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  1. Only found TwoDees in time to pick up a few things in his closing down sale. Pity.
  2. Top of town, next to Flowerpot Chapel car park. First place I saw the rereleased Barracuda and Wessex with Dick Ward-designed transfers. Used to call in there on Wednesday school halfdays: as any Jethro fan kno, the train don't stop at Camborne on Wednesdays. The bike shop was Jones', though I remember it more as a stockist for my Tri-Ang model railway.
  3. Her Majesty's Royal Navy does not "plaster on" anything, certainly not ROYAL NAVY and even less ROYALNVY. All lettering is lovingly applied with due respect for centuries of tradition. You must be thinking of the other mob.
  4. In the days before Camborne became a desert, Woolworths was augmented by Auto Accessories in Trelowarren St and a bike shop in Cross Street. Both sold FROG; the first is the only place I saw the 1/100 scale airliners (eg Caravelle ISTR) and the second where I first saw the FROG Rita and B-47. All three, natch, on the route home from school. The shop in Little Castle Street, Hobby House, was a relative latecomer on the scene. Before them was County Models, initially in a small room in the building which later became Ottakars and later in the Creation Centre: small but good, stocking esoteric stuff like plastic card. Rickards toy shop in River St was good for Airfix (first sighting of Airfix Harrier GR.1) and a bike dealer (Lawson's? Langdon's) in Old Bridge St good for FROG (first sighting of SB-2 and Vengeance). The newsagent next to Rickards, the only place still trading today, was the first place I saw Matchbox kits (Sherman Firefly? Panzer III? Bliss at last!). Happy days when every week brought new kits of subjects whose existence I had never suspected. So, to the Public Library and the little William Green books - but that is another story.
  5. Great result, especially the finish with that brush-painted Vallejo metallic. There are several allegedly metallic paints in the Vallejo range: just so that I can rush out and buy the right thing, could you please give me the product number? And how did you apply it? Multiple coats or over an undercoat first?
  6. The Fleet Air Arm did not operate Catalinas. What you saw was probably either an RAF South Eastern Asia Command aircraft (dark blue/light blue roundels) or an Australian one (dark blue/white roundels).
  7. And also one by SAM Magazine, patterned by Paul Lucas and possibly released to complement a Neil Robinson article on PR Hurricanes. I have one or two somewhere. At least I think it was SAM: the movement of personnel between SAM, SAMI and, if it existed then, MAM got a bit confusing around that time.
  8. But precisely they are 2 different entities, with the RN's Eastern Fleet dividing into the British Pacific Fleet and East Indies Fleet on 22 November 1944.
  9. Not so sure. The Revell Halifax II abomination still throws a chilling shadow.
  10. Lovely clear shot. Shows clearly the ghost of the USAAF side marking. Also shows something I've never noticed in any photo of a 75mm-armed B-25: that the nose is not a smooth curve (as per Italeri) but bulges out slightly around the gun muzzle. PS The Aeroplane Spotter photos are really too murky to be absolutely positive but I do not think the nose MGs are present.
  11. Well it's there all right: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/KW72089 But NB this is CWHM's "Hot Gen" painted up as a Mitchell of 98 Sq. The real aircraft saw no military service and CWHM have not painted up a serial. Surprised they could't find a glass nose for a more realistic representation. So the case for the RAF's ever having used B-25 ground strafers remains with the prosecution.
  12. This thread is rapidly moving beyond speculation into what-iffery! So far I have not seen any additions in terms of hard fact to what appeared in the britmodeller thread of 2012 as linked by gingerbob but given again here: .I have just looked out the 4 Oct 1945 Aeroplane Spotter photos, one, usefully, of the starboard side and a close-up of the nose. No "smudge" evident at the top of the fin but similar light leading edges to fin. I'm with Graham (and the previous thread) in suspecting removed de-icer boots: photo too murky to tell what the leading edge of the wing looks like. Other points of interest: The aircraft has the late forked antenna on top of the nose as provided in the Hasegawa kits There is also a light code letter "F" on the tip of the nose, prob 8" but maybe slightly larger. The nose-on shot is very murky (small photo, 1945 quality newsprint) but I can make the gun recess and, I think, the gun muzzle in it. This is at odds with info in The Secret Years (p.148) that FR209 was tested there without the gun and with the fuselage "fabriced" over. Nothing to stop its being put back later of course. And even as a runabout it might have been needed for airframe CoG considerations (remember the saga with the Eurofighter Typhoon's much smaller cannon?). No sign of guns in the dorsal turret. Too murky to discern signs of previous USAAF markings. Not sure what B-25G/H gunships would have bought the RAF that it didn't already have, IF REQUIRED, in its own indigenous Mosquito FB.XVIII. (If faced with serious German flak I know which I'd rather be in.) But in about the same timeframe the RAF was moving away from big guns towards rocket projectiles. I see nothing in the service records of FR208 and FR209 that supports even tenuously an alternative narrative to these aircraft being acquired by A&AEE for testing (eg to see how the US tackled the problem of fitting high velocity cannon into airframes - the cyclical recoil system devised specially for the 75mm gun in the B-25 might have been of particular interest), handed around other similar research and test bodies (eg GRU) after which the aircraft were used as runabouts, in which role they proved so useful that FR209 was later fitted with a glass nose and survived to be the last Mitchell in RAF service. Sorry. Off now to see what Kitsworld have come up with for an RAF B-25J ground strafer. PS I have the same edition of The Secret Years as Ross.
  13. Alas, I was less than bubbling over with enthusiasm at his prices which, eg for old small series Matchbox kits, were in the "Are you 'aving a laff?" category. Maybe someone has since had a quiet word with him since. Great shop for military/aviation/naval art though. As for your main point, I am left struggling after honourable mentions for Blewetts of Hayle (always on the ball with new releases), Cornwall Railway Centre in Camborne (who, last time I was there, had a faint whiff of pulling out of Airfix about them) and Mallet's of Truro (pretty token kit selection, as I recall). Pray enlighten me.
  14. Think I got some in Boots - after a load of suspicious questions about what I wanted it for. I must look like a terrorist or bank robber.
  15. All the model shops in Cornwall are long gone, with just T7 Models as a green shoot poking up through the wreckage. Of them all, I miss Eddy's of Helston most. Large rambling building selling all sorts toys, prams, pens, etc. The model/model railway room had a wall about 40' long and 10' high with what seemed like all the Airfix range including the really obscure stuff like 1/76 Farm Animals pinned to it. Absolute wonderland, to make a young boy's eyes widen and sparkle. Later it was still a place where you might pick up that kit Airfix had dropped 10 years ago. Out of nostalgia I called again in the early 00s and amazingly found it pretty unchanged though there were now Italeri, Tamiya and Revell among the Airfix. Alas, gone now (think it's a health food shop) though last time I visited, the shop sign was still there above street level as a sad reminder.