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  1. I got my copy of the new "Wingleader Photo Archive" book on the Beaufighter yesterday, and it has yet another photo of one of these aircraft (apparently T3301 or T4705 were both modified). They also speculate the camo color was a locally-mixed dark blue, applied at 102 MU at Abu Sueir, Egypt. An interesting detail is that the tire bulges on the undercarriage doors are cut away, i.e., the mainwheels are partially exposed when retracted. Another thing I've learned from Wingleader's books, is that colored lens filters can produce downright startling changes in how color contrasts appear in black-and-white photos (their recent Hurricane book has several fascinating examples of the same view being shot with different filters).
  2. John, I confess I've never owned or built the Revell 1/32 car-door kit! My comment is based on the models I've seen at contests or online over the years, which create a good impression (c.f. "spitfire's" build above!). No doubt the true experts could list plenty of shortcomings. But surely it would be a fine ceiling hanger, and could be built in a fraction of the time of the fiercely complex Airfix 1/24 magnum opus.
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    Wonderful article and illustrations of these attractive machines! Thanks much for translating and posting.
  4. Maginot, I too am recently retired and share some of the same sentiments! I am not exactly made of money, but at this point a little extra cash for a more accurate or easier to build kit can be easier to find, than the time required to upgrade on old one. If 1/48 is your preference, the Hasegawa kits of the Typhoon will not disappoint, they are very nice. They made several variants including car-door and bubble top ones. I believe all their kits used the original small tailplane, but Eduard's recent re-boxings add the Tempest tailplane and 4-blade prop. As far as printed reference material, anything with Chris Thomas's name on it is pretty much gold! His "Warpaint" on the Typhoon is a great all-round modeller's reference, he's done several titles for Osprey, Classic's "2nd Tactical Air Force" series, and much, much more. Just searching for his posts here is an education.
  5. Thank you for the kind words, the Tiffie is a personal favorite. For a ceiling-hanger, I might suggest the old Revell 1/32 kit as a good choice. Vastly cheaper and easier to build than the very complex Airfix kit, also is the "car door" version, and I reckon is accurate enough for viewing from a bit of distance.
  6. The BEST Typhoon kits are the Airfix 1/24 wonders, period. All you need to build one is a bank loan, a spare room, and a couple years of extra lifespan! Random comments on 1/72 Typhoons (my accuracy reference is Arthur Bentley's famous drawings, as originally published to precise 1/72 scale in "Scale Models" magazine MANY moons ago): + Czech Master resin made several variants. I know they are very highly regarded for accuracy and detail, but I've never owned one and don't know current availability. + I personally don't like the Academy kit. But it's cheap and the most noticeable faults - cartoonishly oversized canopy and over-extended, poorly-angled landing gear - are easy enough to fix (a Heller Tempest canopy is a good replacement). It represents a mid-production machine (small tailplane, bubble canopy, 3-blade prop). + Hobby Boss makes a good kit in their mostly-snap-together, "Easy Assembly" series. It much resembles the Academy, except for an even more absurd canopy, but could be massaged into a quite nice - and very quick - build. + The Airfix kit is a delight, but has some curious accuracy glitches. The fin/rudder is a bit oversized (easy to fix and helps the appearance a great deal), rear fuselage is slightly short (prolly not worth worrying about), and the wing is too thin (impossible to fix). But it's a lot of fun to build and really looks just fine. If you like "unmodified" contest categories ("OOB" - out of the box - here in the US), it has the unique advantage of being able to expose the wing gun bays within the rules! (Silly note: part B30, which sets wing dihedral whilst detailing the cockpit floor, wheel well, and radiator roof, is one ingenious bit of kit engineering, LOL...) It represents a late-production machine (large tailplane, bubble canopy, 4-blade prop). + The Brengun kits offer every variant, are all still available, and are very accurate; they obviously went straight off Bentley's amazing drawings. Surface detail is petite and interior detail is very good, but you won't forget you are dealing with a limited-run kit. Fit can be tough, some surface features are spotty, etc. Except for panel lines dealing with cockpit access, all variants have the same fuselage moldings, set up for early aircraft. So the "fish plate" tail joint reinforcements are missing, and late bubble top variants with the larger Tempest tailplane require the entire tail to be removed and replaced; parts are provided, but the instructions don't give much guidance on this. + Finally, this old thread gets more into the weeds, especially on the Airfix vs. Brengun question:
  7. MarkoZG, thank you for those notes, very interesting. Your comments on the radiator highlight another frustration of the Hasegawa kit: much detail is simply missing. Many prominent surface details and other small features (hatches, access panel dzus fasteners, instrument venturi, radiator ribs, fuel and coolant drains, etc.) just aren't there. The radiator also lacks the horizontal intake splitter (which is represented, albeit rather heavily, in the Italeri kit), external side latches, and rear bracing and flap actuators. And some of the small parts - odd wedge-shaped oil cooler, wheels, skinny prop blades - are very bad. We all roll our eyes at the never-ending "we really need a new kit of X" comments, LOL...but it's frustrating that the best-known Italian aircraft of WW2 is so poorly represented in 1/72 scale.
