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    New Royal Navy coloursets

    0 We're making a special effort (seeing as we are a tiny company with no full time staff and graphic design budgets that could be counted on the fingers of one hand) to make it clearer what to actually do with these new Royal Navy paint colours we've made, particularly since we've contradicted lots of hitherto accepted colour guidance out there. The little 3 colour box sets have proven very popular so far and here are two new ones aimed at specific schemes which saw widespread use prior to and/or during World War Two: https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/colourcoats-sea-coloursets/products/1941-home-fleet-colourset https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/colourcoats-sea-coloursets/products/colourcoats-royal-navy-1944-standard-scheme-a-colourset
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    Very nifty!
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    Heinkel He-111H-3 1H+FT

    This is one I should have photographed from the beginning but somehow just built instead. On the 12th of July 1940, this Arado built He111H-3 of III Gruppe / Kampfgeschwader 26 departed Stavanger Sola and headed south west to bomb targets in the Firth of Forth area (that's the big river estuary near Edinburgh for non-British). Making landfall at Leuchars (which was possibly the actual intended target?) in Fife, it was intercepted by Spitfires from 603Sqn at 12:55hrs at 10,000ft and driven north. The Heinkel reached Aberdeen at jettisoned its bomb load over the harbour area. These mostly landed on Hall Russell's ship yard and around the Footdee part of the city, killing several dozen civilians. The Neptune Bar (a grotty hole of a place, truth be told) was also hit! Pursued still by the Spitfires and probably surprised by a barrage of anti-aircraft fire from trawlers in the harbour and, I believe, guns at the Torry Battery site? Either way the aircraft was shot down in flames (there were many eye witnesses) and crashed into the newly completed ice rink building in the Garthdee area of the city - right beside what is now "Anderson Drive". One of the crew had evidently tried to bail out but his body was still half in the aircraft. Several crew members died, and were buried with military honours at the old Kirk cemetery which is about a mile north of Aberdeen's Dyce airport runway. In the Luftwaffe Crash Archive book Volume 1 by Nigel Parker, there are several more photographs included. The aircraft is wrecked, but there is just enough to confirm what seems to be a typical RLM70/71 over 65 scheme, with the fuselage demarkation in the higher position seen on reference photos (i.e. from leading edge of tailplane straight to trailing edge of wing). A photo of the underside of one of the wings loaded on to a wagon to remove from the crash site shows the letter "T" in black beside the cross, thus informing that this particular aircraft had the full 1H FT under the wings, not just a large "F" under each wing as is often seen. Knowing that, and that it was from III Gruppe, I knew it was very likely 70/71 over 65, with full lettering underneath, that the KG.26 emblem would be a black lion on a yellow field and that the propeller spinners and letter "F" on the fuselage sides were RLM04. I did look for a while but never did find a photograph of the whole aircraft intact. Be that as it may, I have gone with what I do know to be true on 12th July 1940. If someone does produce a picture that proves me wrong, I can build it again maybe The model itself is the old Revell 1/48 Heinkel He111H-6 kit which lived in my stash for many years. I understand this was one of the last toolings Monogram made and it has nice detail and nicely recessed panel lines. There were some moulding defects on the wing surfaces which needed some levelling, plus the usual sink marks in places and the fuselage was warped. This kit has a reputation for being a dog to build. Expectations suitably low, I found it better than I had prepared myself for it to be! It has an Eduard PE set inside it dressing up the cockpit a bit. With so much glazing the cockpit on this does matter so I felt it was worth putting in a little bit of effort there. The rest is just OOB though. It's quite well known that the Revell H-6 isn't actually a H-6. I don't pretend to be very interested in German stuff generally but I believe the H-6 should have had broader chord propellers etc. Hence, what's in the box is really a H-4. Having little inclination to go OTT on research which invariably leads to wholesale disappointment with kits like this, I did try to find out what the differences were between a H-3 and a H-4. I can't tell the difference. I have seen photographs captioned as H-3s with and without the foward cabin windows glazed, and with and without the front of the gondola thing glazed. As I've no photographs of the specific subject aircraft intact, I decided I was bored with abortive searches and decided to build a model I forgot to take any photographs along the way which is a pity. The cockpit is painted RLM66, and everything else inside is RLM02. The engine nacelles were a bit of a pain but a combination of trimming the wing fairings on the nacelles, and ramming some packing in between the top of the wheel wells and the bottom of the upper wing skin to spread them apart almost 1mm improved the fit hugely. They still needed a fair bit of time with filler and sanding sticks. Actually, most of the major joins needed filler, sanding and Olfa cutter remedial work! To make things easier, I also bought an Eduard canopy mask set. It must have been a Friday afternoon job there though as a significant percentage of the individual masks were not for this kit and ended up being Tamiya tape cut with a scalpel - exactly what I hoped to avoid (because I hate masking glazings). I enjoy playing with different toning effects. I know there are some I simply do not like, but I am always happy to try different things to see if I like each model better than the last. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn't. This one went ok I think? Now, here's where it becomes embarrassing. I *thought* I had this memorised and plowed on with decals and even posted this damned photo online, only for my buddy Stew to contact me quietly and very diplomatically point out that I was an absolute idiot for not having Luftwaffe Crash Archive Volume 1 open when I painted and applied the decals. Remember that demarkation line above and the 1H FT under the wings? Yep, got the BOTH wrong! Argh! I could have left it at that point, but I'm me and frankly I'd sooner jump up and down on it that finish it with such a stupid mistake, let alone two such stupid mistakes! That then escalated a bit. Moving the demarkation upwards with carefully de-tacked Tamiya tape still pulled off all the lettering. The big "F" letters under the wings from the same decal sheet however were ab-so-flippin-lutely welded on. Typical! Still, it's all done now though and I'm down to daft fiddly bits and some weathering to finish. The KG.26 emblems are on their way from a major US retailer. Occassionally we feel guilty taking a Friday off order processing. It took this outfit (which shall remain nameless - so don't ask) almost two weeks to get round to lifting the decal sheet off the shelf to post it.
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    Heinkel He-111H-3 1H+FT

