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  1. I don't think that it is necessarily too light for Azure Blue, which was not as dark as sometimes supposed. However Sky Blue is an alternative, which is often darker than the reproduction in the Arms&Armour booklet. I entirely agree that blue is a difficult colour to catch in b&w photos, and will often appear lighter.
  2. Quite a lot of references, but you only need to Google to find Wikipedia and find Melsbroek, Gilze-Rijen, Nijmegen, Fassberg and Nijmegen.
  3. Beautiful work indeed, but why have you riveted the wing when it was filled and rubbed down smooth?
  4. I have seen photos of rebuilt aircraft in overall 76 before being fully camouflaged. Whether this was an equivalent light grey primer I can't say. They do appear lighter than the overall 76 of the high-altitude unit with their G-10s. I doubt that the Russians had enough serviceable 109s by the time it came to produce a propaganda film, and I feel it would have surfaced elsewhere had it been so. As for the various stories about the suicide units - treat most with a large pinch of salt. They have been targets for many writers more interested in sensationalism than historical accuracy.
  5. That was the normal arrangement, except for one unit which had codes in a very light colour Gruppe Stab II/StG 1, a/c 6G+AD. BD. and CD, actually Battle Of Britain. See Alain Fleuret's revised Vol 1 Luftwaffe Camouflage for Kookaburra.P126. This is probably the photo I remember, but the caption suggests either light blue, grey or green. Not blue (see contrast with underside but being Stab could be green.
  6. This aircraft however postdates 1943, I believe? Just what grey was used for light grey codes by a Stuka Geschwader in France 1940 if not 77? Given that it predates the 7t4/75/76 colours, this is a more interesting question than I thought when I started it.
  7. Not if the subject is a bathroom or anywhere needing a splash-back. I don't think that you'd accept it as "finished".
  8. Techniques differ, but holding thin transfers in shape is what the top layer of varnish will do.
  9. Perhaps an argument that the "best" (which really needs better definition) is not the same thing as the most significant, or indeed a major influence in the final result. The Bf.109 may have been the best fighter of the Spanish Civil War,, but was it really that much better than the I-16? The Ju.87 may have been the best dive bomber (from a tiny selection!) but it was only in use after the war had been decided,, though not finished. The significant ground-attack aircraft of the war was the He.51 which developed the Cardenas method of close-air support, as continued by the Hs.123. However I feel that the air war was secondary to the ground war, and would have made little difference to the eventual result. Where the air did heavily influence the war were the air bridges from Germany with vital weapons and spares, and the across-the Gibraltar Straights bridge from Africa bringing Franco's African Army across. Without that the Nationalist cause would have been beaten in the early days. The hero aircraft there was the Ju.52, in both cases. After this, the war was settled by the land armies and the largely one-sided sea blockade. The He.112B has been said to have been preferred to the equivalent Jumo Bf.109, but as only one small unit flew it briefly it is difficult to be certain. It clearly would have been no match for the DB-engined Bf.109E. DB-engine prototypes of the Heinkel fighter failed to impress. The Fw.190 was clearly an excellent design, but limited to mid-low altitudes. The Bf.109 continued to be the better design above 20,000ft. Until the Ta.152 in the final weeks of the war, granted.
  10. I think that it was always meant as a bomber, but reserved judgement. I wouldn't be surprised if it had been intended as a civil transport too, but am pretty sure that it did not enter service as such.
  11. Ooops. Purely a typo. It should have read 1919 for the F.13. Sorry for not catching on sooner I'll go back and change it, leaving a comment so that the following comments make sense. This still leaves the Benoist, but I know nothing about the history of the marque and its other aircraft. Certainly, because of the war, a bit of a one-off.
  12. Yes, 1919 for the F.II. I agree that it is very nice work so far. I saw one of these single-engine transports in the Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne.
  13. First flight Fokker F.II October 1919 First flight Junkers F.13 June 1916 First flight DH.16 March 1919 First Flight HP W.9 December 1919 The last two can be claimed to be derivative designs, but as new designs still fit the bill. I don't have any information on the first French equivalent, other than the Farman Goliath a converted bomber design from 1918,, which first flew in January 1919. There may well be other designs I haven't thought of, Russia perhaps, but I think these are probably the best candidates. Except that there was a prewar airline carrying out passenger flights using seaplanes between Tampa and St. Petersburg , Florida, in 1914. The aircraft was Benoist type XIV, which appears to have been built especially for the service.
  14. There are clearly six propeller blades in the ground shots in the video.
  15. Rayprit: 4 points The new aircraft you mention are not rocket powered. They are not flying wings They are not pure point defence interceptors with minute radii of action, avoided by routing missions around their bases. They have radar and operate in all weathers. Cmatthewbacon: Not that the He.162 had any descendants either - it was a death trap. Look up the history of inertia roll coupling. I certainly never suggested that the Ju.52 were responsible for the entire supply of the Wehrmacht.. That would be silly, even nowadays. As in the Gulf War, when the first ship delivered more than the whole of the air operation to that date. However the continued supply of specialist spares to support forward air units was just one of the continuous operation of this type. Bear in mind that when Eisenhower was asked to name the five most important weapons for winning the war, the only aircraft was the C-47.
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