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  1. The one thing I can state is most of the official Vallejo matches are fictional. In some cases (RLM75) they're completely different colours, not sure how they got an Olive Green from Grauviolet, but they managed. That said, I've learned the hard way that it's nice paint but you need to use 3rd party charts to match, the official charts (and paint sets) are extremely bad for both RAF and RLM colours.
  2. Generally I use blue-tac rolled thin with tape between for RAF schemes, they should be almost hard-edged in 1/48. Paper cutouts work as well as long as they are held slightly off the surface. Can't help with the rattle cans, I'm an airbrush guy.
  3. It would be, but thankfully the Airfix XII molds are unrelated to any of their MkV molds.
  4. Slats vs flaps is the cooling exhaust on the forward fuselage sides aft of the cowl, early Fw190's had slat openings, later ones had flaps, the changeover was mid-production on the A-4 IIRC.
  5. It wouldn't shock me, there's a lot of bad or just downright fictional matches out there. Tamiya's XF-82 Ocean Grey is likewise way too blue, Vallejo's RAF set in the Model Air line matched ANA Neutral Grey to Medium Sea Grey
  6. Be aware that you can't build a Korean F-51D from the Eduard P-51D-5 boxing without significant work on the fuselage. It's got the rockets, as it's the fuselage sprue that is changed for the different variants, but the fuselage in the D-5 boxing is not correct for an F-51D. The fuselage is a production D-5 and does not include the dorsal fin fillet that was fitted to all Merlin Mustangs in 1944, and became a production part for the D-10 and later, the Korean F-51D's were D-25's and D-30's You'll want to wait for a later boxing with a fillet tail, otherwise all the bits should be in t
  7. The dorsal fin fillet was also a structural mod, to prevent a known failure mode of the horizontal stabilizer during a slow roll with excessive rudder (which could become a snap roll and overstress the horizontal stab). See TO 01-60J-18 which covered the DFF and TO -1-60J-6C which banned slow rolls in B, C, D &K models until fitted with the DFF and a reverse rudder trim tab (which added control force on the rudder to prevent pilots from accidentally snap-rolling the Mustang when performing a slow roll)
  8. They've done 1/72 reboxings as well, but they do a lot less in general than they do in 1/48. They did a couple of Liberator boxings with Hasegawa plastic, Riders in the Sky 1945 is currently available.
  9. Finland received 44 ex-Norwegian and French Hawk 75's from Germany starting in June 1941, with the last arriving in 1944. Hawk 75's in Finnish service scored 190 1/3 kills for 15 losses and were re-armed with heavier guns later in the Continuation War(1-2 .50's and 2-4 .303's was the typical fit after re-arming, vs 4-6 7.5mm guns that they were initially fitted with in French or Norwegian service). they would see service until 1948. The Hawk 75 and Brewster B239E were really the backbone of the Ilmavoimat until the 109's arrived.
  10. Antti, thanks for the correction on the Roundels, I wasn't 100% sure of the timing on them.
  11. Excellent! A very important aircraft, and one that served extensively across many air arms on both sides of WW2. This is a must-have for me, likely the inevitable Finnish Limited Edition boxing that Eduard will no-doubt make.
  12. Short operational history? Boring Subject? Allison Mustangs were operational from 1942 through to the end of the war, although in limited numbers after mid-1944 (due to attrition). The very last operational RAF Mustang was an Allison Mustang (in 1947). They had far more extensive service during WW2 than the D model did. First Mustang kill was an RCAF Mustang 1 over Dieppe. They saw a lot of combat in 3 theaters (Europe, Med and CBI). Several unique schemes as these were the only Mustangs to wear DG/DE over Sky or the classic silver pre-war USAAC markings (the XP-51's wore these
  13. Well, at least they're starting with a late variant so they can grab some sales before Eduard gets to a -25 But really, who is going to buy this over the other much more widely available kits. I understand why the big guys all have a P-51D, they're a guaranteed money maker. But the reality is that in a hobby shop they're already going to be stocking Tamiya, Airfix, Eduard, Hobby Boss, whatever Hasegawa special editions are currently out and possibly the Meng kit before they get to the point that they even look at ordering the Bronco. When you're a small maker like Bronco, you lo
  14. The Ilmavoimat was limited in what aircraft it could operate postwar, specifically no aircraft with internal bomb bays, those limitations came into effect in 1947. As a result the Ju88 service between the resumption of operations in August 1945 and retirement of the last of the Ju88 fleet due to treaty limitations was very brief, and would be in wartime markings (the roundel came in with the treaty in 1947 as well)
  15. Airfix has announced a new tool FR.XIV lowback, giving us finally a modern tooling of this extremely important type in 1/48 https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2019/supermarine-spitfire-fr-mk-xiv.html
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