    More or less finished. I won't lie, I'm not happy with it. I thought I'd try Windsor & Newton's water based "oil" paint substitutes but didn't really get on with them. If I'm completely honest I checked-out of this one when I realised my marking errors and it's just been a desire to get rid of it. German stuff is always at a disadvantage from the outset in trying to hold my attention - it really isn't my genre. Sadly the shelf of doom is full!! It still needs the antenna added, but I can't find my open reel of Infini rigging line. I've got a feeling I gave it to someone at a trade show with the intention of taking a replacement from the next restock, which I haven't done. Anyway - bored with this one now.
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    F-36 colour

    I do
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    F-36 colour

    The overall colour is FS36170 Camouflage Gray. The zig-zaggy RAM markings are FS36375 Light Ghost Gray.
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    Warren's New HMS Rodney Adventure.

    Hi Warren, If you have a suitable length of metal rod the right diameter, do those brass mounts work any better if they're all threaded on to a rod first before attaching to the base plate? The rod would at least ensure perfect alignment between all the holes. I had a check of the instructions for it just to assure myself that there isn't a recommended sequence for this particular part before saying something and looking stupid. I saw the Rodney set built up in person at Telford and indeed have met and conversed (with difficulty due to language barriers) with the man who designed it, so I'm confident that it can be done. Like many things though, it can be a lot simpler to do when you're the guy who designed it in the first place and already had an idea of how to put it together!
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    Warren's New HMS Rodney Adventure.

    In this instance though we do know what was exactly correct. In fact the Admiralty were somewhat relaxed about exact hue, but did stress the importance of tone. Anyway, it's for Warren to decide. I merely offered notes above because used straight as they are, the Snyder & Short colours (which are definitely not exactly correct) won't result in getting Rodney reconciling well with references.
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    Warren's New HMS Rodney Adventure.

