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  1. Dai, Have you tried moving the cockpit tub as far forward as it will slide in the grooves? Given that the fuselage is tapered towards the front, I'm willing to bet that the tub is designed to be wedged between the front of the fuselage halves. 

  2. 2 hours ago, One-Oh-Four said:

    I always assumed these aircraft were painted standard OD over NG with sand/tan patches painted over it. Like the Germans did with their Ju 87 Stukas for example.

    I was looking a several examples on this page https://www.reddog1944.com/340th Bomb Group Unknown BS and SN PLANES.htm


    It definitely looks like the dark paint was applied over the lighter shade. So I presume that the 340th BG received many aircraft in factory desert paint. Not sure if it would be sand or pink, but it's definitely light.

  3. 1 hour ago, dai phan said:

    Ok gang,


    VERY frustrating here. I spent hours and hours burning the midnight oil trying to get the wings crosses laid down as best as I could with Micro Sol. Finally got them done. Now I realized the instruction on the Eduard is wrong on the placement ! The cross should end on the panel line rather than 5 mm away. Now I have to remove the crosses, repaint, re-gloss and re apply the crosses. Come on Eduard, do better and more careful research will you? Dai 

    If you look closely at the image I sent earlier about the Erla wing pattern, you'll see that the cross does not meet the panel line it's positioned slightly outboard. Your decals are close to what I see in references.

  4. 1 hour ago, dai phan said:

    Hi all,


    When I look at the kit, it appeared that Tamiya planned for future versions from the panels that you have to fill to make accurate G-6 as well as separate vertical tail assembly that may account for future releases? However it has been 6 years from the original release (2017) that no future versions are in sight. I wonder of Tamiya has abandoned the later version releases? On the assembly note, the wing tip lights are molded rather than providing clear lenses. That rules out the use of clear red and green transparent paint. Quite odd here. Also the vertical tail is not symmetrical in the airfoil shape. The left side has a curve while the right is rather flat. The engineering and fit is outstanding but there are few features that out of the expected Tamiya's norm. Dai 

    The shape of the vertical fin is accurate. It was designed as an airfoil to counteract the effect of engine torque while in flight. The fuselage wants to twist to the left at the nose and right at the tail, so a an airfoil that pulls the tail to the left will keep things stable. 

  5. 4 hours ago, toadwbg said:

    I’ve been “GIMPing” along and struggling a bit.   I got the Eagle sillouettte cropped out of the red circle but can’t seem to figure out how to sharpen the edges of the Eagle.   I see the sharpen tool but can’t seem to work it right.   

    if anyone wants to help me out let me know!   Thanks


    TLDR:  the Eagles edges are blurry and I need to sharpen them!




    This will seem tedious, but your best bet will to be create a new layer and trace over the image with the paint brush tool. Just use a color that's not black initially (I like red) so you can tell what you've drawn from what you haven't. You can make the new layer black when you are done. For the finer lines, you may need to scale down the smallest brush size 50%.


    How many pixels tall is the Eagle? 

  6. 1 hour ago, toadwbg said:

    I’m ready to print the specific decals I need from some scans a trusty GI Bro provided me but it’s been years since if done Graphics work.   

    besides Photoshop, is there any good (maybe free) and fairly simple  image program anyone here uses?  Even a good phone app might work.

    Try GIMP. It's a free image editor similar to Photoshop.

  7. From looking at the decal sheets there are indeed a few definite MTT built 109's and a few possible ones.


    Here are the definite MTT 109's:


    Top three schemes on EagleCals #27 (Yellow 6, White 1, and White 12)

    Middle two schemes on EagleCals #42 (Yellow 16 and Yellow 6) Note that Yellow 16's rudder was not actually white - reference photo clearly shows it was just an illusion caused by the rudder being deflected to the right, making it look lighter in the sunlight. 


    Possible MTT 109's

    Middle two schemes from EagleCals #171 (Red 11 and Blue 14)

    Top Scheme on EagleCals #42 (Mickey Mouse)

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