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About Greenshirt

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    Left side of the pond...
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    Spitfires, Hurricanes, Martlets, Corsairs, 109's and 190's -- FAA, US Navy and sometimes the Luftwaffe.

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  1. Greenshirt

    Airfix 2019

    There are actually quite a few US types not in kit form in any scale. Most are pre-war that only an enthusiast like myself would want. I only expect they’ll either be resin, very limited run, or scratch built. Likely the latter.
  2. Battle Devastator Dauntless Spitfire Vb My preference would be that order. More would just...let’s just say I’d throw a party and invite lots of Modelers. Glue sniffing, paint fumes and plastic bits authorized.
  3. Greenshirt

    Hurricane wingtip lights

    I’m a sailor as well, and yes, that was for returning to harbor. But it worked well for me in my exams when trying to choose the relative bearing of the other ship or plane...and in practical terms at night on the water. Bonus use with models. Tim
  4. Greenshirt

    Hurricane wingtip lights

    Red, right, returning. I learned that as a young Midshipman. If the ship or plane is coming at you, you will see a red light on the right. Tim
  5. Greenshirt

    What to do with spare Spitfire PRXIX wings?

    Strictly, no. The carburetor intake is different. Also have to remove the wing fold lines. Tim
  6. X-4 is actually not bad. It’s a gloss. XF-8 is not too bad. Either are close enough for me that I would not try to mix True Blue. If, however, you need to match to a decal...you’ll notice a difference.
  7. I have yet to have an issue with any of the new tooling Airfix kits since the Spitfire I/Ia. I've finished quite a few but admit I approach every build (regardless of maker) the same: fit, file, fit, file, fit, glue. It's what 50+ years of modeling taught me. I freely admit I have not had issues with Hasegawa, Tamiya, Eduard, AZ, Special Hobby, Sword, Roden, or less well known makers, either. If a kit is accurate in shape, and it's a subject I want, the maker gets my money. I won't try to build something from crap, unless it's the only option.
  8. I don't have part numbers, but the two bits on the small parts sprue in the upper left of the photo (click on the photo for higher resolution) are meant to represent the coolant and oil coolers. The divider is on that bit with the larger parts. It it doesn't look less accurate than other attempts in this scale.
  9. Greenshirt

    Propeller and Stand Diorama Help

    I've done both the prop blur route as well as the no blades route. I get quite a few folks talking about the prop blur, but nobody says a thing about no blades.
  10. Greenshirt

    Vol 2 All the Spitfire questions here

    Some asquadrons reduced the glare of the white star and later bars by toning them down with some gray. What shade? It likely varied quite a bit. Given the squadron code should be Sky, and the X is likely a lighter/fresher shade of Sky, my money would be on a shade of gray for the star that is slightly darker than Sky...Sky Grey maybe?
  11. Greenshirt

    Martlet Mk.I

    Red on the tip, then yellow, blue on the inner ring. If the blades were polished metal, the blue extended to below the line of the cowl, inside face of the blades, only.
  12. Greenshirt

    Aviation of Japan Blog

    Dan is identifiable via his blog, but I'm not sure where I saw his name; possibly in a reply to a comment. So not really anonymous. He has his opinions. We all do. Dan disagrees with Nick's methods for disseminating information and knowledge; and may disagree with more...I don't know nor care. In my view Dan started his blog because he wasn't able to fully publish his views on modeling forums. He alludes to being banned from some in a couple of his posts. Personally I ignore his rants as they (or anyone else's for that matter) don't interest me; his techniques with brush painting do interest me though. Tim
  13. Greenshirt

    Martlet Mk.I

    Hi Steve, see photo: I don't remember reading or seeing the F4F-4 or FM-1 (which is what would be a folding wing Wildcat in USN service at the time of the photo) without the lip intake. Tim
  14. Greenshirt

    Pilot or no pilot?

    For a 262 canopy you'd need a hinge and short line that is just stretchy enough to not break when you open the canopy, yet flexible enough to hide itself when you close it. Hinge: look at flexible clear tape, Thinner is better. Youll want it folded very tightly so it sits invisibly when closed, yet holds when open. Lanyard: short bit of flexi-line or the thicker versions of elastic thread. Im curious what you find for a so,union, so keep us updated!
  15. Greenshirt

    Come on anyone, a new Ta 152H?

    It happens. I'm on my second career after 33 years in the Navy. I could have stayed longer but, "...there's nothing left I want to do..." so I moved on. I hope to have at least one more career before they sew me into my hammock. But on the topic of models: I cannot imagine reaching that point. My fingers will be too arthritic, my eyes too cloudy, or my mind too feeble before I could ever do or try all I desire.