    Hi Warren, I've been struggling to find any time lately so haven't been able to work with Gill on digital drawings. Nor unfortunately have I fully scrutinised this. Still, I was at least one of those who highlighted the deficiency in a lot of the colour information in circulation and there's nothing that gets on my wick more than someone tossing in a grenade telling me everything is wrong then disappearing without offering any help as to what might be right - so, I apologise in advance but this is the ultra-quick version. I've only done the starboard side so far. If this is any use I'll do the port side too. Hopefully it gives you a bit of a steer though? Right, firstly why I believe most stuff is incorrect: There is a surviving colour cinefilm reel taken during Op Pedestal which fortuitously features HMS Rodney from both port and starboard side as well as from the ahead. As you can see, the film is now poor quality and rather washed out, but it does disprove the Trumpeter instructions without needing a second glance, and also thoroughly pans so-called "colourised" photographs such as this one which does the rounds, but to my annoyance: Clearly this is the figment of someone's imagination. Do not be fooled by it - it's nonsense! Next, there are a couple of impressionist paintings by official war artist Stephen Bone who accompanied several sorties. His paintings are preserved in the National Maritime Museum. Unlike the colourised photographs, Bone was there in person and his renditions are first-hand. Whilst it would be foolish to trust his paintings over obvious tonal information in good quality photographs, whether black and white or colour, the paintings do give a good impression of colour. Combined with the Op Pedestal footage, this seems to point to a 5-colour scheme (which tallies well with simply counting the tones on B&W images) of MS1, MS3, MS4, B6 and 507C. I've simply painted in the panels using my own paints here. I scanned it first but the scanner has reduced the subtle MS shades to grey which is disappointing, thus, I also took a camera phone photograph and annotated the panels. MS1 and 507C should be obvious so I didn't annotate those. CORRECTION: On second thoughts after scanning and uploading, I think the middle flash up the bridge - which I have shown and labelled as MS3 - was actually B6. Lastly, if memory serves it was Hataka's RN set you have bought? If so, it's a Snyder & Short copy so you may be interested to know in the adjustments you'll probably want to make to the paints to make the camouflage scheme work: The Snyder & Short MS1,3 and 4 weren't bad in terms of hue but the tones were all off. MS1 will be fine to use as-is, and the 507C is ok but lacking a touch of blue and it's a bit light. You may get away with the 507C unadjusted though because there's no MS4A with it which should look lighter than 507C if present. You may benefit from darkening the MS3 and MS4 though, as there needs to be a bit of tonal contrast between MS4 and 507C, but less contrast between MS3 and MS4. MS4 will be about the same as B6 tonally if all are correct. One of the main issues with Snyder & Short's colours and the reason we moved away from them is that the tones are all screwed up and overlap each other. When trying to work from black and white images it really doesn't help when the model paints don't graduate like the real ones. Their B6 was quite a long way off due to severe yellowing of the binder of the sample they had to match to. It's also much too light (and thus too close to 507C and you won't get the correct contrast between them, same as above). I'd suggest just tossing that and getting something else. The "507B Medium Grey" included in a Snyder & Short copy set is mis-named and was just an emergency mix paint for use without camouflage pattern. It's not correct for Home Fleet ships so you may get some milage out of it by using it as a basis for making a better B6 by mixing it with a light blue. RAF Azure Blue into it might get you close to a 25~30% greyish blue.
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    Heinkel He-111H-3 1H+FT

    Thanks! I hope these crest-things turn up soon so I can finish this one and move on. I've got a few things nearing completion and would like to clear the table a bit and begin something new and different for me
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    1/48 Eduard F-4B BUNO 152219 VF-21 Freelancers

    I'd been wondering where you had gone Brian. I hope the hand is better now? Nice work on the Phantom.
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    Heinkel He-111H-3 1H+FT

    I've added most of the fiddly bits now. I need to wait until the KG26 emblems arrive before I finish this off with aerial rigging and weathering, but it's mostly Heinkel shaped now.
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    We're going to need sunglasses from here on I think. It looks very neat and tidy from here.
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    Fabulous! And very bright and cheery looking too!
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    Hmm. Not the end of the world but I am inclined to agree it's an airbrush issue. I forsee needle removal and a clean out of some build-up in the spray head in your near future! On my airbrushes at least that's thankfully a fast job but I've never done it on your's so I can merely hope it's likewise quick!
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    Heinkel He-111H-3 1H+FT

