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  1. Brilliant job on that little jet, Tony! The weathering looks fine to me. Even the normally well-maintained Shackletons ended looking a bit tatty after a few years in that climate (at Changi in Singapore). Regards, Jason
  2. I've always thought the MiG-1/3 looked like a racing aircraft. However, that big, supercharged engine and the aft-mounted cockpit might have looked rakish, but they didn't suit the aircraft for fighting in the Great Patriotic War. The Soviets needed aircraft that were easy to take off and land in, and were suited for low-altitude combat, not high-altitude like the MiGs. When it came out, the MiG-1 was the fastest fighter in the world, with a top speed of around 400 mph. Best Regards, Jason
  3. You're welcome! Now I have to go look at the D.550 (I'm fairly familiar with the MiG-1). I also know a bit about Soviet bombers, too, having written a book about Soviet bombers in addition to the book about Soviet fighters. Best Regards, Jason
  4. Welcome to the site, mate, and have a great time! If you need to know about Soviet WWII aircraft, then I'm the self-appointed expert around these parts. Of course, I also love British and Commonwealth aircraft! Best Regards, Jason
  5. Our day will come, John. Back to the Zero, I'm not a big fan, but I might be interested in an early version (A6M3 Model 32) or the Rufe floatplane. Regards, Jason
  6. See, that's the problem, when I buy and build one, I will only do it half as well! Excellent job on the Mossies, Tony! I did get my hand on the Freightdog set and Colin has done his usual outstanding job - now, I really do need to go out and buy the Airfix Mosquito (and yes, I do often buy AM parts before I actually buy a kit - the parts are cheaper, usually). Regards, Jason
  7. That really does look like some Photoshopped concoction, but I know it really existed. I mean if the Bartini Beriev VVA-14* could fly over 100 times, why not. Best of luck with this insane interesting venture! Regards, Jason *It is worth googling, if you like absurd aircraft, as you evidently do.
  8. Excellent job on the Frank! I have this kit, and hope mine comes out as nicely. Regards, Jason
  9. I'm afraid I can't help you here as I generally avoid acrylic paints like the plague (they are death to my airbrush, a Badger 150). Sorry! Best Regards, Jason P.S. For what it's worth, I just had a butcher's at the Vallejo site, and if the paints look anything like the colour profiles of aircraft they have on the boxed sets, they look about right to me. Mind you, this is without me actually using the paints.
  10. Right, you are correct about that. Unfortunately, the colours I used (and use - I have a stockpile) were all Testors Model Master enamels, which line has been run down severely, and some of the paints I use(d) aren't even available anymore. Massimo's site really is the go-to English-language site for VVS aircraft in general and I highly recommend it. Some of the lovely colour profiles that Massimo has done for the site have appeared in some of my humble books on Soviet aircraft. Best Regards, Jason
  11. Nice job on that Yak-3 kit! Good job tarting up the interior. Regarding Soviet colours being contentious, that is a bit of a canard. There is a general consensus on Soviet colours, and the Soviets did not use a large number of colours during the Great Patriotic War, unlike the Germans. They used black, dark grey, medium grey (which the Soviets referred to as 'Grey Blue', though it was really a grey colour with perhaps a bit of blue), tan (which they referred to as 'Light Brown'), a medium green with a bit of olive, blue for the undersides (RLM 65 is perhaps not an exact match, but not too far off), and a neutral grey for the interior. Those seven colours right there are it. Oh, and a temporary white (MK-7) for winter finishes. That's it for the camouflage colours (and the neutral grey is good for the interior). Hardly a minefield. Other colours were used, of course, such as on the engine, hydraulic and other lines and pipes, medium green for the wheels (not the tyres, of course), and silver was also used, more extensively than had been thought, both on markings (such as outlined stars) and on the interior. Although you will often see it on kit instructions, older decals, and colour profiles, yellow was seldom used on the exterior as it was the Axis recognition colour. I'm certain @Massimo Tessitori, @John Thompson, and @Troy Smith can add to the colour discussion. Welcome to VVS modelling; it's easier than you think! Best Regards, Jason
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