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  1. I have both but am quoting from the 1995 "revised and updated" version from Crecy.
  2. And a most excellent one too: apologies. Maybe I would have been better saying "present company excepted"!
  3. And how! The serial/code correlations scattered through Chapter 13 knock Chaz Bowyer's listing into a cocked hat. I know Dimmy's photo is absolutely clear but the DZ379/GB-H correlation is confirmed in Sharp and (MJF) Bowyer's text, as is DK337/GB-N. Book also has a few words to say on the shrouded/unshrouded exhaust story. The unit was experimenting with various ways of improving performance yet further. Trials at Marham with DK336 showed that removing the exhaust shrouds and closing the stub ends to an oval section gave a performance gain of 10-13 mph. "Since they operated from dawn to dusk, 105 Sq called for fifteen aircraft with flame dampers and three with stubs", which I find hard to reconcile with a sentence later in the paragraph that "the shrouded exhausts were retained for dusk and dawn attacks and others were fitted with oval stubs for day raids." Maybe some of the 15 later had their shrouds removed?
  4. Could someone explain for the hard of thinking what the difference between a franchise and a stockist is? Eg there was I thinking that Hobbycraft just stocked Airfix kits. Now it appears that they and people like Boswell's are/were a franchise. As Jonners says (I think), why don't they become stockists vice franchisees? Nor do I see how it will help Hornby cashflow. Independent traders? What independent traders are there (apart from the estimable T7 Models, of course)? How many kits will they shift compared with Hobbycraft? This retreat from the market place and the public eye seems so sad when one thinks of all the magnificent imaginative work Hornby did in getting Airfix back into the public eye. But I'd rather Airfix survived, indeed thrived, rather than went under so if, that really is what it takes, so be it. But this hard-of-thinking individual finds it competely counter-intuitive.
  5. I was planning to do a review on here but need longer to assess it fairly (eg against 2nd Ed photo content). No, it is NOT just a reissue of 2nd Ed with updates to cover the last 20-odd years: it's a more thorough revision with notably improved production values (case-bound, high gloss paper, extensive use of colour, larger photos). My impression is that the photo content across all periods is generally significantly different from that in the 2nd Ed, more so than between 1st and 2nd Eds eg (cutting to your particular area of interest) a quick skim of coverage of 1845-1853 Sqs suggests that none of the 9 Corsair shots are shared with 2nd Ed and only one with 1st Ed. However covering an extra 20 years and reproducing photos larger while increasing pagecount by only 12 pages may leave the enthusiast for earlier periods feeling a tad disappointed. There are also one or two errors that one feels would not have got past Ray Sturtivant. But that is not to knock a stupendous work of research. Best gem so far is a photo of Ajax's 2 (Eh? Wherever did they store the 2nd one?) 718 Sq Seafoxes shortly before the Battle of the River Plate: overall silver with coloured fin with (ship's?) badge on it.
  6. There was also the much earlier Revell F2A, which wasn't that bad as I recall but probably had even less interior detail. The Airfix Buffalo should have stolen a march on it but suffered from a too narrow nose, best tackled by using the Revell cowling and widening the nose to match. Edit: oops, you've already mentioned it!
  7. Well, that's nailed that. N/H confusion easy in handwritten notes and even from certain photo angles. Brown's Camera Above The Clouds Vol 1 has (p.106) a photo of DZ353 GB-E in Dec 1942: 4 mission markers beneath front corner of nav's window but no obvious nose art. In the background is DZ367 GB-J: again no obvious nose art. Both have shrouded exhausts. DZ367/GB-J correlation also recorded by Chaz Bowyer in Mosquito Squadrons.
  8. Odd: ordered mine on 28 Dec and it arrived on 4 Jan: pretty good, I thought, for the time of year. PS yes, you do want this book, believe me.
  9. The new (3rd) edition of The Squadrons and Units of the Fleet Air Arm has (p.29) a photo of some 724 Sq Expediter C.IIs at Mascot Airfield, NSW, in 1945. They appear to be in natural metal, have British Pacific Fleet style roundels and bars and carry Australian civil registrations in black high on the rear fuselage. Book says the registration range ran from VJ-AAA: I think I can just make out VJ-AAK on one of them. FAA Aircraft 1939-45 has KP114 at Mascot in December 1945 so maybe the Australian registrations were added at the expense of the RN serials.
  10. Actually, and amazingly enough, it wasn't. From G F Wallace's The Guns of the Royal Air Force 1939-45 (Kimber, 1972), p.45. Emphasis mine. "The first winter of the war proved an exceptionally severe one and we at MAP were soon getting complaints about guns freezing up.... [Section on problem caused by overuse of lubricating oil which then froze.] Next it was found that if an aircraft first of all passed through moist air which condensed on the guns, and subsequently entered air below freezing point, the condensation would freeze on guns and cause stoppages. On fixed gun fighters this was tackled in two ways. First the gun bays were sealed and heated, usually by means of hot air from the exhaust system; secondly to prevent cold moist air blowing down the barrel into the gun bay, the barrels had to be sealed. Where the guns were sunk into the wing this was done by doping a patch of fabric over the blast tube, but where the gun projected beyond the wing a rubber cover was placed over the gun muzzle. The disadvantage of this was that it would only guarantee that the guns would remain unfrozen for the first burst. ...... It might be wondered why this problem had not been encountered during trials prior to the winter of 1939-40. The reason is that during peace-time the fighter squadrons only fired their guns in the air during the annual armament training camp which always took place during the summer months."
  11. Sorted now, thanks to The Plastic Surgeon. Apparently it was merely a Cornwall-wide shortage. Thanks, mate.
  12. Cold, strike-hit: glad we're living up to the stereotype.
  13. Sorry, no experience of that product. But, with a black cockpit interior (including seat), not that much will be visible under the kit canopy if it's closed anyway: the seat will dominate what you can see. 3-D Models are unfortunately no longer trading but any accurate "Spitfire-style" seat will do.
  14. Would that be a reference to RNAS Culdrose which proudly declares on its signboard "Home of naval fixed-wing aviation" (ie a handful of Kingairs and the handful of Hawks that the RAF have graciously let them have)?
  15. Lovely job. You seem to have better luck/skill than I with the fuselage/wing joint. Love the rocket fuse wires. Surprising what a difference to the overall realism simply adding seatbelts makes, isn't it?