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bobmig

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  1. You may well be correct, Roger... it's one of things that we can never know with certainty. Here's another photo to ponder: It would seem to indicate that the lighter blue was the original colour. Note how the rudder markings are applied leaving the airframe blue to show through for the stripe, but on the wing, which is yellow, a blue stripe had to be applied... in a much darker colour. What might this mean? I would speculate that if darker blue paints (True Blue, roundel blue, or something similar) were available, touch-ups would not be done with the lighter colour on a darker aircraft. Again... we'll never know for sure, but it's fun to speculate. In any event, we're drifting from the original subject, which was Stearman BP-30, and which was light blue #23, a most difficult colour to match. Bob
  2. Here's an interesting photo, albeit not a PT-17. It does, however, show the two blues together. It's a PT-26 of Little Norway in Toronto, and you can see there are what I assume to be replacement panels atop and below the nose in the older blue variant, while the rest of the fuselage is overall "True blue". Their PT-19s/26s were originally in the lighter colour, so I assume these were taken from an old airframe being used for parts. Bob
  3. THEY’RE HERE!!! Our two new decal sheets are finally back from the printer. One is a reprint of our popular but long sold-out 1/48 MiG-19 sheet... and it's revised a bit with a couple of new schemes. The other is a sheet of 1/48 MiG-21F-13s. Here are views of the instruction sheet fronts and the decal art. They're now on our website, and you can order them there: www.iliad-design.com
  4. If I may add my two cents (or two pence) worth... Another reason generic decal sheets of codes and/or serials can be problematic is that in many cases the lettering as applied to a particular aircraft is not according to the official specs. When preparing the art for IPMS Canada's 50th anniversary decal sheet we found a really good example of this in Johnny Kent's Hurricane. Here you can see that the codes do not follow the specified 'official' design, and are, in fact, slightly different on each side of the fuselage. Note the 'R' and 'J' shapes.
  5. FWIW, in his 1963 book, "Markings and Camouflage Systems of Luftwaffe Aircraft in Workd War II", Karl Ries shows this rooster as being used by 9./ZG 26 "Horst Wessel" on Bf 109Bs and Bf 110Cs.
  6. bobmig

    New Airfix P51

    There were some interesting comments in IPMS Canada's beaveRTales by one Gavrilo Princip that make a lot of sense. Bob
  7. Hi, Radpoe! While I could do decals for the Spitfires as you request, my printer has a 250 sheet minimum print run, and I doubt you would want that many! I think you would be better off contacting someone who would be able to print what you want, one or two-off, with an ALPS or some other digital printer. That would be much more affordable. If you Google custom waterslide decals UK, you'll find any number of companies that should be able to help you. Good luck! Bob
  8. Perhaps a wee bit off topic, but this reminded me of an article in an issue of IPMS Canada's emailed newsletter, beaveRTales, a couple years ago.
  9. You can find some colour photos of the cockpit – as well as other details – here: https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/195754/douglas-x-3-stiletto/
  10. Our next two decal sheets have now gone to be printed. They are a reprint of our long sold-out 1/48 MiG-19 sheet, with a couple new schemes added; and a sheet of 1/48 MiG-21F-13s. We'll let you know when they're back, packaged, and ready to go. Bob
  11. The last IPMS Canada free (for the members, anyway) decal sheet had markings for L1090, "Canada's First Spitfire".
  12. I think what annoys me most - aside from the general surface detail - is that they engraved the DON'T WALK stripe on the wing upper surface. Also, they didn't incorporate the leading edge camber of the 'B' model... very evident on these photos of Canadian aircraft. Bob Migliardi
  13. Wheels are the least of your problems with this old kit!
  14. Here’s your chance to have some input on what our next releases will be! We have art underway for a number of subjects, and we’d like to hear what you would want next. There are three sets of two subjects each: - 1/48 MiG-21F-13 paired with 1/48 MiG-19/J-6 - 1/48 Vichy MS 406s paired with 1/72 Piper L-4/J-3 - 1/48 Grumman Goose paired with 1/72 Naval T-Birds The naval T-Bird sheet is a reprint, and the MiG-19/J-6 sheet is a reprint with some new schemes. Why are they paired up this way? It’s to keep the number of colours in each print run to a minimum… e.g. both the MS 406 sheet and Piper L-4 sheet use French roundel colours. So, either post here, visit our website (www.iliad-design.com) or email us, and let us know which two-sheet pair you’d like to see next. No guarantees, but we’ll certainly take your wants into consideration. Oh… also please note that the art here is not yet finalized, and there may well be small changes in the end product. Thanks, and looking forward to your input. Bob Migliardi
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