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Everything posted by Richard502

  1. Thank you for the information! The wife *WILL* like a ship in Mountbatten Pink.
  2. when they escorted the Operation Rubble blockade runners? Richard P.S.: Yes, I am reading Barker's "Blockade Busters". Great book!
  3. Is the Triebflügel concept in any way aerodynamically sound or just a crackpot idea to keep some designers safely in their offices instead of the trenches? Wondering, Richard P.S.: wouldn't the failure of one engine have serious -and spectacular - consequences?
  4. All fixed, foreward firing armament in all types ouf Ju88, as apparently all models had the FFFA maounted in an downward angle. Good point! Should have though of that, but.... Maybe the "G" carried the 4 MG151s in a ventral gondola because there was no room in the nose? The earlier fighter versions carried a very weak fixed foreward firing armament (1 MG FF, 3 MG17, in the nose, augmented in later versions by 2 more MG FFs in the bomber-style gondola): pitifully small and weak for such a heavy aircraft, but apparently all that could be installed.
  5. This drawing has the guns angled downwards on the radar-less Zerstörer version as well. http://www.airwar.ru/image/idop/fww2/ju88c/ju88c-2.gif
  6. Bobk, thank you for the link! Looks like I have to putty the fuselage seams.... Richard
  7. For the downward angle of the ventral guns see the sideview cutaway drawing in this link. It is necessary to roll down the page. https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Ju-88/Junkers-Ju-88/pages/Artwork-technical-drawing-Junkers-Ju-88-cutaway-0C.html or this photo: https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Ju-88/NJG2/pages/Junkers-Ju-88G-13.NJG2-(4R+BX)-1944-01.html Richard
  8. On Ju88s the fixed forward firing armament (FFFA), and the radar aerials, were canted downwards relative to the longitudinal axis of the plane (LA) by about 5 degrees. On most fighters the FFFA is installed parallel to the longitudinal axis, which is almost identical to the line of flight (LoF), so the pilot can aim by pointing the whole plane at the point he wants to hit. (Actually the FFFA is canted upwards so the trajectory of the bullets will intersect the line of flight at a given distance. So why the downward pointing FFFA on Ju88s? Did Ju88s fly in a tail down attitude so that the downward pointing FFFA is indicating the line of flight? If so, would this not increase drag dramatically? TIA, Richard
  9. Silberweiss as used on the Legion Condor's first Bf109s in the Spanish civil war. No paint chip for "Silberweiss" in Merrik's "Monogram Luftwaffe paining guide" nor in Merrick & Kiroff "Luftwaffe Camouflage & Markings". TIA, Richard
  10. Building a Dragon Ju88G it turned out the rear canopy (bathed in the local equivalent to Future (= Glaenzer) many moons ago) was 1,5mm narrower than the cockpit sill. So I had the bright idea to bend the canopy into shape after a bath in hot water. The bending part worked reasonably well, but the canopy fogged up on 50% of its surface. The whitish film could not be removed. Is this the Future failing, or are transparent parts per se not meant to have a hot bath? TIA, Richard
  11. Wingsy Kits Finally, all the problems associated with the production are in the past! We start sending our new Sonia to the stores as soon as the volumes of each order are ready. We are also preparing materials for participation in Shizuoka and Moson... ))) Will you be selling kits at Moson? Richard
  12. Thank you very much, so the search is on for a cheap Airfix kit (tossed mine years ago, alas!) Richard
  13. Hi Jamie, thank you for the update! The stash is huge enough to keep me busy, so waiting is no problem. I can not begin to imagine what a hassle the fire was, and do hope you have gotten over the mess. Richard P.S.: Your advice on airbrushing techniques caused the biggest jump in my learning curve for ages. Many thanks!
  14. The section on Soviet planes in "Real colors of WWII - Aircraft" by AK hasn't got a chapter on ID-colors (in contrast to the British an US sections), so there probably is litte information. Richard
  15. This thread, and the first posting in "Burn down their hanging trees" are essential reminders of what WWII was about: beating into submission one of the most evil regimes ever. A big thank you to every allied soldier who gave his/her time, health and life for the effort! Richard
  16. The website says the Pangolin Two Stage Nacelles will be "coming soon". Can you give a ballpark figure when that will be? And do they fit the Revell kit as well? Richard
  17. I tried -an failed miserably - with decals for the shark mouth, and am trying to work up courage for the wasp insignia. Has anyone succeed in applying these decals to the 1/48 scale kit? Richard
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    Andre B and Ed, thank you for the link! Richard
  19. A quick check in Monogram's book on the do 335 by Smith, Creek, Hitchcock shows that - the wheel well on the restored example was painted RLM 02 at restoration - the gear cover on M14 (the plane acquired by the French) does look natural metal on the inside, very shiny underneath that big wing (p. 129). Richard
  20. The two tubular thingies under the rear gunner's footrest look similar to Wehrmacht Heer style gas masks. Is that it? Gas masks on a plane? RIchard
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