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  1. My next project will be the AZ example of the Bf109F-4 in the colours of Joachim Marseille but I have a small question which hopefully someone can help with. The box art shows his machine in June 1942, Werk Number 8693, having a red rudder with the under nose cowling painted yellow. However my other source for this machine, from the Osprey Aviation series 'Bf109 Aces of North Africa', shows the same machine but without the yellow lower nose cowling, so which one is correct please? Regards Colin.
  2. Hi all, I used to model a ton as a kid. It's a few decades on, and having decided to honour my Grandfather with accurate-as-can-be reproductions of his units in Tunisia & Italy, the last few weeks I have both learned more than I need to about markings, and learned that there's... quite a lot to accuracy in colours, it would seem ha. I've already been blessed to a personal response from Mike Starmer (a few days back into the hobby and I'm already getting an email from royalty!), which together with his published research has of course been invaluable. But I wanted to
  3. As part of my F6F Hellcat build I've been researching the colours to be applied to the 3" Rockets with 60lb HE Warheads...and I'm confused! One source I found states the rocket body is light brunswick green, approximately US Light Green, Humbrol 117. A second states they should be a dark bronze green, close to Humbrol 75. The warheads are stated to be "Olive Green" Humbrol 155, whilst another says BS 285, which is NATO Green, the best match seems to be Humbrol 242, dunkle grun. Obviously colours changed with supplier and paint source, but does anyone have a vie
  4. Hi folk's,building the old Frog/Hasegawa kit over in the Frog GB at the moment, for a Djibouti based aircraft in three tone upper camo scheme.Looking at photos out there they seem to have Gray undersides but some finished model's have finishes from Gray to various shaded of light blue a couple in what I'd describe as Azure blue,anyone got a colour they could suggest?
  5. Hi I wonder what were the colours of HMS Exeter at the time of the Battle of the River Plate. I believed it was overall light grey, but looking at the pictures of the return to home port, I am not so sure. The hull seems much darker than the bridge, and the turrets, and the torpedo tubes, almost white. Moroever, we can find in the IWM website an artwork from C. E. Cundall, painter, depicting the arrival at Plymouth after the River Plate action : the hull is medium grey, the superstructure is beige (beige ?) and light grey, the turrets and torpedo tubes are almost white, and the funnels se
  6. ... because this is useful information... Hyperdy wrote: And the Dragonborn replied bestest, M.
  7. Hi This topic has already been explored in 2010 in this forum, but I am afraid the answer was not clear-cut. So, what was the colour for Centurions Mk.3 during the korean war, SCC or rather Deep Bronze Green ? There are some colour pictures of Centurions in the IWM collections ("The service of Sydney Sherriff in the Royal Armoured Corps in Korea") showing a rather deep green. Deep Bronze Green ? I am not a british colours specialist, but I am sure you can help.
  8. Sorry for bothering you with such a basic question, but after some 40 years of aircraft and railway modelling I'd like to build some 1/700 battleships. Urban legend says that every one of them should have brown (teak) deck and grey hull. OK - but surely not the same shade of brown and grey. How could you put in order (from the very light to the very dark) the hull and deck colours of: HMS Hood in 1939 Littorio in 1940 Richelieu in 1941 USS North Carolina in 1942 Tirpitz in 1943 Yamato in 1944 USS Iowa in 1945 HMS Vanguard in 1946 Of
  9. Hi, I resurrected an old idea of mine of building a Thai Airways Airbus one day which got me thinking which paints are actually available for the specific purple. Does any one of you have any suggestions? I'm mainly using acrylics but having a something from that line is not a must. Many thanks in advance! Cristian
  10. Hi everyone, back with another conundrum. I recently picked up some Mig Ammo Crystal Colours, with intent to use the light blue to create a tint hinting at armoured glass for my truck (I know Alclad makes a colour specifically for this, but I don't want to mess with nasty cleaners). Problem is, when I tested the colour on a bit of clear acetate, it first delivered no colour, almost a clear hazing, and then when it did come out blue, the plastic was frosted. You could only see anything through that was directly behind it, which in the cab wouldn't happen, everything wou
  11. I've got to the point with the big 1/32 Beaufighter that it is time to fit the radar aerials/antenna... The aircraft had Mk iV radar, operating at 220 MHz, amusingly the same as DAB Radio today....! The big question is what colour should they be? DAB antenna do not like to be painted, they tend to be either chromed or black anodised. So, assuming they are not chrome would black for the antenna be correct, with the support part in background colour? Colour photos are seemingly not available, at least I can't find one. Suggestions anyone? Pe
  12. Hi all, with my replacement starboard half on the way to me from Airfix and the build progressing splendidly I'm fast approaching time to splash some colour on it. Originally I was going for a Iraqi one but I now fancy doing a Cuban one. I'd already purchased the Xtradecal sheet in readiness. Any one with any ideas of what shade of greens were used on these Cuban Furies? Dark green seems a little vague. Then I noticed this sheet and that Cuban one just screams out to be done doesn't it? Again any pointers to those camouflage colours, Sky under surfaces? Let
