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Werdna

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  1. Zack - 'light olive matt' is most likely RLM02, which was the typical early war colour for Luftwaffe interiors...
  2. 'Original purpose' trumps 'modifications' in my view. I suspect the majority of warbirds still flying will have GPS or other radio/comms mods in order to comply with current civilian flying regs. I doubt if many would still be flying on their original instruments. But none of that would negate their original purpose as military aircraft. In that sense, I would argue they are defined by their shape, purpose and markings - not by what kit they now contain. There's a long list of military/civil combinations - like the Dominie, or the DC-3/C-47, or B707/KC135/E-3. If I was modelling a DC-3, then it's a civil question. If I was modelling a C-47, then it's military. I suspect there will always be cross-overs, but I would still revert to whatever the original purpose was...
  3. I think Greg's response may have been rhetorical. The majority of currently airworthy ex-military aircraft will be on the civilian register - I'm sure there will be exceptions (the BBMF fleet being one such) - but it makes more sense to look to their original purpose and design, as opposed to whatever administrative necessities are required to enable them to fly today.
  4. Not only did it not see combat, it didn't actually fly either. This was the V3 production prototype, completed - or nearly completed - after the V2 prototype crashed after an engine failure. Brought back to the US after the war, but never flew there either...
  5. As above - the 'restored' 229 in the pics above is not the Smithsonian original, it is a replica built in the USA. The Smithsonian 229 is largely in the same state now that it has always been in.
  6. People also speculated that they were a form of hypnosis - designed to mesmerise B-17 rear gunners. There's been some very entertaining speculation over the years..
  7. The spinner spiral was effectively an IFF/ID aid, as far as I'm aware. So yes, an embellishment, but with a functional purpose. Having said that, there is evidence of some late war 109Gs and Ks still using a 1/3 triangle segmented design...
  8. Shaver oil is what I use, but only because I found some in the bathroom cupboard. I tend not to lube the mechanisms much, but I do occasionally run the needle through my fingers coated with a drop of shaver oil, which tends to help the action. I would guess any other light oil (sewing machine oil and the like) would be equally fine..
  9. Great job on what was a remarkable looking aircraft, for it's day. I'm currently working on the Revell boxing of Dragon's 1/48 Ho229, which I am also beginning to realise is the worst kit I have come across, for largely the same reasons as yours. I'm probably still a week or two away from finishing mine, (assuming it doesn't end up in the bin first), so watch this space..
  10. I wondered if the tips might be of a different material, but looking at this pic of the 410 as Cosford, there doesn't seem to be any obvious sign of that here... https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Me-410/ZG26-3U/pages/Messerschmitt-Me-410B-Hornisse-Stab-II.ZG26-(3U+CC)-RAF-Cosford-Museum-06.html
  11. A lot of the pictures of trop filters that I've seen appear to show them as being over-sprayed with the fuselage colours, although replacement filters fitted in the field would probably not look like that ( as in a couple of the pics above). The last 109F that I built with a trop filter was painted the same way (ie with 78 & 79), but with some panel liner over it to pick out the surface detail of the filter itself, which ends up giving it a slightly darker appearance when compared to the scoop body or the clamshell doors at the front. I don't think you'll go too far wrong with that kind of approach..
  12. The 410's gun pods were a lot further forward than that - closer to the wing trailing edge, as opposed to the tailplane. That's not to say it isn't a 410 though..
  13. Rob, I could be wrong, but I think the 'disc' in the pic is more likely to be the back-plate of the spinner. The 'tank' in question, I think, is the coolant tank, which may possibly have melted anyway, given the heat that the fire appears to have generated...
  14. Agreed, but I still think an 88 rudder would be more obvious than that.
  15. Ju88 tail (assuming it's pre-'G') has a more pronounced curve in its rudder profile, so I don't think it's an 88. Horizontal stabs on the Hs129 are positioned a lot lower than those in the pic. For what it's worth, I agree with those that say Me410.
  16. Thanks dov. I have seen FHM's D-13 started using the flywheel (on YT), but I assume they also used the ground starter cart as well...
  17. Some more pics added to the original post. The blue bed sheet has gone back into the 'garage rags' pile.. @Troy Smith better base (I had this all the time, dunno why I didn't use it), different camera phone setting, taken at further distance and then cropped for close-up...
  18. Thanks Jack I know I've mentioned it before, but the HB kit is actually a really simple build, great fit with next to no filling or remedial work needed. A couple of evenings work and the kit can be built and ready for paint. If it was the Eduard kit, after a couple of evenings I'd still be swearing at the wing root gun covers..
  19. After our discussions, I went for the 'weak custard' effect...
  20. @Troy Smith I completely agree. Comments much appreciated. If I'm honest, I dread finishing a build, because it means I then have to take pics of it. Well, ok - I don't actually have to, but there wouldn't be much point being on here if I didn't... I do have a 'grass' base, but I've not used it for ages. I'll dig it out and put up a couple more later - probably without the old blue bed sheet..
  21. Hi all, This is the excellent Hobbyboss 1/48 D-9 kit, finished as 'Blue 18' of I./EKG(J), based at Pilsen towards the end of the war. EKG(J) was a training unit, tasked with converting ex-bomber pilots to single seaters. There have been many representations and profiles of this a/c as having red numbers, although the evidence now points to them being blue. I would probably have pressed on with red markings, had it not been for some very helpful discussion with @SafetyDad, @MDriskill and @tempestfan a few weeks ago. Painted with the usual mix of Vallejo and Mig acrylics, and using Montex masks for everything except the octane triangles and the smaller stencils. Blue 18 seems to have been quite an old D-9 with the early canopy, which came from an Italeri A-8 kit. Interestingly, I had plenty of Eduard 'standard' canopies but these were all way too long in the tail. Whether the Hobbyboss dimensions are undersize, or the Eduard dimensions are oversize, I couldn't say. Anyway, hope you like the pics ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ok - here's some (hopefully) improved pics, taking into account some of the suggestions down-thread..
  22. Nicely done and great paintwork. I built the Revell 1/48 kit a while back and it looks like the canopy fit here is a lot less problematic. I have a feeling, however, that the main gear legs are not correct in the pics. The 410's main gear torque links were forward facing, not rear facing. I don't know the Meng kit, so I'm not sure if it's an easy fix or not...
  23. Chevrons are pretty easy to cut out of masking tape - it would be a pity to use the wrong scale decals...
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