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  1. First, Norway never operated the F-86D. Only the F and K. The MB Mk.5 seat came in different shapes and looks. Nils
  2. You can download a monograph on Norwegian Sabres (and other types) from this site: https://flyblader.com/luftforsvaret.html The text and profiles is not always 100% accurate. But the aircraft lists are well researched and the photos speak for themselves. Nils
  3. I have to modify my statement. I found this photo, which show small dumb bombs. Also this one, which shows what could be carried, at least in theory. And then you could add a couple of JATO rockets, forward blowing for short runway landings.... Nils
  4. Never seen any underwing weapons on RNAF/RNoAF F-86Fs. The F-86Ks did carry AIM-9s though. Not very accurate painting, in many aspects. Nils
  5. Looks like the aircraft has the long span slatted 6-3 wing. Just like the Airfix kit.
  6. The announced F-86F from Airfix should be perfect.
  7. Great looking model, and a nice scheme! I think the Harrier SIG will have prototypes, test aircraft etc. as theme for the 2023 SMW display. Your model should be on the table. Nils
  8. Having studied a large number of photos of 331 and 332 Squadron aircraft during 1941 and 1942, I must say I am rather confused about the camouflage colours of the Day Fighter Scheme – especially Ocean Grey. It is well known that there were limited stocks of Ocean Grey in the first period after the introduction of the Day Fighter Scheme in August 1941, and that a substitute colour could be mixed by 7 parts Medium Sea Grey and one part Night – often referred to as "mixed grey". So far so good. But this does not explain the different shades of grey seen in the photos. No. 331 Sqn Was established at Catterick 21 July 1941 and first received old Hurricane Mk.Is. These were undoubtedly in Temperate Land Scheme. From mid-August, when moving to Castetown (Scotland) the squadron started conversion to (mainly factory fresh) Hurricane Mk.IIs. This coincides with the introduction of the Day Fighter Scheme on 15 August. It has been a common assumption that 331 Sqn's Hurricane remained in Temperate Sea Scheme until being replaced by Spitfires in November 1941. The squadron had by then moved on to Skeabrae on the Orkneys. Studying photos of 331 Sqn Hurricane Mk.IIs, there the aircraft have very dark upper surfaces with little, almost no contrast between the upper surface colours. This does not fit with typical contrast between Dark Green and Dark Earth seen on many b/w photos. It could possibly be explained by film type and lighting conditions, but the phenomena occurs on all photos of these aircraft in this period, taken with different cameras and with different light conditions. Furthermore, it seems that at least the lower surfaces have been repainted Medium Sea Grey, as the grey shape appears darker than the Sky spinner, tail band and code letters. Even darker than the inside of the undercarriage doors (which would originally have been Sky). In an excellent article in Paul Lucas explains in Scale Aircraft Modelling May or June 2019 that Extra Dark Sea Grey could have been used in place of Ocean Grey on early Day Fighter Scheme repainting. Could this have been the case for 331 Sqn? After converting to Spitfire Mk.IIa in November 1941, also these aircraft seem to have a very dark upper surface with little or no contrast. The aircraft were old and were refurbished by a Maintenance Unit before passing on to 331 Sqn. Surely they would also have been repainted to day Fighter Scheme at the MU, but which shade of grey? Possibly Extra Dark Sea Grey or a nearly 50/50 MSG/Night "mixed grey"? A few of 331 Sqn's Spitfire Mk.IIs were however in "normal" contrast green and grey. 332 Squadron was established at Catterick 16 January 1942, equipped with Spitfire Mk.Va, and from February Mk.Vb. 331 Sqn converted to Spitfire Mk.Vb in the March/April 1942. Both Squadrons moved to North Weald in Essex in May (331) and June (332) 1942. Most of the Spitfire Mk.Vs had "normal" contrast green and grey. However the photos also show many anomalies. Starting with R7127/AH-A photographed at Catterick 21 April 1942. At first sight this looks rather normal. It took some time before I discovered that the upper side camouflage colours seem transposed. Comparing with the aircraft in the background, the shades seem to be