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Jure Miljevic

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  1. Hi! Personally the new Airliners look does not bother me that much and I would take new ˝no thumbnails˝ policy and other adaptations to ˝finger age˝ we live in into my stride, admittedly not without ranting under my breath. Also, I attribute some obvious errors in Advanced search like Basic aircraft type scroll ending with Mil Mi-12, Airlines names list ending with letter ˝H˝ and similar to teething problems of the new version. I inquired about all that in an e-mail and perhaps when their reply arrives I will learn it was all my mistake, who knows. No doubt I will eventually adapt to these ch
  2. Hi! According to the book Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-10-U4 - production and operational service (JaPo) only type 110 cowling applies to Erla production, the other two types had been used on Messerschmitt factory in Regensburg and Wiener Neustadt factory production lines. I also vaguely remember something about slight differences between tails and use of various Flettner trim tabs on rudders, although I am not sure if these do not apply only to G-14 models. Cheers Jure
  3. There is a colour profie of one of the acro MiGs in Miroslav Irra's book MiG-15 vol. 2 (Jakab, 2007). The arrow on the fuselage is painted in blue and so are the wings. I believe red is associated with earlier scheme of Czech aerobatic MiG-15s, which had upper half of the fuselage painted all red with red apex on the wings. Regards Jure
  4. Hi, Mark Must correct my previous post, 12,6 mm is just short of and not just over half an inch. I browsed through my stash of decals and found old Tally-Ho! set of 24-inch red letters in 1/48 scale. I measured some of the letters in the set and they are 12,7 mm (half an inch) high. In my opinion, the 0,1 mm difference is not worth pondering about. So, Tally-Ho! or indeed any other set of 24˝ letters WWII red letters in 1/48 would be suitable for PM660 in 1/32. I googled the XtraDecal 48-048 set and it contains 30˝ and 6˝ numbers and letters. I found no mentioning of 24˝ letters, so this siz
  5. Hi, Mark On 1/72 colour profile from the old MPM brochure red letters are about 5,6 mm high. So red lettering would be about 12,6 mm or just over half an inch high in 1/32. I am not familiar with XtraDecal 48-048 but if you have one and have a ruler handy ... Cheers Jure
  6. Hello, Peter In Pervij Jak book of Polygon series there is the same photo you posted here and its caption describes it as an interior of Jak-1 (no 360° view from the cockpit) No.08110 from Saratov museum. On the next page there is a photo of Jak-1M (lower back, all around view) cockpit with a control stick. Also, a line drawing section of the book contains a drawing of both types of control sticks. My understanding of Russian is limited at best, but in my opinon ˝ruchka upravlenija samoletov s 158-i serii˝ beside the stick control drawing means ˝control stick of 158th series aeroplanes˝. Of c
  7. Hello, Sten Main undercarriage legs colours are a bit tricky. On Type 142 and 142M they are clearly black (Blenheim, Aeroplane Icons publication). Photos of the Filton production line from the same publication show Mk.Is with black, silver/NMC and medium to dark gray undercarriage legs, with wheel hubs either silver/NMC or black. There is one photo of Mk.I with medium to dark gray legs, black actuators and silver/NMC wheel hubs on Filton line and another photo of Mk.I in the same colours on the photo of Rootes factory line at Speke. In operational service there is photo of in Bristol Blenheim
  8. Hi, Ross I have one of those Herald kits, too, so the crest is another entry on to do list before I can start building it. Apparently with passing of time they changed. For a general arrangement there is a line drawing on the following link ... http://gbcovercollector.co.uk/product/60th-anniversary-first-pennant-for-inland-airmail-awarded-to-highland-airways-1934-royal-air-mail-inverness_9168/ ... and from the following photos one can discern colours of the crest: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Gulf-Aviation-Co/Avro-652A-Anson/2220324/L/&sid=4b0b292afda8587cc9956eddcc55f025 http://www
  9. Hi! I was so keen to get into debate that I missed the topic includes only RAF Meteors and Vampires and not the other air forces. I am sorry about that. Regards Jure
  10. Hi, Michael You mentioned Israeli Meteors and one of their FR.9s downed two Egypt's Vampires in border skirmishes even before Suez, IIRC. Both Vampires and Meteors flew ground support sorties for Egypt during 1956 war, as did Israeli Meteors. There is also infamous downing of Egyptian Il-14 by Israeli Meteor NF.13 the night before hostilities officially began. Israel hoped for Yamamoto type victory but instead of shooting down VIP transport, packed with Egyptian high-ranking officers, destroyed the plane transporting journalists. The same version of Meteors, RAF NF.13, had been tasked with ni
  11. Hello, Martin Did you ever think about DIY in 1/72? Pin-up below the hood is very common and have been reproduced on many planes (not to mention magazines, books and www) in various sizes and girl wearing from nothing but a smile to very formal clothes. Scan the pin-up picture or draw it yourself, in vector graphic if possible, and than print it on any of many available decal films. The only slight inconvenience would be white base circle, which could be either masked and airbrushed or cut out from white film. Even that would be a breeze comparing to attempting to brush paint it. Just a sugge
  12. Hi, Arthur An old school balsa model with 1,4 m wingspan, retractable undercarriage, flaps and its weight is still a mere 2,5 kg. Good work! Regards Jure
  13. Hi, Tonka If perfection is your goal, combining Eduard and AMC kit will get you far. I am far less ambitious. A long time ago I got VEB Plasticart Tu-144 and built it by the evening of the same days (good old days). I still have pieces of the model somewhere, along with remains of VEB Plasticart MiG-21. Both models are approximately 1/100 and occasionally I am toying with an idea of rebuilding both kits and converting the latter into Analog configuration. Regards Jure P.S.: Nice drawing of 1st GAVCA P-47. Does it comes from the box art?
