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  1. Well as I recall from many a Roden kit you'll probably need a new decal sheet anyway as Rodens are generally ...er...not good. Kit was a little bugger as well!
  2. My vote goes to the Academy kit partly because I had no end of bother with a Revell kit. Besides Monogram, Airfix did a B/C ....Hmmm heres a thought how about Airfix did a new mould B? theres plenty of options and versions along with strong connection to RAF ! Petition Airfix? count me in!
  3. No it just means that RLM 83 was misidentified as a green. Evidence provided in this thread now almost conclusively defines 83 as a dark blue and the misidentified green on Fw190D's etc as a variant of an existing green camo colour. Nothing changes except the addition of another colour in the RLM palette to confuse us all!
  4. Try this bloke Don Wheeler...he's the guru of airbrushes....https://sites.google.com/site/donsairbrushtips/home Also have a look at the Iwata Neo entry level airbrush. I just bought one off ebay at a very good price. They are chinese made under contract to Iwata Anest. I got mine as a spare/backup and I am quite satisfied with it although I normally use an Iwata HP-CS or Badger 100. I have a few of those chinese knock offs that came with other kit usually and all need fettling or using for purposes other than modelling (eg spraying insecticide in hard to reach spots....)but you can be lucky occasionally. HTH John H, in tropical Brisbane...too hot to spray!
  5. I use a formula I got off the interwebs (so it must be good) Hot water with a drop of dishwashing liquid and a couple or three drops of white glue all stirred in. Theres no precise ratios just what seems right on the day. The dish wash helps to release the decals off the backing paper and the white glue helps as an extra adhesive. Usual process is to apply decals over a surface that has been gloss coated (most important) with your favourite clear finish, be it acrylic or whatever and using whatever you normally use for decal setting etc....micro system, Solvaset, future et al. Follow this at some point with a clear matt coat to seal it all in. Theres lots of help and advice on the webs, particularly YouTube. Some brands of decals may need reinforcing with a coat of liquid decal film or clear coating. Some are just rubbish and sometimes you get a sheet which is just plain useless. I have several sheets of ancient ESCI decals going back 30 + years...a prolonged soaking in hot water etc has resurrected them....mostly. HTH
  6. G'day. While I'm here ....The snake Stuka as a desert based aircraft should it have the squarish filter on the intake as well?. I cant see it in the cartoons or the few photos I have of the snake aircraft? Is this something else Airfix forgot or am I missing a sprue? Is it just me or did Airfix forget to include those stonkin big radios behinfd the pilot (along with some other black boxes in the cockpit? EDIT. Dont panic! I've just found them in step 41 ....how odd. JH .
  7. longweight

