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  1. Maybe this will help you out, or maybe not, but this online instruction booklet for the Wingnuts kit looks like has some good info & photos http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/productdetail?productid=3180&cat=4
  2. Here's another, clearer, copy of that photo of Mk.IIa P7895. P7895 was brand new in early Feb 1941 and this photo shows it as she was just 3 months later in April 1941. A time at which she wouldn't have been worked anywhere near as hard as airframes at the height of the Battle of Britain. Only you should decide how much weathering your model of N3173 with 10 months service in September 1940 should have.
  3. https://www.windsockdatafilespecials.co.uk/fokker-fidri-1441-p.asp This new Windsock Datafile Special book covers the building and painting of this new Meng kit.
  4. Clean build but unfortunately it looks like your radiator is upsidedown. And maybe (just maybe) the undercarriage struts are on back to front. Both probably fixable.
  5. Your statement about cut outs in the decals are total nonsense. On the top wing upper surface lozenge the cut outs are there for the painted metal brackets which are moulded on to the wing. On the underside of the top wing lozenge decals there are indeed no cut outs, and an overhang. The instructions actually tell you to TRIM TO FIT. This appears to be because the underside decals are also used on the top surface of the wings for very early production Halberstadt Cl.II. Not all decal solvents work with all decals so I can't comment on that problem you had (which I never evperienced). But it is quite obvious that whatever you used would appear to be the wrong one(s). By all means have a preference for spending extra noney on aftermarket products. But do it for the right reasons, not because of ignorant statements like this. It's a shame so many incorrect statements can be made in one post.
  6. Good luck but unfortunately the Krakow museum Halberstadt is not painted correctly. It's camouflage does not look like WW1 Halberstadt camouflage.
  7. Rubbish. The cut outs in that decal are to expose the painted metal brackets on top of the wing. You can see them in the nicely model built on the Wingnut Wings website. http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/productdetail?productid=3195&cat=5
  8. What were Hurricane equipped 257 Squadron supposedly doing with P9386 for 3 & 1/2 months?
  9. Some fingerprint like scratches etc faintly visible on the port side cowling in the side view photo and this one THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN 1940. © IWM (CH 1324) IWM Non Commercial License
  10. This photo of Lane with P9386 shows that the spinner is a darker tone than the sky(?) undersides.. THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN 1940. © IWM (CH 1322) IWM Non Commercial License
  11. Just look at the reference photos. Look closely. Just about EVERYTHING is slightly wrong when compared with a photo. The roundle is too small. The "W" font you have used is wrong. Additionally the W, Z, roundle & C are all positioned progressively too far rearward. In the port side view, the radiator should be white. Other things as well but that list is already long enough. Admittedly most modellers will not notice or even care. Maybe you care or maybe you don't. But you do APPEAR to care and appear to want to get things right. I think if you really want to be taken seriously you might need to look a lot more closely at the available references.
  12. The colours look OK to my eye, but I think you just need to look a little closer at your images to see where the letters are. And their style. Among other things, the "W" strokes are wider and it does not extend on to the accumulator stowage door like the drawingMany details are mirrored of course, along with various other small mistakes and the underside of the wing shows details more suitable for a "B type" wing.
  13. Apparently it's under 30cm wide sitting on its undercarriage with the outer wings removed. It's still 66cm long though. Just like a lot of shelves.
  14. This photo is often misidentified as N3180 "Kiwi" (1) but it was reportedly taken on 5 July 1940* and (in higher quality prints/scans) shows Deere with his DFC ribbon which had been awarded on 26 June 1940*. Therefore this photo, if indeed from 5 July 1940, almost certainly shows P9390 "Kiwi II" on 5 July 1940, just 2 days before 54 Squadron records show it crashed with Coleman at the controls. It has a Rotol airscrew. By this time P9390 had been with 54 Squadron since 25 April 1940 and had been flown by Deere since 1 June 1940. It has lots of weathering and staining. * Spitfire The New Zealand Story, Gerard S. Morris, Reed Publishing, 2000.
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