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  1. Second coat of MSG paint to cover the repairs. I occasionally have trouble with Extracolour giving a very fine 'pebbly' finish..... any ideas why and how to fix?
  2. We are doing a High Altitude Fighter Scheme. I quite like the MSG/PRU Blue schemes and have already done a CMR Mk VII in this scheme. 453 Sqn (http://decals.kitreview.com/decals/rrd4840reviewbg_1.htm) Incidentally, there is a misconception, not only on Britmodeller, that if an aircraft was finished in a particular scheme it was only ever employed on that assignment, eg HAFS marked aircraft spent their lives in high altitude work. Not so. Here we are - painted Extracolour MSG on upper surfaces. I noticed the removal process for the wheel well bulges was not good enough and that's what the scraped off paint is. Back to the paint shop! ___________________________________________________________ Nice conversion, whats the scheme going to be?
  3. Here's a simple build of the new-ish Airfix 1/72 Spitfire. The pros and cons have been debated and it seems to me that most of the apparent discordances are easily fixable. I decided to do an early Mk IX in a different colour scheme and change the exhausts, propeller and radiators. As the canopy would be closed I didn't do much to the spartan interior. First was to remove the later model wheel bulges and the narrow fairings. These were replaced by ones hacked from an early Frog kit (with a cutting disc on my new Xmas present Dremel), although there are plenty of aftermarket ones. These were available and about the right shape. The remainder of the Frog kit went into the bin, only to be retrieved as I had an idea! More later! They looked about right here. Basic assembly done without much added to cockpit. Faired in with some putty (thinned out Mr Surfacer) they look better. The panel lines were half filled with more Mr Surfacer and wiped off as I think they may be a little deep. The undersurface was treated in the same way. The radiators are enlarged by the addition of plastic card to the side - about a scale foot is needed. Again there are aftermarket items but the Pavla ones I have are also a bit narrow.
  4. A-ha - so I can add the C-45 Expeditor to the list by the look of it. Never did find anything about that Anson!
  5. We make lots of nice stuff - once you start looking through our web site you will find plenty of things to fill out your order (:>) Easy to get in touch as we have a shopping cart that nearly always works. Red Roo is basically a one man show but there are a few slaves-cum-researchers (like me) conntributing to the flow of resin, decals and books. Will try and get in touch as I may need a few and there is a lot of work to do trying to get the shape right.
  6. The only roundels here aren't B-type but this Spitfire has a few things in common with the others. 1. High Altitude Fighter scheme although 5 FS seemed to also be doing low-level and ground attack tasks 2. Based in Corsica and Italy 1943-1944 3. Description of "mustard coloured" gas detection patch.
  7. I have both in front of me and the Red Roo ones are a bit crisper, have a more defined mesh and have different casting blocks. The Red Roo are available with shrouds also. There is a Kits at War decal sheet with F2-V on it. Somebody said
  8. It would be nice to have identified those patches but it may never be known what they really are. A few thoughts..... 1. The position is no less visible to the pilot than the patches on the rear spine (or the Mustang rudder) 2. You may well be right about repairs but it seems a rather large patch for a small 'light' if that's what it is. I suppose there might be a large area required to re-balance the rudder? Presumably there is (was?) a mod diagram? I hate to give you yet another diagram to look for, but it would be nice...... (:>) You do seem to find or have a lot of interesting and worthwhile stuff.... 3. The responsible authorities probably appreciated that while mustard gas is designed to be delivered as a cloud at low altitude, the circumstances at Bari - massive explosions projecting it high into the atmosphere - meant that due to its non-volatile condensate and microdroplet nature it would hang around for a long time at unknown heights. 4. In any event, despite 451's having some of its Spitfires in HA camouflage, that wasn't their main task - here's a quote from a comtemporary pilot's story - I then flew to Corsica and 451 Squadron which was now under the command of the U.S. Tactical Air force who were flying "Liberator" bombers which were attacking bridges being used by the retreating Germans. For the next 4 months we escorted them to their targets and as well our job was to do low level strafing on all forms of transport. In that period we destroyed or damaged 427 trucks including troop transports, 7 locomotives and 7 ships attacked. We also shot down 12 aircraft and destroyed many on the ground
