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Antti_K

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  1. Terve Vesa, I'm about to start this project myself and am looking for answers to some questions as well (cameras for example). Then I wonder where did SIL get the information about the colour RLM 63? It could have been some other light grey. I was surprised to see that the digitized official report about the crash is classified for 100 years! Possibly I can get a permission through university or Traficom; at least I will try. It might confirm the colour. I'm going to use the old Italeri kit (bomber version). The nose is simple to modify and the windows shouldn't be a problem either. At the moment the biggest challenge seem to be suitable decals. Cheers, Antti
  2. Hello all, that is a lovely looking Buffalo Themis! To my eye the green looks a bit too bright. Hope to see your Morane and Fokker in the near future The Dark Green (tumman vihreä) is NCS S7010-G70Y. If you have the book "British Aviation Colours of World War Two" with a colour chart then look at the chip "Dark Slate Grey" as it is almost a perfect match for the Finnish Dark Green. I would say that there is no match in Humbrol range but recent tins of Hu 163 (RAF Dark Green) are a very good starting point. As a matter of fact I bought few (tins) last summer and was surprised to see that the paint inside was a match for Hu 108! Current Hu 86 is not a particular good match for the Finnish green and Hu 117 is far too bright. As said earlier the Lifecolor set gives a perfect match for Finnish Dark Green. To put it more precisely; my observation about the dark green were made on metal surfaces only. AaCee mentions also aircraft like Jupiter Aero and Ripon with fabric surfaces. It is possible that a completely different paint was used for fabric and metal. I talked to the museum staff during the Buffalo restoration and the guys there said that all the colours changed noticeably week after week as the aircraft dried. As AaCee said the light blue colour in the Lifecolor set raised a storm here in Finland. Many modellers refused to take it as accurate. The guy who did most of the research stated the very hue was uncovered from the Hurricane. And that an "unlabeled bottle of German light blue" paint was recovered from a former ground crew member at Kauhava AB. Maybe the point is that the researchers made some chemical analysis on the pigments and they matched those wartime German paint descriptions. To my eye the Lifecolor light blue looks too dark and too bright. But then again I've only seen samples that have been exposed to all elements for over 70 years... I do not have the guts (nor the expertise) to confirm that there were two official variants of RLM 65. Michael Ullmann gives two very different paint chips of RLM 65 (1938 and 1941) in his book "Luftwaffe Colours 1935 - 1945". One possible explanation could be in the LDv 521 itself as it was published in 1938 and again in 1941. Possibly the quality of the paint chips wasn't especially good and that allowed a discussion about two different light blues to start. Thomas Hitchcock's Monogram Painting Guide gives only one sample of RLM 65 and that falls between the two samples in Ullmann's book. The light blue in Lifecolor set is darker and more bluish than the chip in Hitchcock's painting guide but it seems possible that fresh RLM 65 could have looked just that. Graham: Unfortunately I can't "officially" confirm that only one Dark Green colour was used throughout the war. At least there were two or three independent paint suppliers. And over the war years the quality of the raw materials got worse and there was a shortage of just about everything. That must have affected the manufacturing of paints. But the name for the colour (and therefore the specification) remained the same. Before "DN -väri" (DN -Colour, RLM 65) was introduced a light grey was used. Lifecolor set gives a grey that is a good match for L40/52 Hellgrau (see Ullmann's colour chart). It is also an excellent match for RLM 41 (See Hitchcock's painting guide, p. 13). Cheers, Antti
  3. Lovely work Stressy! You've found a very good orange colour for the interiors; it looks really good. This is the Italeri kit, isn't it? It has been released also by Bilek and possibly by Trumpeter (at least the parts look identical). I built one ages ago and it was challenging; mine didn't turn out as nicely as yours. I'm currently building the all new Bobcat 1/48 scale Il-28 converting it to an Il-28R. Cheers, Antti
  4. Hello all, Weatherman, I think that unfortunately you have wasted your time with that colour analysis. Old colour photos (although good quality ones) that have been scanned and then printed on a book or a magazine are not reliable sources for colour research. I've seen and studied several aircraft in that paint scheme and the FS numbers usually given just aren't accurate. Last summer I made colour comparisons on the green and I can give you the NCS (Natural Colour System) code for the dark green colour. HUmbrol 108 is pretty good paint for many subjects but it is too brownish for Finnish WWII green. If you wish to model (and I hope you do!) a Finnish WWII aircraft, I suggest that you purchase Lifecolor's set "Finnish aircraft WWII colours". The green is extremely accurate. Kind Regards, Antti
  5. Oooh, Tigers! I was planning to convert my Airfix FR.9 into a PR.10 but now I'm seriously thinking of a "Tiger F.8". Thank you for the lovely photos! Cheers, Antti
  6. Hello all, our air force operated Junkers Ju-88s during the war. Those bombs delivered by the German Luftwaffe (500 kg and 1000 kg) were painted with light blue (RLM 65?) with red stencils giving the details about the bomb type, nominal weight and so on. Cheers, Antti
