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About 48-Alone-Is-Great

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  1. I stopped buying from HLJ a long time ago after a string of very bad experiences. This 100% Japanese webshop, working hard to also cater to customers abroad, has the 1/16 Hasegawa Sopwith Camel in stock for around $120: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10223161 The site is a great source of info btw: for many of the kits it shows the contents of the box, including manual, decalsheets etc. Cheers.
  2. A naive question: is it certain the undersides were painted at all? If the purpose was to be camouflaged while on the ground, why bother with light grey or sky undersides: the lightness on the photos fits unpainted.
  3. All of this does show us that the actual regulators and painters seem to have been less obsessed with absolute exact colour matches as we are. If to them Extra Dark Sea Grey and FS 26099 are one and the same, then to us they should be too, certainly for the planes involved.
  4. Thanks. If I ever meet the Dutchmen who did exactly this in the 1950s manuals, I'll tell them. Nevertheless, like I said before, they did use FS 26099 and 24424 to explain what they meant by Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky.
  5. These are STANAG 3089 colours and referenced in Dutch military manuals of the day as the names and colours listed above (FS 26099 and 24424), the same colours as those the UK supplied planes came in.
  6. Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky, FS 16099 and 14424, the 'later' scheme at: Colours of the Dutch Air Force, Part 2: Aviation of the Dutch Navy and the Colonies
  7. Thanks Sidnei! I'll use the 'zero-scheme' then. Interesting that the tailcodes continue between 2 types. The Shoho had 8 Zeroes and 4 Claudes, so the codes must have been from DII-101 to DII-108 and from DII-109 to DII-112, with the A6M below the A5M! Cheers, BJ
  8. Thanks, great coincidence: I was just collecting info for an A5M on board Shoho during the battle of the Coral Sea. I've found several profiles that show these in a 'A6M Zero' scheme, i.e. white-grey, black cowling, double yellow tail band. What I haven't found is any photo showing these in that scheme. All I can find are early/pre-war photos, with coloured tails. The Shoho's were the last A5Ms to see combat from a carrier. How certain can we be that those did use the 'A6M2 Zero' scheme? BJ
  9. Does anyone know the callsign (PS-?) of 264 Sq Boulton Paul Defiant L 6974 flown by DHS Kay (with gunner EJ Jones) on May 13, 1940?
  10. Thanks. I'll edit the pic accordingly. So here the pic of the crashed planes. Is that aluminium, grey or Sky Type S? Also notice the narrow bands of the fin flash, but is the red also narrow?
  11. I just used https://postimages.org/ , doesn't require registering.
  12. Here is that pic. I'd say the underside of the fuselage is grey? By May 1940 these planes had the fuselage roundel with the wide yellow outer ring. Also, the fin flash had narrow bands. From pics it's not clear if the red forward band was just as narrow as the white and blue, or much wider.
  13. Thanks, I'm specifically looking for 264 Sq. in May 1940. In Brew's Turret Fighters there is a pic of a 264 Sq line up on p59. These do seem to show black/white wings and normal fuselage undersides, without fuselage band. That matches the pics of the crashed planes, because there the wings are not visible. But C&M states that the rest of the undersides are silver/alu, which doesn't fit those pics. So that'd be the early war light grey?
  14. Did the Defiant have the black wing and/or Sky fuselage band in May 1940? It seems not. Despite RAF fighters needing the bottom half black plus the Sky Type S fuselage band, and despite several colour profiles that show them with either, I haven't found a single photo, not from 1939, not from 1940. I did find photos of crashed Defiants that can definitively be placed in May 1940, and these don't show a fuselage band and don't show a black underside of the fuselage, but no details of the underside of the wing is visible. Should we agree that in May 1940 the Defiant used neither fuselage band nor black undersides? Or does someone here perhaps have that rare photo we've all been looking for, showing both? The next question would be: why didn't the Defiant carry the regulation scheme? Cheers.
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