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About jimmaas

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    Serious fanatic about the Brewster Buffalo.<br /><br />Also fluent in WW I, USN interwar, Netherlands East Indies, early PBY's and the Martin B-10

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  1. Yes it was, but also showed up in the Black Sea area. I have wondered if there was some connection, like an anticipated linkup.
  2. The topic of Romanian and Bulgarian Ar-196's is pretty obscure but one note may be of use. While the advice on yellow under wing tips and bottom of cowling is sound, I recall that the rear fuselage band in the Sud-Ost area, or maybe Black Sea, was supposed to be white. Others may know.more....
  3. An alternative would be Ventura sheet V4898, British 8 inch serials 1920-1939. White outlined numerals, unfortunately the letters are K and J.
  4. I think they relate to the cover in front of the windscreen, something not on the earliest examples.
  5. Among the 19 Sdn Spits was WZ-B which had a red-blue roundel on the port upper wing, nothing on the starboard. The underside was black and white with, on the white side, a gray rectangle where the serial had been blacked out and then over painted by white. Ailerons and elevators were left in silver paint. Note that on these very early Spits, the upper/lower camouflage demarcation on the nose did not follow the panel line but carried a bit below it.
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    Ceramic wire?

    I do not know of a current commercial source. Wonder Wire is in fact the carbon monofilament used in modern aircraft skinning. Since modelers often have contacts in the aviation business, it is surprising no one has developed a new souce
  7. I've been looking for a long time but 71 Squadron marked Buffaloes remain one of my 'Holy Grails'. The postcard illustration could be legitimate but....the camouflage pattern is incorrect for a Belgian-order derived Buffalo, and the 'Type B" wing insignia for the Belgian-derived aircraft were much further inboard. The British order (Wxxxx and ANxxx series) had the upper wing insignia out almost to the wingtip; when the (earlier) Belgian-derived aircraft were received, the RAF insignia was painted over the original Belgian location.
  8. When my 1/48 version came in, I realized that - for the classic Link Trainer - it had to be in prewar USAAC blue fuselage, yellow wings and tail, and red-white stripes on the rudder (with blue vertical at the hinge). Where, oh where, to get the red-white stripes? The closest thing was an old Microscale 1/72 sheet from (gasp) 1968...yeah, probably a bit long in the tooth. And for something that small, masking the stripes for painting has serious pitfalls. The solution came from a chance browse through the Microscale catalog: sheet 48-1531 in their model railroad line, (U.S.) Union Pacific flag shields. One size of the shields provides the perfect size of stripes, just cut to shape and apply (and add the blue vertical stripe).
  9. As far as Gladiators, here's a good link to numerous photos: LINK I would think the undersurfaces were not light gray, but rather aluminium dope/lacquer, as was the practice with other export Gladiators.
  10. Not wanting to start a kerfuffle, but the description of the Pt. Cook Me-163 is troublesome because it relies on (at the time, and even now) poorly understood late-war colors. I'm firmly in the "83 is blue" camp, so the description given, a brown-green and a dark green, can't be 81/82; 82 is a brighter, lighter color. But 34096 (the FS-595 value cited for the dark green color, and at best an approximation, is visually pretty close to several of the values given for RLM 71, which would fit the bill. And manuafcturers were directed to use up old paints in conjunction with the new 81/82 colors. So maybe the Pt. Cook aircraft was 81/71/76?
  11. Not much in the way of photos, but here are links to listings of the pre-war types: Estonia Latvia Lithuania
  12. One correction to my post above. The wing I described was not ex-Thai but ex-Dutch, per Max Schep (many thanks!). So it ia not related to the Thai camouflage question. The fuselage insignia link cited is still valid though.
  13. I'd like to add a couple of things - first, here is a web page you should copy and save: Wing/Squadron markings It is the only place I have seen the monkey markings and geometric shapes explained. I can't vouch for its authenticity but feels legitimate. Second, there's a color photo (and I've never been able to insert photos on this site) of a section of Martin 139 wing (B-10 export version) in Thailand. Clearly badly weathered. There are two colors, the closest I can describe them is close to the fifth illustration in this thread's original post. Two caveats - it is weathered, and may be a very battered relic from one of the ex-Dutch Martins (painted in two greens) the Thais got via the Japanese; there is evidence of an underlying coat of yellow paint and I don't know if that rules the original Thai machines out or not. If someone can post photos here, pm me and I'll send the photo to you.
  14. The Mr. Paint line, now labeled MRP, has an airbrush paint called "Light Khaki" MRP-169 in their line. It is specifically for the Avia B.534 but presumably would work for other Czech types. You would also need to get a silver for the undersurface and any trim colors, since the MRP line is an acrylic lacquer and should not be sprayed over enamels. BTW, the company is also introducing a water-based acrylic (no 534 color yet) so beware of incompatibles when ordering.
  15. The topic of Slovak markings is a bit obscure. I've found information on a decal sheet which is helpful, and hopefully accurate: - initially, Czech national insignia retained - June 23, 1939, the red cross on blue disc adopted, with a red outline - on September 10, 1939, the white outline was added - on September 15, 1939, German crosses were added next to the Slovak insignia, to prevent friendly fire incidents - on October 15, 1940, the insignia was changed to the white edged blue cross with red disc At least during the initial period, small aircraft serials seem to be the only individual aircraft marking
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