BoB 1/48 Hurricane Decal help needed here too

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  1. le_steph40

    le_steph40 Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,

    I'm looking for the Kagero book Top Colors #16 "battle of Britain part 2" Internet shop
    but, apparently out of stock and impossible to find on internet.
    I only need the deco of 32 Sqn Hurricane Mk.I P3144 coded GZ B in 1/48 scale... Anybody to help me ? Ready to pay or to deal.
    TIA, regards
    Stéph
     
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    le steph, those are large codes. Would 1/32 decals scale down to those dimensions or 1/72 bombers codes scale up.

    Geo
     
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    Steph

    i have the decal sheet from the airfix 1/48 kit i'm sure that has GZ B on it, will check after work tonight !

    if i does its yours, pm me an address to send it to
     
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    Hi Geo,
    I don't think it's good for my project. The letter code is not straight. But thank you anyway :)
     
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    just did a search and they do have GZ B on them see pic, you want them Steph ?

    hurricane decals.jpg
     
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    Argh ! It's straight too... I have the decals sheet from Tally Ho and Carpena (Colorado) in 40 and 48 inches and these letters are straight too.
    I don't know how to do...

    But thank you anyway too.
     
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    Is this the aircraft le steph. If so, I see what you mean about the code letters.

    gz-b.JPG

    Geo
     
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    Yes, it's this aircraft. The letter code is not straight and the the dimensions between the letters are not the same (sorry for my poor English language :-/ )
     
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    The letters are straight. The pic in the profile is depicting the compound curves of the fuselage, as the letters curved over the top, being so large. Code letters were never painted at an angle, and photos show them to be painted correctly. Either the artist has deliberately included an angle for effect, or mis-read photos.
     
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    Looks like Kagero got it wrong as well. This is part of the decal sheet that goes with the book...

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    #12 Wurger, Jun 28, 2013
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    I agree with Terry, The shape of code letters is the effect of the fuselage curvature. Here a few shots of the Hurricanes of the 32nd Squadron. The source - the net

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    Kagero have definitely got it wrong - unless those decals are designed to conform easier!
    In the past, I've built a 1/48th scale Airfix Hurricane, using the kit decals for 32 Sqn, and a 1/32nd scale version, hand painting the codes. Both were straight, but the curves of the fuselage make them look 'slanted' at certain angles.
    I have clearer versions of the pics posted by Wojtek, plus others of 32 Sqn, and the 'slant' is definitely due to angle of view and curvature of the fuselage.
    Here are a couple of profiles from the Osprey book, and the cover from the same book. Note in the latter, the different angle shows the letters straight, albeit it's 'L' and not 'B'. If the letters were slanted, this would be even more evident from this angle.
     

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    Yep with Terry.

    You should notice on the Kagero sheet the three letters of the code are in-line at the bottoms.... but the first Two code letters are in-line only..... the last letter each side is Lower, somewhere around the thickness of the stroke of the bottom of the letter.

    Good luck with this mate.
     
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    Hello All,

    Thank you for your answer. I think I'm going to keep my decals sheet from Tally Ho and Carpena 48-78 (Colorado) and trying to do the best.
    But another question: code letter read from the port side is GZ-B but read from the starboard side, GZ-B or B-GZ ? Kagero and Airfix indicate GZ-B in each case and Hasegawa (kit JT65) indicates GZ-V on the starboard and V-GZ on the port side. My project is definitively Hurricane Mk.I N2461 GZ-F flown by M. N. Crossley from May 1940 to August 1940.
    Thanks, regards
    Stéph
     
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    Hi Rochie,
    Could you say me the size of the letters on the Airfix decals (40", 48") ?
    TIA, regards
    Stéph
     
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    not sure they are pretty big so at a guess i'd say 48 but will measure them for you in the morning
     
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    Steph the decals are 1" tall so that makes them 48" when scaled up
     
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    Thank you very much :thumbright:
     
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