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  1. Thanks again for your replies. It sure is turning into an intriguing area of research Found some more photos that appear to show "yellow", although it is a good point about colorization. I have found other photos showing OD, only thing is... the engine cowlings are nmf and not painted. Maybe from a different timeframe to the supposedly "yellow" anti glare?
  2. Thanks guys, just wanted to double check I wasn't missing anything. I have come across archive film of the B-17 and in one shot looked to me faded OD. Other shots had a bit of yellow tint to it. As for the photos, some look enhanced or been reproduced too many times and colours appear to have been "corrected".
  3. Ok, this is bothering me somewhat. Does anyone know what is the actual colour of the B-17 Bit o Lace nose anti glare panel? Someone pointed out it looked like a pale colour and I've also noticed some model builds have it yellow. This I assume comes from photos of the plane showing a pale colour. I've always thought they be painted a dark colour such as olive drab. Would have thought a pale colour do the the opposite of anti glare... throw a lot of glare into the pilots eyes defeating the purpose of painting it in the first place. Here you can see in front of the cockpit windows - a pale looking panel?
  4. I've not heard of SEA 1 and SEA 2 either... also agree it is risky using restored aircraft that is museum or air show birds as references for colour matching. Those planes aren't always painted to being historically correct. The people looking after them are probably more concerned with preserving the history behind the plane and the schemes painted are just representative of the period... not necessarily accurate.
  5. No, I've managed to sand and file the parts so the fit looks acceptable... took me a fair amount of work. The top of the engines are suppose to be level with the surface of the wing. Without any alteration, the engine will sit below the wing with a noticeable step up. It's the sort of thing I expect from a short run East European kit not a brand such as Airfix.
  6. Good choice, the Stuka is a nice kit and be my recommendation too. The 262 may have been the first, unfortunately those poor fit engines is probably a hassle you could do without... unless you want the challenge of seeing if you can complete it before throwing it against the wall
  7. I think the undercart assembly is the main concern for me. It reminds me of the Airfix 262 engines and I found that fiddly to get right. I don't mind doing some work as long as it's not fiddly in the sense of tedious, annoying and requiring a lot of time and effort to get right... otherwise I may as well only buy short run East European model kits Thanks for doing the list, it's useful to know
  8. From what I've seen, the Hobby2000 F-111 kit are reissues of the Hasegawa with cartograf decals and canopy masks. Only thing that puts me off is the price - around £50 although I did see one advertised for £42... then again - are old Hasegawa kits going for around that price these days on ebay? It was a few years since I last bought one and won it for around £20. From a modelling aesthetic view, I prefer to build F-111 models with wings swept forward... just think it looks better in that position
  9. From reading the comments it seems to me there is no "accurate" Spitfire Ia as such. Not too different from the conclusion about the Hasegawa Wildcat vs the Airfix Wildcat... neither is perfect and each have their own pro's and con's - really down to the modeller to decide which kit they like the look of more As for the vintage Airfix Spitfire Ia derived from the Vb... is this the one? Please ignore the Spit in the foreground as that is the new tooling. I did encounter a few fit issues particularly with the lower wing section joining the fuselage. Otherwise I found it reasonably ok to build.
  10. Neat looking build. I have the Mi-24P somewhere... will get round to building it someday... as soon as I get round the parts count
  11. Very nice result. Although I'm more impressed with the price - £8.99... don't see many kits for that amount of money
  12. Great looking build. I like how you managed to enhance the raised panel lines instead of sanding and rescribing them.
  13. Thanks guys, that makes it more clearer on what the others were saying. Think I will err on the safe side with the acrylics... so if paint does flake off... I just start all over again with a different technique
  14. Not in the RFI section. If you look at the rules pinned to this section it says: "The critiquing/advice is meant for the skill set of the builder, not the accuracy of the build and is meant to encourage development of those skill sets and the sharing of ideas." There are other more relevant forum sections for discussing the accuracy of a kit. In fact there's already a thread about the Airfix MiG-15 here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/58911-the-new-airfix-mig-15-so-whats-wrong-with-it/
  15. So I have a Tamiya tank first tooled in 1975 and the tank tracks being made of a strange feeling material... went on a bit of a search for more information about how to paint... and immediately got scared when the first expert said be careful what you do, use the wrong paint and you will melt the tracks. Really, is it that dangerous to even attempt any painting? After wading through what seems like an entire encyclopaedia of various comments and advice... I'm still confused So, making an attempt to make a simple answer of the information overload... can anyone say have I got the following right? I can use Tamiya acrylic paint for the tracks and best start with a dark metallic colour. Equally suitable is Vallejo acrylic paint. Neither of those paints should affect the vinyl. There was also mention of being able to use a Vallejo wash on top of the paint. Puzzling thing is, apparently the vinyl tracks on later Tamiya toolings can be painted with any kind of paint. Wonder why Tamiya didn't use the same material on re-issues of old toolings. Would have saved me a bit of confusion and concern
  16. I reckon you've done an excellent job. The tooling itself is ancient dating back to the 70s or may even be the 60s? No surprises it's not an easy build. Thing about the kit though, it does on UK ebay auction go for imo crazy prices. Mainly heading towards £20 or $27 USD. Throw in another £5 and you can have a new tool big model Airfix Buccaneer
  17. Very nice build. I like how you've done the panel lines. Done one of my scooters with black lines and it looked horrible, should have done it in a similar colour to yours. Looks far more realistic. The tooling is indeed a new one. One of the later boxings as well. Annoying for me as I was after VA-15 decals and Airfix didn't have this one released. Ended up sourcing aftermarket decals. Oh well
  18. Very neat paint job you've done there. I've built the kit before and not easy to get a good result... more down to the age of the tooling.
  19. Yes, after looking through period photos I did wonder if printing photos back then caused a colour shift from green to brown. It was a reason for posting the question about the actual colour painted on the Army helicopters. Funny enough, I came across a FSM article today titled 44 shades of Olive Drab... I had to laugh at that one
  20. That helps a lot. I clicked on what I thought was a link and when nothing happened, assumed it was broken. I think most of the schemes I have in mind will come under the brown shade of OD, not too fussed about doing a specific airframe as accurate as the real plane. Found a lot of interesting period photos of Vietnam War aircraft. Would like to think the people in those photos - pilots, gunners, navigators all survived the war and made it back home.
  21. Well I've seen similar on UK ebay and I've now gone off building one... it's a small model too... no way near as big as an F-111. Still, if the ClearProp new tooling is released sounds like it might come in at around 30 USD may be.
  22. Hmm... that might prove to be a challenge... quote: "Yes, the earlier, Vietnam-era helos were in FS34087 Olive Drab. It is a more brownish-green color than the later Helo Drab color" So it can't be too brown or green and is in between
  23. Guys, anyone happen to know was the OD on US Army helicopters in the Vietnam War brown or green looking? I've looked through all the OD paints and some look green while others brown. Looking at period photos, there seem to be the same effect although I'm not sure if the process of printing photos at the time caused a brown tinge when the colour is actually green? To confuse things further, found a discussion in another forum saying the OD became green later in the war. Don't know if that meant it went from brown to green or it became more greener than green Was the same OD also painted on army vehicles such as a Sheridan tank.
  24. Looks great, don't think I've seen a Forger in those colours before.
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