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  1. Did the F-6 shown with the Pacific theatre bands really have yellow stripes or have they fallen for the old overspray trick. I built a 1/48 Hasegawa Mustang lots of years ago and used the Aeromaster decals for 'The Flying Undertaker' and it looked lovely with the thin yellow lines with the theatre stripes. Then somebody pointed out that when they painted the stripes they used 2" tape to mark the outlines and there was overspray which gave the appearance of a thin strip of black with a gap when the tape was removed. This led some folks to think that the gap must be yellow, right? There are a nu
  2. The Mk XI was of course unpressurised so venturi must be for the camera as it's position is on the opposite side to the access door. Just my two bobs. TRF
  3. The only clipped wing Spitfire that came from the factory that didn't have nav lights was the Mk XII. Some field applied clipped wing fairings (usual wood) usually didn't have nav lights. The Mk XIV in the photo above definitely has nav lights and by the look of other wartime shots that are clearer they would have been coloured lenses rather than coloured bulbs. The downward I.D. lamp was fitted on the centreline roughly in line with the rear of the radiators. The underwing I.D. light/s is a problem as structural drawings show a light, the drawing referred to by 72 modeller above has two lamps
  4. Just to go a little further, I have the 2000 JaPo book on the K and the diagram above says no paint on anything except the cowl, on the underside. Contrary to Fw190D-9s it seems that the vast majority of late war 109s were painted 76 all over the underside. There is a photo in the book of G-10s manufactured by WNF which only had the ailerons and other small areas in 76 on the underside of the wings but this didn't seem to apply to MTT G-10s & K-4s. I could be wrong but from what I know the late war yellow/green (RLM84) seemed to only be on fuselages on late war 109s. Also the tail includin
  5. Looking in my ancient copy of Aircraft of the RAF by Owen Thetford, he quotes spans as 56' 6'' for Mk 1 and 57' 6' for the Mk T.21. Fuselage length is the same for both at 42' 3''. Can't help with the rest. TRF
  6. Now all we need is a nice new 1/32 Defiant, to sit alongside the new Whirlwind, with artwork that older eyes can see without glasses. Come on Special Hobby you know you want to. TRF
  7. I have looked seriously at doing this subject for some time. I bought the Revell kit lots of years ago but it still sits in the stash. I bought a Dragon Bf110C-7 when it came out and thought that it's a way better kit as an early 110 than the Revell one and then started thinking about converting that one. Then along came a sale at Dragon USA and I picked up the E-2trop version for a good price. It has tropical oil coolers same size as a110G and drop tanks. I have since purchased two Bf109G-6 spinners and props from Barracuda, wheels from Airwaves and a vacform canopy from Tasman. Shrouded exha
  8. Apologies to dragonlanceHR and Troy Smith. I was so sure that this aircraft was a G-10 and to reinforce my argument I referred to my copy of the Prien & Rodeike book and blow me down at the end of the G-14AS section it showed photos of a couple of machines with deep radiators and lower cowling bumps just like a G-10. So providing the Wk Nr quoted is correct then it is a G-14AS. It seems that one needs a Wk Nr to be absolutely sure of the variant of 109G. Learning all the time. TRF
  9. This aircraft is a standard G-10 with standard wheels. Note the bulge under the cowl which is easy to see in the colour photo. (not so clear in the B/W photo because the yellow is dark due to type of film used) TRF
  10. A wonderful model, neatly build and painted.
  11. Thanks Jamie, for the technical description of what IW should be. I realised after I had posted the above that I had a small amount of Model Master IW left and I painted it over the AS 20 and the Tamiya stuff is nothing like it. If you want to buy a spray can of Insignia White then Tamiya AS 20 'aint it. I have to say I hadn't thought too much ahead about painting the F-8 but as it's 1/32 I had better buy some Colourcoats Gull Grey and Insignia white very shortly. Thanks again. TRF
  12. I recently purchased an Aries wheel bay set for the Vought F-8 Crusader and I thought I would spray it to get into all the detail. I went to the LHS and came out with a can of Tamiya Insignia White AS 20. I sprayed the aforementioned wheel bays and they came out a light grey. Yes I did shake the can vigorously before use. I think I remember reading somewhere that IW is slightly off white but by how much? The can was AUD$12 and I'm not sure what else I can use it for if the colour is wrong. Comments please. TRF
  13. You're right Mike the cover over the fuel tank was a separate sheet of thicker Aluminium to resist small caliber fire. Anyway keep at it Opus you're doing good. TRF
  14. Er Ray did you mean to build your 190D as a standard one or a late one as the late one, typically 'Brown 4', had the larger Ta152 fin fitted. Also just a note about the RLM 75 leading edge under the wings, the darker upper surface colour would also be 75 ie it would wrap around to the top colour. Likewise if 81 or 83 was used as the dark colour. These late war 190's were build largely by sub-contractors and the wings were build by a different factory from the tail unit and the fuselage making for a patchwork camo. It appears that very few late machines had the 81/82 top camo on the wings being
  15. The build article got me started but it also reminded me of the Ki.106 (the wooded version of the Ki.84 Hayate) which was 600lb (275kg) heavier than the metal Ki.84. The other thing with the design, is the whole concept is there, high speed, un-armed bomber that doesn't need escort and is proven in combat. The metal version would have been built after de Havilland had built production machines and they had been used on ops. I agree the fuselage shape would have been a problem and that some of the cleanliness of the lines compromised but the wings wouldn't have been a problem with nice straight
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