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    ANGERA, (VARESE) NORTHERN ITALY
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    -military aircrafts...and modeling them!
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  1. sorry, tank, but i can't catch what you mean to say. "...all the newer (60's) blades that were not wood would be a different color, that way if you had both types of rotor blades you get the correct type for your bird." please clear out how having both types (what types?) of rotor blades you can get etc... perhaps there's something idiomatic that escapes my english, but i really can't understand... thanks. bobo.
  2. hi ray! thank you so much for all the pain you took in assembling infos and pics. i believe that the answer is definitive, after the picture taken from above, and all the more so also reading the manual provided by "tank" a while ago at this link: http://www.daveplattmodels.com/Links/US Military Markings/USAF & USN Markings MIL-M-25047C.pdf pages 8 and 11 are revealing, and the paper is for sure of general interest even though the dispositions were not followed by the book... so: up= insigna white (that is greysh as compared to pure white...), down: flat black. and the stripes outboard of the yellow tips in multirotor, white, light green and red. have a look at that manual if you don't know it already. it's enlightening. (now, i would be curious to know when the military switched to all-black...!) again, many thanks, best ciaos...and happy modeling! bobo.
  3. hi tank, many t(h)anks!!! i believe that on page 8 everything is very well and clearly stated: in our case, the upper face is to be F.S 17875 (duller than pure white, actually) while underside should be an anti-glare flat black F.S. 37038. on pg. 11 i find an answer about the colors which must alternate on the outer blade tips, and as i thought, italeri was wrong when it called for yellow a stripe on yellow tip, rather unuseful, whilst it is light green F.S. 14187. all in all a very interesting document to read for general knowledge... again, and again to all arc people, very many thanks. you solved my doubt and cleared my mind! best ciaos, and happy modeling! bobo.
  4. hi everybody. perhaps nobody in the know has seen my post or no one has an answer or hypothesis to submit, but as fast the matter of the white upper rotor blades received an exhaustive answer, as my not much later post where i was asking if the blades have to be white upper sides and black undersides or all-white, seems to be dragging. i am stuck in my building process as i am at the stage when i must paint the rotor blades...so HELP ME PLEASE! thanks a lot. best ciaos, and happy modeling! bobo.
  5. afterthought: hey guys! blades top, white with metal leading edges and partly yellow, partly green/yellow/red colored tips. ...but the bottom IS BLACK, right? thanks. bobo.
  6. most dear ray -rotorwash- and rob -mig. sorry for the delay but we're on different sides of the pond. i have no words to say thanks to both of you. -ray, the book must be beautiful, but it's really expensive here. i will take for good your words and the pic you posted. thank you very, very much. -rob, thank you so much for the precise reference: it means that -for once- italeri was having no strange trip while compilating those instructions which, now, i will follow by the book. it's great to be part of such an horde of experts, and i wish that in my little measure i could have helped somebody, as everybody's yearning to help me. thanks to you all and happy modeling! best ciaos, bobo.
  7. hi guys and gals. i'm here again with one of my favorite obsessions: colors. i'm building italeri's 1/72 h-21 in s.a.r. arctic livery. instructions call, specifically on the u.s.a.f. arctic rescue chopper, for white rotor blades, probably, but it's not clear, with F.S. 37200 gun metal leading edges, and as for the tips, one each green, red and yellow. rather odd... now, i made a in depth search on the web and did find some army shawnees that actually have without any doubt the upper surface of the blades white. as for the usaf, i saw many shades, some quite light, but none that can be called white for sure, also because the helo is generally seen from the ground level and although the rotors are slanted downwards, they are obviously never at an angle that allows anything better than a tangent sight. the army has some pics of h-21s taken inflight from above, so there is no doubt. what i fear is that italeri could have taken this white oddity from army photos and then transferred them to their u.s.a.f. shawnee just because it's a strange peculiarity and the kit would become more attractive for modelers. after experiencing so many incomprehensible mistakes even by the best ones, i have become quite wary with kit producers. in a ipms review of the 1/48 italeri kit, the author, patently a pro, built his u.s.a.f. rescue h-21 with the traditional black, yellow tipped, rotor blades. will riepl on internet modeler did the same with the 1/72 little brother. thence my doubt and hesitation. all advice on the subject is most welcome. thank you all. best ciaos, and happy modeling! bobo.
  8. SKYRAIDER!

    hi dekon. thank you very much for your comment. ciao. bobo.
  9. SKYRAIDER!

    thank you darren!!!
  10. SKYRAIDER!

    hello guys & gals! i tried to reproduce tom patton's mig-killing ad-h, but i'm sure that there are many imprecisions. for instance, the stencils below the cowling and on the pylons should have been in black, but on the supesrcale decals set wthey were in red. but it's not superscale fault. the set was intended for the va-176, but not expressely for patton's a/c. as all the great people who paticipated in the discussion -i hope- will appreciate, the gear doors rims have been duly painted red. as for the stores, i eventully decided for an all-antipersonnel setup, with nape, snakes, rockets (the same patton shoot at the "fresco") and the nice suu-14. once again i want to thank all of them very much, and particularily ziggy who took the matter wholeheartedly, and whose intervention was decisive. as usual here's the link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/y8JNXoXq6LF5QwWO2 best ciaos to all of you, great people and happy modeling! bobo.
  11. SKYRAIDER!