    Panel line wash

    Hi, I use both Tamiya acrylics etc and enamels. I keep a few tubes of ordinary el cheapo water colour paint handy. Dk brown, black and so on. I mix with a drop of dishwashing liquid and dilute with water to suit. The water colour fairly neutral with either medium and I use it on both flat and gloss finishes. Gloss would be better if all you want is a panel line, the tinting effect is better on matt. I recently used a dk brown mix on the fuselage of a Roden 1/72 Sopwith Camel and all 3 main colours came up nicely. HTH John H.
  8. Aha. Yes a callsign would make sense. I guess it was a refinement of the 'cab rank' system. I do seem to recall that whilst napalm has become associated with the USA it was originally 'invented' by a couple of Brits. Then again I've also read about CIA 'American Airlines' operatives mixing washing powder and avgas in 44 gallon drums for pushing out of cargo aircraft during the 'secret war' in Viet Nam and neighbouring places. Thanks all for clearing that up....I am partial to a spot of lime juice in my ale on the hot afternoons here in Queensland, Aus.
  9. G'day. Just re reading "Monty's Northern Legions" Patrick Delaforce. (My father served as a gunner in the artillery with 15th Scottish) In it he writes in the chapters about the 15th Scottish Div. that during the battle for the town of Goch in the lead up to the crossing of the Rhine the army was supported by "Typhoons with Limejuice" ? I'm guessing some form of Napalm as it was mentioned in conjunction with flamethrower tanks, but does anyone know what this Limejuice stuff is ? Google is strangely silent on this matter. My thanks in advance.
  10. Ok Got thinking about uploading and why I couldnt and found a way. Learning curve operating. JH
  11. G'day, Havent put anything up in a while. House moving, settling in, Life etc. Anyway this is a Tamiya 190A-8 'converted'to the A-7. more or less. I actually built it to paint stage back in 2015 and then packed it away over the Queensland summer. At the endof summer we sold up and moved. So I eventually this year dragged the box out from a much diminished stash and decided to finish it. It represents a 190A7 of 2/JG 1 early 1944. decals were from an old Aeromaster sheet plus nose stripes from elsewhere. Sundry references were consulted. For those interested it was sprayed in Vallejo/Italeri RLM 76 with a mix of Tamiya and some Gunze acrylics for the rest. I do like Vallejo paints but I always have a hard time using them one way or another. The brush used was an Iwata HP-CS with fine tip. Final weathering and varnish (Pledge Floor shine ..the Future down under) with an old Badger! It was a lot of fun and I was pleased with the outcome and not too many cock ups (well for me anyway) So the first photo is of it primed and pre-shading added. Second is with the finished colour coats applied and masking removed and varnish sprayed ready for decalling. The rest is the finished article. cheers JH
  12. Lovely work, makes me keen to start mine. One point though the ailerons (on the wing) operate in opposite fashion...if one is "up" t'other is down (only not so much) as they act to control direction rather than up or down. Theyre different to flaps which increase lift on take off and landing.... The elevators (on the horizontal tail) perform a different function and act together to change the angle of the aircraft up or down more or less. True some aircraft had and have the double function of both aileron and flap but not generally in that period. Hope this helps John H.
  13. longweight

    RLM Paint Chip Chart

    Not necessarily I'm afraid. I have the original chart in front of me and its printed. The note on the chart may simply mean that the printing inks were individually mixed rather than standard colours used and the sheet run through several times to get all the colours printed in register At the time I bought the Modellers Guide (mid 70's, IIRC I got an "industry" discount on the 3 volume set plus the Guide) with chart included I was working as a draftsman at a publishing house producing school atlases (Jacaranda Press as was, in Brisbane) Printing colours were generally chosen from the Pantone colour atlas a major producer of printing ink. I still have a colour swatch from those days (17th edition). However colours could be matched to specific requirements ...an expensive option added to which the cost of running the sheets through the presses or whatever more than usual would also add to the cost (Colour printing was an expensive business and is why many companies shipped their stuff to Asia for printing...(cheap and cheerful) ) However as I used the chart as a guide for many years I'd be happy to be proved wrong Hope this helps. John H.
  14. G'day. I'm building the Pavla 1/72 Westland Lysander and so far I've even got the cockpit transparency to fit well! I plan to finish it as the French option P9181 in Chad 1942. Groupe Rennes, Escadrille Bretagne. Colours call for a Dk Earth and Middle Stone over Azure Blue with some over painting here and there in 'chocolate brown" from French stocks I assume (or the more popular Belgian chocolate ahem) References online are a bit thin but my copy of the Warpaint tome would indicate Dk Green and Dark Earth over Sky........ Anyone got more info I'm happy either way but I'd like to get close with the finish and was the 'overpainting' in chocolate brown? cheers John H
  15. I think that might have been the old Airfix Defiant moulds, someone used the nose from a Heller Spitfire IIRC. I had a resin nose replacement from somewhere and the whole thing went for sale when the new Airfix kit was released recently. Ian Huntley I think it was did an article on the Airfix Battle in SAM or SMI and declared the moulds to have been cut using some original drawings of a prototype or some such. I confess I gave mine away and bought the Special Hobby (?) kit instead which I am still yet to build.....hmmmm.
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