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  1. Ciao! Glyptal primer is needed for nitrocelluse paints, say AMT type. This is not only for aircrafts but for general use, too. I have picked it from Soviet time general metal painting handbook (T Varendi, Metallpindade värvimine, 1969 and 1978 editions). So for example AMT-7 light blue should have Glyptal 138 under it. For aircraft metal surfaces the specification was ALG-1 primer and A-28m (or g) for the blue undersides. Below hopefully (link works, hot linking not) picture of Albom Nakrasok primers. It may be my photo originally (I have identical photo, not a scan!), but the link is from EP's Hobbyvista site: http://vvs.hobbyvista.com/Research/1948/1948-scan-alg.jpg I have no idea which one or whether both systems were used in the French museum Jak-3. Anyone making statements should elaborate more how their identification has been made. Cheers, Kari
  2. Hello! I would like to repeat my first ever question here at BM. I think I saw Antti_K mentioning something about HW extra tanks recently? Of course could use the private message but this may have more general interest. Cheers, Kari
  3. Ciao! Massimo. You asked about the photos. I think this is the best thread and overall a good one: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235085772-help-needed-ww2-russian-colors/page/4 Cheers, Kari
  4. Hi! Going by memory here so slight caveat. FIAT G.50 from the same era also had puttied wings (and fuselage?) but I think the cover sheeting was not dural but some softer aluminium. Also I do remember that thin fabric was added, too. This may have been case for the I-185, too? BTW Hysol 33564 (NSN Part Number EA960F) is the approved aerodynamic filler for F18 A-F ("contour restoration"). Reference NAVAIR 01-1A-21. It should be red in colour so there has been material change since seventies or manufacturer and US Navy use different materials. Cheers, Kari
  5. Hello! This site has aerial photo of Brandis from July 5th, 1944 if that is of some help still: https://www.ww2aerialreconstudies.com/jets.html Picked the site from a TOCH discussion. Runway is dark and has ends of light colour. Cheers, Kari
  6. Hello! Khaki Green and aluminium Cheers, Kari
  7. Hi! My understanding is that British built Finnish Blenheims had interior green grey interiors. Finnish built Blenheims likely had grey interior colour and post-war rebuilt/overhauled Blenheims have records of grey interior painting. Edit: the BL-198 green nose piece breaks this rule if correctly identified (see photo in the second thread below) Wikipedia helps with the Finnish Blenheim serieses and manufacturers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Blenheim Couple of threads I have posted here before about Finnish Blenheim interiors: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/43848-bristol-type-142-finland-primer-2sb-591/ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/55261-british-interior-green/page/2/ Image links may still work, I tried one successfully. Cheers, Kari
  8. Hello! Magazine Suomen Ilmailuhistoriallinen lehti had two part article series of the Finnish Beechcraft 17 planes: 2/2011 Part 1 Beechcraft Model C17L 3-view scale drawing https://drive.google.com/file/d/1M2ooNpJ7lBhlAA04B5kbkruRz6WRgQYh/view 3/2011 Part 2 Beechcraft Model D17S 3-view scale drawing https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LS6_m4rQ1G0NtmPEtNE4pu_SraNyyRKP/view Pentti Manninen's scale drawings are big help if one wants to modify Beech 17 kits to earlier model. The magazine and editor has retired but most issues should still be available from him: inscale72production@luukku.com Be sure to ask the separate English Summaries, too. Cheers, Kari
  9. Wonderful and thanks! I thought about the flash lamp trick but really rather leave them off completely. Cleaner airframe. Cheers, Kari
  10. Hello! I am building the 2 squadron option of the Airfix 1/72 Phantom FGR.2. Simple question, were the sidewinder pylon always installed? I would rather leave them off, primary reason being that forgot to punch out the holes in my haste to glue the wing top on. Cheers, Kari
