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  1. Exactly! How did free brand awareness morph into something to "protect" and milk. And who loves a lawyer anyway?
  2. Jesus Wept! Do we now need to put a "TM" next to the designation!
  3. Could it be an outside air temp sensor and not an air scoop? Might fit in better with a bombing role. I gather that Langford Lodge made Droop-snoot kits for the forward echelons to assemble as/when needed, so maybe some outfit had a spare F-5 but not a spare P-38 to work on.
  4. I am aware that Gerald Scarborough did not remove the fuselage slice in his book. That's why I mentioned it, it is not immediately obvious until you realise it, whereupon it stands out. I know about the obvious changes and variants too, just that I haven't come across anyone attempting this conversion since the book was published. Nice drawings too, all in my ready-to-start pile, but I can't understand why this conversion is not more popular.
  5. I have a damaged carcass in the loft and rather fancy reducing the fuselage height be 3 scale inches and adding an Allison cowling to it, as per the Gerald Scarborough book. Now I thought that this conversion would have been done by others and be on the tinterweb somewhere, but I've had no look searching for it. Has anyone had a go at it? I can then use the Merlin for a Spitfire IX/16. Just wondering.
  6. One of my modelling Holy Grails this. I have a kit on standby ready to convert. A few years ago, some site suggested that photos had surfaced either via a collector or e-bay sale, but all went quiet again. Didn't a handful of machines make it to the Paris area for tests? Or something?
  7. Same here. And the R-R RB 2-11 testbed. Is there a chance they might be re-released now we have better VC10's from Roden?
  8. I think it was a clear window for a first-aid kit, or similar. Not to see through the fuselage (like you might need to on some aircraft, such as a pre-flight CofG check that weights were in place if flying singly).
  9. Was the black paint applied to the undersides of He III's, late B of B and onwards, the same "Stamkenzeichen" paint? Just wondering whether to go for a temporary and patchy black finish over permanent blue, or was it permanent black delivered from the factory by Jan 41?
  10. Ta Dah! Source: Meteor, Brian Philpott, PSL, Wellingborough, 1986, pages 125 (part), 126 & 7 (part)
  11. If you fancy a different colour scheme, here's the one I plan on doing in 1/32: Note that these late models were built without the windows, i.e. don't just paint them over but missing entirely, with a smooth surface.
  12. I bought a 1/72 SR 53 years ago, sometime mid eighties when Airfix went bust. I was told at the time that the mould had been bought from Airfix by an outfit called Ursus (or something similar, I haven't seen it for decades, but it's up there somewhere) So, now it seems it was just a copy! No big deal, it wasn't one of Airfix's best was it? Missile fins like planks ISTR.
  13. I'm sure no one will mind scans of an article from 1972. I drooled over it back then (but couldn't afford it, early teens. Chop up a Halifax just for the radar dome! Two Lancs! ) and, to be honest, I still can't justify the expense. That said, if I see a Shack going cheap, I might just be tempted and I don't do 1/72.
  14. That's the awkward bit. Who has got a log-book? How do we get a shufti? Occasionally I've asked to view those where location and or squadron coincide with my interests, and usually the ones held by next of kin, not the airman (they never refuse) but some think that letting me take notes somehow devalues something that they think is on par with Tutankhamen's mask. As a teenager, I fondly assumed that the National Archives had all the engineering reports to all the squadrons, photos galore etc., (both sides of course) but something simple as serial/code tie-ins still defy.
  15. I bought a second hand book yesterday, in it fell out a page of what looks to me to be "Aircraft Illustrated" dated Sept 1977. Now, this beast looks like it could be a model project. Does anyone have more info, drawings etc.? Is it extant somewhere?