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  1. Oh no not again

    Coincidentally, ANA613 Olive Drab which should have replaced Olive Drab 41 and Army Spec 319 (I think... working from memory) and thus would be the colour present on a USAAF P-51D in 1944 was close enough to RAF Dark Green that the Ministry of Aircraft Production accepted it as the substitute US Equivalent colour for Dark Green to be used on US built aircraft for the RAF, such as the Mustang III and IV. It happened to be one of the worst controlled colours in the recent history of the US military by most accounts, but the standard it was supposed to match is indeed fairly similar as RAF Dark Green. Indeed a great many model paint manufacturers decide on behalf of their customers that ANA613's successor, FS34079, is the colour they need for all 3 purposes and happily package up FS34079 in attractive boxes for RAF, USAAF and USAF coloursets alike. ANA613 Olive Drab M.A.P. RAF Dark Green (very slightly different from BS381C-241 Dark Green) FS34079
  2. Oh no not again

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  3. US Navy WW2 Interior Colours

    @clifft I made the same gaff on my latest US subject but fortunately asked the question of Dana Bell before it was too late. It was still a case of carefully dismantling some of the interior to start over, but the kit was near £40 so I didn't want to spoil it with the wrong paint colour visible through so much glass! I posted this here on my website a while back but I think that section gets few visits: https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/pages/us-navy-usmc-aircraft-colours-around-ww2 US Navy & USMC aircraft colours around WW2 The following has been compiled from researches carried out and published by William Reece, Dana Bell, John Snyder et al. It is stated by all who carry out this research that nothing is certain and reference to photographs is always advised. Nevertheless, from pouring through documents, inspecting photographs, viewing recovered wrecks and unrestored examples where these exist the following is offered as a good guide for the colours used in different US Navy and US Marine Corps aircraft during the Second World War and shortly after. Readers will note that colour use tends towards uniformity later in the war and with later types. N.B. Early Grumman aircraft had extensive use of "Grumman Gray", a light gray primer of their own formula. Where used, we have recommended the use of Light Gull Gray as a close-enough substitute. The colours used: Grumman Gray is approximated by Light Gull Gray (ACUS01) Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) Dull Dark Green (ACUS24) Insignia Red (ACUS26) Bronze Green #9 (ACUS30) Glossy Sea Blue ANA623 (ACUS34) ANA601 Insignia White (ACUS37) Curtiss cockpit Green is approximated by RLM02 (ACLW12) Douglas TBD Devastator Cockpit Interior – Pre-war up to Battle of Coral Sea - Lacquered Aluminium Cockpit Interior – Battle of Coral Sea to Midway - Bronze Green #9 (ACUS30) Douglas SBD Dauntless Cockpit – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Stainless Steel Firewall – Unpainted, often bright Outer Flaps / Divebrakes Interior – Insignia Red (ACUS26) Central Flap / Divebrake Interior - Lower Exterior Colour Wing Structure & Divebrake linkage – Lower exterior Colour Grumman TBF Avenger Forward from bulkhead with the window – ACUS30 Bronze Green #9 (ACUS30) Rear Crew areas – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Inside Engine Cowling & Accessories area – Light Gull Gray (ACUS01) Stainless steel firewall – Unpainted, often bright Torpedo Bay – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) General Motors TBM Avenger Cockpit including crew areas & fuselage interior– Interior Green ANA611(ACUS09) Early TBM1’s & 1cs Cowling Interiors – Light Gull Gray (ACUS01) Later TBM1 Cowling Interior – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Grumman F4F-3/4 Wildcat Cockpit – Bronze Green #9 (ACUS30) Structure under floor – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Fuel tank under floor – Light Gray (ACUS01) or Black (C02) Inside engine cowling & wheel bay (for 2 colour aircraft) – Light Gray (ACUS01) Wheel bay (tri-colour aircraft) – ANA601 Insignia White (ACUS37) Fuselage behind cockpit all the way to tail – Light Gray (ACUS01) General Motors FM-1/2 Wildcat Cockpit Interior – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Wheel bay cut out – exterior colour Engine Accessory area behind firewall – Light Gull Gray (ACUS01) Inside engine cowling & rear fuselage (for tri-colour aircraft) – Light Gray (ACUS01) Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat Cockpit (First 100 aircraft) back to armour bulkhead behind seat – Bronze Green #9 (ACUS30) Cockpit (rest of production) back to armour bulkhead behind seat – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Engine Cowling, Fuselage Interior behind cockpit – Light Gray (ACUS01) Wheel Bays ahead of rear spar – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) with exterior colour overspray Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat Cockpit – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Later aircraft with BuNo’s higher than around 80000 interior above consoles – Black (C02) Rear Fuselage with rear windows – Light Gray (ACUS01) Rear fuselage without rear windows – Usually Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) Fuselage Interior (very late build numbers over 94000) – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Inside of engine cowling – Possibly light gray (ACUS01) interior green ANA611 (ACUS09) or Zine Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) Grumman F7F Tigercat Cockpit – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Both cockpits upper areas above consoles – Black (C02) All other interior areas including rear cockpit – Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) Engine Cowlings – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) or Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) Wheel Bays – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Landing Gear, Struts & Wheels – Glossy Sea Blue ANA623 (ACUS34) Grumman F8F Bearcat Cockpit – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Cockpit upper area above consoles & Seat – Black (C02) Inside of Engine Cowling – Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) or Interior Green (ACUS09) or Black (C02) Curtiss SB2C Helldiver Cockpit, wheel bays & landing gear struts – Curtiss cockpit Green (ACLW12 RLM Grau RLM02 may be close) Vought SB2U Vindicator Cockpit – Dull Dark Green (ACUS24) Vought F4U-1 Corsair Birdcage Cockpit – Very dark colour possibly Black (C02). The F4U-1 E & M manual calls for Dull Dark Green (ACUS24). Photos & some wrecks show flat black. All other interior areas – normally salmon – pale pinkish brown primer made by mixing red with zinc chromate yellow. This was applied overall before the final camouflage finish. Inside of main gear doors – Light Gray (ACUS01) Vought F4U-1A Corsair Cockpit – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) All other interior areas – Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) Landing Gear – Light Gray (ACUS01) or Aluminium Lacquer (possibly insignia white after overhaul or repaint) Vought F4U-1D Corsair Cockpit – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) All other interior areas – Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) Cockpit upper area above consoles – Black (C02) Inside of Wheel bays & engine cowling – may have been Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Landing Gear – Light Gray (ACUS01) or Aluminium Lacquer (possibly Glossy Sea Blue ANA623 (ACUS34) after overhaul or repaint) Vought F4U-4 Corsair Cockpit – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Area above consoles – Black (C02) Inside of engine cowling – Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) or Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) or Black (C02) All other visable areas – Glossy Sea Blue ANA623 (ACUS34) Landing Gear – Light Gray (ACUS01) or Aluminium Lacquer (possibly Glossy Sea Blue ANA623 (ACUS34) after overhaul or repaint)
  4. US Navy WW2 Interior Colours

