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  1. Regarding the superb Monforton book, a slightly less expensive option is to purchase the PDF version and then get it printed locally. Thats what I did. Neil
  2. I think you're right. I guess that's the danger with trying to interpret black and white photos from nearly a century ago! I'll stock with red. Best wishes, Neil
  3. Hello folks. I am modelling the Tamiya Spitfire Vb in 1/48 with an Aboukir filter and am likely to produce it as EP689, mount of Sqn Ldr Stanislaw Skalski. This is clearly a popular subject with many models on show from a Google search. However, I have a question. Take a look at this image: And also this: I'm heading into dangerous territory here, trying to draw inferences about colour on an 80-year-old black and white image but if you look at the tone of the spinner in comparison to the tine of the colours in the roundel and fin flash, is the spinner really red as one tends to believe? I wonder if it is possibly roundel blue? Am I certifiable? Thanks, Neil
  4. Thank you - I used AK chipping fluid and it works a treat! Neil Thanks Matti, absolutely regarding Mr. Huntley. Just finding those nuggets! Neil
  5. Thanks Denis, It's a fascinating story. Neil Thank you - it's a lovely kit.
  6. Thanks Vingtor. I have no doubt that there were numerous variations: as soon as individual units received instructions to use grey, I am sure there was a bit of a free-for-all. However, the official instruction was for the 7:1 mix and as it's paler, it does seem to explain some of the pictures of that time: the Spitfire Mk.IV prototype being a case in point. Neil
  7. Another b----y Spitfire! This is the excellent Tamiya Mk.I that I modelled as a Mk.II following an inspection of the Loch Doon Spitfire at the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum. Back in the summer, I visited the museum and the staff there were absolutely lovely and allowed me to get very up close and personal with the airframe. The aircraft crashed in Loch Doon in 1941 and was rescued in the 1980s after several attempts to find it. The restoration has taken the wreaked fuselage, rebuilt it and mated to a set of replica wings. Importantly, the cockpit is more-or-less intact and I can publish images if anybody is interested. In th emeantime, take a look here for more information. https://www.dumfriesaviationmuseum.com/the-collection/loch-doon-spitfire/ After much umming and ahhhing, I decided to model the Tamiya kit as a Mk.II by adding a Quickboost Rotol spinner and adding the all-important bulge that accommodated the Coffman starter geartrain at the front of the engine. Now for the colour scheme. I was brought up reading Ian Huntley's articles in Scale Aircraft Modelling in the 1980s. These were utterly fascinating for their precision and personal insight but could be frustrating as he did, at times. 'go on a bit'. I remember one particular article where one minute I was reading about colour shades and the next I was being instructed on how to fabricate a measuring spoon! In these recent times, both to protect the original magazines, and allow rapid interrogation, I have digitised the articles and one advantage is that I can search for and go straight to the detail. The period of 1941 to 1942 would have been fascinating as colour schemes morphed from Dark Earth to Ocean Grey. However, according to Huntley, Ocean Grey was not specified until the Spring of 1942 and between August 1941 and then, a shade known as 'Mixed grey' (7:1 ratio of Sea Grey, Medium and Night) was used. Better still (controversy alert), th einitial instructions in August 1941 specified retaining Sky undersurfaces for home defence aircraft although MSg was to be used for offensive aircraft and soon after, it became the standard for all fighters. I used MRP colours, including creating my own mixed grey (which is noticeably paler and less blue than Ocean Grey) and retaining sky undersurfaces because I could. After priming, I painted the port wing black before mottling in white with black mottling for the rest of the undersurfaces. I also practiced by chipping skills (using AK chipping fluid), building up the colours with a limited covering of silver to represent bare metal, then interior grey green to serve as primer and, finally, a little dark earth to the chipping would reveal different layers. Comments and criticism welcomed. By the way, I discovered I had the Czech roundel wrong after I had finished the varnish. Kind regards, Neil
  8. Bloody hell fire - that hangar shot looks like the real thing! What an excellent set of images. Bravo!
  9. Oh crikey - I never knew it was rare - I have on in my stash from when it came out! You have absolutely nailed it! Neil
  10. An excellent job! You really brought that model to life and, importantly, built it out of the box! Bravo! Neil
  11. Thank you Steve! Those wings really are dumpy: here's a comparison with the Mk.XX prototype and the difference is quite striking. Cheers, Neil
  12. Oh blinking heck! The rear of the blades are black and I can even see a yellow tip! It just shows how one can study a subject and miss the obvious. I shall repaint the blade backs but I really am confused about the front. Cheers, Neil
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