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Jure Miljevic

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  1. Not an AM set, but ESCI used to produce A-4G Aussie kit in 1/72, apart from RAN A-4G decals which were included in their 1/72 A-4 E Israeli Hot Rod kit. I have one of the latter, but it is buried somewhere deep down in my stash, so a Scalemates link will have to do. However, decals of these old ESCI kits have many issues, one of them being a tendency to just drop off a model when dry. Quite annoying, but fortunately not impossible to remedy. Cheers Jure
  2. Hello Ingo 119 Sqn Mirages had been transferred to other units in October 1970, as the Bat squadron had been re-equipped with Phantoms. According to Alomi's books no 78 went to 101 Sqn, and 68 went to 117 Squadron. Unfortunately, the photo of no 78 I mentioned in my previous post shows the aircraft's starboard side so there are no victory markings visible. There is another post-Six days war photo of this aircraft, still in NM and presumably still equipped with ATAR 9B engine, which shows her port side. Its caption says she carries five victory markings, although only three roundels above
  3. Actually, two F7U-1s had been used briefly by Blue Angels. The aerobatic group had been using F9F-5 Panthers at the time, so I understand Cutlasses flew mainly as solo performers. Nevertheless, F7U in Blue Angels livery would make very attractive model. Cheers Jure
  4. Hello Ingo I have not found much about Mirage III CJ no. 52, but the following on 119 (Bat) Squadron Mirages might be of some use. Two aircraft from this unit, nos. 68 and 78 are usually listed as participants in this operation. In his book Israeli Mirage and Nesher aces (Osprey) Shlomo Alomi attributes one MiG-21 victory on 30th July 1970 to no. 78, flown by Avraham Salmon, who also shared another one with with Yiftach Spector. In Tayeset 119 - Ha'Atalef - the Bat squadron (AirDoc) book the same author lists one victory as credited to Asher Snir and one and a half victory to Avraham Salm
  5. Hello Paul Wright's illustration in Angus Konstam's book British escort carriers 1941-45 (Osprey) gives HMS Emperor deck colour in 1944 as dark gray with yellow lines and elevator outlines and two large yellow ˝E˝ letters painted on board. It is said that this scheme had been retained throughout the year 1944. The Singapore photo from the webpage you linked us to does not seem to be unlike this scheme, although freshly painted solid center and dotted edge lines (the reverse of what is shown on Wright's illustration) are in stark contrast with badly weathered aft elevator outline. Cheers
  6. Yesterday's news, literally: https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/news/boeing-bailout-plea-rattles-investors-with-cash-hoard-drying-up/ar-BB11k9gy Apparently, president Trump is very enthusiastic about the suggestion. As with other planed bailouts this one, too, will serve purely to offset coronavirus economic impact. Cheers Jure
  7. Hello After all the dirt and clay had been removed from exhausts of remains of the Spitfire IX, dug out nearby last October, a dark, slightly metallic brown colour had been revealed. This is consistent with what can be seen on many colour wartime photos of Merlin 60 series powered aircraft. Probably this is not inconel stainless steel 303sqn mentioned, but, as Kari wrote, one of the less heavily alloyed nickel chromium steels, also mentioned in the document. Thinking about it, what was the situation with US produced Merlins? Exhausts on colour photos of Packard-Merlin powered Mustang
  8. Thanks, Work in Progress, for this correction. Zig, is there a specific Mk.II you are inquiring about? Cheers Jure
  9. Hello Zig Add blunt Rotol spinner and wider chord Jablo propeller blades to the list. And I will probably remember more after a doze of caffeine from my morning coffee kicks in ... Cheers Jure P.S.: Due to switch from HF to VHF R/T wire antenna from the mast to the top of vertical tail had been removed by late 1940. At about the same time IFF wire antennae from fuselage sides to horizontal tail fins had been added.
  10. Hello Rob Translated from the first part of the article (F-13 and PFM): ˝Paint variation, which appeared on MiG-21 PFM lately, is light gray overall (FS 26439), the same as on MiG-21 bis.˝, and from the second part (M, MF, R, bis, U and US): ˝As mentioned before, MiG-21 bis has been painted in light gray camouflage colour overall (which corresponds to FS 26439) ... During certain periods even some MiG-21 PFM aircraft has been painted in light gray scheme usually associated with MiG-21 bis, confirmed by photos, taken on 1988 Aviation Day in Zadar (aircraft numbers 22733 and 22705).˝. Nice
  11. Hello Ryan I am not sure if this is a complete answer, but on Re.2000 fuselage fasces had been placed on the aircraft's cowling. In squadron service this cowlings often got partially or completely painted over with tactical or unit markings, so many of Re.2000 lacked fuselage fasces. Cheers Jure
  12. Space Ranger Daniel Frka certainly is still around so perhaps one of BM members from Croatia could do such an inquiry? About Yugoslav MiG paint I can only repeat that FS26440 comes close, but not quite. Some 35 years ago modeller's enamel paints appeared around here under MMM label. It was not until some time later that I found out some of them were very good matches for some of Yugoslav air force and Yugoslav people's army paints. For example, compared against the actual aircraft their medium blue (covered with a coat of matt varnish, of course) was an exact match for YuAF aircraft
  13. Rob, I browsed through my books and magazines and in May 1989 number of YU-VAM magazine Frka and Brasnovic do mention a recent use of FS 26439 on PFM trainers. So you are right, some Yugoslav MiG-21 PFMs had light grey repaint and I even found a photo, taken in 1989, of light gray 719 in pristine condition. However, I doubt this applies to 701. On the photo above she may look gray but this is more probably varnished silver, which lost its shine and now looks matt. Even if the aircraft would have been repainted with light gray, she could not have faded to this worn-out look only in two or three
