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  1. I don't know. They are only on Sea Hurricane I though, not the SH II.
  2. Hmm, AFAIK the Revell 1/48 Spitfire IX is a rebox of the Hasegawa kit, noted for having a bit too small rear fuselage, which may cause problems for correctly sized decals. IIRC only a few Spitfires ever got the grey blue/brown scheme, most retained their delivery colours, which were mainly RAF Dark green/Ocean grey/Medium Sea grey. the silver ones were painted silver Ex Italian IIRC, I'd have to go an dig out THE book, which I'm not about to, but I think Techmod maybe wrong on '26' being green/brown. this THE book.... long OOP but does turn up https://www.scalemates.com/books/spitfire-mkix-in-israeli-air-force-service-1-alex-yofe--108057 Hmm, I think the Nesher has a different nose to Mirage V, Italeri reissued the Esci kit as a Dagger/Nesher, https://www.scalemates.com/kits/italeri-2721-nesher-dagger--179650 You have enough posts to ask in the wanted section if anyone has leftover Nesher decals, as the kit had 6 options... If you want more on the Meteor https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/IAFB-13 HTH
  3. The Peregrine was fine, but RR was busy making mostly Merlins, and the Whirlwind was the only thing using them. I don't think there was a supply problem of them And there were plans to use Merlins..... the chap you want on this is @brewerjerry, and I've not time to go down this rabbit hole at the mo, but if you google "britmodeller westland whirlwind merlin" it has been discussed before....
  4. The hook on the Shuttleworth Hurricane is a lightweight fibreglass replica, in part as the prop is a Rotol unit, and Sea Hurricane I's needed the weight of the DH metal unit. I can't recall a colour image of a Sea Hurricane, but there are B/W images showing the hook, and it's the underside colour AFAIK If I find anymore I'll add them in...
  5. I'd be very surprised, their specific camouflage volumes don't, and as you well know, it's sort of thing that would double the cost. I don't recall there really being any chip set that vastly improves on the ones in the Official Monogram guide to German Aircraft Painting, (which a quick search has shown some eye popping prices, but I think is in your library?) there was a chart in this that I don't recall as being glossy, mine is inaccessible so I can't check The Modellers Luftwaffe Painting Guide A Supplement to Luftwaffe Camouflage & Markings Vols 1, 2 & 3 (with colour chart) Smith, J.R., G.G.Pentland & R.P.Lutz Published by Kookaburra Technical Publications, Melbourne, Australia, 1979 ISBN 10: 0858800330ISBN 13: 9780858800335 from others they have done, I'd think 60-70 Euro, though nearly all the books seems to sell out fast and don't get reprinted. Look forward to finding out more about it. cheers T
  6. Evening old chum, Get a gooseneck scraper takes off thicker scrapings... note, one reason they stick to blinkin' everything is I think they get a bit of static charge. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152843325908 cheapest on evilbay A budget option is a bit of curved flat steel, about 1mm thick, eg curved end of steel ruler, but the gooseneck is easier to hold, (and can be used fro carpentry) but it makes this kind of scraping job a breeze... well, a lot faster than using a curved knife blade. The scrapings can be used for plastic patching, like sprue goo, but without having to make a jar. I have a leftover Airfix Vc wing frpom one of this eras ilk, I was going to combine with something, and recall not only was it agricultural in finesse, it was heavy duty plastic as well.... great heavy duty runners as well, like thick knitting needles... Always enjoyable to see a bit of kit upgrading, I'm sure you are a secret employee of Eduard to show how much work is required to make any other 1/48th Spitfire kit get close to what you can get OOB in a weekend edition kit cheers T
  7. wow. I really like the JaPo books I have, be very interested to know more on this, just dreading the price.... Is there a due date?
  8. You may wish to consider editing your thread heading to "insignia sizes for C-47 Skytrain and the UC-64 Norseman" and see if anyone has the factory specifications. Experience here shows that specific questions generate more interest, and better answers. HTH
  9. I think there wre specfied sizes, the markings were factory applied. As to what, in USAAF I think often sized to fit. @Dana Bell @Tailspin Turtle may know more, but there are dimensions given in the Ducimus monographs, which are scanned here https://boxartden.com/reference/gallery/index.php/Camouflage-Markings a browse may give some answers. HTH
  10. I'm not sure, I think these maybe a post war addition, it's one of my unanswered Hurricane questions to be researched. Prior to this the outer holes had been used as the ports for the flare chutes.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Hurricane_PZ865 "In 1972 the aircraft was refurbished and presented by Hawker's successor company, Hawker Siddeley, to the Royal Air Force's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight then based at RAF Coltishall, reverting to its RAF serial as identity" Your probably not too worried, but the air intake is the Mk.I type, the Mk.II had a fairing at the rear, and was wider. Hurri BBMF underside crop by losethekibble, on Flickr I think the ONLY kit that has this is the Arma Hobby Mk.II, but I'd need to check to be sure. Only really visible when upside down.
