Neutral Grey

What’s  neutral  grey?

I wanted  to  be sure about  the right paint  to use on the undersides  of my restoration of Shoo  Shoo  Baby.


This  is  what  we see on the real restoration  of Shoo  Shoo  Baby  christened  Shoo  Shoo  Shoo  Baby.

Boeing B-17G "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby"

I hope  her pilot Paul McDuffee is reading this post about neutral gray in heaven.

Paul McDuffee
Paul McDuffee

Mustang Mk.IV

My next project after the B-17G restoration.

amateur airplanes

I have to admit that I am a little uncomfortable seeing the P-51 in non U.S. markings. While different, it still looks good. I think this one came out great. I have always liked British colors and this is no exception. The camouflage looks great on it.

This P-51 was no different from its counterpart in this build. Academy knows how to produce models, plain and simple. Painting this kit proved to be a near challenge. All of the paint that I needed to use was either old or close to being all used up. Luckily, the paint held out with some rationed airbrushing. The older paint even mixed up enough to use. Other than that, there were no major issues throughout the build. I enjoyed every bit of this kit. The three different P-51 theme was an interesting twist to change it up a little. I didn’t have a…

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Olive Drab Recipe

I found it here.

By Carmen Laboy, eHow Contributor

Mixing your own colors is a visual process, particularly when it comes to “greens” which are perceived differently by most people. Mixing the standard Olive drab color, a darker green version of olive, can be done using measuring spoons or visually if you can visually gauge quantities of paint. However you decide to mix your paint you should keep in mind that as similar as certain colors seem to your eyes, there will likely be some variations in the shades. Learning to use a color wheel will make future paint mixing simpler and will help you learn the basics of mixing colors.

I just followed the instructions and got – Olive Drab.


Of course there was the usual inspection…


And a few constructive critics…


All in a mid-afternoon’s work.

Eugène Gagnon DFC 1941-1945 RCAF: part III

What led me to YP-O

RAF 23 Squadron

Before I knew about Eugène’s missions over Germany, this is the first thing I found about him.

Eugène was awarded a DFC.

So he had to have been a good pilot.

GAGNON, F/L Joseph Achille Eugene (J27002)

– Distinguished Flying Cross

– No.23 Squadron

– Award effective 22 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.

Born 1921; home in Bromptonville, Quebec.  Enlisted Montreal 7 February 1941.  Commissioned 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 21 January 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 24 April 1942).

Since joining his squadron in December 1944, this officer has completed many sorties against a variety of targets.  His determination has been outstanding and his persistent attacks on enemy locomotives, rolling stock and road transport have been most successful.

One night in March 1945, he was detailed on a minelaying mission…

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