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  1. John

    Lewis Gunners

    I'm awaiting some bits and pieces to finish my 51st HD Sergeant and in the meantime I've started another small WW1-themed diorama. About a month ago I was at a talk about my home town during WW1. The speaker was an old friend, who I've known for over 30 years. During the talk he mentioned that he had a great-Uncle who had been a Lewis Gunner for most of the War. He survive and lived the rest of his life in, I believe, the Highlands of Scotland. I hadn't heard my friend mention his uncle before but it set me thinking. I remembered that the Master Box British Infantry Somme Battle Period was essentially a Lewis Gun section: http://www.mbltd.info/35146.htm I ordered a set from the Big H and started to think about basing them. I have a small number of 10cmx21cm MDF bases so I decided to use one of these. I then headed to Hobbycraft and picked up the Tamiya Brick Wall set. The idea was to recreate a damaged agricultural or industrial building that the soldiers were using for shelter. I also have a box of wooden coffee stirrers that are good for structural woodwork and floors: 35199125_205357173612265_6739784623594668032_o by John Walker, on Flickr I used the brick wall panels where I could but I also razor-sawed out individual bricks or sets of 2 or 3 as needed to create some interesting shapes. Sawing out the bricks kept the size and shape consistent: 35076764_205358583612124_5484046708637696000_o by John Walker, on Flickr IMG_20180613_144356 by John Walker, on Flickr John
  2. TX226 is awaiting restoration at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre. The rest of my photos are in this Flickr album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmjxLr3P John
  3. John

    RLM Paint Chip Chart

    Everybody knew Stukas were overall dark green on top at least up until the release of the 2nd generation Airfix kit in the late 1970s. I think the first time I saw anything published saying that they were in fact 70/71 was in Neil Robinson's notes that accompanied the Battle of Britain series in Scale Models in 1979. John
  4. Lovely job. I've been waiting to get a hold of one of these. About 15 years ago our local museum was gifted the DFM of the gentleman in this well-known photo: and the plan since has been to recreate this scene in 1/72. I stated with an MPM Wellie and almost lost the will to live. I then got a Trumpeter kit that looked better in the box than it does partially built, so thank you Airfix! I can only hope that the Techmod decals I bought years ago still work... John
  5. John

    RLM Paint Chip Chart

    Michael Ullman gives RAL 7003 as the contemporary equivalent of RLM 02. 7003 is in the current RAL colour collection: http://www.e-paint.co.uk/RAL_colourchart.asp J
  6. John

    Compucolour/DBI Paints: the full range

    I can't help with DBI I'm afraid. I don't have any and never have. I'm not sure I've even seen a pot in the flesh, so to speak. I'll see what I have from Compucolor. The address on my tins is Trade Exports Ltd, Manningtree, England. John
  7. John

    Compucolour/DBI Paints: the full range

    I was looking at Mark's list further up the thread which I assumed was Compucolor? John
  8. John

    Compucolour/DBI Paints: the full range

    My CSG13 is Bright Blue: CSG13 by John Walker, on Flickr J
  9. John

    Compucolour/DBI Paints: the full range

    CR62 Light Olive SR: P1020062 by John Walker, on Flickr I'll see what else I have lying around, likely not until the weekend though. J
  10. John

    Pre-War KLM DC-3 in 1/72

    Flightpath do the Thompson in 1/72: https://www.djparkins.com/product.php?productid=17997&cat=246&page=2 The actual example in the photo still exists. It was acquired by BP when the airfield closed in the 1950s and used around their Grangemouth petrochemical complex. The Li-2's a good idea. John
  11. John

    Pre-War KLM DC-3 in 1/72

    Interesting, thanks. I have a decal sheet somewhere, Dutch Decals I think, that has most of the necessary elements. John
  12. John

    Pre-War KLM DC-3 in 1/72

    Thanks for the input. I think I have a set of DB Resin (remember them?) cowlings somewhere that were laid down years ago against my getting round to this project with an Italeri DC-3. This is the beast herself at Grangemouth on July 1st 1939, parked about 200 metres from where my desk is today: John
  13. John

    Pre-War KLM DC-3 in 1/72

    I'm looking to build a model of KLM's Pre-War DC-3 PH-ASR "ROEK" as it would have appeared in the Summer of 1939, so natural metal overall with predominantly black markings. It's quite a bit different from the C-47 derived kits that dominate the market, specifically in the engines and passenger door placement, so I'm interested in any thoughts on the best way to proceed. I seem to recall that Italeri had a civil boxing with KLM markings but the plastic was C-47. Suggestions gratefully received. John
  14. Looks like he's given up for the afternoon. This is a screen grab: Apparently it's D-FIBE and it's undoubtedly doing survey work of some type. J
  15. Spotted it on my way home: https://www.flightradar24.com/PC6T/11735e5f John