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Paul Brown

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Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WruYArStlIc

 

Plasmo's painting and weathering is quite stylised and won't be to everybody's taste (see above), but there are quite a few different techniques used in the video to give you some ideas.

Paul Brown

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While you'e waiting for Airfix to sort themselves out on the AFV/softskin front why not try out the Thunder Models 1/35 Scammell with transporter? It's seriously humongous.  

Paul Brown

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Nice work Heather, I've always fancied one in a Transport Command Dark Earth/Mid-Stone/Black scheme, but the prototype was rolled out in a very smart looking livery.

 

For rescuing old decals I would recommend Microscale Liquid Decal Film. You brush it or spray it over the decal sheet, after application just trim around each decal as normal. If brushing, take care, because it does contain a fairly hot solvent and may cause decal inks to run. You might need two or three applications to build up a good layer. I wouldn't say it will rescue every old decal sheet you have with an old kit, some will be beyond redemption, but it will give you a fighting chance in most cases. You can also use it to seal home printed decals.

 

 

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Couldn't wait for Airfix any longer, KP have obliged so Bob's yer uncle.

 

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Hannant's are showing 17 products out of stock and 6 as limited availability. I think the problem stems from ealrier this year when there was a fire at the factory that makes the paint, it's almost certainly disrupted the supply side.

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@Braille Dave

Respectfully though, Paul I disagree with you- 'Fighting Colours' by Micheal JF Bowyer (I feel he is a creditable source, as he was there, so to speak)

 

Bowyer did a fabulous amount of spadework in documenting RAF colours, I still have most of the articles published in Airfix Magazine stored in the loft archive. In respect of Sky/Duck Egg Blue however, it is widely held by historians and published authors that he was mistaken, in fact I'd suggest he's one of the main sources of the confusion. That Sky and Duck Egg Blue are the same is recorded in black and white in the various AMOs and it's quite possible Bowyer never saw these documents. I mentioned above that there were discrepencies 'on the ground', this has been researched more recently by Lucas, in many cases by examining artifacts that still had original paint coatings on them. Now, I don't always agree with Lucas in some of the conclusions he draws, sometimes using tenuous evidence, but in this case it is hard evidence. Lucas suggests that if Sky was not used, then it was most likely either Sky Blue, or an official mix to be be used If Sky was unavailable, or Eau-de-Nil. The latter was readily available being widely used on machinery, vehicles and indoor decor and is passable as Sky. There's no doubt that you will find picture references of aircraft showing difference in tones between the under surfaces and tail band. It's usually held that these are aircraft painted with Sky Blue that for whatever reason never had a repaint before the band was applied. 

Paul Brown

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Without doubt this is an Airfix gem.

Paul Brown

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Buy the kits, plus aftermarket decals, there's heaps available. 

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This is a question that often pops up and the source of much confusion. For the purposes of official documentation, in this case the various Air Ministry Orders that laid down how aircraft were to be painted, Sky and duck- egg blue are the same thing. For instance a quote from an AMO relating to under surface colours:-

 

The following classes of aircraft are to be produced with duck-egg blue (Sky Type "S") under surfaces... 

 

There are many such instances in the AMOs. Most of the paints used were Type "S", it refers to the finish being smooth, but for some reason the author of the AMO singles out Sky as being Type "S". At some stage post war researchers began stating that the RAF had been using two different colours, Sky and duck-egg blue, but when you read the documents it is demonstrably a falsehood. One explanation could be that contractors and service personnel were confused by the introduction of Sky, because there was already an MAP colour in use, Sky Blue. More recent research has suggested that due to either shortages of Sky paint, or confusion with Sky/Sky Blue, some aircraft were being painted with Sky Blue under surfaces instead of Sky. At the time the order went out to paint under surfaces in Sky, it was a new colour that had been developed by the Photo Reconnaissance Unit at Heston and the paint manufacturer, Titanine, was pushed to produce enough to cover RAF requirements. There does seem to be good evidence for some aircraft being painted with Sky Blue, also Eau-de-Nil and it's easy to see how the confusion with Sky and duck-egg blue could arise.  

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Typhoon ID bands and AEAF ID bands are two separate things. The Typhoon underwing ID bands consisted of four 12" black stripes and three 24" white stripes. They were in use for the period 5th December 1942 - 7th February 1944. They were also used in conjunction with a single yellow 12" band on the wing upper surface. AEAF bands were three white and two black stripes, all 18" width around the wings and rear fuselage and the order to paint them on was posted on 4th June 1944. Post D-Day, (unofficially some time in July I believe, but by September a reduction in the bands became official) bands were progressively removed from the upper surfaces, then the lower surfaces and all bands should have been removed by 3rd January. I think it's fair enough for Paul to refer to them as invasion stripes, that's what we usually call AEAF ID bands.

 

My references indicate that the prop diameter for the three and four blade units is near identical. I seem to recall that the Bentley drawings quote dimensions, but I don't have them to hand at the moment.  

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