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  1. To the extent that the Airfix 1/72 B. XVI is an accurate guide, the opening is a scale 8’ and approx 3” from the nacelle and the opening is a scale 18” wide from there
  2. You can carefully lift the printed belt pieces from the backing, no cutting or soaking necessary. You will probably need to use a dab of white glue to hold them in place. Do experiment first, it has been three-four months since I used the Kits World belts I bought and I no longer trust my memory to be 100% reliable
  3. I too had ordered Hannants last year when announced. Got them promptly after release. The Mosquito B.XVI seems to have pulled a disappearing act though. Again promptly got the two I preordered from Hannants, but the additional one I subsequently ordered has been on backorder
  4. Ginger Lacey’s Spitfire XIVe wouldn’t have had wing leading edge stripes painted yellow since it was in SEAC, his victories were scored in Europe, hence the German a/c victory markings. I don’t have the AZ kit so can’t comment on rest of the box art, but the absence of yellow leading edges and the presence of a Luftwaffe victory board are not errors. Red patches on the non-existent outboard wing .303 gun ports would be an error.
  5. Chuck1945

    A good mitchell

    Different kit and scale but I bought a white metal gear and cockpit floor set for Airfix’s 1/72 B-25 thinking that would provide weight towards the nose and discovered a)it really didn’t add enough weight over what the plastic parts would contribute to make a difference, and, b) the parts were rather poor copies of the plastic parts.
  6. Curiouser and curiouser Thanks SD
  7. Thanks, those pictures are quite helpful. Appears then that the recess in the belly on the DML kits is in error, and it should be an attachment point for an ETC rack.
  8. Not an expert by any means, I also noticed those on my kit’s instructions as well and also saw it done on a couple of WIP topics. I just assumed those were replacement panels in the MSG night fighter scheme that hadn’t yet been repainted in OG
  9. Thanks again for the replies. It was the topic Troy linked that inspired me, and I didn’t remember quite correctly insofar as operational use was concerned. I have the Hobby2000 boxing H2K72050 with WNr decals for three Ar 234C aircraft. I do have the 1993 Monogram publication but is not readily accessible.
  10. Thanks RainerHooker (always liked Rainer’s ‘running of the wild Rainers’ ad) and Chris. I figured some sort of fairing, need to check my Ar 234B kit to see if the tank is included. I started the Frog Ar 234C kit years ago but it didn’t survive the move from Dallas to Pittsburgh in ‘93. At least my 234B kit made it all the way to Cheney. Just got the Hobby2000 edition of the ‘C’ model.
  11. The Arado 234C DML/Hobby2000 kit has a cut-out on the underside to fit a bomb or other device. What little reference I have for the aircraft isn’t at hand and since I hope to model one of the very few documented recce aircraft, I won’t be fitting any of the under hung ordinance. I suspect the real thing didn’t have a permanent oval cut-out, but I also have no idea how it looked if not carrying anything centerline. Any suggestions or information?
  12. Mine arrived two days ago so I’ll be watching this project. Not sure which version I’ll actually start first though (Ia/Ic, Coastal, or II)
  13. Yes, the Freightdog set corrects this as well as the external bumps on the bomb bay doors.
  14. Two things to consider, 1) while there was a standard for Olive Drab 41, in production and use there quite a bit of variability and 2) while ANA 613, was supposed to be the ‘new’ OD, the USAAF Material Command pretty much ignored that and told everyone to keep using 41, supposedly even to the point of re-labeling cans of 41 to 613 if someone insisted on using 613. See Dana Bell’s monograph on Olive Drab.
  15. Assuming it is a typo, but the Val was an IJN aircraft, not IJA
  16. I’m away from my references, but if you can track down the instruction sheet from the initial “Hornchurch vs the Luftwaffe” decal sheet from around 2010, the was information regarding at least two of the Kiwi labeled aircraft. I used it when building a model of Deere’s Kiwi in which he was attempting to scramble when shot down on take-off
  17. Back in the late 60s a booklet was published with supposed actual chips,Neutral Gray was very dark, think in terms of the British Extra Dark Sea Grey. Not claiming EDSG was a match, just using it as a reference point for ‘dark’. Especially early war (for the US) aircraft photos give an indication of this. For whatever reason, most later time period photos show a much lighter color.
  18. Thanks for all this, I’m planning open bomb bay doors on mine so this all helps a lot. I’ll use a 1mm Molotow chrome pen for the light recesses
  19. Thanks for this Tony and Colin. I’ve been watching for the Freightdog correction set, this project prompted a quick visit and two sets ordered.
  20. I built the Trumpeter Ia/Ic several years ago. At that time, on-line articles comparing it with the MPM series showed MPM’s interior was largely fiction compared to the 4+ publication and fit could be problematical. Trumpeter’s nacelles are too narrow, resulting in gear bays too narrow and wheel/tires more appropriate to a bicycle than a heavy bomber. I kept a MPM Mk II in case I ever wanted to modify the Airfix Ia/c but the pending release of the Airfix II made that plan obsolete. Go Airfix if you want a Wellington. The instructions even show which interior parts can be omitted if you want to skip that detail
  21. My first civilian flight as well as first military flight were in DC-3/C-47 aircraft. WWII OD could fade to an almost light brown. I’ll follow along too
  22. Thanks, I have the Eduard sets for the Tamiya kits but not sure how well they would fit the Airfix kit.
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