  13. Hello - I hope you good AFV folk can help me out - again... I will shortly have a tank commander and some truck and halftrack drivers to paint in 1/72. They are British / Northern Europe / 1944 - market garden type stuff... I am looking for help with basic uniform / helmet / beret colours. I use Vallejo Model Air - but I do have conversion charts for... Humbrol Gunze Gunze Mr Colour Tamiya XF Testors Can anyone throw a few colour numbers this way please. Thanks in advance - Steve
  14. Good evening, I'll soon be starting my Airacobra in Soviet markings and I want to use Mig AMMO paints. Trouble is that I'm finding it hard finding the right colours from Mig. The paints I need are for the camouflage (olive drab and some form of grey), the cockpit, undercarriage and the flap interior. Can anyone come up with any close matches? Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.
  15. Am I being silly here or is there nothing out there in 1/48 with the correct pointy nose? The A version isnt the same is it? What about the pitot? Yknow that feeling when youre sure youre missing something? Well, thats what Ive got. Ive got pretty much all versions and colours nailed down now, but Im not sure about the pointy one. Can you guys kick me in the right direction, please? Or just kick me for being stupid.
  16. Hi I am currently building the above mentioned kit and am not far from the painting stage. However, like the last flanker I built I am struggling to get my head around some of the colour call outs. I think I have the greys covered but for one of the main three camo colours it calls for a metallic black? Is that right, just sounds a bit odd to me. Google searches haven't helped much apart from showing me lots of pictures of the box art for said kit. Any help in what colours I should go for would be great. Thanks
  17. I've a picture (below) of the He 111 H-3 that I'm planning to model; 1H+EK of 2/KG26 No doubt someone out there has the answer, but I'm stumped as to the spinner and rudder colours of this aicraft. To me the spinners appear to be red, it being a 2/KG26 aircraft, but is the rudder red too? It there are any wise old heads out there that can give me some guidance I'd be grateful.
  18. Tamiya colours are my best preferred ones even if I use often Xtreacolous, Lifecolor, Hataka and Vallejo Air. The main problem with Tamiya is to find the proper Fderal Standard reference. Searching in the web I found this intersting link http://ipmsrealcote.pro-forums.org/t832-tamiya-mixes-for-some-fs-colors-full-up-to-date-list-in-english Ezio
  19. I am currently converting a Liberty Ship kit to a Royal Navy repair ship of the Xanthus class as in 1945. The few images available show HMS Assistance and HMS Diligence in a sort of measure 22 (5H and 5N); however, one ship served in home (UK) waters and the other in the far east theatre. My question is: would the deck be painted blue (20B) for both these vessels, considering their different operating areas? Mike
  20. Hi, I am trying to build DH 84 RAAF ambulance, likely A34-54. It is in WIP...- a scratch work. Here: http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/dh84-pt2/dh84-dragon-pt2.htm within record for A34-54 there is a photo described like that: A34-54 at Mareeba Qld in 1943 with No.2 Air Ambulance Unit. The factory paint scheme has been replaced by jungle green camouflage with red and white ambulance cross. Frank F. Smith collection I've seen in net someone's model of the same machine (not sure that exactlu "54") which was painted in DKEarth/Foliage Green with light blue undersurface. S
  21. Well over the weekend I finally put all my enamels (100+!) into a big tin in the garage. That tin will be making an appearance on Ebay shortly... I have just topped up my acrylics collection with some purchases from Hamleys (pretty much the only model supplier in central London). And when I say "topped up" I mean trebled... I use Humbrol with some Revell and Games Workshop paints, and I have a load. So I needed to work out what I've got, painted on my Airfix Ju88 and phtographed in decidedly non-sunny daylight: Hxxx is Humbrol, Rxxx is Revell and (xxx) is the RLM number. The first thing
  22. Akan Paint Set for Coastal Craft Coastal Craft To accompany their book on Vosper MTBs/MGBs Coastal Craft reviewed [url=http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234980720-coastal-craft-history-volume-1/HERE, in company with Akan paints have released as set of paints that match those in the book. The six paint set includes:- APC 507A Dark Grey (1920) APC 507B Grey (1920, renamed 507A in 1940) APC 507 C Light Grey (1920) B-15 Grey-Blue G-45 Grey RN White Now, having used Akan paints before they are a very good colour match to the originals. They are a great alterna
  23. Catbird

    USMC kc 130j

    I need to know the colours on the USMC KC130J Hercules. Its the current 3 tone scheme. Warbird decals say white undersides. On their stencil sheet they have the walkways in white. Are the Warbird decals correct.
  24. Sean_M

    RAF Colours BOB

    I am sure this has been debated and delay with elsewhere and I recall some seeing colour pictures which show a more lighter red and blue for the Battle of Britain period for Spitfires and Hurricanes, However "Official Camo and Markings 1939-1945" indicates roundels to be painted in Red and Blue which if one compares the colour chart in the book is the darker colours. Kit manufacturers seem of little help when comparing decals. Was there indeed a lighter shade that was then later changed to the standard seen after 1941?
  25. So did the RAF biplanes hastily camouflaged in 1938 have the "shadow shading" or whatever it was on the lower wings? What colours would those have been, if so? Also, does anyone make acrylic colours of them?
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