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  1. Fernando

    Opinions on ocean grey please

    Hallo, Shatters, Do you have any PRU Blue? It should be "just a bit less bluish" than that. Fernando
  2. Fernando

    Painting practice for foreign built aircraft for RAF

    Hi, Stuart, There are two or three noticeable stages, IMHO. First, aircraft "bought/ordered" BEFORE the US entered the war were painted in the schemes and colours ordered by the customer, the MAP. The actual paints were made in the US and were the best effort to approximate to the British colours. Including interiors. Be aware that the US did not "paint" its aircraft at the time (they were mostly NMF) including interiors. The USAAC used temporary paints to camouflage its aircraft for specific uses (see the famous P-36 row) and learned about "permanent camouflage" when they saw the Hudsons built for the RAF (or so it is said). These colours are colloquially referred as "equivalent" colours. Many factories that started delivering aircraft to the Brits at this stage carried over the "colours" into the next (i.e. Grumman); they have already a stock or steady supply of paint. Second, when the US entered the war, aircraft were produced in both US and British camouflage schemes. There was a movement to standardize the colours (though not the schemes) used for both US and export aircraft, which ended in the famous Bulletin ANA 157 of 1943. In it all the colours used by all services in both countries were reviewed and overlapping colours were eliminated (it generated some resistance and the old colours were kept whenever possible) Factories starting production at this stage used this set of colours, even if they were producing aircraft previously designed and produced by another factory (thus, an Eastern built Wildcat has different colours than an almost contemporary Grumman one -though not necessarily different schemes- not for this cause, at least). These are referred as "substitute" colours (i.e., American colours substituted MAP colours). INteriors were invariable in the US colours. Third, in 1944 the USAAF decided not to camouflage its aircraft anymore, reverting to NMF, with some exceptions, among those was "export aircraft". These were painted either in MAP schemes with "substitute" colours if carry overs from the earlier phase (Mustngs), or directly in the former USAAC scheme of OD/NG (i.e., P-40s and B-25s) Adding to this, there were instances in which aircraft were totally or partially repainted in the UK, such as P-40s in Desert Scheme (only the Middlestone), P-39s and Mustangs (complete repaint). This may or not affect wheel wells and other "almost interior" parts. FErnando
  3. Fernando

    Pigsty's silly Puma questions thread

    Hi, pigsty, Guess I am resurrecting both this thread and an Italeri Puma I found somewhere inside the moving boxes (Karton der Umzug?) Have you advanced/finished your build? what reaaaaaally puzzles me (beside many, many small things) is that the roof plate of the hull, where the turret ring is, does not match the hull opening, being too long ad too thin! Is/was that the same in your example? Thank you, Kumpel FErnando
  4. Fernando

    White recognition stripes

    Hi, Hamiltonian, My practice has always been painting the stripes (be them single color or "invasion") after the FIRST camouflage colour, usually the lighter one. You can use it as a handy "preshade", giving you "instant fading" of the stripes, and you do not risk the boundary of the colours (in case it is "hard") showing off. Then, mask the strip and apply the second camouflage colour. FErnando
  5. Fernando

    Help me decide which 1/48 F-16C or C+ to build

    Hi, planehazza, In 1/48 go no further. Get the Tamiya kit and just build what they propose. Keep in mind they are very detail-specific to the individual airframes they are depicting in their decal sheet. There is no other F-16 kit with the "detail/good fit of the Tamiya range" (of any subject!). If you really need a spine/CFT equipped model, you have to add tons of resin aftermarket (of dubious fit) or risk a Kinetic kit (in itself not an impossible proposition, but not so well detailed/good fitting) In 1/72nd, the Tamiya again rules for a C Blk 50; again, the kit is very airframe-specific for a USAF plane. The Revell AG kit is a bit more flexible but lacks some detail accuracy if building a C, though it can be coaxed into a Blk 52. HOwever, for a A/A Plus/AM/B and derivatives it still rules. The advantage is that the small scale allows fuzzier detail to pass muster; therefore, ill fitting or not-so-well-defined spines or CFT or relatively inaccurate small detail could look acceptable. Kinetic kits are reasonably detailed accuracy wise for modern Blk 52 + ships but they have a very imprecise fit (not to say they are real pigs -nothing impossible, though. I tried one: https://modelingmadness.com/review/mod/us/usaf/rol16d.htm) Revell's was a pleasure to build, instead: https://modelingmadness.com/review/mod/us/usaf/rol16b.htm) Hope that helps. Fernando
  6. Fernando

