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Jure Miljevic

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  1. B-17 model kits 1/48

    Hello, Craigmason1971 I have both kits in my stash and I built Monogram's Chow Hound more than three decades ago. Unfortunately, the kit came with a four pages prospect of superbly built diorama of battle-damaged B-17G, complete with very realistic shrapnel and bullet holes, and crew figures with aircraft's nose art on backs of their jackets. I decided to do the same, but did not quite succeed to say the least ... Monogram's kit was great when it had been first released but shows its age these days. As Troy said, Revell's F model interior is a bit on a bare side, but there is plenty of AM stuff around for both kits. Still, even B-17F OOB built can produce very good results, if one keeps everything buttoned up. Cheers Jure
  2. Qatar to buy Typhoon

    Hello No re-sale of fighters between Qatar and Iran. Since dispute between countries on Arabian peninsula (about which phrase ˝pot calling kettle black˝ comes to mind) there may have been slight thaw in Qatar - Iran relationship. But this is temporary ˝my enemy's enemy is my friend˝ sort of improvement. And, just like Procopius said, Iran does not need another fighter type which it cannot support and maintain. Cheers Jure
  3. Qatar to buy Typhoon

    Good point about supply and support leverage, XV107. It works both ways and I did not think about that. Cheers Jure
  4. Qatar to buy Typhoon

    Hello Qatar has a large US military base on its territory. I understand it is also a host to some Turkish troops, share large natural gas field with Iran and, for the last few months at least, has rather strained relations with other Arab countries. Still, its latest military purchases look more like a response to Saudi Arabia's buying spree than a fulfillment of genuine defence requirements. I am still wondering about pilots and maintenance crew for such a diverse flying circus. Qatar will, if it has not done that already, have to resort to hiring mercenaries. Otherwise all this hardware will just eat away storage space. Just my thoughts. Cheers Jure
  5. Most probably a stupid question but....

    Hello Amazing attention to details for a toddler, Laurie! Yes, according to several books, it was a lookout on Ajax who first spotted Graf von Spee's funnel smoke. Sources divide upon the reason why Graf von Spee did not launch her aircraft: one mentions trouble with catapult cylinder and other state that one of her Arados damaged one of her floats in heavy landing. The same source states, that the second plane's engine broke down, so she had been stripped of useful components and dumped overboard. A correction of my previous post: Graf von Spee carried two Ar 196 A-1 floatplanes and not those of B subtype, of course. Cheers Jure
  6. Most probably a stupid question but....

    Hello I think it was the Fairey Seafox from Ajax, which spotted for three cruisers during Rio del Plata battle. HMS Achilles also had Seafox on board, while HMS Exeter was equipped with Walrus. Graf von Spee had two Arados Ar 196 B, but I doubt they had been catapulted into the battle. Here is a wartime news footage, which also shows Graf von Spee after the battle in Montevideo harbour. At about 4:20 one of Arados can be seen, or at least what was left of her after naval engagement. Cheers Jure
  7. Qatar to buy Typhoon

    Does that deal also involves pilots and ground crew training? Cheers Jure
  8. Most probably a stupid question but....

    Hello I agree with Graham, this is more a WWI stuff. In 1918 destroyers, with lighters in tow, had been used against Zeppelins. I guess cruisers and battleships had been needed elsewhere and there had not been enough of them to patrol waters of North Sea below every possible Zeppelin flightpath anyway. Scouts, taking off either from lighters either from turrets, had been inexpensive enough (I somewhere picked an information that they had been cheaper than 12-inch grenades, but I am not quite positive about it) to be deemed expendable, although in fair weather and calm seas many of them floated long enough to be picked from the water along with their pilots, as was the case with Sopwith 2F1 Camel N6812 of Lt. Culley. I understand this Camel is today on display in IWM. Even when kite of a plane had been too battered by the sea to be of any further use, recovery had been considered a success if at least rotary engine, the most expensive single part of a plane anyway, had been salvaged. Post-war Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutters had been sometimes used. Parnall Panther, equipped folding fuselage, water vane and flotation gear, had been specifically designed for such a task before the war ended, but only a handful had been produced. Strutters took off from turrets and I suspect their primary task was spotting. I believe this type had been also used on US Navy battleships for the same purpose. I would have to check TV program, taped decades ago on this one, but unfortunately my VCR is non-operative at the moment. I guess there were so many of Strutters around that it did not really matter if they went to the bottom at the end of every sortie. Catapult launched seaplanes ended this, from today's perspective questionable but at the time quite acceptable, (mis)use or resources. Cheers Jure
  9. P47-D Intercooler air outlet help

    Hello, James I believe you can use both option. I understand P-47D had interconnected engine controls and could have been controlled with throttle only, but had a provision for manual override. Automatic intercooler control kept temperatures between 12°C and 35°C. Sliding doors could be opened or closed manually when temperatures were outside these parameters or carburetor ice had been suspected, which was likely with humid air at temperatures just above 0°C. For flying attitude that you described for your model high rpm, high boost and water injection are not very likely, so I would choose closed intercooler doors. For additional information, here are links to P-47B, C, D and G manual and P-47N manual in PDF: http://www.theshermantank.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/P-47B-G-TO-01-65BC-1.pdf https://www.spruemaster.com/blog/wp-content/gallery/manual/Republic_P-47 Thunderbolt.pdf Cheers Jure
  10. Russian aircraft at Latakia II