    @clifft I made the same gaff on my latest US subject but fortunately asked the question of Dana Bell before it was too late. It was still a case of carefully dismantling some of the interior to start over, but the kit was near £40 so I didn't want to spoil it with the wrong paint colour visible through so much glass! I posted this here on my website a while back but I think that section gets few visits: https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/pages/us-navy-usmc-aircraft-colours-around-ww2 US Navy & USMC aircraft colours around WW2 The following has been compiled from researches carried out and published by William Reece, Dana Bell, John Snyder et al. It is stated by all who carry out this research that nothing is certain and reference to photographs is always advised. Nevertheless, from pouring through documents, inspecting photographs, viewing recovered wrecks and unrestored examples where these exist the following is offered as a good guide for the colours used in different US Navy and US Marine Corps aircraft during the Second World War and shortly after. Readers will note that colour use tends towards uniformity later in the war and with later types. N.B. Early Grumman aircraft had extensive use of "Grumman Gray", a light gray primer of their own formula. Where used, we have recommended the use of Light Gull Gray as a close-enough substitute. The colours used: Grumman Gray is approximated by Light Gull Gray (ACUS01) Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) Dull Dark Green (ACUS24) Insignia Red (ACUS26) Bronze Green #9 (ACUS30) Glossy Sea Blue ANA623 (ACUS34) ANA601 Insignia White (ACUS37) Curtiss cockpit Green is approximated by RLM02 (ACLW12) Douglas TBD Devastator Cockpit Interior – Pre-war up to Battle of Coral Sea - Lacquered Aluminium Cockpit Interior – Battle of Coral Sea to Midway - Bronze Green #9 (ACUS30) Douglas SBD Dauntless Cockpit – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Stainless Steel Firewall – Unpainted, often bright Outer Flaps / Divebrakes Interior – Insignia Red (ACUS26) Central Flap / Divebrake Interior - Lower Exterior Colour Wing Structure & Divebrake linkage – Lower exterior Colour Grumman TBF Avenger Forward from bulkhead with the window – ACUS30 Bronze Green #9 (ACUS30) Rear Crew areas – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Inside Engine Cowling & Accessories area – Light Gull Gray (ACUS01) Stainless steel firewall – Unpainted, often bright Torpedo Bay – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) General Motors TBM Avenger Cockpit including crew areas & fuselage interior– Interior Green ANA611(ACUS09) Early TBM1’s & 1cs Cowling Interiors – Light Gull Gray (ACUS01) Later TBM1 Cowling Interior – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Grumman F4F-3/4 Wildcat Cockpit – Bronze Green #9 (ACUS30) Structure under floor – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Fuel tank under floor – Light Gray (ACUS01) or Black (C02) Inside engine cowling & wheel bay (for 2 colour aircraft) – Light Gray (ACUS01) Wheel bay (tri-colour aircraft) – ANA601 Insignia White (ACUS37) Fuselage behind cockpit all the way to tail – Light Gray (ACUS01) General Motors FM-1/2 Wildcat Cockpit Interior – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Wheel bay cut out – exterior colour Engine Accessory area behind firewall – Light Gull Gray (ACUS01) Inside engine cowling & rear fuselage (for tri-colour aircraft) – Light Gray (ACUS01) Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat Cockpit (First 100 aircraft) back to armour bulkhead behind seat – Bronze Green #9 (ACUS30) Cockpit (rest of production) back to armour bulkhead behind seat – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Engine Cowling, Fuselage Interior behind cockpit – Light Gray (ACUS01) Wheel Bays ahead of rear spar – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) with exterior colour overspray Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat Cockpit – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Later aircraft with BuNo’s higher than around 80000 interior above consoles – Black (C02) Rear Fuselage with rear windows – Light Gray (ACUS01) Rear fuselage without rear windows – Usually Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) Fuselage Interior (very late build numbers over 94000) – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Inside of engine cowling – Possibly light gray (ACUS01) interior green ANA611 (ACUS09) or Zine Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) Grumman F7F Tigercat Cockpit – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Both cockpits upper areas above consoles – Black (C02) All other interior areas including rear cockpit – Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) Engine Cowlings – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) or Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) Wheel Bays – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Landing Gear, Struts & Wheels – Glossy Sea Blue ANA623 (ACUS34) Grumman F8F Bearcat Cockpit – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Cockpit upper area above consoles & Seat – Black (C02) Inside of Engine Cowling – Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) or Interior Green (ACUS09) or Black (C02) Curtiss SB2C Helldiver Cockpit, wheel bays & landing gear struts – Curtiss cockpit Green (ACLW12 RLM Grau RLM02 may be close) Vought SB2U Vindicator Cockpit – Dull Dark Green (ACUS24) Vought F4U-1 Corsair Birdcage Cockpit – Very dark colour possibly Black (C02). The F4U-1 E & M manual calls for Dull Dark Green (ACUS24). Photos & some wrecks show flat black. All other interior areas – normally salmon – pale pinkish brown primer made by mixing red with zinc chromate yellow. This was applied overall before the final camouflage finish. Inside of main gear doors – Light Gray (ACUS01) Vought F4U-1A Corsair Cockpit – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) All other interior areas – Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) Landing Gear – Light Gray (ACUS01) or Aluminium Lacquer (possibly insignia white after overhaul or repaint) Vought F4U-1D Corsair Cockpit – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) All other interior areas – Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) Cockpit upper area above consoles – Black (C02) Inside of Wheel bays & engine cowling – may have been Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Landing Gear – Light Gray (ACUS01) or Aluminium Lacquer (possibly Glossy Sea Blue ANA623 (ACUS34) after overhaul or repaint) Vought F4U-4 Corsair Cockpit – Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) Area above consoles – Black (C02) Inside of engine cowling – Zinc Chromate Yellow (ACUS23) or Interior Green ANA611 (ACUS09) or Black (C02) All other visable areas – Glossy Sea Blue ANA623 (ACUS34) Landing Gear – Light Gray (ACUS01) or Aluminium Lacquer (possibly Glossy Sea Blue ANA623 (ACUS34) after overhaul or repaint)
  5. Infini Model Brass Wire Series

