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  1. Try here, Sir. http://massimotessitori.altervista.org/sovietwarplanes/pages/lagg3/lagg3.html Pretty much a go-to site for questions on the Soviet Air Force.
  2. Glad you like it, Sir. The egg-shell route does seem the way to go. I rough up the shiny side with steel wool and use that for the adhesive, so the surface that shows starts out a bit dull. I've learned to watch out for a sort of filmy residue that sometimes appears, and wash each sheet carefully, both sides, as soon as it comes out of the boil. Also that water you've boiled egg-shells in works fine for giving foil the treatment. It's easier to handle without pieces of shell in with the foil.
  3. Thank you Gentlemen very much. It is a surprising tale, and I felt I'd uncovered a gem when I came across it. It's a nice old kit. I am not any sort of Spitfire boffin, so I have no opinion on its accuracy, only on how it builds up. Besides the Volkes, landing gear was a bit tricky, but I do suspect that was me, not the kit. Thank you very much, Sir. I had no idea, I just assumed there was a wire if there was a mast. An easy correction to carry out. Thank you, Sir. Up close it's not one of my best foiling jobs, but I hadn
  4. Those are really great, Adrian. Especially like the winter whitewash effect. Glad I read through the thread --- I had thought IOM a mere typo for ICM. Never heard of them.
  5. Very nice, Sir. Ground-crew must have had a lot of time and paint....
  6. That's a great model, Sir. Thanks for showing how it was done. Mid-panel attachment is a good idea.
  7. One early morning shortly before Christmas, 1944, Flight Lieutenant John Sims Archer. an instructor at the Royal Australian Air Force Central Gunnery School at Cressy in Victoria, went aloft from the school field for a gun camera exercise flying a 'tropicalized' Mk.Vc Spitfire. A hoary veteran at twenty-four, 'Jack' Archer was distinguished as the one pilot of a Wirraway emergency fighter to have ever engaged with good result a Japanese 'Zero'. That had been a little more than two years before, over Buna. In the interim F/Lt J. S. Archer had survived one mid-air collision, and flown a P-40N
  8. Always nice to see a two-wing Wildcat in peace-time trim, Sir. Didn't notice it wasn't rigged till you mentioned it.
  9. That is a real treat for the eyes, Sir. That plane fascinated me as a kid, and it's nice to get a close look.
  10. Looks great, Sir. A sweet model of one beautiful aeroplane.
  11. Good first effort, Sir! That is a good kit to start with, the clear pieces particularly fit like a dream. I had some trouble with the leading edge seam around the landing gear bit, and did not like the fit of the upper nose piece on my first run at this kit. Not so sure you over-did the weathering on the under-surface. These operated from dirt strips, and certainly kicked up a lot of dust, that I expect ground crew would have had more important things to do than clean off. Looking forward to more.
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  13. Thank you, Sir. Glad to see I hadn't piled into 'that's not even wrong' territory. I have done a lot of 'Yellow Wings' era U.S. subjects, and am quite used to blue showing pale and yellow showing dark. Blue and yellow does catch the eye --- the USAAC chose blue fuselages after trials aimed at reducing mid-air collisions. On the fuselage roundel, the blue and red are awfully close in tone, by ortho standards. It is an interesting photograph, that has a professional air. Of course for a model I could moot the fin number color, by taking one of the rank and file machines r
  14. Regarding the 'K' letter. It is hard to see it as white in that photograph. Its grey tone is much closer to that of the aluminum-doped rudder, or to the tone of the roundel's blue, than to the tone of the roundel's white ring. I have no idea how these suggestions might fare compared to known practice, but two occur to me. One: could the letter be silver, done in aluminum paint? That might stand out better than white. Two: given the vagaries of ortho film and filters, could this picture not be of a blue letter on a yellow fin? That is a very stri
  15. That sounds like a good picture. If the tips were like that, the white inner portion might survive underneath. White is a poor marking on a silver finish, though. I agree it is hard to tell colors from old b/w photographs, and by the scheme you suggest, the 'K' machine ought to have a blue fin.
  16. Here are a couple of places to try. The first is the Aerodrome forumand you may catch the eye of Josef Scott, who is the authority on the Eindekkers http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/ The second is the air war section of The Great War forum, where the subject of the Turkish air force comes up fairly often. https://www.greatwarforum.org/forum/25-air-personnel-and-the-war-in-the-air/ It is likely no racks were employed. Even on two-seat German machines at this time it was common for light bombs (10kg or so) to be carried loose in the cockpit and hoisted over the si
  17. Thank you very much, Gentlemen. That is a good bit to be going on. If pictures show one fin has color, and another is left silver, would it be reasonable to see the machine with the colored fin as the flight leader's aeroplane? If so, that would suggest the wingtips of a machine with a red fin are red as well. Would the wingtip color continue onto the black undersurface of the port wing? Would the undersurface of either wing display roundels? I am prepared to guess if I have to, and my guess would be L2293 'white K' had red wingtips,
  18. I apologize for being unclear. I supposed the only time Ark Royal was in the South Atlantic was during the last months of 1939, as part of the baying of the Graf Spee. The Skuas on board were not yet camouflaged, though they did get the port wing undersurfaces painted black. Squadron markings in the FAA are a recondite subject, and I am hoping someone has information on those of 800 FAA in that transitional period.
  19. Thanks, Steve. It's a good-looking machine, to my eyes anyway.
  20. Thanks, guys. It is a nice kit. I have not seen the Valom Wellesleys, but after their 'Airacuda' kit I would not expect much by way of trouble-free assembly and finish. It might prove easier to detail the Matchbox. I did have to touch up wing root and stabilizer root seams a little with some white glue for a fill.
  21. Glad you like it, Sir. You have an exceedingly good site. I was bowled over at the link, and expect to be spending some time browsing there. First rate stuff!
  22. I understand the overall finish is aluminum lacquer, with port wing undersurface black. I have no idea what squadron markings might have been employed while on HMS Ark Royal in the South Atlantic, or what might be serials and such of individual aircraft. It might make a nice model.
  23. Thanks, guys. It is a nice old kit. It could certainly be detailed, but I wanted to concentrate on getting it done, and on the finish overall. Figures are my reminder to myself when those are my goals. The pilot became Flying Officer Flathead, as he needed some sanding on his helmet for the canopy to go into place. I would like to do the kit again (I have another), detailed with Falcon transparencies, as a 14 Sqdn machine pre-war. One note --- the surface detail smooths down appreciably when brush-painted, and the paint is gone over with a 3000 grit sanding
  24. That is a sharp looking machine, Sir. Kudos for the major rectifications --- they do not show. Great finish.
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