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  1. The October 2017 issue of IPMS Canada's emailed newsletter, beaveRTales (as opposed to their printed magazine, RT) had an article on ortho vs pan film which you might find interesting: https://www.ipmscanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/beaveRTales_10_2017.pdf
  2. bobmig

    PE-2 prop colour

    No... the reprint is the same, with a couple of typos corrected.
  3. bobmig

    PE-2 prop colour

    As editor and publisher I don't feel it would be appropriate to blow my own horn. Instead, here's a link to a short IPMS USA review. One thing to note... since this review the book has been reprinted, and the price has been reduced to $14.95 (plus shipping). https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/colors-falcons-soviet-aircraft-camouflage-and-markings-world-war-ii
  4. bobmig

    PE-2 prop colour

    On page 48 of our book, "Colors of the Falcons", it states: “Metal propeller blades were originally finished on the rear face only, using gloss black oil enamel AE-11 or nitro enamel DM paint. The overall matt finishing of the blades was introduced only in 1941, using the paints A-26m or AMT‑6. In either case painting was preceded by applying an ALG-1 or ALG-5 primer. On those blades where AMT-6 was used, a reddish-brown primer, 138A, was also applied. It was only after the war that propeller tips were painted medium yellow, for a distance of 15-20 cm.” This may be where the "rust colour" prop blades comes from.
  5. If you're looking for 1/72 scale, our B-25B, C &D sheet has some colourful subjects. While not OD/NG, the OD and white aircraft is a looker! Bob
  6. Here's a link to a good Indian Air Force site. This takes you to the Spitfire page, but from there you can browse and explore the history and various other aircraft pages: http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/aircraft/past/919-spitfire.html#Mk XIV
  7. Maybe this will help a bit – from an old issue of IPMS Canada's magazine, RT.
  8. How 'different' do you want? There are a couple of E-3s on our Early Bf 109Es sheet. Bob
  9. Yup... here are a few others. Unfortunately I don't know the markings for the aircraft other than the nose areas shown, but maybe with some research... Bob
  10. Here's a better image of our out-of-print "Camouflaged B-29s" decal sheet. I occasionally get a request that it be reprinted. At one point I was working on doing just that, but then Academy brought out their camouflaged B-29 kit in which they had ripped off every single scheme on our sheet! So... after that there was no point in reprinting. Bob
  11. We now have our two new decal sheets in hand and ready to ship! There’s the reprint of the very popular 1/48 Starfighters in Combat sheet, with an additional scheme included. And there's also the new 1/48 sheet of More ANG Mustangs.
  12. Really!? ... You don't say! Bob
  13. Thanks, guys! In this respect I guess it was kind of like the Northeast Airlines aircraft that operated with the Air Transport Command in both Northeast and USAAF markings. Bob
  14. I’ve stumbled across a couple of interesting C-47s which I can’t find any information on. The first is said to be 45-0884 (unless that’s just a partial serial). But that fuselage legend has me bewildered. I’ve not seen anything like that before. Is this some unit marking or a one-off individual aircraft marking? It almost looks like a civil airline livery. The next aircraft’s markings read “MILITARY AIR ATTACHE: AMERICAN LEGATION, WELLINGTON”. I’m wondering if the aircraft is in standard OD over Neutral Grey, as it would seem, or might it be a special colour as befits its special ‘diplomatic’ role. Has anyone seen other pictures of this one? Bob
  15. Thanks to all for your input. I understand it a lot better now. Bob
  16. Yes. For something that's supposed to be visible, you'd think they would have made them... well... visible! I believe the photo of "A" may have come from here: https://www.krulantiquarianbooks.nl/cats.php?aut=&titel=&tref=&bnr=&catnr=786&page=14&cursor=<&length=11673&id=6907616&submit=Search
  17. Thanks for the replies. Here are some of the photos that made me wonder. (Note... I've Photoshopped these to try to make the underwing more visible.)
  18. Avro Shackleton s/n WG554 of ASWDU in Ballykelly, ca. 1965. This aircraft (and others of the period that I’ve found) does not seem to have either underwing roundel or serials. Is that a correct assumption on my part? Thanks Bob
  19. Hi, BlueNosers352nd. Sorry you had a problem with the decals. Before replying I wanted to test some of them myself. I took two of the Stearman sheets and a Stearman fuselage half from an unbuilt kit. I cut out the 73 from each sheet, immersed it in tepid water and then held it above the water's surface for about 30-35 seconds. I wet the fuselage and carefully slid the decal off the backing sheet onto the plastic, and blotted it with a tissue. Now, just because I had no problem I'm not saying that you didn't. Yes, the carrier film on these is VERY thin. And there may very well have been part of the print run which didn't receive sufficient clear varnish. (As it's transparent, that's something that's impossible to see while it's happening, unlike a colour which would be obvious.) These were done by a printer I no longer use. While he produced extremely nice work... good colours, thin decals, and fine register... he seems to have had problems on the business end of things. In any event, my decals are now being printed by Microscale. All this aside, I still feel bad about your decal problems. So, if you'll tell me which couple of sheets you'd be interested in, I'll send them to you gratis. Hope that will help you feel better. Bob Migliardi
  20. Two new decal sheets have now gone off to the printer! We've done a reprint of the very popular 1/48 Starfighters in Combat sheet, but we also re-arranged it a bit and managed to fit in an additional scheme. This was a popular sheet and sold out quite quickly. We received a number of emails asking if it would be reprinted, and so we’ve done just that. There's also a new 1/48 sheet of More ANG Mustangs, and these are some colourful aircraft. Just check out the Oklahoma bird with the Indian Head emblem, and that flashy Minnesota aircraft. We'll post when they're all ready to go!
  21. This photo might be of interest. You can clearly see the different colours/finishes applied to the structure on the two closest aircraft, compared to the darker colour on those behind.
  22. I like the look of these large drop tanks on these F-51s, but does anyone know just what type they are? They look somewhat like a Misawa-style tank, but possibly commercially made. Thanks. Bob
  23. I like the look of these large drop tanks on these F-51s, but does anyone know just what type they are? They look somewhat like a Misawa-style tank, but possibly commercially made. Thanks. Bob
  24. 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
  25. Our "Spitfires Over India" sheet has several Mk VIIIs, including Frank Carey's 'lightning bolt' aircraft.
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