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Vicarage Vee

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  1. Possibly niaive F-35 question

    Wonderful, many thanks for the confirmation Bobski.
  2. Possibly niaive F-35 question

    I'm afraid that I haven't followed the F-35 development and procurement saga all that closely but would I be correct in understanding that the first ones in British markings were the F-35Bs BK-01-04 which are ZM135-138? Also, the only actual prototypes were the two X-35s which flew in native US markings? Grateful thanks for correction/confirmation/clarification!
  3. Salvaged WWII bomber parts

    I'd forgotten that you were on here too Cees! Looking at it again and opening myself up for ridicule, is the tailplane Halifax too? Shouldn't the outer of the pivot points for the elevator be just before where the rear edge structure changes direction and extends aft along the fins? This carries on in a straight line. The two access panels by the inboard hinge look Lancasterish.
  4. Salvaged WWII bomber parts

    If you post these photos on the Flypast Historic forum the 'residents' would also be very interested and you'd get a very quick positive ID.
  5. Yes, the usual method is to rub the fuselage halves on abrasive taped flat to a board. You do need to ensure even pressure though, and check regularly, to make sure it is all flat. The marker pen/pencil line helps so much although personally I prime the entire vacform sheet in grey so that there is a clear grey/white border to sand to. Do look at the guides that have been posted too. John (Aeroclub) Adams has some excellent instructions and tips such as using abrasive on T-profile aluminum. If you do oversand a section, put a backing piece in on the inside and fill over that. I would suggest finishing any first-time vacform regardless of outcome as you do learn by experience and you can get so many of the pitfalls (and cures) out of the way on one model. You can always replace it with another kit for the example in a collection if desired. Personally, I rather like Welsh Models, my collection would have several gaps without them.
  6. The Worst Ferrari F1 Car

    Beautifully executed model. Not sure it was the worst F1/world championship Ferrari though: there's some competition there. Poor Ivan Capelli was pretty much established as a driver by then: F3000 champion, impressive showings for Leyton House, things would have been different if he'd joined a different team. A talent wasted.
  7. Old Airfix A Bit o' Lace decals

    There's also the Hasegawa ones with correct colours. You could also overprint the red parts?
  8. Updated - Halifax R9531 crash at Scunthorpe 5/12/42

    Well, I have news but unfortunately the entry only notes the serial and not a code, if indeed there was one. The 1658 HCU clerk who filled in the ORB clearly didn't relish the job, it's rather sparse on detail unlike many others. Best wishes VV
  9. Tamiya Lotus 78

    :-) too kind AB33! It would be British GP qualifying without the JPS that they carried in practice because they weren't on the telly then! Ronnie secured pole with his 79 but used the 78 on Friday I think. Ronnie was on Pole for the non-championship International Trophy at Silverstone back in the spring with the 78 but it had JPS livery in qualifying and pretty much just black and gold with union jack for the couple of laps he lasted in the race. Gosh. It was a loooong time ago now....
  10. Tamiya Lotus 78

    The Lotus 78 was indeed first raced in 1977 when Mario was partnered by Gunnar Nilsson. Ronnie rejoined Team Lotus for 1978 and the 78 was used for the opening rounds until Mario used the Lotus 79 in Belgium (after a brief debut appearance at Silverstone in The International Trophy) and both drivers used it from Spain onwards. The Olympus sponsorship started in Spain after which the 78 was used as a spare car when attrition took a toll of the 79 chasses. Ronnie drove the car as you have it in practice at Brands (albeit with JPS logos) and also in his final start at Monza (again with JPS livery). 78(2) was Ronnie's spare at Hockenheim where it would have been exactly as you so nicely depict it.
  11. Tamiya Lotus 78

    Ah, thank you. I hadn't realised that Tamiya had included 1978 decals in an issue of the kit.
  12. Tamiya Lotus 78

    That's a really nicely finished model. Which decal set did you use?
  13. Updated - Halifax R9531 crash at Scunthorpe 5/12/42

    There are a series of photographs of R9430 of 1658 HCU apparently taken on a test flight to determine sink-rate on one engine. They appear in quite a few books on the Halifax. The spinners appear white forward of the propeller blades and the aircraft carries a large number 19, possibly in yellow in place of code letters. R9430 was a veteran of several previous squadron Conversion Flights (before these became the HCUs) so it's not impossible that some of these markings were retained/not yet deleted from there. One picture here. It would think that both R9430 and R9531 are both Mk II Series I airframes. They came from the same Handley Page contract. In the absence of further evidence I am inclined to agree with Seahawk and to model it without codes, but I shall have a look and see if anything is recorded and report back.
  14. Updated - Halifax R9531 crash at Scunthorpe 5/12/42

    I'd be interested to know any information about the distribution of the ZB- and TT- codes. The ORBs are at The National Archives. Hopefully I will be able to get over there in the next fortnight so I can have a look for you then.
  15. Updated - Halifax R9531 crash at Scunthorpe 5/12/42

    Unfortunately it's very hard to track down the HCU codes and I must say from memory very few, if any, are shown in the unit ORB for 1658. It may be worth having a look at the mention of the incident in there though. The base ORB for Riccall might be worth eliminating too. If it isn't listed in Bill Chorley 'sbook of OCU losses then it may no longer be recorded. Therefore no one can say you are wrong if you opt for something!