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  1. These Japanese websites are also excellent sources of detail information, especially regarding details and colours for all the little bits-'n'-bobs for A6Ms and other Japanese birds (as long as you take the time to translate and browse through slowly): http://a6m232.server-shared.com/index.html and https://plaza.rakuten.co.jp/zerotagucci/ and https://plaza.rakuten.co.jp/satsukiyamazakur/ and http://angelof.web.fc2.com - these sub-pages, in particular, give good run downs of a bunch of different variants: http://angelof.web.fc2.com/sub108.htm, http://angelof.web.fc2.com/sub43.htm, http://angelof.web.fc2.com/sub23.htm and http://angelof.web.fc2.com/sub103.htm
  2. Here's a relatively simple, quick-'n'-dirty overview: The internet site from which the picture above is taken from goes into a little more detail and provides a potted overview of each variant - you'll need to use an online translator, 'though: http://soranokakera.lekumo.biz/tesr/2015/01/post-4af8.html To add to everyone else's excellent list of references, there are also these books, if you can get 'em from Japan: Zero Fighter Complete Guide (Complete Guide Series 306) Zero Fighter Perfect Guide (Gakken) Surviving Zero Fighter Perfect Guide (I've included a picture of one of the pages, as well as the cover, to give you a bit of a guide) Zero Fighter Visual Book (Magazine House 'Mook') And, for an okay-ish colour guide for all the bits and bobs: Japan Naval Aircraft Painting - What Color?:
  3. The USAAF's 7th Photo-Reconnaissance Group also used some NMF ships - I think some were operational, but someone out there might know for sure that they were/weren't all unit trainers and/or runabouts. MB946 PA842 Profile: http://www.airwar.ru/image/idop/spyww2/spitpr11/spitpr11-c2.jpg and PA892 AR404 (a war weary ship, used as a runabout - this one has a British roundel on the wing)
  4. This decal sheet may be a good source of inspiration (for three aircraft, at least - including MJ250, as mentioned by @warhawk):
  5. The RAAF flew with unpainted Spitfires, for a time. Similarly, at least two RAF units operating in Australia during WWII - 548 and 549 Squadrons - also flew Spitfires in natural metal finishes. http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/_data/i/gallery3/var/albums/SPITFIRE/Spitfire-A58-319/Dad_in_Oz-me.jpg and http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/_data/i/gallery3/var/albums/SPITFIRE/Spitfire-A58-319/Spifire_Mk_VIII_A58_319_TS_O-me.jpg and and and and There's an interesting study in bureaucracy, regarding 548/549 Squadrons' adoption of natural metal finishes (quoted from the instructions for CMR's Spitfire VIII kit, prepared by Peter Malone): "Two new RAF squadrons, Nos 548 and 549, were formed at the end of 1943, with RAF pilots and RAAF ground crew. In April 1944 they began to receive their new aircraft from each of the three aircraft depots. They were delivered camouflaged, mostly in the Foliage Green over Sky Blue scheme. At the end of April the RAAF issued a new instruction stating that camouflage on day fighter aircraft was to be removed to bring them into line with P-40Ns being received from the US and the anticipated Mustangs. In the event this order was subsequently modified at the request of commanders in the north to allow camouflage to be retained for operational aircraft. However the point does not seem to have been understood by the RAAF’s Eastern Area Command who ordered that all of 548 and 549’s Spitfires were to be stripped of paint shortly before the squadron moved north. This extremely unpopular order had to be carried out by the few remaining ground staff and the pilots. The two squadrons eventually proceeded north to Darwin in June. There, they were amazed to be told by the North Western Area Headquarters that their aircraft would have to be camouflaged before the squadrons would be considered operational! The repainting was done over a period of time and it was not accomplished before the end of the year." If I recall correctly, a number of 548/549 squadron members were briefly hospitalised, due to the effects of paint stripper during the great stripping exercise at Amberley!
  6. A Japanese trial of hybrid AFV technology (the T-HEV): https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/sites/default/files/basic_pates/documents/ICSILP18Thu1430_Taira_et_al-Tracked_Hybrid-Electric_Combat_vehicle.pdf
  7. And, to amplify @Kingsman’s entries somewhat: https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/10/6/electric-vehicles-for-the-military-still-a-pipedream
  8. To add to @GiampieroSilvestri's post, here are some more shots of the I-310 (sadly, none of them include the underside). These are of the 'S-1' airframe: http://авиару.рф/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/1.I-310-MiG-15-S-1.jpg http://авиару.рф/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2.I-310-MiG-15-S-1.-Vid-sboku..jpg http://авиару.рф/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/3.MiG-15-S-1..jpg http://авиару.рф/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/3a.I-310-MiG-15-S-1.jpg This is - according to the caption - the 'S-2' airframe, which included wing hardpoints: http://авиару.рф/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Vtoroj-opytnyj-I-310-MiG-15-S-2-oborudovannyj-reaktivnymi-protivoshtopornymi-ustanovkami-RPU-300.jpg And this - again, according to the caption - is the 'S-3' airframe. http://авиару.рф/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/4a.3-ij-opytnyj-ekzemplyar-MiG-15-S-3-s-otkrytymi-tormoznymi-shhitkami..jpg I don't know which airframe this one is: http://www.airwar.ru/image/idop/fighter/mig15/mig15-2.jpg Finally, this drawing doesn't show any wing fences, but I'm not sure if it's just an indicative airframe diagram: http://авиару.рф/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/8.I-310.-CHertezh..jpg Good luck!
