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The Soviet Group Build / Re: Yak it up!
« Last post by zenrat on Today at 10:00:36 pm »
I've tried pre-shading 1/72 builds with no success whatsoever.  IMO it its therefore only suitable for 1/48 & up.
If I can do it then nobody should ;D ;D ;D
Thanks bruv.
I suspect a major reason is that they weren't going straight from the factory to the bomb racks. The empty casings may have been in outdoor storage until filled, then the filled bombs would be stacked and stored in the open on rail cars, in depots, and at the airfields. Unlike aluminum airplanes, too, bombs would have steel casings, and so be very prone to rust if not painted.

The two main reasons USAAF airplanes weren't painted starting in about 1943 were for weight savings (minimal for bombs which would only be making half the trip, anyway) and to save on man hours during construction (also minimal when you're talking about very simple bomb shapes).

The British military wasn't as keen on not following regulations when it was convenient as the US seemed to be. Considering that the British Army was repainting nearly all US vehicles from Olive Drab to Khaki Green No. 3 up until April 1944, I don't see the RAF abandoning bomb painting even if they were going almost straight from the factory to the bombers (which I doubt). I know a lot of British bombs were actually made in Canada and shipped across the Atlantic.

As I see it, that had to be a major factor. Even if you were making the bombs in the UK, I doubt the factory would know whether or not the bombs were being shipped to the nearest airfield, Italy, Africa, or India. For that reason, it was probably easiest to just paint all of them, than it was to not paint some of them and worry about whether or not some bombs were painted and some weren't, etc.


The Soviet Group Build / Re: Yak it up!
« Last post by strobez on Today at 09:43:11 pm »
Thanks! This one seems to be flying under the radar a bit. Totally understandable given the many fantastic entries in the Soviet GB.  I've been getting more traction on my parallel Gnat F.1 build for some reason, but I consider this one my current "main" project.

I tried to pre-shade the panel lines again. I've had limited success with this, and the black came out a bit spotty for some reason, but it is what it is I guess.

Comrade, the workers did well with this one.
Aircraft / Re: Folland Gnat F.1 - Build in Progress
« Last post by strobez on Today at 09:36:05 pm »
Canopy on... and off... and on... and off again... and then on. Why can't I remember to make sure I check all the parts before I seal the cockpit in.   :banghead:

The Soviet Group Build / Re: Krivak IV
« Last post by zenrat on Today at 09:29:09 pm »
Very good.
Armour / Re: Merkava SPAAG
« Last post by zenrat on Today at 09:14:47 pm »
A bit drastic, but you could shorten the whole thing so it has one less set of road wheels.
During a war, why paint bombs at all if they are going straight from the bomb factory to the airfield to be used?
Did the bombs the RAF were dropping every night during 1943 get painted?  Strikes me if they did then it was a waste of paint.  Just stencils on the relevant data and numbers and send them off to be dropped.

I have a heap of bombs to paint for the Soviet GB Flogfoot.  I shall paint them something other than OD, black or grey.
Aircraft / Re: Workbench clearance - Grumman Bearcat
« Last post by zenrat on Today at 09:03:52 pm »
Good build LO.
I might have added a spinner in order to further its resemblance to a Sea Fury and thus add to the confoundedness of the JMN.
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