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Ken from NJ

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    Hasegawa fan
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    Typhoonken

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  1. Nah, nothing wrong with the Monogram. I grew up building it and always loved it. But Falcon asked for the best Typhoon out there and my suggestion is the Hasegawa/ Italeri/ Eduard. Ken
  2. Getting back to 1/48 A6M3 Hamps, this is what I was hoping is available, and it is: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tamiya-1-48-A6M3-Type-32-Zero-Fighter-61025/332812467573?epid=2256068999&hash=item4d7d2b3d75:g:UK8AAOSw53hbopo5:rk:13:pf:0&LH_BIN=1 Older kit, but builds up nicely. Ken
  3. Drives me crazy when I don't get a response. So sorry for jumping in so late. I believe after so much cutting to get the molded in flaps removed that Eduard flaps intended for other kits have a good chance of fitting well. I would remove exactly the flap as well as I could, and if the Eduard flap needs a little more sanding you're just about there. If the PE flaps are smaller than the opening you have, their being in the dropped location will not produce a huge visible difference. I've used PE intended for other kits including some Bf 109 radiator doors that, when hanging, fit and look just fine. Ken
  4. Dammit, seawinder. You got me off the couch to verify. I offer no excuse as I study A6Ms, P-40s, and Typhoons and I should have known that off the top of my head. You are correct👍 , and there goes my hard earned credibility. Chriss7607, I sincerely apologize for my error as seawinder is correct. Therefore the cockpit should be Mitsubishi green. Ken
  5. Uwe, If you can get your hands on this book, and a few generic decals from other kits or leftovers, you'll find amazing color profiles and info in the G-10 chapter. And check Spruebrothers.com for new decal sheets. Ken
  6. There were two versions of the A6M3, the Model 32 with the clipped wings and the Model 22 with the standard length wings. The Tamiya kit you have was a long time coming to fill the Model 22 void, and although your surgery plans would backdate it to a clipped wing Model 32, it would defeat the purpose of the kit. There is an older Tamiya Model 32 and several Hasegawa kits that will build up into a Hamp, no surgery needed. And the old Tamiya Hamp can be found, new, for under $20. And I believe all A6M3s were built by Nakajima so Nakajima green for the cockpit is correct. Ken
  7. Ah, yes. The insert. "Into each life some rain must fall." Hasegawa has done this a couple of times to get more mileage out of their molds. I know of a couple of P-40 kits that have inserts. I personally am not too crazy about them but only because my rescribing skills are poor to average. After the fitting, gluing (cementing), putty filler, sanding, rescribing… it sounds more intimidating than it is to get the inserts where they should be. As to the decal selection, the teardrop or bubble canopy Typhoon (car door canopied aircraft pretty much phased out or retrofitted by D-Day) kits usually have nothing but D-Day active squadron markings. I'm partial to a particular squadron code after reading an autobiography of a pilot and his squadron activities. So I got aftermarket sheets of 1/48 RAF Squadron Code letters. But the kits will give you at least two choices. Ken
  8. Pertaining to the rocket or bomb squadron, a truly excellent book is Osprey Combat Aircraft #86 TYPHOON WINGS of 2ND TAF 1943-1945. It includes a listing of which squadrons carried rockets and which carried bombs. And just TONS of other info. I read and refer to this book so often I believe my eyes have worn out the print. Ken
  9. Tempests were operational with the RAF at the time of the D-Day operation but as you read they not over the landing beaches until June 8. As for the Eduard 1/48 Tempest: Their first kit came out maybe 20 (?) years ago. Have it, built it, not too impressed, (much trouble with the wings fitting) but it was much better than a previous older kit (AMT I think?) The AMT kit had weird rubbery plastic. Their brand new 2018 release of the Tempest I have on order is floating about lost in international mail. I can only go by the one or two reviews I've read on Hyperscale. It looks to be as impressive as the last 8 to 10 years of excellent Eduard aircraft releases. I have a bunch of FW 190A's and FW 190D's and I love them. Ken
  10. I am a Typhoon nut, several built with six more in my stash. I hope I can help. I build 1/48 scale, as are all my Typhoons. The Hasegawa kit is great right out of the box. Aftermarket parts only improve things, with alternate propellers, bombs, seats, tires, exhaust stacks, and more detailed rockets. Aftermarket decals will allow nearly any squadron markings you'd like. Italeri also released the Hasegawa kit under their brand and boxing. Identical plastic, different decals. Now not to confuse you, but Eduard released a Typhoon. It was another re-boxing of the Hasegawa kit; identical to the Hasegawa kit plastic-wise. But they added their own decals, photoetch, and resin parts to upgrade the basic kit. Therefore the Hasegawa (available, yet out of production) or the Eduard ( out there somewhere I believe) or the Italeri ( I bought two this year) are my recommendations. Ken
  11. This is what I have from an old Almark Decals sheet of swastikas: (giving actual size of life size swastika) -- Bf 109: 300 mm per side. So by my calculations 300 divided by 32 (for 1/32nd scale) = 9.375 mm per side -- FW 190: 540 mm per side 540 divided by 32 = 16.875 mm per side -- FW 190 (all black swastika): 530 mm per side 530 divided by 32 = 16.5625 mm per side That's the best I could come up with. Good luck! Ken
  12. Ken from NJ

    A6M5c

    Kaz, This info is great. It's new to me, but it begins clearing things up . Thank you. Ken
  13. Ken from NJ

    A6M5c

    First some summarization: --A6M Zeros were produced by Mitsubishi and Nakajima --Around Spring and Summer 1943 topsides received dark green paint as camouflage, factory applied. --Therefore A6M5, -5a, and -5b models were built and painted at Mitsubishi and Nakajima --Nakajima used a paint pattern design that featured the demarcation line of the top and bottom paint on the fuselage sides to rise from the wing trailing edge to the leading edge of the horizontal stabilizers. From here on, I try to figure this out: Was Nakajima also a producer of A6M5c's? I ask this because almost all book and internet research I've done gives me these facts: --Mitsubishi produced 93 A6M5c's. --Nakajima was given the task of mating the A6M5c airframe to an engine with water-methanol injection for power boosts. This was to be the A6M6c. And it failed as a project. Only one or two A6M6c prototypes were built. -- A6M5c's and A6M6c's were, or would have been, visually identical. Now... artist renderings, some photos, even kit instruction paint schemes show A6M5c aircraft in Nakajima paint patterns. My question is did Nakajima in fact produce a number of A6M6c's? Or did Nakajima simply continue turning out A6M5c's after the failure of the A6M6c project? I have seen photos of A6M5c's in Mitsubishi factory applied paint (no rise in demarcation line along fuselage; straight back from wing trailing edge to tail cone). I dunno. Just something that bugs me and I usually overthink things. Any theories or comments appreciated. Ken
  14. ... and right into my "U.S. aircraft info" folder! And again, after all these years of WWII model building, I honestly can not remember ever seeing this paint info. Thanks to all!
  15. Like I said a couple of days ago: Glad to see this paint color query was discussed and several of us learned something or had something confirmed.
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