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  1. Hiya all, Cruising the web, I found some pictures of Soviet Victor III subs, which appear to have a camouflage pattern. Given that camouflage paint schemes are pretty rare on post-WWII subs in general, I thought it might be worth making a repository here for camouflaged Sov/Russian boats! 2020.f.a0z.ru/cache/01/800x600/19-8269153-1.jpg and 2020.f.a0z.ru/01/20-8271725-i.jpg and 2020.f.a0z.ru/01/20-8271725-i-3-.jpg Does anyone out there have any other photos of camouflaged subs?
  2. This earlier thread has some information regarding the markings on one of Sakai's A6M2s (V-173), including some discussion about the example currently hanging in the Australian War Memorial: www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234956984-saburo-sakai-a6m2/ Otherwise, some more images and details of the AWM's A6M2 can be found here: www.awm.gov.au/collection/C111051 and pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/a6m2/5784/2002/zero.html and adf-serials.com.au/zero.htm
  3. One of your decals, do you think?
  4. These forum discussions may be helpful: http://www.saairforce.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8387 and https://www.saairforce.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=4543 and https://www.saairforce.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=2887 and https://archive.aeroscale.net/forums/272752/ Good luck!
  5. I'm going with an overall silver/metallic finish, predating the multi-tone grey. http://forums.airforce.ru/attachments/matchast/82161d1510988021-downloadfile-19.jpeg/ and http://forums.airforce.ru/attachments/matchast/82162d1510988048-korea-1985_01-1-.jpg/ From here (via Google Translate): http://forums.airforce.ru/matchast/4178-reestr-mig-23-sozdadim-vmeste-53/ "In April 1985, a telegram from the Air Force General Staff came to the regiment (234 GIAP), according to which the task was set to ferry 10 MiG-23ML aircraft from 121 ARZ in Kubinka to the Pukchang airfield in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. These aircraft were painted silver and bore the markings of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea - a red star in a circle. Six pilots of 234 GIAP (mainly from 4 aircrafts) and four pilots from 32 GIAP were supposed to participate in the stretch."
  6. Like the lack of ejection seats for some of the aircrew of Victors and Vulcans...! I seem to recall an interesting bit about poor manufacturing/consistency standards with the exhaust components of Halifax engines in Merrick's Handley Page Halifax - from hell to victory and beyond. I daresay any time there are multiple factories set up in short timespans in wartime, you are bound to get manufacturing 'discrepancies'! An interesting paper on Germany's industrial culture - plus the effects of enemy action, sabotage and slave labour - can be found here: https://www.hsdl.org/?view&did=830366
  7. I know, safety third, right? I notice too, there's no masking of the intake/exhaust - let's hope that whatever's inside can live with a dusting of paint!
  8. So that's how it's done! From here: https://twitter.com/KushigumoAkane/status/1383516164324663299
  9. I reckon it's a nice, colourful scheme, and somewhat fitting for a warplane from a proud country; but... (and politically-related cynicism aside) the flag-related 'branding'/wrapping/waving thing is really getting old. What's happened to the professionally-understated British self-confidence and quiet pride? Given the diversity of squadrons that are (still, for now) in RAF service, it would be nice to see at least one aircraft from each unit done up with the old-fashioned squadron bar markings (and big ones, at that)!
  10. Gun pods: http://www.airwar.ru/image/idop/fighter/mig27k/mig27k-3.jpg But, if you simply must have free-fall bombs:
  11. More missile loads: http://www.redov.ru/transport_i_aviacija/shturmoviki_i_istrebiteli_bombardirovshiki/pic_131.jpg http://www.nnre.ru/transport_i_aviacija/aviacija_i_vremja_2009_05/pic_61.jpg http://www.razlib.ru/transport_i_aviacija/aviacija_i_kosmonavtika_2004_08/pic_64.jpg http://www.razlib.ru/transport_i_aviacija/aviacija_i_kosmonavtika_2004_08/pic_65.jpg http://www.razlib.ru/transport_i_aviacija/aviacija_i_kosmonavtika_2004_08/pic_66.jpg http://www.razlib.ru/transport_i_aviacija/aviacija_i_kosmonavtika_2004_08/pic_67.jpg http://www.militaryparitet.com/editor/assets/new/Files4/MiG-27ML_IAF_Kh-29_PGM.jpg http://www.airwar.ru/image/i/weapon/mig27_x-27.jpg http://xn--80aafy5bs.xn--p1ai/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/MiG-23BK-32-26-s-chetyrmya-upravlyaemymi-raketami-H-25-1.jpg http://xn--80aafy5bs.xn--p1ai/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/4a.MiG-27K-zahodit-na-posadku..jpg http://xn--80aafy5bs.xn--p1ai/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/9.MiG-27K.-Shema..gif Any ideas on the under-fuselage pod here: http://www.airwar.ru/image/idop/fighter/mig27k/mig27k-5.jpg
  12. This jet has a full load: I'm not sure about the bombload on this jet. And, there's always the fun of a mixed load: https://i.ucrazy.ru/files/i/2008.1.15/1200405962_511.jpg and http://www.16va.be/galeries_vvs/mig-27/imgcol/imgcol_5/_00093.html and http://www.16va.be/galeries_vvs/mig-27/imgcol/imgcol_20/_00006.html Then, there is a load of precision-guided weapons: http://www.16va.be/page_mig-27m_kh-25.html and
  13. Do these help? http://www.airwar.ru/image/idop/fighter/mig27/mig27-2.gif and http://www.airwar.ru/image/idop/fighter/mig27/mig27-3.gif
  14. This chap may have some insights, too: https://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal12/11701-11800/gal11762-A-4-Sidharta/00.shtm And, there's always: http://www.advmodprds.com/am48-48.jpg Good luck!
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