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  1. I've looked at the leading photo closely and can say that IMO the white stripe was applied to the original aircraft and not added to the negative or a photographic print as a way of censoring out the swastika. In this enlargement you can see that the stripe is not continuous, as it conforms to the different angles of the fin and rudder. This doesn't provide any info on why it was done, but at least we can say that it was on the actual aircraft. Bob
  2. Our "Spitfires Over India" sheet has several Mk VIIIs, including Frank Carey's 'lightning bolt' aircraft.
  3. Yes, Jimmy Stewart's a/c was an H model. However, we did have a sheet of "Sub Hunting Liberators", but unfortunately it's out of print. Might be worth re-doing, I suppose, if the interest is still there. Bob
  4. In the link I oosted earlier photo #49 shows an F-8 at Niagara Falls. The caption reads, "First stop for F-8 Mosquitos from Downsview was the Bell Aircraft Modification Center in Niagara Falls, New York, for installation of photo reconnaissance cameras." So, possibly they had other US spec equipment installed there as well.
  5. Those following this thread might find this site interesting. Photos and details of Mossie production at Downsview, Canada. http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/histoires_de_chez_nous-community_stories/pm_v2.php?id=record_detail&fl=0&lg=English&ex=00000430
  6. Our new decal sheets are now back from the printer and available for sale! First, there is a sheet of 1/48 Cessna L-19 Bird Dog markings. We have schemes for the Kansas Army National Guard, US Army Reserves, US Army in Vietnam, Pakistan Army, an unusual Korean Navy bird, and an even rarer Japanese Hoantai aircraft. This was the predecessor of the Japanese Self Defence Force. Its insignia, a pink cherry blossom is used on the fuselage, while Hinomaru roundels are carried on the wings. The other sheet is a reprint of our sold-out 1/72 Naval T-Birds. Schemes here run the gamut from overall natural metal, to grey, to hi-vis red-orange & white, to the very colourful drone controller scheme. Here are images of the instructions along with the decals. Available from our website - www.iliad-design.com
  7. Thanks, Paul... makes sense. So you are saying that at some point these aircraft were stripped, and then for whatever reason re-painted with yellow, because that's obviously yellow paint that has dripped down on to the undersurface! Bob
  8. While looking at photos of Armée de l’air T-6s in Algeria I noticed something odd. The aircraft seem to be in either of two schemes… overall aluminum paint, or trainer yellow. But I did find a few photos which seem to show yellow aircraft with a light colour undersurface. (See photos below) At first I thought that some of the trainer yellow aircraft may have had a light lower surface colour applied. But there are obvious paint drips from the yellow into the lighter colour. So perhaps they started as overall aluminum, and had yellow applied to the upper surface. I’ve read that the T-6s were rotated back to France for refurbishing around 1958-59, part of which was to repaint them aluminum. Could some units, upon receiving these “new” aluminum T-6s have painted the upper surface yellow, while leaving the lower surfaces aluminum? That would maintain some sort of uniformity to the appearance of the unit’s aircraft, while at the same time leaving a more suitable undersurface colour for the COIN ops. Anyone have any thoughts or info… especially any of out French members? Bob
  9. If I read your original question correctly you are asking which particular publication that is. I would speculate that it may be a GE (General Electric) house organ, (a magazine or periodical published by a company for its customers, employees, etc.) If that's the case the company should have an archive... if you can figure out who to contact. Bob
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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/
  19. 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
  20. The last IPMS Canada free (for the members, anyway) decal sheet had markings for L1090, "Canada's First Spitfire".
  21. 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
  22. Wheels are the least of your problems with this old kit!
  23. 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
  24. Great photos! I've seen the pic of Chappie James numerous times, and it has always intrigued me. It must be the only 'shark-mouth' P-51 in Korea that isn't smiling. And what's with that "eye" behind the exhaust? The red and yellow spinner is also unusual. Does anyone have any info on the rest of his aircraft's markings? Bob
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