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    1/48th WW2 to modern aircraft

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  1. Thanks guys. Dogsbody, your thread was one of the very few that turned up in my search. I’m just going to stick with RLM 70. Seems to be the consensus opinion.
  2. Sorry if this has been beaten to death already but a search didn't really turn up a straight answer. Maybe there is no definitive answer? I'm in the latter stages of finishing the Eduard 1/48 Fw-190D-9 weekend edition. I have conflicting references for the prop color. Seems there are 3 choices, RLM 70 Black Green, RLM 71 Dark Green, or a nebulous "blue-gray" (possibly RLM 66?). For the wooden propeller blades it seems that they should be RLM 71, but most photos of the real aircraft and models show blades that look darker than RLM 71 due to the low contrast with the, usually black/whit
  3. That looks really sharp. Blue stripe on the tail means you picked the right squadron Congrats on a fine build. Thank you for the in progress discussions and photos, it was fun to follow along and offer some advice. Makes me want to start on mine, after I finish the Fw-190, the Eurofighter, the Tornado, the ...
  4. I’ll add my “Well Done!” Just fantastically realistic. I have an F-100 that I want to try this look on. Care to share your technique?
  5. Thanks for the ideas. I think my main problem(s) are using hardware store mineral spirits and too much of it. I had let the Pledge cure for a several days so that wasn’t a worry. But I would dip the q-tip into the thinner and go to wiping. I’m just going to toss the Humbrol wash. It hasn’t worked that well anytime I’ve tried it. I’ve had better luck with thinned Testors Model Master acrylic with some flow enhancer. It is easy to be fairly precise with a pin wash and then wipe it almost immediately as I do each line. I generally don’t go over every panel line and rivet. I’m going shopping for n
  6. That’s a great looking Phantom. The old kit is obviously still a contender in 1/48 and is likely the most affordable. Great job!
  7. Bummer for me about the marking location. I did follow the kit directions with a slight modification for the pylons. I couldn’t find any pictures showing the underside so went with what looked right.
  8. In the summer of 1985, while I was stationed at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, my squadron hosted members of the Danish ESK-729 RF-35 Draken unit. They brought several jets to Spang. I almost got a ride in a 2 seater but the weather that day was below their weather minimums. Hey, it was Germany, not California. A couple of weeks later I was lucky enough to take one of our F-4Es to Karup AB, Denmark and spend 2 weeks there. I think we took 6 jets and 10 crews, plus a maintenance unit. Good times... Since then I have wanted to build a model of the RF-35. Hasegawa is the only option in 1/48
  9. Finally finished the Italeri 1/48th JAS-39A Gripen. The kit is kind of clunky with thick parts and only an ok fit. I got it second hand for cheap and it looks ok once it's together. The speedbrakes are a little small for the openings, the canopy was too short in length to fill the opening if closed, and the AIM-9 missiles had deep ejector pin marks on the outboard sides. I used Hataka lacquer (orange line) paints and they went on great. My first mistake was use this as my first attempt at airbrushing Pledge/Future as a gloss coat. Major runs and pooling that once dry I had to strip
  10. You're welcome. Happy to help. We didn't fly with/against any NATO jets other than other USAFE birds. Mostly F-15s from Bitburg, F-16s from Hahn, and rarely F-5 Aggressors from Bentwaters. We would occasionally come across another NATO jet low level and our rules allowed for one turn either, offensive or defensive, then we had to break off and move along. Several months prior to my arrival in the squadron an F-4 from one of the other squadrons, at low level in northern Germany, rolled too far into a defensive break and flew into the ground. After that USAFE tightened our regulations.
  11. I just spent a couple of hours looking through my F-4 stuff to find my photos and notes on missile markings. For the AGM-45 Shrike, the live missile that I saw at Spangdahlem had the yellow and brown stripes as LR did his. Instead of the blue stripe, there was a green stripe. I don't know what the green stripe designated. For the training version, replace the yellow and aft brown with blue and leave off the others. I did find one photo of a training missile with the the 2 blue stripes and a brown stripe under the aft end of the forward fins. I'm certain the rocket motor was not live,
  12. After cracking the canopy on my 1/48 Revell Typhoon I luckily received a replacement from RoG when they reissued the kit in the Tiger Meet scheme. That was over a year ago. It sat in the box since then, but I'm finally getting back to it. I came back to this SIG to refresh my memory on what I was doing and discover that most of the pictures in the thread are no longer available. The links to Airliners.net still work, but most photos embedded in the threads are gone. Luckily, a few years ago, I saved a bunch of them to my desktop modeling folder but if anyone tries to see them now they're
  13. What Scott said. I don’t have pictures readily available to load (since I have to first copy them to a third party account?) but a google search on “AGM-88” had a photo of a HARM, Shrike, and Maverick all lined up. Shows relative sizes well. The Shrike is about the same size as an AIM-7 Sparrow, so you can compare the missiles in the kit. As for the stripes, Blue designates a training round, generally inert. The yellow means live explosives/warhead. Brown is for a live rocket motor.
  14. I am having problems with my clear coats and washes having bad reactions with the base paint colors and/or the wash clean up stripping the clear. I started reading this thread for some hints and it’s very informative. My question is: Do the mineral spirits used to clean up the wash have an effect on the acrylic gloss clear? I just about ruined my current model when I went to wipe down the wash (Humbrol enamel based) applied over Pledge/Future gloss. The mineral spirits stripped the Pledge and also some of the paint down to the primer. I am looking for a clear gloss that I can lay
  15. Looks great! Looking forward to seeing it with decals. In post #66 you asked about performance of the E and G. There was not really much difference. Same engines, about the same weight and drag. All of the jets had wing leading edge slats, only the D models in the states and the RF-4s still had the “hard wing”.
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