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Jure Miljevic

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  1. Hello Not of an archive quality, but it should do in emergency: I found it on this webpage, linked to from Dinger's aviation pages here, both well worth taking a closer look. I hope it helps. Cheers Jure
  2. Hello I believe this drawings comes from the book berman mentioned: I found it here. I hope it helps. Cheers Jure
  3. Hello Thanks for the correction, Asmodai, that scheme does not apply for ZA718. Harry_the_Spider, Matchbox kit does include ZA718 option, although The Survivor title and the unit badge on the tail decals are redundant for Falklands. Jabba, thank you for that info. I think one of the Italeri Wessex kits also comes with Cyprus Union Jack decals. Those two would make pretty colourful models. Cheers Jure
  4. Matchbox did many moons ago, here is the Scalemate link. I have one in my stash, although the colour scheme must be a post-Falkland one (Cyprus?). Kit decals already include big Union Jacks and The Survivor sign under the pilot's side transparencies. Cheers Jure
  5. Same here, Chris. It is quite frustrating. Cheers Jure
  6. Hello Right now I cannot access my books, but I think Belgian Hurricanes had been armed with FN machine guns (7,7-mm?), the same armament as Kingdom of Yugoslavia Hurricanes had been equipped with. Cheers Jure
  7. Hello, Chris Open to atmosphere, as far as I can tell. Take a look at photos in this thread: There are other threads on this topic, as you probably know. Still, not all questions about Lancaster bulged bomb bay doors have been answered yet. That bugs me considerably as there is Tall Boy Lancaster Jane ... in my stash, waiting for me to get a crack on it. Cheers Jure
  8. Hello Jerry, thanks for a very informative link. One of the posters on that forum is probably correct about A-3 being a misprint, though. Still, I keep my fingers crossed. Shalako, yes, Luftwaffe fighters had been stretched thin at that time. Also, in late spring 1944 France was hardly a healthy flying environment. Germans did move their fighter units fairly quickly to the French territory within days since the beginning of the invasion. I believe that by the middle of June in whole Italy the closest thing to fighters was one Geschwader of Fw 190 JaBos (SG 4, I think), and even this
  9. Hello In Le jour J, a special edition of Ciel de guerre magazine, a number of Luftwaffe sorties countering Allied effort on 6th June is given as 319. Of that 25 were bomber sorties, 9 in daylight and 16 nocturnal. A colour profile of Ju 88 A-4 of III./KG 54, shot down on 6th of June, is also published. Even more interesting is a colour profile of another German bomber, downed on that day, a Ju 87 D of II./SG 103, a Stuka training unit. It is said that this Stuka was one of five aircraft lost on that day, and among the rest of the victims were one Ju 87 A and two Ju 87 C. Sounds incredible
  10. Hello Axis Sally was actually one of the Croat puppet state NDH aircraft, which had been flown to southern Italy by defectors. Adam, I am away from my computer at the moment, but I had drawn codes for 3Z+FR, supposedly one of two Dorniers, shot down early in the morning of 1st September 1939 by Władysław Gnys. Gnys actually claimed both planes only as damaged, a correct assassment as it turned out (check this link). If you want to print them at home, send me a PM with your e-mail and I will send you codes and Werk Nummer drawings in 1/72. You will have to source out white F yourself,
  11. I think there is low-back visible, so that would be Curtiss YP-60 E (43-32763), I believe. Cheers Jure
  12. Hello Ray Bristol did developed two-stage supercharged engines, but these were experimental types only. Pre-war Pegasus PE.6S powered Bristol 138A, which set a new altitude world record in 1937. In his book British piston aero-engines and their aircraft (Airlife) Alec Lumsden describes it as a hybrid, with a fully supercharged single stage and an extra second-stage supercharger. It required quite a large intercooler. Both Hercules VIII and XVTM had a second-stage supercharger added more or less in the same vein as PE.6S. Again, Lumsden calls both two-stage Hercules types hybrids. These en
  13. Hello Steve, induced drag would increase a bit with a larger wing area, however due to a better pressure distribution on rounded wingtips this would be more than offset by decreased wingtip vortices and consequently decreased induced drag. Momentary I am away from my library, but IIRC Martin Middlebrook wrote in his book The Nurmberg raid about a brand new Halifax, which arrived to the unit just before the raid. Her crew found out she can cruise at 27.000 ft, and they flew the raid high above flak and night fighters in absolute safety. Needles to say, they were delighted. Cheers