the same. Interestingly, R7127 is also subject for Airfix' 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Va, but in later markings. Spitfire Mk.Vb BL314/AH-M was much photographed during a press day at Catterick 21 April 1942, having a very light upper surface grey colour. Is it simply pure, unmixed Medium Sea Grey? Note the different shades on the 3rd photo. Finally, Spitfire Mk.Vb BL985/AH-Y photographed at North Weald in July or August 1942. Apparently after Operation Rutter, as the white stripes on the cowling have been washed off, and before the aircraft was lost 19 August (Operation Jubilee). Here we se very dark upper side colours. Note the small serial number on a lighter background beneath the tailplane. The aircraft was manufactured in February 1942, and would have been painted in the Day Fighter Scheme. So, has it been repainted in a very dark grey…? Any comments are welcome. Especially if supplied with some actual information. Nils
  9. Very well done model, indeed! However, although "breaking it up" this way makes it somewhat lose its beautiful lines.... I have the kit myself, as well as some aftermarket stuff. Hope to build it before too long. Nils
  10. Working on that, Ralph.... By "late F-5As" - do you mean the noses? Nils
  11. This is one "problem" with these monographs. The historical texts and aircraft lists by Bjørn Hafsten are generally very well researched and should be reliable. While the captions, profile drawings and the colour & markings stuff suffer from lack of quality control.
  12. Not entirely correct. Many aircraft flew a long time in RNAF (as it was back then) service with short, hard 6-3 wings before being retrofitted with the extended, slatted wings. They were furthermore delivered with standard US ejection seats, and retrofitted with MB seats during service. So you should check photos. An useful compendium with lots of photos can be downloaded from https://flyblader.com/luftforsvaret.html. The text is in Norwegian but the photos speak for themselves. I have discovered a few errors in some of the profile drawings. Nils
  13. Great to see a F-35 with some colour! The decals were designed by Vingtor Decals, and manufactured bu Lima November. Nils
  14. Welcome! I visited Seattle last time in 2010, and also attended a club meeting at the Museum of Flight (and going to a diner afterwards). Met some great people there. Nils
  15. Good to see that this has been sorted out. I know Ruben as an honest man. So something must have got wrong somewhere between customer and seller. Nils
  16. I have just checked with Ruben. Sent him an email and got a reply within 5 minutes... He tells that he has not received any email about missing decals. So either is the email address wrong, or it has been stopped in the transition. Please contact me by PM, and I will help sort this out. Nils
  17. Well, as pylons, fuel tanks and weapons are manufactured by LM (or their subcontractors) they are finished in "standard colours". Some fuel tanks might have been repaired in Norway and thus (partly) repainted, using FS36270. You can e.g. see some fuel tanks with darker front section than the rest of the tank. The Penguins and adapters are manufactured in Norway, and thus painted FS36270. Best to study photos carefully. Nils
  18. Mostly. Note that pylons (including wingtip launchers) and fuel tanks are FS36375. Nils
  19. Great model! One thing that is often missed on models of PV181 is the rearmost white stripe of the ID ("D-Day") markings. As it is on top of the Sky tail band, the contrast is low and thus often missed. But it should be there. Nils
  20. I am more concerned about the colour than the paint. However, I must say that I like the new lacquer paints from tamiya and Hataka very much. Vallejo is amomg the paints I like least.
  21. I an referring to the MAP Deep Sky colour chip included in the RAF Museum's little blue book. Nils
  22. Reker, loff, smør, majones, dill - og en god tørr hvitvin.....
  23. For once, the Norwegian roundels seem to be correctly proportioned. The stencils should be in Norwegian language, which looks as they also have got correct, at least for the larger (readable) ones.
  24. Vingtor

    Spitfire PR. Mk XI

    My thoughts as well. They have already done most of the work. But I guess it won't happen before I finish my conversion.
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