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  1. I’m curious too, haven’t ever used Printscale but have a sheet inbound that includes Don Gentile’s Buckeye Don Spitfire markings.
  2. B&W photos of B-17Gs during assembly in 1943-44 do not show any noticeable tonal differences between the skinning, ribs, formers, etc indicating the aft fuselage is essentially all unpainted aluminum. Source: Building the B-17 Flying Fortress, a detailed look at manufacturing Boeing’s legendary WWII bomber in original photos; Bill Yenne; 2020.
  3. I’m not sure I have the Academy kit in the stash, but I’m still good for one. PM sent as well
  4. Haven't built a biplane for 3-4 years, but like the others I would assemble the kit as normal including drilling out holes for rigging as appropriate and leaving the top wing off. Paint and apply all decals, any weathering, flat coats, cabane strut rigging, etc, and attaching the upper wing last.
  5. I bought it more for the coverage of GPW and upon the reputation of the authors. I vaguely recall the publicity claiming great authenticity and accurate color examples and in this I was sorely disappointed. The examples are printed and quite small, at least in my opinion. Worse, colors are printed immediately next to each other and combinations like Luftwaffe 70/71 become very hard to distinguish - granted those two are hard to distinguish on some photos, but book examples, again in my opinion, should allow easier examination of individual colors. I much prefer the RAFM samples and the Luftwaffe chips in the Merrick-Kiroff and Ullmann books for that reason. I don’t have expertise to comment upon the accuracy of the color presentations, but overall it is a book I regret purchasing.
  6. Yup, the seldom seen 14 cylinder Packard-Merlin (V-1760)
  7. If it like the original IVf box, the belly gun packs are a separate sprue added to a IV kit so a bomber version is there too
  8. @Giorgio N, I vaguely recall reading in Geoff Thomas’ book about RAF Thunderbolts that they were repainted upon arrival in India with locally produced paints supporting your comment about finding sources without needing to rely upon a supply chain stretching back to the UK.
  9. I remember that one. If you didn’t smear the glue too badly you could open the access covers for the nose cannon
  10. Probably coincidence. The beam approach fitting can also seen on many IX photos though it wouldn’t be a complete surprise for it to also have been censor removed.
  11. Yes, the hardcover is the complete set. It followed the individual booklets. For me, having all the subjects in one book is preferred to keeping track of all the individual ones.
  12. Depending what the problem is, light sanding if there are rough areas and then repainting might be an option. I don’t know anything about the Revell product you mention but Gunze’s Mr Color Thinner (the levelling thinner isn’t needed here) will remove the paint with rubbing and not harm the plastic.
  13. I’m one of those ‘prefers plastic to PE’ types but will stretch my skills to make this kit work. I was a young USAF 2nd Lt in the summer of 1968 when the AF Museum had their D-9 parked in front of the O-club at Wright-Pat one weekend. I tracked it down to the hanger where it was parked a couple of days later (not yet on museum display) and obtained permission to not only get many close up photos but to also get in the cockpit. I was a relatively thin, 6’3” at the time and it was a tight fit. I’ve had a soft spot for the Fw 190D series ever since.
  14. The original (c.2015?) Airfix Beaufighter X includes markings for a 27 Sqd Beau from Burma, early-mid 1945.
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