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Magua87

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  1. Beautiful work. It's always so satisfying when you get that first layer of paint down.
  2. Magua87

    Catalina PBY-2

    Cheers, Dennis. That's a great find and a great help. Note how the colour of the mid-section doesn't quite reach the leading edge. I might need to get my yellow paint out again to add a touch more before I start laying down the black. The chevron might reach the leading edge? It's hard to see. That shot of 10-P-5 is interesting. That's the same patrol group as my aircraft (VP-10). That chevron on top of the wing may be white? It's certainly not black or black with white trim as noted for my aircraft of the same patrol group. It looks like the top half of the engine cowlings are painted in the same colour. Compare that to this shot of my aircraft from the Squadron/Signal publication (which references the Smithsonian for the image). The cowling is a darker colour. Probably the black referenced in most profiles. I have definitively decided I will paint that area mid-wing as black. In many of the images on the site that Dennis provided, you can see the various wing lines (which we assume to be black) simple merge into that centre panel without obvious demarcation. I've bought a rattle can of Tamiya's Rubber Black (scale effect and all that). I'll mask that area and I think I'll paint all the lines on the aircraft too so they're the same colour. Wish me luck with my masking. Lastly, if you scroll to the very bottom of this IPMS Stockholm article you'll see the top wing of a Catalina in colour. This is supposedly a PBY-2 (but no reference is provided) and the centre section appears to be black.
  3. Magua87

    Catalina PBY-2

    Morning, all. I've got some quick research to share. As above above, the aircraft in question is BuNo 0455 of VP-10, Pat-Wing 2 at Pearl Harbour, 1932. Our first problem with this statement is that the first PBY-2 wasn't completed until June of 1937 (Squadron, Signal - Catalina in Action). 0455 was the second PBY-2 and was received by the Navy in August 1937 (source). As far as I can see via the Squadron / Signal book, it looks like the yellow wing ends on the leading edge of the whole wing (as per @Dana Bell's comment above). The few images from above various aircraft show the middle section of colour extending to the leading edge. Current thoughts are: Yellow top of wing, with no wrap around. Grey mid section of the wing extends to the leading edge. What I need to find now is the colour of that grey area. Printscale quote FS 36400, but this seems very light compared to images of the aircraft from above. Unfortunately I haven't found any images of the VP-10 aircraft from above and certainly none in colour. The squadron's history is here via the US Navy, but it doesn't shed any light on the subject (P.428, VPB-23). The DK Decals colour call out for this area is "black" for NC777, the famous PBY-2 "Guba". The Squadron/Signal book notes that the colour on top is unknown for the first PBY-2 (0454) and there's no comment on 0455, except for that I've quote above with the image in my previous post. I might substitute black for Nato Black or Tyre Black for some scale effect and differentiation from the black chevrons on the wings. That is, unless I can unearth anything else before I commit paint to styrene. What did I say about going down the rabbit hole?
  4. Magua87

    Catalina PBY-2

    Hi, team. Another Catalina question. I ordered some Printscale decals for a PBY-2 so I could build a colourful scheme. Whilst looking for images to support my build I've continued my descent into the rabbit hole. I'm confused as to the colours of the wings and where the demarcations are for the yellow between the engine nacelles. The aircraft in question is BuNo 0455 of VP-10, Pat-Wing 2 at Pearl Harbour, 1932. Below are the differing interpretations from three sources. Printscale instructions. Silver aircraft, grey and yellow wing (top and bottom). Yellow paint leading edge between engines. Academy instructions. Silver aircraft, silver and yellow wing. Silver paint leading edge between engines. Squadron/Signal PBY in Action. Silver aircraft, silver wing (underside it seems), grey and yellow wing (top side). Gray paint leading edge between engines. I am royally confused at the moment. I didn't read the Printscale sheet properly and I've painted my whole wing silver and am getting ready to paint the yellow (ignore the small area I haven't filled in between the tape on the second image). Does anyone have any thoughts on the wing colours and the area between the engines (whether the silver or grey reached the leading edge?)
  5. Magua87

    Airfix spares

    I have (Lightning F.2A), but not in the past year. I tried to get a replacement canopy for the 1/48 PRXIX and they "didn't have any stock available". Cheers, Plasto. I'm going to visit TheModelRoom in the new year with my canopies. I heard back from Airfix. I sent them a follow up email about every fortnight until they replied. Same excuse as they had for the PRXIX; they don't have any available stock to send to me. They recommend I go back to the retailer. Seems a bit ridiculous when the issues with the canopies are moulding errors, not damage from packaging. Doubly difficult when some of my kits are second hand. I'll see how we get on with Holdsons. Thanks all for the advice.
  6. Magua87

