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Spitfire addict

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  1. Spitfire addict

    Hasegawa 1/48 T-bolt canopy

    Hello all, I'm getting the mood to build a Thunderbolt but after looking over my Hase kit I find that in comparison to my Tamiya kit the Hase canopy for the bubble top looks squashed, much lower in profile, and it just basically doesn't look right. I have seen plenty of bubble tops and have even sat in the cockpit of a D-30 and the canopy in my kit sure doesn't look like and real canopy. Is the Squadron vacu-form canopy the exact copy? I have noticed over the years that the canopies from Squadron tend to be no improvement shape wise. The other problem is that prop, just not right, reminds me of the prop in the Minicraft F4U-4 kit, kind of warped, but I can fix that one easily. Anyway, an suggestions for a good canopy replacement, the Hase canopy is just killing me, can't force myself to put it on the kit. Cheers
  2. Spitfire addict

    Color help

    Thanks for the input, that will be the best option for my first try at acrylics. I just checked out the White Ensign/colorcoat enamels and will be using them for my Japanese subjects, their colors are supposed to be very accurate, and I haven't yet seen acrylics with such a large variety of colors for such a complicated paint system. I don't know if the Japanese had the equivelent of an RLM or MAP to overlook and maintain some kind of color consistency. For now, it's time to build a nice glossy dark sea blue Hellcat, even I can't mess that up right? Cheers
  3. Spitfire addict

    Color help

    Thanks Greenshirt, and as always, Troy comes to the rescue with abundant sources. You would be my first choice for an appointment to Scotland Yard! As usual I manage to find a new can of worms to open up whenever I post a query. My local hobby store is Brookhurst Hobbies, our version of Hannants so to speak, which is fairly well stocked but not quite the level of Hannants I imagine. For me the cost of shipping, especially from the UK is a major deterrent but I will check the paint sets suggested by Troy from US sources. I really should give acrylics a try regardless, I might even like them better if I gave them a chance, seems to be the future anyway, besides, I get complaints from family members about the paint smell, even when I use a thinner that has no smell at all. What if I experimented and used the Tamiya colors and tried putting in a drop or two of gloss black? I am not concerned with extreme accuracy (the Testors version always seemed close enough) but I really like the very dark blue that the Flying Heritage Museum -5 is painted in. I have noticed that most the War Birds, i.e. Corsairs, Bearcats, Tigercats, Hellcats and some FAA are using a very dark glossy sea blue that is almost black, like English Racing Green which my Blackpuddlian dad assured me was almost a black green. Anyway, if I can get close to that I would be pretty happy, although the Tamiya color at first look seems just a little to light for 1945 schemes. Were night fighters painted a darker blue, or was it the same. Well thanks again guys, I am rambling on. I'm one of those guys that if you asked me for the time I would build you a watch! cheers
  4. Spitfire addict

    Color help

    Hello friends havent posted in quite a while but need some advice. Now that Testors has for the most part eliminated their MM line of enamels I find myself in the land of acrylics, where my problem has been the fast drying time for an old man who paints slow and deliberate. Anyway, my question is what Tamiya color is closest to MM dark glossy blue, or 15042 if I remember the FS number correctly. I want to do a nice dark glossy sea blue on a circa 1945 Hellcat. If I have to start using acrylics then a basic spray job is in order. Are acrylics ever glossy, or is a gloss coat necessary? I know that the vast majority of you guys have been using acrylics for years but this old dog needs to learn a few new tricks out of pure necessity. Well, any help would be much appreciated. Cheers SA
  5. Spitfire addict

    SBD Aces?

    Greetings Gentlemen . Hope all is well with my Britmodeller mates. I have been on a bit of a Pacific War kick lately. I just ffinished up reading about Fighting Fifteen and Mc Campbell's Heroes, and additionally an interview with "Swede" Vejtasa who flew SBD's before being posted to the Grim Reapers as a Wildcat pilot. Another source was Queen of the Flat Tops by Stanley Johnston, and all three sources mentioned the use of SBD's for interception and carrier defense roles as fighters, with one pilot scoring as many as 7 kills. This really intreagues me since I am preparing to build the Hasegawa 1/48 SBD-3. I know many of you like to research your modeling subjects as a means of enhancing your enthusiasm for a good build. Does anyone have any sources they can recommend on the subject of the SBD used as a fighter? We are talking about the Dauntless attacking from behind and not shooting down aircraft which are in persuit. Any information would be helpful. Cheers
  6. Spitfire addict

    Any recipes for Aotake blue?

    Thanks Garry, the Japanese color thing is quite the conundrum, even tougher than the Luftwaffe color conundrum. Maybe I will just spray all my Japanese IJN green with IJN grey undersides! Cheers
  7. Spitfire addict

    1/48 P-47 cowling lower lip question

    Thanks gentlemen i had read a review on the Monogram/Revell P-47 and the aforementioned problems were mentioned as well as a need to dared the lower lip, too straight, but a little sanding takes care of that. I have two Tamiya kits (forgot to mention all kits that are compared are indeed 1/48.) At the Plans of Fame museum there is a model kit display of about 25 built and nicely painted 1/48 T-Bolts behind glass both bubble and razorback. Just by looking at them I could tell the manufacturer, and it was interesting finding the differences in detail. I looked especially at the cowling on each model, and other less significant details, and had found that the Tamiya kits were clearly the winner all the way around, followed by the Hasegawa (I found the detail to be a little soft in comparison), then the Academy kit (not bad, but I would get a Falcon replacement, the bubble canopy is a little fat in comparison to the Tamiya and Hasegawa version) then the Monogram razorback (the wings on the bubble top are too far back, (I wondered why it seemed a little funny), followed by the Arii and old Testors kit (with the exception of the cowling doesn't look too bad shape-wise.) Anyway, that is my take on it but I just wondered if anybody else had the same or different take on this whole thing. As for the Tamiya P-47? I would have to say that of all the kit reviews out there the Tamiya P-47's have received the highest praise of any kits I have read about. Now, if only Tamiya will quit making kits that are already made by numerous manufacturers i.e. the Sturmovik, Hurricane just to mention a few and get around to making....oh let's say......a nice Spit Mk14? Cheers
  8. Spitfire addict

    Any recipes for Aotake blue?

