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About Greenshirt

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  1. As Dave says, the process usually involves an even base coat to make the underlying Color as even and consistent as possible. Usually a final primer coat is sufficient. Then using a fine line, low psi, and highly thinned paint (10:1 or more) preshade each panel line. Make many passes to slowly build up the preshade. Once happy with that, then also using highly thinned color coats, spraying in an uneven manner to slowly build up the color until the color is both obvious but translucent enough to still just barely see the preshaded panel lines. If you go too far, represhade, then restart the color. It takes lots of practice to be able to do it easily, but it always takes too long for me personally so I just apply color coats as I always have. I did try it once and it did look nice, but a 5 minute paint job took hours. Tim
  2. Hmm, I read StH to indicate the 2nd Mk III looked a lot like a Mk VIII with a Merlin 60, but that could have been a later modification. After making a Mk III from the Airfix Va, this definitely has me thinking about a second one with those 4 cannon using the new (just rumored) Vc kit. Tim
  3. Well, as you Brits like to say, I’m quite chuffed! I’m in for...let’s see, 3 Martlet schemes, 3 USN schemes, maybe another? So at least 6. time to dump my Sword kits.
  4. "Without risk, there is no victory." - John Paul Jones
  5. It appears so. You can just see the white stripe at the forward edge of the hinge line on both horizontal tailplanes. Tim
  6. If you believe Hornby will recover and eventually make a somewhat sustained profit, and you have the cash, and you can afford the possible losses, now is actually the time to buy. It would be a risk, true, but it could be the indicator that they've passed the nadir and are headed in the right direction. Tim
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    NACA Hellcat ?

    Other than the XF6F-4, there is at least two more. F6F-3 buno 42874 was modified by NACA to study variable stability. It remained with NACA until 1960, per the article. The photo above of F6F-5 buno 79669 was also assigned to Ames According to Joe Baugher: I suspect the above photo of NACA 208 is at NAS Moffett in 1958, about the time VF-124 was established as an F8U training squadron at the same location. It appears to be a local open house or air show.
  8. Greenshirt

    NACA Hellcat ?

    This F6F is overall GSB, but is with NACA. While possible, given NACA painted some of its aircraft white, something this unique for the F6F should have lots of photos. I’d like to see a photo.
  9. True enough but to be fair I’m looking for the hooked Hurricane with the catapult spools. Tim
  10. Same here. I got my refunds for both the Yak and 737. Tim
  11. Sigh. I thought I had all the Hurricanes I’d need with their tin wing release. Now I must reassess my prior investments in Hasegawa and AZ. as for a Sea Hurricane...I’ll gladly throw money at Arma if they release those. Tim
  12. I’ve been holding for a new tool Vulcan. I want it to round out my V bomber force but I can be patient. Tim
  13. ...to complete their BoB range with: 1/72 Ju88A-1/5 The bonus would be the 1/72 Battle. while neither are physically big, both would be big news for the hobby.
  14. edit that with those that have research completed, but a kit is needed. Example is the Hellcat. Tim
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