  12. erm, hard to tell, dark grey seems most likely F4F JEC 03031 by Jeffrey Ethell Collection, on Flickr perhaps @Tailspin Turtle @Dana Bell maybe have some input?
  13. re fabric, and book link, it was that fabric doesn't really dip, well, not when in a useable condition, but is taught, and the ribs show this is unrestored WW2 fabric, and still taught in this not the nearly 'faceted' appearance of the fuselage fabric all from https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235099841-hawker-hurricane-mkia/ modellers have got used to 'troughs and valleys' and sackcloth texture in models, so study how how it really look can be surprising. i should have said, it has info on how to do fabric surfaces, but it's full of ideas, even if some are now a bit obsolete, it's useful to se how idea develop, and in the case of making thing like a wing, still very workable. I have probably posted it for you before, as it a really good 'toolkit' for modellers wanting to expand their skills. It's interesting to note how the hobby developed, and how initially plastic kits weren't 'proper modelling' while I think at times modellers are now a bit cossetted and worried to just 'have a go' , I do on occasion point out that if 'such and such' has some AM correction part, they have nothing to lose by trying a fix, and if it fails, then get the AM bit... and If it works, feel chuffed. I wonder what Harry Woodman would have made of 3-D printing? Embraced it I should think.... And always a pleasure that my contributions may help your work in anyway. cheers T
  14. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p023.html BL462 Vb CBAF M45 37MU 9-12-41 122Sq 1-3-42 Shot down by Fw190s 10m W of Ostend 24-4-42 P/O RE Hardy (RCAF)+ Have you checked the ORB? as this was a RCAF pilot, maybe @dogsbody maybe able to add some more. HTH
  15. No. Aircraft bought by the British pre lead lease were painted in US made MAP Equivalent. Aircraft then supplied under lend lease carried on being painted in the US made MAP equivalent, often while other US manufacturers supplying the British with lend-lease were then using substitute colors. Example, Grumman carried on using US MAP equivalent, (Wildcat, Hellcat, Avenger) while when Eastern made Avengers and Wildcats, they used US substitute ANA colors. Types for the USAAF got US standard schemes. There were US types made for the British that then got diverted to the US, in US made MAP equivalent colors. in the case of a P-40 in North Africa, all the above could apply, and you still have not said if you are doing a RAF or USAAF P-40, or when, in the case of the RAF, Temperate Land Scheme P-40's did get repainted, but not all. Later P-40's in US applied desert scheme would not USAAF P-40's in OD/NG got repainted with US Sand in theatre. Again, the question is vague. You just said YOU possibly have a plane in mind, I don't know what you are planning, from many years of reading and posting on here, your best bet unless you want to get into a long discussion about what was applied to when, and, when, and why, and the exceptions, ask specifically, as the answer for your questions could be a pre lend Lease Tomahawk Mk.I, in 1941 to a Lend Lease Kitty hawk Mk.III in 1942 to a USAAF P-40F in 1943 which are all possible in your question, all have different, and possibly complex answers..... HTH
  16. RAF or USAAF? As with all these questions, be specific, ideally what actual plane(s) you are thinking about. Examples, early RAF P-40's were delivered in US made MAP Temperate Land Scheme paints, but did get repainted with RAF desert paints. later models as posted by @BS_w had Du-Pont MAP equivalent. Some USAAF P-40's were OD/NG, but got repainted in theatre. Did they get some in MAP equivalent paints for desert use? @Dana Bell may get some answers.
  17. probably not, but I wonder how much ground effect helps on this? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_effect_(aerodynamics) Still very impressive flying....
