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Ventsislav Gramatski

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  1. Excellent paint work, congrats for the beautiful model!
  2. What an absolutely lovely group of Bulgarian 109s, @Ray_W! Do you plan to display then on the next (hopefully, soon to come!) scale model exhibition here, in Sofia? I'm sure that they'll attract a ton of attention!
  3. Hello @Segursky! Posting in the thread rather than PM in case it's useful for other modeller too. Regarding you question if the roundels were used during the war, no, they were not. The ОФ roundels (from Отечествен Фронт, Patriotic Front in English) were not introduced until sometime in Spring 1945, at which point the Bulgarian Air Force did not execute combat missions. The BAF was denied access to airfields on the territory of Yugoslavia so after mid-November 1944 the frontline of the Bulgarian Army was too far Northwest, outside of the range of all Bulgarian planes excluding the Do. 17 (with no bombload). When Bulgaria joined the Allies in September 1944, all Axis yellow recognition markings were overpainted with pure white, generally wider than the underlying yellow, and an additional white fuselage band was added. But the Royal Bulgarian Air Force insignia - the St. Andrews' Cross (on my avatar) remained in use. If you want to model a D.520 in wartime Allied markings, go for a machine with St. Andrews' Cross and white theater markings (wingtips, rudder, etc.). The famous White 14 photographed around Winter 1944/45 at Marno pole AF is an excellent example. The OF is an excellent choice for a complex camo, and I really like it too, but bear in mind that it was never worn by our D.520s in combat - strictly post-war usage.
  4. Beautiful build and in rarely seen markings! The PZL.24 is quite unique in that it served in most Balkan countries' air forces, and on the opposing sides. Was it produced under license in Turkey?
  5. What a great 109, Ray! Props on the leather wheel well covers, very convincing! Yet another thing I learn from your build threads, is that the exhaust stacks on the 109s aren't interchangable left-right side.
  6. Excellent choice of colors, the yellow looks great! With the checkered tails gives a bit of a WWII Mustang vibe. That kit is an absolute gem, one of the most enjoyable builds I've had. Nice job on lighting the engines - I considered it but decided against precisely because of the practically zero tolerances left by Bandai's fit (and being roo scared to hack away at such quality moulded parts)!
  7. Another great subject, Ray! White 7 is a very popular bird here thanks to the good photos. There have been a number of 'late' G-6s supplied to the VNVV with the short tail and the Erla haubes during late Spring/Summer 1944 as evidenced by photos of them still wearing yellow Axis identification bands, as well the the white markings during the October-November Bulgarian offensive westwards. Just to temp you, not only a Bulgarian UMe-109 would be a unique build but unlike the proper G-12s with the birdcage, they were built with the Erla haube.
  8. Beatifull build, Ray! I just read through the entire topic, a lot of very, very useful tips - thank you for documenting all those hiccups and advices during your build! I started the 1/72 Airfix Bf-109E7 that will represent another Bulgarian Strela from 3/6 orlyak - White 6 with the red devil's head insignia - using Kora's decals, so they are all timed most fortunate! Definitely need to reconsider how I will go about the yellow stripe.. Oh well, just my luck, I stop reading Britmodeller for a few weeks, and there's a 109 GB with Bulgarian birds! Sigh. Would love to see how you tackle that post-war Bulgarian 109G you were researching, and great trio wearing St. Andrew's cross you have! Greetings from Sofia!
  9. Здравей, Йохен! Regarding the stencils in Bulgarian Cyrillic, Denes proves these were factory applied on newly-produced Es, that is, the first batch of 10, and newly produced G-2, that is the first batch of 34. It's unclear on the second batch of overhauled Es but possible. Some of the stenciling in Cyrillic was visible back on high-quality photos of Bulgarian Messerschmitts on the lostbulgaria.com website, and these have been discussed before in the local aviation community. Stencils in original German start appear or altogether disappear, that is, be partially oversprayed, from late 1943 onwards as the VNVV began receiving both new and second-hand G-2s, G-4s and G-6 from the repair shops in Romania. Denes talks much about the Bulgarian "style" camo, dark green/gray oversprayed surfaces with light white/light grey mottling, and the stencils appear to be mostly painted over on those planes. Stencils do not seem to be present on the few post-war 109 photos (same valid for the surviving D.520s by the way). I doubt the 109s were seen as valuable equipment in the new Communist political climate after 1945, and that careful stencils might have been reapplied. At the most, the most basic ones, for the fuel or oil tanks, if at that - but what those would have been is a wild guess. @Ray_Wpersonally, I'd leave a post-war Bulgarian 109 in the OF camo/marking without any stencils. Hope this helps!
  10. I've never seen or heard any references of Bulgarians using the MW-50 system, even if it was fitted to the late production batches, which the VNVV received. Given that the MW-50 was limited to 4500 meters altitude, if I remember correctly, and that the VNVVs primary task was bomber interception and most aerial combat over Bulgaria being at high altitudes, I doubt it. I was also curious as to why Denes Bernad had listed that postwar 109G as a G-10 but given his effort on the volumes (I was in touch with him for years prior to publication and know the monumental effort put into them), I also doubt there isn't a good reason for it - at the least, Werken number. I have seen memoirs stating that there were trophy G-16s taken from Austria and Hungary, along with all kinds of late G marks and even Ks. So I wouldn't be surprised if there were all of them, as well as hodge-podge Gs of various available parts, in Bulgarian inventory in the late 1940s.
  11. It even has decals.. can't imagine how difficult that must have been, nice work!
  12. Great looking build! The VNVV had some quite colorful liveries on a variety of types, sadly rarely seen in scale.
  13. Amazing! Both the effort to improve the base Revell G-10 kit and the (brush!) paintwork are just outstanding! I would have assumed this was airbrushed had you not stated it was done with a brush. The mottling, especially, nice! Any chance you have training videos of your painting work online? I'd love to see how you achieve such good results!
  14. I don't have it but I look forward to hear people's opinions on it. The new Combat series has several interesting titles, the G.55 among them. I do have several of Kagero's Monograph Special Edition volumes and the translation in them is also a bit odd at times.
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