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About MDriskill

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  1. My interpretation of the OP’s notes would be that the Re.2005 fits pretty well, LOL. Good performer, but never a mainstreamer. But regardless...thanks for mentioning RS! That reminds me of some other WW2 “I coulda been a contender’s” they make: + Caudron C.714, epitome of elegant futility (and a really nice kit with much nice aftermarket bits from Yahu) + SAI 207, the Italian “light fighter” equivalent + SAI 403, the 207’s successor + De Schelde S-21, can’t get much odder than that + French Bloch 152, mass-produced toad + Bloch 155, excellent but too late successor + Fokker D.XXIII, push me-pull you + Kawasaki Ki-60, heavy fighter prototype And how about the Azur Koolhoven FK.58, Dutch-French-whatever mistif.
  2. A really great subject! To my mind the entire family of WW2 Italian Reggiane fighters fits in this category, and the recent Sword six-kit special release (contains [2] Re.2000, Re.2001, [2] Re.2002, and Re.2005) would be a natural. Nice kits, too.
  3. This might help - a recent article from Model Paint Solutions’ site that uses several Mission Models “silver” shades. Mr. Miller describes how they were done in the article. https://modelpaintsol.com/builds/planet-models-focke-wulf-fw-19a-ente-duck For what it’s worth, I recently did an early Spitfire and used a vintage bottle of Floquil “Platinum Mist” for the underside color which came out very well. If you have access to that it might help in matching up an MMP color.
  4. I. LOVE. IT. (!) Years ago at an IPMS National Convention in Ohio, a meeting of the German air force research group showed up on the hotel scheduling monitor as “The Luft Waffle Circle.” This is just TOO perfect.
  5. I am in no way qualified to give an extensive commentary on this subject, but a few comments about the AZ 1/72 kits: * All their kits have an extensive sprue of detail parts with various props, wheels, and other bits. This always leaves many leftovers that can be quite useful in improving other brands of kits. * Their original series of DB 605A-engined G kits (G-1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 14) are nicely molded but do have some notable accuracy issues that have been discussed here (and elsewhere). * Their F kits have some minor adjustments to the profile shape that make a remarkable improvement in their appearance. IMHO a worthy competitor to the FM and Zvezda kits. * The “WNF” and “Diana” G-10’s have the shape issues largely corrected, but add engineering/molding issues that make the fuselage halves quite difficult to assemble. * The K series is IMHO quite good, with both shape and molding issues addressed. These kits comprise a complete G-14 with a new fuselage sprue (even more leftovers!). * They make the only 1/72 kit of the unique Erla G-10 (but an odd detail flaw is that you get the wrong oil cooler, whereas the correct shallower, wider one is included as an un-used part in their other G-10’s).
  6. Well for 109E's, the brands of kits discussed at length in the thread currently nearby are all available in Trop variants. For F's and G's, and without doing any research on individual releases, the AZ range of 109's have covered just about every conceivable late variant including Trops (in fact, if you aren't planning to use kit decals, I think most of them have the supercharger intake filter included on their large common sprue of detail parts). I like these kits but others will have a wide spectrum of opinion!
  7. MDriskill

    1/72 me 109e

    The revised Hasegawa kit of the 90's (with improved fuselage, replacing an original from the early 80's IIRC), is not too bad to my eye. Crisp molding, nice surface detail, sparse cockpit as usual for the brand. The chief flaws that I can remember are the rear fuselage and fin/rudder are rather undersized, and the canopy a bit pinched at the top (though the early "round-top" canopy is better than the post E-4 squared-up one). There was a tail "fixer" set (Cooper Details maybe?) that improved the overall appearance to an amazing degree, no doubt scarce today though. I have one of these on the "shelf of doom" with Coopers' tail and cockpit in place, and fully intend to finish it one of these days! I would rate the Tamiya, Airfix, and ICM kits as better, but the old Hasey will not embarrass you. Worth having if only to steal the prop for your Airfix, LOL...
  8. MDriskill

    1/72 me 109e

    Regarding the missing starboard wing root detail, I believe Airfix corrected that in later releases of the kit. Hats off to them for that at least.
  9. MDriskill

    1/72 me 109e

    In my opinion, the advantages of the Tamiya kit out-weigh its one oft-discussed fault. It’s beautifully engineered, crisply molded, has lots of detail, builds easily, and fully looks the part when finished. I claim no serious 109 expertise, but have read that the overall length of Tamiya’s fuselage is actually correct; the flaw is not that the rear fuselage is too short per se, but that the cockpit is slightly too far aft. So you could argue that the “fix” in the ICM kit really isn’t! My least favorite Airfix detail is the toothpick-narrow propeller blades, a toy-like touch on what is basically a good kit.
  10. Per Giorgio’s notes, the MRP color names follow the Vitocharts nomenclature perfectly.
  11. No, unfortunately my Italian Vitochart is 100% in Italian. The color names do include brief notes that match some colors up to dates or manufacturers though, which may help in correlating with the CMPR list. For example , the 4 main Tavola 10 colors have more or less matching names, and note (1941) underneath. These can be seen clearly in the “Stormo” site article (which includes an explanatory sheet that my copy lacks): https://www.stormomagazine.com/Articles/NewColoursRA.html FWIW, the Japanese Vitochart has the cover titles in Italian, English, German, and French, with the color names themselves in English (!) The French one is entirely in French, including an explanation under each color chip, and a chart that matches up all 36 color chips against 14 contemporary brands of model paints.
  12. Now that is fascinating! Giving my age away here - I own an original Vitochart that I bought when they were new (also the ones for French and Japanese aircraft). But I had not made the connection to MRP paints, very interesting indeed. This page will give you a good bird’s-eye view of the MRP Italian set. https://mrpaint.sk/Italian
  13. MRP makes no less than 32 WW2 Italian WW2 aircraft colors! The one I bought was MRP-332 Azzurro Celeste (dark like the Re.2000 above). Others in the line that might work are MRP-318 Interni Subalare, MRP-302 Grigio Azzurro (each a pale blue), and MRP-319 Azzurro Subalare (rather between the others).
  14. Thank you, Giorgio! Whatever the truth and minutiae of it, a fascinating little detail for the modeler - I definitely need some blue propellers in my display cabinet soon, LOL.
  15. Here’s another example, on an Re.2000. MRP offers this somewhat darker Reggiane version in their line of paints. This image is from the excellent book “Wings of Italy,” a great compilation of WW2 color photos of Italian aircraft.
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