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  1. You can "pre-paint" that particular spot before assemblying, then finish and paint the whole model and homogeneize the finishes when weathering.
  2. Hi, everyone, RAF Dark Green BS241 is aproximately FS34083. Humbrol 108 ("RFC Green", as Mr. Fleming said, a great "green" PC10) is more akin WW2 US Dark Olive Drab n°41 (as recomended by Bob Archer) It SHOULD look browner. Possibly something like FS34079 should look like faded DG. That said, I have seen in this very site some Bucc photos where the green was very brownish. Fernando
  3. Hi, Boman, TMK, German F-104Gs carried AS.30 and (possibly experimentally only) Kormoran missiles, on underwing pylons. The pylon itself was standard, the "shoe" for the missile was special. Fernando
  4. Hi, Jim, I would add that the apparent flimsiness of the strut (probably due to it being moulded flat on the back) disappears when assembled to the u/c door. It certainly holds the plane. Regards. FErnando
  5. The model looks great, but I simply cannot imagine how that finish was achieved with the method described... more info is needed!
  6. Hi, Finn, In her RIGHT hand... hasn't she got the right side Hutton shoulder belt? Aren't those the big holes on it? Regarding the control column... I think old Bert Kinsey Detail in Scale P-51 Part 1 comes with a picture of a spade grip fitted to the first NA-73 prototype... only it is a normal single piece US-style stick with the spade grip in place of the pístol grip, not the British type with pivoting upper stick segment! I shall look for the picture. FErnando
  7. Hi, everyone, As Graham says, Dark Green uppersurfaces was a common Rumanian camouflage, usually seen on locally built machines, or else in "cobelligerent" or post-war ones. I have not seen any German built machine in camo other than German. 70/71 is a very low contrast scheme, that can be easily mistaken for a single colour. Besides, no Hs-129 TMK has ever been painted in the late war scheme of 81/82 (not 80, which was a Troppen colour). Fernando
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    Which focke fw190?

    Hi, Troy, so long, I think they refer to "slots", not "slats", meaning the shape of the vents behind the exhausts... early examples had "slots" (meaning vertical recesses); later ones "flaps" (meaning a kind of vertical cover) FErnando
  9. Fernando

    Which focke fw190?

    Hi, John, Eduard made different complete fuselages for the "short" versions with "tubular" antennae fin attachment (A-2,-3); "spike" attachment (-4) and the "medium" (A-5). That combines with two or four wing guns (which implies outer bulges or lack of) and the slots or flaps vents behind the exhausts (also, complete different fuselages and not inserts) That makes picking the appropriate combo for your wanted extample very tricky. The versions included are usually correct for the parts in a given boxing. Some Profi Pack have two wing sets (bulges/no bulges); and the new Jabo A-5 has dust filters as inserts. Fernando
  10. Hallo, everyone, Spinners and tail "Fighter Command" bands were also in Sky (I mean the "regular" Sky Type S) or were painted Sky Blue at some time? Fernando
  11. Hallo, everyone, My guess was always "a colour very similar to Roundel (dull) Blue". I feel it has the exact amount of desaturation. In most pictures of Hurricanes so painted it barely discerns if at all from the top wing roundel; a thin Yellow ring deemed necessary to separate them. Fernando
  12. Hallo, IMHO, Japanese aircraft decking (as opposed to cockpits) were seldom if ever in the "interior colour" (that is, unless it was the same as in the exterior -not an uncommon occurrence). A6Ms were Black in the early overall Light Olive Green scheme or Black/exterior colour in the Dark Green uppers painted ones. Excuse me for not quoting the exact Japanese name for the former (be it Ame-iro, Hairyokushoku, or something else -not getting in to that debate) So I would go safely with the exterior colour. Fernando
  13. Hallo, everyone, A small contribution regarding colours. The colour in the inner circle of the insignia is called "India White", and it is obtained by mixing four parts White one part Roundel Blue. It certainly looks tantalizing similar to Azure Blue, especially in some decal sheets. The explanation for the light circle obliterating the European roundel might be (helped by a bit of overexposing in the picture) that the factory colour in the wing is most probably ANA 603 Sea Grey (a Dark Sea Grey look alike -not EDSG) while, for some reason, it seems that most roundel repainting in "naval" camouflaged machines (such as those of FAA) was done with MAP Dark Slate Grey, which, especially in Black&White picture, looks lighter. The darker square at the wing's central section trailing edge is most probably related to the wish to obscure the exhausts' fumes dirt. It might well be MAP EDSG, which is darker than ANA 603. Hope that helps, FErnando
  14. Hallo, Shatters, Do you have any PRU Blue? It should be "just a bit less bluish" than that. Fernando
  15. 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
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