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  1. Hi Bill, It's certainly an attractive scheme and it would make a lovely little model float or skis. Quite a few aircraft in that part of the world seem to come to ignominious ends. The climate and conditions on the ground can't have helped plus the fact that they were just treated unsentimentally as work-horses rather than machines with any historical value. Good luck with whatever you choose to build. Dave
  2. Hi Bill, In the absence of any concrete evidence, I'm inclined to think that the colour may have been derived from a commemorative stamp from the '80s although the source that the artist used remains unknown. It was a lot nearer to the event than today so it's possible that there was a bit more information about at that time. Or maybe he just guessed....................... It's certainly an interesting theme though and it's great to see a manufacturer supporting it when it would be much easier to do a current day restoration. Link Dave
  3. Hi Frank, I wouldn't get too hung up on exact shades for BRG and Noel's advice is good. I've heard Vauxhall's Pine Green is a good starting point. Whatever you go with, the primer you use will affect the finished colour so I'd do a few tests with your chosen paint first and then when you're happy, go for it. Popular legend has it that Lotus used to mix the green until it looked about right. Yes, I've heard that one but I can't believe that a company as big as Lotus wouldn't stock such a popular colour and have it mixed up by a professional paint supplier rather than stirring it up themselves. Maybe they'd do that in the field for repairs but I can't see them doing it as a matter of course. Who knows for certain? Paint used to be mixed by paint factors to a formula in the old days before computers were the norm so variations were possible depending on the skills of whoever mixed it, hence paint batches were important to record. Dave
  4. Nice to see this one back again and looking truly beautiful. Really lovely work. Dave
  5. Hi Bill, It's most likely that the wings etc were in silver as that colour was much used on flying surfaces. Also whatever the fuselage colour (and orange is a distinct possibility), the leading edge of the wing was painted as well as the fuselage. AVI doesn't show this. See: Link at least when the Fox Moth had skis. Dave
  6. Good idea Bill, never leave your bits behind. The hardest part is holding all the pieces together while you're soldering. When you get that sorted it's fairly easy. It's even easier if you've got more than two hands which I believe some people are blessed with! Dave
  7. Hi Bill, Use a temperature controlled iron and set it to just melt the solder you're using or just a bit above to allow for some of the heat to soak away due to the brass tubes etc. Cut tiny strips of solder using a bit less than you think you'll need (it goes further than you would think) and wrap them round the tube or if you're fixing the shim to the tube, all along the join. I use Baker's fluid for a flux. It's quite fierce but gives a great joint. Run it along where you want the solder to be. Apply heat and you should get a nice neat joint. Alternatively, pre tin the tube or shim, hold them together and apply heat until the solder flows. When you're satisfied with the joints, scrub the whole thing carefully with an old toothbrush to get rid of any flux residue. Try not to use the toothbrush again for cleaning your teeth. The flux gives it a funny taste. If you use ordinary solder for the frame and low melting point for attaching stuff afterwards you should be fine. Have a little practice with some scrap first. There are dedicated fluxes for the different melting point solders but I've never bothered with them. Use a fine tip on the iron if it's changeable. Have fun. Dave
  8. Happy New Year to you. And what a great way to start it off. Lovely little diorama, beautiful subject and great skill. Love it! Dave
  9. The decals were included in one of SBS's iterations of their 1/72 kit of G-ACSS variants and it may be possible to buy a sheet from them. I can't recall an individual sheet for "Boomerang" although Whirlybird did most versions. Dave
  10. What a great choice. An amazing performance from a really home-made car. Just crying out to be modelled and something you won't see from any of the kit makers. Dave
  11. Profil 24 do a resin kit of Sir Henry Segrave's Golden Arrow (Irving Napier Special) in 1/24 and a Renault HP in the same scale - expensive but nice. Chris Etzel produced a 1/25 resin Stutz Blackhawk Special, later marketed by American Racing Miniatures. Also of course Revell's plastic kits of Mickey Thompson's Challengers. Have a look here : Link All sorts of stuff in all sorts of scales. Dave
  12. Hi Octavia, Plenty of stuff on Google Images but it's surely "Lancia" and not Landis. This should get you going Link It's not exactly a "how to" but with all the pictures available on the net, maybe choose one colour you'd like to model, then go from there. Dave
  13. Hi Rich, Presumably you've come across this article. It suggests that the colour of stripes and side stripes and cars with or without them was far from standard. Also some cars had roof stripes and some didn't. Interesting reading.Link Dave
  14. Hi Rich, Have you tried Googling Hertz Shelby GT 350 images? I got loads of schemes. Dave
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