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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. jimmaas

    Pre-War Czech Aircraft - Colours and Interiors

    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.
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    Slovak early WWII schemes

    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
  3. jimmaas

    Leading edges of HS123 wings

    Graham, there may be some miscommunication here, my apologies if I've not been clear. I'm only reacting to the question about the dark color on the front of the interplane strut, while being a bit uncomfortable working from artwork. I only know of one set of photos of L2+AM ( http://falkeeins.blogspot.com/2015/08/hs-123-l2am-of-4slg-2-poland-september.html )and they just show the dark border on the interplane strut; getting a color read from that would be difficult. So that dark strut front color might be 61, or it might be 70 or 71, since those would have been available at the beginning of the Polish campaign. It is indeed Galland's aircraft in Poland, he was a Staffelkapitan in II(Schlacht)/LG-2, only later able to secure transfer to fighters. By the way, I don't know what the prop color is, just shows dark in the photo. However, the March 1938 LDv 521/1 calls for 7146.70 (i.e., Schwartzgrun) for metal props,
  4. jimmaas

    Leading edges of HS123 wings

    Why wouldn't it be 61 Braun? Just availability of 70 or 71 at the front?
  5. jimmaas

    Brewster F2A Buffalo. TopDrawings

    Just from the examples shown here, I would strongly recommend working in "combination with the other references" for an accurate Buffalo.
  6. jimmaas

    Adding Red dot to US ROUDNELS

    Just be careful with measurement. The red circle diameter is determined by a (hypothetical) line drawn between the inner white points of the star. So the red dot can never touch the white points, although you'll see badly done decals where that happens.
  7. jimmaas

    Tamiya 1/48 Brewster Buffalo.

    !I think I see the little formation lights (topside of wing, outer panel). These should be removed and sanded down, they did not appear on the British version (did on the Dutch and USN variants, though). Also, you can extend the interior green to the rear decking, liferaft container and rollover pylon. Looking good EDIT Whoops - forgot you're doing a USN version, so leave the formation lights! Sorry!
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    Tamiya 1/48 Brewster Buffalo.

    Dull Dark Green is quite a bit darker than MAP Grey Green. I've seen some modelers using USAF Europe One Green.
  9. jimmaas

    Tamiya 1/48 Brewster Buffalo.

    You may want to know that the F2A-2's used on Long Island were really F2A-1's that had been completely rebuilt at the Brewster factory. Given the time peiod, it seems that the cockpit interior was redone like that on the F2A-3, i.e. in Dull Dark Green.
  10. jimmaas

    Martin B-10 Interior

    The 'B-10' designation actually covered a family of aircraft with slight, or not so slight, variations. The export Martins all had engine cowlings, and nacelles behind the cowlings, of different configuration. The 'long canopy' versions with the Dutch ML-KNIL had a recontoured forward fuselage and completely redesigned wings (from above, the planform looks more like a DC-3 than a B-10.
  11. jimmaas

    Four Brewster Buffalo's

    I mean the cockpit and the flat bit behind the cockpit, although the liferaft tube would be black.
  12. jimmaas

    Four Brewster Buffalo's

    Alan, I'm not sure that's always the case. Brewster has a (rubber? canvass?) glare shield that fitted over the instrument panel coaming. Many factory photos were taken with this removed, which shows the instrument panel flush with the coaming. But it looks like some of the British aircraft had the glare shield fitted, with a cutout for the reflector sight.
  13. jimmaas

    Four Brewster Buffalo's

    Hi! If you mean the aircraft from VS-201, it is a toss-up. These aircraft were rebuilt F2A-1's brought up to F2A-2 standards, which forward of the firewall meant a pretty complete rebuild. They were back at the Brewster factory around the same time as the F2A-3 order was under construction and the repainted exterior camouflage matches that of the F2A-3's: overall Non-Specular Light Gray, 24 inch fuselage roundel, etc. It would make sense that if the cockpit was reworked, it would be painted like the F2A-3's - Dull Dark Green overall. But the only good photo we have of these F2A-1/2 rebuilds is of 201-S-13, and it looks like the turnover pylon struts are still in aluminium lacquer, like the yellow-wing aircraft. So at this point I am starting to lean towards the 'rebuild' aircraft still having the original aluminium lacquer (with black sidewalls) interior. That would have been cheaper, and remember we're dealing with Brewster, not a philanthropic institution.
  14. jimmaas

    Four Brewster Buffalo's

    The cockpit colors for both USN yellow wing and Dutch are the same - aluminum paint, but with black upper sidewalls forward of the raised boxes on each side. And the instrument panels, of course.
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    Four Brewster Buffalo's

    ....and the camouflage pattern was different, and the insignia placement was different, and the cockpit layout was ( a bit) different. But no, they were not painted in Dark Slate Grey/Extra Dark Sea Grey.