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  1. Another thing came to my mind. Airfix released their 1/72 scale PR.XIX for the second time with decals for PS852. The painting instructions give High Speed Silver overall scheme with red and white spinner. According the instructions the year is 1951 and pilot Flt Lt Edward C. Powell. This is wrong. Both Spitfires (PS852 and PS854) were originally PRU Blue overall with "small D type roundels" in four positions. All other markings were original (that is: war time). Some time later "small" serials were added to the wing under surfaces with gloss black. These planes were then painted to the new MSG / PRU Blue scheme (maybe during September 1952) and they were still in this paint when Powell and Sgt Walker returned to RAF Seletar . "Flight" magazine's photographer took some shots in colour of both planes in early 1953 (late February, early March). PS852 was painted silver when it was handed over to the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force. So if you want to model Powell's famous Spitfire do not paint it with silver. Best Regards, Antti
  2. Hello Chris and Jure! I have a couple of books with photos of PM660. I will check if I can find any details about stenciling. I built the Airfix 1/48 scale PR.XIX as PS852 (No. 81 Squadron, RAF Kai Tak, early fifties). Close up photos showed "original" stencils on the airframe. I purchased the Kit's World stencil set. Unfortunately it proved to be a dissappointment. For example: the "NAmBT INTERCOOLANT" marking is missing, "FUEL 100/130 GALL" is wrong because the octane rating was 100/130 not capacity, oil filler marking is wrong: oil capacity was 9 gallons and air space 3 gallons, "RESCUE" markings are missing and so on. On the other hand there is no complete and correct stencil set for Griffon Spitfires. The difference in spinners requires a closer look. The spinner of Type 390 has fastening screws between prop blades. Type 389 has them midway between spinner tip and base. Best Regards, Antti
  3. Beautiful work Tony! I built one these a couple of years ago and found out that this kit can be tricky. Best Regards, Antti
  4. Both PA-31 Navajo and PA 31-350 Navajo Chieftain were made by Broplan (a Polish company IIRC) and they are vacforms with few "injection moulded" parts. I'm not sure if Broplan still produces kits. Rebell Hobby in Sweden still sells both the Navajo and the Chieftain. Price is 325 Swedish crowns. Best Regards, Antti
  5. I used Airfix Lancaster and the wings of a Frog Shackleton MR.3. Trailing edges and cowlings required a great deal of work. Ed Russell posted a very interesting article indeed; it is the "Radar Nose" Lincoln built in Australia only(?), note the longer nose to house the radar operator. Time to time I'm playing with an idea to convert Tamiya 1/48 scale Lancaster into a Lincoln. There was a conversion set also for this wasn't there? Best Regards, Antti
  6. Hello Andy, I built WZ397 when Airfix released their Valiant. I didn't buy those extra parts as the kit provided the camera windows also. I noticed (from photos) that the bomb bay doors are wrong in this "supplement"; they are too long as Valiant had a vertical camera (F28 if my memory serves me) behind the Camera Crate. So the doors were shorter. Those small oblique camera windows were for F95s as they were used to orientate the photos taken with those fanned cameras in the crate. Best Regards, Antti
  7. Hello Woody, I just checked some of my Javelin references and it seems that FAW.7 XH835 carried initials "NP" (Nigel Poole) on the nose and a Wing Commander's pennant on the port side of the nose. Michael Napier's book "Javelin - An operational history" contains many photos of 33 Squadron's FAW.7s. You can find some hints and tips on the Airfix Javelin kit in here: Best Regards, Antti
  8. Great project IPMS! Chemodan (suit case) is a very impressive aircraft. You seem to have four helping hands ... pawls already available at the production line. Have you seen the video showing two SU-24s making very low fly pasts over an American cruiser in the Baltic Sea? There is plenty of work to do if you want an accurate model. Here are some details I noticed during the build: - In-Flight Refueling Probe doesn't fit properly; the recess is far too large. - The rolled "Flash Curtain" is missing from the top of the instrument panel - The nose gear doesn't fit; The bay doors are fully closed when the aircraft is on the ground. - There is no proper air intake funnels - "Kaira-24" seeker under the nose is out of shape and of wrong size - The fuselage spine is badly out shape; Plasticard and Milliput needed - The main landing gear is wrong; compare with photos - Fuselage surface detailing is wrong; many hatches are pure guess work - Wing surface details are out of shape and of wrong size (slats and flaps especially) This kit contains over 600 parts but still you can't find the most common weapons load (4 x FAB-500 aerial bombs) from the box. Here can find photos of my build in a Finnish modelling site. I hope they help you to decide what to do and what to ignore. Best Regards, Antti