    Now in stock are Infini Model's new brass wire products. Each pack contains 18 brass wires 265mm long, and come in 4 diameters for very fine scale detailing and scratchbuilding. https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/infini-model The diameters available are 0.065mm, 0.1mm, 0.15mm and 0.2mm
  6. Oh no not again

    As above Dana Bell is a primary source researcher, not a regurgitator of other peoples' work nor just a contrary saying stupid things based on very flaky references. Dana gave me a lot of valuable information about the interior colours of many US WW2 types which is probably more a curse than a blessing as it makes me want to scratch my eyes these days when I see everything painted ANA611 US Interior Green
  7. We have now listed all remaining Artwox products. Whilst very disappointed in the news that Artwox decided to cease business, we are pleased that we were in a position to buy up all remaining stock of a large number of popular subjects including; Meng Lexington, Bismarck, Rodney and Missouri kits Flyhawk Naiad and Penelope (wooden decks, masking sheets and combination deck & masking sheet sets) Hobby Boss HMS Agamemnon, Lord Nelson, Dunkerque and Strasbourg ...Plus many more. We swept up everything we could British or German (in 1/700, 1/600, 1/400, 1/350 and 1/200 where available), and also picked up as much as was practicable of Japanese and American subjects too. We believe we may have the last of the French and Italian subjects as well. Our fairly massive range of wooden decks organised by your preferred scale is available here: https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/wooden-decks Shop for Artwox specifically here: https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/artwox-model As far as Artwox is concerned, once it's gone, it's gone
  8. Revell Beaufighter 1:48

    This was announced a while back but I've seen no images of the sprues or even a 3D model screenshot. I think it'll be a good one to wait and see with. Revell are as dependable as Trumpeter when it comes to building in bizarre shape problems that are very hard to correct.
  9. GWH 1/48 Douglas TBD-1 Devastator

    I decided in the end just to go with the kit decals. I ran out of steam for the belly-scratchbuild to fit a torpedo. I may do Gay's aircraft at a later date. I did notice that the kit decals are taking some persuading. So far, so good though and by going quite slowly (i.e. only one or two per sitting) and giving them lots of Microsol they are, eventually, conforming.
  10. GWH 1/48 Douglas TBD-1 Devastator

