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  1. Here are some more Ki-84s with their hinomarus on white bands: 1. http://www.gahoh.net/traffic/ww2/profile/KI84/photo/1stE_kugisho.jpg and http://www.gahoh.net/traffic/ww2/profile/KI84/image/1stE_kugisho.jpg 2. http://www.gahoh.net/traffic/ww2/profile/KI84/photo/2nd_47_sakura.jpg and http://www.gahoh.net/traffic/ww2/profile/KI84/image/2nd_47_sakura.jpg 3. http://www.gahoh.net/traffic/ww2/profile/KI84/image/ko_71.jpg And, for yucks:
  2. Yup, and in which case, I would recommend: https://www.truenorthpaints.com/paintstore/gloss-canadian-voodoo-grey* as a good match for Canada’s Alumigrip gloss light grey. If going down the Canadian route, this page has some good baseline notes on the colour schemes used, particularly with regard to the first scheme’s mix of various natural metals and dielectric materials: https://nbaviationmuseum.com/mcdonnell-cf-101-voodoo. * Disclaimer: my True North recommendations are unpaid; I was just really impressed with them!
  3. If you can get it in the UK, I can thorougly recommend True North paints for their FS 16473 (Aircraft Grey/ADC Grey): https://www.truenorthpaints.com/paintstore/gloss-aircraft-grey. It worked brilliantly on my Maine ANG Voodoo! BB
  4. In most of my sources, and in other forums and internet sites, the wheel well colour is simply described as 'green', which is less than helpful. Otherwise, "interior green" and "dark green" tends to be used to describe the colour - equally less than helpful.... Therefore, I would be happy to go with Kinzey's description of ~34258 - at the very least, it's probably a good compromise for a reasonably dark and hard-to-see area of the model (I'm going to use it in my CF-101). More green/interior green vagueness (plus some frustrating references to other colours entirely) can be found here: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/298762-wheel-wells-color-on-f-101/ and https://www.ipmscanada.com/rt-issues-text/CF-101 IPMS Canada Article-1.pdf BB
  5. Colours notwithstanding, there may be some question as to the accuracy of the personal markings - an interesting discussion of this aircraft can be found here: http://arawasi-wildeagles.blogspot.com/2018/07/nakajima-ki-84-hayate-frank-decals-and_16.html
  6. Totally agree, particularly when it comes to Airbus’ stock-in-trade designs, and when dealing mainly with high profit/turnover commercial entities (rather than taxpayer-funded bureaucracies…)!
  7. From what little non-party line info I’ve seen, the Kiwis seem reasonably happy with their NH90s… now. Going back in time, ‘though, to 2015, things may not have been so rosy, as this NZ Herald (accuracy not known by me) article closes with: “Ageing equipment that breaks down and has high maintenance costs is a bad enough look. Expensive state-of-the-art equipment unsuitable for the task for which it was bought is, in many ways, even worse.” https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/editorial-challenging-nh90-helicopters-sorry-look-for-govt/XVAI5UJCT3VWDK46AEG2GK5NMQ/
  8. Amen to that. It is a shame, as both Airbus types were very modern and had such promise. It is a real pity that the designers couldn’t work out their long-term logistics and general customer support issues in a timely fashion.
  9. Hmmm, maybe… Methinks a LTCOL and CO would hardly give any negative line to the press - military discipline ‘n’ all! My interpretation (and trying to read between the lines) is that the good LTCOL was definitely being a good leader/soldier and following orders while being factual to both aspects! My understanding is that people really do like flying and working on the MRH, but capability managers (and therefore the services and Government) are frustrated that it just cannot be made to do what it needs to do - an awesome paper capability is no capability if the real life performance doesn’t stack up. Ultimately, all soldiers have to work with what they are issued!
  10. I do like the rather telling first sentence from the following statement, in 2017, by the then CO of the 5th Aviation Regiment, LTCOL Gilfillan: "In the end, Taipan is the aircraft the Australian Government chose to acquire, and we have a duty to make it work,” said LTCOL Gilfillan in closing. “What I’m trying to do is to be positive about the aircraft, because positive thinking is far more likely to bring success than negative thinking. But it’s a fantastic helicopter – I am not only very positive about the aircraft itself, but also in our ability to make it work. It’s been a journey and we have positive momentum, and I’m excited about what the possibilities are.” Says it all, I think! From: https://adbr.com.au/into-a-rhythm-the-mrh-90-taipans-long-journey-to-success/
  11. On the right-hand side of the 'Aviation of Japan' blog (www.aviationofjapan.com) is a link to request a report called 'Detailing the D3A' from the report's author, Mr Ryan Toews. Nick Millman’s blog post about this report is here: http://www.aviationofjapan.com/2021/02/detailing-d3a1.html?m=1 This report is a fantastic aid for anyone wishing to model a D3A in any scale - it's well worth reading just for the minute details, alone! While it doesn't go into too much detail about rivet patterns, it does contain some good discussions regarding the panel line arrangements on D3As. Notwithstanding the small amount of rivet-specific detail, I reckon just getting in touch with Mr Toews and starting up a conversation will yield gold! I will not steal too much of Mr Toews' thunder, but will quote two small sections from his report, regarding panel lines: "...it soon became apparent that existing published three-view drawings did not agree on details and, more importantly, these drawings could not be verified when compared to the admittedly few photos that showed details of the panel lines and minor fittings on the external airframe." and "There is good evidence that the arrangement of some of the panel lines on the upper wings was different than what is seen in previously published plan views. This is apparent when the top-view drawings of the D3A2 are compared to a technical drawing of D3A2 c/n 3231...". Good luck, BB
  12. I recall similar speculation, concerning blue-painted rudders on Latvian Gladiators. I don’t remember the outcome, but I think it was misinterpretation due to light and deflection angles. It would seem that overall green Gladdies are prone to this interpretation!
