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Jure Miljevic

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  1. Hello Gordon If it is of any consolation, it had not been much different with me when I first stumbled upon that webpage. There is an app, called Take five or something similar, which one can use to limit one's browsing time on a single webpage. When the time is up, the app closes down your browser. Needless to say, I have never even considered its use. Cheers Jure
  2. Hello Gordon Take a look at this webpage. Cheers Jure
  3. Off the top of my head, Deep Buff for bombs. I think that was also a colour of FAA torpedo warheads, and also a colour of a ring, indicating the position of a warhead on Red Top missile I believe. Will try to find the corresponding threads. Cheers Jure P.S.: I think this thread has answers to your questions:
  4. I built Monogram Tiger meet kit some 25 years ago, although I went for The right stuff movie star F-104 G in NM. I did not bother to check dimensions or general outline. IIRC the raised panel lines were rather on a thin side. On the wings and the horizontal tail I removed them altogether and as an experiment I drew them again with a technical pencil. Unexpectedly, they turned out pretty convincing. I do not remember any significant problems with fit, although, as Giorgio N said, the kit is definitely no tamigawa. Interior was what one would expect from a kit that old, that is rather sparse. La
  5. Which one do you mean? If you are talking about more recent kits, I think F-104 G in Bavarian blue & white diamond tail anniversary scheme is actually a re-packed Hasegawa. Cheers Jure
  6. Hello Here is the photo of Karel M. Kuttelwascher, standing of the wing of Hurricane Mk.IIC BE581, JX-E: I found the photo on this Czech webpage, dedicated to Kuttelwascher. I already posted the link in Stupid Hurricane question? thread here. Obviously not many noticed it. To me top camouflage looks like field applied DG and SGM. It sounds reasonable that lower surfaces had been painted black. Now, all I need is another photo, showing red code letters, and I am happy. Cheers Jure
  7. Hello Peter Scott and Gary Madgwick mention in The battle of Britain - camouflage & markings 1940 (On target) that some Luftwaffe units experimented with greys as early as July/August 1940. (I vaguely remember reading somewhere that the earliest field experiments dated to as early as the beginning of the battle of France.) According to Scott and Madgwick paints had been prepared by mixing (in various proportions) of RLM 70/71 with RLM 02/66/65, but they do not exclude possible use of French paints. They also mention a colour photo of a Bf 109 E-7, still marked with production codes, p
  8. Hello There is another photo in Le fana de l'aviation special edition Spitfire which shows two Spitfires Mk.22, one of them with 685 serial. Unfortunately I could not find it on the web. White outlined national markings with crescent and stars on both wings and fuselage. Apparently, serials were in the same green as EAF markings. I made decals for EAF Meteor F Mk.4 some time ago. I believe national markings on Egyptian Spitfires have the same proportions, so I think I have this one covered, Cheers Jure
  9. Hello David Judging by the spruce photo on NoFineLine site here I would say both: The one with the sump that tappers up is Mercedes IVa, (two photos here) and the other one is Maybach IVa (three photos here). Cheers Jure
  10. Hello LostCosmonauts: valid points in your post, certainly for the 80's, but perhaps less so for the earlier decades. Noelh: yes, combat aircraft are getting expensive, but that did not prevent purchases of top of the range aircraft, even by less wealthy countries, in the past. Anybody else thinks price of both military and civil aircraft today are set way beyond their value? Cheers Jure
  11. Agreed, that modern combat aircraft are becoming increasingly expensive. However, something does not add up here. How comes, that during the (first) Cold war every self-respecting country counted pieces of its heavy military hardware like combat aircraft and helicopters, MBT-s, APC-s and other stuff in hundreds if not in thousands and still maintained fairly decent standard of living of its population? Cheers Jure
  12. Hello 28ZComeback I am not a Czech so I do not know if I qualify to answer to your question. But of locally produced types of the period I would guess one could have found aircraft like Avia C-2, Mraz K.65 Cap, Aero C-3, Avia S.99, S.199 amd CS.199 and S.92 and CS.92. Then there would be Spitfires, Liberators, La-5s and La-7s and other types brought back with Czechoslovakian airmen who served in RAF and VVS, although I understand these aircraft had not seen much of operational service. Then there would be exotic stuff like Heinkel He 219, Junkers Ju 352 and Focke-Achgelis Fa 223. I
