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  1. Some information from the director. Keep in mind that, unless you are familiar with Russian, online translators do produce some humorous results: "Рассказывает режиссер фильма Сергей Краснов: "Основные съемки проходили в Алабино, на полигоне Таманской дивизии, а также в поселке Володарского под Москвой, где была воссоздана деревня Нелидово. Налет немецкой авиации на поезд с призывниками снимали в городе Рославль, а госпиталь и штаб – в Москве. В месте, где шел тот самый бой, мы сняли один из самых важных и смысловых кадров фильма – финальный. Танки и пушки, стреляющие холостыми снарядами, нам предоставил киноконцерн "Мосфильм". Макеты массогабаритные и обвесы советских и немецких солдат и офицеров искали у частных коллекционеров. Макеты подбитых немецких танков и пушки собрали по чертежам и фотографиям художника-постановщика Владимиа Ярина. Трактора, имитирующие во время учений танки, нам предоставили коллекционеры, с которыми сотрудничаем не первый год. Из аутентичной техники времен ВОВ использовались: горная пушка образца 1927 года, самозарядная винтовка Токарева образца 1940 года, винтовки Мосина образца 1896/30 гг (граненые), ППШ образца 1941 года, противотанковое ружье Дегтярева образца 1941 года, пулемет Дегтярева образца 1927 года, немецкая радиостанция Torn E.b, карабин Маузера образца 1898 года (стоявшие на вооружении у вермахта), а также немецкие обвесы. Благодаря водителям-механикам проблем, связанных с военной техникой, не было. С помощью военного консультанта актеры учились стрелять и работать с пушкой, ПТР, винтовками, метать гранаты. Первая смена была ночная, и мы сразу начали с минометного обстрела. Все костюмы сразу же зафактурились, как надо"." Here is a link to a Russian article on actual German WWII tanks in film: Real German Tanks in Soviet Cinema Regards,
  2. Correct. This was on all the aluminum sheets we used when fabricating panels during restorations. I recall removing it with a fast-drying solvent (probably alcohol) as it was simply a red stamped, repeating, and staggered text used to identify the brand, alloy, and thickness of the metal. It is hard to remember all the details as I earned my A&P (Airframe and Powerplant) licenses over forty years ago while at Aviation High School in NYC. Sadly, there were no jobs upon graduation but my Avionics certificate at least got me a foot up in the electronics field. I never lost my love of aircraft and had volunteered many times while single. Wives don't particularly care for one to volunteer restoring warbirds for free and far away! I think the better word would be stamps, instead of stencils. Thanks again Dave! You had me reminiscing. Regards,
  3. Thank you Peter, I do recall someone using decals on a 1/48th scale kit, not sure if it was custom. I contacted the owners of Fundekals and they informed me that they didn't plan on smaller scales other than 32nd. As for application, simply cut into strips and apply in a line with the second alternating enough to create an overlap of the information printed. This was done so that smaller panels still had the information of the stencil which included important information like thickness. Regards,
  4. I posted this information a few days ago. I understand that my post may have been permanently deleted. It was posted here as I was looking for stencils to use in the P-51D Mustang main gear bays. I followed the original post up once I found the decals, see attached, in case anyone else was looking for them. Someone responded with what seemed to state that the stencils were never used on wartime Mustangs. I was told to refer to "Building the P-51 Mustang" book by Michael O'Leary and 'reformulate' my question. I replied that I had the book but was building Latin American Mustangs (which may have been rebuilt). A third person then posted that I was in the wrong forum as it should be Post War (or Cold War), so I apologized after removing my content. Looking at the aforementioned book, I see the stencils clearly on the bare aluminum of the Mustangs on the production line in several photos. I would refer the reader to page 103 where the stencils are clearly seen between the puttied rows of rivets on a P-51B and page 105 where they are clearly seen on several panels to include the fuel tank cover panel, main landing gear wheel covers, and other skin panels. On page 145, bottom left, we can clearly make out the stencils on a P-51D upper wing. These are the clearest examples of the stencils in use during wartime production. The decals which have these stencils are only available in 1/32nd scale from Fundekals, reference number 32001: The red stencils are in the rectangle to the left of the upper 'Star and Bar' which is horizontally oriented. I hope this is of use to someone. Regards,
  5. I posted a link to a modeler who had access to NAA drawings and made his Twin Mustang as accurate as he could in 1/32nd scale. He posted a photo of his scratchbuilt fuselage halves along with the Dragon F-6K he used for reference. In it, one can clearly see the relationship between the cockpit opening and wing. It may be semantics but I thought the 'nose' is measured from the spinner tip to the start of the windscreen. However, I can see those that look at an aircraft from overhead and consider the distance from the spinner tip to the wing/fuselage junction as the nose. Still a one-way discussion with people taking their time to post things so another only takes in the information. Regards,
  6. Hopefully, you will share your build here as that is the best "thank you" which can be provided to those that assisted. Waiting patiently here. Regards,
  7. I see it now, thanks. Regards,
  8. Ah, you're not Laurent Stern then. My apologies. Regards,
  9. Finn, I'm not sure what you meant by the wing being higher on the P-82. Of course, Laurent's input is valued (he and I have discussed many things on a manufacturer's reference and assistance group on FB which I run). I'm simply trying to understand what was meant by that phrase. Regards,
  10. Nose made longer, or wings moved further back on the elongated fuselage? The cockpit being in the same station position, relative to the cowling , on both. Your clues are: The statement that there is longer space in front of the wing The cowlings (part numbers starting with 117) are the same The distance from the windscreen to the cowling seems the same. (Moving the wing back also shifts the Center of Gravity.) Regards,
  11. Aside from two of the links I posted which show the nose without cowling (Ready to Fly and Factory Photos), Tom Reilly did chronicle his restoration saga online. Tom Reilly's F-82B Restoration Regards,
  12. Since Finn mentioned the restoration of (actually two) P-82, a simple search resulted in a few useful links (to help get the Merlin engine geometry in the nose correct). Air Wing Media - North American XP-82 Twin Mustang Restoration World War II Aircraft - XP-82 Almost Ready to Fly Factory photographs Video in Flight from Cockpit Regards,
  13. Well, the OEZ (KP/Eduard) kit is now the low end, Hobby Boss (based on Mr, song's work when he was with Trumpeter) is second, with Kitty Hawk (Mr. Song's latest) being the best so far. Who scanned the German museum's fitter? Not AMK, doubtful it is ICM as they have examples much closer... then who? Who had been scanning aircraft lately? Personally, I got rid of my OEZ kit in the hopes of the new ones but haven't picked up any instead... I can wait it out. Regards,
  14. After reading through all 18 pages of the thread on scalemodels.ru, I see that the Russians seem to agree that the belly of the fuselage is the issue. They had others such as the nose gear being too far back while the main gears are too far forward. The Russians seem to enjoy overlaying images of the KH CAD on top of photos of the real aircraft. Some even had some nicely done plans with cross sections. Here are just a few of the images to be found on the forum. Last, they didn't seem to have the fuselage problem Doog did and they did point out that he mounted the KKR pod backwards and forgot to remove the pylons on either side. The image above purports the landing gear being too close together (nose and main) Overlaying the KittyHawk CAD over photos of the real aircraft: This has some nicely done plans... I wish I knew the source. The main issue found: It affects the mounting of the KKR pod. This is how it should be (instead of pointing downwards as in the kit): Trying to stitch an image together to eliminate distortion (these guys are serious!): Regards,
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