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Jure Miljevic

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  1. JAT (Yugoslavia) - Joke about time Cheers Jure
  2. Nice work, J-W! I especially like scratchbuilt wheels on MS.230. Several Morane kits has been in my stash for years and I really should have built them by now. Cheers Jure
  3. Hello, There are two types of propeller and three different spinners in Arma Hobby Hurricane Mk.I Battle of Britain kit, although de Havilland spinner looks a bit off to me. Cheers Jure
  4. Hello, dalea Unfortunately I cannot say for certain, but I would agree with your assumption. However, take a look at this very informative webpage about NEI Buffalos: https://warbirdforum.com/casius.htm It has been stated in the article above, that while installation of armour protection, bullet-proof windshield and self-sealing tanks had been ordered by Dutch, it is questionable if any of aircraft had been so modified on the production line. Probably some aircraft had been modified in units (some Buffalos certainly had been retrofitted with bullet-proof glass), but in most cases modifications went the opposite way. According to the webpage above: The weight problem of the RAF Buffaloes had been recognized in Singapore and efforts were made to remedy it, although it was restricted to efforts; there was insufficient time to remedy a large number of aircraft. End December 1941 (the war had been going for three weeks) a modified Buffalo took to the air and amazed everybody. Two of the four Colt machine guns had been removed and the other two replaced by .303 Brownings and the quantity of ammunition was halved. That saved 400 kg. The external radio aerial was removed and replaced by an internal antenna. Flares, the Very signal pistol and cockpit heating had been removed and the radio equipment reduced to a minimum. Moreover, the quantity of fuel had been reduced from 130 to 80 gallons. The modified Buffalo flew 30 miles faster and was better maneuverable. The pilots referred to their hotted-up Brewster as the SSS--Super Sport Special. I hope it helps. Cheers Jure
  5. Hello ICM Spitfires have somewhat undernourished fuselages and a few other inacurracies. However, well-built OOB kit looks fine, as Alex Gordon demonstrated in the post above. Mustangs are heavily inspired by Tamiya kits. Plastic is a bit soft, tyres are one-piece parts with flash right across the tread, difficult to remove. All in all, nice kit. I have one, gathering dust on a shelf of doom, waiting for me to muster enough will power for application of top camouflage coat. Cheers Jure
  6. Hello! I understand FAA received B-339B aircraft, ordered by Belgium. They were send to 805 Sqn. in Egypt, according to Phil H. Listemann's book The Brewster Buffalo (Phileditions). Here is the photo of one of the aircraft, B-339B AX815, found on Asiszbis page here: According to this page this is actually RAAF aircraft. However, 805 squadron number sounds very much like FAA and too high for Australians. There is another photo in Listemann's book, showing B-339B AS420 with sailors posing on her wings. Unfortunately, I was not able to find that photo on the web. Cheers Jure
  7. The old 1/72 Plastikard Su-7 kit is even worse than KP. Although with a box still wrapped in plastic foil it may perhaps interest collectors. Cheers Jure
  8. Hello, Brett G Here is a photo of J-704 after the repaint, found here: There is another photo of this aircraft in Les Messerschmitt Bf 109 Suisses, special edition of Avions magazine. Unfortunately, like the one above, it can only confirm the camouflage pattern. According to the first edition of the above mentioned publications, colours of repainted aircraft are Swiss dark green and light brown. In the second editions this description changes to green and brown. It is not much, but I hope it helps. Cheers Jure
  9. Hello, Zac in NZ Does it have to be wartime Soviet Po-2 in silver or yellow? I doubt there was an official overall yellow or silver training scheme in Soviet Union during WW II, although they may have been some machines painted in those two colours. There had been prewar silver dope civilian machines, and all red post-war Soviet civilian agricultural Po-2. Hungary also used overall yellow agricultural Po-2 machines post-war (I photoed one in Budapest museum in my pre-digital times), and apparently there had also been clear doped linen (but fairly yellowish) and light gray/matt sliver dope DDR civilian machines around. If it helps, there was a yellow fuselage band just in front of vertical tail and yellow rudder tip on otherwise overall black North Korean Po-2 nuisance bombers. Not much of a help, but somebody with a better knowledge on the subject will soon chime in. Cheers Jure
