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Jure Miljevic

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  1. Hello Chris I am not an expert on Su-35 but 901 has what looks like some kind of local external strengthening between the engines ... ... which seems to be absent from 902, 904 and series production machines. There seems to be some slight difference between aircraft in application, position and size of fluorescent position bars ... ... and there is also an inconsistency about various bumps on that fairing between the engines (I thought that thing is suppose to house radar?). Also, cooling/exhaust gills above gun housing apparently evolved from
  2. Hello Tweener I am glad it helped. With all those exotic types in colourful liveries it is rather fortunate how much info about Brazilian aviation can be found on the web. My personal favorites are their silver/orange P-36 and Sindicato Condor Fw 200 airliner. Stay healthy. Cheers Jure
  3. Hello Tweener Take a look at this blog. Apart from museum aircraft photos and one colour profile one can find several photos of Stieglitz biplane while still in military service, although not with Força Aérea Brasileira. but with Aviação Naval da Marinha. Two more photos of Brazilian naval Fw 44s had been published in Focke-Wulf Fw 44 Stieglitz (Flugzeug Profile publication), but I was not able to find them on the web. Cheers Jure
  4. Hello On Merlin 63 the disc is part of oil thermometer and oil pressure gauge assembly. I am not certain how things work on Merlin III, but the part on your photo looks very similar to the one on 63 and is also located at about the same position. I have no idea about that box behind glycol tank, though. Cheers Jure
  5. Hello Hairtrigger If you do not mind that red stars do not representing VVS markings, you could build one of the 351(Yug.) Sqn./2. lovacka eskadrila NOVJ Hurricanes IIC: The one on the top is Hurricane RP IV, used in combat, but the one below her is a regular Hurricane IIC (trop) LD116 White A, flown in early 1944 during squadron's training in Benina. The aircraft's camouflage is DE, MS, AB and markings are standard RAF roundels with red stars superimposed. Just a thought. Cheers Jure
  6. Hello, Serge I actually used dictionary, but only checked the word фонар and naturally only found small light, torch etc. Serves me right for being so careless. By the way, кабина translates to Slovene as kabina with exactly the same meaning - cockpit and not cabin. Cheers Jure
  7. Canopy, thank you, Serge! Graham, my first thought was that Empire Quill could have been a name of a merchantman, involved in transporting the aircraft in question to Soviet Union. I checked the web but, according to Wikipedia (yes, I know), no ship with such a name existed during WWII. Cheers Jure
  8. Hello Probably just another exercise in futility as no aircraft markings are visible, but still ... Here is a photo of Soviet Hurricane IIC from 235th IAD, captured by Hungarian troops south of Voronezh in July 1942: I found it here and in the photo's caption it is stated that there is a name Empire Quill, written under the small light (Под фонарем видна надпись «Empire Quill»). Unfortunately, I cannot see neither the name, nor the light. Serge, can you help us with the translation please? Cheers Jure
  9. Hello Graham Yes, in report samopisci otkloneniya ruley are mentioned which, I guess, means automatic control surfaces deflection angle recorders. Three top surfaces colours would make for a very attractive scheme, but it is probably just a repaint. Cheers Jure P.S.: Serge, would that be the armour behind the pilot's seat? I doubt it is fuel tank armoured cover, as it clearly visible on the photos.
  10. Hello Hairtrigger Not really VVS combat unit photos, but they are in such a high resolution one just has to post them: Black bordered red stars on six position ... ... rivet-counter's dream ... ... and I understand this is a stall-recovery parachute. These are photos of Hurricane IIC KX402, which had been test flown in 1943. I found them on AirPages.ru here where one can also find a full report about testing in pdf. Cheers Jure
  11. Hello Not an expert, but I do not think those lines were intended to help Hs 126 pilots to asses dive angles. Probably they had been used by observers who could, given the known height over terrain, determine approximate distances to objects at which the lines pointed and perhaps to assist them when taking photos with hand-held cameras. Cheers Jure
  12. Hello Deadalus72 I found this on the web: Otherwise, try Dinger's Aviation Pages here, with wealth of information about Skua and many other types. Cheers Jure
  13. Jure Miljevic

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    Great Mike, and I would be only too happy to assist you, if by lucky coincidence I would be around at the moment. I must confess that yesterday it occurred to me that perhaps I am taking plastic modelling a bit too seriously. Luckily, this morning a close encounter with a Spitfire (well, front fuselage from spinner to windshield, Merlin 63 included) made this moment of weakness irrelevant. Anyone else suffering from such heretic thoughts occasionally? Cheers Jure
  14. Jure Miljevic

