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  1. Airfix 2018

    NOOOOO! Selling their souls to Satan!
  2. Telford announcements

    Intriguing news. Looking forward to seeing what they make of the Spearfish, Sturgeon and Barracuda TR.5. And the Martinet. And the Henley.
  3. Best BP Defiant in 1:72?

    The Airfix kit is certainly cheaper and a more straightforward build. The MPM kit is however, at least to my eyes, still acceptably accurate. An advantage it enjoys is that it forms the basis of a uniform family of Defiants: Mk I, Mk.II and TT.I/III, (the last kit including both Mk.I and Mk.II length fuselage halves plus resin parts for a superbly detailed winch operator cockpit). I didn't feel the need to ditch my MPM kits when the Airfix one came out but the likelihood of further work on my Pavla Defiants is slim.
  4. SNEB rocket pods

    See here, esp posts 6 and 7, for my sources. NB there are wide discrepancies between the BBC and wilipedia on the amount of ordnance and other nasties expended. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?89426-Torrey-Canyon-Disaster-Footage I liked the reference to mixing napalm in 45 gallon drums with wooden paddles. I thougnt SNEB pods were primarily anti-armour so the question arises whether they would have had warheads suited to igniting oil and fuel.
  5. SNEB rocket pods

    Ordnance expended on the stricken oil tanker Torrey Canyon in 1967 reportedly included 11 "rockets". Someone over on the Key Forum distinctly recalls seeing rockets fired from Hunters. Someone else recalls Hunters being detached to RAF St Mawgan for the attacks, suggesting they were RAF (FAA ones would surely have used RNAS Culdrose) so maybe a handful of SNEB rounds were fired, probably in an attempt to ignite the napalm which the Hunters were primarily there to deliver. Or were RAF GA types also using other types of rockets at the time?
  6. Airfix 1/72 Hurricane IIc

    What a bizarre idea. Lipstick on a pig. About the only thing you can say in favour of it is that it's not as bad as the retool of the MiG-15.
  7. Why are companies opting for stupid names?

    But what about Fatal Bert?
  8. Why are companies opting for stupid names?

    Yes, that sounds like British management style: exacerbate the problem by badmouthing those who do not instantly swoon at the sheer brilliance of the latest corporate lunacy. Yours is of course the only appropriate response.
  9. The Few become fewer

    And it's a black and white photo so obviously Really Old.
  10. Jadgtiger photos please

    Two possible reference sources (sorry, hard copy only): Polish armour In Focus series on Jagdtiger by Janucz Ledwoch (Warsaw, 1999): 50-odd glossy pages including drawings and 7 pages of colour side profiles, some of which are illustrated in photographs elsewhere in the booklet so you can decide whether you agree with the artist's interpretations or not. The Combat History of German Heavy Anti-Tank Unit 653 in World War II by Karlheinz Muench (Stackpole Books, 1997): its 380 pages include 31 devoted to photos of Jagdtigers used by one of the two main units to use the vehicle. There are 2-3 photos per page but reproduction, on matt paper, is pretty mediocre. But, with only 70-80 produced, there isn't that much choice. The Ledwoch book points out some of the minor variations though. HTH
  11. Wildcat V Colour Conundrum

    Fernando I expect you have already twigged but the first photo in Gwart's post above is the photo of C9N reproduced in Sturtivant as discussed at the beginning of this thread. NB that in this copy the whip aerial immediately aft of the open canopy is visible (see your post 16). I'm inclined to ascribe the semi-gloss cowling ring to a wipeover with an oily rag. Can anyone read the serial on the EIF "Q" in Gwart's last photo? NB the very soft upper/lower camouflage demarcation.
  12. Baggies to Blisters

    One way of working out when the changeover came is to think of kits that you can only recall being issued in blister packs. For me two such are the Cherokee Arrow and the Scorpion tank. Scalemates isn't too sure when in the 70s the Arrow came out but dates the first appearance of the Scorpion to 1975.
  13. someone give Airfix Workbench a dictionary

    That must be the reason for all this misguided 1/48 nonsense. She needs nobbling, quick. PS "infamous" is another victim of semantic drift/journalistic illiteracy. Apparently nowadays it means the same as "famous".
  14. Airfix Fortress III, what are these parts?

    Gun stops, possibly more necessary at night when you may not be able to see the rest of the aircraft so readily. According to Martin Streetly's Aircraft of 100 Group "those [B-17]G aircraft fitted with glazed single-piece waist windows seem for the most part to have had them removed, leaving an open position with external and internal windbreaks and gun-stop rails to limit the available field of fire." "Open, staggered waist windows with gun stops" are correct for BU-E.
  15. Me 262A-1a Yellow 8 of JG 7: colours?

    Troy, thank you for continuing to devote your time and thought to my question. The documentary evidence you produce certainly points strongly toward the 83/76 scheme, as in the KUNO aircraft depicted. Either way, I am inclining away from the segmented 81/82 scheme: it is normally strikingly apparent but on 112385 it is not readily discernable in any of the 4 photos of this aircraft. Pity, with no airbrush I can do segments but not mottled or patchy schemes. PS Notice the swastika in the photo I linked to and your first? Grau 75 (or 76) with white surround? No, actually, just normal black (with white surround) caught by the light: compare with the aircraft serial no. But Luftwaffe is Not My Subject so learned contributions still welcome. Aware of the wealth of evidence on JV 44 aircraft, I assumed someone out there would know every nut and bolt of JG 7's!
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