    I have seen a few Japanese warbirds, basically a Jack, Judy, and Zero, the Aotake used on all much more green than blue. Is this a misinterpretation or could it be that the Aotake blue the correct color. Any ideas or info on this? I got quite a few Japanese aircraft kits and would like to get this sorted before painting. Cheers
  9. Spitfire addict

    1/48 P-47 cowling lower lip question

    Hello and Happy New Year to all! i have been threatening to build a T-Bolt as my first aircraft of 2018 and upon inspection of various kit offerings it has become appearent that the shape of the lower lip or portion leading up too the intake on various cowling are different. In comparison between the Academy, Araii, old Testors/Hawk (the least accurate IMHO), Hasegawa, old Monogram, and Tamiya offerings I find the lower portion/lip is either too pronounced as in the old Testors kit, or not offering enough upper thrust as in the old Monogram kit. I am not adept enough to post pics and do comparisons like has been done for the Spit Mk 9 for instance. I guess my question is......has anybody noticed the differences as I have? Which of the manufacturers is most accurate? It's not a big deal but when kits are displayed next to each other then the differences become more pronounced. Anyway, I am curious to see your thoughts. Cheers SA
  10. Spitfire addict

    Academey 1/48 B25B Doliitle Raid

    Hello, Yes you can but there some differences in the fuselage Windows and the square window on top of the fuselage right behind the canopy. The C model has an astrodome instead of the flat piece of plexiglass. I bought some replacements for the C model off eBay some time ago so got that squared away. The other difference is the additional fuselage port hole on the starboard side, but most except the hard core B-25 fans would know. From what I understand the very earliest C models did not have the fuselage window placed placed just behind the trailing edge of the wing. The other good news is that the engine cowling was not much different from that on the B model, so you don't have to worry about the various "bumps" found on the D and later model Mitchells. There may be some minor differences between the two models but a real B-25 affecianado would probably know. You will have to do a bit of minor surgery and puttying where the astrodome comes in but it is no big deal. Good luck. By the way, decals for RAF B-25 C's are available on eBay if you are interested. And, before I forget, you are going to need to take some sand paper an grind out about an eight of an inch where the cowling opening is, it just takes a couple of minutes and really helps the appearance, otherwise the cowling just looks off. Cheers
  11. Spitfire addict

    Which type of Spitfire flew during the Darwin attacks in 1942?

    Excellent, just the info I was looking for! I thought it might have been a bit early for the Vc. They would have tangled with the Japanese Naval air group out of New Guinea? Or would it have been IJA Hayabusa's? I am pretty sure it was IJN Zero's but I am sure someone will be able to fill in that info. Cheers
  12. Hello Gents, Hope all you fellow Britmodellers are preparing for the holiday onslaught. I asked Santa for a 1/48 B6N Tenzan, hopefully he delivers because I never got that Porsche Turbo Carrera I asked for back in 1978, but I digress....again. Anyway, I was curious as to the type of Spit Mk V was flying in defense of Darwin against the Japanese in 1942. From what I understand the Mk Vc was in the air, but how about the Vb? Also, were some of the Spitfire squadrons RAF or were they all RAAF? I am on about early war Pacific theatre aircraft right now so thusly the query. Cheers and best of the season to all. Spitfire Addict
  13. Spitfire addict

    Star and bar markings on late war USN aircraft

    I like the way he got the weathered look on that finish, i am hoping to be able to do that in the future. But I just love the glossy dark blue Hellcats. The CAF in Camarillo has a -3 in Mc Campbells markings, gorgeous!
  14. Spitfire addict

    Star and bar markings on late war USN aircraft

    Nice picture, and in regards to the Daco set, just shows the need for a new tool kit. I wonder what a Seafire would have looked like in glossy dark sea blue? Cheers
  15. Spitfire addict

    Star and bar markings on late war USN aircraft

    Hi Troy, as to the Academy Mk XIV, I do have the DACO correction set and Falcon canopies (the academy canopies are totally unrealistic) but have not taken the plunge. I have seen Brett Green's article on the conversion but for some reason the FR Mk XIV seems to be the version of choice. I have yet to see an E model done with the DACO set. I am still hopeful that Eduard, or Airfix (the logical choice) will produce a Mk XIV out of their Mk XIX. Bottom line is every kit has its warts, it's just the ones with the long black hairs sticking out of them that make some kits hard to love. Meanwhile I got kits stuffed everywhere, some fall on my head when I open the closets (my wife just loves that but I tell he to store her stuff somewhere else) meaning I got plenty to build, but of course not much room to store them once they are built. I am still looking for a tarmac at home for my Lancaster, and right now my wife's thermos collection is going to go bye-bye. Thanks again Troy, you are a gentleman and a scholar. Cheers