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  1. Waldron made a set in flat black. I think Sprue Bros. are now selling the Waldron line but don't know about the bezels set. Cheers! Greg
  2. Hello, The Aires detail for the Hasgawa Mk V fits the PCM Mk IX. I have not yet tried to put it into the new Mk. XIV. I used a combination of Aires and the lower sides of the kit cockpit and I am satisfied. On page 62 of Aero Detail # 30 "Griffon Spitfire" is a good set of photos of the Mk XIV cockpit. On the left sidewall the fuse panel is different than the one in the PCM cockpit. It must be scratch-built. Also the voltage regulators have been removed from the seat armour plate and mounted just forward of the seat support frame near the bottom of the cockpit on the left side. The PCM resin for the left panel matches the one in the Spitfire LF IX in the Czech publication "Spitfire LF Mk.IX in Detail" WWF Special Museum Line No. 26. Baracudacals now has upgrade parts for the Tamiya Spitfire Mks VIII and IX including correct sized seat, the control column and landing gear control mechanism. I hope you find this information useful. Cheers! Greg
  3. Hello Ron, Try searching for images of "SCR-695" and "SCR-522". IIRC these were used in later model P-38s as well. There are retro radio enthusiasts who collect components and restore these systems to functionality. Cheers! Greg
  4. Hello James, Aires makes a set for the Hasegawa A-8. On the instruction sheet the stock number is 2039. This is odd because it also says 1/48. The parts are clearly 1/32. I can't give any building tips as I haven't installed it yet. Molding is quite nice with the bay as a single casting. Cheers! Greg
  5. Hello Thierry, Yes, all markings are in three scales. There are only codes, serials and squadron symbols. National marking must come from the kits or other sources. Salud! Greg
  6. They're Nurricanes! 'Einkels! Nurricanes! 'Einkels! Mancunia, eh? I've a Mancunian mate. I stood best man for him at his wedding 30 years ago. Cheers! Greg
  7. I picked up this book on Tuesday at King’s Hobby for $32.99. It contains profiles for 19 BoB subjects as well as three sheets of decals in 1/32, 1/48, and 1/72. First come the Spitfires: LOoG, 602 sqdn QJoP, 96 sqdn QVoI, 19 sqdn Nurricanes: DToH, 257 sqdn NNoD, 310 (Polish) sqdn GZoB, 32 sqdn RFoG, 303 (Czech) sqdn WXoW, 302 (Polish) sqdn VYoR, 85 sqdn 109’s: E-1 ‘Red 14’ 5./JG 52 E-3 ‘Black 11’ 5./JG 3 E-3 ‘Black 1’ 5./JG 51 (I’m not sure if yellow background on the ‘Sniffling Raven’ staffel symbol is correct.) E-4 ‘Yellow 5’ 9./JG 3 E-4 ‘Black 6’ 2./ JG 51 E-4 ‘White 9’ 1./JG 2 E-4 ‘Black Chevron’ III./JG 53 110’s: C-2 ‘L1+XB’ V.(Z)/LG 1 D-O/B ‘S9+AH’ ErG 210 (Martin Lutz) C-5 ‘5F+MM’ 4(F)/14 I’m happy because I can mix and match codes to build George Unwin’s QVoH! Greg
  8. Hi Guys, By coincidence my DVa arrived this week. The purple and green upper colors for Stropp prompted me to get out the old Famous Aircraft of the NASM #4 "Albatros DVa". On page 54 the overpainted fabric on the left wing underside has the lozenge pattern showing through and when the fabric was removed it was in a 5-color pattern similar to that of the Canberra plane. That would be the reason they chose a five color patern to represent the original appearance. Now if WNW will release their sheets of lozenge we can have a choice on how to depict it. Other pics of Stropp show the presence of the letters RF on the fuselage meaning Republique Francaise and signifying it was government property after its capture. It went on a tour with other captured a/c and made a stop in Waco Texas where it was on display at the old Cotton Pallace. It ended up at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and that's where some of the overpainting is thought to have taken place in the '30's. It finally got the NASM in 1952 after a stop in the Chicago area. Cheers! Greg
  9. Hello Everyone, I am wrestling with the semi-misbegotten Revell of Germany/Hasegawa Spit Mk I/II. An Aires Mk V cockpit, suitably back-dated, is working out well. I modified the short, rounded spinner from the original Mk V kit by packing the front half of it with two-part epoxy and turning it on my lathe. In Osprey's "Spitfire Mk I/II Aces 1939-41" a large number of profiles show a gap of around one inch/25 mm between the spinner and the cowling. Was this the result of the upgrade of the de Haviland two-speed props to constant-speed or was it a feature on certain production batches? I have only seen a single photo showing this feature. Finally, can anyone point me to a dimensional drawing of the TR9 D radio control box found high on the port side of the cockpit just aft of the instrument panel? (There are a number of photos of one salvaged from a crashed Hurricane at the SpitfireSpares site.) Cheers! Greg