  14. In a way supersonic flight of XP-86 has been acknowledged as now X-1 is listed as a first plane to break a sound barrier in a level flight. XP-86 did it in shallow descend. Who was its pilot at that occasion, George Welch of Pearl Harbour fame? Of course, another supersonic flight of sorts in dive comes to mind, though not without strong morbid aftertaste. Regards Jure
  15. By the way, is there a conversion set for MiG-21I or are you going to start from scratch? Regards Jure
  16. Hi, Tonka Both Analogs were converted MiG-21S, which were the first of second generation of MiG-21s. MiG-21M was an export version of S with downgraded radar and avionics, but with added cannon. Eduard does not produce S version, but externally S differs from M and MF only in absence of 23-mm cannon. My advice: if you insist on Eduard, take MiG-21MF Weekend Edition. Regards Jure
  17. Hello, SPAD64 For what it is worth ... I remember a colour photo of either Mustang III or P-51B/C's wheel wells which had YZC walls and stringers in the same colour. The top of the wells, actually the bottom side of the wing skin was in metal colour so it was either left unpainted, painted silver or covered with protective varnish. Unfortunately I cannot remember where did I see the photo. Regards Jure
  18. Hello Is it too late to resurrect this topic? Lancaster NG206 Jane ... has been one of my favorites ever since I first laid my eyes on its colour profile in Sulzberger's book Second World War more than forty years ago. I must have been four or five back than. Some thirty years ago I bought Matchbox's Lancaster because of attractive box art, unfortunately I still have it stashed together with two Revell's Lancs, acquired more recently. I figure that taking one of the latter as a basis, cannibalise the former for suitable parts and decals (I know, they are of questionable quality, to say the l
  19. Dennis the Bear, your memory serves you right, according to colour photo in Tupolev Tu-16 badger (Aerofax) interior of Chinese H-6A is dark green, similar to the cockpit colour on the BallsBuster's link photo. Also barely seen on the photo is inner insulation of the bomb bay, in Soviet service associated with Tu-16A nuclear bomber. Sam, according to the same publication Tu-16KSR-2-5, Tu-16KSR-2-5-11 and Tu-16-K-26 were armed with KSR-5 missiles (AS-6 Kingfish). On a latter version missiles could be supplemented with conventional or nuclear bomb load of up to 4000 kg. It is mentioned that both
  20. As Troy Smith said, Airfix sitting pilots look pretty realistic, unlike Tamiya's, which are usually a bit on a chubby side. I put a pilot from Airfix Spitfire Vb into Tamiya's Mustang III of BAF and it does not look that bad. Both Monogram's P-61 Black Widow and B-25J Mitchell have several figures, at least one of them sitting. Airfix pilots are usually molded in flying gear, parachute straps, helmet, oxygen mask etc. all included. Monogram's figures mostly look like a cliche Yank in Saturday night's outfit, leather jacket, 50 mission cap, typical Hollywood flyboy. Still, they look quite convi
  21. Some of them look like stills, lifted of recently colourised black & white flicks. Vast majority looks genuine, though. Oh well, you cannot have everything. Regards Jure
  22. What a rich cache of colour photos! I have seen some of them before, but most of them are absolutely new to me. You are correct, those photos are great modelling and research inspiration. Thanks, Bristol boy and regards Jure
  23. Don is right. Mirage III two-seaters usually flew without guns, but had provision to install them if needed. IIRC the only alternation necessary was removal of the aft cockpit ejection seat to make room for ammo boxes. Obviously, up-gunned Mirages IIIB or IIID could only be flown as single-seaters. Regards Jure
  24. Hello Toby Unless you are privy to dark secrets of producing PE parts my advice is against reverse engineering S.5 from S.6B. Surface radiators on S.5 were shorter and more important, located slightly lower on the fuselage and at different angle than those on S.6. If you have PE radiators (or suitable plastic or resin equivalent), then arm yourself with Milliput, super glue, patience (a lot of it) and have a go on poor old Airfix. However, S.6B not only had different engine, she was considerably longer (more than 4 ft.) than S.5, had longer wingspan, different floats etc. Will suggested build
  25. Until the Korean war begun and even after that the only perceived airborne threat to UK were Tu-4s heavies and perhaps an odd Il-28, coming from East Germany with one way ticket to eternity. Meteors would probably have little trouble shooting down fair share of Bulls. Bisons would be a different proposition, but they had not arrived in numbers until a decade or so after the war. Of course, what more could be done during this decade of peace in sense of aircraft development is another question, but in my opinion, not much. The war was over, after all. Yes, Meteor was an export success but it w
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