    RAAF F/A-18F+ in 1/48

    Hi, aidy, If the situation in 48th scale is the same as in the 72nd kit, all the pieces for a "normal" F+ should be there. Just get the instructions of the proper version and follow them. In 72nd scale most US Navy boxings of the kit came with the old-style heat exchangers, instead of the "pipe-rack" new style ones. Therefore, I opted for getting a Growler and "backdating" it. Having the instructions was enough, the box included the complete F+ kit plus the parts to convert it into a Growler. Fernando
  7. Fernando

    RIAF Hurricane with elephant nose art - did it exist?

    Hi, everyone, I seem to remember that an old Aeromaster ("Foreign Hurricanes") came with this option. It was a IIc without the Vokes filter and OG/DG camouflage. The elephant came in Red, if memory serves me well. FErnando
  8. Fernando

    Colourised Seafire?

    Hi, Etiennedup, Agree, "looks like" colorized. FErnando
  9. Fernando

    F4U Royal New Zealand Air Force

    Hi, everyone, This thread would be a cold water shower to anyone wishing to build a RNZAF Corsair using Ventura's decals. V4880 is by far the most widespread sheet, TMK. Amazing that Aeromaster (aka "Errormaster") got the Blue right in their old Special multi-sheet. I got the 72nd scale version and ditched it into the "Not for Use" file owing to its dark look! Have you seen an example of it, LSDModeller? Fernando
  10. Fernando

    1:48 Curtiss P-40F Warhawk from a Hasegawa Kit ?

    Hi, Bruce, When attempting my own F, I followed that same route, but used the resin nose. A lot of reshaping at the back of the nose was needed, and pictorial evidence is very scarce. The resulting model can be seen here: http://hsfeatures.com/features04/p40ffr_1.htm FErnando
  11. Fernando

    1:48 Curtiss P-40F Warhawk from a Hasegawa Kit ?

    Hi, Tiger331, By far the simplest thing would be grabbing one of those resin noses once marketed by Aeromaster, by Hi-Tech or present in some AmTech kits. They are much better than the original F/L kit nose. Fernando
  12. Fernando

    tropical Me-109 E-4

    Hi, Tonka, Eduard0s EDFE703 Zoom PE set comes with PE parts for the filter surfaces. FErnando
  13. Fernando

    RAF phantom colour

    Hi, Borolad06, If you are based in Europe, try Xtracolor X143 FS16314 Flint Grey. FErnando
  14. Fernando

    SEAC Mark VI B24 Liberator Colour Help

    Hi, Henners, IMHO, the absolute best OD n°41 the old Humbrol 108 "RFC Green" (cfm. Bob Archer). If you look a modern substitute, go for X112 "ANA 613" (I know, it shouldn't be, but it looks very good). Neutral Grey n°43 is best represented by WEMM's (I guess Sovereign's is equally good). Do not use modern FS36270 "Neutral Grey". FErnando
  15. Hi, ModellerCH, Not an Italian "specialist", even with my surname, but your list with FS references looks good. Some nitpicks: "Flat Gull Gray" is 36440. The last one I think you made a confusion; Grigio Azzurro Chiaro (undersurfaces) is equivalent to 36307. Cannot comment about the Gunze (though they are FS-referenced TMK) or Tamiya (which are not) equivalents, but those colours can be obtained in many paint lines. Hope that helps, FErnando (Rolandelli)
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