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Ryan B.

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  1. Note also that the paint on the port wing extends down the leading edge to the bottom of the cannon housings, while the starboard wings paint scheme seems two toned, lighter, and extends only to the midpoint of the cannon housing. Replacement wing? Repainting? Idunno.
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    Was the Bf 110 ever operated against shipping...

    John "Knights Cross" Weal in Osprey's Messerschmitt BF 110 Zerstorer Aces of World War 2, writes on p.78, "In addition to 20 aircraft shot down, [Oberleutnant Johannes Kiel] had destroyed a further 62 on the ground, plus nine tanks and 20 artillery pieces, as well as sinking one submarine, three MTBs and a transport vessel!" 110s were also used in Russia to interdict river traffic.
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    ME-110 in-line cannon?

    Some factions went against the principle of concentration of fire, particularly early in the RAF, with the Spitfire's eight guns harmonized at different distances, the intention being that new pilots would have a better chance of making a hit if their fire covered a larger area. Considering the lack of punch of the English .303s, this is a pretty foolish idea. Even so, for a large target like a bomber, fire outside the harmonization point would still have a chance of hitting the aircraft, and a 20mm cannon would have a far greater effect than a .303. As for the wing loading and its effect on maneuverability, that would of been of little importance when attacking USAAF bombers beyond escorting fighters range. Of course, when better tanks and P-51s show up....
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    ME-110 in-line cannon?

    Thanks, gentlemen. I don't think moving the 20mm cannon fire away from the center line would make all that much difference, particularly with a large target like a bomber, and the original centerline cannon still installed--in fact it may distribute the aircraft's punch over a wider area--but I can see your points about reinforcing the wing spars and bulking out the engine nacelles.
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    ME-110 in-line cannon?

    Probably a remarkably dim question, but why didn't bomber-destroyer 110s, and, I suppose, ME-410s, load a 20mm, or larger, cannon into the engines--a la ME-109s_-rather than sling a heavy wind resistant cannon pack below the fuselage?
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    Translucent desert scheme on ME-110s?

    Thanks, gentlemen, I didn't assume this had been colorized, particularly because of the yellow square of the foreground 110's starboard rudder. Live and learn!
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    Translucent desert scheme on ME-110s?

    Please see the paint scheme illustrated here: http://forum.1cpublishing.eu/showthread.php?t=40576 Was the scheme above an actual painting practice? It would explain what others have pointed out, that the RLM light blue on Mediterranean ME-110s seems a darker, beiger color than the light blue on the 198 imp. gallon drop tanks often carried, intimating that an overspray had been applied to the standard, 'European' camouflage, as here:
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    ME-110 Colors in North Africa?

    I'm trying to get a sense of the most frequently seen camo schemes for Me-110s in the southern Mediterranean 1941-43. While I'm familiar with the overall brown/light blue 110s, most images seem to show a segmented camouflage on sides and uppersurfaces--in other words, regular European schemes with the addition of the white fuselage band. Would yall say these were more common than the RLM 79 over 78? And if so, were they more commonly RLM 04/71 or 74/75?
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    WW2 aircraft preserved in Finland

    I wonder why the '109 needed a tropical filter?
  10. Though I know they don't have much pop, did the Beaufighter, with four MGs in one wing and two in the other, have any pull to starboard when firing?
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    JG2 FW-190A wing bands in Tunisia

    Thank you, gentlemen!
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    JG2 FW-190A wing bands in Tunisia

    A couple kits on different sites made me wonder about the white wing bands seen on FW-190s soon after their arrival in Tunisia. Louis Gardner on iModeler posted Rudorffer's 190A with white under-wing bands and shared color images of his unit in Tunisia in late 1942 (still in European colors) with white bands on top and bottom of the wings: http://imodeler.com/2018/05/kasserine-pass-gb-1-48-scale-tamiya-fw-190a-oblt-e-rudorffer-co-6-jg2-tunisia/ This seemed odd to me, as Axis forces in the Mediterranean already wore identifying symbols of white wing-tips, plus fuselage, and, sometimes, nose bands. Then, on Hyperscale, someone under the moniker of mikeewmodels shared Siegfried Schnell's FW-190A-4 'Yellow 4' showing the same wing and fuselage bands painted over: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/hyperscale/eduard-1-48-fw190a-4-profipack-all-done-t494101.html#p2583419 regarding which, upon being queried, he quoted from Eduard's instructions: "Wings and fuselage have fresh over-painting of former white stripes- identification of aircraft attending the Case Anton late 1942 (occupation of the 'Free Zone' Vichy France)". Does anyone know if JG2's bands in Tunisia were meant to be theatre specific; were leftover Case Anton bands; or, per Mr. Gardner, "I do know that part of JG 2 was assigned to Sicily before they went to North Africa. The rest of JG 2 remained in action against the Allies operating from the Northern Coast of France. Could it be possible that some older FW- 190 A-3 planes were being left behind, since they were receiving newer A-4’s ? If that’s the case, this may explain the over painted wing stripes. Could it be possible that this plane operated from Sicily or North Africa and was then returned to Northern France ?" Any insight would be appreciated.
  13. Dang, that's purty! Flawless finish.
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    RNZAF Wingstripes -- any dictums?

    Thanks! In the first nifty clip (new to me) I saw P-40Ns both with and without upper wing stripes and none with lower wing stripes. Marvelous footage too, but awful martial music!
  15. Just so's ya knows, Obfw Hermann Forster of JG27 shot down a Brewster Buffalo (AX813) of 805 Sq. FAA piloted by Lt. Lloyd Keith who was flying a convoy escort patrol from Mersa Matruh on 17/6/1941.