  14. In Yugoslav air force up to 1991 the only MiG-21 version painted grey was MiG-21 bis. The rest were in NM with clear protective lacquer on the top. After a major overhaul they were usually painted silver or aluminium. The exception were two MiG-21 PFM which briefly wore standard Yugoslav camouflage colours. A photo of one of them, along with many others, can be seen here. Cheers Jure
  15. There is a photo of Mustang II FR908/S from 268 Squadron with Malcolm hood in 2nd Tactical Air Force, volume III book by Christopher Shores and Chris Thomas, which I highly recommend. In the photo caption it is said that by that time (late winter/early spring 1945) many of the surviving Allison Mustangs had been equipped with this type of hood. This is probably correct as I am almost certain that I saw another photo(s) Malcolm hooded early RAF Mustang somewhere, although I cannot recall where. Cheers Jure P.S.: In the volume II of the same series there is a photo and a colour profile
  16. Hello Trevor I agree MAX's fate is going to be decided by the bean counters. However, if somehow the type makes it to the air again it is almost inevitable that this same group will eventually try to push through yet another new version of 737. As Steve said, it is basic neo-liberalism: they got away with it more than once, so why not try it again? Of course, I do hope this reasoning of mine is just a product of my cynicism, which had been amplified by a night-long reading of many variations on Murphy's law. Cheers Jure
  17. Hello dalea Unfortunately, I cannot neither confirm nor deny any of possible Khai-3 colour schemes. However, blue wings on Micro-Mir kit may not be a modern day invention. Here are drawings of Khai-1, published in Technika-molodezhi magazine in September 1978, found on this webpage. Drawings of blue trimmed Khai-1 has been published elsewhere and later this aircraft also sported blue nose, engine cowling and wing leading edges. All these does not necessarily apply to Khai-3, however it does show that blue had been used on Khai aircraft at the time. Cheers Jur
  18. Hello Here are two photos of III./KG76 machines with Walters attached and a third photo of Ar 234 B-2 from the same unit taking-off complete with assisting rockets blasting away. In L'Arado Ar 234 Blitz (special number of Aero journal) there is another photo of the same machine, taken probably only few seconds later. There are another two photos of operational Ar 234 B-2 planes here. Perhaps R-Geräte had not been used as much as it is thought these days, but ˝only a couple of times˝ does not sound quite right to me. Cheers Jure
  19. Thanks, Paul. Cold war acronyms are not a problem, but I have not heard PMC often enough to memorize its meaning. Well, live and learn. Cheers Jure P.S.: I am glad you liked it in Slovenia. I was in Canada on summer vacations (way back in 1975) and I enjoyed the visit very much, too.
  20. Hello Paul Unfortunately, I found surprisingly little about civilian helicopters in Afghanistan: Photo by Reuters, found here. Another photo of what looks like the same helicopter can be found here (scroll down to about the middle of the page). There must be more out there as IIRC Northern Alliance used proper civilian Mi-8 (the ones with square windows) as a VIP and troop transport even before 2001 invasion. Cheers Jure P.S.: Sorry, Paul, it took me some time to figure out what PMC means. Why did not you just write mercenaries? OK, two photos of YK-KME here, along wi
  21. Hello I have some close-up pictures but apparently I took them all either inside of a hangar or there was a wing shadow present ... So these two will have to do: The MLG wheel hubs above look fairly clean. The main two parts are gloss white and the smaller central cover is aluminum ... ... and this is how MLG wheel hubs look after a week or so of regular use with two or three cycles a day. Rickoshea52, I agree that there are always fifty shades of grey so to speak, but, at least to my eye, black wheel hub will not look out of place as long as it is in matt finish. Ch
  22. Hello Mike, Kuttelwascher's BE581 in her three-colour guise ranks high on my list of the most interesting Hurricanes, too. I completely understand your frustration about the lack of photos of the Night Reaper. However, this webpage may help (scroll down to just above the colour profiles). Cheers Jure
  23. Unfortunately, I am not certain about the fuselage camera. I took plenty of photos of the 10616, but that one had not been converted into a reconnaissance machine. Also, when in Surcin museum I did not bother with the underbelly camera and only took photos of those installed in the wingtip tanks. I am speculating that it probably protrudes slightly below the fuselage. I did, however, find a photo of 10571, along with another photo of similarly painted 10563, in YU-VAM magazine special edition Jets. Online one can view it here: https://dokumen.tips/documents/jets-mlazni-avioni-zapadno
  24. Many F-84Gs had been gradually modified during their service in Yugoslavia. 10525 started with nose number 25 and Titova stafeta emblem, in NM overall, with standard 1740 l wingtip tanks and without fuselage camera. Tbolt, if you wish to build fighter-reconnaissance IF-84G with standard tanks, both black 535 and 554 in NM have them, as well as camouflaged white 701. I would not worry too much about fairing, that was just a curved piece of metal, bolted under the fuselage to prevent dirt, flying off the front wheel during take-off, from covering camera lens. A sketch Diego posted, along with yo
  25. Hello Tbolt 571 must have been painted in an experimental scheme, as I have never seen a photo of this aircraft, nor of any other Yugoslav Thunderjet painted in such a way. My suggestion is to find another Yugoslav F-84 decals set and build a model in a standard scheme. Cheers Jure
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