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  1. ben_m

    Adding Red dot to US ROUDNELS

    If you gloss varnish over the star decal, then de-tack some good quality masking tape (e.g. Tamiya) by applying and removing it from a clean surface a few fews, then you should be safe to mask it. Find something round of the right size (if you don't have compass cutters), e.g. end of pencil or rod; cut out circle from masking tape. I'd want the minimum of tape in contact with the decal, so cut a large hole roughly out of cling film, and use the tape mask with smaller hole to attach the clingfilm and also locate the circle on the decal. Then airbrush with light coats. You could be cautious by applying a first coat of clear varnish to seal the mask edges.
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    Eduard 1/48 Limited edition Gladiator

    Just posting the image from IWM, as I am annoyed that 'Military History Collection'/alamy want to sell an image that is free for non-commercial use: ROYAL AIR FORCE: FRANCE 1939-1940.. IWM (C 511) IWM Non Commercial License
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    RCAF aircraft in WW2 photo collection

    Great collection of photos, usefully grouped by type, thanks. The horizontally flipped Lancaster image is probably a case of getting the negative up-side-down in the enlarger when making the print (or on the scanner if digitised directly), which is very easy to do! The last Typhoon photos really show the differences in the HP Hastings spinner fitted to MN235 and the 4 bladed prop spinner in the aircraft above; though the length of the hasting spinner is probably exaggerated by the close proximity of the camera necessitating use of wide angle lens.
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    RAF Dk.Green camouflage color

    For acrylic options, I tried Xtracrylics for a few years, but they were hard to get through an airbrush. Even when thinned properly, they would clog up the needle/nozzle and require breaks to clean up every minute or so. Switched to Tamiya acrylics, thinner with their own thinners, are airbrushing is much more fun now. I use their set of XF-81 Dark Green 2 (RAF), XF-81 Ocean Gray 2 (RAF) and XF-83 Medium Sea Gray (RAF) which came out at the same time as their 1/32 Spitfire Mk. IX.
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    609 Squadron Typhoon photos Help required

    Have you seen the photos linked from this page? Nothing really clear for modelling purposes, but interesting none the less. https://www.609wrsquadron.co.uk/photo-archives I particularly like the first image in this set (Chievres): https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/702293_318c9140518c4f418193a69fb465d120.pdf As it shows the Typhoon in carrying an asymmetric load of 6 rockets and one 45 gal tank. The miscellaneous set is better for modelling detail shots: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/702293_c85cbde52d9641b1863fd025d8bda92e.pdf
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    Sidney Cotton and Camotint

    I've never heard of G-AFTL being PRU Blue during the No.2CU/PDU/PRU periods. It was severely damaged by an aerial mine shortly before the PRU moved to Benson, and the wreck was returned to the USA and rebuilt.
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    Sidney Cotton and Camotint

    Which Lockheed? There were three 12As used IIRC, initially the project was an MI6 collaboration with the French Deuxieme Bureau. You're probably after G-AFTL, which was one of the schemes used by Special Hobby for their 1/72 Lockheed 12A. I'm not sure there is any evidence for their choice of dark grey lightning bolts though. I have several photos of G-AFTL somewhere, but you can find the most-seen image here: http://www.davidtearle.com/28401.html Later (after war was declared?), it carried roundels on the rear fuselage, and the civilian codes were over-painted. This is my model of it: There was also G-AGAR, a Hudson loosely disguised as a Lockheed 14. And as others have pointed out, Camotint was adopted by the RAF and became Sky.
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    Eric Brown's Hawker Tempest V

    Photo here: http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/tempest/tempest-V.html (but stated to be at Langley, so likely taken as it came off the production line, before markings applied)
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    2 Stage Merlins for Mosquito

    If you're not in a hurry, the Special Hobby two stage kits might come to market at some point: http://www.specialhobby.info/2017/04/172-double-stage-engine-mosquito-kits.html
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    Revell's 1/32 Typhoon MkIb

    Exercise Spartan; the Eastland forces ('X' group, simulating the Nazi occupying force) carried nose stripes; 1-12 March 1943. Photo and Profile of HF-D on page 15 of 2nd Tactical Airforce Vol 1, Shores & Thomas.
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    Yet to be announced.....

    http://topnotchmasks.com/2017/04/21/camaflague-mask-sets/hawker-typhoon/ Interesting spelling. Looks like they just scale their artwork to all common scales (1/72, 1:48, 1:32, 1:24).
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    Hataka Red Line Paints - Avoid

    How thin paint needs to airbrush well depends on a lot of factors- air pressure, nozzle size, distance from subject you are painting, effect you want to achieve. I don't think their marketing terms imply ready to airbrush out of the bottle. Thinner is cheaper than paint, so I'd rather have more concentrated paint for a given price. Though I'm not suggesting their paint is any good, never even see it.
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    Best option for a 1/72 scale FW 190D?

    This thread looks useful:
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    A question to the Mosquito experts

    I've done some googling, and can only find a couple of photos of PR32s, from which it is impossible to tell the shape of the wing tips. Can't find any plans online either. There is a build blog of a PR32 in 1/48 here, and his wing tips are more symmetrically rounded (compared to original), no idea how they compare to NF extended wing tips, nor what the source of info for that build was. http://s15.zetaboards.com/AMSIG/topic/8516316/1/
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    Hurricane No.1 Sq R.C.A.F photos, (thread edit)

    Interesting info if you google this aircraft. From John's link, this aircraft was used by Bev Christmas when he scored three victories http://www.cieldegloire.com/003_christmas_b_e.php The photo is reproduced in this book, with a legend that is slightly different (says the incident on 17th Sept was not the end of the aircraft's service, as it was repaired): https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Bf1yCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA49&lpg=PA49&dq=hurricane+V6609&source=bl&ots=V8aUpHXBJ6&sig=01JWVtDkl0zU-R7A0Ed3tz2UJDQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi9pNKa6-jVAhXCKlAKHdudCMcQ6AEILzAB#v=onepage&q=hurricane V6609&f=false