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Hugh Thomson

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  1. As fubar57 says it was an identification measure. Pilots found that if looking rearward the yellow leading edge made it easier to identify friend from foe.
  2. Thank you Jure. That was a bit of a dumb question by me. Sorry. I really should have read your comments more carefully. A good reason not to try and multi-task in the evening after a long day. Yellow leading edges it will be. Many thanks to everyone for commenting. It always amazes me how many people are prepared to help with questions like this (and it reassures me that there are other people out there who find this interesting so I am not alone!!).
  3. I am finishing a Spitfire VB (trop) of 352 (Yugoslav) Squadron in late '44 using the Balkan Models decals. The Squadron was operating in the Mediterranean region at that time (particularly an island in the Adriatic). The instructions show the aircraft in the 1941/45 day fighter scheme of ocean grey, dark green and medium sea grey, which I believe is correct. However the instructions also show the aircraft having a port and starboard yellow leading edge. That said I understood that the yellow leading edge was only adopted by UK based aircraft in Fighter Command. As 352 Squadron was
  4. Does anyone happen to know of any obvious external difference between the He-111H-3 and He-111H-4? I have the Italeri 1/72 'Battle of Britain' He-111H and the kit provides for an H-3. However, Printscale does some decals for an H-4 in France in early 1941, with a black undersurface, and I do like the idea of building an a/c engaged in night operations over the UK. Sadly, I cleared my He-111 references out in a house move 3 years ago so all I have are some photos to consider on the internet. It doesn't look like there are external differences but I don't trust the inter
  5. Looks like these are no longer in the Xtracolour catalogue. But I'll check my enamels. Thanks That looks doable. Thankyou.
  6. I'll get there in the end but I am a bit of a slow modeller so you may have something of a wait.
  7. Thanks. Its the Kuwait aircraft that seems the more difficult. The FS33303 colour is a bit of a challenge as I've never been great at mixing paints. There is always a mess, 'She who must be obeyed' gets annoyed and I get into trouble. Still, I will give it a go.
  8. I did a word search of the Hannants site (using 'Kuwait', 'A-4' and 'Skyhawk') but nothing turned up - I have some old tins of Xtracolour (I stopped using enamels a while ago) so will dig them out and see what I have.
  9. Just a general 'thankyou' to everyone. You've all been very helpful. I have enough now to get one with my two Mirage F.1s - both a Kuwaiti and a Qatari example.
  10. Also very very helpful. Many thanks. 'She who must be obeyed' speaks French so if I promise to do some DIY that's been hanging around I should be able to get a good translation.
  11. Thanks VERY much for this. This is extremely useful. FS 33303 looks a bit of a challenge but hopefully I can get something near enough to be good enough.
  12. Thankyou everyone for your input. I'm comfortable on the Qatari aircraft - and I agree with Eclipse that they probably follow the markings used by their Hawker Hunters. It's the Kuwaiti example where I am less sure. But I think I'll have to conclude that the Qatari and Kuwaiti aircraft are using different colours. I have the old Carpena set of decals for the Mirage F.1 and this includes a Kuwaiti and a Qatari example. The Carpena decals say that both aircraft use FS30219, but a different shade for the scond colour. The Kuwaiti example is said to be FS30227, the Qatari,
  13. I have two qustions: First, does anyone know if Kuwaiti Mirage F.1s were camouflaged in the same shade of sand/brown as Qatari Mirage F.1s? In the photos online they can sometimes look quite similar. Second - Special Hobby says the Qatari Mirage F.1B was Brown FS20117 and Sand FS20260. Does anyone know of a good match for FS20260 (FS30260)? Building two F.1s at the moment. One Qatari - hopefully the second will be a Kuwaiti aircraft. But if I can't get comfortable with the colours of the latter she may end up as an aircraft of the airforce of Ecuador.
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