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  1. Very nice progress with your Iljushin Reini I've been building mine (a Finnish AF Il-28R) since the summer and it has been "challenging" to say the least. The clear parts are the worst I've ever seen. Did the nose glazing in your example require a lot of work? Cheers, Antti
  2. Excellent photos Mike! Thank you for sharing Now I have a few more good photos for my Hasegawa 1/32 scale Storch project. I knew the guy who owned and operated this Storch (OH-FSA). He carried mail and food for the people living in the SW archipelago. Sometimes he also carried children to the school and back home again! It is easy when you need less space than helicopters do. Storch's home base was at Genböle. On the back yard of the village grocery shop to be more precise! Two weeks ago I spent two days at the Air Force Museum studying mainly three aircraft : Il-28R for my on-going project, MiG-21 F-13 and SAAB Safir for soon-to-start projects. I couldn't resist to make few colour comparisons on the Hurricane while there... Here is the colour chart of the well known "RAF Museum Book" against the original paint. The second oldest Mk. I in the World. After a professional conservation the colour matches the colour chart better than a digital photo can show. I remember looking at the Hurricane some 30+ years ago and wondering why the Dark Green looked silvery grey and not green at all. Another finding shows that the Finnish Olive Green now looks slightly darker and a bit more brownish than NCS S7010-G70Y which I found earlier on other aircraft at Vesivehmaa. It also looks like the original British paint gave a thick layer that peeled off easily. This is clearly visible around rivets especially on the port wing. Cheers, Antti
  3. Well, there is but you have to be prepared for a lot of work. Tamiya 1/32 scale kit isn't especially accurate model of an F-4J either so there is also a lot of work to be done anyway if you wish an accurate "American cousin". I have this model ready for finishing touches but it have to wait a little while longer. Humbrol enamels gave me a very nasty surprise ruining all surface details. I had to re-scribe everything and give her a new coat of paint. I am (still) waiting for that HK Models' "promised" 1/32 scale FG.1/FGR.2. Cheers, Antti
  4. John, if it helps at all, I have never got any "bugs" from that site and I have visited there many times. The site has always been very slow and the tabs crash without warning, screen freezes and so on. I have thought that this is because of over load on the government system. Cheers, Antti
  5. John, I just found the resource I mentioned in my earlier post. The site is much more user friendly than it was a couple of years ago. The tabs still keep crashing but I can wait for an extra minute. Here you can read the Deck Logs: https://www.archives.gov/research/military/logbooks/navy-online Unfortunately there isn't a single word about the aerial victory, just reports about courses and speeds Cheers, Antti
  6. Hello guys, the Osprey book stated that the aircraft in question was NK-311. The model silverkite211 built represents NK-307. And that Phantom carries the name LCDR GENE SHIFLETT on pilot's canopy (visible in the after landing photo and on the model). Lt James Souder was the RIO of an other "Dogs'" Phantom taking part in that particular mission. Although he describes those few minutes in great detail, he uses call signs "Taproom 1" and "Taproom 2"; so not the real side numbers. There is an on-line resource where you can find scans of official US Navy "Deck Log Books". Usually there is a short notice about "unusual" activities (such as aerial victories or shot down aircraft) giving the BuNo and crew names. There was quite many logs for "Connie". Unfortunately I can't remember the www... These records might give the actual aircraft involved. Then it would be "easier" to look for details of the paint scheme and so on. Cheers, Antti
  7. Hello J-W, I don't consider myself as an expert on this subject, but I agree that in those photos I've seen there usually are different inscriptions on opposite sides. And like you said they can be almost anything like: "From the grateful workers of (City name)" "For Stalin" "For the USSR" "Death to fascists" "Hero of the USSR (Name)" "To Berlin" And there could be more or less crudely painted beasts like wolfs, tigers or lions. I remember seeing a city skyline with church towers as well (an Il-2 perhaps). And then different shields or badges of the party or military units. Some pilots decorated their planes with painted on medals when they had won a high award. One thing is for sure. You could build an extremely colourful collection of models of these wartime Soviet planes. During the Winter War one Finnish fighter pilot reported an I-16 with "Blazing red nose" that was painted like it was going to take part in a circus of some sort. Cheers, Antti
  8. It seems that the Kinetic model comes with SEAC markings. Hobbylinna here in Finland is selling this kit for 139 Euros. Take a look at these photos: she really is big... http://www.hyperscale.com/2008/reviews/kits/p47d24previewbg_3.htm And then of course it would be more than a pleasant surprise if Airfix released a Spitfire PR.XIX and/or FR.XIV in 1/24 scale. I hope my letter to Santa Claus this year didn't go to waste. Cheers, Antti
  9. Excellent video Tony, thank you for sharing. This certainly reminded me about a project I've been planning for years; a Thunderbolt in SEAC colours. It would be stunning in 1/24 scale! Does anyone know where this film was shot? Cheers, Antti
  10. Lovely work J-W It is always nice to see a Finnish subject and this is also a very rare bird. Cheers, Antti
  11. Hello John, this photo at least proves that Taproom 307 had a tan nose during 1967 WestPac cruise. Unfortunately the BuNo isn't visible: https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv64-67/222.htm The book "US Navy Phantom II MiG killers 1965-1970" (Osprey Publishing) tells the story and states that Morris and Hickey were flying BuNo 149411 NK-311 when they shot that MiG down. There is also a photo taken minutes after Morris and Hickey landed back at USS Constellation showing them still sitting in the cockpit. Only detail visible is the name LCDR GENE ?HIFLETT on the pilot's canopy. This same book gives a nice colour profile of NK-311 as well. The paint scheme matches the photos published in "Connie's" 1968 WestPac Cruise book. According to the profile picture NK-311 had a black radome. Cheers, Antti
  12. It looks like that the fuselage is 217 mm long; from the tip of the nose to the "rear plate". What does your ruler say if you take a measurement from the nose and all the way to the tip of the fin? Using the length given in FAW.9's "Pilot's Notes" the overall length should be 238,5 mm. And that looks pretty close to my eye. This in turn would mean that there is some extra in the nose. And as James said the radome is longer in FAW.8. But does "Pilot's Notes" got the length right? Cheers, Antti
  13. Great build and stunning paint scheme! Well done That base plate is among the best ones I've ever seen. Cheers, Antti
  14. Wow, what a beautiful collection! I'm slightly jealous about that cabinet too... Cheers, Antti
  15. The rudder looks darker than light blue or aluminium. The fin could have been white for example... Cheers, Antti
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