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Dave Swindell

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  1. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Hi Antti, appreciate what you said and understood it as you meant above, however I believe that the photo Dennis posted has been used previously as "evidence" that something ending F had been written on the underside of the wing. As Dennis has kindly confirmed, this was not the case.
  2. Vulcan

    Vulcan Display Flight - if you zoom in you can just read the writing round the edge.
  3. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Antti - I suspect that this isn't hand painted stripes, I think it's bare metal where paint has been removed. At some point British Phantoms had a mod in this position with strengthening doubler straps being fitted, I don't think the straps have been fitted yet in this photo, but the problem that resulted in the mod is obviously present and being monitored. Ref also Dennis' photo in post 455 above and also posts 240, 205 and 190 in this thread for other photos of this problem. Given the above I don't think this is is part of the "zapping", also it looks a bit crude compared to the neatness of the rest of the changes. There "may" have been some zapping going on on the underside, but I wouldn't take that photo as evidence of either painting out of the serial or something written on the wing underside.
  4. BA a319

    If you swap two words round and stick an and in you'll get a far more accurate statement:- "The aircraft will be painted with white and gold strokes of paint to represent the feathers." The first photo in the article of the cockpit shows the modified statement to be correct. If the flecks are white, then the background has to be light grey (Dove Grey anyone???) @feoffee2 I've got the BSmodelle sheet which is very helpfully (not!) printed on white backing paper, the white flecks are present if you look hard enough - cutting the decals out is going to be fun. The trick with painting the model is going to be getting a grey that is light enough to look authentic, but dark enough to show up the white flecks. Unfortunately, you're not going to know whether you've got this right until you start placing the decals, by which time it's too late.. Looking at photo's I can't discern any difference between the wing and fuselage colour. The wings are usually Airbus Grey, so unless they've gone for another different grey it's a fair guess that the fuselage is Airbus Grey as well. I'd say this would be the best starting point, and as @buzz recommends, lighten it a bit if you think its a bit dark. Whatever you do please get on with it and post your results here, so I can get on with mine without having to worry about the colour!
  5. Banff Mosquito Fuel Tanks & Rockets 1/32 Tamiya

    @Mr Fudge Much better decal instructions for 404Sqn Mosquitos Page 5 shows the staggered tiered rocket installation (note both rockets have all their fins) Good photo of the empty rails and guard mounting, also partly visible is the drop tank mounting bracket above the drop tank being raised into position. @Lawzer Not seen that photo before, looks like a later installation (postwar?) Note lack of fins to enable rockets to be directly superimposed. Rocket heads look solid shot, but not SAP, these were slightly larger dia and more pointy. Drop tank 100 gal, but looks like it was planned as a semipermanent installation as no guard rails Or is this actually an earlier trials installation???
  6. Mosquito exhausts

    Not true, the problem was hot exhaust gases from the inboard stacks being ingested into the radiators/oil coolers, which required the aft cylinder exhaust to be siamesed with the cylinder forward of it to ensure the exhaust gases were ejected under the wing. British built Mosquitos were invariably fitted with the same style exhaust arrangement on inboard and outboard sides of the nacelle. Some Australian built Mosquitos with single stage Merlins were fitted with siamesed five stack exhausts on the nboard sides of the engine and separate six stack exhaust ejectors on the outboard sides of the engine with no detrimental effects to the wing leading edge, the exhaust was far enough forward for the gas to pass under the wing on the outboard side. So, if you spot a photo of a single stage Mosquito with 6 stack exhausts, these will only be on the outboard sides, the difficult to see (at the same time in the same photo) inboard stacks will be 5 stack with the aft pair siamesed.
  7. TSR-2 Towbar and ladders information

    Again, not necessarily, but a bit harder to come by now. The ladders originally came as part of the etch for the resin Aardvark/Resitech/Heritage resin TSR2 kit, but Heritage re-issued the etch and ejectiion seats on their own after the Airfix kit release. Heritage stuff was taken over, then changed names to Kits for Cash and they then dumped all their own kits, however they are starting to re-appear under the Simian label but not the TSR2 bits (yet) - might be worth emailing them to see if they have an odd sheet left or plan to re-release it in the near future, otherwise it's the 2nd hand market.
  8. What do people use Humbrol 66 olive for?

    US Olive Drab 42, WW2 standard US camouflage
  9. Hawker Hunter T.8B/T.8C - Mark1 Models 1:144 scale

    As Mike says, you can't build the single seater from this kit, but as well as the 2 twin stick boxings, Mark1 have released 2 boxings of the single seat revell kit with the usual 2 kits to the box
  10. TSR-2 Towbar and ladders information

    Not necessarily
  11. HR Models RNAS Nieuport 10, 1/72nd scale...

    The fuel tank goes directly behind the engine firewall, with the bottom of the tank above the centre of the engine (gravity feed) ie forward of where the instrument panel would be. From your pic it needs to be rotated 90 degrees (so that the top curves port/stbd not fwd/aft) and fitted at the extreme front and top of the fuselage as visible in the pic - but once the top decking is on and instrument panel in place you won't be able to see it anyway so for simplicity just leave it out. The throttle on the port side should be moved forward so it sits just aft of the frame in front - you've got it at the pilot's side, it should be in front of him so his left hand drops easily onto it from the control column. Otherwise, you're making a brilliant job on what after all is a tiny model. Source Windsock Datafile 68 on the Nieuport 10/12
  12. Sidney Cotton and Camotint

    Looks way too dark to me on screen
  13. Banff Mosquito Fuel Tanks & Rockets 1/32 Tamiya

    The drop tank mounting was between the inboard 2 rocket rails of the group of 4 on each wing. Above photo shows 4 rails per wing, max load. With these in place no drop tanks could be carried. For longer range strikes, the inboard pair of rocket rails were removed, enabling drop tanks to be fitted. To prevent the drop tanks hitting the rockets when released, there was a barrier frame fitted between the tank and the rockets. When only 4 rails (2 per wing) were fitted it was common to load double tiered rockets (2 per rail, one above the other, and slightly staggered fore/aft) When the drop tanks weren't being carried, and 4 rails per wing were fitted, it was common for the drop tank mounting bracket to remain fitted between the 2 inboard rails. If you're planning a coastal command mosquito build, I'd recommend the Airfix Magazine Mosquito Special, which has loads of detail and drawings (including the rocket and drop tank fit) by Terry Higgins of Aviology
  14. The Gentlemanly Pursuit

    The Frog/Novo kit is much better than the Airfix kit, but the SBS kits are lovely!
  15. The Gentlemanly Pursuit

    Charles W.Scott and Tom Campbell Black