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  1. Yep, all of the above sounds like an exact match for coastie helos. Orange to red depending upon observed and local light conditions.
  2. Coastie helos are chimera--in some light they are red, in others, distinctly orange, and will change apparently hue with the light. Actually, kind of handy, that, as it gives the modeler a nice range to pick from.
  3. On a forum entirely dedicated to helo models, I've seen a recommendation for rattle-can silver as a primer to make day-glo reds pop. I've also seen using pearlescent white over a gray primer. The suggestion to use yellow sounds like an excellent one to me , especially for the CG helos.
  4. Ditto, week ago Wednesday. Funerals in this time of plague are sore complicated. So, my utterly disorganized fam still has not gotten to that step. Or they have, and didn't bother to tell me. C'est la vie et morte. "It is upon us, the living to persevere, and in our efforts, consecrate those lost to us." Adm Nimitz, 1942
  5. Some randomness that may or may not be apt. My crib sheet for Amphib Ops has a loaded can of 100 linked cal..50 at 65# per each. Can of linked 7.62nato at 24# per each; belted 5.56nato a nifty 18#. The War Department directed that M1 helmets would get a horizontal white stripe at the lower rear for NCOs, and a vertical stripe for officers. That stayed Army policy until about 1952 when cloth covers became general issue. Helmet liners sometimes were still marked that way well into the 60s. Note that the Navy Department never followed suite, and was issuing camo helmet covers as early as 1942. US armor crews are really proud of their CVC (combat vehicle crewman) helmets, and are as loathe to doff them as they are to dismount. And, one of those crucial details is, in the mid-late 80s, it was policy that the treadheads had to wear a k-pot when dismounted, so thouse are kept within easy reach of which ever hatch they ingress/egress. And to this day, it still amazes me that Tamiya went the the trouble to include the duckboards with the M-577 command post, but only include about half the poles for the CP tent (or even the pattern for the CP tent. [grrrr] Also, it's aazing that the afterarket has not offered up a set of camo net spreaders. Sigh.
  6. Yeah, it is decidedly counter-intuitive. But, it goes back to keeping the cans man-portable, and also for balance on the weapon in ground and vehicle mounts. And not binding up the trunions of the tripod mount with an eccentric load, and also not adding nn kilos of mass to the whole thing in ground mounting was a consideration as well. The pedestal mount of the 53 uses a feed chute to keep from torquning the mount with a heavy box. And centerlining the ammo box is better for a/c CG, too.
  7. In case you were inclined to go back and super-detail a bit: The conical thing on the left-hand tailgate is a bucket held in place with two cloth straps (they would be "uniform" color); the bucket can be any color from black-green to galvanized. The jerrycan straps on the front fenders ought to be OD fabric as well. The US used a lot of fabric belts and straps, and not very much leather at all. Tamiya does us a dis-service in giving us an "in action" set of figures and shorted us the loader, the very busy guy in the back keeping the guns fed. Those ammo cans (known as "toumstone" cans to collectors of such things) hold only 200 rounds of linked belts, or about 15-20 seconds' of firing per each. The loader would be a busy fellow. Not only did he have to dodge the turret as it moved around, but also monitor the ammo, too. When a can went dry, he'd have to dismount it, then heave a full can in its place, grab the end of the protruding belt and fish it into the at least warm gun, and run the charging handle three times. (First pull engages the belt in the pawls, second extracts 1st round, 3rd cambers a round.) Havign to dance around the gun is also why the bottom guns were often fed with standard 100 round belt cans as they were easier to swing into place.
  8. Used to be a matter of faith that the Floquil hue is AAC/AAF Olive Drab. Tamiya chose to use a color more like 1950s era OD. Armor modelers--especially those addicted to rivet quantities--will get all exercised over just what hue is "correct" for War Department vehicles during WWII.
  9. Rather uniquely, US half-tracks did not use individual track links. Instead, they used a continuous rubber track with two steel reinforcing cables moulded within. (This is entirely similar to the tracks used on modern skid-steer vehicles and mini-excavators used today.) It can be amusing to see US halftracks modeled with "rusty" tracks.
  10. The designers imagined that, too. So, the tires are designed as "run flats" with radial webs to support the tire from the bead up to the tread. They also have kevlar fibres in the tread and sidewalls. Which part of the commitment to making both the LAV-25 series and the Stryker series to be proof against 14.7mm fire.
  11. "Rear Soldiers Living Room." Trumpy always makes me wonder how they source their translations (if at all). And through how many permutations. Like was it Geran to Korean to Mandarin and back to English?
  12. Hmm, "US Air Force Fighter"? Am I remembering wrong, or were the only AAF Spit the photo recon birds? That box seems to think it's a Mk VIII, doesn't the IX have clipped wings? Or, am I remembering that wrong, too? Remembering things wrong has become all too commonplace. Sigh.
  13. I certainly have. Although that loose structured cable outlet cover annoys my architectural reflexes (along with my electrician reflexes). 🙂
  14. There are days when I suspect they pantograph 1/72 masters and ignore the problem of how sacling things up tends to magnify missing detail rather than minimize it. But, that might be my jaded 2¢ on the topic. Or, perhaps a flashback to the day I was building a Revell 1/96 Constitution and peering in through the gunports (musing on the eternal "gunport" question) and realizing what was bothering me most was that the sides were about 0.015 thick and not the 1/8 - 3/16" they ought to be in scale.. Which also brought to mind the two foot tall foc's'l deck of the Revell Cutty Sark. Or, perhaps it was just a serving of less-good mushrooms.

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