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  1. I’m looking to build one of these in the Airfix group build later this year. Im trying to find a listing of units and theater’s that these operated in ? I know the Luftwaffe, Spanish, and Chinese operated the type. Did the Luftwaffe or Spain ever operate these in North Africa. Possibly in Italy with the Luftwaffe night harassment units in a camouflage pattern more suited to these theater’s ? If not then I think a worn Russian winter camouflage is my top choice. Dennis
  2. Here's a photo I took a couple of days ago while it was gently drizzling enough to wet the slabs. I took this photo after looking out of a bedroom window, and it presented itself to me almost immediately as a "what do you think this shape is question"?
  3. Camouflage and Custard. Dual Tiger Moth Build. 1/48 RFI Afternoon Britmodellers. Here is the RFI for my latest build and probably my last multi build for a while. Don't get me wrong building many kits at once sure has its allure but for me its's just too much. I'm a one kit man from now on. Regardless these two beauties got built and they look smashing if I do say myself in a sunny west Midlands garden sometime in June 22. Thanks to all that followed the build HERE. And I hope you like the results. Off we go then. lets start with: DH82A Tiger Moth T7189/LIA of 780 Naval Air Squadron. Royal Navy 1943 "Camouflage" And. de Haviland DH82A Tiger moth 524 of No 4 air school, South African Air Force, based at Benoni, South Africa, June, 1945. "Custard" And that's your lot. Had great fun building them. The kits made it a joy every step of the way. As di your companionship and help. ( you know who you are ) 😇 Hope you approve of the outcome. Happy modelling chums. Johnny.
  4. Hi All, I wondered if I could pick your brains, I am considering building a T-55 and I wanted to base it on the T-55 I saw in the Russian Far East, I believe they were the last T-55s in Russian service. Im a bit stuck on the colour scheme and would appreciate any thoughts on the colour scheme, what paint should I use? I have 4 images that I found, some of them look more "saturated" than others, some look more muted , but that could be the lighting for the particular photo. the first image below is what I would like to base my model on as its the most vibrant. I know its a poor choice to pic a scheme based on the vibrance, lol Thanks in advance Mark
  5. My next Beaufighter build is going to be a very early Night Fighter Beaufighter in Special Night RDM2. For this early airframe I suspect the RDM2 would have been applied over a gray primer, or as a repaint from TLS, rather than the later practice of applying a coat of ordinary night then RDM2 - not sure on this and would appreciate views on when the practice of undercoating with standard night began. This will be a factor when it comes to wear on the RDM2 topcoat, as in, what finish it will be wearing back to as it flakes off, and how much of the underlying coat it takes with it when it goes. I am interested in your preferences for, and views, about replicating RDM2. At this stage I am agnostic about the type of paint, beyond a preference for enamels, but very interested in how to replicate the very matt, very sooty, very black appearance of RDM2. I can get to normal Night easily, using the Colourcoats enamel, but RDM2 doesn’t appear to have a dedicated colour in any range. Once I am happy with the basic approach to depicting RDM2 I will work my way onto how best to weather it. Thoughts appreciated, as I am gathering my own thinking about how to go about it. Base paints, mixes, use of varnish top coats etc etc, I am interested in anything you have tried. For those interested I will be backdating the Tamiya 1/48 kit - its easier to get to a very early Beaufighter 1F from there, than from the Revell kit. Steve
  6. Bored with the standard Japanese solid green or two-town green-brown colour schemes on your JGSDF tanks? Well, here's a Type 61 with a difference! I don't know if it's a Japanese attempt at Dual-Tex camouflage, or if it's just coincidental. Still, it's an interesting scheme that will draw the eye (and test the patience)! Arii used it on the box art of their Type 61 (I know, I know, at 1/50 it's not the one true scale...😉). A potted history of the camouflage trial is here: https://news.line.me/detail/oa-trafficnews/67d99db86568. Enjoy, and happy painting!
  7. Hello friends, I need advice if possible. Long story but I've ended up with THERE '72nd Revell Me262s, one nightfighter and an identical pair of A-1a's. (Thanks again to Invidia for the undercarriage legs). I'm absolutely fine painting the NF and the '19’ aircraft, but I'm struggling to find a y information regarding the JG 7 aircraft, the one shown on the box art, with the blue nose, defence of the Reich band and a rather indistinct squiggly RLM 82 pattern. I'm unable to find any picture of such a scheme despite going goggle eyed looking. Any thoughts gratefully received, many thanks.
