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  1. Hello Paul, Any news on any progress? Was it feasible? Best wishes
  2. Ah, the corduroy cap, Roman Polanski, Helen on the pit wall, Princess Grace.... those were the days. Very nice work indeed.
  3. Elliott Smock of The Whitley Project may well know. He is most likely contactable via the Key Publishing Flypast forum http://forum.keypublishing.com/forumdisplay.php?4-Historic-Aviation
  4. Could you cut one or more wheels, extend the centre section of one with the section from another (exact same diameter, less filling/sanding) and then cast a set in resin?
  5. You could also ask The RAF Museum. As an aside, they used to have a display of squadron badges, which I for one found interesting, but like so many of the gallery exhibits it is now gone from view.
  6. Ah, thank you Pete.
  7. Certainly there is correlation in the colours by Base, which suggests coordination at Group level: 42 Base wore red markings (with Gallic slant as necessary!), 43 Base yellow and 44 Base white. Geometrically, it looks like a bit of space for creative interpretation, with no real pattern emerging. I haven't seen any photographs of markings for 10, 51, 76, 77 or 578 Squadrons, although Merrick has 51 Squadron as having used two variants of markings and one of those variants is described in Chris Blanchett's book on 4 Group. Merrick also makes no mention of 10 and 76 Squadrons which have recorded tail markings illustrated as being in white in the Air Enthusiast article. So the consensus between those two sources is that 77 & 578 didn't have them. As an aside, I can't see which Base Burn was attached to, 43 Base? If it were 44 Base then that would appear to leave one squadron from each Base potentially without markings. Or maybe they just haven't been recorded?
  8. Thanks again for your valued input Graham. I tend to agree with what is written in that section in Merrick's book. With respect to 158 Squadron though, I am pretty certain that the two forms of marking were the all yellow fin as the initial marking, which was then replaced by stripes around November/December. All of the photos of the solid yellow tails that I have seen are, perhaps coincidentally, A flight. But there are many A flight photos from January '45 and after which show stripes (and no 1945 ones with the solid colour). As to the instruction to apply the markings, my suspicion is that it was in a 4 Group 'letter' and these don't seem to have been retained for posterity.
  9. Martin, you are an absolute gentleman! Thank you and once again, splendid work on the old girl!
  10. Lovely work, especially the weathering. I don't suppose that I could put in a cheeky ask that you put up a photo of the colour schemes on the back of the box? I have one without the box, so I'd like to get it somewhere near right!
  11. They are very impressive with an attention to detail which illustrates just how to bring scenes to life.
  12. Thank you Graham, that is exactly the point that I am trying to establish. In addition to the articles mentioned above there have been several threads on various fora which have also stated that they were first applied in the Spring and that there was a '4 Group order' issued that states this. The trouble is, no one ever actually seems to have seen this order or has a reference for it. I have looked in Group and several squadron papers at Kew and haven't found any surviving order. There is much discussion about methods of forming the squadrons and base units up for daylight raids, even mention of Pathfinder aircraft leading formations with white-painted fins and rudders, but nothing on the 4 Group tails per se. In addition, I can find plenty of photographs of Halifaxes in summer '44 that have 'normal' black tails and not a single one that can be positively dated to that time with coloured tails. There are plenty from late '44 and '45, when photographs also seem more common. The only reference that I have seen that suggests a later introduction is in Michael Bowyer's Bombing Colours which is based on contemporaneous notes. The earlier references all seem to lead back to observations made after the war's end at the Halifax scrapping centres. So without any official documentary proof of the time of their introduction, I was wondering if anyone had any photographic evidence to show that they were indeed introduced before August/September '44.
  13. Various articles have been published about the coloured tails worn by 4 Group's Halifaxes dating back to an Air Pictorial article in 1955 and including various others in Aircraft Illustrated, Air Enthusiast (reprinted in Flypast) and books by Chris Blanchett & Ken Merrick. It is generally stated that the markings were applied for tactical operations in support of the invasion of France. My question is, does anyone know of any pictures of aircraft sporting coloured fin and/or rudder (not tailplanes) positively dated before August/September 1944?
  14. You are welcome Greg. Lovely model too, always good to see some TLC on these old stagers.
  15. Thread on Sq Ldr Harper here http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?104761-Squadron-Leader-W-J-Harper