  7. Hello Albamac, I'm glad you liked the videos. Especially the first one is a real treasure. My former boss at Finnair (at 0:23) is seen as a simulator instructor here. I was talking to my colleague today (he is a former Draken pilot) and he told me that usually AVPIN start was used although either BRAGG or Houchin was always connected to the aircraft as well. Near the end of Draken era only Houchins were used. Now when it's weekend and all you might also enjoy watching this one; a close friend of mine Ari "Asa" Saarinen who used to fly Drakens with Fighter Squadron 11 gives some first hand recollections: Asa told me a story (actually quite many but this one is hilarious) about one "not so liked" fellow Draken pilot. One winter night Asa was beginning his shift as a fighter controller in an underground bunker at Rovaniemi. It really was freezing cold and the QRA aircraft stood outside on apron. When Asa realized who the QRA pilot was he ordered the poor guy into cockpit readiness (sitting in the cockpit at -30 something degrees). Early next morning when fighter controllers were changing shift a faint voice was heard over the command channel asking if the cockpit readiness was still be continued. Asa fled the scene as fast as he could! Skal, Antti
  8. I've been flying low level using NVG in HEMS role (120 kt.) and I can only imagine the thrill riding at 450 knots using goggles. For me it has been rather magical every time; you can see the stars right down to horizon and so many distant airliners with their flashing anti-collision lights. And you can't see them by naked eye. Now I'm a NVG instructor myself and think that everyone should have an opportunity to see the world through NVG. We used to execute "Run-in and breaks" when we were flying a Learjet 24 in photo survey flights. Quite often the ATC asked if we could land immediately because of other traffic. No problem, 330 knots over the threshold and then into a steep turn to port to kill the speed for flaps and gear. Streaming the drag chute right after touch down it really took a little more than a minute to vacate the runway. Later I have been flying aerogeophysical survey flights in a Twin Otter. Maintaining just over 100 knots and exactly 100 ft AGL over the mountains in Kosovo or in Kenya has been the most demanding flying I've ever done. Here we are approaching Isle of Wight in a Twin Otter: Cheers, Antti
  9. Hello albamac, J35 Draken has a starting system using isopropyl nitrate so it is possible to start up the engine without any ground equipment. The noise during the first seconds is unbelievable...and that dark grey smoke is spectacular. It is also possible to start up using a ground generator unit called BRAGG which generates both electricity and high pressure air. High pressure air was used also for loading the 30 mm gun. At least here in Finland this was done for a QRA aircraft at the same time with the pilot strapping in. Here is a very nice film presenting Finnish Air Force Drakens during an exercise. The aircraft belong to Fighter Squadron 11 based at Rovaniemi AB. At 2:36 DK-215 is taxiing along a country road on it's way to a highway strip. You can taxi a Draken with relatively high speed but outside airports a slower pace is better: Galdecals make decals for DK-215 by the way. And on this clip you can see BRAGG at 2:35 At least here in Finland very little equipment was stored (or kept) on dispersals; just the ladder and chocks. Cheers, Antti
  10. Hello all, it's not a Bloch but one of the remaining examples of a French WWII aircraft still in it's original camouflage. Possibly this gives some answers: https://www.airplane-pictures.net/photo/1152971/ca-556-finland-air-force-caudron-cr-714/ Cheers, Antti
  11. Jordi, that is great news! Thank you for sharing Let's hope there will be no more delays. This really is something I want into my collection. Cheers, Antti
  12. I wonder if there is actually any progress with the HK kit. I'm one of those who wanted to purchase one, well two, right away when first rumors started to appear maybe five years ago. Maybe I should spend my money on the Tamiya kit and start to cut some plastic. No doubt the HK models' kit will be in hobby shops before Christmas It will be a "great" project to build an FGR.2 of the Revell's kit (I planned a conversion for a while). You can't even build a good F-4F of that kit without some serious modelling. Even the Tamiya F-4J will need a lot of work to build an accurate F-4J, not to mention a Spey engined British Phantom. Antti
  13. Hello all. Graham, there is at least one Gnat at the air force museum at Tikkakoski that has been sitting on top of a pole for a few decades now. Dark Sea Grey has faded into very light blue and Dark Green looks indeed brownish. The example I was studying has been kept indoors and all surfaces are still semi gloss. It seems that Dark Sea Grey has faded more; especially around the fuselage spine. My only personal observation of "olive" or "drab" Dark Green is on the Buccaneer of No. 208 Squadron that visited Finnish Air Force Academy in 1991 (or 1992) and I didn't carry any colour chart with me back then. The serial was XX89... Unfortunately I can't give more detailed information about the colours used on the Airacobra. The fuselage and wings come from two different aircraft but the Olive Drab gave same NCS match both on fuselage and wings. Jamie, I was just looking for my copy of British camouflage colours to make a similar picture you just posted... It is really a shame that very few modellers use the NCS system as it gives nearly 2000 shades. Now that you have both colour charts at hand, here are the mayches for Dark Sea Grey: NCS S6005-R90B NCS S4005-R90B Then there were a port wing and rear fuselage of a MiG-3 at the museum, the original Russian "bright green" and "light blue" in good condition... Cheers, Antti
  14. Hello all, I made some colour comparisons this summer. One pair is exceptionally interesting: a Bell P-39Q Airacobra and a Folland Gnat. Both aircraft are in museums here in Finland and they both carry original camouflage paint. Take a look at the results: - Olive Drab (Airacobra), NCS S7005-G80Y - British Dark Green (Gnat), NCS S7005-G80Y Both paints are of course well weathered. And they both are an exact match for the very same NCS sample and almost an exact match for Hu 108 which is maybe a step darker. Cheers, Antti
  15. Dennis, in the front row...again I'm in as well. The old Matchbox box art looks still very good: that dark sky and blurred background accentuates the drama. I have two Mustangs in the stash and I have been planning a "Dooleybird" build too. So I will follow this with great interest. Great work with the interior details and painting Blackat! Let us see more. Cheers, Antti
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