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  1. Thanks, Roadrunner, M Dumerc also remembers the date and December 1924 was after the aircraft took the world speed record. It is also after the time during which the aircraft received numerous modifications. Jean Liron also quotes a date - 6 November 1924 - when the light blue Bernard V-2 unsuccessfully attempted to break the world speed record but did create a French record. It seems to me that the aircraft was blue for the first record flight, the airframe modified, and then alu for the world record flight. Liron also writes that the aircraft on display at the Salon de l'Aviatio
  2. I am not an expert on Bernard aircraft and just quoted from a book by Jean Liron who is looked upon as a specialist in pre-war French aviation. He states that the aircraft was light blue when it took the French speed record. What is the source of the bare metal and alu dope information? Prior to the attempt on the world speed record the wings were cropped, the cockpit raised and moved forward, the fuselage lengthened and the oil radiator removed. And the aircraft repainted? Whatever, a beautiful model of a very elegant aircraft. Mike
  3. It was light blue (teinte bleu clair) according to "Les Avions Bernard" by Jean Liron, Éditions Larivière,1990. Mike
  4. The Supermarine 525 had the fin with the broader chord when it appeared in a cream finish at the 1954 SBAC show at Farnborough. Source - "British Experimental Turbojet Aircraft" by Barry Jones. Mike
  5. Hobbyshop.cz has decals to replace those "old, yellowish and not very nice decals". They stock a reprint of the Matchbox Siskin decal sheet - Reference: APCR72030. Mike
  6. I do not remember where I found this discussion of Do X colours but it is a summary and translation of pages 92 and 93 of Behr’s book. The colour for German registration markings of the period was black. Very rarely white was used (when the underlying surface colour was dark). Sorry, no fancy colours. The answer to the colour of the lower hull is: it depends. The Do X was repainted several times during its career. I´ll try to make a long story short: 1. Test flights in Altenrhein 1929: all metal parts covered in primer. The primer was a mixture of clear boat lacque
  7. Martin, I think that the "cable" along the fuselage is a handrail to aid entry. I have a photo captioned "Accès au LeO 453" and you can see from the shadow that it is slightly proud of the fuselage surface and it follows the profile of the walkway on the wing root. I shall send the photo - check your email. Mike
  8. It is the insignia of the AIA (Atelier Industriel de l'Air) at Maison-Blanche. Mike
  9. Mike West of Lone Star Models now has the Cobra moulds. https://lonestarmodels.com/ Mike
  10. Many years ago I took a small flake of paint from a blue/grey Mirage IIIC based at Creil. When I examined it at home I was surprised at how dark the colour appeared. Scale effect - I suppose. The chip is identical to the PRU Blue No. 636 in my copy of British Standard 381C : 1964. Mike
  11. A reproduction of the drawing from the AP reproduced in the Aerofax book by Eric Morgan shows 72in by 24in. Mike
  12. The only MATRA rocket pod which carried just six 68mm rockets which I have been able to find is the model LR F2. This seems to be the same as the pod on the Finnish Fouga Magisters. There is a very good photo in the Wikipedia - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fouga_CM_170_Magister_(FM-45)_Keski-Suomen_ilmailumuseo_Matra_rocket_pod.JPG Dimensions of the pod are: length - 1450mm, diameter - 246mm Mike
  13. Hi Derek, From the same book - ...two underwing French-made rocket pods, each pod capable of carrying six 68mm Matra rockets. Mike
  14. According to "Shadows, Airlift and Airwar in Biafra and Nigeria", Michael Draper,Hikoki Publications 1999 - On arriving in Gabon the Minicons were fitted with an auxiliary fuel tank in the cockpit's right-hand seat, Matra rocket pods, and received an overall glossy two-tone green camouflage using locally purchased Valspar paints. Mike
  15. You would need to do a little more work filling and engraving new lines. If you look at the kit instructions, step 16, part 25C, you can see the bomb bay doors and behind them is the air deflector. The rectangular panel on the deflector covers the Green Satin antenna. The PR version has a shorter deflector and between it and the bomb bay there is place for either a survey camera or, in the night role, a flash crate. Does your head spin clockwise or anticlockwise? Mike
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