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About Shorty84

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  1. Hi Justin, nice work on the conversion and the additional nose lenght. Cleanly built and gorgeous result Cheers Markus
  2. Nice, one does not often see a French Crusader Cheers Markus
  3. Hi Kris, a very nice SB you are presenting here, really sleek looking machine and the weathering looks exactly right Haha, I can really relate to that. It's years since I 've finished anything and my shelf of half built kits is larger than I would ever admit. Since I'm still working full time there is no improvement on that front so I'm left to comment on other's splendid builds from time to time. Cheers Markus
  4. One never gets tired of seeing a Viggen in a nicely executed splinter camo. Nice one Cheers Markus
  5. Thankfully you've finished it instead of binning it. Otherwise we could not enjoy such a nice Jag There are a lot of horror stories about the fit of KHs Jaguar and your build seems to reinforce that (good that I have 2 of them ). Maybe you can share what the most critical areas are you've encountered? I've heared that the engine access doors are tricky to install without gaps. Btw, nice collection of RAF fast jets! Cheers Markus
  6. Wow, that dihedral is substancial. I've read about this problem but never saw what it looked like. At least the fix is easy enough, something to remember when I build my B-17C one day. Cheers Markus
  7. Hi Martin, as the others already said a really superb Skyraider and a great background story I now officially blame you for wanting to do one in 1/48. I've finally found a source for the Zotz decals and a Tamiya Skyraider so they will be ordered soon (as if my stash isn't big enough already ) Cheers Markus
  8. Hi Antti, one can really see that you are very passionate about this subject and I will certainly save the whole thread for future reference when I work on my Il-28R conversion again (although I guess I will not go that deep into details as you do). I see you came to the same conclusion as me regarding the intakes (sidewalls too thin). I thought about lining them with thin plastic card but concluded this would cause much work and fit problems later on. So I will resort to just adding some details to the inner walls as you did. I got some very nice pics from the intake and all the pipework one can see so a lot of detail will go behind the bullet fairings. I've even played with the idea of installing some Derwents (I know, not the same engine but similar enough) from an Airfix Meteor in order to fill the empty space but a bit concluded that the pipework is all you can see on the real thing anyway. From your pictures I get the feeling I need to visit your museum one day. Regrettably, when I visited Helsinki two years ago I did not visit the Aviation Museum near the Airport (and I'm really a plane geek) but at least I took one day to stroll around Suomenlinna (and Vessiko of course). Hopefully, travelling will be possible in the near future again. Cheers Markus
  9. Hey, you really build some kits, who knew (sorry, that's just tongue-in-cheek ). I have the Su-7 too (x2) in the stash and know it is not an easy kit so I can only congratulate to this clean build. The camo looks downright superb, which markings will it receive? Cheers Markus
  10. Lovely result! I have the Siga boxing in my stash as well and I'm working on it from time to time. As you say it is not for the fainthearted and required a lot of TLC to get done. Cheers Markus
  11. Hi Djordje, nicely built Yak-21. I like these early Soviet jets, they have a lot of "character" (others call it ugly ). Amodel kits, especially their older ones, are not easy builds but you managed to get a nice result out of it. That is correct. The Yak-15 started life as a jet engined Yak-3 (similar as the Saab 21R, which was a jet engined derivate of the earlier piston engined Saab 21). Yak-21 was the designation for the Yak-15 double seater. Cheers Markus
  12. Hi Miroslav, having a soft spot for Yugoslav aviation I can only congratulate you to this beautiful MiG-21. I really like how it looks in its experimental camo, do you know why it was decided not repaint the other MiGs in service? I see you used Mission Models paints for your build. Can you tell me how are they to work with? Thanks! Cheers Markus
  13. Hi Graham, although not an expert I determined the following differences between the various versions of the SIPA: S.10: Mixed construction, basically similar to the Ar 396 except for the redesigned landing gear (the wheels rotate 90° to lay flush into the wings), the missing bump on the upper engine cowl and a 3 blade prop. S.11/111: Mixed construction, the canopy was redesigned into a sliding design compared to the earlier side opening ones. The tail surfaces feature a corrugated skin. S.12/121: All-metal construction, more powerful engine. Otherwise similar to the S.11/111 If you don't know it already you may find this link interesting: http://avions-de-la-guerre-d-algerie.over-blog.com/article-20607309.html Cheers Markus
  14. Tricky indeed. Even with colour photographs available the paint never looks the same (except if we consider the possibility that some machines were painted in different colours). This one looks like a good match for ACF04: http://www.airwar.ru/image/idop/other/sipa111/sipa111-9.jpg Here it looks more like ACF08: https://img.over-blog.com/600x426/1/95/08/26/Sipa-11-12-121-122/SIPA_111A_2_.jpg Most profiles seem to agree that it was a green too so I may use some olive drab mixed with green to get the desired shade.
  15. Thanks for your replies guys. As I thought there seems to be no clear conclusion on this topic. I guess the information is still buried in some archive, waiting to be unearthed. I will revert to the "paint what you see" approach. After checking various kit manufacturers recommendations for "Khaki" (if they specify them) I came to the conclusion that most recommend a muddy brown which seems to be too light. No idea if the pre-war Khaki is the same colour, although it would make sense to use up paints which for sure where still supply at that time. Anyway, as the colour appears as either brown or green I decided to use a dark Olive Drab which is a good middle ground in my opinion. The interior of the Amiot AAC.1 (Frech-built Ju 52) in Munich is a dark grey and the cockpit of the SIPA S.11 looks dark (grey) too so I will use RLM66 for ex-german types. Thanks again, hopefully some enterprising researcher will feel the urge to give us some good publications on french colours in the future. Cheers Markus
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