  9. Red Roo also do 1/72 Spitfire and Hurricane Vokes filters. http://www.redroomodels.com/conversions.php?conversion=384 http://www.redroomodels.com/conversions.php?conversion=388
  10. Your information is correct - Spitfire IX, BQ-E MH324, Corsica 1944. It is in the High Altitude Fighter Scheme (MSG/PRU Blue). There is a bit of contrast under the nose along the panel line. Thanks to Steve Mackenzie for confirming this. The patch on the rudder is more clearly visible in other photos (particularly MA486 BQ-S) and may well be the gas detection paint alluded to. If so, it solves a long-standing mystery about this picture. With no disruptive pattern to the camouflage it makes sense that the splotch was painted as an approximate square on aircraft in the High Altitude Fighter Scheme. The Spit on the second picture is BQ-E, serial MH 324, also a Mk IX with an Aboukir filter. I believe this is the same plane appearing just behind BQ-S on the first picture. The camouflage is clearly an overall light color, including the spinner. Also type C wing, but without the stubs on the outboard cannon position. The code appears to be white, without border, and the roundels appear to be of type C (fuselage and underwing at least), with a type B fin flash. It is also interesting to note that there is a similar paint patch on the rudder of several planes on the first picture (also visible on BQ-E on the second picture). Gas detection patch?
  11. With respect to the roundel on the side of the first Spitfire, the centre looks a lot more like the camouflage colour behind it than the red on the wing roundel. This would support the idea that it is half way through a paint job with the red, white and yellow still to be applied. Also in support, there appears to be a painted over large patch the size of a roundel abaft this one and behind the code letter "A". It's a bit unusual to see a half painted insignia on a plane undergoing fairly extensive maintenance (engine change?) but it is in the field.
  12. I have seen three built and an unbuilt Contrail ones and I have seen the Kiwi Resins one up close - I've never seen a built one and I'm not surprised - I'd love to see one. I'd rather tackle the Contrail one any day. Kiwi Resins are now "Kiwi Plastics" and have just announced an Auster 6 (although it looks a bit like resin in the pics). I recently helped supply the information that A-Z are using for their model so I'd say it is a long way off. They do have enough information to make quite a nice kit and lots of choices of schemes. Incidentally my Kiwi Resins one also found a good home in the Czech Republic where a master modeller will attempt to wrestle it into submission. I'm mildly surprised every time I see a reference to a forthcoming kit to always see someone put in "What about a 1/48 - or 1/32 or 1/18 - depends what's being discussed - one". Not that there's any harm in wishing or dreaming. Maybe I should add to every large scale planes thread with a "What about a 1/72 one!"
  13. Ed Russell

    AZ Models

    There are several threads on this forum discussing them - keep looking or use Search. I think they are quite good - they use CMR research 'under license' as it were to produce amongst the most accurate Spitfires.
  14. I'd do the CMR Boeing Model 40 lol Wellington if you haven't got one of them!
  15. That's a very fair response Gary. It's a difficult question about what to do about things you perceive to be inaccurate. Of course not every perceived inaccuracy is what the complainant thinks. Some manufacturers welcome criticism with open arms and are responsive to doing fixes. Others either don't respond (most common) or act as though you have spat on them. A lot of the time, the manufacturer has produced a large number of the product and it's probably not financially viable to fix them - the larger the manufacturer, the more likely this is. Generally, I am guessing, the smaller the manufacturer, the more likely you are to be able to have a dialogue with them about the product. I was going to give some examples, but on reflection, maybe not!
  16. Thanks to all the respondents so far - some interesting stuff there! Enough to keep a modelling theme going for years. Mike - That's comprehensive!!! What about the Anson? It looks nice but I have never seen a picture. I was sent a picture of a Buckingham also but I thought they were all in nSilver as high-speed transports?
