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Crimea River

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  1. For airbrushing, Werdna nailed it. Close in, low pressure, lots of practice AND, a thin paint/thinner ratio of say 30/70.
  2. Our B/P.R.35 RS700 had the wood parts of the wheel wells painted grey-green and there was white in the bomb bay portions of the wing. The interior, invisible structure of the wings and stabilizers have some sort of light grey paint.
  3. These are excellent if you can find a set: https://www.aviaeology.com/store/p131/AOD72005m.html#/
  4. I think this was announced last summer and should have been out by now. Anyone know if it's available on DVD?
  5. I think that you will find that, once installed, the Gee support frame will be largely invisible. A few wires glued on an angle mid way down the Gee box would suffice to represent the upper part of the frame.
  6. @Jochen Barett That's a different bird - 9K+BH. He's looking for 9K+BN.
  7. If you can locate a copy of this book, there may be other/better pictures of your bird. Our local library here in Calgary had it some years ago.
  8. I built the Tamiya kit and it's a real beauty. I can't vouch for the Eduard one but my experience with their Mk IX would suggest that the Mk I would be excellent as well. If you go with the Tamiya kit, follow the instructions very carefully with regard to work needed for the open or closed canopies. You need to decide at the beginning which way you will pose the sliding canopy and the access door as there is cutting involved.
  9. Good info on American fit-outs here: https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/american-fighter-aircraft-radios-1942.57587/
  10. Just to add to the mystery of the presence of those cowl inlet/outlets, the original port cowl for our Hurricane Mk. XII s/n 5389 had an aluminum patch riveted over the location of that detail.
  11. Eduard make one in the Brassin series but it's pricey. Here's a picture showing the exhaust stub attachment:
  12. Getting back to the the original post regarding the colours of He162 White 4, The Roger Gaemperle book "Captured Eagles Vol. 1" has a good description of this particular bird as well as 4 photos that I have not seen posted online elsewhere. Some notes from that document: - The assertion that 120067 was an "early" He162 would seem relative since the first flight of a Rostock-produced He162 was on January 14, 1945. - 120068, a close sister to our subject bird, was flight tested on March 29, 1945 and was then ferried to I/JG1 at Ludwigslust on April 8. It's suggested that 120067 was ferried there at the same time. - 120067 ended up in American hands after transfers from the British though how it got to Kassel, where many of the extant pics were taken, is not known. White 4, along with at least 4 other He162's had "probably been disassembled and then transported to Kassel by ground. When they were reassembled, White 4 received the wing and tail of one or two other He162s." - Gaemperle says that White 4's wing was shipped to the US and then photographed on Yellow 7, W. Nr. 120222. - The tail attached to White 4 was mostly natural metal with some portions primed only, probably in 02. - Gaemperle acknowledges that colour variations are probable but that the camouflage of White 4 "appears to have been to a great extent in accordance with Oberflachenschultzliste 8-162." (i.e. 81/82 over 76) - A photo of White 4 at Leck shows the "festooned" camouflage demarcation on the wingtips. Later photos at Kassel showed different wingtips. - Two side profiles by Simon Schatz are provided. One is from the starboard side at Leck showing a Braunviolet 81 tail with a white 120067 W. Nr. The other profile shows White 4 as it appears at Kassel with the uncamouflaged tail and different wings. - The right rear engine cowl, as seen at Kassel, had a crudely hand painted "120067", thought to have been placed there by Allied ground personnel prior to disassembly. There is further discussion about the stenciling and the colours of the JG1 Wappen that I can get into if desired but, to summarize, Schatz's interpretation of the colours shows the fuselage painted in 82 over 76, the engine cowl in 81 Braunviolet. The wingtips appear to be 82 in both views. Presumably, the opposite wing in each case would be in 81 if the directive was closely followed. So, two versions of this bird are supported by photos - one as it appears at Leck with the known W.Nr on the tail and the other as it appears at Kassel after having been slapped back together with a mixture of parts.
  13. I was in a similar boat 11 years ago when I built mine. I cobbled together a number of online reference pics, opinions, and my own speculations to add detail and you'll see this in the link. Since then, a number of new references have arrived on the market as shown above and so I can not vouch for the accuracy of what I did, especially in the rear cockpit area. I recall that the biggest disappointment was lack of detail in the wheel wells - very lazy and unexpected for Tamiya. Some feel that the nacelles behind the trailing edge are too long and that may very well be the case, though something that I did not want to tackle at the time. Other than that, it goes together well and makes for a nice model. Good luck with the build!
  14. Also shown to good effect in the film footage of Schongau airfield posted elsewhere here.
  15. Note that the two skeletons have subtle differences and are not simply mirror images.
  16. Yes retractable. It's spring loaded and can be retracted from the cockpit or by closing the flap on the exterior hand hold. Once retracted, all that's visible is the grab handle under the step which can be replicated with fine wire if you want to get really detailed.
  17. Thanks for posting that. Very interesting. My father was a farm boy in Germany during WW2 and was drafted at the age of 14, along with many other kids, to serve in the Volkssturm. His ragged group was sent to Schongau to help "defend" the airfield in early 1945 and he related to me how he was scared to death when the Allies strafed the airfield. He sheltered in the trees and remembered the incredible noise and wood splinters flying all over the place.
  18. Our B.35 undergoing restoration has the Vee windscreen and the panels are armoured as well so it was not just on the FB's and NF's. One perhaps minor reason for retaining the vee on the bombers might be that it would be awkward to find a place to mount the wiper motor. The unit was mounted on the bulkhead separating the cockpit from the gun bay on the fighters but on the bomber there can be no such bulkhead as the forward area has to remain open.
  19. The original F for Freddie that HMJ depicts was serialed LR503 not VR196. The latter serial is the actual one for Spartan's CF-HML. Bob Jens tried to get the restored aircraft re-registered as HML but, sadly, that code was in use so he had to settle for HMJ. I have a lot of pictures and archive documents on Spartan's Mosquitos and it's the first I've heard of this particular one having dual controls though I don't profess to know everything. One very poor picture I have of the instrument panel during the very early restoration days in the mid 60's shows ONE control column and it has the bomber yoke and not the fighter stick. Can you refer me to your data that has this aircraft as a dual control trainer?
  20. Perhaps the source of confusion is the tribute P-40N owned by Vintage Wings of Canada that is painted in Stocky's colours.
  21. Great job on that Rene. You've captured the scheme very well. I thought that the ladder should bend the other way but that's no biggie.
  22. Mod 1012, though I don't have a copy, deals with DE-pressurizing the B.35. So yes, the B.35 was designed to be pressurized but if mod 1012 was incorporated then obviously it no longer would be pressurized.
  23. I have this kit as well but have yet to build it. I read something about the circular openings at the front of the engine cowl being too small and that aftermarket parts for these may be desirable.
  24. Just to add, the B.35 also had the side windows featuring an anti-foggiing system comprised of twin sealed glazing panels with an air gap. The air inside was part of a closed loop connected to an air drier mounted in the nose on the port side.
  25. I have access to an actual one. The unit is approximately 16 inches long and approx. 6 inches deep. I can provide additional pictures via PM if you like
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