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  1. MilneBay

    Roundel blue

    Probably orthochrome film which was the film of choice for a lot of aviation photos.
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    Some users unable to connect

    Been a couple at Hyperscale also.
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    "unpainted" Mustangs - appropriate paints?

    Personally I like Tamiya AS12 in the rattle can. Basically fool proof and once it's on it's virtually bullet proof.
  4. MilneBay

    Best T-6 Texan (Harvard) in 1:48 Scale ?

    I've built both the Monogram and the Occidental kits. IMHO the Monogram captures the aircraft better because of the rivets. The real thing was not a smooth skinned flush fitted panelled affair. It had overlapping panels joints and lots of rivets.
  5. MilneBay

    Best and worst Spitfire?

    Well the Mk VI was a dud - it took the Mk VII to sort the problems of high altitude work out but that was a fairly minor application of the whole breed. From what I've read the Mk IX and the Mk XIV were the pick of the crop but with the Spitfire they were all pretty effective until advances in the opposition rendered a particular mark obsolescent. But that said the Mk I was a damned effective fighter in the Battle of Britain and the horribly ugly Vokes filter fitted MK Vs did sterling service despite that drag inducing nose job. After the Mk XIV came into service all the subsequent marks were rapidly overtaken by jets anyway so while they were in Spitfire terms fine aircraft they were in reality now behind the game. So it's all a bit relative. The Mk I was the pick in 1940, just as the Mk IX and Mk XIV were the pick in later years. My favourite appearance wise is the Mk IX but that has nothing to do with combat effectiveness.
  6. MilneBay

    Building the old Super Model 1/72 kits

    I've built the SM 81 and Fiat CR 32. The SM 81 requires a lot of filler and some of the locating places for wheel struts etc. are less than clear and in the wrong places. As others have mentioned the Warren bracing on the CR 32 is a nightmare if you don't take care and time. They turn our OK in the end but you need to be very careful.
  7. MilneBay

    Nau San Gabriel 1/96

    That is very impressive. Good work on the sails.
  8. MilneBay

    Heinkel 51 what do you do with a first generation kit?

    Well if you have started and you are reasonably happy with the progress to date why not finish it. If you build it to a standard you are happy with then OK, and that frees up the other examples of the aircraft to do in other markings. If you aren't happy with the progress so far then toss it and keep the decals.
  9. MilneBay

    a new 1/48th "Hurricane"

    A pink Hurricane is perfectly accurate because it was designed to attack this Nazi secret weapon -
  10. The reality is that if the law of a country restricts or bans public display of symbols or any other thing then if you reside in that country you either obey or take the consequences. I have a large collection of models. There are aircraft with swastikas both German and Finnish, red stars both Russian and from other communist countries and there is a Curtiss Jenny which has the US red star marking adopted by Pershing in 1916. There are British and Commonwealth roundels, US stars and bars, Japanese Hinomarus and all sorts of different national crosses, circles triangles and what have you. I understand that any one of these may be offensive to some people and equally the same marking may not - I build the models and give them the appropriate markings. But I am alive to the fact that the swastika on the tail of my Luftwaffe aircraft while just a historically correct insignia to me, would have a much more traumatic significance to a survivor of Auschwitz. That is the reality of political and national symbols. Just as a red star may have a traumatic meaning to a survivor of the Gulag, or the Hinomaru to a survivor of Changi or the Burma railroad. It's a complex and sometimes painful history we have and there is no escaping the effects that it has.
  11. MilneBay

    Sun bloom ! .

    Well cheap vodka and also gin - I first noticed that years ago while working in the ME and it is a common thing in the cheap spirits here. Obviously there is some common component in some alcohol applications and some clear styrene products that causes it.
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    Sun bloom ! .

    I also note that that slight blueish bloom is also present the cheaper varieties of gin and vodka which should be a clear spirit normally. Therefore it appears to be some product of the constituents of what the substance is made. In the case of the cheap alcohol I suspect that it would be some additive that allows the basic fluid to be "stretched" to save cost.
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    Sun bloom ! .

    I have,, although I've had it develop without being in direct sunlight as well. It was particularly noticeable in some Monogram kits I built about 20 years ago - I put it down to a bad batch of the clear plastic as other Monogram kits didn't suffer from it. I also tried the Future route as well but that wasn't a cure. Eventually I replaced the canopy on one of the affected models with an example from a similar scale Tamiya kit.
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    Bf109 recovery.

    Now that is rather interesting. Looks to be a worthy restoration subject.
  15. MilneBay

    Paul Lucas color conundrums

    They certainly have - I can recall these popping up up now and then well over 10 years ago.