  18. Hi Kevin. Maybe mythical. the 'myth' bit I was referring to was the idea it copied an Italian scheme for confuse the Italians on the ground... Profile only schemes This gets discussed here on occasion, (and is the reason for my sig line) the short is there are profiles from specifically Air Craft In Profile monographs that have been repeated so often they are 'fact' There are plenty of examples of these schemes becoming 'fact', or, more to the point, being copied and then copied again, so they are in every other book and and turn up in searches so often that it must be right..... and plenty of model companies are not noted for diligent research either.... the series was very popular, and the colour profiles were a major plus point. but this was 1965/66 They are all scanned here https://boxartden.com/reference/gallery/index.php/Aircraft-Profiles if you fancy a browse. I don't know how much there were driven by the rise in popularity of modelling, and it being taken more seriously, certainly old Airfix Magazine from the similar era have many conversion articles, as well as the start of aftermarket decal sheets, and then vacform kits... One of the first popular and researched series on camouflage and markings were the Ducimus guides, scanned here https://boxartden.com/reference/gallery/index.php/Camouflage-Markings Note these are from around 1970, and are the result in part of wartime information being declassified! The Britis ones are better than the US ones, the only with some errors is the RAF Mustangs one. One that is a classic 'profile only' scheme is the Kuttlewasher Night Reaper scheme.... see here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234976286-hurricane-mk-iic-flown-by-km-kuttlewascher/#elControls_1889582_menu which the BBMF copied exactly. Note comments on the black wing panel. Of course you can now do PZ865 in these colours as it's a legit scheme for PZ865..... for more on the likely scheme http://armahobbynews.pl/en/blog/2020/10/13/karel-kutterwascher-the-most-effective-hurricane-night-fighter-pilot/ no actual overall image, but reference to how other aircraft were finished at the time. Indeed. Again, this is a scheme that did exist, and was used, but as the link I gave, has been revised. The 'italian mimic' is till a common explanation. The problem is lack of a supporting photo of BP592 (which was a IIC that served with 213 Sq, so that much is correct) . There maybe a photo, but it's not surfaced since. Meanwhile the profile keeps doing the rounds. I emailed Fly Models to complain about their decal research for the 1/32 nd kits, as they just rehash profiles. Note in the 'Red Elephant' link there are known profiles that are also amazingly wrong, like HV538, the profile is wrong in nearly every detail. And, yes, Fly did that one as well in their IIc kit It is a very good bit of modelling and display, and as some of the above might shown, there is still plenty of misinformation about out there... there was a Hurricane book for modellers done in 2020 that still makes me seethe about the sheer amount if cobblers in it... and, yes, it has a profile of AK-G/BP592 with the 'spaghetti nose' , and BE581 as 'night reaper' and the 'red elephant' scheme..... along with many other that are wrong in varying degrees. of course, this is whole 'rabbit hole' of information you may just find all too much, there are many thread on here on these kind of details, when all you want to do is paint your model in peace.... and a casual search of the serial in this case you would have found plenty of 'evidence' of that scheme... And it very easy to get paralysed by it all. I try to not to be a joyless modelling nazi, I like research and teasing out this information, and do my best to answer questions .. I have really enjoyed @ModelingEdmontonian build thread https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235090547-hawker-hurricanes-around-the-world/ lots of kits done without getting too bogged down, while still interested in answers to questions. And, at the end of it, your model, your choice, if you are happy with it, that's the important part, and I hope some of the above is of interest/use. cheers T
  19. Myth. From a post war guess looking at B/W photos and similarity to the Italian camo, though likely for similar effect, head on concealment, and assuemed same/similar colours seems that the base was aluminium paint, with blue and purple blotches... see https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234922498-hurricane-spaghetti-scheme-i-said-it-was-blue/&/topic/234922498-hurricane-spaghetti-scheme-i-said-it-was-blue/page-1?hl= spaghetti scheme there are photo later in the thread. They are all Mk.I's though. BP592 is an example of scheme that is from thread on here, a 'profile only special' if you are at all interested in these debates you may find this an interesting read https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235009172-riaf-hurricane-with-elephant-nose-art-did-it-exist/ Our site search is not great, but if you add Britmodeller into a search term that searches here well. Flaps were retracted after landing. You got fined a round of drinks in the mess for forgetting. This is why photos of Hurricanes and Spitfires with dropped flaps are very very rare, they did get dropped for servicing, Your model, your choice of course. After all my witter, I must say your model is very neatly built, painted and creatively displayed.
