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  1. RCAF Operations Record Books

    Ooops! Cause it was!
  2. RCAF Operations Record Books

    Thank You for the Link. Is there a way to find 455 Sqn via the search tab?
  3. 250 Squadron RAF Kittyhawks, Italy, 1944

    Go to 'Discovery', the web portal to the National Archives. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8397141#imageViewerLink Input AIR27/1502/22. It will bring up the 250 Sqn. diary for Nov 1944 known as 'Record of Events' (they were over Yugoslavia at the time). You can get a peek at the low-grade images for free (all 14 pages). I had a swift shufti for FX781 and didn't see it, but that doesn't mean it isn't there, it may lurk under one of the blocked out squares. to find out, you will have to spend £3:50 for a download. The 'Summary of Events' for Nov 44, AIR27/1502/21, doesn't list serial numbers, but will add other background info. It may not be of to interest you, but great for family research, another £3.50. Yet more info is in the squadron appendices, AIR27/1504. Dated from May 41 to May 45, it has a whopping 434 pages for your £3.50, inc. lots of combat reports etc. Nov 44 starts around page 426. I'm not certain because I've just had a brief look. I hate waiters who say "Enjoy!" but you may just get hooked! In general, these documents occasionally come up with useful code/serial combinations, and maybe occasional on/off charge dates as well as very brief loss details. How I curse their recorders for not considering paint details etc. for us modellers some eighty years later!
  4. Individual codes for 16 Squadron FR IX Spitfires

    All I have: Spitfire PR.XI (Sept 43-Sept 45) EN654 EN684 MB902 MB954:K MB958 PA838 PA853 PA902 PL765 PL823 PL850 PL903 PL970:E PM125 Spitfire L.F. IX (Jun44-Nov44) EN387:V MK322 MK716 MK918 ML206 ML302 ML374 Nothing on FR's, individual codes or colours, sorry. Source: Janes, Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft, JDR Rawlings, p.36. They also had PR XIX's and FR.XIV's very late on, but I've omitted them
  5. 1/48th Hunter, we need a new release.

    I have never bought an Academy Hunter. I was going to, indeed planned to buy at least three, but after reading the reviews at its release, (skinny undersized wheels etc.) decided not to bother. The kit is dear enough as it is without the faff of having to purchase after-market goodies three times. Today, I am still tempted from time to time by the decal sets now available, but really don't understand why Academy/Italeri hasn't improved the mould in the interim. Do they think so little of the 'enthusiast' market for them not to bother? If they had a crisp model available in the first place we would all be happier and I'm sure A/I would relish the extra sales, knowing that a competitor would find it difficult to invade any of the market. Instead, I feel as though I am still being been palmed off with an inferior product despite the new box art.
  6. 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376

    Best I can find on that book here: https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?bi=0&bx=off&cm_sp=SearchF-_-Advtab1-_-Results&ds=30&kn=from+the+cockpit&recentlyadded=all&sortby=17&sts=t&tn=firefly I can't remember if I own a copy or not.
  7. Bomb trolley size ??

    Type C trolley has a wheelbase of 14ft 3 1/2ins, a wheel track of 3ft 5ins. Tyres are 18X7ins. Type D trolley has a wheelbase of 14ft 8ins, a wheeltrack of 3ft 5ins. Tyres are 18X 7ins also. Both can carry one 4000lb bomb. I would post up the relevant AP pictures but don't seem to be able to do so.
  8. First Look: New Revell 1/32 Mustang

    Details here: http://www.hyperscale.com/2017/galleries/p51drevell32dw_1.htm
  9. Where was Lemon Yellow used in the RAF?

    Off hand, the only use of Lemon Yellow I can think of was on the training bands on Hunters, and that's only because I had thought them to have been the GSE Golden Yellow shade. ISTR it was mentioned in the painting guide to the 1/32 Echelon Hunter vac form, of which I have two, still unbuilt.
  10. Falklands Harrier GR.3 question

    I have always thought that the forward 'cold' nozzles on GR3's were gloss green or matt green painted fibre-glass. Were they metal?
  11. Wellington T.10 probably RP468

    Found this on Airliners.net http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled-Airwork/Vickers-Wellington-T10/2373483
  12. B-29 -why not in the European theatre?

    I get the feeling that this B-29 visit was to give Germany a strong hint of what potentially might be coming their way. A threat that had to be countered with more R&D at a time when maximum production of existing types was needed to replace attrition.
  13. Identity of Lancaster

    Hmmm. I Can't give you a code letter (easily), as it's not one recorded in Harry Holmes' Lancaster book. It appears to have escaped being recorded in the ORB also. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8452625#imageViewerLink should get you to AIR27/577/40, page 13 (of 19). Not listed in bill Chorley's book for 1942 either. You may need to copy & paste the link, if it doesn't open directly.
  14. Sure it wasn't the target tug Defiant? That was an early 1968 conversion too. I had never heard of target tugs before, indeed, I didn't know Defiants ever came in colours other than black. That black plastic put me off buying one between seven and ten. I have a lot to thank Mr Hall for, for he planted the modelling seed deep enough to continue with it as an adult. I only ever spoke to him a couple of times, at Stoneleigh and such. I suggested that the RAE Raspberry- Ripple fleet would make a good issue of SAM, but he was dismissive.
  15. Give me a month or two, and I'll come across some in the loft. I posted up the Airfix Lanc/Revell Shack to make a Lincoln conversion a while back (still has relevance today, and cheaper than the Paragon conversion, if you can find one). To be fair, occasionally, with forward planning, some dovetailing of projects was possible, if you were skilled. Convert the Halifax with four balsa engines to make an early mark, then donate the spare radials to make a Hercules Lanc, then use the spare Merlins from that to make an in-line Beaufighter, or maybe do a Manchester first. Along the way, admittedly, it helped to have to hand a Sunderland (for its "Botha" turret), and a H2S radome from a Stirling.* I remember the 504N conversion. It think it was for such reasons that Aeroclub was formed. * Which is why I wanted to know how to plunge-mould acetate.