    Airfix Hudson

    I've realised that I forgot to share the airframe history for my Hudson. I'm building NZ2031. There's a bit of a history of the aircraft here. It's a little out of date as the aircraft is now inside the "new" hangar with its wings attached. The aircraft lost its turret when it was converted into a C-63 Hudson Transport.
  7. Magua87

    Airfix Hudson

    Small progress. I decided to throw some paint at the kit to see how things are shaping up. The ailerons aren't looking too bad. They'll need a brushing of Mr Surfacer or Tamiya Fine Surface Primer and some fine grades of sand paper. I might fill those gaps inboard of the ailerons and re-scribe the whole of the aileron. You can see the marks on the wing from my metal files. I've been using those to sand the super glue flush and to try and thin the trailing section of the wing to match the profile of the ailerons. The fuselage looks alright. It'll need a few touch ups and a bit of super glue where the very front seam has popped open. The engine cowlings will need a bit of attention too, just to smooth everything out.
  8. Magua87

    Mikro Mir AW Argosy 1/144

    Interested to see how this comes together. I'm planning to build a SAFE Air example once I clear some of the current build order.
  9. Magua87

    Mikro Mir AW Argosy 1/144

    Interested to see how this comes together. I'm planning to build a SAFE Air example once I clear some of the current build order.
  10. Magua87

    Airfix Hudson

    Cheers, Trevor. Those shots around the elevators and the bottom of the fuselage are very helpful. I think the Airfix kit is a bit boxy in the latter area. The ailerons are on. The gaps are huge, both between the wing and aileron (see the light shining through) and between the upper and lower halves of the wings. I think I'm going to build these up with plastic card and super glue and then I'll scribe around the edges when I'm done. Compare the Airfix ailerons with the Classic Airframes Hudson here. I think I'm done with the fuselage sanding. I'm hoping to get some paint onto the kit this weekend to see what needs touching up.
  11. Magua87

    Airfix spares

    Hi, team. I wasn't sure where to make this thread, so here it is. I've been requesting spare transparencies for Airfix kits every now and again for the last few years. At the moment it seems that every kit I get from them has mold seams, cracks, or some form of damage to the transparencies. Sometimes you can deal with it and sometimes you replace the canopies with a vacuum formed replacement. However, there are certain aircraft where this is difficult or where there are no options for replacements. I've found now that Airfix have simply decided to ignore me. I emailed their team in late October and got a response asking for photos. I shared images of the damage with all information requested and I've never heard back from them. This is despite sending following up emails early November and mid-November. Is anyone else having any issues with customer service at Airfix? Can anyone recommend a way to get in contact with Airfix other than the generic customercare@hornby.com? It's quite frustrating really. If you don't want people asking for spares, don't ignore your customers, hire better quality control!
  12. Magua87

    Airfix Hudson

    The filling, filing, and sanding continues. I inserted a small plastic card plug into the opening in the bomb bay, which is presumably provided for a stand. I'm done with the super glue and have been lashing on coats of Tamiya surface primer with a brush. The tail has been added and I've started blending it in. A mixture of Squadron putty for the big gaps (top side) and Perfect Plastic Putty for the wing joins on the underside where sanding is a pain. Next step will be to test my sanding with a quick coat of paint to look for any defects.
  13. Perhaps try a blast of primer to see how it looks before continuing. I've been working on some old airfix kits with raised panel lines and rivets. I've sanded the hell out of the kit with various grades of sandpaper. It's now smooth as a baby's bottom, but you wouldn't know it by looking at it. You can somehow still see each and every one of those rivets.
  14. Magua87

    Airfix Hudson

    Superglue and Milliput progress. Piece by piece. The Milliput is currently drying and I hope to attack it tomorrow with a file. I had a bit of an issue with the windows fogging up. I guess some fumes got into the fuselage? I have managed to sneak a cotton bud in there to clean it up via the opening for the dome in the roof. I'll give them another wipe down before I close up the fuselage with the dome, but that will be some time off. Now, colours. RNZAF aircraft wore a variety of colours depending on who the aircraft were purchased from and at what point in the war they flew. See here and here. The main differences I can see being the manufacturer in the USA (Lockheed - unknown as far as I can see, and Curtis), who they were producing for (some RNZAF aircraft were directed to NZ from British orders), the time period they were producing for (pre- and during-lend lease), and the RNZAF's application of NZ produced paints in country. I've simply eye balled the colour scheme on the aircraft a MOTAT. It seems to be different from the P-40 they have in place, which I believe has more of the Du Pont colours for a Curtis aircraft. So, with that out of the way I'm using Tamiya XF-21 Sky for the undersides, Gunze H72 Dark Earth for the brown on the top side, and I'm not sure about the green. My usual go to for the RAF's green is Gunze's H330 Dark Green, but I think I'm going to go for a lighter shade here. Maybe Gunze's 309 Green. We'll see. I'm a little way off painting at the moment.
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