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    Another picture of a Sudanese Su-25 which shows English stencils: https://fullfatthings-keyaero.b-cdn.net/sites/keyaero/files/comment_forum/2015/06/08/New Picture.jpg Usage of Cyrillic script would make no sense on the MiGs when other machines clearly use English as this would be standardized across all aircraft. Furthermore, Cyrillic script would make training unnecessarily complicated, especially as different language stencils can be requested and English and French are regularly used in these countries. Cheers Markus
  2. Regarding the ZG1 machine the profile could be legit. Although it does not show the code, there were machines sporting the wasp emblem: https://www.facebook.com/luftwaffe2019/photos/our-friend-michael-gt-send-us-this-beautiful-photograph-of-a-dornier-do-215-with/767321660484739/ Regarding desert schemed Do 215s, they are even rarer (if they exist at all) than photos of similar coloured Do 17s. I guess you are referring to Do 215, T5+NC from the Owl decal sheet, right? One fact that makes me suspicious is that the code 'T5' is usually assigned to Aufkl. Gr. Ob.d.L (a recce unit) and not Flugbereitschaft Italuft. While some Do 215s were used as personal machines for high ranking officers they were in standard camo. The only photo which remotely looks like a desert camo can be found here although its quality is too bad to be certain: http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=32596 Cheers Markus
  3. Well, having consulted my 'Bible' (Merrick/Kiroff's 'Luftwaffe camouflage and markings 1933 - 1945') things are quite clear...and not at the same time. I guess it also depends on which timeframe we are talking about as painting standards changed through the lifetime of the Do 17. Let's start at the beginning. The paint schedule for the Do 17E from 1936 is quite clear: https://www.modelforum.cz/download/file.php?id=1745559&mode=view Stoffanstrich (Gesamt): DKH-Spannlack rot J52/22 und DKH-Einheitsverdünnung E52/50 -> Fabric Painting (General): DKH-Dope varnish red J52/22 and DKH-General Thinner E52/50 Aussenanstrich: ...Die Flugzeuge erhalten den Schutzanstrich auf die vorher mit DKH-Ölgrund L40/41 grundierte Fläche -> Exterior painting: ...The aircraft receive the protective coating (camouflage) on the surface previously primed with DKH-Oilbase L40/41. The problem here is that prior to 1938, painting standards were a mix of RLM-colours and previous standards. Only in 1938, L.Dv.521/1 1938 standardized painting schedules acc. to RLM-colours (mostly, as there were still exceptions). So in this case we don't know the exact shade of the colours, as no colour cards exist of these pre-war colours. Likely the Dope varnish was some kind of brick red like later fabric primers and L40/41 was some kind of grey. If we talk about later variants things are a bit clearer as they most likely adhered to L.Dv.521/1 1938 (this is the earliest known edition, although it is likely there were earlier ones). This means that fabric surfaces were treated acc. to Aircraft lacquer sequence No.20 (red primer/RLM02 or camouflage colour/clear coat) and metal surfaces acc. to Aircraft painting schedule No.04 (base coat 7102.- (green)/RLM02 or camouflage colour). Of note is that 7102.- (green) is not a specified colour but describes the natural colouring (greenish tinge), produced by the colour of the chemicals that went into the formulation. Being translucent, it was further thinned for application, up to a ratio of 10:1. If you ask me now about the exact shade...your guess is as good as mine. I guess it would be sufficient to use a heavily thinned coat of RLM02 so that the metallic surface still shines through. A picture on Page 29 in Merrick's book show a Do 17M which is still partially in primer (wings, engines, elevators) which correspond with the LDv.521/1 rules. Especially on the wing one can see the translucent nature of the primer as the individual metal panels are still discernable. Not sure if I could help you with my wall of text though. As we all know, Luftwaffe colours are a Cheers Markus
  4. Do you mean the fabric covered areas or the whole airframe?
  5. Good save on the undercarriage. 'Features' like that make you wonder if manufacturers ever bother to test build their own creations. And neat work on the canopy. One is always working under tension when cutting up clear parts, especially when they are brittle as you never know if they shatter into pieces the next moment. Cheers Markus