  9. Hello guys, excellent info Kari! Thank you for sharing. Was is it this aircraft with grey fin? I took the photo at Tikkakoski AB (EFJY) on May 15th, 2008. Note also smaller grey areas like canopy frame, wing leading edge, intake lips and ring around landing light. BR, Antti
  10. Hello Larry and Giorgio! IIRC from HW-301 to HW-350 had the "original" wing with one fence and leading edge strakes. From HW-351 and onward there is three "extra" fences. HW-344 was the first Finnish Hawk carrying this two grey camouflage. It was painted in August 1990 and your photo was taken by a well known Finnish test pilot Lt Col Jyrki Laukkanen in August 1996. It seems that HW-344 was carrying the small Vicon pod; there was also a large one. They were called "Säiliö 301" (literally: Tank 301) and "Säiliö 303". Which was the large one I can't remember. Normally wing pylons were not carried during High Oblique Photography missions because they got in the way. During early days you had to set the Weapon Control Panel" (in the rear cockpit, operated by the navigator) to "ALL". That means when you press the trigger everything goes... BR, Antti
  11. Hello Larry! I have "many" close up photos of a Finnish Hawk (landing gear+bays, engine bay, electronics bay, cockpits...) and more "interesting" stuff. What do you need? You mentioned that Galdecal gives the colours as Dark Sea Grey and Light Aircraft Grey. Actually the colour for the underside is Medium Sea Grey. BR, Antti
  12. Hello Oriskany! Some more info about the flaps and flaperons: After engine shut-down the hydraulic pressure is lost. The control surfaces won't "drop down" but it takes several minutes before they reach the full down position. This is why you might see a photo of a parked Draken with control surfaces still up. Of course it is also possible that the ground power is on running the hydraulics. After shut-down also the auxiliary generator (in Finland we called it "Milla") fell open. It really came down crashing: during flight you could hear that terrible noise. For a Finnish Draken you can use Humbrol paints 78, 86 and 88 together with RLM 02 for cockpit interior. Almost every panel was different shade of green. I've seen landing gear components that were painted with a green (RLM 02) and with underside blue-grey. I have never seen white landing gear parts in Finnish Drakens. You are making very nice progress with the kit! Best Regards, Antti
  13. Hello Jim! I have the Yefim Gordon's book too. As said it is very good and I found it useful when I built my SU-24M. Very good and useful photos can be found on the Internet. Put "CY-24M" into Google and you get even more photos from Russian sites (many of them taken by front line squadron members). SU-24MR (the reconnaissance version) is easy to recognize because of the large SLAR antenna panels in the nose. Trumpeter has released a separate MR kit so no risk of confusion there. The wing fences were a feature of SU-24MK (the export version). The Trumpeter kit might still provide decals for one of these (Blue 91 based at Kubinka AB). Good quality photos of this particular aircraft can be found on the Internet and on magazines. You'll quickly notice how bad the Trumpeter's painting guide is... You can see my SU-24M "Blue 44" of 67.BAP that was based at Siverskiy AB near Sankt Petersburg here: Check also the tab "Työvaihekuvia" (Work In Progress) to see the revised surface details and problems with the fuselage spine as well with the wings. The text is in Finnish language so if you need clarification just ask. Good luck with your "Chemodan" (Suitcase as Fencer is known in Russia)! Best Regards, Antti
  14. Beautiful MiG! Brilliant build, paint work and weathering. I like especially the cockpit colour; it looks spot on. Build one more but this time in Finnish markings, please I flew one of these some 25 years ago. Two minutes after brake release you were sitting at 12 kilometers above ground with your feet pointing at the zenith... Best Regards, Antti
  15. Hello Tom! What a great aircraft, a great idea and a great project! Nice to see you "thundering down the runway" I'm watching closely. BR, Antti