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Re: AZ Models
« Reply #270 on: October 28, 2017, 12:46:39 pm »
The 'MB6' suits the tip tanks and I'm tempted.  But 'Sea Ferret' and 'Night Ferret'.  Whaaat?

I can see the MB5 and MB6 in Korean War colours in lieu of Spit 24s (oddly, not Seafire 46s) and Sea Furies.

I like the idea of a two-seater MB5.  Maybe a shirtened Meteor NF14 canopy (probably too wide); Sea Fury T20 canopy should work.
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Re: AZ Models
« Reply #271 on: October 28, 2017, 05:08:52 pm »
Hmm, the Firestreaks in both those pics look pretty worn, which is weird because they can't have fired them already or they'd be on the deck at some range or underwater by now, so why are they worn?

Does wizzing around at M 2.0 attached to a Lightning wear the paint off that much?

It does actually - look at the state of painted Lightning nose cones! Plus, a green-painted Firestreak was probably originally a white-painted one, so that layer of green paint is purely cosmetic and as light as possible, not the 'skin component' paint used for the white layer.

Some missiles have a 'carry life' that defines how many hours they can be carried for at what speeds and altitudes before they're officially scrap: you can have a 'worn out' missile that's never been fired. Reportedly this is the reason why Firestreaks were retained in the Lightning force until the end of it's days, and you often saw them carried instead of Red Tops: they were used to preserve carry life on the latter.
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Re: AZ Models
« Reply #272 on: October 28, 2017, 05:53:26 pm »
Ahah, I'll have to remember to weather my missiles in future, thanks.  :thumbsup:
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Re: AZ Models
« Reply #273 on: October 28, 2017, 06:42:24 pm »
At least Sky Ferret is a bit better than Sea Baker...
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Re: AZ Models
« Reply #274 on: October 28, 2017, 06:50:12 pm »
Ahah, I'll have to remember to weather my missiles in future, thanks.  :thumbsup:

It seems to depend on the individual missile design, what it's painted with, and what service it's seen. The best bet is to check for reference photos. Make sure that you're looking at REAL missiles in REAL service though: a lot of pics are of dummy 'handling shapes' that are often the wrong colours, sometimes the wrong shape, and may never have flown at all.

To digress, a good example is the Sea Dart. Many people swear blind to this day that they were painted red, but the fact is that the red ones were dummy handling rounds. Every Type 42 carried a pair of them in peacetime, and they were fond of running them out onto the rails when entering or leaving port, doing public open days and photo shoots, so there are LOTS of pics of red Sea Darts. Actual operational Sea Darts were white though, with a variety of coloured patches.

Likewise, many modellers, kit companies and reference book artists insist that 60lb RP-3 rockets had black bodies, because, well, it's obvious: you can go to any museum and look at one. It's also wrong though: live rockets had green bodies, but the vast majority of those were either fired or destroyed when obsolete becuase they were dangerous live munitions. That meant that the ones which survived to get into museums and under historic warbirds were the inert black drill rounds that could be safely donated from stores depots and training establishments.
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