    They're camouflaged so as to make pick-pocketing easier
  11. I grew up and still live in the north east of Scotland. It's home and I like it here. I like how unpopulated it is, how quiet and technical rural roads can be and I like little reminders dotted around of the past, something largely bulldozed and redeveloped long since further south. I live roughly equidistant from most of the military airfields from WW2 in the area; Dyce, Peterhead, Dallachy, Banff, Crimmond, with Lossiemouth and Kinloss not that much further. But for a few subtle memorials dotted around it's generally not that well known that the Banff Strike Wing existed at all here, nor how prolific they were at the time. I decided to build a few aircraft that took part in what is now known as "Black Friday" - the 9th of February 1945, a raid on Germany destroyer Z33 in a Norwegian fjord which to be honest was probably the worst day of the war for the wing and indeed they racked up the worst losses of any Coastal Command wing during the whole war. First up is the sole Mustang lost during the raid. This was a Mustang III from 65 Squadron, temporarily based at Dallachy ,I understand, at this point (RAF Peterhead where 65Sqn and 19Sqn Mustangs were usually based was having runway work done for around 2 months). The aircraft was HB836 and carried squadron codes YT-N. The pilot, W/O Cecil Claude Caesar, was assisting a 404 Sqn Beaufighter when he was shot down by Unteroffizier Heinz Orlowski who was flying Fw190F-8 "White 1". Caesar was reportedly hit but kept on the offensive before crashing in to a pine forest on the side of a mountain. Two teenage Norwegian boys climbed the mountain hoping to rescue Caesar but he was dead when they reached him. Some German military arrived and had the boys extract Caesar's body from the wreckage and take him down the mountain on a sleigh to be buried. Orlowski himself was hit and forced to bail out by then too low, but was tangled on the way out and hit the ground hard with a partially opened parachute, causing an avalanche in the snow and somehow igniting the flare pistol in his pocket badly burning him. W/O Caesar came from Bristol and left behind a wife, Rhoda, and 2 children, John and Pat. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/15/a5970215.shtml I never found any photographs of HB836 but know it was delivered in spring 1944 to the Royal Air Force and that 65 Squadron had posted to Scotland to join the Banff Strike Wing in late 1944. Thus, I made the assumption that the markings would be in keeping with other Mustang IIIs attached to the Banff Strike Wing at the time which were better photographed. Most of these aircraft look fairly good photographed in mid 1944 but look fairly beat up in photographs with bare trees (i.e. winter 1944/45) with at least one 65 Sqn aircraft in winter showing the tell tales of previously applied invasion stripes. I liked the latter touch and as HB836 was delivered before D-Day and 65 Sqn had stripes, I figured HB836 probably had stripes applied too and may still be showing their remains. It's unlikely anyone can tell me it's wrong, and it's not like I didn't ask if anyone had images of the actual aircraft in build threads I've had going! The model is a Tamiya 1/48 Mustang III. It is enhanced in key areas only. The cockpit is OOB except for an Ultracast seat with seatbelts. The Tamiya Mustangs are badly flawed in the undercarriage bay, but this is the first one I have corrected. I used a Vector resin upgrade for this which took a lot of plastic hacking to fit, but the results are well worth the effort. The model also has Ultracast wheels, exhausts and propeller to enhance or correct obvious shortcomings in the kit and, well, because I can. Paints are all Colourcoats. Looking at these just now - I should take them again when the sun pops back up for an hour or two tomorrow...
  12. GWH 1/48 Douglas TBD-1 Devastator

    Thanks Darren. I'm not sure I've many valid excuses left for not finishing before summer, but I am confident this will drag out over a few months yet!
  13. GWH 1/48 Douglas TBD-1 Devastator

    Hi Darren, I'm just going with the Wake Island kit decals Due to the fact that I am an idiot, this build stalled for a while. I tried the kit canopy masks but they are no use, being fairly stiff paper that couldn't conform. I was putting off buying Eduard ones but eventually discovered I already owned them So, this afternoon I have primed and sprayed it. The underside was shaded in ACUS05 WW2 US Navy Light Gray Due to various reasons I am increasingly averse to anything that consumes time that doesn't stay on the model so I just did topsides colour all freehand. I thinned the ACUS06 WW2 US Navy Blue Gray heavily (i.e. 30/70 paint to thinners) and sprayed close in at 15psi.
  14. GWH 1/48 Douglas TBD-1 Devastator

    I'll build it eventually. It is fairly crude compared to the GWH kit though as most Monogram kits are when compared objectively to new tool kits. One of the main things I'm wary of with the Monogram one is that by far the majority of people who have built them have had problems with the wing leading edge join quality, and the corrugated skins make remedial work very difficult. It's approaching paint time
  15. Hataka Modern RAF colour accuracy

    a) I do https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0730/0927/files/British_RAF_FAA_Colours_Chart.pdf?205554285801963019 b) Working on it - we've been slowly experimenting with acrylic binders which use the same naptha thinner we already make. You'll get the drying time and the adhesion.
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