  8. Wow - nice build, and absolutely fantastic finish! This is really a very striking model.
  9. A prototype is just that - a hand-assembled trials horse that, almost by definition, can be VERY different from a service machine. And the W. Nr. of the V53 indicates that the fuselage was originally an A-8, but the wing may well have come from an earlier machine. In theory, just about any Fw 190 could mount either the operating inner wheel well doors, or the smaller fixed inserts required when a centerline rack was mounted. But I've never seen a photo of any operational 190 after the A-6 variant, with the hinged doors actually in place.
  10. Thanks Giorgio! Very interesting kit history - it's amazing how much "traveling" some of those old molds have done over the years!
  11. Thanks Giorgio! Arlecchino sounds like a perfect name for the described machines... On the subject of 1/72 C.202 kits: + As Giorgio described, the Italeri 1/72 C.202 is a direct copy, shape-wise, of the 1992-vintage Hasegawa kit. It has the nominal advantage of more cockpit and wheel well detail, but to me the engineering is inferior and it is harder to build. That being said, the new decals in the re-release might be worthwhile. And Italeri's C.205 Veltro is the only game in town. + The recent "Hobby 2000" boxings of the C.202 are Hasegawa moldings. Again, main reason to get them is the decals, which are really excellent. + I don't agree that the Hasegawa kit, which fits very nicely on Brioschi's drawings in my "Ali d'Italia" copies, is underscale. It has plenty of errors, including a short rear fuselage and spine, but in an overall sense it's not too small. + The 70's-vintage Supermodel kits of the 202 and 205 are completely different...and pretty terrible. Some of that brand's kits were re-released by what was "Italaerei" in those days, but apparently not the Macchis. [edit: this is not correct, see Giorgio's notes below] + Some recent aftermarket parts are a great help for the Hasegawa (or Italeri) kits. Airone Hobby has produced a resin seat, exhausts, and early un-filtered supercharger intake; PE seat belts; and 3D-printed late enclosed tropicalized wheel wells, and landing gear assemblies. Quickboost has recently added the late filtered intake, and the 205's oil coolers, in resin.
  12. I'm a fan of the "Ali d'Italia" series of monographs, one of the best printed resources for WW2 Italian aircraft. These typically have side-by-side Italian and English text, but if you have no. 22 on the Macchi 202, you may have noticed there is a section on p.55 that's Italian only. Well...for what it's worth, Google Translate - with a little editing by me - came up with this (anyone who speaks Italian better than this old hillbilly - please chime in with improvements!): Technical Amendments C.202 During its production life, the C.202 underwent 116 technical changes; many of these referred to minor details (the diameter of some bolts, the reinforcement of a joint, etc.), while some were of greater importance (armored glass application, installation of wing guns, stabilizer with compensated balance, etc.) Each modification was formalized on a special "Proposal Form" which thoroughly described the interventions to be carried out, and was applied after the designer's approval. It is interesting to emphasize two points: 1) The modifications were classified according to three categories, designated A, B and C. Those of type A were to be installed on all new-build aircraft, as well as those already in service, by factory personnel; those of type B, in addition to new aircraft, were also to be installed on previous aircraft on the occasion of repairs and overhauls; those of type C did not apply retroactively. By way of example, modification no. 74 "Application of armored glass to the windscreen" was of type A; no. 65 "Fuel pump cooling box" was of type B; while no. 60 "Tailwheel of type D" was classified C. 2) The application of changes almost never coincided with the start of a new Series. The purpose of the various Series designations was to establish subsequent production orders, and did not signal the introduction of specific construction or set-up changes; in practice they had a more administrative than technical significance. The "Proposal Form" indicated, from time to time, the Military Registration Number from which a modification had to be installed, giving specific instructions to each of the three manufacturers: AerMacchi, Breda, and SAI Ambrosini. From a construction point of view, there were in fact no differences between the models of the three companies; although the camouflage finish, interpreted in a slightly different way by the painters at Varese, Sesto S.Giovanni, and Passignano sul Trasimeno, made it possible to identify the maker at a glance [see Aerofan no. 76, "The Colors of the Folgore;" or "Ali e Colori" series, nos. 4 and 5]. On the contrary, every effort was made to ensure perfect interchangeability between the components. For this purpose, specimens called "Arlecchino" ("harlequin?") were required by contract, to verify compatibility of parts from different assembly locations. Only one "Arlecchino" from AerMacchi-Breda (MM 9415) is known; if there were others (a triple AerMacchi-Breda-SAI "Arlecchino" was also planned), no documentary trace remains.
  13. Vladimir Kafka (aka, "Airone Hobby") makes beautiful, re-usable masks for exactly this purpose, which accurately mirror the actual structure for a given aircraft. They are available through Hannants. https://www.aironehobby.com
  14. You are one DEDICATED dude! This is great modeling, well-presented! Wow...
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