  8. Hello everyone I am planning the 2-tone camouflage of my M3 Grant tank (desert colours) and have bought some Mig Ammo Camouflage putty. I don't own an airbrush (yet!) but wondered if anyone has used this technique with normal brushes and could tell me if it works OK or if there are any pitfalls. Thanks for any help!! 🙂
  9. Howdy! I am getting ready to build the Tamiya 1/48 Bf 109G-6, kit 61117 and I want to paint do it in Swiss markings. I already have a decal set for it, but need some help figuring out what colors to use for the upper surfaces. The aircraft I am doing is marked J-704. Apparently, this aircraft had an experimental camo scheme applied by the Swiss. It is a green and brown(ish) scheme, but the decal set doesn't indicate what colors they were. All of the photos I can find are of the original German scheme, pre-accident. So, does anyone here know what colors were used? Thanks a bunch in advance. Brett G
  10. This well camouflaged flying beastie caused me to spend part of last Saturday in our local minor injuries unit - The moth is a Lime Hawk moth, about 3" wingspan, and despite its fetching camouflage scheme stands out a bit on a tyre! I picked it up before we drove off and put it on a tree, which led to my spending around an hour in minor injuries last Saturday; I must have touched my lips with my fingers after having touched the moth, and the scales on the moth's wings caused an irritation to my lips and tongue which made me look as though I had a bit of a trout pout! All cleared up by Wednesday this week, with the help of some antihistamines. The camouflage on the moth reminds me of schemes I have seen on real aeroplanes (or at least models), too.
  11. I've almost completed my first model in over 25 years, the SH Kittyhawk 1a (just need to add the final pre-painted bits and pieces and open canopy) and my next project will be either a Spitfire (Eduard VIII) or Seafire (Sword IIc) so looking for some help please. I have raised this question in the Modelling Tips section previously but with limited response so hopefully this may have more joy as the main area I struggled with after all these years was the application of the camouflage scheme. This took for ever to do using thin rolled pieces of blu tak to mark out the scheme and then filling in the areas not to be sprayed using a myriad pieces of masking tape! It worked quite well but at this rate I'll be lucky to make 2-3 kits a year! I know that there are masking scheme products/masks available from a variety of manufacturers but having never used them I'm wondering if they would be a simpler and faster method for applying either the 'a' or 'b' scheme to my Spitfire/Seafire or are they also fraught with difficulties? Regards Colin.
  12. Does anyone have suggestions on the best, by which I mean simplest, method to mask off the 2nd/final camouflage colour once the first colour has been applied please? In this scale it's a bit daunting so all methods/suggestions very much welcomed as I'm about to apply the second colour this week. In the past I've tried using thin ribbons of blu-tac to mark out the scheme and then applied masking tape to fill in the shapes but is there a better/simpler way of doing it, for example would micro-mask do the job perhaps? Regards Colin.
  13. For the MTO Group build I have committed to building a 203 Sqn Maryland. Through outrageous good fortune the one good reference I have found showing 203 Sqn aircraft actually features an aircraft my wife’s grandfather flew in (AH364 ‘P’) so that gives me an aircraft with a family link confirmed by the Sqn ORB with an actual picture/film of the actual aircraft from multiple angles! The problem is confirming the colour scheme. Being mainly a reconaissance squadron operating over the ocean the desert scheme just doesn’t seem right. After reading the discussion on Beaufighters I’m second guessing the colours now. Can anyone help/advise? Link to reference (courtesy of the Australian War Memorial): https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04789/ Chosen aircraft features in Part 2 18:45 to 20:05
  14. Just a quick question for the Spitfire mavens here. A couple of days ago, I watched a video on YouTube posted by the RAF Museum about the Spitfire vs the Bf-109. Among other topics, the host discussed the general evolution of camouflage on the two aircraft, with emphasis on the underside colors used by the Spitfire. At the end of that sequence, they showed a Spitfire in what was apparently PRU Pink (in fact, the host specifically said "pink"), stating that this was the RAF's answer to camouflage at higher altitude. It's my impression from my reading that PRU Blue was the high-altitude solution, while the Pink was meant for low altitude, dawn and dusk missions. Am I mistaken?
