent visitors to his house in the 1970s. As you can see, after 50 years, memory often plays tricks. The collection of RAF silver biplanes (but in 1:72, not 1: 100) was indeed the work of Jacek, whose younger son, Lukasz, owns the LukGraph company. But you saw them only in the mid-1980s, you were already graduated from college and military, and the collection of your models was in the display cases at my house, because you (with two small children) were constantly moving from flat to f
  5. Thank you - I noticed this OLS platform some time ago. Its horizontal outline and dimensions are also shown in the drawings of the Eagle. The only mystery that remains is the triangular support visible in the photos from ahead: was it single in the centre of the platform (like in HMS Albion) or a twin (as in the Illustrious and USN carriers) along both its edges? In addition, several photos from 1956 show an identical set of lights (surrounding the centre mirror) on the right side of the landing path, near the sextuple Bofors abaft the island. What was the purpose of doubling the system?
  6. Are you asking about civil or military aviation? In the air force - as my brother @JWM wrote - there were trainer versions of the bombers: USB, UPe-2, UTB and Uil-28. In turn, each twin-engined transport (C-47/Li-2, Il-12/14) always has a double control system. The training is simple: the instructor sits on one seat, and the student next to him. But Polish civil aviation after WW2 is not only the C-47 and Il-14. Although in Poland in 1929-90 there was only one airline - the state-owned Lot. But in 1945-60, its fleet consisted of 14 C-47, 39 similar Li-2, 5 French SE-161 "fours", 5 Il-12,
  7. Let me, gentlemen, tweak these numbers a little. Tales of a brilliant plane with a total power of 240 (even if it were 280) hp carrying 16 paratroopers should be put on the shelf with the works of H. C. Andersen and the Brothers Grimm. There has never been such a machine, nor has anyone (yet) constructed a perpetual motion machine. The arithmetic is inexorable - empty (as the Russians say: dry) Shche-2 weighed 2,240 kg, and after filling the oil system (40 liters) - 2,270 kg. Two crew members average 150 kg, with service parachutes - 180 kg. We already have 2,450 and the fuel tanks are st
  8. Ooops :( Was the Polish insignia on one side reversed indeed? Cheers Michael
  9. Yet another question arose when trying to build an intermediate (1955-59) configuration R05 using the ancient Fujimi kit. All sources say that in its original fit (i.e. straight deck), the Eagle was armed with 61 40mm Bofors AA guns: 8 six-barrelled, 2 twins and 9 singles. Looking at the photos, I can locate four sextuples on the port side opposite the island, two on the starboard side close to the crane, one just behind the island and one in front of it. The twins are on the stern "balcony" and the singles (as shown in the drawings) are grouped in threes: one group just behind the port f
  10. The contrast was too weak indeed, but IMHO "the guilty" was H79, which is too light. Better use the H32 - remember that AMT-12 was used as Black Grey in the 3-colour VVS bomber camouflage. Various sources put it close to FS37030 or FS35042 - both are almost black. Cheers Michael
  11. I also do keep the ARK/Novo/Frog one in my stash. Anyway - the hope is the last to die. So maybe someday... Thus don't be so sad Cheers Michael
  12. My mistake - should read "would be", not "will be". Although they were announced almost 3 years ago Cheers Michael
  13. And the 1/72 radial-engined Miles Master, too (Mk.II and Mk.III) Cheers Michael
  14. OK, Vangos, but these M48s are Hellenic, aren't they? So John is right to say that this camo on the M47 was applied by the Greeks after being captured. In other words, it still appears that all Turkish M47s were in the plain OD. Cheers Michael
  15. If 814 NAS Gannets embarked in August, the chance of finding Venoms or Seahawks still wearing the stripes drops to (almost) zero. Because in March/April 1957 the stripes were still seen on several Seahawks - even on board of HMS Ark Royal, which was not involved in Operation Musketeer. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205016380 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205164070 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205164072 These three IWM photos prompted me to start this topic... What am I driving at here? Great question.
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