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  1. Thanks Seamus. It is the over-scale feathered edge I looking for solutions for. I work in 1/72 and want to do some Italian and French camo which seems quite challenging. I understand that lacquers may well be better than the Vallejo acrylics I use at the moment, but also that the combination of paint brand and airbrush model can be significant. I still think your work looks great.
  2. I have just come across this. I really like the paint job. Are the camo shapes freehand? If so the control is superb. I was thinking of giving Hataka lacquers a go. What airbrush do you use? Thanks.
  3. Excellent. That seems much more convincing. Many thanks, Vonbraun.
  4. Hi all I'm doing a Bf109E which I want to present as at the time of the invasion of Poland. I'm using the Airfix 1/72 109 E4 with a canopy from Rob-Taurus for the E3. I have the Print Scale decals for a range of 109 Es and a couple of these fit the bill. The profile for one shows (Me 109E-1 2JGr 101) with a the front propeller boss painted yellow and the gun fairings yellow. The only source I can find for the yellow fairings is Luftwaffe Colours Jagdwaffe Vol 1 Section 3 which shows an E-3 of 3/JG 51 with a yellow gun fairings, yellow front of propeller boss and yellow number 3. The supporting photo is far from convincing - is shows a light colour in the gun fairing but it could easily be just sun glinting. I know I could paint the gun fairing any colour I choose but am curious to know whether any of the well-informed 109 enthusiasts could shed any light.
  5. Fascinating stuff. Thanks for the info chaps. It looks as though I am safe lightening the RML 63 somewhat towards ash grey if depicting a weathered machine.
  6. I making a Henschel 123 but also have a Heinkel 51 in the pipeline. Both can have the early Luftwaffe scheme of RML61, 62 & 63 for the upper surfaces. I find it puzzling that in some photos and many profiles the light grey is really light - much lighter than the Vallejo RML 63 or 02.. The Vallejo colours seem right when compared to the Hikoki Luftwaffe Colours card or the Real Colours of WWII Aircraft book. The scheme as painted with the Vallejo colours does not have anything like the contract of the early photos or profiles. Can anyone explain this. Thanks Mike VE
  7. Thanks for the details, Libor. I'll give it a go. Mike VE
  8. Hi Libor I'm a big fan. Could you say more about how you made the canopy section. I get that you used the former but how did you heat the sheet for the new canopy. How did you hold the soft plastic while doing the plunge. Regards Mike VE
  9. BS-w - Would this be the colour chart that you saw at the Air and Space museum? - http://memorial.flight.free.fr/ The page has a couple of pictures of the colour cards and then colour renditions. The browns all look too red to me - especially the kaki - but that could be my monitor. (and the Blue de Nuit looks just black) Otherwise they are not too far off the Illiad Designs card. I would love to get the Christian-Jacques Ehrengardt 2000 book. I have his 2018 book but it says very little on the actual colours. I have searched eBay and amazon.fr. Any suggestions as to where else I might look?
  10. French colours seem hard to pin down. Illiad designs produce an Aircraft Colour Chart for the French Air Force in the Battle of France and the Armistice Air force. It is just three sheets of A4 card but is an excellent summary of French camo and markings. It has colour chips, including Kaki (a fairly dark olive but not very green) but I do not know what the basis is for these colours - if they found any documentation or samples I'm not aware of. Hataka do a paint set for Early WW2 French Air Force which seems to have colours pretty close to the Illiad chips. There seems to be precious little evidence as to what French colours looked like - we have the names but not much else. As a result I think profile artists have to make it up. I would be fascinated if anyone knows otherwise.
  11. I agree with Graham. In the first phase of French pre-war camouflage green was reserved for day bombers and reconnaissance types. Fighters were to be Khaki. So in the absence of specific evidence that this particular machine did not follow the regulations I'd stick with khaki.
  12. Thanks everybody. That's quite a list I've got now. I'll be doing some shopping - or at least updating my wish list!
  13. Hi All. I'm trying to build up my references about markings and camouflage of the Armée de l’Air 1935-45. The "On Target Special: Battle of Britain" has quite a good summary but does not give its sources. I have tracked down a series of articles in a French magazine from the 80s but it has gaps. Does anyone know of a good book or articles on the subject? I can cope with reading French - slowly. What I really want is a French Paul Lucas!
  14. Fascinating stuff. Thanks guys, I did scheme 1 - 123 Fighter Squadron.
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