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  1. According to Osprey "Me262 bomber and recon units" (such a title?), Me262 in KG51 usually carried 2 250kg bombs(SC,SD,AB), or one AB500. It's uncommon to see a Me262 with 2 SC500 cause it would be overload. Also never found RATO in service. I've built Hobbyboss 1/48 Me262 twice, but I did not attach RATOs, filled location holes instead.
  2. Did some over-sized roundels get revised later? I got a monogram 1/48th SBD which decal has some roundels repainted outer rim with lighter blue. Or this was painted after Operation Torch to cover yellow ring?
  3. Once I planned to convert a TR.33. So I bought a TAM FB.VI. What's difference bwtween these two variants at horizonal fin and supercharger intake?
  4. With new H-20 we may get an H-22. Only Italeri released these versions with a new dorsal turret, and a V-1 from DML mould. Can I convert a turret from Do217? Cannot remember whether they were same. HDL131 maybe.
  5. A copy of tamiya origin outer wing with some folding mechanism details. So Wolfpack claims it fits very good....
  6. Several years ago I built Me262A-1 V355 and A-1a/U3, both used weight provided in kit. Won't be a tail sitter, but I did not attach assist rockets under mid fuselage. However, if you choose plastic part, fit is perfect, while metal part needs a little pressing when glue halves.
  7. CR.32 is tooooo hard to build cause no pin for struts. Italeri "upgrade" mold adds pins, but still not an easy task according to my friend....
  8. How could the cross section get together........
  9. Want a tropical version? How about using DML 5506 Fw190A-5"special"? A small sprue including tropical filter and high-altitude version supercharger intake(the latter ones are totally wrong). I'll try to fit DML part to Eduard cowling sometime. By the way, 5506 cannot be built as A-5 unless much effort on outer wing gun bulges....Cowling part is A-8's, cause MG17 gun chutes differ from MG131, it's hard to fix...Only spare part available from Eduard new mold A-8.
  10. When I kitbashed DML D-9 and D-12 to a D-13, I found there may be 2 kinds center lower wing part on Dora. Initial D-9s were converted from A-8 on production line, so remained the lower wing with a small "opening" just front of centerline rack. This pic clearly shows it. In fact the "opening" corresponds lower exhaust on radial engine 190s. On Dora there's no exhausts here. So here turned more streamlined later: This is a D-13 but shares same lower wing part as D-9 exclude shell chute. However I do not know when, or which, this part changed. We get the latter scheme on most Dora kits, as 1/72 Hasegawa, Academy, 1/48 Tamiya, Eduard(HS review image below)... The depression front of MG131 shell chutes fits centerline rack (shape of rack accords to early lower wing part). Trimaster/DML Dora used same sprue of Fw190A series, as actually early D-9 did. Just my inference for Fw190D...Hope some more accurate references...
  11. Built a Bilek rebox over 10 years ago. Fit should be OK but my copy heavily wrapped. RS is quite expensive and harder to build.
  12. Palva has a vacu set of 6 spitfire canopies, including one for PR.ID, another one for PR.IG. Is PR.XI's windscreen same as PR.ID, or another series code, PR.IV? Quickboost also released conversion set with clear resin "cameras" and a PE panel scribing template. This set even includes rarely seen wing cameras. Here: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/212070-quickboost-qb-48-146-spitfire-pr-xi-cameras
  13. Academy rebox B-25G has a huge sprue of clear parts. Even a tail gun port, I'll try to build a PBJ-1D
  14. If you want a kit, Hasegawa released a Swiss 'Emil', both in 72 and 48 scale, with a photo boxart. However I'm afraid the kit does not reveal Swiss difference on cowlng MGs.
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