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  1. pat d

    US radial engine crankcases: colour?

    The NMUSAF does good research here are some shots of the restored engines on the Memphis Belle, plus an R-2800. Also shown first a couple period color shots from WW2 HTH, Pat D
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    A 3-float Spitfire Floatplane

    Since we are on a flight of fantasy, Can you just imagine with the torque of that Griffon keeping that outrigger float above the water on the initial take off run would be quite a job I can just see Jeffery Quill scratching his head....
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    Hawker Tempest Mk V video

    That was great to watch. It reminds me just how labour intensive these machines were, and the man power needed to keep them in top shape. It looked like you needed 3 men just to diagnose the aux gear door malfunction, and having to remove the wheel assembly to adjust the uplock mechanism. I wonder how many maintenance hours per flight hours these things required? Plus that big Sabre engine in the early days of the Typhoon! Thanks for posting this, looking forward to the new Eduard kit...
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    1re escadrille du GR 2/33, F-5 lightning colors?

    I have to go with a weathered original Cabot Haze application, very weathered and then touched up or repainted in available camouflage colors. As Anitti said " I think the paint scheme is the original (yet well weathered) "Haze" paint because: - top sides look rather dark and undersides light - no hard colour demarcation lines are visible - under the wing a dark paint runs from the leading edge up to the main spar -the spinners have a soft colour demarcation lines" These are all hallmarks of the original Cabot Haze application, even with the original paints it was difficult to touch up in the field given the application of light colors over a dark base. Synthetic haze was a very different application Here is a profile from many years ago I believe from Replic
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    Barracuda questions regarding wing fold

    I believe that there is a detent type catch in the leading edge of the tailplane that the wing locking bar fits into. I do not believe that the bar goes through the tailplane but the wing lock bar engages a catch in the detent, perhaps what you are seeing is the top of the locking bar protruding out of the detent. If you are doing the S/H 1/48 Barracuda, "you are a better man than I Gunga Din!" I have made 2-3 abortive attempts to start on mine and I did not even think about trying to fold the wings...Where angles fear to thread. I would assume that the lock bar was painted with whatever color that part of the wing was painted but I would guess that the paint on the locking bar itself where it engaged the detent did not last long, assuming that section was painted. Good luck! Pat D
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    BF 109 Weathering & General Realism

    I have used more than one shade of wash on models. For the 109 a medium gray/umber wash on the belly and sides then a darker umber wash with for the top sides. I would definitely not use pure black as a wash as it is a bit harsh IMO especially on the lighter color bottom surfaces. I think a wash would probably work better if it compliments the surrounding colors it is imposed on. Panel lines on a model probably should not be visible from across the room I think, subtle is better in IMO. Another interesting application is a warm wash on a model painted in cool colors or vice-versa. I am a big fan of oil based washes.
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    Bf-109G6 winter camo help

    FWIW here is a G-6 in winter camouflage, you can see the upper wing colors and the leading edge wave through the white overspray, also the prop blades seem to be very well oversprayed. it would seem from what is seen here that the wing crosses would be very subdued if seen at all. HTH, Pat D l
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    Difference between a late F6F-3 and F6F-5 cowling

    I am not sure. There were ongoing mods to the basic airframe through out its run, different tailplane skin thickness, etc. Here is a photo of what is reputed to be the prototype -5 with no fairings and an experimental Malcom hood type canopy which was not adopted. I would think the fairing pretty much showed up in the earliest production runs of the -5 as Grumman was always looking to increase performance. If you could find an early -5 with rear windows and the fairing that certainly would help nail it down. Since the -5s were all-over blue the fairing is not that easy to see, and many have missed it. BTW Interestingly a similar hood showed up on a FAA Hellcat...
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    Difference between a late F6F-3 and F6F-5 cowling

    O.K. the I believe the "tighter cowling" is a misnomer. the -5 had a new fairing added under the center section to clean up the airflow from the intercooler dump area right behind the cowl. It was a elongated triangular fairing that fitted up against the wing root. Hasegawa correctly supplied this as a separate part on their -5 kits. Here is a photo where you can see the triangular fairing. this aerodynamic clean up fairing was not on the -3 models. The innercooler air dumped out in this area using a set of flaps similar to cowl flaps located aft of the exhaust troughs. IF there were internal cowl mods as to baffling and seals I am not in the know about this. Also included is a build number sheet with FAA models and where they fit into the production schedule. HTH, Pat D
  10. Hasegawa 1/48 kit with additions and modifications. Xtracolor , Eduard and FPS decals.
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    RLM Paint Chip Chart

    Good for you Jamie! Anyone want to wager me that if we could teleport ourselves back 75 years to a airfield with a Stuka, Bf 109 and He 111 on it that there would not be some variation in the "same" colours applied to all 3 aircraft? With all the thousands of liters of RLM 70 (71/02/65, etc,etc.) it would be improbable to think that ALL samples perfectly matched one another even on factory fresh machines...Thomas Hitchcock ( Monogram Luftwaffe painting Guide) told me that he had seen (IIRC) 5 different actual examples of RLM 74 and none matched each other exactly. I think we modelers sometimes just have to accept the Wabi-sabi of the situation with respect to paint applied to a full size (or 1/72 sized) object as opposed to a color swatch from one of those thousands of liters of paint.... Then if we throw in paint application techniques, thinning, mixing on the real items, well you see where I am going here. Sovereign makes excellent paints matched to a specific standard the final "look" is in our use and application of their product.
  12. Xtracolor upper camouflage sprayed freehand with Paasche V.Jr. Xtradecals Tape belts.
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    RLM Paint Chip Chart

    One last item which may be of interest; the cost of producing the actual color chip charts. Tom Hitchcock related to me that the color chart in "109 gallery" was produced by (IIRC) the Munsell corp. using an original LDV 521 sourced (again IIRC we are going back 45 years here...) from the German Fighter Pilots Association. cost almost as much to print as the book itself. Heaven knows what the Merrick & Kiroff charts or the Eagles Charts cost to produce! I have some Sovereign RLM late war colors for my BV-155 headed this way, it is truly wonderful to be able access to such colours without having to mix them myself as I had to do 45 years ago....Modeling life is good!
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    RLM Paint Chip Chart

    I think there were these following charts done to LDV 521. Actual paint chips (Not in date order) Hitchcock's original chart in 109 Gallery Lutz Luftwaffe Painting Guide Hitchcock et al in Monogram Painting Guide Eagles Editions Ullmans chart in his one of his spiral bound publications Hikoki Merrick There were quite a few of them out there. I may have missed one or two. Perhaps some Model Arts had actual paint chips also?
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