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Chris Preston

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  • Birthday 11/14/1953

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    Victoria, BC, Canada
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    Second World War: RCN/RN/USN/IJN; Ships, Armour, Aircraft; Battle of Britain; Battle of the Atlantic; Pearl Harbor; Normandy

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  1. Hi Massimo, I built this kit earlier this year, just to renew some old skills and try out the new Vallejo range of paints. The kit itself is typical Tamiya - very well engineered, with no fit issues. The dedicated Spitfire experts all know of the kit's shortcomings in shape, etc, but these are only noticed if you start placing kit parts against accurate plans. The kit itself is a joy to build. I did replace the pilot's seat as it's just noticeably wrong in shape,, but otherwise built it out of the box, and used the kit decals with no issues. For paints, I used Vallejo's paints for the first time, to try them out and once I get the hang of them, was very pleased with the end result. The colours recommended for RAF aircraft during the Battle of Britain were two US colours (surprisingly) - Vallejo Model Colours US Dark Green 70.893 for RAF Dark Green, and US Field Drab 70.873 for RAF Dark Earth, based on recommendations form other modellers on this site. I have photos of the finished build, but haven't figured out how to post them yet here. They're on Facebook (somewhere). Hope this helps. Cheers, Chris Preston Victoria, BC, Canada
  2. Many Thanks for the help Chris (AKA "Dogs-body"). Cheers, Chris Preston Victoria, Canada
  3. Hi Chris, That would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks - Could you PM me and I'l give you my e-mail address? Cheers, Chris, in Victoria, BC
  4. 'Evening All, I'm looking for three back-issues of the Airfix magazine (my copies disappeared under mysterious circumstances!) : APR 2020, with the re-release of their 48th scale Spitfire Mk I, MAR 2015, with the release of their 48th scale Hurricane Mk I, and NOV 2018, with the release of their 48th scale Blenheim Mk IF. Would anyone know where I can purchase a copy of each, or have copies I could buy if your done with them? Cheers, Chris Preston Victoria, BC Canada
  5. Now............if we could just get one in 1/48th scale, with Battle of Britain markings, life would be great! Cheers, Chris
  6. 'Morning John, Many Thanks for you reply, and as you've noted, there's not too much information out there. I contacted the Manitoba Naval Museum some time ago, and received some excellent line drawings they had made up for a full-sized replica bridge for a BPB Co MTB, and these have been very helpful, but I don't think they have any other plans. The John Pritchard plans aren't too bad, so I'll carry on with what I have from those. If you ever get the chance, this Museum is worth a visit. Cheers, Chris
  7. 'Evening All, I'm currently building a Dean's Marine 24th scale kit of their BPB Co. 71' 6" MTB and working on improving the scale accuracy of the kit during the build. I'm currently working on deck details, specifically the wooden no-slip "toe rails" running the length of the upper deck. The kit plans are very basic, and and a better detailed set by John Pritchard for the Model Boats Plans Service don't give the actual dimensions for the height and width of these toe rails (or their correct description). Would anyone on this forum be able to assist and advise me of these dimensions? Sincerely, Chris Preston Victoria, BC Canada
  8. Hi Michael, From what I've found out, and as I indicated above - the camouflage colours applied to Kate upper surfaces (the other carriers also used brown for a two-tone pattern), were applied on-board ship during the transit to Pearl Harbor, and most likely "at the rush", on surfaces that weren't properly prepared (clean, etc.). Coupled with exposure to a harsh marine environment, this could lead to paint pealing after several months of operational service. The IJN Grey was a factory applied finish, with all the necessary surface preparations. If you're able to locate a copy of the Model Art books, particularly the first one, they're excellent! Feel free to drop me a line at prestoncm@shaw.ca if you need more help. Cheers, Chris
  9. 'Morning All, Further to my last regarding Fuchida's Kate - the photos one usually see's of this particular aircraft were taken around April 1942, after the aircraft had seen a lot of operational service. Keep in mind that this was in a tropical marine environment, with the sun beating down on the upper surfaces, which were painted green on-board ship, during the transit to Pearl Harbor, and not a factory applied finish - IE - it was done quickly! The bare-metal patches on the upper surfaces were due to paint-peeling/fading/weathering, and the abuse paint takes during servicing by deck crews and aircraft handlers. The light grey under-surfaces were not exposed to the same amount of harsh tropical sun or abuse, etc. For the Grey and Green - make sure you use the IJN colours and not IJA. If you have access to them, the In K. Baker and Model Art publications are EXCELLENT sources of reference (IMHO). Hope all this helps. Feel free to contact me off-line if you need more detailed info. Cheers, Chris
  10. 'Morning All, I have to dig out my references - a number of which are Japanese. From what I can see, Fuchida's Kate had a grey underside, not natural metal. This makes sense, as the Zero's and Vals were also in Grey overall. The Green upper surface was applied prior to the strike which leads me to believe all the aircraft were overall Grey. Also, the photos showing Fuchida's Kate with a well worn upper surface Green are supposedly taken in early 1942 during the Indian Ocean operation, hence the worn finish with patches of natural metal showing through the Green upper surface. My thoughts are that as ALL the aircarft - Zero's, Val's and Kate's, were carrier-born naval aircraft and operated in an exposed marine (and tropical marine) environment, they would all be painted with marine-grade paint - in this case IJN Grey. As I mentioned above, the upper surface camouflage - Green for the AKAGI's Kates, was applied during the voyage to Pearl Harbor, and therefore, Fuchida's Kate should have a somewhat cleaner and pristine finish for the Pearl Harbor attack. My references include the Japanese "Model Art" publications No. 378 "Pearl Harbor", and Model Art No. 573 "Pearl Harbor" both with extensive colour aircraft profiles and colour chips. I also have Ian Baker's excellent series on Japanese naval aircraft, which tend to support this. Hope this helps. (Wasn't expecting the interest in my reply). Cheers, Chris - in Victoria.
  11. Contact me offline at prestoncm@shaw.ca - I may be able to help. Cheers, Chris Preston, Victoria, BC Canada
  12. Greetings All, Undoubtedly this question has been asked before, but could those more knowing than myself advise on the correct colour for the wheel-wells of in-service Spitfires, Hurricanes, and Defiants during the Battle of Britain? I have one each of the excellent new Airfix 48th scale kits, but find the colour instructions for details such as this to be a little lacking. Many Thanks in advance, Chris Preston, Victoria, BC, Canada
  13. What kit and scale is he building? I might have a spare seat for the Tamiya Lancaster that I can part with. Cheers, Chris Preston Victoria, BC Canada
  14. Thanks Troy and Corsairfoxfouuncle, I've actually been to the Nanton Museum several times now, including when they were running up two of the four Merlins - needless to say, as the Museum's in the middle of town - all traffic stops when that happens. It's a site (and sound) like no other. I'll drop Iain a private e-mail for clarification. Cheers, Chris
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