    Best ju87

    Thanks, Mike. That helps and I am almost convinced any additional length Ju 87 D sub-type may have gained must have been on spinner. I would not mind if someone would measure the surviving one, though. Cheers Jure
  15. Hello Tbolt According to Nicholas Millman's book Ki.27 Nate aces (Osprey) these are flare projectors. They appear on some of Ki.27 and Ki.79 photos, and they always seem to be installed under the starboard flap. Cheers Jure
  16. Hello Harold According to Tom Ivie and Paul Ludwig book Spitfires and yellow tail Mustangs (Hikoki) Lt. Lampe flew Spitfire Vc JK180, QP-X, Betty I in January 1944. There are two photos of this plane in mentioned book, along with a colour profile. Xtradecals offers decals for this aircraft in one of its sets (here). Will search further, perhaps I can also find something about Lampe's Mustang. Cheers Jure P.S.: In the same book there is a photo of Lampe's P-51 C 43-24838, QP-X, Betty II. I did not find any decals for this aircraft available, though.
  17. Perhaps P-36 A of Lt. Philip Rasmussen would suit you, if you want to build one in NM: I think Rasmussen's victim over Pearl Harbor was a Nakajima B5N2. There is no shortage of decals, as several producers offer Black 86 in their sets. Cheers Jure
  18. Hello Probably old news, but still ... There are some Comet drawings here, although the set contains only one profile drawing of Comet 2 and the plan view drawings represent Comet 4b. Perhaps Nimrod drawings can be of some use (here and here), although differences between both types are considerable. Cheers Jure
  19. Hello Bill I understand Comet 2 differed from her predecessor in having three ft. longer fuselage with one extra window, new Avon engines and drooped wing leading edges. One can take a Comet 1 kit as a basic model, but there are no ready made conversion sets for Comet 2 in 1/72, as far as I know. Neither is there an abundance of Comet 1 kits as I am only aware of Fliegerhorst kit (in-box review here and build review here) and Welsh models kit (photos of built model here and build review here). Of those two, Welsh Models kit with vacuform fuselage and wings might be more suitable than resi
  20. Hello Antb You can try with drawings on this link with more Fw 190 drawings on a basic WWII fighters page here. Resolution of scans is not particularly high so one cannot indulge in rivet counting, although positions of rivet lines are more or less clear. Cheers Jure
  21. Hello Liam It is possible but, as Steve and Christer A indicated, hardly worth trying. One could turn Sea Fury into Tempest Mk.II, but that would require to extend wings, relocate radiator from right wing to the left, replace vertical tail, replace five bladed propeller with the four bladed one ... and probably plenty more. Cheers Jure
  22. Hello Is not that late Rik Mayall as a Captain Flasheart from Private Plane episode of Black Adder marches forth series? Cheers Jure
  23. Hello As Mike and Steve suggested, scissors on Vampire are facing aft. Here is a photo of T Mk.11 undercarriage leg, taken by Luc Colin, and found on this Prime Portal walk around. There are photos of Vampire single-seaters (Vampire FB Mk.5 VZ304, French FB Mk.9 Vampires) in various books and magazines, which clearly show aft facing scissors and forward facing pneumatic lines, but I was not able to find them on-line. Cheers Jure
  24. Hello Kushan_Farsight You could try airwar.ru website. Scroll down to about quarter of this page and you will find five webpages on Su-7, starting with front line fighter Su-7 sans suffix and finishing with Su-7 BMK fighter-bomber. For drawings one can consult another airwar.ru page here. One book that is listed as a source on almost all webpages linked to above is Perviy sverhzvukovoj istrebitel-bombardirovchik Su-7 B (The first supersonic fighter-bomber Su-7) by Viktor Markovskiy and Igor Prihodchenko. It is very informative and it also includes a photo of Polish air force SU-7 BKL with
  25. Hello NoSGO Whether fluid or rigid flying formation is more suitable remains one of never answered combat aviation questions. I think in 1918 Sholto Douglas decreed rigid five planes wedge formation for his squadron. Previously many pilots had been separated from or lured away from formation and then easily finished off by a pair or more German fighters. Air victories decreased slightly, but losses dropped significantly. During WWII ˝Deadly duo˝ Gentile and Godfrey, among others, experimented with fluid pair formation. During Vietnam war North Vietnamese had flown in all kind of formation
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