  15. Hi everyone This is my second su-30sm by Zvezda. I thought I would do a second one so I could correct the mistakes I did on the last one. The kit had nice details and Shallow panel line. I was going to add rivets but I could not find blueprints which h showed them so I only applied some on the metal bit in front of the gun as I could see them clearly in pictures. The kit did not need much filler and went together easily. I saw this camo online and thought that it would be fun to try and recreate. is first sprayed the engine colours before painting the whole model as it was easier than doing it after like I did last time. Then I sprayed the whole plane in AK's Blue Grey. I then masked the white camouflage using blue tac and then the same for the gunship grey part. I then sealed it in a gloss varnish as the plane in the pictures looked gloss. I kept the plane clean as I think it was a prototype which didn’t see much action. Thanks for looking.
  16. There is a 1/72 kit of the Soviet most widespread piston-engined chopper. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/mistercraft-f-04-mil-mi-4a-hound--1194890 Between 1953 and 1988 almost 4000 of them (the total of US H-19 and H-34 combined) were used all over the Eastern hemisphere. Hundreds of them - serving in African and Asiatic countries - wore multi-colour camouflages. Even Czech and Polish examples were painted in two (or even three) greens over blue. But I have never seen a Soviet Mi-4 sporting the multi-colour uppersurface camouflage except for this specimen from the Mistercraft F-04 box lid. And I wonder if anybody of you have ever met a multi-colour (i.e. not plain green over blue) camouflaged Mi-4 in Soviet service? Is the Mistercraft scheme true or fake? Chers Michael
  17. Not one, but TWO new facsimiles of 1942 Royal Navy camouflage documents are now available! Similar in nature to our previous facsimile of C.B.3098 1943 edition but using the earlier Western Approaches, 507A and C and MS & B camouflage paints, Confidential Admiralty Fleet Order 679 from April 1942 and 2146 from October 1942 have never been seen except by those who have been to The National Archives at Kew, London for many decades. C.A.F.O. 679/42 contains 51 full-colour camouflage designs for destroyers and smaller ships in Western Approaches, Admiralty Dark and Admiralty Light type designs, whilst C.A.F.O. 2146/42 builds upon this adding 17 Dark-Medium type designs for the same classes of ships to use. These contain the following classes: Town destroyer, V&W destroyer, S destroyer, A&B destroyer, E&F destroyer, Tribal destroyer, J&K destroyer, Hunt destroyer, Egret sloop, Flower corvette, Halcyon minesweeper, Mersey trawler, Gem trawler and Isles trawler. https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/royal-navy/products/royal-navy-camouflage-c-a-f-o-679-42-sea-going-camouflage-designs-for-destroyers-and-small-ships?fbclid=IwAR0jJUqHz86AoAQsfwydXc72IJ9BXbpWg4p6jTTw5344g-N_5nB4jqlqYS0 https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/royal-navy/products/royal-navy-camouflage-c-a-f-o-2146-42-dark-medium-tone-camouflage-designs-for-seagoing-ships?fbclid=IwAR3cS-ZKtdwDghoypf99hhzYP-zXudNkUKjbzbpEimOnNssQ6jfvtdoHA3k
  18. Hello guys, While researching the markings for my RF-101 build, it looks to me that different-sized national insignia were used on the camouflaged RF-101 Voodoo. The decals provided with the KH kit are somewhat larger from what I see on the period photographs. My question is: what is the 'official' size of the 'ministars' used on USAF combat planes during this period? Thank you for your help. Cheers, Quang
  19. Hello everyone. This is more a question than a review. Since coming back to the modeling world after a thirty plus year absence, I am still trying to build my arsenal of tools to make life easier for me. Early on, I kept reading about a product called Blu Tack, and I had no clue what that was. Then curiosity got the better of me and I finally asked someone to explain what the product was, it's uses and where I might find it online, since I reside in the Philippines. One problem with my location is shipping. Anything that I can't find locally, I have to order from china/HK most of the time. The problem with that, no matter what I order, I am always hit with an additional import duty, making it painful when shipping is included. Basically I spend three times on products that most people can pick up for pennies in their local hobby shop. So in my quest to find Blu Tack, I keep running into another form of poster hanging clay from a company called Faber-Castell, which I don't think I have ever heard of until moving to the Philippines. This is their version of Blu Tack I am curious if anyone has heard of this product, and if it is suitable as an alternative to the more expensive Bostic original, and can it be used safely on painted surfaces? Thanks in advance for any feedback regarding this product. Since it was so inexpensive and I did not have to worry import duties, I went a head and bought three packs for less than $4. If nobody has used the product, I will be a Guinea pig and try it out. Since I am still not able to start building yet, it might be a while before I can test it out, but I will remember to provide feedback when the time comes. Anthony