    That sounds like a good endorsement! I shall try to get the guns on this weekend. The main instrument panel isn't there either. I had only tacked the nose glazing on with Clearfix for the purposes of painting, so it needs to be stuck in place properly. I may attempt to get the gondola gun in through the hole at the top. Surely that must be easier than some of the shippy things I've done previously? (he says...)
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    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    Last year at Scale Model World at Telford I took one of Peter Hall's H-class destroyers off his hands for a project: The kit is Atlantic Models ATK35058 HMS Hesperus, a Brazilian H with the later design of bridge. Due to a family connection, I wish to build the I-class destroyer HMS Imperial, pennant number D09, which was built by Hawthorn Leslies in Tyneside in 1936. The I class was a continuation of the Brazilian H making Peter's kit a very good starting point, however there are some differences to be addressed. The easiest problem is that the I-class had 4 of the 4.7in QF Mk.IX single mounts. The Hesperus kit provides 3, lacking Y-turret. Peter kindly supplied my kit with a fourth mount knowing my plans for this kit. Next up, the H-class funnels were unequal height but both had oval cross sections. On the I-class, the aft funnel was taller, approximately equal in height to the forward funnel. The forward funnel was circular in cross section. Armed with a set of plans (again, thank you Peter!) I set about extending the aft funnel and replacing the forward funnel. This is the aft funnel from the H-class in situ: I cut out a piece of modelling board the correct thickness to insert into the funnel, then chopped the aft funnel in two. Unfortunately the steam pipes had to go to enable shaping of the insert. The modelling board was glue in between the two resin parts: The fit of the upper and lower parts of the hull is excellent. I will go as far as to say that Peter's resin kit fits together far better than any injection moulded ship kit from Trumpeter that I have assembled. I have purchased some photographs of HMS Imperial for reference. Whilst well photographed before the war, I know of only a single image taken during the war. I have ordered (for £21) a high resolution copy of this image from the Australian War Memorial: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/133585/ I hope that in high resolution it can offer some clue as to how HMS Imperial was painted in the Mediterranean in 1941. If not, then she shall be painted in 507C in pre-war guise. There is a good reel of footage on Roland Smith's Royal Navy in Colour DVD taken from HMS Ivanhoe which appears to show some of the 3rd Flotilla in all-over Mediterranean Grey (507C) whilst others look to have Home Fleet Grey hulls with Mediterranean Grey upperworks. I cannot make out HMS Imperial's pennant anywhere on the footage, but all of the destroyers in the footage clearly show the 3 bands on the aft funnel to be in red. The neutrality stripes on B-turret are in the usual red, white and blue. I have started work on the deck painting. Those who have been steering me on paint research have also been helping me more recently with deck coatings. What a minefield! The I-class were trialled with 3 comparable latex-based trowel-on deck coatings from 3 different manufacturers. Semtex Ltd was one supplier. The trouble is, that the three products were different colours, one described as "the colour of dry asphalt", one green and one brown. There may have been 9" high bands of contrasting colour around the base of superstructure items the troweled on stuff butted up against. So far, I cannot determine which manufacturer's product was which colour, nor even which groups of 3 I-class ships received the products from each of the 3 suppliers. Whilst I am keen on getting things right, I am also pragmatic and in the interests of actually building this model rather than pontificating until I depart this world, I had to make a decision. There is reasonable evidence to support the bridge and platforms being linoleum covered, which gives us some brown colour, so I chose a grey that looks like the roads around the North East of Scotland, on the rare occasions when they are dry. I have sprayed the main kit parts accordingly. At this point, I realised that the little platform at the back is surplus to requirements, as Imperial carried two pentad 21in torpedo tube mounts. The H-class kit provides a single quintuple torpedo tube mount. I could scratchbuild them, but am exploring alternatives presently.
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    I've got one I'm unlikely to get round to building...
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    Love it. Swift progress Duncan
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    Agreed. I've overlooked worse plenty times!
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    It looks great Duncan!
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    Royal Navy WW2 Camouflage Designs

    On 9th April 1942, the Admiralty published Confidential Admiralty Fleet Order 679 entitled "Sea-Going Camouflage Designs for Destroyers and Small Ships" which described the principles of camouflage, the appropriate use of standardised camouflage paints and how they were to be used. Furthermore, details are given on how to conceal shadow by use of counter shading. It was particularly noteworthy in that it contained no fewer than 50 colour illustrations of approved, standardised camouflage designs for many classes of small ships in categories of Western Approaches, Light Admiralty type and Dark Admiralty type designs. Following the renotation and rationalisation of standardised paints, which were officially promulgated in Admiralty Fleet Order 2105/43 in April of 1943, the Admiralty produced as a Confidential Book a revised camouflage manual, recycling much of the material in CAFO 679/42 but for use with the new B&G series paints. This new publication, CB3098/43 was issued in May 1943 one month after the new paint colour palette was issued. Like its predecessor, CB3098/43 contained a multitude of standardised camouflage designs for application to small ships using the new paints. Sovereign Hobbies Ltd is about to make both documents available with digitally reproduced illustrations using the very latest information available on the Royal Navy's WW2 paint colours. A practical example of the Light Admiralty type Hunt class destroyer design shown on CAFO679/42 plate 54 is HMS Chiddingfold, of which the Imperial War Museum holds good quality photographs of both port and starboard side demonstrating the symmetrical application of the pattern as described in the fleet order text. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205120663 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205145391
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    Royal Navy WW2 Camouflage Designs

    Another sample for you:
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    I absolutely love them - they were things I didn't know I needed until I used one for a demo build. I use them wherever I can now. Probably a waste of money if you use pilot figures to be honest, but I never use figures so the seat is the most prominent thing in the cockpit you can see: Spitfire Hellcat Mustang
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    Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat with a twist

    You can't see much behind the engine once it's all in situ anyway!
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