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  1. That is awesome info you posted. I will look into the early discussion on the B25's. I may go ahead and build the Italieri kit after all and decide what alterations to make it. Now to look for some good info and plans of a B25...
  2. I was very surprised that the Italieri kit had that many issues. No issue that no kit is ever perfect or accurate, However, that this kit needed this much work to create a reasonable reproduction of the original is a bit much. Still I wonder if combining a Matchbox for old Airfix fuselage would overcome most of the issues described in the article.
  3. Hello all, I read in the February issue of Scale Aircraft modelling where the Italieri B25 H/J was dissected badly. The fuselage is short in depth, the tail plane needs to be pushed back some, the tail gunner canopy needs to be increased in size, etc. Shocking to me since this model was considered acceptable when compared with the old Airfix and Matchbox versions prior to the new Airfix B25 rendition. From the article, I get the impression that you could combine the old Airfix or Matchbox fuselage with the Italieri wings( the only part without serious errors). Can someone expand o
  4. This article was a tour de force on assembling the Esci and Airfix kits. I really appreciate the hard work you did to bring them into a kit that truly resembles the real airplane. Wish Pavla ,or somebody else had, come up with a correct air intake. that way we could do the kits with landing gear down. As it is, you are best doing it "in-flight". As things stand, we may have to puchase both kits and mix parts to get an accurate Sea Harrier. Hopefully Airfix will re do those molds...maybe.
  5. Hello all, I was wondering which 1/72 kit of the FRS -1 Sea Harrier is currently considered the most accurate. Working hard on a fujimi 1/72 GR3 and it is a major pain. Almost all joints needed fill and the canopy will not sit properly. I am going to finish it as a "what if" to justify its lack of detail. I really do not want to experience this much hassle with a FRS-1. TIA, Juan R-S
  6. Mission Models have grey Japanese Zero(amber). this paint is airbrush ready. Its code is MMP-110. On the other hand, exposure to the sun weathered the colors from light gray to amber. So you can paint the fabric surfaces as you think. I paint my japanese navy aircraft fabric surfaces same as the adjoining metal surfaces. Sometimes I use a different color just to shake things up. I prefer acrylics, so it is Tamiya or Mr Hobby. I do use some lacquers when needed. It is really your decision.
  7. Hello all, Attached are some pics I took of the 1/72 Airfix Skyraider in a "what if" garb. Story goes that as war progressed past 1945, the FAA took in some lend lease Skyraiders to replace their Beaufighters on trial basis. Rugged, could take punishment, deliver ordinance, and could act as a fighter if needed. However pilots still preferred two engines than one for the long flights back home. The duck decal came from my Mustang spare decals. Markings from Matchbox Beaufighter. The kit was a mess. Outline and detail was way off. More suitable as a toy than a kit. The idea of a wh
  8. After looking at the video and pic posted, it seems the right fuselage had a third color on it. Could be a fresh paint over existing. You can see this on the fuselage right side but cannot see this on the wings. These patches can be seen behind the exhaust and around the roundel. I am not throwing gasoline on a color issue dispute. Just pointing out. Hopefully our wiser ones will offer some guidance over these color discrepancies.
  9. Hello all, I am assembling the old Aifix 1/72 Spitfire Mk Vc (the one that combined the Spitfire MkVb with a new set of wings). I want to finish it in the colors of the 79 squadron Spitfire MkVc. My question is what was the underside colors? Airfix suggest a paint mix of azure blue and white. That would end up as something similar to sky blue. Some accounts suggest using medium sea gray or even azure blue. I, for one, am very happy Airfix came out with a new version of the Spitfire MkVc. It would be great if they came out with a new version of th
  10. Nice aluminum finish. Is the p51 1/72?
  11. I have an old Microscale decal No.353-International Mirage. One of the markings is for an Australian Mirage IIIO belonging to 75 Squadron. One of the markings for this aircraft is large yellow triangles on the wings. I have not found any pics showing those markings. Does any body have pics they can post or explain why they were used for?
  12. I do have the Airfix Buccaneer. Has plenty of goodies I can use on the Matchbox kit when the time comes for assembly. My original intent was to use some of the Airfix kit's pylons and sea eagles. That is until I read about the Germans being interested in using them prior to receipt of the Tornados. Then I saw a pic of a Tornado IDS lugging a couple of Kormorans ...and voila!!! The idea came up. The Matchbox kit came with fuel tanks and NO pylons or any other weaponry. The what-if intent is to keep it simple. No work inside the cockpit. Probably wheels up. Just a "fun project". We'll see wha
  13. I read that the German Navy was interested in purchasing Buccanneers to augment their F-104g's until the arrival of Tornados. However, the deal fell through. I was wondering if the Buccanneers would have been able to lug a couple Kormoran anti ship missiles or would have settled for the Martells or Sea Eagles. Looks to me like a potential what-if with a Buccanneer in German livery. Good way to use my Matchbox kit.
  14. Good afternoon!!! Back in the late sixties-early seventies I built a tank in 1/35 scale(or so) of the Crusader tank. The tank was motorized which, for a kid, was the coolest. I have looked at some websites but cannot seem to hit a motorized Crusader. Could I have been thinking of another tank? Comments appreciated. About that same time, I built a panther tank. Also motorized and of same scale. I always thought they were cool being motorized. For some reason I did not find it interesting when on aircraft.
  15. I forgot to mention that my plan was to use the Airfix 1/72 Spitfire 22 scale kit. Sorry for the confusion. There is a a Rareplanes Spitfire Mk 47. I am not sure if there is another Spitfire Mk 47 in 1/72.
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