  20. unless you have to have a Mk.VI NOW! you might want to wait, and see if Eduard do their own issue of it. Or ask them. Sure you can cross the V and II kits, but you end up with a lot of leftover parts. Does the Mk.II come with the tropical filter parts? As have been mentioned, there were conversions for the older tool kit by Eduard, which has a wing that is noticeably too thick, the MDC one mentioned by @Welkin has the intakes split horizontally, so could be made to fit, the other conversion by Airwaves has them as one piece. HTH
  21. Garbage in-garbage out. The researcher and CAD designer likely knows nothing about the subject. And it's not checked by anyone who does. And I doubt if it greatly affects Trumpeters sales. Bear in mind they made mistakes on aircraft they actually have in museums and/or made, eg MiG-21/J-7.... Back in 2010, an employee of Trumpeter joined here, and posted a thread on their planned Spiteful/Seafang kit. Lots of response, and help and information was given for fault seen on the CAD images. Result. Nothing. No information used, no glitches corrected. They had the chance to get accurate info, and basically free error checking and set up pathway for future projects.... so we have since had a series of British subjects made with a load of flaws .... Spiteful/Seafang, Dh Hornet/Sea Hornet, Albacore, Vampire, Firefly, Defiant, Sea Vixen (these two after the Airfix kits so not such a problems) I've probably forgotten a couple Sad thing is, they make decent kits, as in well moulded and engineered, you raved about the clear parts... so with the right info you get a great package.... Their Wyvren, and to a lesser extent, Sea hawk, have been raved about, (research possibly by Monochrome in Japan) I'd love to know who did the research on their 1/24th Hurricane, as they really did a good job on shapes, it has some faults, but the main big bits are just wow. And they never scaled it down.... though Hobby Boss have just announced a 1/48t kit. (apparently one florr of the factory is Trumpeter, the other is Hobby Boss... basically the same company) I read somewhere that Song ended up working for Kittyhawk. one last thing, with your trials on the rudder, if you have the time, read this https://rclibrary.co.uk/title_details.asp?ID=1216 link to pdf donw the page "My main aim is to liberate the plastic modeller from the kit, to show him what can be done and to assure him that the satisfaction he may get from his kit model is nothing compared to that he would experience from 'free' modelling." It's old, but Harry Woodman was one of the people who pushed plastic modelling to where is is today, I have a 1976 Scale Models mag where he telling you how have to make photo etch, and has a printed template for parts included... It's well worth a read to see various techniques and methods... great one about making engine cylinder by wrapping wire around sprue, supporting it in balsa trough, heating it under the grill, and then letting it cool so you when you remove the wire you get fine cooling fins, and much more. Some can be done more easily in other ways now, like 3-d printing, but there are things that may just quicker to make... hope of interest
  22. Brighton, or Brighton area, (I'm guessing your are flying in/out of Gatwick?) Sadly, nothing of note in Brighton AFAIK , I don't know there is even a toyshop with a model department, There is a place in Worthing, https://www.sussex-model-centre.co.uk. but it's mainly RC (I've not been) and small railway shop with a few random kits in Eastbourne, Train Times, there is another place in Eastbourne which is a craft shop with some kits that I have not been too. There is a shop in Dorking https://www.dorkingmodels.co.uk Never been, but sounds good, and do-able from Gatwick it seems, look to be 1/2 hr train journey from Gatwick, but nowhere near Brighton. Bit more out the way, Aviation Bookshop in Tunbridge Wells, https://www.aviation-bookshop.com/product-category/new-arrivals/# the website is playing up, but well worth the trip if you like aviation books, as they have a jaw dropping amount of stock, they usually have a selection of 2nd hand kits. HTH
  23. I think this is a myth. AFAIK, there were no factory painted nightfighters., so they didn't get much, if any stencilling FWIW, the scheme on the Aeromaster sheet is this, Ian Gleed's LK-A, when based in the Scilly isles in winter 40/41, a Mk.I, same plane as this, this is few months before, in TLS see here and https://www.key.aero/forum/historic-aviation/32588-hawker-hurricane-mk-i-of-i-r-gleed-87-sqn The Monogram kit is closest to a Mk.IIA There was a warbird done in these colours a while back (crashed in 2007) note the odd non standard prop/spinner, probably from a Lockheed Constellation. PS there was later BE500, a Mk.IIc, also overall Night. Hurricane Mk.V....................... 11 Aug. 1943. by Etienne du Plessis, on Flickr the close up reveals the paint flaking on the canopy, which flexes as it moves, showing the original green under the black. Again, a MU or unit repaint, with no visible stencilling
  24. Troy Smith

    Revell spares?

    You may as well just ask, but as a general guide, is the kit currently available? I don't think those Luft 46 kits have been for a while so probably not. HTH
  25. galvanising is a zinc coating applied to steel, to stop corrosion. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galvanization The Zinc quickly surface quickly oxidises to a light grey. It does not need painting. The wires to the left on this image are the colour of galvanised metal Fairey Swordfish c1943. by Etienne du Plessis, on Flickr I'd also @iang on this.
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