  11. Hi! I was interested of the same question and searched the Operation Record Books. IX Sqn ORB Form 540 AIR 27/128/17: "Report on attach on the battleship "TIRPITZ" in Kaa Fjord on September 15th, 1944... ...So that in the morning of September 15th, 9 Squadron produced a total of 10 aircraft, 8 "Tallboy" and 2 "Johnny Walker" ... The Operation 5. It was decided that the 617 and 9 Squadrons should attack the target at the same time, all the "Tallboy" aircraft as one force (force "A") and the "Johnny Walker" aircraft force "B". Force "A" was to be disposed in a height band of 14,000 - 18,000 feet and attack in four waves of 5 aircraft in line abreast, each wave occupying 1,000 feet in height with a distance between waves of a few hundred yards. The direction of attack was to be from South along the fore and aft axis of the target, the five aircraft in each wave having slightly converging headings owing to their distance apart in line abreast. Force "B" was to have a height band between 10,000 and 12,000 feet and consisted of four aircraft in line abreast in the first wave and three in the second wave immediately behind. These aircraft were to attach across the fjord from Sotuh East to North West." IX Sqn ORB Form 541 AIR 27/128/18 15 September 1944 ".. Lancaster W4964... Primary attacked. 1055 hours. 14,900 ft. Stern of ship seen in sights. Five "Tallboys" seen to burst between ship and boom... Lancaster NF925... About 20 J.W. bombs fell in the fjord... Lancaster LM713... Some J.W. bombs seen to fall in water and some on East side of fjord." The evidence for example altitude do point W4964 carrying Tallboy even if it is not directly recorded. The two IX Sqn J.W. Lancasters can be identified and W4964 was not one of them despite the aircraft nickname Cheers, Kari
  12. Hi! Operation Paravane Lancasters have been long of my interest. Their flight route to Russia took them over Finland and it is possible my parents have heard them to fly over. W4964 did participate to Operation Paravane in September 1944 and flew with crew of seven (with M.U.G) and Tallboy (larger doors needed). W4964 did not fly the later Tirpitz operations Obviate (October 29) and Catechism (November 12) where "Aircraft were modified to carry overload petrol - no Mid Upper Gunner being carried." The quote from IX Sqn ORB 12 Nov 1944 (AIR 27/128/21) . In Obviate mission two of the 20 IX Sqn Lancaster flew with crew of seven, the rest with crew of six likely without M.U.G. (and turrets?). So it seems W4964 mid upper turret was never removed. Does Thorburn book mention anything about the ventral .50" MG installation and removal dates? Cheers, Kari
  13. Hi! Paul Lucas speculates use of: Dark Blue similar to 250-N flight deck stain and Deck Blue 20-B M-485 Non Specular Blue Gray and that the anecdotes belong to Operation Bowery in the SAM August 2017 article. The issue has SAM subs section with one page "A Malta Story Addendum" by Lucas, too. There is more pondering about the blue(s) on Wasp. It is the last page of the electronic issue and separate from the article itself. Do not know about the paper magazine. Cheers, Kari
  14. Hello! Lucas Malta Spitfire colour articles in SAM: December 2015 A Malta Story The Spitfire Mk Vcs of Operation Newman and Calendar Part 1 Operation Newman 4-13th April 1942 January 2016 A Malta Story The Spitfire Mk Vcs of Operation Newman and Calendar Part 2 Operation Calendar 13-20 April 1942 August 2017 A Malta Story Continued Part 1 Operation Oppidian, Hansford and Bowery. USS Wasp's Second Spitfire delivery to Malta 24 April to 9 May 1942 September 2017 A Malta Story Continue Part 2 Colloquial Camouflage Malta Spitfires delivered via Gibraltar 18 May to 17 August 1942 Issue data picked here from BM (Graham Boak comes to my mind). Magzter.com has electronic back issues and I got mine there. Price was little short of 5 pounds per issue? Cheers, Kari
  15. Hello! White fins for the W4964, WS-J "Johnny Walker" were painted already in August 1944: "... Flypast article. It is in September 2005 issue (No 290). In the article the white fins are mentioned. I quote: "...my 30th trip to La Pallice [u-boat pens, August 16]. Target was covered with cloud. We were controllers and everything went OK. We led the formation, ... They painted our tailfins white for the occasion, so that the Germans knew who was in charge." ..." The quote(s) from my own posting in thread: 9/617 Sqn Lancaster query- Tirpitz raids https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234940925-9617-sqn-lancaster-query-tirpitz-raids/ The yellow edge question is also there. Cheers, Kari
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