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  1. Thanks Vicarage Vee, I look forward to seeing what you uncover. That Halifax in the photo certainly is an unusual scheme! The last thing I wonder is if these HCU halifaxes retained their tallies. From what I can see so far, the answer is no, surprisingly. Cheers, WV908
  2. Afternoon all, Thankyou for the kind offer Vicarage Vee. I've been sent this extract from the 'and in the morning' series, which pretty much confirmes everything known so far; ‘and in the morning…’ On Saturday 5th December 1942 Halifax R9531 from No.1658 H.C.U. had taken off from RAF Station Riccall, Yorkshire for a cross country navigational exercise. At roughly 13.00 hours eyewitnesses reported that an aircraft was observed flying low near Scunthorpe, it was also observed that the aircraft started to bank and the attitude of the bank getting steeper with the aircraft eventually stalling and falling to the ground. The aircraft was observed to crash amongst buildings, which turned out to be Hydroprest Ltd. Concrete Works injuring nine work men, a further three people were injured by flying glass in a nearby hotel. The aircraft crashed through the roof of the factory and exploded killing all but one of the crew members. Crew of Halifax R9531 F/S (R/103468) D.C. Cameron RCAF Pilot, aged 22, son of Wilfred L. Cameron and Emily T. Cameron, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and now rests in Plot C. Grave 466, Brigg Cemetery Lincolnshire. Sgt (1311937) R.J. Marshall RAF(VR) A/B aged 22, son of Robert Henry and Hannah Marshall, of Torquay; husband of Winifred Joan (Kitten) Marshall, of Ellacombe, Torquay and now rests in Sec. S. Grave 21727 Torquay Cemetery and Extension, Devon. F/S (1001911) J.C. Macaulay RAF(VR) WOP/AG, aged 22, son of John and Jane Wyness Crichton Macaulay, of Dundee; husband of Anna McKay Macaulay and now rests in Sec. X.E. Grave 333, Dundee Eastern Metropolis, Angus Scotland. Sgt (656732) C.F. Bonorino RAF(VR) A/B, aged 23, son of Albert Edward and Clara Matilda Bonorino, of Moseley, Birmingham and now rests in Plot C. R.C. Grave 48, Brigg Cemetery Lincolnshire. Sgt (406709) J.A. Barrett-Lennard RAAF aged 21, son of Victor Dacre Barrett-Lennard and Blanche Isabell Barrett-Lennard, of York, Western Australia and now rests in Grave 372, Brigg Cemetery Lincolnshire. Sgt (1132754) H.G. Jenkins RAF(VR) A/G, aged 21, rests in Sec. I. Grave 2545, Gwaelodybrithdir, Glamorganshire. Sgt R.F. Pretty RAF(VR) critically injured. It is important to note that the crew comprised of two W/Op’s and three Air-Gunners… Halifax Mk.II R9531 was one of 100 aircraft built by Handley Page Radlett to Contract No.69649/37; Requisition No.102/E11/37 and delivered to No.102 Squadron for operational duties, later transferred to No.1658 H.C.U. becoming the 3rd aircraft to be struck off charge by the Unit and the 62nd aircraft from the H.C.U’s to be struck off charge. May those that served and those that died in the H.C.U’s rest in peace ‘Brave Warriors of the Skies’ Per Ardua Ad Astra. Cheers, WV908
  3. Thanks for the replies chaps, are the ORB's something that I'd only be able to find in the RAFM or IWM archives? The only things I have from Riccall in late 1942 are examples of three different Halifaxes (all early production II's from what I can gather) that have their codes painted out (one is covered in snow so is a bit hard to guess). I can only get a positive ID on one, which is BB374 so I could in theory run with maybe R9531 had no codes applied when she crashed. The only other snippet of info I've gathered is that if she was coded it would have been ZB-? Cheers, WV908
  4. Morning all, I've now gained information to prove that this Lancaster crash site is actually that of Halifax B.II R9531, with the casualty info and time from a newspaper clipping and cross referenced. Previously DY-R, but was more than likely blank by the time of it's crash two months after it's transference to 1658 HCU. There is also a possibility of it being coded ZB-? If anyone knows for sure what her codes were on 5/12/42 that would be very helpful. On the 'Dornier' front, there is a Spitfire crash listed in the same area as the crater Cheers, WV908
  5. The only other info I have points towards the Dornier being a DO24 which was shot down by AA on 18 August 1940 or a DO215 which was claimed by a 29SQ Blenheim on 24th August 1940, but evidence found elsewhere points to the latter being near Grimsby / Cleethorpes. In theory it could have been crippled over one of those places and limped to Scunthorpe before crashing Cheers, WV908
  6. Hi Chaps, Thanks for the answers. I've mainly been using the incident logs but have found there are a few gaps, for instance they do not list the Blenheim I that landed on Dawes lane in Scunthorpe in July 1940. Does anyone happen to have any more information on the December 5th 1942 Lancaster at Hydroprest as this is the exact spot where one of the aircraft I'm looking for came down. Reportedly, the workers were outside on break at the time when the Lanc, which was heading left down Mortal Ash hill, handily came in and took the roof off the building as it crashed. It's interesting to note that the incident logs and Mancunian Airman's source have it listed as a Halifax crashing here (R9531) on the same day although I have it from other sources that this is incorrect as they say R9531 crashed on May 5th 1942, so yet another mystery. I also can't find any trace of W9014, but it looks like the Lancaster you mentioned is the one I'm looking for. With regards to the Dornier, I've noted that there a handful of them listed with no known info. With the crash being in woodland and therefore undisturbed, I can confirm that an aircraft came down on my listed Eastern location as I have visited the crater there in the past which has traces of aircraft parts. Cheers, WV908
  7. Updated - now identified as Halifax B.II R9531 of 1568 HCU, but here is the original post; Morning all, a far out reach here as I cannot seem to find any infomation. On the South eastern edge of Scunthorpe lies Mortal Ash Hill, just beyond the Southern boundary of Scunthorpe Steel works. It is known that a Dornier crashed on the crest of Mortal ash hill in the forest at it's Eastern end, approx 1/12 miles South West of Broughton. It is also known that a Lancaster / Manchester crashed at the Western end of Mortal ash Hill, just off the South Western boundary of the steelworks, 1 mile North of Bottesford and 1 mile East of Ashby. I know of the Blenheim and three Hurricane crashes in Scunthorpe, but cannot find any info on these other two. The Dornier was approx 1941 and the Lancaster / Manchester could be any time. I'd like to research these aircraft to build models of them as I live less than a mile from them both. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I've exhausted the usual sources cheers, WV908
  8. Powered and authentic Concorde visor - in 1/72!

