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  1. Fair enough. I won't be selling my 10 Tamiya A6M any time soon, though... Partly because they're good enough for me (even more than I would have bargained for) and partly because Eduard's track on new 1/72 kits is not the most confidence-inspiring at the moment.
  2. Have a look here for details on the inspection window: https://www.largescaleplanes.com/articles/article.php?aid=3339
  3. Thank you very much for your detailed explanation and insights, Piotr. Some of the points you make are non-issues for me, especially in 1/72, but I understand perfectly that they are for other people. Mind you, I am not complaining that Eduard is (eventually) doing what they are doing, just trying to understand why they do it.
  4. And for just THREE dollars! In fact, the Type 98 gunsight was used in all IJNAF fighters and also dive bombers, so plenty of uses for the Quickboost set. I am quite sure it can be justified to have a couple of this in your stash... I know it is, in my case.
  5. What's missing, in your opinion, on the Tamiya 1/72 kits? Not talking about different versions, but why we need a new A6M2, for example, when three (or four) fine kits already exists? Besides the "they don't make money for Eduard" argument, of course. Depends where you are in the world. For me, is cheaper to source kits from Japan than from Europe. Of course, my situation is very particular, but I want to show that there are no universal truths in this hobby.
  6. I get my Tamiya A6Ms from Japan for 11 US dollars. Yes, I know, shipping and all, but I have to pay shipping for any kit, so not a problem. I love 1/72 kits of Japanese WWII aircraft and I am not even mildly excited about this (well, perhaps a bit by the perspective of new, state-of-the-art A6M2-N and -K to add to my Hasegawa and AML kits). A new 1/72 Yak-9 family, though... Now, that would be something to be excited about!
  7. Great progress, @TonyOD, keeps looking better and better with every step. Is a delight of a kit, isn't it? Hope you find your sight, but just in case... https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/QB72079
  8. Depends. Do you have evidence how the object you're modeling looked like in a given moment? Use that and reproduce reality. Don't have that information? Go by the rules and create a most likely appearance.
  9. Mexicans are going to be VERY surprised to be considered South Americans... I have a booklet (with decals in 1/72 and 1/48 including not only P-47 but also B-25, Piper Cubs... and a Kubelwagen!) about the "Jambocks", I can post info or pictures if required. BTW, the link to w2aircraft.net sites translates "Senta a Pua!" as "Says the Pua!". Unless is some local expression I am not aware of, the translation is "Feel the talon!", but I know nothing about the fighting habits of ostriches...
  10. Not exactly. Gloss black for the undercarriage and matt black or dark brown for the back of the propeller.
  11. It's a pity there's a bunch of Japanese planes in the foreground blocking the view....
  12. Fukuryu

    Japanese Zero

    Anything by Nick Millman gets my first vote, particularly the SAM book mentioned above if you want a broader spectrum. The FAOW titles are great even if you don't understand anything, just for the pictures and diagrams; get the ones numbered #55 and 56 instead of #5 and #9 (older versions) but any of them will serve for your purpose. The Aero Detail and In Action I haven't checked in years; being from the same author (and illustrator for the FAOW titles) they should stand or fall together; I just can't say at the moment. All of the above is for differences between versions, though; for colours, though, nothing beats Aviation of Japan blog and Nick's monographs.
  13. So do I. For enamels so far the only reliable game in town are @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies's Colourcoats paints, also backed up by Nick's research.
  14. Never ones to be bothered by minor things like a war going on.
  15. Nothing to figure out. They are well-known and documented. Access to that knowledge, though, is another matter.
  16. Thank you, Troy. Yoaf Efrati's article in Hyperscale is my initial source for the colour name; I do have the Alex Yofe & Lawrence Nyveen book on the S-199 which include colour pictures of the famous fuel cap together with the RAL deck that includes 6013 and indeed, it is a match... a visual one, and for a 50-year old paint at the time. While not exposed to sun light in that period, the paint indeed oxidized and suffered other natural transformations that time alone brings. So, a definitive answer...? That is something that each one must decide; for me, the historical reference to a late 1940's Czech paint makes sense. Sorry for getting lost on a tangent, but somehow, is still about RLM 02... kinda sorta.
  17. I have that as MNO 2036 Smalt Khaki Avion.
  18. Impressive result, Lindsey! Even more as a first kit in 35 years! I'm looking forward to you next models, I'm sure we're in for a treat.
  19. Very interesting! As a first batch Mirage, I'd love to know if it was retrofitted to carry R-550 or had that capability from the beginning. My understanding so far is that only the second batch (I-013 to I-019) where Magic-capable, but here we go... proof that nothing is definitive in this hobby.
  20. Shhh... wer're trying not to scare him too much with this Japanese aircrafts colours thing... ... but seems like is too late now.
  21. Good thing then than in an A6M Aotake is only visible on main wheel wells (and then only for Nakajima-built aircrafts), tail wheel well and sometimes the arresting hook shaft! Unless, of course, you want to build a see-though model....
  22. Links to avoid copyright infringements: https://www.milavia.net/portfolios/helmutrichter/photos/165-Lightning-F2A-XN724-F-19S.html https://www.raf-in-combat.com/downloads/august-2018-english-electric-lightning-f-2a-35-photos/
  23. No evidence on that on my Argentinian-published sources, but is not a subject I have the most knowledge of. A bit of trivia: no first-batch Mirage IIIEA were lost during the war, only I-015 and I-019 from the second batch.
  24. I'm afraid not... The A6M was a Navy Air Force Aircraft, the Ki-46 an Army Air force one. Different colour standards at that time. You wouldn't believe how much we enjoy that. As much as late Luftwaffe colours, or Olive Drab, or whatever other modelling colour discussion. That's what makes life interesting, isn't it? Only Nakajima-built aircraft had the wheel wells in Aotake (a translucent blue-green protective lacquer, the metallic tint being the underlaying aluminium); Mitsubishi ones were painted the same colour as the underside of the aircraft. Once again, depending on the aircraft's manufacturer. Nakajima used plain black, Mitsubishi a blue-black, that you can easily replicate adding 1 part blue to 4 parts black. You need to decide first the timeframe of your model. As an example, all A6M in Pearl Harbour were Mitsubishi-built, so your options are limited. Since you declare yourself a Humbrol man, go to Aviation of Japan and buy the "PAINTING THE EARLY ZERO-SEN" publication by Nick Millman. There are Humbrol mixes there to get the right colours. If you decide to go to the Airfix-recommended Humbrol colours, what I can say... I wish you the best since in my opinion they are way off. As you can imagine, as a WWII Japanese aviation aficionado, I take my colours very seriously so I can't recommend anything I won't use myself, mainly because I only trust the modern, dedicated paints backed by serious researchers. Anyway, modelling is a subjective activity, so anything you decide will be the right thing if you enjoy it and I support that above anything.
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