  13. Presuming, of course, that you’ll be remaining at peace during and after your unplanned QRA scramble against God knows whom/what… As for electro-optically-guided weapons and cloud - generally no dice there, I’m afraid, regardless of the weapon you’re using. You’ll have to entice the baddies to break into the clear!
  14. I have an unbuilt Italeri 1/72 AC-119K and would be willing to trade for the standard C-119 transport version (I want to make a ROCAF {Taiwanese}) bird...
  15. Any time! I reckon the mixed load of R550, Derby and 8222 pod would make for an interesting model...
  16. More loaded Sea Harriers. If the placard is correct, I'd love to sea a picture of a Sea Harrier loaded with BAP 100s!
  17. I've found more, with R550s and rockets but - for now - the computer-machine is playing up, so I'll post 'em tomorrow!
  18. I must admit, I've always been somewhat dubious about the Light Ghost Grey claim - I'd be interested to see how the Harrier SIG came to their conclusion. To my eye, the Indian Sea Harrier LUSHes always seemed to have a very slight greeny-blue cast, which I don't pick up with Ghost Grey/Gray (mind you, my ageing eyes are hardly scientific instruments, and the SIG guys probably have some primary source material {if you're reading, please share}...). It also seems to me, that many Indian-developed military colours are based - in some fashion - on the older British-developed standards. It is interesting to note that the Bureau of Indian Standards publication IS: 3537 - 1966 (Reaffirmed 2009 ) lists colours that, in the main, appear to be derived from those contained in BS 636: https://law.resource.org/pub/in/bis/S02/is.3537.1966.pdf and https://archive.org/details/gov.in.is.5.2007/page/n7/mode/2up Additionally, IS 5: 2007 also contains an extensive list of colours, most of which appear to be lifted directly from BS 636 (although I don't know which version). The greys in IS 5: 2007 are all 600-series colours: IS 628 (Silver Grey) to IS 635 (Lead) inclusive, IS 671 (Middle Graphite) and IS 692 (Smoke Grey) to IS 698 (Steel Grey) inclusive. Perhaps there's an Indian Standard of colours, which were used by the Indian Navy - there's a project begging for some dedicated research...
  19. Hey, those two jets look great! Thanks for the advice and inspiration!
  20. Righty-oh! I'm finding references regarding Indian Sea Harrier two-tone colour schemes to be somewhat confusing. Some sources state that all Indian Sea Harrier FRS.51s were delivered in Extra dark sea grey (EDSG) over White, while others state that there were different colours (notably, Dark sea grey {DSG} over White) for different deliveries. Added to that, EDSG is mentioned as having been changed to DSG on all aircraft, after some time in service. Also - and most annoyingly - some sources seem to switch interchangeably between EDSG and DSG as the only upper surface colour. And then, some sources state that the White undersides were, at some point, changed to a pale grey, while other sources state that the White just got really, really grubby! Grrr... So, for the Sea Harrier fans out there: can you please enlighten me as to the colours most likely to have been used in IN623, as shown in the photos below? If it helps, here are some close-ups of the grey, from the same sequence of shots as the photo immediately above: Thanks in advance, BB
  21. Plus, there's all the crap and corruption being flung off a wet, filthy tyre, into a well that may also have some nice electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic conduits running through it! I seem to recall part of a training lecture long, long ago, about centrifugal force temporarily expanding a tyre's diameter, so a tight fit in the wheel well would be exacerbated unless the spinning was slowed. From about the same time, I recall that on some aircraft it reduced the noise and vibration - clearly, they'd never flown a Tracker.
  22. I agree, I can't see any kind of hook going on there. I guess that's what the desperation of wartime needs will make people consider (shudders and hands in his wings...)!
  23. Yeah, frustratingly, it seems that every combination of priming/non-priming/painting, etc was tried throughout the P-51's life! Just for yuks, here are some shots of the main wheel well of an ex-Guatemalan Mustang (44-77902). You can see that, at some point, the well has been given a ZCY spray, followed by (presumably at some other, later point) an overall silver/aluminium coat. I'm pretty sure I can see some scuffing of the plate, where the ZCY is showing through (at the bottom of the central embossing - which strangely, runs off the rub plate...).
  24. However, using that bearer/longeron in that location (based only on that diagram - if correct), risks an A-frame assembly and hook fouling the rear wheel and fuselage; therefore, any mounting (plus associated ram mechanism and localised strengthening) for an A-frame would have to be further forward, at a point roughly where the diagram stops (slightly forward of the '101') - similar to that of the Seafire, I would think.
  25. Well... I think the chief load-bearing elements for the hook-to-fuselage structure joints would be in different places on the internal frame. Thus, I would think an excessive amount of work would need to be done to attach a different arresting mechanism to the airframe. Still, this is just a guess, not having seen the Buffalo's arresting gear engineering and construction! If I recall some anecdotal stuff, I seem to remember a US Navy criticism regarding a lack of strength of the undercarriage, particularly concerning carrier landings - one can only imagine further stressing - if not otherwise bending - the legs and joints by deliberately running them into a pendant!
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