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  1. Hello, While looking through Grumman blueprints for the TBF-1 I noticed that there seem to be two positions in which the landing light was mounted below the left wing. Can someone tell me when the change was made? Did it coincide with other changes made to the design of the aircraft? I am trying to model TBM-1 BuNo 24737 (yellow E16), which still had the MG in the cowling and not two MGs in the wings, but already the more squared windows behind the wings. So it was apparently built later than what is commonly referred to as a TBF-1 (early), but also earlier than a TBF/T
  2. Thank you all! Tony: I totally missed these details, thank you for mentioning! If I can ever get it out of my cabinet again, I'll definately add them! Regards, Thorsten
  3. Hello, here is my latest model, a 1/35 Tiger II from Dragon. I have added Voyager PE for the exteriour and the skirts, a RB barrel and antenna and home made Zimmerit. The figures are from Mini Art. The model depicts tank "233" from s.Pz.Abt. 503 in Budapest. You can find several pictures of this particular tank online and in books, f.e. in "Tigers at the front" by T. Jentz. This allowed me to reconstruct most of the paint scheme. Only the upper surfaces, the lower glacis plate and the rear hull plate had to be improvised. I also tried to match the tools and the weatheri
  4. I agree with most of what you say, but keep in mind that airships were not similar to aircraft nor were they part of the airforce. They were part of the Heer and the Marine/navy. I would be careful to apply aircraft painting standards to airships, as the background in construction, function and service is completely different. But anyways, this is a point that noone can prove, and I think all arguments have been brought into the discussion. In the end you have to decide how you paint it, noone can prove you wrong with either grey or brown! What seems to be true though is that the interior is
  5. Keep in mind that these gondolas are from later ships (L 71 is an X-class ship). At some time during the war, the fabric was switched from natural brownish colours to a grey (in fact it was the same fabric colour but tiny blue strips were printed on it, resulting in a grey look from a distance). This is discussed in the Windsock Zeppelin publications. So following the same rules as above, the grey gondolas fit to the later, grey ships. Thorsten
  6. Your ship looks great! Without knowing it better, what makes you think that the gondolas are not the hull colour? If you exclude a metallic finish (which can obviously be done for some ships), you end up with the fact that it has been painted. But as long as no colour photo surfaces (which will most likely not happen ;-)), I see the only hint for the colour to be "logical". So I assume the gondolas to be in the same colour than the rest of the ship. The grey-value of the colour of the gondolas on photos matches perfectly to the bright hull colour. I see no hint for the gondola colour to be di
  7. The areas with the camouflage-like pattern on my LZ 45 model represent fabric which was most probably washed out of dope by the weather. They can be seen on all available pictures of this very ship, and I copied the pattern as exactly as possible. However, this is special to LZ 45, I don't know if similar effect were visible on your specimen. Unfortunately the references on it are not very good. Thorsten
  8. Unfortunately I don't have a picture which shows more details than the one you have of this particular ship. But to me it looks as if it follows roughly the same fabric scheme as LZ 45. The equatorial band and the two above were from the darker type from the second ring in front of the horizontal fins to the ring behind the MG platform. The fields at the top should have been lighter. You also see the darker strips parallel to the rings for strength. The strips covering the seams on each ring were in a dark color on L23, in contrast to lighter fabric as seen on L13. Sorry that I can not help f
  9. Looks great! If you want to go for full accuracy with the painting scheme: The different tones of the skin aren't just for visual interest on the real thing but depict the amount of dope used on the fabric. The top was doped less such that hydrogen which escaped from the gas bags could flow out of the ship and doesn't build up to an explosive mixture with the air in the interior. The sides were darker in colour, I think for strength. Here sometimes lines were seen in the fields between the girders which are in fact strengthening stripes shining through the fabric. You can see what I mean in t
  10. Was the Sharpie water proof? I haven't ever had an issue with a water proof Sharpie showing through more than one or two layers of primer followed by acrylic paint, and it didn't over time. If I remember correctly, the solvent in most primers will resolve the Sharpie color and make it show as it mixes. Acrylics are different, they will neither resolve the primer nor the Sharpie as efficiently as the primer, so I wouldn't be worried. If you are curious, you could make a test on some trash plastic. Cheers, Thorsten
  11. ICMF, thanks for the kind words! I can live with such a curse ;-) If you seriously plan to build an R-class ship, too, don't miss the book "German Rigid Airships", it has lots of plans, reconstructed from wrecked ships during WWI. Now I am quietly looking forward to your next update! Thorsten
  12. Hello, I am the designer of the paper model of the airship, and I am amazed what you are doing here! I was following the thread from the beginning, now I finally decided to register. Keep on the great work! Best regards, Thorsten
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