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About Rob_Haelterman

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  • Birthday 07/31/1975

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    Luftwaffe single engined fighters, and the occasional 262.<br />An aggressor now and then for a change - and don't shoot me - lots of Braille scale armor !<br /><br />When not modelling: maths <br />(don't ever ask !? )<br />;-)

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  1. Thanks for the input. Unfortunately I already finished that option finished it in RLM 75/83, which seemed more likely than 74/75. I should do my research more carefully next time.
  2. Hi Ken, I've already used all the other decals on 3 other kits. Besides, trimming the bars doesn't give the right insignia as the stars and bars insignia didn't simply add bars to the disk, it also added a thin blue circle. You might notice that in the star-in-disk insignia the stars touch the edge of the disk, while they don't in the stars-and-bars. But meanwhile, it seems the problem is solved. Karaya got back the other day, offering replacements. Cheers Rob
  3. Hi guys, just finishing one more captured Fw190 in 1/72 using Karaya's excellent decals, only to discover when I am ready to put the decals on that there are only 4 of the 6 roundels present for the blue aircaft. Either I lost the two that apparently are supposed to come on a additional small sheet, or they weren't present in mine. See here (link showing 1/48 decals, but they are the same) I am hoping that Karaya might help me out (if and when they answer my mail), but I am already looking for a plan B. E.g. someone who has this sheet but doesn't want to do this particular aircraft. TIA Rob
  4. ROTFLMAO. So you are saying it cannot be a Hurricane because it has German insignia ? LOL !!!
  5. Thanks, Don. This makes it all more confusing. Most of my references tell me that it was used by II/JG51 on Marquise airfield in France, 1940. To be honest, it doesn't look like North Africa to me, but it might be a MkII. Cheers Rob
  6. I was not referring to the bigger, armored radiator, but to the (slight) difference in size between Mk I and Mk II accordig to some sources. (From https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/64364-hurricane-noses-and-the-hasegawa-172-kits/)
  7. Interesting :-) But... was the Mk II ever fitted with an armored radiator? I thought it was only introduced on the Mk IV.
  8. Hi Rick, I was afraid that that was another possibility. I always try to spot the difference by looking at the fillet where the leading edge of the wing meets the fuselage, but in this case, somebody is standing in front of it. But the nose does indeed seem a bit long for a MkI, now that you mention it. Wasn't the oil cooler not a bit deeper on the MkII as well, whcih this plane seems to have ? TIA Rob
  9. Hi guys, can anyone confirm that this is a metal wing Hurricane MkI ? http://www.vintagewings.ca/Portals/0/Vintage_Stories/News%20Stories%20G/Aviation%27s%20Cross%20Dressers/WTF-79.jpg (I tend to believe it is based on the position of the landing light.) TIA Rob
  10. Hi guys, Help appreciated, because it seems that my references are contradictory. My question relates to the Fw190A-5/6/7/8, i.e. the ones with the MG151 in the outer wings. 1. I have always been taught in school that the upper wings were smooth, until the A-8/R2 came around which required the typical rectangular blisters. To ease production, all wings were equipped with the blisters soon after A-8 production started, whether they were fitted with MG151 or MK108. This would mean that all A-6/7 would have smooth upper wings. The Bentley files (and an article by Eduard) agree with me, but most of my other references show blisters for these earlier versions. Nonetheless I spotted an A-6 Nachtjäger with smooth wings and the A_8 at le Bourget is smooth as well, so I would lean towards my original idea, but there are just too many references that tell me other wise. Can someone confirm that the blisters only appeared during A-8 production ? Related to that: how common would an A-8 (or even more interestingly, an F-8) be with smooth upper wings ? 2. Now for the lower wings, and here it gets more confusing as even Arthur Bentley contradicts himself and the Eduard article doesn’t help anymore. Again, I always thought that the underwing panels for the MG151 were roughly the same size as those for the MGFF (but of different design). When the A-8/R2 appeared a larger hatch was needed and to standardize the opening was kept large for aircraft fitted either with MG151 or MK108. For the MG151 a slightly larger hatch was fitted from then on. This is what Eduard would make me believe, but Arthur Bentley agrees with my idea (even though one of his drawings contradicts what he writes). This would mean that an A-8 with smooth upper wings has a small lower hatch, and an A-8 with bulges would have a large lower hatch (as it was standardized for the R2). Can anyone confirm or refute this thesis ? Many thanks in advance, Rob
  11. That might be true, Gary, but this is the plane I got the decals for and it clearly has the hardpoints Rob
  12. Hi guys, I am trying to build an Fw190A-4/U8 in 1/72. I already have the FW190A-4, but I have a lot of trouble finding the underwing pylons. Can anybody point in me the directions of a source for the underwing pylons (VTr-Ju 87 ) ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Wulf_Fw_190#/media/File:German_Military_Aircraft_1939-1945_CH16121.jpg Thanks in advance, Rob
  13. Hi Ikar, I have considered them, but their canopy isn't designed for the Airfix kit (unless they reworked it recently). I think their canopy is either meant for the Hasegawa or Academy kit, which are both rather different than the Airfix in the cockpit area, so I am afraid that it won't fit. Besides, if I were to buy it, then I am convinced that the first law of modeling will ensure that a canopy that is tailor-made for the Airfix kit will appear on the market within a few days. ;-) Cheers Rob
  14. Hi guys, I was looking for replacement canopies for my Airfix 1/72 Wildcats, but Google wasn't able to help me. Are there any available yet ? TIA R
  15. The issue is,... and I am afraid to say it here on this forum, that, well, I am actually an armor modeler. So, I am not sure if I will get the news. (I hope I don't get banned for this... :-( )
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