  10. Well, the caption says A5M2b. However, the box art looks like an A5M4 to me. Shorter cowling and more varied markings choices for the A5M4. Hooray! Greg
  11. Hello Gents, Kagemusha posted that G-Factor makes a set of gear for the PCM Mk IX's. I can't find it listed on the Sprue Bros. catalog. Can anyone confirm? Thanks! Greg
  12. OOPS! I just got the EDUARD kit. The comments stand for it. I really shouldn't post before my morning caffiene dose! Sorry! Greg
  13. Hi Gents, I just took mine out of the box. All of the prop blades are angled the same. Viewed from the cockpit they would rotate clockwise. One item I have noticed; the demarcation for Priller's yellow nose is incorrect on the markings directions and the box art. Eduard would have you bring the yellow cowling color back over the air intake scoop and covering the cowl guns access panel to the windscreen. The b&w photo on page 4 of Scale Aircraft Modelling's Combat Colours # 1 appears to show the yellow ending at the forward edge of the intake scoop. The painted area aft of this panel line is covered with a dense spray of what looks like RLM 71. An easy fix. Cheers! Greg
  14. The Eagle Editions newsletter for November states that they plan to release four new decal sheets in January. The first three are for FW 190 D's. The fourth, stock number 127, is for two Me 262's; "White << +" Adolf Galland JV 44. and "Black << +" Major Rudi Sinner of JG 7. There are two photos of "White << + in " Volume 2 of the Doras publication. I hope you find this to be good news. Cheers! Greg
  15. Hello Ads, I built one from the G6 with the Aires conversion set. Don't make yourself crazy by using the resin nose from the conversion. Just modify the G4 kit nose. The Aires cockpit turned out very nice but it took a lot of work to make it fit. I also put an Eagle Parts spinner on it. Cheers! Greg
  16. Howdy Gents, Eduard set 32 585 is the printed set for the Model 21 interior. There are also 32 162 for the exterior and 32 161 for the engine. The engine set has a flaw. Parts 26 and 23 represent handles on the engine cylinders. The Sakae 12 motor of the Type 21 Zero did not have these handles. They are present on the Sakae 21 motors of the Type 22, 32 and 52. Cheers! Greg
  17. Thanks for the kind words guys. You are all very welcome! Cheers! Greg
  18. Howdy All. Here goes. These are taken from a Word document that I hand out when I give a PowerPoint presentation of Japanese Naval Aircraft colors. Paint mixes for some Japanese aircraft colors All mixes are covered with gloss clear coats . Mixes matched to the coating on the metal portions of the airframe of the Mitsubishi-built Zero flown by Lt. Fusata Iida to his death at Kaneohe NAS and to Zero AI-154 that crashed at Fort Kamehameha, Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941. Mix 1M(odelMaster enamels) 100 drops "SAC Bomber Tan" FS 34201 64 drops Flat White FS 37875 Mix 1T(amiya) 100 drops IJA Grey XF-14 40 drops Khaki XF-49 4 drops Neutral Grey XF-53 Mix matched to a cloth artifact from Zero BII-120, landed on Niihau Island, Dec. 7, 1942. Likely also to match cloth on control surfaces of AI-154 shot down at Ft. Kamehameha and BI-151 crashed at Kaneohe NAS the same day. Mix 2T 105 drops Sky Grey XF-19 15 drops Lt. Sea Grey XF-25 20 drops Khaki XF-49 Mixes matched to the overall metal surfaces of the Nakajima-built Zero shot down on Midway Island, June 4, 1942. This color would be found on all metal surfaces of the airframe, except the cowling. This color also found on some Vals at Pearl Harbor. Mix 2M 100 drops "Field Drab" FS 30118 42 drops "Flat White" FS 37875 8 drops "Insignia Yellow" FS 33538 Mix 3T 100 drops Khaki XF-49 35 drops White XF-2 6 Orange X-6 Mixes matched to a fabric surface taken from the same Zero. This gray color would be found on all fabric-covered control surfaces. Mix 3M 100 parts "Light Sea Gray" FS 36307 14 parts "Aggressor Gray" FS 36251 1 part Insignia Red FS 31136 Mix 4T 50 drops Medium Grey XF-20 7 drops Sky Grey XF-19 5 drops Neutral Grey XF-53 Mix for the gray-green base coat found on the Nakajima Type 97 "Kate" attack plane that crashed at the Navy hospital at Pearl Harbor. Mix 4M 40 parts "Faded Olive Drab" 28 parts "Armor Sand" FS 30277 26 parts Flat White FS 37875 1 part Black Brush-applied yellowish-khaki coat over natural metal on Type 99 Val shot down in Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor. Tail code AII-251. Humbrol 187 "Dark Stone" (recent production) Mix 1H for 1/48 scale 50 drops Dark Stone187 10 drops Flat White 34 3 drops Yellow 154 Early and late Zero cockpit color is FS 34095 made only by Model Master as enamel "Medium Field Green". Mid war Nakajima cockpit gray-green. Mix 5M for both enamels and MM acrylics 5 parts Pale Green FS 34227 4 parts Sky type S 1 part O. D. FS34087 To simulate the aotake translucent interior coat for areas outside the cockpit, spray the areas with an