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About MDriskill

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  1. Here’s a couple of builds with hand-painted mottling that almost defy belief: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/72nd_aircraft/junkers-ju188-f-1-hasegawa-1-72-finished-t10886.html https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/72nd_aircraft/heinkel-he-219-a-dragon-platz-second-finished-t10436.html That being said...I use an airbrush for mine! It does take some practice, good equipment, and knowledge of paint thinning ratios, air pressure settings etc., but airbrushing models is a lot of fun and very effective.
  2. I really appreciate all the kind comments on this model! You will notice I angled the photos to hide the complete lack of any cockpit detail, LOL... The fine mottling in classic 74/75/76 colors was typical of mid-production, Fieseler-built D-9’s. The scheme is based on photos and profiles in the D-9 books by JaPo and Jerry Crandall, which I can’t recommend highly enough if you like this aircraft. Rivets were done with a “Rosie the Riveter,” a simple pounce-wheel type tool that I got from UMM Hobbies here in the US, which worked very well. I found the secrets to using it accurately and achieving (relatively!) straight lines were: 1) pencil the main rivet lines onto the model first; 2) position my eye directly above the center axis of the tool while using it (if you hold the model out away from yourself while working, so that you are viewing the work at an angle...you’ll wander off every time).
  3. That is terrific! Thank you so much for posting that, what an excellent photo. Not exactly a state-of-the-art build by current standards, but here is M. Lorant’s book and the old Airfix build inspired by it that I previously mentioned...!
  4. I put the finishing touches on this beast last week. I picked this simple kit mainly to try my hand at riveting, and was happy with the results. The HB quick-build kit has its limits: zero cockpit, spurious wheel wells, rather flat dihedral angle; but has its strong points too - good basic shape (only 1/72 kit having the recessed channel behind the lower cowl for instance), nice solid feel when assembled, and of course goes together fast. I improved the exterior by tweaking the too-wide prop blades and too-long cowl flaps, re-did some cowl panel lines, made an attempt to ease the exaggerated fabric detail, replaced the scrawny kit wheels with Eduard leftovers, and added other bits, including pitot and gun barrels from Albion brass tubing. I took some artistic license in a couple areas, first depicting it at an earlier point in time than its well-known photos, with more parts attached! Second, published profiles of “yellow 8” invariably opt for the late-war upper surface greens, but the 74/75 scheme typical for mid-production Fieseler-built D-9’s seems more likely to me. Pics show the cowl (pre-painted in dark green at Junkers) is clearly darker than the rest of the fuselage, with Fieseler hurriedly applying a few light gray blotches to blend the two. Paints are old-school Aeromaster enamels and Testor’s clear coats. Upper wing and fuselage crosses are painted, but Eaglecals used for other markings. Kept the weathering fairly light, using oil washes, pastels, and colored pencils.
  5. That is fascinating, thanks! It is interesting to note that the bright narrow stripe is indeed more visible for being on a diagonal; the “strike-through” reading of it may be more of a 2019 connotation, than a 1945 one. If you see Mr. Lorant again, please let him know that that Le Focke-Wulf 190 was one of the biggest highlights of my long obsession with this aircraft, in spite of the severe limitations of my schoolboy French...once upon a time, I even built the Airfix 1/72 Fw 190D, to match the book’s cover art.
  6. Thanks much for the pics of “Yellow 11!” Most interesting and as mentioned, both strong evidence that the stripe was used Gruppe-wide, and a more colorful modeling alternative to Black 7, 15, and 17. Not sure we need more speculation on the marking, but one could argue that - in spite of physically obscuring part of the swastika - the stripe draws attention to it, rather than concealing it? If I were the gent who came up with the idea, that’s what I would have said to an inquiring senior officer anyhow! My money would still be on it’s being a simple assembly marking, to aid recently-converted Zerstorer pilots learning new aircraft and tactics in a lethal environment.
  7. For what it’s worth, this is the other photo I tried to find for my first post...! The image and profile are from FW-190 In Foreign Service, Captured Butcherbirds Vol. 2, by Kecay Publishing. Note that the machine is pictured being toyed with by its new American owners, with lower cowl panels off and engine running. Not a very good photo (and the caption describes it as an F-8 when an A-8 seems more likely), but the white stripe and black III./JG 54 markings match up to “Black 15” and “Black 17” above well enough. The book has a second photo of this aircraft, which unfortunately has two soldiers completely blocking the view of the fin. One of my favorite aviation historians likes to say, "Logical assumption is the opposite of research!” But since all three of these machines are from the same Staffel, the best assumption for now may be that the stripe was simply to help them find each other in the air.