  20. Hi All, I'm working on this 1/35 WSS panzer commander from Alpine Miniatures for a Hetzer build. I'm painting his uniform in the 1944 Dot-Peas camo pattern which was issued to tank crews later in the war. He's painted using Vallejo acrylics and I used a photo reference to try to replicate the pattern as accurately as possible - the tanker camo patter seems to vary slightly from the WSS infantry pattern. A little tidying up required and then he's ready to fix in the Hetzer. Thanks for looking, Andrew
  21. Hi, I have just started the 1/72 Zvezda Me Bf 109 F-2, and it is a great kit! I have decided to use the Xtradecal X72-162 sheet, with a view to do the second option: White 2 of III/JG 53. I have been searching my doc and the internet for a photo of this specific plane, but to no avail. XTradecal confirm that there is indeed a photo of the plane in the following book: Malta: The Spitfire year 1942: page 126. So if any of you happened to have this book, I would really appreciate if you could send me a scan of this photo. Furthermore, Xtradecal stipulates that the mottle camouflage on the sides is RLM 02, 70 and 71. I would personally see the mottle in RLM 74 and 75. If any of you has any idea on the above. please let me know. Thanks a lot. JR
  22. To create models without decals First of all is to achieve a camouflage of your personally choice. Second is to get your personal markings Third is to get your stencils on the model All of them without carrier film and without silvering. How to achieve this goal will be subject of my posts now. The camouflage is the first one. As example the A-4 from the IAF. The markings the second one. Here as example the Tempest from Special Hobby in 1/32. The stencils are from HGW, and they will be subject of a seperate post. How to make masks for spraying camouflage of an a/c? First of all, we have to settle a few things: · Do you have photo sources? · Do the photos contain a top view, a side view right and left? · Without distortion? · You know how to handle a photo-editing program? · You have access to CorelDraw? · You know Tamiya masking foil in size 250x180mm? · For cutting we need a glass plate of a size of a small book · And a special tool: Special tool from Japan from Airtex I checked it right now, and it is only available in Japan or via Japan. This tool goes round every tiny curve without any edges! The curves are smooth and elegant. To prevent any distortion of the sprayed surface, I use Mr.Color C-colors. The H series dries too slowly and the layer is too soft. It is my way, to spray most areas on the a/c. As well as national insignia and markings. I do not use a plotter, since I do not want to do it that way. This is too much for me, so I want to do it easily. I prefer to buy my masks for this purpose. Happy modelling
  23. Hi, Just doing an LVT 4 at the moment, intending it to be a USMC one, ideally Pacific, 1945, but if not, Europe, 1944 at least. It’s all going well, but I cannot find out what colour they would of been. The instructions say Humbrol 86, but that’s a light green, when it would appear most where Olive drab, 155. However I also see pictures over grey American vehicles which would be 66! Yet still there are vehicles in 86. So I’m kind of clueless at the moment. If somebody could give me a decent insight or source to American vehicle paint scheme that would be very much appreciated. Many thanks, PlasticSoldier
  24. Hello ... Does anyone know if the early D Stuka’s in North Africa & Italy have a Sand Filter ? If so was it mounted to the upper starboard intake on the cowling ? Also I’m looking for any schematics for the outer wing bomb racks and/or drop tank mounts ? Any and all help will be greatly appreciated ? Thank you in advance. Dennis
  25. Couple of HobbyBoss Yak-38s from two different theaters. Begemot decals had good paint reference that helped with the colors (which were AKAN) and the pattern. I find the kit to be a relatively easy build, definitely look the part but in are need of lots of aftermarket assistance. I used plenty of Quickboost resin replacements, Dream Model PE to name a couple.
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