  9. Luckily, Zvezda put out the radial-engined version (using the original designation of TB-7), which includes the revised nose (which looks a lot nicer, in my opinion). To me, it looks quite B-17 like, from some angles!
  10. I'm resuming construction of my Zvezda Pe-8 and am looking for some colour/markings inspiration. I haven't been able to find much - then I found this shot: Does the collective have any ideas about the marking (a shield of some type?) under the windscreen, as well as the colours on the spinners? Also - and the usual request here - does anyone have any thoughts about the likely camouflage scheme and colours on this 'plane? I presume it's very late, or just after the, European war - any information would be most welcome. Thanks in advance! BB
  11. Here are some decals for Greek C-47s from the late 1940s-early 1950s. Perhaps they’re still of use? https://www.lmdecals.gr/index.php/en/1-72-scale-decals/aircraft/388-c47-dakota-skytrain-hellenic-air-force-rhaf-korean-war-haf Otherwise, how about some Anson decals? https://www.lmdecals.gr/index.php/en/x-series-en/military-aircraft/420-avro-anson-haf-hellenic-greek-air-force-wwii-1940
  12. I found these pictures on the webs and thought I'd chuck 'em here, as they may inspire someone to make an interesting Ni. 24bis. http://ava.org.ru/ww1/adi4/s.jpg http://ava.org.ru/ww1/aoi12/n24bis.jpg The pictures are from this page: http://ava.org.ru/ww1/aoi12.htm. The aircraft are noted as belonging to the 12th Fighter Aviation Detachment of the Red Russian (Soviet) Air Fleet in the 1920s. Enjoy!
  13. And, yet another picture claiming to show D-ABAN (again, this one has no black nose or wing cowls): https://m.xuite.net/photo/jpfu0313/19786163/287
  14. But wait, there's more... This site (https://rexkuang326.pixnet.net/blog/post/349307641-鐵安妮~容克斯-ju-52-3mge) also has a few photos of D-ABAN (Emil Thuy), before and after handover to the Nationalists. The caption under the last photo mentions that the rudder was painted with blue and white stripes, and that the fuselage was painted with a slightly mottled green paint. That, to me, would indicate that the green was sprayed over the extant aluminium colour (or whatever the Eurasia Ju 52s were painted), which would tally with the mottling applied to some other aircraft types in the Nationalist air forces - often being sprayed over the existing light background colour. However... The 'before' photos (the first three, below) show black detailing painted around the nose and wing nacelle areas, while the 'after' photos (the bottom two, below) seem to show no black-painted areas. My question is, was the black removed or was the entire aircraft painted a light grey colour before any mottling was applied? Sadly, I have no idea - over to the floor for other thoughts!
  15. If the aircraft’s indeed been repainted (I’m assuming the original photo/negative hasn’t deteriorated badly to give the appearance of camouflaging), would the mottle have been a variation of the dull dark green used on many other Nationalist birds? If so, these threads may come in handy: and http://www.aviationofjapan.com/2013/03/curtiss-hawk-monoplanes-for-china-pt-1.html?m=1 and http://www.aviationofjapan.com/2013/04/curtiss-hawk-monoplanes-for-china-pt-2.html?m=1 FYI, this page has photos of both sides of the aircraft, before its handover to the Generalissimo: http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=338454. Sticking with these markings, Tiger Wings sheet 72-104 has an option for this bird; however these markings are pre-handover (I presume) and have incorrect tail markings (unlike the combination mentioned by @modelldoc, and the photos at the top of this post). There’s a picture of the Tiger Wings sheet on the Hong Kong eBay site: https://www.ebay.com.hk/itm/Tiger-wings-1-72-R-O-C-JU-52-Junkers-C-47-A-B-Skytrain-Decals-/221306519149#vi__app-cvip-panel. Otherwise, another profile of this bird can be found here: https://gkjlai.pixnet.net/blog/post/467390585-空軍學術雙月刊第669期(108-04)----中華民國使用.
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