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  1. 609 Squadron Typhoon photos Help required

    Have you seen the photos linked from this page? Nothing really clear for modelling purposes, but interesting none the less. https://www.609wrsquadron.co.uk/photo-archives I particularly like the first image in this set (Chievres): https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/702293_318c9140518c4f418193a69fb465d120.pdf As it shows the Typhoon in carrying an asymmetric load of 6 rockets and one 45 gal tank. The miscellaneous set is better for modelling detail shots: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/702293_c85cbde52d9641b1863fd025d8bda92e.pdf
  2. Sidney Cotton and Camotint

    I've never heard of G-AFTL being PRU Blue during the No.2CU/PDU/PRU periods. It was severely damaged by an aerial mine shortly before the PRU moved to Benson, and the wreck was returned to the USA and rebuilt.
  3. Sidney Cotton and Camotint

    Which Lockheed? There were three 12As used IIRC, initially the project was an MI6 collaboration with the French Deuxieme Bureau. You're probably after G-AFTL, which was one of the schemes used by Special Hobby for their 1/72 Lockheed 12A. I'm not sure there is any evidence for their choice of dark grey lightning bolts though. I have several photos of G-AFTL somewhere, but you can find the most-seen image here: http://www.davidtearle.com/28401.html Later (after war was declared?), it carried roundels on the rear fuselage, and the civilian codes were over-painted. This is my model of it: There was also G-AGAR, a Hudson loosely disguised as a Lockheed 14. And as others have pointed out, Camotint was adopted by the RAF and became Sky.
  4. Eric Brown's Hawker Tempest V

    Photo here: http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/tempest/tempest-V.html (but stated to be at Langley, so likely taken as it came off the production line, before markings applied)
  5. 2 Stage Merlins for Mosquito

    If you're not in a hurry, the Special Hobby two stage kits might come to market at some point: http://www.specialhobby.info/2017/04/172-double-stage-engine-mosquito-kits.html
  6. Revell's 1/32 Typhoon MkIb

    Exercise Spartan; the Eastland forces ('X' group, simulating the Nazi occupying force) carried nose stripes; 1-12 March 1943. Photo and Profile of HF-D on page 15 of 2nd Tactical Airforce Vol 1, Shores & Thomas.
  7. Yet to be announced.....

    http://topnotchmasks.com/2017/04/21/camaflague-mask-sets/hawker-typhoon/ Interesting spelling. Looks like they just scale their artwork to all common scales (1/72, 1:48, 1:32, 1:24).
  8. Hataka Red Line Paints - Avoid

    How thin paint needs to airbrush well depends on a lot of factors- air pressure, nozzle size, distance from subject you are painting, effect you want to achieve. I don't think their marketing terms imply ready to airbrush out of the bottle. Thinner is cheaper than paint, so I'd rather have more concentrated paint for a given price. Though I'm not suggesting their paint is any good, never even see it.
  9. Best option for a 1/72 scale FW 190D?

    This thread looks useful:
  10. A question to the Mosquito experts

    I've done some googling, and can only find a couple of photos of PR32s, from which it is impossible to tell the shape of the wing tips. Can't find any plans online either. There is a build blog of a PR32 in 1/48 here, and his wing tips are more symmetrically rounded (compared to original), no idea how they compare to NF extended wing tips, nor what the source of info for that build was. http://s15.zetaboards.com/AMSIG/topic/8516316/1/
  11. Hurricane No.1 Sq R.C.A.F photos, (thread edit)

    Interesting info if you google this aircraft. From John's link, this aircraft was used by Bev Christmas when he scored three victories http://www.cieldegloire.com/003_christmas_b_e.php The photo is reproduced in this book, with a legend that is slightly different (says the incident on 17th Sept was not the end of the aircraft's service, as it was repaired): https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Bf1yCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA49&lpg=PA49&dq=hurricane+V6609&source=bl&ots=V8aUpHXBJ6&sig=01JWVtDkl0zU-R7A0Ed3tz2UJDQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi9pNKa6-jVAhXCKlAKHdudCMcQ6AEILzAB#v=onepage&q=hurricane V6609&f=false
  12. Hurricane No.1 Sq R.C.A.F photos, (thread edit)

    Doing a reverse google images search (right click- 'search google for image' in Chrome), I found another Pin on Pinterest with the same image, and this description: "Hurricane Mk I YO-X was delivered to No 1 Squadron RCAF on 30 August 1940 as as an attrition replacement, being the last of 4 Hawker fighters to arrive at RAF Northolt for the unit during the final week of the month. Parked at readiness, with F/O Carl E Briese (left) and F/O Thomas B Little showing up front, the aircraft remained on the flight line until shot up by enemy fighters east of Gravesend on the afternoon of 17 September, with the former Canadian pilot bellying at High Halstow." From: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/374361787756323608/ Pinterest has to be the most frustrating thing for web searching for images. A huge number of search results are from Pinterest. Either it is asking you to sign up, or it is incomprehensible what the original source of the image was, and if it is still available somewhere else. Drives me mad! These images are like echoes of interesting conversations that keep repeating, and you never know where the real conversation is taking place. And thats before you realise that there are loads of sites mirroring the Pinterest content, making further duplicates of the already re-posted images....
  13. Camera Equipped Tomahawk IIBs

    Really nice photos in this thread. Just an idea about the covers/mounts: The cover with the bulge allows for the camera to point backwards at around 45 degrees. In the photo the F24 camera is fitted with a wide-angle lens, probably 5". Without the bulge, I would guess bits of the airframe and/or the edge of the fuselage opening itself would get in field of view of the lens. The flush cover is used with a longer lens- maybe 11", and it is has much less of a rearward angle, so it can be mounted right back inside the fuselage without anything obstructing its view.
  14. Concerning Tempests

    Thanks for the latest information on the series 1 and 2 Chris. On the subject of 'Typhoon and Tempest Story' prices second hand, I bought mine from a seller on Abebooks several years ago: I paid about £30. In the inside it had a stamp from a library when it had been removed from stock, and the price they sold it for: 50p!
  15. Hawker typhoon PR1B

    I think it was officially FR Mk. IB, rather than PR. Used to be some photos in this thread: but thanks to Photobucket, you have to go through google (and then can only see thumbnails.): https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=typhoon+fr+1b+camera&safe=active&source=lnms&tbm=isch There was some variability in the camera fit though. Originally, these aircraft had both inner cannons removed. I made a one (EK196, 'M'), that had the inner starboard cannon reinstated, and the original camera install removed, and a forward-facing camera instead: