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  1. Starfighter

    Norwegian Starfighter

    Couldn't agree more, Martin !
  2. Starfighter

    RLM Paint Chip Chart

    Hi everyone, Well I've done my comparisons with the new Humbrol RLM 70 and 71, and also the Colourcoats RLM 70 and 71. I was surprised at the Colourcoats RLM 71 ( Dunkelgrun ) as it appears quite a bit browner in tint than other versions I've seen of this colour . . . It even looks a bit different to the tin lid, so I'm a bit puzzled about that. Maybe that IS the correct shade . . . Perhaps Jamie might have some thoughts on that ? The two Humbrol versions are very close to each other, which I've been led to believe, as I remember reading somewhere that the two colours were indistinguishable from a distance. I'd be really interested on any thoughts you chaps might have regarding this subject. PS: CC is Coourcoats and Hu is Humbrol ( just in case ! )
  3. Starfighter

    ICM 1/48 Heinkel He 111H

    Thanks for the kind comments everyone. I should have stated that the final satin finish was airbrushed. I usually mix the paints with 50 / 50 colour and thinners, which usually requires about 3 - 4 coats, which I rub down between applications. I then gloss coat for the decals and finally finish with an airbrush of matt or satin, depending on the model. This system has worked for me over the years, but maybe one day I'll pluck up courage ( And the money ) to invest in a more expensive airbrush, but at the moment I'm quite happy with my trusty Badger 200 !
  4. Hi Guys, Here is my recently completed Heinkel He 111H for your inspection. It's the first time I've built an ICM kit, and I was very impressed with the parts fit. I used Humbrol 91 and 116 for the upper surface camouflage, with 65 for the undersides. It was brush painted with Humbrol Satin Cote to finish it off. All comments, good or bad are welcome, but I hope you like it.
  5. Starfighter

    RLM Paint Chip Chart

    That's kind of what I suspected ! I have seen FS 34079 given as a match, but not sure how reliable that could be . . . It looks too light to me.. I did use Humbrol 91 and 116 on my He 111, but i think the contrast was a bit too much. I also used those colours several years ago on my painting of a side profile of a BF110, and those colours were quite a bit different to the more recent paints, and I do find Humbrol colours can be quite variable from tin to tin. Given all that I think I'll stick with the Colourcoats paints, and get used to the " Revised " version of RLM 71 . . . At least it's matched to reputable paint charts and formulas. Thanks for the reply, Jamie, it's much appreciated.
  6. Starfighter

    RLM Paint Chip Chart

    Well, I've done a comparison between Humbrol & Colourcoats RLM colours, and after a coat of gloss varnish ( For decalling ) I would say that RLM Schwartzgrun is almost identical, or as close as makes no difference. However, RLM 71 is quite a bit different, with the Colourcoats version showing quite a brown tint compared to the Humbrol version. In fact I'd say it is browner than it's tin lid. It's probably not the most scientific test, and perhaps we've become more used to thinking that Dunkelgrun should be more "Greener " but I just thought I'd compare the two brands as a point of interest. One last thought : Would anyone from Sovereign Hobbies have an FS equivalent No. for RLM 71, or are they substantially different ?
  7. Starfighter

    Airfix 1/24 mosquito, a good kit?

    Everything that Stein Meum said, plus : The detail behind the seats in the cockpit is lacking. . . the radio fit is only applicable to an early FB VI. There are no backplates to the propellor spinners, and if you wish to add the exhausts you can't fit the side cowlings on the engines, so it's full engine without panels, or closed up with no exhausts ! I also had trouble / fun fitting all the pipework to the engine, having to drill out every locating hole before anything would fit, though that might have been down to me. Although the model looks impressive when finished, I'd be inclined to spend a bit more on the Tamiya kit, where you can be confident everything will fit nicely.
  8. Starfighter

    RLM Paint Chip Chart

    Just as an experiment I bought two of the new Humbrol Luftwaffe colours ( RLM 70 & 71 ) to see how they performed. The two colours look very close to each over according to the lids, which would indicate that they are nearer the actual shades. I shall paint out some samples to see how they lookI have read that they are quite thin, but i would use them over a base coat anyway, so we'll see what happens and I shall report back. By the way, the Hikoki chart ( £7.99) is gloss.
  9. Starfighter

    RLM Paint Chip Chart

    They are all interesting points . . . But what about "Scale colour " ?
  10. Starfighter

    RLM Paint Chip Chart

    I've just ordered a tin of Humbrol 92 Iron Grey from a chap in Italy ( A bit expensive I know ) and have just discovered I have an unopened tin of RLM 02 from Precision Paints, which I don't even remember ordering ! Must have been a senior moment, as I seem to have a lot of those these days ! Anyway, both those paints match pretty closely the Hikoki paint chip set, so that's what I'm going with.
  11. Starfighter

    RLM Paint Chip Chart

    Thanks for your input, chaps . . . Much appreciated. I have a tin of Humbrol 31 Slate Grey, which is not a million miles from RLM 02. It's also very similar to FS 36165, which is given as a match in the IPMS colour cross reference guide. Given the variability of shades that you mention I think humbrol 31 is the colour I shall use, which should look OK with a bit of weathering, etc. Once again thanks for taking the time to reply to my question.
  12. Starfighter

    RLM Paint Chip Chart

    Probably opening a can of worms here, but how accurate do you modellers think the Hikoki colours are ? I bought a set of Colourcoats Luftwaffe colours, but they look very different, especially RLM 02 Grau. I was lead to believe that the Colourcoats were quite accurate, but all the other chips of Grau 02 that I've seen look more like the old Humbrol 92 ( Iron grey ) I am thinking of buying this set, but thought I'd seek out your opinions first.
  13. Starfighter

    Heinkel He 111H markings

    Thanks for your info, Graham. The easy way out would be to build a machine without bars, but I think they look pretty cool ! I'll make a decision when I start decalling as to which I think might be right. After all, I'm not likely to get a visit from an ex - Heinkel pilot telling me that's "Wrong " Thanks for your help anyway, as I said before it's much appreciated.
  14. Starfighter

    Heinkel He 111H markings

    Blimey ! I'm even more confused now. Would I be correct in thinking that A1 + DA would have the wing bars on the same side ( i.e port ) as the rudder markings, or on both sides as provided in the ICM kit ?
  15. Starfighter

    Heinkel He 111H markings

    The machine I'm building will probably be A1 + DA from KG 53, as there is a photo of this machine in my copy of the bomber units of the Luftwaffe book which shows the forward gun position in the gondola, plus three formation bars on the rudder. Incidentally this is the same machine featured in the Hasegawa 1/72 kit, and that shows the upper wing bars on the starboard wing only. This machine also featured in the Scale Models magazine special on Battle Of Britain aircraft. I presume these individual aircraft keep appearing as they are machines for which there's documentary evidence ?