  17. Following on from a previous subject (and not wanting to hijack the thread) I wonder if anyone can direct me to references (preferably photographs but profiles are worth a look even if you don't believe them) of RAF Transport Command aircraft, preferably other than Halifaxes or Liberators, in the Temperate Sea Scheme - uppersurfaces of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey with Azure Blue undersides, which was, from 18 May 1943, promulgated as the official scheme for transport aircraft flying outside of the UK. I have tried a few internet searches without any joy and my references do not yield anything I can find. There was a very nice Anson model in a magazine article recently but even the author cast doubt on the scheme. Edit - noticed the Camo Masks article - hence the subtitle. I'm sure it existed but I guess transport aircraft are not glamorous enogh for photos.
  18. Try this (porady_en = advice in English) http://www.montex-mask.com/html/porady_en.htm
  19. Mea culpa - there is a Spitfire II drawing in the AR Clint set! Mine have been enlarged from the originals on a calibrated photocopier and are close to 1/72 scale. A side-on photo adjusted to the same scale covers the drawing fairly exactly. I placed the A-Z Spitfire II fuselage over it and compared. and they are pretty close in shape. When you move it around, the best match lines up the nose, cockpit and wing root. However this leaves the rear fuselage seeming to be a bit short. The tail looks correct. If this is noticeable it's an easy fix - just add a little bit in the rear. Caveat - I know a little bit about Spitfires but I'm not in the expert category. One of my friends called the corner of my workbench "Castle Bromwich South". Obviously he's been looking at too much James May.
  20. The drawings by AR Clint in my copy of the Robert Bracken book "Spitfire - the Canadians" doesn't include Mk I or II drawings. Earliest is a Mk Vb. I only have Vol I though. I have put the A-Z kit up against the Mk Vb drawings and, allowing for the obvious, it looks okay. I'm reluctant to make conclusions based on a Vb drawing though. Unfortunately, I do not have the AZ kit yet. I would be much more comfortable if the Bracken drawings were used as a gauge for accuracy on this subject. I still think they are the best Spitfire drawings out there.
  21. Thanks Mike, that's helpful. It's quite a difficult one to research judging by the paucity of material around.
  22. All of their early stuff is 'derivative' ie stolen! P-51B/C Mustang early - quite good, not sure what they have copied here ?Revell Hurricane - laughable, about 1/144 scale in width (okay, I'm taking poetic licence a bit) - copy of Academy with increased errors P-51D Mustang - nearly as bad as the Hurricane - Academy copy? MS 406 - quite good, they copied a Hasegawa kit and fixed up the few errors La-7 - I haven’t seen it but apparently it’s a copy of the Eduard kit and should be excellent P-40 - copy of Academy kit, not bad at all D.520 - Haven't seen kit but if box art is anything to go by - canopy is about 1/60 scale and, as you say, the MiG-3 is best available, very nice kit (maybe they did original research)
  23. Very nice Geoff - it seems the PR.XIX is a nice kit to build. I like your result - great finish!
  24. Ed Russell

    Savoia SM.79B

    I am looking for information on the SM.79B aircraft operated by Iraq before and during WW2. I have seen a photograph like this one and a couple of profiles like these It's hard to interpret the black and white image but the profiles appear to show in one case a light grey or aluminium doped finish and perhaps the common Italian cream colour in nthe other. Anyone else's take on it would be interesting and some definite information even more interesting. I am interested in anything about these aircraft - what their colour schemes really were, service history, more pictures. (The picture and first profile are from Profile Publication #89 and the second profile off the net) NB1 - Found AE 6 and 56 to have plans and photos NB2 - What's with the different shapes of the profiles?
  25. The Savoia S.59bis was kitted by O'Neill Vacforms. These are as rare as hen's teeth but occasionally come up in different parts of the world. Ray O'Neill is still around and a member of the Long Island Scale Modeler's Society. He might know where one is hiding???? Good luck. That's an excellent topic and great models so far - keep posting as you build them.
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