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  1. I understand that for the most, the British used the M4A1 in North Africa and the variants were II, IIa and III. I would like to build a 1/35 scale kit that includes the side skirts if possible and preferably with a cast hull. Apart from the Dragon 6447 kit (which I can't get hold of) does anyone know of a suitable alternative?
  2. Now I have purchased the decals to go on my 1/48 L-39ZA Albatros, can anyone advise a reasonable match. The guide states, light grey lower with a dark green and sand upper along with 'international orange' for the outer wing tip/nose/tail fin areas. I normally use Tamiya and Vallejo acrylic paints so would prefer to stick to what I am used to.
  3. Did that today. Fingers crossed as I have no idea how to deal with Vac formed canopies!
  4. I've been on their website and they are out of stock. I'll just keep checking from time to time.
  5. Does anyone know where in the UK I can get hold of one of these for the Special Hobby kit? There are a few European suppliers who have them in stock, but the shipping charges (a £2 item costing over £18) are just silly.
  6. Excellent stuff. My initial thought was to paint the base colour in a European scheme , apply hairspray then go over it with light stone. With care remove 'high wear' areas to reveal the green underneath seems a reasonable route to take then? Loving this group. After a 40 year break in modelling this site has been a godsend in helping me through all the new techniques.
  7. I'm in the process of building the Tamiya kit and have decided to do a North African version. Was the vehicle sprayed with Light Stone over the 'factory' green scheme? I have seen B&W photos of a darker camouflage pattern on some of these version. Would that have been dark green or dark grey/black as appeared on Crusaders etc?
  8. I would like to make a Lithuanian L-39 in 1/48 scale, but cannot find any national markings here in the UK. I looked at a set by Armycast.cz, but there were only 3 national insignias when I need 6 and the shipping/custom charges are silly. Can anyone point me in the right direction of a custom decal maker here in the UK? Many thanks.
  9. On German WW2 vehicles was this painted to match the overall colour scheme, or just left natural?
  10. Smithy1961

    Yak-3

    Regarding accuracy and detail, which is the better 1/48th kit, Eduard or Zvezda?
  11. Smithy1961

    Old decals

    I have acquired 3 WW2 aircraft kits by Hasegawa which are all 20+ years old. The kit details are remarkably good (though with a little flash) for their age. However, I am concerned over the decals, even though they are all in sealed bags and look in good condition. Is it worth giving them a go or would I be better off going down the aftermarket route? Many thanks in advance.
  12. What's the best match for this in acrylic? I'm building a Polish PFM version by Eduard. Many thanks in advance.
  13. I have a Hobbyboss 1/48 kit which I intend to finish in a Top Gun scheme. It appears from reference photos that the A-4s rarely had weapon racks fitted. Can I therefore fill the holes on the lower wing, or were there exceptions?
  14. As I am looking to do a Finnish scheme first I guess the Airfix kit is the way to go. What mods will I need to do to make it accurate?
  15. For my next project I'm looking to do a Mk1 version, Which is the best build OOB from those on the market?
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