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pivokrevnik

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  1. in Modelar 9/2015, there is an extensive article on this kit: http://work.letectvi.cz/avizo/modelar/2015/09/2.jpg
  2. Mitch, if you want a more accurate model (and I presume you do, if you made all the other amends) on F4F-3 (therefore on early Martlets also), there should be and extra framing on windshield sides. Check photos. It's a very easy fix...
  3. The kit is actually I-15bis. Contrary to popular belief, I-152 is not just a fancier synonymum for I-15bis. Actual I-152 existed only as a prototype. There was a handful of minor changes compared to regular I-15bis. The most visible change were small individual exhausts in holes around the cowling - like on I-153. Normal I-15bis had one large exhaust on each side. Not your fault of course.
  4. Thanks guys. I am going with the Misawas. As I found in the meantime, whole thing seems to be more complicated: - there are two types of Misawa attachment to wings - with and without large aerodynamical fairing. Sword kit has the fairing as integral part of the tanks, as photo of Ramblin Reck Tew shows it without fairing, I will have to remake it a bit. - there seem to be two general types of Misawa tanks: long, shaped like symmetrical, straight barrels, or shorter, with more curved ends, which look more like just original Lockheed tanks with one central section added (which is literally the way how Misawas were made, according to some sources). Luckily R-R-T seems to have the longer ones on the photo, and these are provided with Sword kit. As for the armament, anyone has detail photo or drawing of the rocket mountings placement? It seems that typical configuration at that time were two rockets under each wing (as is shown on the In Action photo). There probably would be the large pylons as well (for bombs or napalm), provided with the kit, but those would be left empty.
  5. Both Skua and Roc had awful longitudinal (?) stability, at least according to what I have read, so you are probably right. It's not like Roc had such a high landing speed (or ANY speed ) to facilitate a need for a tail parachute (which would be the only other plausible reason).
  6. pivokrevnik

    Swordfish

    thank you very much again. could you advise me on approximate blue shade of those codes/wheel discs? I have the book you mention at home, the photo is the same as the one reproduced in the Bakers Dozen book - with the same conclusion ie gray codes. I understand you will probably not disclose the other photo, but could you at least tell if it shows anything else unusual?
  7. yeah we both mention the same photo, but that was taken later - if nothing else, there is already a kill marking IIRC. this is typical situation when I conduct extra research out of laziness, because the MIsawa tanks in the Sword kit require more adjustments and rescribing compared to the Lockheed ones (which are also a bit more aesthetic in my eyes)
  8. thank you very much!! the drawings also depict other things I didn't even ask for - like the catapult spools or vent pipe access door. Btw, on the SH kit, there is an angular prominent fairing just in front of the parachute stowage. there is no such thing on this drawing though? However as for the dinghy release cable, I am even more confused now. on the drawing description the cable seems to go completely elsewhere than to the dinghy position?! if you have more of such drawings, I will greatly appreciate them. Or if you point me out where to find them online.
  9. Where exactly was the dinghy fairing on Roc fuselage? I know where it is on Skua, but on Roc there is that retractable hunch at the same place. I would like to model those pulling cords on the fuselage surface. There were two lines - one leading to the tail parachute (I am already reasonably sure about its placement) and other leading to the dinghy. The dinghy one was apparently thinner as its less visible on photos and I can't make out its exact route and also its way of attachment to the fuselage. Any detail photos or drawings would be appreciated. The MMP book doesn't deal with this issue, sadly.
  10. pivokrevnik

    Swordfish

    There is a nice book by Mark I/4+ publication called Bakers Dozen, which includes info, photos and decals for 13 various Swordfish machines. There is also one Bismarck attacker - "4A" piloted by de Graaf Hunter. It is classic TSS with light grey undersides and straight, high demarcation line. IIRC the only special thing are yellow (or interpreted as yellow) wheel discs.
  11. My question is pretty much already summed up in the thread title. When exactly were the Misawa tip tanks introduced on P-80 in Korea? I read somewhere on the internet about September 1950, but I want to be sure. I only assume it was after start of the war? I would like to model one of the Shooting Stars - namely "Ramblin-Reck-Tew" - which shot down north Korean Il-10 in the very first engagement in June 1950. On the only photo I have this machine has Misawa tanks and HVAR rockets. My assumption is, on the date of combat it had the original Lockheed tanks and no underwing pylons - being a pure interceptor at that time. Right?
  12. Bill, btw, the underslung radar pod is made by Aires in resin. I dunno how the plastic one included with the kit looks like, so this info might or might not be useful for you...
  13. Very nice Libor as always!! I love the subtle riveting, almost invisible, you can almost rather *feel* it than see Exactly as it should be... Turret framing is dark green? I thought it should be black-grey? Glad to see how the turret looks quite good on a finished model. I am going to use it on my SH Roc and I was a bit doubtful about it... My only nitpick - the short straight framing just on top of the turret is purely made-up. Don't know how Airfix came to this - perhaps it's masking some technology seam? I already scraped and sanded it away on mine.
  14. Actually they could. Their customer service is not the best, but eventually they deliver. In my case it was about 6-7 weeks. One of my canopies was not missing, but broken in halves (those things are paper thin). After my inquiry, they simply denied my request, because I was asking for a part from a kit which they no longer sell (ie the older boxing with german machine on boxart). F/O, have a nice day. I politely pointed out they still offer an identical kit with different decals (that white-orange training machine) and sent them a link to it on their own website. I got no reply at all. After about two weeks I pressed on, they replied with a complaint, I didn't send them my address!! (I didn't because nobody asked for it, they didn't even confirm they are really going to send me something...) Again, no reply or confirmation, after several more weeks, just as I was ready to send them something again, not-so-polite anymore, I found the canopy in my mailbox, nicely packaged Btw in the process nobody asked me for any proof of purchase or photos of the damaged part etc. So, be nice but persistent and eventually you will reap your reward
  15. honestly, all I know from your list is Merlin and Pegasus, and afaik, those are a distant history, aren't they? As for present, clear picture can be made just by looking at Hannants and origin of the products they offer. Mind you, key phrase in my post was "compared to eastern/central Europe". anyway this is far from being important, I didn't want to start a trollfest about who produces most kits is the bestest country. I just find it a bit amusing, how it's often seen as some duty of Airfix, to hold alone the flag of british modelling industry and national pride. or am I reading between lines too much? nevermind.
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