  8. I strongly disagree that this is faked in any way. The classic French Docavia book Le Focke-Wulf 190, in addition to the two shots of “Black 15” seen here, has the shot attached below, an A-8 “Black 17” with a near-identical long stripe. (And I’m 90%+ certain I’ve seen photos of another machine with a shorter version of the stripe - maybe “Black 7” from the Cutting Edge decal sheet linked above - but alas can’t put eyes on it at the moment.) Sometimes it pays to look in a good old-fashioned book! The Docavia was published in 1981, thus well pre-dating Ebay. The idea that they were doctored for online sale doesn't seem to hold water, and this is a pretty poor way to obliterate the swastika too. The “Black 15” shots also appear in volume 5, section 3 of Classic Publication’s Jagdwaffe series. They note that the marking was used in the “new” III./JG 54 (formed in early 1945 from ZG 76, soon after JG 54’s original III gruppe became IV./JG 26). Their speculations about the stripe include: a simple unit insignia; theater marking for the Oder river area; a formation-keeping device for poor visibility conditions. I’ve often wondered if there might have subtle political undertones to this, though. Not all pilots were ardent Nazis; earlier in the war, for example some JG 53 pilots completely painted over the hakenkreuz on their Bf 109E’s, after Goering censured their CO for marrying a woman of Jewish heritage...
  9. I will go with the crowd here, I would guess 1/48 would be the scale which “feels” most like the 1/35 armor you are accustomed to. Some of the newer Tamiya kits (P-47, Corsair, Bf-109G, Ki-61, and yes the dreaded Spitfire I) are a great combination of accuracy, detail, and easy-building, excellent engineering. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool 1/72 fan myself, and it’s true that scale has the widest selection of subjects. But so many excellent 1/48 and 1/32 kits are now available, it’s hard to imagine running out of stuff to work on in a lifetime for either!
  10. I am no Spitfire expert, so take my comments for what they are worth...but, I recently picked up the KP Mk VB and was very impressed with it. No doubt has some of the usual short-run foibles as well-described above, but seems like a basically accurate and cleanly-detailed kit. IMHO the best all-round Mk V’s in 1/72 at the moment. Depending on shaky memory here, I think AZ did have another “family” of early-mark Spitfires that were a step below this quality-wise. But the newer kits in KP boxes are fresh tooling and among the company’s better efforts.
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    Not an area i have a ton of experience with, but for whatever my opinions are worth: The Academy Me 163 is one of the very best 1/72 kits that company ever made. Includes the little transport tractor, and gives you the option for the 163S 2-seat trainer, too. Absolutely can’t go wrong with that one. The Revell Ho 229 is superb, though as noted this one is in the Zoukei “to-do” pile if you want to wait a year. Or four, LOL. The Dragon He 162 is good but you will have to work through some fit issues. The wing roots are particularly bad, it’s as if a magic force field holds them away from the fuselage, in spite of lacking any obvious points of contact. For what it’s worth, the Hobby Boss “Quick Build” He 162 and Me 163 are quite acceptable for that type of kit.
  12. Not relevant to the original post, but I stand corrected on one point: AZ Models has just released a 1/72 scale Erla Bf 109G-10! Looks like early and late versions will be available, the latter being the first release and now at Hannants... https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AZM7611
  13. I think this is pretty clear from the previous posts, but to sum up: late Bf 109G’s were manufactured by three different companies: Messerschmitt (at Regensburg); Erla (at Leipzig); and WNF (which had two assembly facilities - one near Vienna, and the “Diana” plant near Tisnov in what was then the Czech Protectorate). Each of those facilities had its own “chain” of sub-contractors and parts suppliers, giving their G-10’s variations in internal equipment, and exterior appearance. The external differences between Messerschmitt and WNF aircraft are limited to subtle aspects of the nose gun fairings and various small access hatches, but Erla’s G-10 had unique and extensive changes - the whole nose was subtly different from any other 109. Currently the only mainstream injection-molded kit of an Erla G-10 is, surprisingly enough, in 1/32 scale by Revell. No 1/72 or 1/48 kit is available, though aftermarket conversion sets are made. The late 1970’s-vintage Revell 1/48 G-10 kit still makes a respectable model, and represents a WNF/Diana machine. Hasegawa makes a very nice 1/48 G-10 which closely replicates Messerschmitt production. Eduard’s recent excellent 1/48 kits cover both WNF/Diana and Messerschmitt G-10’s, and they have announced that an Erla variant will complete the set later this year.
  14. Just my opinion from looking at photos, but it appears the colors have a soft sprayed edge, although it is a narrow “tight” one. This includes the demarcations between upper-surface colors, and the line between upper colors and the undersides. Again just speculation on my part, but perhaps masking mats were used similar to RAF practice. The Martlet IV was painted at the factory, in US-manufactured equivalents of the Dark Slate Grey, Extra Dark Sea Grey, and Sky.
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