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About airjiml2

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    1/72 RCAF and RCN aircraft, but occasionally dabbling in the US Navy and Fleet Air Arm types.

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  1. Rag-wing BoB Hurricane.

    Jack, 323 didn't get shipped to the UK until June 1940, as it had a accident in Canada and was being repaired by CCF. It spent some time at the MUs in England and arrived with 1 Squadron mid September 1940. I don't have any additional details on upgrades, but I'll tell you the photo with the Rotol prop was quite the shock when it was discovered. Jim
  2. Rag-wing BoB Hurricane.

    The only 1 Squadron RCAF Hurricane that came from Canada that I've got photographic confirmation during the BoB is 323/YO-D. It confirms fabric wing and Rotol prop and spinner. When 1 Sqn arrived in Britain, its outdated Hurricanes were quickly replaced by the RAF with British-built examples. However, for some reason 311 and 323 were updated and transferred to the squadron. 323 is a rather special RCAF Hurricane as it is the only known RCAF HWE Hurricane to fire its guns in anger in Europe. On October 5, 1940, F/L Pitcher shot down a Bf 109 while flying 323. Sadly, the serial is not visible in the photo, but is believed that none of the ex-RCAF Hurricanes were assigned RAF serials during their RAF service. Jim
  3. Spitfire PR Mk XIII 400 Sqn - "thinking aloud"

    Yep, sorry. 1944 is correct. Jim
  4. Airfix Huricane Attempted Build

    Hi Chris, About 10 years ago or so I got frustrated about so much conflicting, and incorrect, information published about RCAF/CCF Hurricanes and went down a research rabbit hole that continues to this day. I decided to ignore everything previously published and rely on primary sources. (Record cards/RCAF memos/contracts/ORBs, etc.) This lead to correspondence with a few other Hurricane researches and we have all be sharing information in order to get to the bottom of a very complicated story. I published a three part article a couple of years ago on the topic in IPMS Canada's RT magazine and had always planned to follow up with a book. However, I've come to the conclusion that there just isn't a market for a book with such a narrow focus. Not to mention, more and more information keeps being uncovered on the topic by our little research group each day/week. Jim
  5. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    That for the vector Troy. Keep in mind there were two types of RCAF Hurricanes with no spinners. If you are building a Hurricanes Mk. XII or XIIA, the hub mechanism was a Hamilton Standard 23E50 fitted with No. 6353 blades. This was the same combination of Hamilton Standard propeller used on Cansos, which was another aircraft type built in Canada. So look for a PBY/Catalina/Canso prop, I'd suggest that Quickboost (QB72-006) would be the best choice in 1/72. If you are building one of the 50 early 13** series Hurricanes (1351 to 1380) before conversion into Hurricane Mk. XIIs in 1943, then they were fitted with cut down Fairey Battle props. My plan is to use a SBS prop for a Blenheim, but I'm not 100% that it is totally accurate. Hope this helps, Jim
  6. Bristol Bolingbroke

    SleeperService, In case you had not seen it, there is a small walk around of the floating Bollie here: http://www.ipmscanada.com/ipms/Reference_Photo/RCAF_WWII/RCAF_WWII_Page/Bolingbroke Gallery.html Jim
  7. Bristol Bolingbroke

    All I do is confuse issues... Jim
  8. Spitfire PR Mk XIII 400 Sqn - "thinking aloud"

    This is one of the two 400 Squadron topics I've been fascinated about for years. There really isn't much hard information outside of the above posted by gingerbob from the Squadron diary. The Squadron history book ("On Watch To Strike, History of 400 (City of Toronto) Squadron") has the following to say on the topic: "On 22 December (1943), the first two Spitfires Mk.XIII, X4766 and R7308 arrived at the squadron, and conversion to the type began immediately. By month's end, a third Mk.XIII had been added. Over the next six months, the squadron's inventory of Spitfire PR.XI's grew to 20, and thereafter varied between 16 and 19." The third aircraft is assumed to be AD556. Sadly, no pictures are included. My guess is that the aircraft carried no markings as they were only used for training and not used on ops. And if that isn't enough, read in the ORB the fascinating tidbits about the Typhoon FR trials in early 1943... Jim
  9. Airfix Huricane Attempted Build

    Chris, 24 were ordered. 20 were delivered and four (of which 330 would have been the first) were "ready for shipment" when the RCAF requested to cancel delivery. Not sure where the 330 lost in transit story came from, but it is one of a long number of myths that keep getting repeated in the RCAF/CCF Hurricane story and are now accepted as fact when indeed they are complete fiction. Jim
  10. RS Yale: help needed on cockpit colour(s)

    Even later; pretty late in the war. Many, if not most, stayed aluminum. Jim
  11. Bristol Bolingbroke

    Hey Tony, The early Bollie's had the windows as well. My guess is early Bolingbroke. Jim
  12. Airfix Huricane Attempted Build

    I don't know much about the Hawker production order and numbers, but clearly RCAF 310, 311, 313, 314 did not have the bulges. It is my understanding that 310 was the supposed to be serial L1759 which was the 212th Hurricane built. Therefore it would appear that it was more than 50 aircraft delivered as such. I had never considered the difference in the nose cowl ring, but you are 100% correct. RCAF 312 had a one piece item while RCAF 315 had a two piece item. Jim
  13. Airfix Huricane Attempted Build

    Chris, Drop me a PM with your e-mail address and I'll send you a RCAF photo of one of the early Hurricanes that illustrates the fixed ring in the cockpit. (Which is very similar to Tony's photo.) I am also happy to advise as to differing configurations for each of the aircraft. (Please note there was no Hurricane 330, and 315 was not the only aircraft with an antenna mast. Detail differences included props, lower bumps on the cowl, pitot tubes, and venturi fitment.) There are two series of articles on RCAF Hurricanes I highly recommend. I did one for IPMS Canada's RT in RT 38-2 and Carl Vincent has done a great series of articles in the last few issues of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society Journal. Jim
  14. RS Yale: help needed on cockpit colour(s)

    They were delivered in aluminum and some stayed that way during the whole of their RCAF service. Some were reconditioned later in the war by Noorduyn and these were retained in a Canadian version of Dull Dark Green. Jim
  15. RCAF Kittyhawk lower colours

    All of the RCAF P-40Ns were delivered in Scheme B. Some (all) were repainted in Canada and some were stripped in Canada. Jim