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  1. Spitfire Tr.IX

    Thanks Sky Dancer - cool video...
  2. Spitfire Tr.IX

    Thanks guys - most of your thinking seems to be down the same path as my own, so that makes things easier!
  3. Spitfire Tr.IX

    Not too sure about some of the "restored" Tr.9s - at least a few of them are modern conversations, and at least one has a standard Mk.IX wing, complete with cannons, which is definitely wrong. PV202, which is ex-IAF, had red patches over both outer gun positions in each wing, although my understanding is there was only one gun per wing.
  4. Spitfire Tr.IX

    Good Morning A couple of quick questions re: Spitfire Tr.IX (or Tr.9?), particularly in Irish Air Force Service, that I'm hoping someone can help me with, as emails to both ARC at Duxford and Biggin Hill have met with no response.... 1) would armour behind the seat have been fitted to either cockpit? seems unnecessary weight o be lugging around in a trainer.... 2) was there a fuel tank forward of the cockpit? the original MkVIII had a smaller tank installed, but was this carried over to the Tr.IX? Restored examples don't appear to have the rather obvious fuel cap of the single seat version. 3) is the canopy glass behind the sliding portion of the front canopy smaller (in length) than normal? Or has it just been partially painted over? 4) oxygen bottles: standard position of Mk IX, or moved/removed? Thanks.
  5. Primer on Luftwaffe Aircraft

    Were early WWII Luftwaffe primed/undercoated (Stuka, Me-109E, etc)?If so, what colour would have been used on exterior surfaces? Thanks in advance for any help.....
  6. The WNW Camel is coming!

    Interestingly, some people have had Camels for 2-3 weeks now, and I can't find a single WIP build..... Surely 12 pages of drama over having to wait for delivery isn't so they can just be added to the stash?
  7. Spitfire Mk.I - Black port wing, IFF

    Thanks, Graham - a Malta Mk.V is next.......
  8. Spitfire Mk.I - Black port wing, IFF

    Sweet! Thanks for all your help - you guys rock!
  9. Spitfire Mk.I - Black port wing, IFF

    Calling all Spitfire experts..... What period were the port wings of Spitfires painted black? Was this applied at the factory, or while in service? Also, once the decision to chance to sky undersides was made, were black wings overpainted, or was it left to attrition and replacements to ring in the changes? Secondly, from what date/serial was IFF a standard fit? (Basically, I'm trying to figure out how to build/paint Spit R6835 of 603 Sqn as at late Aug 1940....) Thanks in advance John
  10. The WNW Camel is coming!

    If you go off the numbers of each kit, WNW started at 32001 and have released about 50 kits, with the Camels finishing on 32076 - this likely means that there are at least 20-25 aircraft under consideration/development - bound to be some French, Italian, etc aircraft in there somewhere.
  11. B-2 Spirit

    Thanks Julien - pretty much the same path I'm thinking along.....
  12. B-2 Spirit

    So Testors B-2 model has raised panel lines, which are obviously wrong, so my question is: should there be any at all? Surely then would be filled for "stealth" reasons?
  13. NZ Avenger TT

    Mainly - used various sets to get the fonts and codes as close as I could - Harvard/P-51 sets for fuselage serials, 24" code set for wings, with a couple of numbers modified, and the Fern set for the roundels. There should be stenciling as well, but couldn't find anything suitable..... Royal New Zealand Air Force, circa 1958-59, although most my reference photos were after its first restoration about 1980ish - this aircraft is still in the Air Force Museum, having never left RNZAF ownership, but is now painted in its WWII era colours....
  14. NZ Avenger TT

    . Hi - thanks for the kind words - Marc's photography is very flattering.... The turret is blanked off with a bit of clear plastic packaging from something like a shirt box, rolled around something of suitable diameter. I used clear plastic so I could see through it to cut it to the correct shape while it was placed over the hole, then attached with superglue...
  15. KA wooden decks

    Thanks guys, - I'll leave it uncoated at this stage, and spray it later if any issues develop.