  6. Is it that bad? Thought Clear Prop kits are quite nice to build.
  7. Your paintwork looks very nice. I'm really jealous about what can be achieved by experienced brush painters. As airbrushing requires a lot of pre- and post-preparation even for just a few minutes of work, I've recently tried to sharpen my skill with the hairy stick. Using the advice of a few talented paint brushers here at BM I painted the interior of one of my kits by brush only. And while there is certainly room for improvement, the results are encouraging enough that I will continue this route for the future. Cheers Markus
  8. Hi Enzo, all the best for your build. As one can see in @John Masters build, the kit is quite a handful. I hope you don't mind If I share some information regarding the interior colours of the Do 17E I've come across recently while researching for my own build. The interior colour callouts in the RS kit are unfortunately incorrect as it calls for RLM02 for all interior and wheel wells. In Merrick/Kiroff's 'Luftwaffe camouflage and markings 1933 - 1945' they printed the original paint schedule for the Do 17E from 1936 which clarifies the correct colouring: Cockpit till Bulkhead No.7 (which is located right aft of the cockpit glazing: RLM66 Black grey Fuselage aft of Bulkhead No.7, engine cowlings and wheel wells: Silver See here for the document in question: https://www.modelforum.cz/download/file.php?id=1745559&mode=view Eager to see you beating the kit into submission. Cheers Markus
  9. Wow, that is really impressive. You can be very proud of what you've achieved $100 - $120 is certainly warranted for such a detailed model. Cheers Markus
  10. Hi Martijn, a lovely build and some really nice photos. They really convey the impression someone made fly-by shots at an airport Cheers Markus
  11. Having a look at a few photos and some scale plans I don't think one can rebuild a Z front fuselage into an E/F/M/P as they were too different. The cockpit glazing of the Z sits higher than on the previous variants, this is quite obvious as the canopy now blends into the rear gunners position (which still sits at the same height) while on the previous variants the main canopy was a level below the rear gunner. Furthermore, with the Z the fuselage was not only enlarged in depth but was also made wider to accommodate an increased crew and provide more room. Taking all this into account I fear any attempt to remodel an Z cockpit into an E/F/M/P will end in utter frustration as it results in a complete scratch build. At least one could correct the shape of all clear parts then. Cheers Markus
  12. Well, I would lie if I'd say no. One would need to modify the wing a bit as they were different to the later series (different paneling, different flaps and a big part of the lower wing was fabric skinned) but certainly doable. And you are right, without changing the wing and engines one could build a proper Do 17M (Bomber) or a Do 17P (Recce), especially the latter saw extensive service till the mid of the war. Thank you very much for posting that link, didn't know this build till now. Very inspiring. But the E will be built from the Hobbycraft kit, simply to show what can be corrected (and because I don't want to cut up two kits). Still, the linked build certainly got me thinking towards doing a Do 17P at one point If I will ever get my mitts onto another Hobbycraft kit, why not.... Cheers Markus
  13. The info that Osipovich's Flagon was a Su-15TM seems to be incorrect in the light of new information (if this error was deliberate or just a mistake is not known). Begemot decals, which are known for their rigorous research, revised their original Sheet and changed Red 17 from an Su-15TM to an early series Su-15 san suffix (see option 2): http://www.begemotdecals.ru/doc/48-024 Su-15 (2).pdf Also, Begemot gives Osipovich's squadron as the 777th IAP and when you look at the link to the Russian forum board linked in above's discussion, they say Veterans of the 777th IAP confirmed they never flew the TM, only old Su-15s. Maybe @Aardvark can chime in and confirm. Cheers Markus
  14. Hi @cherisy, according to this discussion on BM, Osipovich's Flagon was a Su-15 of Batch 8 (original Delta wing, conical radome) which means your Su-15TM is the wrong, late variant (double delta wing and ogival radome) while you would need an early variant (Flagon-A): Trumpeter currently offers this variant in 1/72 but the kit is not without faults itself: https://www.scalemates.com/de/kits/trumpeter-01624-su-15-flagon-a--106229 Cheers Markus
  15. A quick heads-up on the topic. I've found that there is a successor site (in fact, it existed for years in parallel with the old site but I forgot about it). Searching is a bit different but the 'new' site also contains pictures of the subject in question now: http://wpalette.com/en Here an example what you can get now as a result (searched for MiG-29s of the Turkmen Air Force): http://wpalette.com/en/plane_models/2266?utf8=✓&search[operator][]=2248&search[plane_model][]=2266&search[plane_model][]=2633&search[plane_model][]=2725&search[plane_model][]=2634&commit=Search#filtered-planes So thankfully not gone but in new clothes now Cheers Markus
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