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  1. When were White-Night undersurfaces introduced?

    See Pages 5, 6 and 8 in this pdf of the old Ducimus Camouflage & Markings book on the Hurricane. This suggests that it was first applied to certain Hurricanes on the production line early in 1938; the factories then reverted to Aluminium undersurfaces. The White/Night scheme was then ordered to be applied to in-service aircraft at the time of the Munich crisis (August/September 1938). This instruction was interpreted in different ways, and two Air Ministry Orders were issued early in 1939 to clarify it.
  2. There was an article in "72nd Scale Modeller" years ago in which the author described how he'd cast the nose for this conversion in clear resin.
  3. Dawn Patrol

    I think that was peculiar to Beardmore-built aircraft, principally Pups - they didn't build any Triplanes.
  4. 1/72 Beaufighter MK1F

    The engine cowlings on the Mk.X had the small bulges to accommodate the rocker arms, while the Mk.I's didn't - but it's not a big deal to sand them off. The Mk.I would likely have spinners, which were different to those fitted (when they were fitted) to the Mk.X. While the dihedral tailplanes probably did have the same span as the flat ones, in the sense that both projected the same distance from the aircraft's centreline, their length from root to tip would be greater? So it's not simply a matter of cutting off the locating tabs and cementing them on at right angles to the fin.
  5. It's worth having a look at the Detail & Scale, there's an appraisal of the kit on Page 64. It seems it was the Monogram 'Thud' (that is, the original one - I believe there was a more recent Monogram 1/72 F-105 that was a scaled down version of their 1/48 kit) that is actually a 'B' but was sold as a 'D'.
  6. Blenheims Mk I variety

    Michael Bowyer said in his "Army-Air Colours 1937-45" series in Airfix Magazine (Feb 1976) that 18 and 57 Sqns deployed to France in September 1939 with Mk Is, which were replaced by Mk IVs in March 1940. These were tactical reconnaissance, rather than bomber squadrons, and Warner lists 12 of their Mk Is lost on operations, the last on 25 Feb 40. From 11 April, their losses were Mk IVs, with the exception of 18 Sqn's L1405, "shot down near German border" on 10 May. 59 Sqn reformed in Jan 37 with Hectors to (Bowyer) "operate for the Army in a night reconnaissance role using flares": he states it converted to the Blenheim IV between March and June 1939, undertaking "strategic reconnaissance patrols for Army GHQ over areas well behind the Siegfried Line" (he suggests its first night sortie, to the Cologne area, was on 1 Apr 40). However, despite his specifying Mk IVs, the L File shows Mk Is L4855 - L4863 all serving with this unit, three being passed on to 57 Sqn. Of the others, according to this source, L4856 was "damaged in a taxying accident and probably abandoned in France, 5/40". L4859 is "presumed lost in France, 5/40" and, interestingly, L4857 was passed to 17 OTU but returned to 59 Sqn where it "crashed on overshoot on night navex, Poix, 4.5.40".
  7. 11 Sqn Brisfit Markings Sep-Nov 1918?

    From Les Rogers' "British Aviation Squadron Markings of WW1": 11 Sqn used the inward sloping white bars from 26 Aug 17 until 22 March 18. They were removed as a security measure in response to the German offensive of 21 Mar 18, and there are (undated) photos in the book of F2Bs with either a single white letter or number behind the roundel and no squadron marking. "Some Bristols were also marked on the centre section", though unsurprisingly none of the photos were taken from an angle that would show this. E2586 - '6' E2428 - 'Y' Serials not visible - 'W' and '4'. In the same photo as 'W' is an F2B with a serial I can't quite make out but it's 'F??0?' A Flight used 1-6; B Flight A-F and C Flight U-Z. The flights were also distinguished by white, red and blue wheel covers, respectively. One other thing: serial number presentation tended to vary between manufacturers - which might not be an issue, as I think all Falcon-engined F2Bs (which 11 Sqn's were) were built by Bristol, not another company. The problem is that F6131 wasn't, at least not exactly. The serial number doesn't belong to any contract: the aircraft was a rebuild, performed by an RAF depot.
  8. 11 Sqn Brisfit Markings Sep-Nov 1918?

    Probably not a lot of help but: 2a/m and 1a/m are Air Mechanic Second Class/First Class. I think 1 FS is No 1 Fighting School at RAF Turnberry. There were several units that might be referred to as '1 School of Aerial Gunnery", see this list. I'ld take a guess that it might possibly be Hythe, with the 'R' in brackets standing for 'Romney'. Yes, 11 Sqn flew Bristol Fighters. Its bases during this period were: At 7 Sep 18 - Le Quesnoy 19 Sep 18 - Vert Galand 15 Oct 18 - Mory 1 Nov 18 - Bethencourt 18 Nov 18 - Aulnoye 19 Dec 18 - Nivelles 20 May 19 - Spich I'm afraid I've no idea about RAF Depot P See. Sgt Gamble would have arrived at Halton about the time that No 1 School of Technical Training moved there from Cranwell, though it was a training school for mechanics from 1916.
  9. Airfix Me262 - a look in the box

    When I started modelling around 1970, Airfix decal sheets didn't include swastikas. Nor did Revell's; they tried to get round it on their Fw190 by including an extra pair of black crosses but perhaps they (rightly) decided this was a bit silly, as their Me262 had nothing and the box art featured a pilot carefully posed in mid-sprint in front of the aircraft's tail. Some time in the second half of the 1970s, as the Bf109 box art shows, Airfix did start providing swastikas in their new release Luftwaffe kits but it didn't last. Maybe they vanished again at the same time Airfix sanitised their box art - before and after.
  10. I think it was banana oil that used to be recommended in the articles Airfix Magazine sometimes ran in the 60s and 70s on converting their "HO/00" and 1/32 scale soft plastic figures. The authors sometimes used plasticine to model pieces of clothing (a hussar's pelisse, for instance) and the oil was supposed to harden it.
  11. Airfix Focke Wulf 189

    It's a pleasure, Carlos. I'm from the 60s too, so kits like this suit me quite well! Actually, I've got an Airfix Fw189 stashed, somewhere. Regards Patrick
  12. Airfix Focke Wulf 189

    Hi. It was PAM News International Vol 7 No 3, July 1979. The article is by M Nightingale.
  13. Airfix Focke Wulf 189

    According to an old magazine article: The wings and fuselage are accurate. The engine nacelles are too thin - the author inserted a shim of 40 thou plasticard. Fins and rudders are undersize, about 1/8" too short in length - he made new ones. The tailbooms are undersized - but, after mentioning this, he doesn't actually seem to have done anything about it, so I guess it's not by much. The tailplane is undersized - again, he scratchbuilt a new one. The propellors are too long - he shortened them.
  14. I remember that discussion, though I couldn't tell you now where I read it. It began with a chap who was restoring an assembled Frog Penguin Skua - either it had been painted in that scheme or the instructions said it should be (it was certainly supposed to be painted in stripes, witness the box art).
  15. Captain Albert Ball VC

    It is Ball's SE5, at London Colney as the caption says - you can see the muzzle of the Lewis gun set up to fire down through the bottom of the fuselage, in between the undercarriage struts. There are three photos on Page 7. I've found an online copy of the last photo of Ball in A'4850, showing the SPAD exhaust pipes and the externally-mounted Vickers.