    hello guys & gals! once again i do a trasgression posting improperly my new creature here, but i will do also on the display case. i tried to reproduce tom patton's mig-killing ad-h, but i'm sure that there are many imprecisions. for instance, the stencils below the cowling and on the pylons should have been in black, but on the supesrcale decals set wthey were in red. but it's not superscale fault. the set was intended for the va-176, but not expressely for patton's a/c. as all the great people who paticipated in the discussion -i hope- will appreciate, the gear doors rims have been duly painted red. as for the stores, i eventully decided for an all-antipersonnel setup, with nape, snakes, rockets (the same patton shoot at the "fresco") and the nice suu-14. once again i want to thank all of them very much, and particularily ziggy who took the matter wholeheartedly, and whose intervention was decisive. as usual here's the link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/y8JNXoXq6LF5QwWO2 best ciaos to all of you, great people and happy modeling! bobo.
  12. F-14 - Why is it so popular?

    yeah, murph, two movies...but why those movies on the tomcat instead than on another aircraft? i was born back in the tubes era, always been an avio fan, but actualy geoff's observation puts on focus a period, in which the f-14 was really pushed to the attention of the general public, not only aviation buffs. as such, i remember images, magazines, tv, the news, the papers...well everything seemed to have been imbued with tomcats. and i live in italy, can imagine in the u.s.! sure, it was an outstanding aircraft, had the swing-wing, was powerful, potently armed and actually represented the all-in-one air superiority, the ultimate defender of the fleet. ...and curiously it came after the disaster of the joint fighter tfx program, another devstating idea of that saboteur (always suspected him to be a soviet infiltrator) who answers to the name of robert s. mcnamara. now, the guy was fortunately off office, but i presume that many politicians and admirals were eager to show off their creature, precisely, and all the more so, as it derived from the f-111b flop they were hungry to hush and hide. so i believe that "top-gunners" were substantially funded by the navy and politics, and the image of the tomcat -with all due respect for a great machine!-was officially and advertising-wise pushed on a lot. this is the part of the f-14 i prefer to conceal, because i, too, when think or watch a tomcat i feel something enthusiastic in my stomach, and i am an affectionate supporter and admirer of the "defender of the fleet". sorry i went a bit off-track, but i believe that it was worth to have a look also in this perspective. best ciaos, and happy modeling! apropos, today i have finished my 1/72 hasegawa tom patton's skyraider!!! triple wow!!! p.s.: and, ziggy, and all the others who so nicely participated, the wheel doors' edges are RED!
  13. 1/72 F-101B Voodoo Maine ANG

    Andrew, let me express my highest appreciation for your job. As you know i passed through those dire straits a little more than a month ago and i know all the challenges that are to be met to get a decent model from this kit. Btw, how did you manage the cockpit and fuselage halves fitting? Your one-oh-wonder is much more than that, rather say superlative, also because it's not based on shiny or extravagant markings but on the though, real and business-meaning appearance of a first-line a/c. How came that you decided for an unarmed aircraft? Revell's action feature too tricky? ;-) I appreciate how you succeeded in placing correctly the u.s air force stenciling; i really was too tired and stressed at the time to start a fight between the decal and the sensors, so i gave in to a simpler, lower, placement. Does caracal provide also the yellow seals for the canopy? And, btw, pardon my ignorance, what is MV lens you made the landing lights with? I made mine out of shaped clear parts and microscale krystal klear. can't make out that mv akronym. Again, congratulations and ...happy modeling. Best ciaos. Bobo.
  14. Well. This is one of the most outstanding clips i ever watched!!!!. I mean, never saw such a detailed sequence on fusing a bomb!!! Thanks very much, shion! Going to the question, well, i believe that you have two options at the least: 1) tactical "nape and snake". Generally speaking, c.a.s. missions below dmz with a mix of napalm and mk 82 snake eyes. 2) strategical -or so to say- mk 82/84 normal and extended fuse, plus snake eye, for sam suppression and "strategical" targets like bridges, pol, marshaling yards etc. in indian territory. Schematic, but i believe near to historical likeliness. Then, you could have had all kinds of mixes. But the 2 more likely options should have been 1) and 2). Hope this helps. Best ciaos and...happy modeling! Bobo.
  15. Hobby Boss Tomcat

    Hi. Sorry but i can't catch exactly what you mean by "can't seam to get the pit to fit". I'm not a resin buff, and perhaps a picture or two may help. Anyway i believe that you should be able to see 1) if the resin is just a support for the part or a feature of it. 2) by trial and error, you should be able to tell wether the said resin is an obstacle to fitting the cockpit into the fuselage -or to have the fuse halves to fit- or not. Please let me know. Best ciaos. Bobo.
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