    Hello, Jari Interesting photos, especially the MiG in early paint scheme and plain markings. Very old fashioned cold war style, apart from RF-90847 on the tail, of course. Cheers Jure
  11. Brengun 1/72 A36 Apache USAF (Brengun Model Accessories BRP72025)

    Canopy cutout in the fuselage looks very similar to the one on Italeri Allison Mustang kit, which has one piece cockpit transparency. Is it the same with the Brengun kit? Cheers Jure
  12. Academy B-29

    Hello, Jerzy and Corsairfoxfouruncle The photo above had been taken post-war in the USA, note the turbo-prop in the background. Unfortunately, to complete a B-29 kit as the Bockscar during the faithful 9th August mission, one have to omit the nose art and the pumpkin mission markings. Take a look at the following link: https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/9-august-1945/ It contains what appears to be a colour photo of Bockscar on Tinian, taken immediately post-war. Note the short horizontal stroke of the first digit in #77 on the nose. This digit, together with N in triangle on vertical tail, had been added at the end of July as a part of operational security effort to make 509th BG aircraft look less conspicuous. Also, note another photo of Bockscar in flight, again without the red fuselage band. Check this Fat Man loading and Nagasaki detonation footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9v5sW6t0zI It contains about 20 second long clip of Bockscar in flight, starting at about 8:22. No red fuselage band is visible. In my opinion, during the war bands had only been painted on 444th BG aircraft and not on four 509 Composite Group bombers, posing as such. However, post-war at least some 509 CG aircraft acquired some of these or similar markings; in September 1945 Enola Gay sported red vertical tail tip, common on 6th BG bombers, and Straight Flush had dark coloured, possibly red, fuselage band in 444th BG fashion painted. Cheers Jure
  13. Academy B-29

    Hello, Jerzy Perhaps the following can help to explain part of confusion surrounding Bockscar markings. For some time Bockscar had been stored in Davis Mountain AFB, marked with R in circle and #89 on the fuselage, but without small #89 on the nose and with Bockscar nose art. On 9th August 1945 Major Sweeney piloted Bockscar on Nagasagi mission. Nevertheless, the first official communique stated that Major Sweeney had flown his usual aircraft, The Great Artiste, marked with #89 and R in a circle. Perhaps personnel in Davis Mountain AFB relied on this erroneous information and in good faith restored the aircraft with correct Bockscar nose art, but with incorrect other markings. Cheers Jure
  14. Academy B-29

    Hello, Jerzy I believe red marking had been applied much later. I do not know if this also applies to the case of Bockscar, but bands in various colours had been painted on 509th Composite Group's and other aircraft during operation Crossroads. Take a look at the photo on the bottom of the following link: http://www.warbirdregistry.org/b29registry/b29-4427297.html Cowling lips seems to be in darker colour, possibly red. Also, IIRC, there is also a photo of Bockscar with red bands just aft of cowling lips. These must have been applied sometime post-war as it seems that photo shows aircraft with propellers of ordinary variety, and not cuffed as they should have been during August 1945. In your post you also included well-known photo, taken on Tinian, of Bockscar's tail with Enola Gay in the background. Note circular plate, used to blank out observation/air gunner's bubble transparency. On colour profiles, as well as on Academy box art, this plate is partially covered with the red band. There is no trace of this band on the photo in question. Arrow in circle and aircraft names (although nose art had not yet been present at that time) had been removed for security reasons late in July 1945. Tail markings had been replaced by spurious markings of other bomb groups. On 9th August 1945 Bockscar (should have been Bock's Car after Captain Frederick Bock, who on that day flew The Great Artiste on photo and data collecting escort mission) had been marked with #77 and with N in black triangle on the tail. After the war arrow in circle had been again repainted on aircraft, although after retirement Bockscar had been first displayed with #89 and R in black ring. Today, on display in Wright-Patterson AF base museum, she sports immediate post-war markings: small 77 on the nose and and big 77 on the fuselage, nose art with five pumpkin mission markings above (the fourth one, Nagasaki in red, the rest in black) and arrow in circle on vertical tail. Just in case you have not already found it yourself, there is plenty of information about Bockscar on the following link: https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/tag/bockscar/ Will browse through my book and try to find more about that elusive red band. Cheers Jure
  15. Fly an MD88 with Delta and get promoted to Captain

    Hello Adria had been operating DC-9s and MD-8xs for almost three decades and sold its last DC-9-32 in 1999. When in 2002 Croatia based charter operator Air Adriatic bought two second hand MD-82s, Adria did some maintenance for them. When the first one had been towed to the platform in front of hangar, half of the Adria personnel was there to greet her. Still, even back in the 80's some considered MD-80 series aircraft as mere flying computer. Real men fly DC-9s, as it has been repeatedly stated by one of Slovene female airline pilots. Cheers Jure