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  1. Mikesh, "Japanese Aircraft Interiors 1940 - 1945", p.226 on the Judy: "There are few original source examples from which to make accurate color determination...One might assume that interior colors would follow closely those of other Japanese Naval aircraft of this late-war period, of which color samples have been recorded." He does mention one (1) original Judy component, a throttle: "If one were to assume the green on this sub-component were close to the overall interior, this piece was a close visual match to Munsell 7.5GY 3/4 and A/N32. These are closer to the best Pantone sample which was 5747C, and which is not as yellow as the part examined." Hope this helps, Richard
  2. Great built, Sir! Boy do I hate it when the manufacturers come up with crappy landing gear* on a great kit! I followed Hasegawa's instructions and tried to install the lg after closing the fuselage: had a lot of fun, which serves me right for not thinking ahead. *Trimaster/Dragon FW190 and Me 262 are of that breed. Richard
  3. Looking forward to the new thread, as both your modelling and writing skills are vastly superior to Kate Bush's singing. Richard
  4. Flyhawk's "Kelly" is on the slipways to replace the venerable Matchbox kit. I have got a tin of WEMCC RN18 Mountbatten Pink: is this to be used straight out of the tin, lightened or darkened to represent HMS Kelly "as sunk"? And while we are at it: what needs to be changed to convert a 1940 Kelly to the 1941 state of equipment? TIA, Richard
  5. Hi John "Kitchen Modeler"! Will follow your build with great interest as I am planning to do the new Eduard kit as Petie 2nd, using Super Scale sheet 48-591. Is that one of the good ones or does it have some issues? From the photo you posted I learnt that the grille is NM, and the name looks like it is some color, while SS renders it in white.. Richard
  6. Is there a specific mix or is it free for all? TIA, Richard
  7. Great job! In particular I admire the perfect canopy frames. And finally I do now what my builds are by the "Britmodeller Standard Grading System": straight Fs! Richard
  8. Bubble on the underside: does that mean you are talking Bf 109E? Owl did a conversion set in 1/48. The set had a vacformed(?) bubble, some photo etch, and decals, IIRC. You will find instructions on the web, although the set is out of production. Richard
  9. Looks like Model Monkey does one, but it's "not for sale". Go figure. Do you know of any other source? Richard
  10. The tools available: an Olfa razor saw, various drill bits, sanding sticks and sanding paper, modeling knife. The theory is to cut off the major part of the plug with 3 Olfa-cuts at 120 degree angle to each other along the rear end of the nacelle. But what about the curved front end of the landing gear bay? The razor saw is out for the part: do I drill? Chisel? Chip with a knife.... Help, please! Richard
  11. 1) Did Ju88G-6s carry any stencils (fuel triangles etc)? None of the various decal sheets have any (well, AIMS does provide no-walk-lines), nor do they show placement. Is there any information on stencil placement available? 2) Mounting the MG131 at the rear of the canopy on a Dragon 1/48 kit, the cloth cuff of the MG131 fits only on the inside of the armored circular gun mount. Is that the way it's supposed to be or should the barrel protrude farther (i.e., should the cloth cuff be flush with the inside or the outside of the mount)? I could not find any photos of the mount on a Ju88G, only on Ju188s, and these do look quite different from the kit parts. Richard
  12. Well, I have ordered the book. Thank you for the recommendations! Sound like an interesting read and a perfect opportunity to brush up on the rusty French. Richard
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