    Hi Neil, I'm halfway through a house build at the minute, and the motor I ordered for this in June has only just turned up. There will be progress in the WIP as soon as I have a new workbench built up Cheers, WV908
  9. Hi Neil, yes I will be. To make the visor work correctly it actually works opposite to the Heller method - all the attachment points are on the blank and the clear visor is just tacked on top - I can make it work with the production visor, as it is in one piece, but when I get around to doing the prototype nose it will be static as I can't figure out how the two piece visor works and there are no drawings online at all Cheers, WV908
  10. Hi Neil, I love the progress, will be nice to see an Air France machine built for a change. It's definitely worth creating the blank that sits underneath the visor and it can be made flush to the bottom of the visor and not be intrusive. If you want to wait, i'm doing a full 3D printed nose to the correct profile (see my WIP) as the Heller one is so bad. At least, it may be worth modifying your nose to shorten the visor if you don't want to go down that route Cheers, WV908
  11. Afternoon all, The nose cone is now complete - work will focus on the cockpit section, then visor and then i'll figure out the required lengths of the internal equipment. The motor mount is not going to be drawn up until the motor arrives and can be measured properly. Cheers, WV908
  12. Plodding through, still new to 3D modelling so I hope no-one is overly disappointed haha - very complex shape which changes cross section no less than four times over it's length, all egg shaped sections but curiously it twists from a vertical egg section, to a horizontal one, then vertical and lastly horizontal where it meets the cockpit - why??? Comparing the Heller visor to whatever it was they used for reference, I can't help but imagine that they looked at the nose of the prototype at Le Bourget as the visor length isn't too far off what Heller have done. For those less clued up on Concorde, the solid metal visors on the prototypes were longer and significantly more streamlined than the glass production version. I really do not understand Heller's thinking behind this kit Anyway, the actual shape of the nose is finished - on to the fun part Cheers, WV908
  13. Powered and authentic Concorde visor - in 1/72!

    Hi Matt, I've done a fair bit of research over the past few weeks and have discovered just how wrong the Heller nose is - I always knew the visor was too long, but I'm sat here with the shell of the new nose almost done in CAD and it looks so wrong - because it's right and I'm used to handling the Heller nose. I'll post screenshots on the WIP when it is ready, but once it's printed the difference between my 3D design and the Heller will be massive. I've used my own photos of DG, DN and AC for a lot of the visual reference. Unfortunately the Heller visor mechanism is completely wrong too. Incidentally that is the cause of the incorrect visor position when the nose is up. Cheers for the input Cheers, WV908
  14. Looking at my earlier progress, that is all now going to be undone as the visor will be safely split from the nose, shortened and then the old cockpit assembly will be measured up for the 3D model, which will then be altered to the correct shape using available drawings and photos. New bulkheads etc will be designed in to the model and I will figure out how to design in the various hatches and plugs I need to be able to construct the mechanism and maintain it. In brief, this Concorde ( G-BOAF / G-BOAC ) will consist of - 3D printed droop nose, shortened Airfix visor, 3D printed cockpit and scratch built interior windows, Airfix fuselage, scratchbuilt nose gear, Airfix wings, scratchbuilt main gear, Airfix engines, Airfix ailerons, Airfix tail, scratchbuilt tail bumper assembly G-BSST will consit of - 3D printed droop nose and visor, 3D printed cockpit and scratch built interior windows, Revell fuselage, Revell Nose gear, Revell Wings, Revell main gear, Revell engine intakes, 3D printed engine nozzles, Revell ailerons, Revell vertical tail, 3D printed tail The 3D printed engine nozzles and tail will also be suitable for conversion to G-AXDN, a possible future build Cheers, WV908
  15. Powered and authentic Concorde visor - in 1/72!

    I think i'll have some of those migrane tablets too bzn20 - The curved track is the way that the production visor was originally designed, so if i get that in the right place it should just be a case of getting the bars the right length - the key to all of it though is mounting the pivoting motor correctly to create the least stress. Stop blocks will be no issue as i'll have the track with some 'green' as we call it - simply level sections at each end for overrun. My eyes look a bit like Paul Bradley's just staring at the drawings haha The work in progress part of this has been tagged onto my old Concorde WIP thread, as promised technical info and mechanism discussion will still be deposited here in the discussion, but physical progress will go there. Link to WIP; http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234961375-airfix-172-concorde-was-g-bbdg-now-g-boacf/ Cheers, WV908