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  1. Nice photo, it is "Red 4" D-11. It is not a D-13, note the closed cowl flap. The D-11 did not have the MK 108 30mm cannons mounted at the time in JV 44. There were five Doras in JV 44. Three D-9s and two D-11s. Cheers, Jerry
  2. While researching the print we did of Galland's W.Nr. 5819 E-4 Gerhard Meyer related that Galland demanded that his a/c was painted in gray as he flew over water and any shade of green no appropriate. They both believed that Galland was instrumental in getting the RLM to change over from 02/ 71/ 65 to 76/75/74. Exactly when the color change happened on Galland's 109s is unclear. Cheer, Jerry
  3. Great job, thanks for using our decals. cheers, Jerry
  4. Hello Nick, The color recommendations in EagleCals 126 and page 284 of our Dora vol. 1, match, describing "Brown 4" W.Nr. 500647 of JG 26. The colors are based on the computer analysis of "Blue 12" W.Nr. 500570. One of the problems in identifying colors on D-9s is some of the factories used recycled wings. Cheers, Jerry
  5. This light green color was very common on late war Luftwaffe aircraft. Of the seven recovered D-9s I know of all but one had light green over painted RLM 76 light blue. I have also seen it used on He 111s of KG 55. We have a oval panel from a JG 6 A-8 that has light green over painted light blue 76.The color film that shows rail cars with Painted cowlings of D-13s had light green and RLM 76 together. As far as I know there is no proof that this light green is a variation of 76 . It is separate color. That information is based on a theory by a researcher. Cheers, Jerry
  6. Beautiful build. I'm curious what was your reference for the color scheme? Cheers, Jerry
  7. Troy, I'm not sure where this piece is from sorry. Cheers, Jerry
  8. Here is a sample of RLM 81 Braunviolett taken from a Bf 109 K-4 next to Dark Green. As you can see, RLM 81 is rich chocolate brown. These colors, along with RLM 82 Hellgrün, are the most common colors found on recovered Dora 9s. Also of interest is the British publication The Aeroplane Spotter report dated Nov. 29, 1945 of the camouflage color of the captured Ta 152 W.Nr.150158 that describes the colors as the upper surfaces as "various shades of green. On the fuselage the effect is mottled but on the wings two greens make a zig zag pattern." No Brownviolett. Cheers, Jerry
  9. Hello Miloslav, Wow, gorgeous, You really nailed it. Thanks for using our decals. Cheers, Jerry
  10. Reimund, thanks for posting the images of the new Sturmbock kit I'm excited someone is releasing it in 1/32 scale. I do see a few problems right off. For some reason they have an oval panel on the port side of the fuselage just behind the cooling flaps. It does not belong there. You are right about the colors. Undersurfaces RLM 76, Upper RLLM 75 and RLM 74 is correct. I don't see the armored windscreen triangular quarter panel it is not on the art work anyway. Most Sturmbock a/c had them. There is confusion about "Yellow 3". The A-8/R2 as shown is W.Nr. 680718 was never at Barth in May, 1944. It was built on 19 June ,1944 and Fw. Ottfried Baisch was killed in it on 18 July ,1844. There is only one known photo of it and the tactical number is not known and the unit emblem cannot be seen in the photo. Baisch's earlier Sturmbock was "Yellow 3" W.Nr. unknown and was mounted with the Krebs-Gerät rocket but it was not a A-8/R2, it was a standard A-8 with Sturmbock equipment(R7). It did have the unit badge on the Panzerplatten not on the engine cowling. Cheers, Jerry
  11. Looking great, but the wooden seats were painted RLM 66 also. Cheers, Jerry
  12. Thanks for using our Eagle Parts. Just a note, we never had any connection with Cutting Edge our parts are own. Cheers, Jerry
  13. Hello, My name is Kimbra S. and I am the office manager for Eagle Editions. Since Jerry is badly "under the weather" he asked me to share the following information with fellow enthusiasts. In the mid 1990s Jerry and Judy traveled to Germany again this time to meet with Warnecke & Böhm the leading manufacturer of paint for the Luftwaffe in WW II. They met with the management staff including the CEO, head chemist etc. Lots of interesting information came from the meeting. Here are some condensed excerpts from Jerry's Fw 190 Dora book vol. 2 . " The German war industry was dramatically altered when Dr. Pomper, head of W&B received two patents in the late 1930s. these patents were for a new formula based on an artificial resin polymer based paint. This new formula had superior adhesion to aluminum and magnesium. As a result no primer was needed as with previous standard lacquer based paints. This helped in time, money and weight plus was fade resistant. Of course RLM 45 Red Oxide was still needed for fabric. The RLM was so pleased with this new formula they directed other paint companies to use this resin, trade marked IKORAL, and pay W&B a royalty."W&B was so pleased that J&J was interested(to say the least) that they searched their old files and gave J&J everything they had from the wartime. They explained that as the Russians were approaching Berlin W&B destroyed most of their files including the late war color data. The material given included copies of Dr. Pomper's patents and all the original RLM color recipes they had. These are published in Jerry's book. RLM 66; In the original recipes there are seven 66 formulas. This is because the RLM directed W&B to develop formulas that included fire and acid resistance qualities. As a result the color was slightly altered and can be seen in late war parts to have a slight dark green cast, very evident on an Me 262 rudder pedal we have in our collection. Paint companies were told to cut back production on RLM 02 as this new 66 would replace 02 on some parts like landing gear legs. Amazing to W&B was that no researcher had visited them prior to J&J. Hope this helps, and as Jerry says, cheers, Kimbra S.
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