  10. Hello, Fukuryu! I downloaded most of ACIG articles many moons ago when it was still accessible to public and I had no idea pages are still available on Internet Archive. Thank you and cheers Jure
  11. Hello, Ed Fleming Firstly, welcome to Britmodeller! Also, thank you for posting this beautiful and interesting photo. As far as Sky band is concerned, I believe it is the case of painting it over with regular DG, OG and SGM, albeit perhaps a bit too thinly. This was a regular practice by Allies in MTO with a purpose to prevent confusion with white Luftwaffe theatre band. There had been exceptions, of course, and they became more frequent as the war progressed towards its end. But until roughly the Normandy landing Luftwaffe maintained regular, although somewhat limited presence in Italy and it would be sometimes difficult to distinguish between White and Sky band in the heat of air combat. Just my two cents worth. Cheers Jure
  12. Hello! I think the first Meteors arrived post-1951. Apart from types already listed it was mentioned on ACIG forum (which unfortunately I am now unable to find on the web) that four DC-3 airliners had also been impressed into service during Palestine war/War of independence as transport. Also, some FIAT G.59 two-seaters arrived from Italy in late 1940'. Cheers Jure
  13. Hello, Kjetil Åkra The only photo of A-537 I have ever seen had been published in an article of Douglas Rough Falklands revisited in Flypast, November 1987. It shows part of the wrecked Pucara's skin with part of registration (537), found four years after the end of the conflict. FWIW in my opinion A-537 had been one of several machines, sprayed over with thin layer of usual green and brown camouflage paint on top surfaces, registration included. Cheers Jure
  14. Hello exdraken Pro forma perhaps, although even if the competition is rigged, competing bids help to lower the final price of the contract. In similar way Ryanair reduced the price of their new aircraft (about 100 B737 IIRC) some twenty years ago when, apart from Boeing, they also negotiated with Airbus. Cheers Jure
  15. On ancient Iteleri EA-6A kit in 1/72 ECMO's instrumental panel is slightly extruded. Ejection seats are parallel, however cockpit on ECMO position is deeper. Cheers Jure
  16. Thank you, The wooksta V2.0. Cheers Jure
  17. Hello Thank you, Jamie, I did not know this. Had all post-war two-stage Merlin versions had pressurized cockpits? If so, this would help to explain how during STO crisis 1953-54 Yugoslav air force NF.38 Mosquitos, converted into PR machines, managed to take photos of targets deep into Italian territory from our side of the border. Cheers Jure
  18. Off the top of my head I would say that it also involves replacing canopy with the one with slightly bulged side transparencies. Cheers Jure
  19. Thank you very much, silverkite211. Cheers Jure
  20. Hello, silverkite211 Can you please tell us what colour the number 105 on the tail was? Models of Kawato's Zero and Boyington's Corsair would make an interesting combat duo. Cheers Jure
  21. Interesting, although I doubt the second time around is going to be any different. Cynicism mode off while running for cover. Cheers Jure
  22. Hello, Julien I was referring to "invariably marked with black edged yellow bands" part, which is not quite correct. Otherwise, Sabre yellow bands specifications are useful to me too, thanks. Cheers Jure
  23. Hello I do not want to nitpick but early during Korean war (for about a year and a half) Sabre quick recognition markings had been black and white stripes: I found the photo on this very informative webpage, which I highly recomend. Cheers Jure
  24. Hello, perdu In summer of 1988 two Mi-8 helicopters landed in our barracks. One was in usual medium green (no idea about standard, but Humbrol 114 comes very close) and the other was in FS 34079, the same colour license build Gazelles had been painted with. At the time I thought she must have just came from the overhaul and somebody in a paint shop made a cardinal error, but years later saw a photo of another Yugoslav air force Mi-8, painted in the same colour. Now I am more inclined towards an experimental paint scheme, perhaps to test it against darker Alpine terrain. Cheers Jure
  25. Hello I doubt it. VVS used Hurricane as frontline fighter, operating from grass and unpaved runways, hardly a surface suitable for treaded tires. Cheers Jure
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