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About MDriskill

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  1. Looks like camo paint all the way down on the aerial mast...all the color profiles in my library agree too, for whatever that's worth. I don't know on the fabric sheen! Hard to make a call from photos. I doubt there was much difference - properly prepared fabric is quite smooth stuff, and does not show any "weave" pattern close up - but a small variation could be a nice effect on the model.
  2. And to further clarify my earlier note, Fieseler-built airframes can be quickly identified by a 60xxxx serial number, 530 mm tail hakenkreuz (other manufacturers were noticeably smaller), and 600 mm fuselage balkenkreuz (others were bigger). If 601286 is the correct serial, per JaPo it would have been built about March 1945. The scheme they've shown is extrapolated from other late Fieseler machines.
  3. The JaPo book has three photos of a single D-15 prototype, but all just show pieces of a crashed and burned airframe. They came up with this profile; basic colors are 81, 82, 76, and bare metal. One photo shows fragments of the serial which are inconclusive, but could correspond to 601286, which was a late Fieseler-built airframe known to have been shipped to Daimler-Benz. The characteristically larger Fieseler hakenkreuz is clearly seen in the shot.
  4. I do not claim to be a 109 expert, but for what it's worth I've compared several makes of 1/72 kits with a carefully scaled copy of the length diagram above. To my eye: The Zvezda F and Tamiya G-6 are VERY close, within tenths of a millimeter at all points. The Fine Molds kits are slightly short, the error seemingly concentrated in the bay between the windscreen and firewall. All the AZ kits are slightly long, with the error, interestingly, in the same bay. The early AZ moldings (G-2 through G-6, G-14) had an additional issue with the fuselage being too shal
  5. I do not mean to argue, and assume Mr. Temma is as imperfect as the rest of us humans! But I would note that he typically starts by researching as much original-source documentation as possible, and includes this bibliography with his posts. My impression is he uses pictures - carefully corrected for perspective as you note - more to confirm details, or fill gaps in information, than as a primary resource. The body of drawings he is building up on his site is IMHO a remarkable resource, which often correct long-standing errors repeated by other sources. He also frequently updates d
  6. For what it's worth, a quite amazing new book on the Re.2000 has just been published - got my copy this week. It is really beautiful, and has excellent 1/48 drawings of all variants (plus the Sikorsky P-35!). For what it's worth, the dimension from firewall to front of cowl scales about 6 inches longer for the Heja II. https://www.gliarchiviritrovati.it/home/prodotto/reggiane-re-2000/
  7. That is EXCITING news! Thanks for posting...
  8. They are starting to get hard to find, unfortunately, but there is little to compare with these two books. There is nice color artwork on literally every page of each one: I don't have it, but there is also a fat volume in this series on captured Bf 109's. Karaya makes a large range of decals for the captured 190's, all based on these books I believe (and if you can't find the books, the decal instruction sheets are a pretty good substitute reference). http://www.karaya.pl/en/karaya/29/3/1/items.html
  9. A very interesting question...and in all honesty I have NO IDEA what the answer might be! But I wonder if Grigio Azzuro Scuro (the standard "Tavola 10" dark grey upper surface paint for seaplanes) might be another color to be considered? Would maintenance depots or fighter units have had stocks of that? If German paints were available, 74, 75 and 02 might all be possible. Or, it might have been some "none of the above" field mix...
  10. It's my (very simplistic) understanding that a G-14 was basically a G-6 with the MW-50 (methanol-water) power boost system. Both sub-types got a large range of late detail changes; clear-view canopy, tall tail, hatches, intakes, interior components, etc. The Mushroom book Bf 109 Late Versions Camouflage and Markings contains a very good list of G-14 serial number batches; and nicely describes details of changes over time, and peculiar to each manufacturer. The MW-50 components were procured and distributed separately by the RLM, which could lead to delays and problems
  11. Nice work on a favorite of mine! That kit has stood the test of time, and you've done it full justice.
  12. Wow, that's a stunner! As is your whole site, which I immediately bookmarked and forwarded to some friends...
  13. Really nice builds! I was admiring them at "72 InSight" and great to see them here. The bright green accents on the Portuguese bird are a nice touch to the camo colors.
  14. Brengun makes six different 1/72 Typhoon kits - every variant, including car-doors. They are a bit of work due to the lim-run nature, but finely detailed and very accurate (based on Arthur Bentley's drawings), and definitely easier than a major conversion. They even cover the early Mk IA with "solid" canopy fairing and 12-machine-gun wing, and the tropical trials prototype. (Beware: the shared fuselage moldings have the early small tail, so the separately molded Tempest tail for the late 4-blade-prop "sliders" requires a transplant procedure). It appears they are all still availabl
  15. if there is a flaw to the old Hasey kit, it's that the cockpit / canopy is slightly too far to the rear. The overall fuselage length is about perfect, but if you squint really hard the nose looks a bit long, and the aft fuselage a bit short. The Sword kit fixes this...but really it's a very minor thing.
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