  14. Hello, Warhawk I checked Revell kit's wing in my stash and the situation is not that bad. Yes, quite a number of panels is inaccurate, but only few of them are either missing or are invented. Cheers Jure
  15. Hello Warhawk I cannot inspect my Revell at the moment, but IIRC the main problem lays with leading edge panels. Still, nothing that a bit of a putty and light sanding could not correct. Cheers Jure
  16. Panels instead of rivet lines on the wings, engine radiators ... This question has already been discussed here on BM: And then there is the original thread on the HS that inspired that debate: http://www.hyperscale.com/2013/reviews/kits/airfixa09007reviewmd_1.htm Cheers Jure
  17. Hello Much in the aviation depends on circumstances. Had the WWII lasted longer, both Ho 229 and B-35 would have been deployed operationally due to war necessity. Various wrinkles, which would have inevitably surface, would have been ironed on the go. As I said, I believe conventional low wing, engines beneath the wings formula is a recipe for ever increasing efforts and costs resulting in diminishing returns. Canard brings inherited benefit of reduced induced drag, allows for mid-wing configuration (Piaggio P.180 Avanti). Also, it would allow for installation of engines in the tail,
  18. Eric, I think Calquin was also made of wood, although a high altitude escort fighter Namcu was all metal. This one, however, resembled de Havilland Hornet and not Mosquito. Black Knight, a Mosquito victory still counted as one aircraft destroyed. However, I believe the equations you refer to were part of Luftwaffe pilots' internal count of adding points towards a highly appreciated sore throat remedy, better known as Knight's Cross. Cheers Jure
  19. Hello Thanks for the correction, J-W, duly noted. Some time ago I toyed with the idea of such a conversion as I wanted to build a 'long range' Bf 110 B in service during Fall Weiss. I had already converted the wings of the old Monogram kit, which, given the kit's shortcomings like incorrect wing's leading edge angle between the fuselage and the engine, perhaps was not a particularly wise choice. On the other hand, conversion of the kit's undernourished engines would probably be less complicated. Cheers Jure
  20. One also has to replace three bladed propellers with two bladed ones. Cheers Jure
  21. Hello old_tonto I am not an expert, but fortunately some of the other BM members are. So take a look at these models: I have no idea if AM Martin-Baker IRQ-7A seats are available in 1/72. I would speculate there are AM ejection seats on the market, that are similar enough so they can be converted to IRQ-7A without too much trouble. Cheers Jure
  22. Hello Wellsprop, I have already seen this topic, but thanks anyway. It does not look very promising. Still, one never knows what future holds. Consider the following: the first flying wing flew, I believe, in 1911. By the end of the world war II this was a proven concept with flying prototypes in many countries and multi-prototype/pre-series production of B-35 and B-49 flying wing bombers in the USA. With the end of hostilities these projects were mostly canceled. Not much happened for the next forty or so years, than B-2 appeared, and more recently several flying wing UAVs. Ano
  23. Hello bentwaters81tfw Try the following link: http://airwar.ru/other/draw3/dhc7-100.html Drawings are in pdf vector graphic, with plenty of measurements included and even some stations marked, so scaling them up to 1/72 should not be a problem. Cheers Jure
  24. Hello Graham, I disagree. That kind of reasoning got aircraft industry where it is now, when large investments produce diminishing results. Also, pushing the logic of small advantages to the hilt can produce, to put it mildly, unpleasant results - just think about 737-MAX. Wellsprop, yes, many parts and components on different modern airliners only vary proportionally one from another and many others are exactly the same. I agree standardization saves both time and money but these days 1 % increase in airliner's overall efficiency is considered a good result. To me this is a clear sign th
  25. Hello Wellsprop, I agree, designing aircraft costs both time and money. But, speaking about airliners only, why do manufacturers sticks to the same design philosophy since Comet, Tu-104 and B707? Apart from Mach 2 Tu-144 and Concorde every major airliner type followed the same formula. Optimization is the word, yes, but if a company throws tens of billions and a decade or two into a development of a new airliner, why not aiming at something revolutionary? After determining the basic configuration, development would proceed as usual. Work of thousands of engineers would remain the same and
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