  13. Hello Mike is correct, all the serials he provided are listed in David Watkins' book The history of RAF aerobatic teams from 1920 - smoke on . . . go! (Pen & sword) or can be seen on photos, published in Peter R. March's book The Red Arrows story (Sutton). Nine Gnats flew in Yellowjack display team and, according to Watkins' book, one of the two missing serials is XR996. Unfortunately, I found nothing on the last one. Cheers Jure
  14. This probably does not help much, but still ... I built one quite some time ago, and while I recall some issues with undercarriage, these must have been a minor ones as I cannot recall much about modifications required. All in all, I was quite pleased with the kit. It probably helped it was an original Dragon boxing, though. Cheers Jure
  15. Hello It is probably natural metal of the bottle showing through the paint. Also, using flash while taking this photo did not help either. Blue paint on the vent comes closer to what it should look like as it is slightly darker and almost dull (without a metal shine). Cheers Jure
  16. Here is a photo of one of 24 Do 215 oxygen bottles. A dozen of such bottles had been lined up along each fuselage wall aft of the wings. Cheers Jure
  17. Hello Christer A Very convincing model, I especially like your subtle rendition of exhaust stains. Also, congratulations on resisting a lure of 101 Squadron and White 57 markings and choosing less glamorous subject for your built. Cheers Jure
  18. Hello Ray Probably old news to you, but still ... In Soviet Union usually everything in connection with oxygen was blue. The same holds for Germany during WWII: oxygen bottles were blue with white markings. There were exceptions like Ju 87 dive-bombers, which had spherical liquid oxygen reservoirs in the wings. Unfortunately, I have no idea about the colour. Cheers Jure
  19. Also Matra Durandal anti-runway rocket-bombs, at least back in SFRJ days. Cheers Jure
  20. Add Poland to the list. This had been posted earlier, but there is no harm in repeating it: there is a photo of a Polish Su-7 BKL with a BDZ-56 FN pylon in Первый сверхзвуковой истребитель-бомбардировщик Су-7Б book. Apparently Edward Gierek had been pushing for Poland being given its own (tactical) nuclear arsenal. Also, I suspect the rest of Warsaw pact countries would also gain access to nuclear weapons in case of emergency. Cheers Jure
  21. USA do not have a Black Sea shore either. Cheers Jure
  22. Hello I know it is Wikipedia, but still ... Read the second paragraph of that section: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Su-35#2015_Russian_military_intervention_in_Syria I think in such cases self-preservation kicks in and overrides juvenile impulses, excess of testosterone and other potentially harmful influences. Cheers Jure
  23. Hello Actually, while PR Mosquitos had been attacked by Me 262 jets, red stripes had been added to prevent mistaking Mossies for Luftwaffe Me 410 reconnaissance planes. However, 15th AF escort fighters did regularly attempt attacks on reconnaissance planes, both Mosquitos and Spitfires alike. Sometimes USAAF pilots recognized their brothers in arms relatively quickly, but in most cases PR pilots ascended above attackers' ceiling, just to be on the safe side. Cheers Jure
  24. Hello Alain, AZ and KP may have the same owner, but I never saw Heller Storch being issued under KP label. When they first appeared four decades or so ago, KP kits were unique. At the time I had no idea Czechoslovakia produced converted Bf 109s post-war, not to mentioned their pre-WWII range of aircraft. A local modeller magazine ran a series of articles about conversions of KP kits, like making Buchons and other Spanish built Bf 109s out of S.199 and CS.199 kits, backdating Avia B.534 series IV into earlier series III and II, converting Aero C.3A kit into Siebel Si 204 E and Nord NC
  25. Hello Alain, Heller Storch may have been re-issued by the AZ, but I am not sure about the KP. However, many Heller kits like I-153, Hurricane IIc, Yak-3, Spitfire VI (Heller Spitfire Vb with resin conversion parts), Tempest V, M.B.210 Verdun, Potez 540 etc. had been repacked by Smer, Fi 156 Storch (built one, have another one in my stash) among them. Cheers Jure
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