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  1. Akan are Russian, and were the first company to offer accurate Soviet colours. They are like the full size colours, so are quite dark. There are other companies offering Vallejo type paint for VVS colours, just don't know which ones are reasonable. I believe Hataka are decent matches, but have no personal experience of them. Other companies do them, just I don't trust Vallejo's stated matches to match what they are supposed to be..... If you can find Revell Aqua, 87 Earth Brown is rated as being good for AMT-1. If you look at top of yo
  2. It is too long, note the cut out in the rudder post is the right length. The fuselage is an early type, different windscreen and no 2nd fabric panel on the starboard side. It also lacks the curve at the bottom of the fuselage panels, which is a PITA to fix. This is about the 1/48 kit, but that is based on the same data used for the 72nd. I now know Airfix do read here, and wish I'd gone over the 72nd fabric wing kit properly!! If you fancy something different from the fabric wing kit.... Read this
  3. First read these https://massimotessitori.altervista.org/sovietwarplanes/pages/colors/color-table.html https://massimotessitori.altervista.org/sovietwarplanes/pages/il-2/il-2.htm To see which Il-2 you have, Vallejo makes lots of shades, but they are awful in their colour matching suggestions. Model air can be brushed, it basically pre thinned Model Color. If in no dreaming rush I can eyeball some Vallejo Vs Akan that I have, and suggest some. You might be better off tracking down some Akan acrylic.
  4. easier to fix than might be thought, the wing is really easy, it's just a bit wide in chord near the middle, mostly at the back, take out ailerons,(they are OK) reshape wing, fill and rescribe flap lines. That's it. Easy if you have a correctly shaped wing, or I can forward plans. The fuselage is a bit harder, you mentioned @PlaStix build, where I did some horrible things to the kit, what really impressed me was even after these indignities. it still fitted very well.... of course mine still sits in a box with not further progress , but though it was a reasonable 'recipe
  5. I don't. This was a more general point about RAF Cockpits and internal colours, which are often thought to be all grey green, when only the cockpit is, and the other internal bays are aluminium paint, though this did change it seems in 1943 or 44. While I can bore for Britain on Hurricanes, I'm not so up on Gladiators, and their construction, and if there were fabric covered panels in the cockpit, or more precisely, visible while seated in the cockpit. (for example, the Spitfire cockpit is grey green to the seat bulkhead, and aluminium paint behind see here http://spitfire
  6. AFAIK the red dope is the first coat, which is why it can be seen bleeding though.the fabric. Aluminium was applied for UV protection, though this was not used under camouflage dope, certainly as the war progressed and aircraft lives were much shorter. A big chunk of original Hurricane fabric that was on eBay recently showed no sign of alu dope. (I'll add in link when I find it) Grey green was initially for cockpits, the rest of the internals on Hurricanes and Spitfires (and other types) until at least mid war was aluminium paint.. One point, the rear of
  7. Spitfire's don't have visible internal fabric, the inside of Hurricane fuselage fabric is brick red. This is the Finnish Hurricane
  8. Looks to read "za radyansky ukrantny" but it's hard to make out the handwritten cyrillic , it could be "za raddnsky ukrantny" niether of which is getting much, as tranlators preser cyrillic, and I'm not about to try turning it into Cyrillic... , though "ukranty" seems to be Ukraine, You need a Cyrillic reader, @DLinevitch @Dimmy are Russian, and would know, and can have a laugh at more poor cyrillic reading... HTH
  9. this is HW189, so built after your HL*** subject Hurrican HW189 B front by losethekibble, on Flickr which has aluminium painted gear legs and inside of UC doors, so I expect the wheel well to have been aluminium paint, which was standard. The batch after this, 7th Hawker, KW*** onwards. and subsequent seem to have switched to the underside colour, just visible here HurriKZ295tropproductionline by losethekibble, on Flickr HTH
  10. the main point is lighter fuel, it's very very thin and seeking, and evaporates really fast. makes white spirit seem like thick sticky gloop The oil paint thinned with LF was like dirty thinners, and the capillary action from it is great, and the paint dries off really fast. Obviously, well ventilated, but you only need a tiny amount. FWIW I used it on a figure, over matt vallejo https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235072084-132-airfix-paratrooper-officer/ Paynes Grey over Xtracrylix https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/t
  11. Apart from the cockpit, the Lockheed XF-90 It Was the star of a comic in the 50's as well, but was very under powered and a flawed design idea.
  12. maybe just beginners luck, but https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235052380-hurricane-airfix-72nd-fabric-wing-mki-oob/&do=findComment&comment=3296243 "I had a go at an oil wash earlier, and rubbed off some of the Sky when trying to scrub it off... bit of a panic, redid some Sky, didn't match.... redid the Kleer, and then did it all over, I thought I'll do a bit more oil wash quickly.... half an hour of of oil washing later shows better on the underside in the background, some lighter fuel, a
  13. Just to clarify, the main point of the JaPo book is to analyse the various camouflage and markings applied by the various sub contractors, of which there were several. By studying images and wreckage of these various batches from these sub contractors, they usually show an overall consistent style in each case, (like the Fieseler haukenkreuz) and a reasonable idea of a how a batch was marked is given, and extrapolate from that, eg, how the undersides were painted, they have profiles for 6 or 7 underside factory styles for example. JaPo did a similar thing of analysing Bf109
  14. FWIW, this is painted in a @Mike Starmer vallejo mix https://alliedarmour1940.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/vallejo-paint-mixes/ 15 (Olive Drab) 1pt 70888 Olive Grey [92] + 1pt 70924 Russian Uniform WWII [094] (Mike Starmer, 2009) 50621207 by losethekibble, on Flickr it had a burnt umber oil wash, and a dry brush with a lightened version on the base mix.
  15. because it's meant for floors.... FWIW, the consensus is that Lakeland Quick Shine is the same stuff as Kleer. https://www.lakeland.co.uk/20286/Quick-Shine-Floor-Finish-800ml Anything sold in teeny little pots tends to be expensive...
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