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Roger Holden

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  1. Indeed. Undoubtedly the upholstery got replaced several times during the rather long lives of the aircraft. Brown upholstery is what they seemed to favour in the mid/late 30s. I have an original IAW colour brochure showing the floral style, so that was presumably the initial standard.
  2. Sounds like you have done your homework. I can see now there are different seat patterns used on the Eastern and Western aircraft, so that makes sense. Light blue is a possibility for the lettering, as that was used for some of the trim on the Imperial DH86s.
  3. That sounds impressive, especially if you are talking about including those floral seat patterns, which are a total pain to represent by any other means. It looks in close up photos like there is shadowing on the fuselage lettering, imo almost certainly yellow, like the postwar BOAC also used. What is your opinion about that ?
  4. Actually.....they're Americans. Jimmie Mattern and Bennett Griffin, probably taken on the way home after their abortive 1932 Round the World flight attempt.
  5. Like the poetic intro, which sounds like something straight from a 1930s travel brochure. Although, to be a trifle pedantic, Heracles and sister Horatius seldom (never?) ventured to anywhere more exotic than Paris. Whatever, a spectacular result from that rough old kit, with photography to match. You've captured the essence of the lumbering giant better than the others I've seen to date.....
  6. Looks to be a step up from the 1/72 kit and rectifies some of the deficiencies in its smaller brother, like the missing door-edge 'bumpers' and under-nose faired drain pipe. Curiously, it adds the rear cockpit foot stirrup which was only on the early pre-War aircraft and deleted before WW2. The too-long corrugated step plate on top of the nose cowling and missing covers on the insides of the wheels shows that Airfix spend too long looking at surviving aircraft (Shuttleworth) rather than original period photos...... But overall, looks a good effort.
  7. Wow; never seen one like that. Looks like it's been dunked in acid. I guess plastic airbrushes have their limitations..
  8. I have had a single Aztec airbrush for 20 years and so far it has performed flawlessly as have all the original nozzles (of course, I use it it far less than you....). Soon after I bought it, I read an on-line article which said that the key to good performance was a scrupulous maintenance programme (NOT approved by the manufacturer !) and I have followed this religiously ever since. After each use, I strip the nozzle down into its 4 individual parts and clean them with lacquer thinner, especially the bore of the white plastic component which 'furs' up rapidly otherwise. Every few months, I prise the main body halves apart and clean out all the accumulated crud in there with lacquer thinner. Takes a fair bit of time, but I've never had to replace a single thing. Testors would have you believe that a simple spray through of their cleaner is all that's required, which is a complete joke ! (Do that and strip the nozzle down afterwards and the internal surfaces are still liberally coated in paint....). Only thing I dislike is the plastic body and I wish I had got a later version with the metal body. It's not a device I would use for precision work, but for general paint coats it works well.
  9. Nice job on the fabric wheel well liners. All P-40s should have those.
  10. Orthochromatic film makes blue look lighter than it really is, which explains the 'washed out' look in the second link photos. The darker lettering (panchromatic film) is the 'correct' appearance. The grey background colour is unaffected by the film type. Which is all further support for the 'grey with blue lettering' scheme.
  11. .........and what was inside the windows at the rear of the fuselage ??? How was the glider-towing cable attached/routed ?? Many unanswered questions on this type....
  12. The Roland D.VI is very much a late war, minority-use type like the Pfalz D.XII and both were considered inferior to the 'first choice' Fokker D.VII. So, not widely used and consequently difficult to find 'exciting' colour schemes. The same, few aircraft get illustrated in books and magazine articles so almost no scope for aftermarket alternative decals.
  13. As Graham says, it was used in the 1940-41 timeframe immediately prior to the US entry into WW2. Was being superseded by the blue-grey upper scheme beginning around mid-1941. Have several tins of it myself.....good stuff.
  14. Looks like a new, fabric-covered rudder has been designed and fitted. As the F-13 was out of production by this time (superseded by W33/34), I'm guessing it wasn't possible to obtain something appropriate from the Junkers factory.
  15. Or maybe SBS will sell you a decal sheet.....
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