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James B

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  1. I decided to go for 3 B patterns, and the rest 'A'. I started by copying the drawings I was sent by @Grey Beema (huge thank you), but then realised I would have to drastically simplify them for the scale. This is what I came up with: Next, I traced them onto some plastic that miniatures are sold in, but OHP sheet would do the same trick, o anything similar. I traced them into two lines less than the width of my masking tape to avoid as much wastage as possible: Peeled off from the sheet and applied to the aircraft. Rinse ad repeat: Finally, a coat of RAF dark green. Leave till dry and peel off the tape: Not fantastic, but not too bad either? Now to paint in the details, varnish, decal, varnish, weather and finally varnish.
  2. They are indeed meant to be E series. Battle of Britain era though, so that helps narrow the field a little based on your advice. Thank you.
  3. I have read, and re-read the detailed information provided by everyone, and am pretty confident I have understood it correctly. The trouble is, this means taht all but 1 of the spitfires will be running the A-scheme, and although this would be correct, I can't help but feel it might be better to have a little variation? I was thinking I'd run all the Odd numbers in the B scheme, which is still only 3, but will add a little more interest. What do you all think? Stick with the 100% historically accurate 1 in 'B' scheme, or go for 3? For the BF109, were they painted in a similar way? Will all the camo be identical or were they random using a set scheme? I'm going to use the top right scheme from this image:
  4. If I have understood your information correctly, all but one of my aircraft will be using the 'A' pattern? I have: sq. 19 P9386 (Ends in an even number so A as well as From P7810 onwards only the A scheme was applied.) R6676 (Ends in an even number so A) P7849 (From P7810 onwards only the A scheme was applied.) X4179 (Ends in an odd number so B ) X4474 (Ends in an even number so A) P7423 (Ends in an odd number but Castle Bromwich built aircraft the basic rule was alternated for each batch so A) sq. 609 P8098 (Ends in an even number so A as well as From P7810 onwards only the A scheme was applied.) P8264 (Ends in an even number so A as well as From P7810 onwards only the A scheme was applied.) R6692 (Ends in an even number so A) P7966 (Ends in an even number so A as well as From P7810 onwards only the A scheme was applied.) P9322 (Ends in an even number so A as well as From P7810 onwards only the A scheme was applied.) R6690 (Ends in an even number so A)
  5. @lasermonkey, Thank you. That is incredible information and further supports what others have said. The detail however, is incredible, and I'm truly grateful. Now if only I didn't have to make, cut and stick down 14 masks (and that's before I even get to the Luftwaffe)
  6. Thank you for the suggestion. I hadn't considered mixing the schemes, and by doing so it will provide some visual variety. I do indeed have the serial numbers, so I think I will try and follow the scheme setup as you've described. At the very least it will give me some variety.Thank you. It is Blood Red Skies. I have some USAF stuff arriving in the next couple of days to hopefully. Not sure there will be many players on this side of the world, but I could resist having a display of multiple fighter formations. I'm still really unsure on the Luftwaffe colours and patterns at this time of the war, and really struggling as to how best to paint the camo patterns on either.
  7. Hi All, I'm taking a bit of a break from my Thunderbirds project to work on a new game I just received in the mail (ordered last September)! I now have as the titles says 27 very small aircraft to paint, and this is a scale unlike anything I have ever attempted before. I began by giving them all a nice hot bath as some of the aircraft had slightly misshapen wings. The soak soon sorted that with very little effort. I took the opportunity to give them a ll a bit of a wash as well, to make sure there was no residual mould release agent or other chemicals. Once dry, I cleaned up the surprisingly few mould lines, took some time to admire the details and then got them under the airbrush for a coat of light grey primer. Here are the Spitfire mkII and BF-109E after their primer was applied. and the Boulton Paul Defiant MkI Apologies for the photo quality. I then flipped them all upside down and gave the RAF aircraft a coat of Vallejo RAF Sky, and the Luftwaffe got a RLM76 I've now masked the undersides of all the RAF aircraft in preparation for a coat of RAF Dark Earth. This is where your help comes in, please! I know very little about Luftwaffe camo schemes, and even less about year specific patterns. I have begun researching, but my goodness the rabbit hole appears to be extremely deep, and wide, and oh so very dark! So any diagrams/patterns etc that are simple to follow would be appreciated. In addition to this, I want to get a standard camo pattern across the Spitfires as I do know enough about them to know they ran either the Pattern A camo or Pattern B camo, applied using rubber mats as stencils. My research here seems to suggest that the same pattern was rolled out across multiple squadrons at the same time, so the chances of my aircraft sporting different patterns seems to be slim. Is that correct? If so, does anyone have any tip, tricks, advice or suggestion on the best way to do this? I was unable to find masks in the correct scale, which leaves me either attempting to make 13 of my own using tamiya masking tape, or finding another method, perhaps brush painting would be the best way forward? If it is of any help, the markings I will be using are: Spitfire Squadrons 19 and 609 and BF109 Schwarm Gruppe I, II, III and IV All help and suggestions are greatly appreciated and needed.
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    We all get like that sometimes and you're absolutely right to focus on yourself for a while, and try whatever works for you. Sometimes starting (and completing) an easier smaller project is all it takes for me. If the tiredness doesn't go away though, as Gorby said, get yourself to the docs, better they tell you all is well and you're just burnt out, than the opposite. We'll all be here when you get back.
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    Stunning work as always @Vitaliy. Is that rocket pack going to cause issue when you try to mount the chair in the cockpit?
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    A bit late to the piece here, but for what it's worth I think 7 meets all your requirements. It has the nice blue tones that will offset the green of the banks, but with the more realistic and true to life murky colours at the banks, all while showing the depths involved. The rocks look fantastic, and well worth your time I'd say. Looking forward to seeing these painted. I wonder weather it would have been advantageous to undercoat them black before gluing in place? (Too late now, but for my own knowledge and future projects I'd be interested in your thoughts and findings).
  11. Finally, an update. Pods have all had their panel lines sanded flat and then rescribed before being assembled, primed and painted (with the exception of TB4's, which is scribed, and the internal ramp assembled and primed, but is still in two halves awaiting detail painting). TB2 and the pods have just now received a coat of future ready for decals and then panel washes and weathering. This is how she's looking now:
  12. Really fantastic work, as has been the ongoing theme of this build. I can't quite tell what you mean by simplifying the assembly compared to the half-studio scale. To my eye, I would say yours look slightly more detailed. Either way, yours is absolutely stunning, and I'm in awe. Thank you for sharing.
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    This is brilliant. A little easter egg hidden in plain sight, and so beautifully executed. Love it!