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About ReccePhreak

  • Birthday 02/02/1953

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  1. Hi Mark, That sounds about right. The fact that Orthochromatic film was so widely used during the WW2 time frame, is why it's so hard to figure out colors of camouflage & markings. And don't get me started on "Colorized" B+W photos. I had my USAF Photo Sensor Systems Technician training back in 1971, which is where I learned about it. But that was a LOOOONG time ago, and all the 35MM B+W film I personally used over the years was either some form of Panchromatic film or Infrared film. With IR film, it's pretty much impossible to figure out what the real colors are. Larry
  2. Another probability, based on my photographic experience (Both USAF & personal), is that they used Orthochromatic Film, which was more prevalent in WW2. It showed colors in different shades of gray than the now standard Panchromatic Film. https://thedarkroom.com/orthochromatic-vs-panchromatic-film-a-photo-comparison/ Larry
  3. FANTASTIC paint job, especially since it's brush painted!!! Larry
  4. THANK YOU Giampiero!!! That is FANTASTIC info! It looks like they removed the metal skin of the lower wing and bolted/riveted on a new metal plate. I should be able to figure out exactly where that plate goes and its dimensions. Thanks again! Larry
  5. I have the Monogram/Promodeler 1/32 Bf109G-4 /Trop kit, which I want to convert to a Bf109G-4/R3 Aufklärer (Reconnaissance) version. I want to add the underwing fuel tanks that were common on the recce 109s. I have a set of fuel tanks from a 1/32 Bf110, but the atttachment parts are not the type used on the Bf109. I would rather not spend a bunch of $$$ on the AIMS 1/32 Messerschmitt Bf-109G-4/R3 conversion if it's possible for me to do it myself. Plus, I already have aftermarket decals for the plane I plan to build. I have been unable to find detailed enough photos (or drawings) showing the attachment mechanism parts, the fuel feed pipes and their location under the wings. Can anybody help me with the needed info, so I can proceed with this project? Larry
  6. They are closed after use in flight, but can be opened by the aircrew after landing, so the servicing crew can put in the safety pins and check for misfires or unused photoflash cartridges. Larry Phormer Photo Phantom Phixer
  7. The Ju-88S-1 & Ju-88S-3 were both high speed bomber versions (No cameras). They were both modified to be high speed reconnaissance versions as the Ju-88T-1 & Ju-88T-3. My AMtech Ju-88S-3/T-3 kit instructions show the 2 camera ports in the same location as used on Ju-88D versions, in the panel just behind the bomb bay. Since I doubt the Germans would've tried to "reinvent the wheel", I assume that location is probably correct, and they would have kept the main bomb bays for fuel tanks. Larry
  8. While searching for that sheet (No luck), I found out that Begemot does a 1/48 Pe-2/Pe-3 decals sheet, with those markings on it. https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/BT48041?result-token=GpW9a Unfortunately, the sheet is almost $25 WITHOUT shipping, and it comes with markings for 108 DIFFERENT aircraft! That's almost half of what my Zvezda 1/48 Pe-2 kit cost me. Maybe I can find someone who has that decal set, and would be will to trade for or sell part of the markings. Larry
  9. Thanks @Antti_K I knew you would be able to help me. Being a "fast bird" really helps in the photo reconnaissance role, especially since you are usually "Alone, Unarmed & Unafraid" (Actually scared to death). One of these days, I need to get back to working on 2 of my other Finnish recce birds, the MiG-21bis, and the BAe Hawk. Cheers, Larry
  10. Antti, Thanks, I have the InSCALE decals for my DB-3 kit, but I never saw that sheet. It's too expensive to buy the sheet, just to use as reference for a 1/48 kit, but it will help me. Now I can build a recce Finnish Pe-2, using that decal sheet instruction sheet, and also build a Russian recce Pe-2R, using my digital reference books. Larry
  11. Looking at the photos in the first link, I didn't see any pictures of an aircraft with either a camera sticking out a hole in the fuselage, or a camera window. Looking at the 2nd link from @Antti_K Ifound this interesting section (Auto-translated): PE-301 technical data: Engine: 2x1260 horsepower Klimov M-105PF, 12-cylinder liquid-cooled V-row engine. Flight distance n2000 km. Wingspan 17.16 m, length 12.66 m, altitude 3.92 m, flight weight 7557 kg, flight speed 525 km / h. Climb to 5000 meters in 9 minutes. Functional legal height 7500m. Ceiling height 9000m. Armament: 20 mm cannon with pilot, plus two 12.7mm machine guns and one 7.62 mm machine gun. 12.7 mm machine color with a sight. Crew 2-3. In addition, the following cameras, one wide-angle camera or a normal camera and one Rb reconnaissance camera could be placed in the machine. Emphasis is mine. Larry
  12. Well, if that's the case, I'll jut make my kit(s) in Russian markings. Too bad nobody makes decals for the cool tiger(?) on the side of the nose of a Russian Pe-2R. Larry
  13. That's slightly different from the pics I have seen of Russian Pe-2Rs, which had a single camera lens sticking out through a hole in the bottom of the aircraft. Some of the drawings I have seen show 2 cameras mounted in the bomb bay. Hmmmm. Well, I suppose I can always make a Russian Pe-2R, and a Finnish Pe-2R.
  14. Thanks for that info. Now I just have to figure out where they installed the camera(s), and what the aircraft number was for one of their recce birds. Larry
  15. I have three different 1/48 Petlyakov Pe-2 kits, and knowing the penchant for the Finnish AF to convert some of there acquired aircraft into photo-recce versions, I would like to do one that way. The HiPM Petlyakov Pe-2 (Series 1-105) (Kit 48-007) comes with Finnish markings for PE-212 The MPM Petlyakov Pe-2 FT (Kit 48041) comes with Czech & Soviet markings. The Zvezda Pe-2 (Kit 4809) only comes with soviet markings. Does anybody have any definitive info on a Finnish recce version of their Pe-2s, (including the camera(s) setup)? If so, which of my kits would be best suited for the conversion? A search through my reference material wasn't very helpful, especially since I couldn't read many or the foreign languages they were in. Larry
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