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  1. Me 262 Fuselage

    Well, this is why the Monogram kit is under-rated. It's easier to sand off the raised lines than fill all the incorrect engraved lines on the other kits.
  2. All the B-25B/C/D questions you wanted to ask

    A Mitchell III is a B-25J, with the different deeper rear fuselage and other differences including upper turret position. The B-25C/D is basicallly a Mitchell II. But if you want invasion stripes then you probably want a Mitchell II anyway. See this thread
  3. 72 scale He 111

    The new Airfix kit is superbly accurate and while I haven't yet built itm by general reputation on here seems to be less finicky in terms of fit and fiddliness than some of the other recent Airfix twins e.g. the Dornier 17Z and Blenheim. The Hasegawa / Revell is okay if you can live with the trenchdigger surface detailing, and in the end that annoyed me so much in the context of a recent tooling that I sold mine on. The Italeri kit is still very respectable if you want a low-priced second-hand option, and goes together well. The Matchbox kit is surprisingly decent too amongst the older offers. I'm sure I don't need to tell you to avoid the older Airfix kit.
  4. British bomb colour query

    Here you go with Noelh's pic. Light stone would be the first thing I reach for I think
  5. 1/144 - new DH Mosquito kit shown at Nurenburg 2018?

    I am always irrationally pleased when an aircraft type joins the select few which are available in the full set of 1/144, 1/72, 1/48, 1/32 and 1/24 scales. How many are there? Mosquito (soon) Spitfire Hurricane P-47 P-51 Bf 109 Fw 190 JU87 Typhoon Zero SE5a Fokker DR1 er..
  6. Fairey Battle kits

    You would be forgiven for thinking that but it is not a safe assumption. It's possible he wasn't consulted about them at all. Where authors provide their own photographs or illustrations then they have rights over them. But publishers quite often do things that authors don't like, often without prior knowledge of those same authors. The selection, inclusion or exclusion of illustrations commissioned from other sources, including covers, is quite common territory for publishers to go their own way unless the author has sought and been granted specific contractual rights in that regard, and such rights are not very common.
  7. Revell 1/72 Spitfire Vb - new tool ?

    The late windscreen was a feature of mid to late production examples of the Vb as well as all the Vc production, so it is not a defining difference between the sub--marks
  8. Revell 1/72 Spitfire Vb - new tool ?

    Fair point, but if you have an extenisve 1/72 Sptifre spares box you can already end up with a decent Vb from the Hobby Boss kit, as shown by the one @rs2man occasionally brings out to shows. I'm sure he will correct me on the details but if I recall correctly it's a case of canopy, prop and main gear doors being needed from the spares box, and everything else is pretty much OK
  9. 1/32 spitfire

    I also consider the Hasegawa / Revell hybrid the most satisfactory starting point from the available options. It does imply rescribing the fuselage, which may not be fun for everyone, mind you. The new Revell kit is the easiest to build if the shape errors and rivetfest don't bother you.
  10. Revell 1/72 Spitfire Vb - new tool ?

    And yet we've probably had more new XII releases than Vc releases in the last decade or so. Strange, isn't it? Correct.
  11. Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I question

    Unless I have completely misread your sentence this appears to refer to an Accurate Miniatures Spitfire kit. The only such thing I know of is the pre-painted 1/100 scale, so not going to be useful for any 1/48 purpose
  12. Convert Spitfire Mk.IIa into a Mk.Va?

    Or if you're wanting to work in 1/32, just buy the Revell "IIa" kit as it is pretty much in a Va mod state straight out of the box.
  13. Mosquito exhausts

    You're welcome. Incidentally, keep your eyes open and you will occasionally see a Mosquito using a siamesed stack as a temporary repair replacing two other burned out ones. See also previous discursive debate and constructive disagreement
  14. Mosquito exhausts

    And in answer to the first part of the question: yes. On Mosquitoes with the shorter single-stage supercharged engine installation, the rearmost sixth exhaust stack, in its natural location, would be too close to the wooden leading edge for comfort. So the rearmost exhaust ports are siamesed forward into the fifth stack. On the two-stage supercharged installations the extra supercharger bulk moves the engine block far enough forward that reverting to the usual six stack setup is okay.