How's your camera situation going? I just got a new camera and you can have my old one if you want. It's not really a good camera a Kodak C310 with only video and auto settings but if you'd like it I can send it later this month when I have a bit more money.
Hi Dirk, the four-bladed prop was introduced in mid to late 1944, along with the larger Tempest tailplane, starting with the MN serial range. BUT !! There were also retro-fits to older aircraft, and every combination you can think off - 4 blade and normal tail, 3 blade and Tempest tail, both, etc!!!
Aircraft in 2 TAF were supposed to have black spinners, but many, especially replacement aircraft, still had Sky spinners. Some squadrons, or individuals, had the spinners painted, for example, white with a blue tip, others red overall, others blue overall, some with spirals etc. The only way to ascertain the colour is from photo or reliable profile evidence of a particular machine.
Sorry it's frustrating, I've just gone through the same process, but hope this helps!
I just mixed my own Olive Drab, in an approximation of the lighter of the two shades, adding yellow and / or Dark Earth (Humbrol 29) to Dark Green (Humbrol 30 or 163) until it looked how I wanted it, compared to photographs. I also have the advantage of having seen 'real' faded and weathered OD as it looks on aluminium, although mainly on older Land Rover vehicles I worked with, so this helps to understand which way various paints look after time in the elements.
I rarely use, or aim for, an 'exact' colour match as per published examples.
Hi Dirk. The model was first airbrushed in a 'faded' Olive Drab, mixed until it just looked how I wanted it, and then the other fading, staining and dirt was brush painted around and in the panels on the wings, and down the sides of the fuselage. This was done in stages, using a 'dry brush', and also normal brushing techniques, with the paints thinned to various viscosities, and also some 'damp brushing'.
The paint chipping etc was done again by brush, painting each individual area, using a mix of silver with matt white, some greys and other metallics, working from photos of the actual aircaft . All of this was done after the decals, on the gloss clear coat, the final bits on the matt clear coat, so as to include the markings in the 'weathering'. Some of the fuselage code letters were hand painted, as the decals shrivelled!
BTW, all the paints were Humbrol enamels.
I haven't forgotten the Defiant information BTW.
Thanks Dirk.. Means a lot. Sorry about 666, but you'll eventually get her done and it will be worth the hassle and anger that went into making it. I have a 1/72 Academy B17-G in the stash and when I first opened it the right wing piece was broken in half. To me that speaks of a curse! But CA patched it and she awaits for me..
Thanks for the sentiment dirk. I want to get it done also, but I stupidly sprayed the cowls separate and now realize any glue will ruin the finish and ill have to go for another spray round. We'll see where we're at after the Lib and such..