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About nsmekanik

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  1. Alrighty then, after a short interlude I've managed to stick on a few bits, throw on some paint and stick on a few stickers.............The primary hold up being painting (the pilot, having previously being satisfied with a dab of Testors "flesh" it now strikes me that this would no longer suffice) and paint, specifically Ocean Grey. As I'm shifting away from enamels as much as possible and leaning toward the Latest in Lacquers, I was not satisfied with Tamiya's rendition so after a lot of browsing and after reading through Tony Oliver's Eduard Exotic Spitfire Sextet Extraordinary Exhibition (EESSEE) in 1/72 and Hataka Orange Line Lacquer paint Review I decided to give Hataka's line a go. While, from what I can gather with all my reading Hataka's Ocean Grey is not a great copy either, it's closer and close enough for me at the moment, and as the bottom was already painted in Tamiya which is close I just left it as is....... This was my first try at using this style of masking, and as there was a bit of room for improvement I settled on the DDay markings from the Xtradecal sheet to help hide a few of the ills For painting on the stripes I first masked and sprayed them and after brushed on the colors to get that brushed on look without a massive build up of paint, the method still needs a bit of perfecting but I'm not unhappy with the results although in this case the unevenness is a bit exaggerated And on with the stickers ..... And a bit of weathering, although this airframe was about 3 years old by the time it was flying over the beaches, from what I understand these were well maintained so things may be a touch over done And then the landing gear, there have been a few that have been somewhat less then pleased with this bit of engineering fearing the thing would collapse under it's own weight, however I did not find this to be an issue. What I did find that bugged me about it was that if one isn't careful with the glue.......things could get ugly, but who looks under there anyways......... And on to the finished product.... Of course after I finish building the prop it comes out that the decals are for the museum example so for the moment the wrong prop looks better then the right one, until I get around to fixing things Fortunately the pilot isn't all that visible..............
  2. Depends on which side your on......
  3. Thank you gentlemen for the reply, very much appreciated. According to the instructions this plane is from 9./skg 51 and was based at Norrent-Fontes in August of 1940, so I would assume going with the SC250 and 4x50kgs would be a safe bet. Cheers, Tim
  4. I am presently building Airfix's 1/72 JU87 B-1 kit using the kit decals, which have it in France during the Battle of Britian. There are several options for bomb loads but due to different parts and having to drill holes I am just wondering which option would be most representative of a typical bomb load at that time for a B-1. Cheers Tim
  5. Maybe this will help, Asisbiz.com
  6. It's more likely a standard factory issue 70/71/65 paint job, rather than an over paint, that hasn't had the mottle treatment applied. My understanding is as the 109 was manufactured in subassemblies that were prepainted, and as the canopy was one such item it was most likely delivered in RLM66 and bolted on to a prepainted fuselage without bothering with going through all the time and rigermoral to mask and paint as it would blend in well enough with the camo as is.
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    He111h-6 colours

    Here in the Large Scale Planes Forum He 111 P-2 Thread you should be able to get most of the answers to your questions, this is the plane that Revell based their 1/32 scale kit on. While it is an earlier version then the H-6, I consider that paint wise it will be representative of the H-6 as well.
  8. Thanks for that, according to the serial that would be VR*F which served with 419 from Jan 2 1942. interesting that the codes are grey and the serials are red, which is why it's nice to have a pic. These would be the parts I'm trying to find out what the colors would be, Trumpeter would have you paint them orange but I would like to be sure any input will be most appreciated
  9. At the moment I'm slugging away at the Trumpy version of the 1c wellington and I have to say I was a bit disappointed when all the decals came out for the Wellington after Airfix brought out their kit that there wasn't a single RCAF plane in the lot. Having stumbled across this site, Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Numbers RAF owned aircraft, while searching for RCAF Wellington MK 1c's, it would appear that 419 moose squadron was the only operator of the 1c from what I can find, although the list is not complete. As the kit decals are basically crap in my view I'll be looking to replace those, although at the moment I'm not sure with what, so I thought I'd check to see what the sizes of roundels, codes, and serials would be on the Wellington, and is there a way of telling what the camouflage pattern would be? Alternatively I'm looking at maybe getting some Montex masks mainly for the roundels so I am also wondering which paints would best match the roundel and fin flashes? I'm assuming that Humbrol may have the better matches, although I do have access to other brands, I am wondering how the acrylics range rate, just in case I am unable to get the enamels. Also I am wondering about the flare shut and flares, did all 1c's have the shut, if not is there anyway to tell which ones did or did not, and what colors were the flares? Any assistance would be most appreciated thanks, Tim
  10. Use a hair dryer to heat up the masks and they will lay down nice. I would also suggest first spraying on some clear-coat before spraying them with the desired color so as to seal things to prevent any bleed through. I usually use a Matt This is really coming together nicely, good thing about the spare canopy. Just another case of when mucking things up brings a better result
  11. Oh nasty, I'll have a look under my desk as it may have landed there, it's amazing what I find under there that I have no idea where it came from when i can't find what I'm looking for........ I think you could carry on with your build no worries as at least its one of those bits that can be added long after it's finished with only a minor touch up to the paint. You my be slow but at least you finish which is a much greater track record then mine at the moment. Looks really well done so far
  12. nsmekanik

    Best ju87

    Having built both the Academy and Fujimi Stukas I'd say they both have their niggles , but they both look good and like Stukas when built. The Advantages of the Academy kit is it's fairly cheap, here anyway, it builds easily, well the wheel spats are a bit annoying, and if you are so inclined quickboost makes a prop , wheels with spats, and a replacement rudder for it. The interior is more then adequate for the scale only requiring a set of belts if that's what you'd like. A gentleman on 72 scale aircraft forums did a very good Academy/Fujimi Stuka comparison
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    A Good Hampden?

    Graham, AZ sells the clear bits as single sprue, Hampden Clear parts
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