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  1. Very nice job indeed on 'RAYGUN 510'. For those interested in the subject of the markings, she was lost to AAA fire while attacking a railway yard at Khe Nu in Yen Bai Province on 16 March 1968. Lt.Cdr. Shuman and Lt.Cdr.Doss both ejected safely but were captured and not released until 14 March 1973. Cheers Dave
  2. Regarding those lines on the Hs 126 :- The Hs126 handbook of 1939, L.Dv. 575/2, identifies these markings as sight lines for dropping bombs and goes on to say that the pilot is to attempt to ensure that the aircraft has a ground speed of 255 kph. For dropping from a higher altitude there are lines for 1,000 and 500m at 42 and 52 degrees while for lower altitude there are lines for 100 and 50m set at 71 and 77 degrees. They were in line with the observer's cockpit because the observer was responsible for dropping the bombs. These markings were all for level bombing. The Hs 126 could carry 10 x 10kg bombs of various types for a normal bomb load of 100kg. HTH Dave
  3. Michael, As has been said, the 1/24th Airfix kit can be turned into a stunning model but will require a lot of work and scratch building to bring it up to the level that you want. While the Eduard kit can be found for a reasonable price it is not without a number of inexplicable faults which were examined in detail some time ago on the Large Scale Planes website. IMHO, your best bet for your project would be the 1/32 E-3, E-4 or E-7 offerings from Cyber Hobby/Dragon which, while not without their few minor faults, should meet your requirements. Fairly well and accurately detailed in their engine and cockpit areas, the minor faults are quite simple fixes that require no major surgery while the available aftermarket sets for 1/32 109E's (excluding those for the old Hasegawa kit) are easily adaptable for use on the Cyber Hobby/Dragon kits whose only real failing are the instructions which really need close studying before building commences. However, that being said, there are many work in progress posts for both Eduard and Cyber Hobby on the various modelling sites and if I may, I'd suggest that you do a quick Google search which should take you to several very informative WIP's which should further help you in your final decision. Hope this helps and good luck with your build whichever kit you choose. Cheers Dave
  4. Another first rate job there Randy. Cheers Dave
  5. Hi John, This should help with all of your rigging questions: http://www.ikb.poznan.pl/przemyslaw.litewka/rigging.pdf Cheers Dave
  6. Hi John, Yes they are. Just be sure to follow the instructions to the letter and they work just fine. Preparation and application is time-consuming but well worth it. You might want to have a look at the forum at https://www.ww1aircraftmodels.com/ lots of helpful folk and ideas there. Cheers Dave
  7. Another first-rate job Randy. Cheers Dave
  8. Several months ago a PDF was available with very good step by step graphics on rigging a DH2. Although geared to the WNW and Roden DH2’s it will be just as useful for rigging 1/72 and 1/48 kits. I no longer have my copy but if you check on ww1aircraftmodels or Large Scale Planes someone will likely be able to provide a link for it or perhaps Beardie or Viking here on BM will be able to help. Cheers Dave
  9. Hi Reini, Nice to see a 188 being built but one comment if I may, if I remember correctly (I’m away from my references at the moment so can’t double check)the instrument panel was not mounted to the control column but to a mounting on the inside of the cockpit framing. If it would help I will double check when I get back to my references. Cheers Dave
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    Ju.88T in Italy

    FWIW, on Ju88 and 188 aircraft powered by BMW radials exhaust staining was very apparent and markedly stained both upper and lower surfaces of the main wings as well as the upper and lower surfaces of the tail planes. An example of the extent of this staining on a 188 can be seen on page 72 in vol.2 of Aufklarer in the Classic Colours series. Cheers Dave
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    Airfix Bf 109E-3

    Martyn, Although only a late and partial answer to your initial questions, the only difference between the E-3 and the E-4 was in the wing armament; the E-3 being fitted with 20mm MG/FF cannon while the E-4 was fitted with the 20mm MG/FFM cannon; the difference only being in the ammunition used by each type. The squared off canopy style was not an indicator between an E-3 or E-4. As a quick example, the E-4 flown by Viktor Mölders when he was brought down in early October 1940 was fitted with the earlier rounded style of canopy. HTH Cheers Dave
  12. Hi Christian, Although you haven't mentioned which kit or scale your D VII is, if you go to the Wingnut Wings website and look at their D VII kit instructions at http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/modelkitsets you will find a fair amount of information in their instructions as well as suggested paint brands. If necessary, you can also download the instruction booklets in pdf format. While their D VII instructions may not feature the same marking that you have for your kit, the information they contain will provide a good starting point. HTH Dave
  13. Excellent link back to the days when Britain actually had an Air Force. Thanks for posting. Cheers Dave
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