aluminum finish. I like to use Alclad II White Aluminum. Then make a mix of: 11 parts Tamiya Smoke X-19 10 parts Clear Blue X-23 1 part Clear Green X-25 This will yield a primarily blue color with a slight green tint. Spray on with a light color feed and stop when you are satisfied with the color. You can experiment with different mixes. Green has a very strong chroma so very little is needed. The Smoke is used to tone down the clear colors as otherwise they will give a bright "candy apple" phony look. Mitsubishi-built Zeros have their landing gear bays and doors painted inside and out in the exterior gray-green-khaki color. Early Nakajima Zeros have their landing gear bays in aotake. The doors are the underside color except for the interior surface of the central 'butterfly' doors that are coated in aotake. Cowlings, the areas of the fuselage beneath the canopy in front of and behind the pilot as well as the inner surfaces of the canopy frames are blue-black on Mitsubishi Zeros and black on Nakajima Zeros. Links: Summer-san's Kakiri 117 blog: http://plaza.rakuten.co.jp/zerosenochibo/d...d=0&ctgy=30 www.j-aircraft.com Bear in mind that all of these mixes were matched to extant artifacts. Have they changed in 70 years? Yes, but they are from protected areas or were souvenired and stored away from direct light since the war. In service, all coatings weather rapidly. I am providing you with a starting point. If you don't like the appearance of a mix, modify it until it suits you. After all, you are building the model to please yourself. Cheers! Greg
  19. I wondered why my ears were burning! Seriously, thanks for the kind words from Tim Valdez and everyone. I have a sheet of mixes for several other types of aircraft in both Model Master enamels and Tamiya colors. I can easily cut and paste them here if you like. One key to the color of early Mitsubishi-built Zero metal-covered surfaces is the fact that the paint contained a green form of Prussian Blue pigment, as determined by infrared laser scanning. Early Nakajima Zeros had a yellowish-tan color. Both had medium gray cloth surfaces. Yes the coatings have browned somewhat in the last 70 years. I mixed the colors to match the appearance of the artifacts today. You can chose to put lesser levels of brown or khaki in the mixes because it's YOUR model. Cheers! Greg
  20. WOOHOO! The Feeplane is coming! Time to recruit and train a new group of spiders to do the rigging. The Roland D VI looks to be a beauty as well. Cheers! Greg
  21. Hi Steve, Can you post the pic or a link to it? The pylons for the B were cast from a phenolic plastic and the sway brace pylons had teardrop-shaped fairings where the braces passed through them. The new Hobbycraft P-51A kit has correct ones included. Cheers! Greg
  22. Hi Michel, Her husband didn't "die". She killed and ate him! I would purchase a state-of- the-art Hurricane I in a flash. In my view, Trumpeter would be the most likely company to make a 1/32 version as they already have turned out some 1/24 scale MkII's. Cheers! Greg
  23. Howdy Seeker, Alex Revell's book on 56 Sqdn. "High in the Empty Blue" has a number of pictures of Ball's A'4850 taken at London Colney before the departure for France on April 7, 1917. This aircraft is an SE 5, not a 5A, and Ball had previously modified it. He had the large wrap-around windscreen removed and replaced with a small flat one. He also had the center section cut-out enlarged and the seat lowered. The radiator has a housing that is rounded on the upper portion. One photo shows the upper surface of the upper wing center section in white (?) There are no squadron or personal markings but the wheel covers are painted in a dark color. The SE 5 had a greater wingspan and the wing tips were angled outward more than those on a 5A. There are 1/48 scale drawings of A'4850 in Revell's book. You might try to find a copy on abebooks.com. ISBN is 0-9637110-3-2 Cheers! Greg
  24. IIRC the landing setup on IJN carriers was a prismatic mirror system. When the pilot was on the correct glide slope, he would see a certain light pattern. This was for both day and night landings. There was no landing signal officer with paddles or light wands. Jacks and Georges were land-based interceptors, not carrier aircraft. Cheers! Greg
  25. I picked up one at King's Hobby yesterday, so they are in the US. Looks very nice in the box. Nice subdued wing rib detail. Decals for three subjects from 32 Sqdn; Major Rees the CO with clear doped linen flying surfaces, Lt. Wagner's "C1" with PC 10 green upper surfaces, Capt. Aizlewood's 7907 w. linen upper surfaces. One subject from 29 Sqdn.; Lt. Hallam's "4" with green upper surfaces. Some major ejector pin marks in the cockpit will need removing, otherwise the molding is quite nice. Price was $65.00. Cheers! Greg
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