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  1. Revell 2018

    I was in a model shop on Saturday and was told that the Revell rep had said it'll be £19.99. I was thinking of getting a couple but not at that price.
  2. Airfix 2019

    I echo TT's point. I recently had a conversation with a model shop owner who isn't at all happy with Airfix selling new releases direct to the end purchaser before dispatching stock to retailers, so that people who would otherwise have bought the kits from him have got hold of them before he's able to put them on the shelf.
  3. Novo Gloster Javelin FAW.9

    It's probably a bit late to bring this up but the fin/rudder on the Novo (Frog) kit is way too thin in cross section, as the first photo here illustrates. It would have been reasonably easy to fix except that, infuriatingly, Frog chose to mould it as a single piece. Still, from most viewing angles it's not that noticeable.
  4. Halifax identity

    Mentioned in "Wings over York: the history of Rufforth Airfield" (Brian Mennell): ".....158 Sqn was to provide aircraft to join the 272 destined to attack Mannheim on 6th. Sergeant Bartlett was unable to raise the undercarriage of his Halifax after take off and attempted to land back at Rufforth. After failing to land on his first approach, the aircraft crash-landed at Bilborough, about three miles from the airfield. Two of the crew, Sergeant Lawrence Jackson (navigator) and Sergeant Peter Wallis (mid-upper gunner) were killed. Peter Wallis was just 19 years of age. The rest of the crew were all injured, Sergeant Miller, the rear gunner, quite badly. The wreckage burst into flames and the aircraft was lost. Another aircraft was lost on the same raid. Pilot Officer Reynold's Halifax was hit by flak as he completed his bombing run. He nursed the damaged aircraft back towards England but by the time of landfall on the south coast, the aircraft was becoming extremely difficult to handle. The decision was made to bale out and all the crew landed safely, Pilot Officer Reynolds himself causing upset to the Army by landing on the roof of Sandhurst Military College. The aircraft crashed a few miles away. Again the Wing Commander considered a comment in the Squadron Operations Book worthy and stated: "This was the crew's first operation and first experience of flak. I think they coped quite well."" Incidentally, Appendix A lists 158 Sqn "aircraft/aircrew losses" while flying from Rufforth. In fact, it appears that it only lists those incidents in which there were fatalities, because DT544 doesn't feature. The only entry for the night of 6/7 Dec 1942 is Sgt Bartlett's Halifax, DG223, and Mennell quotes this aircraft as NP-R: possibly a transcription error?
  5. B-17F in 1/72 - options?

    I was about to say the same thing. The photo clearly shows that engraved panel lines bear no resemblance to what's actually present on the airframe. In a similar vein, I've just built Airfix's 2011 1/72 Spitfire I, which has (rather overdone) engraved panel lines on the fuselage. I've also built its 1979 predecessor, which has delicate raised lines. The real aircraft looks like this, so in my view the older kit is the more accurate representation. There are a couple of B-17 shots here that make the point, as well. And a close-up of part of a Lancaster fuselage, illustrating that the 1980 Airfix kit, which is sometimes criticised for being covered in rivets, faithfully attempts to reproduce the appearance of the real aircraft. Granted, the practical disadvantage of raised detail is that it gets sanded off and is difficult to replace but in many cases it's closer to the real thing.
  6. Airfix 2019

    http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9835-setting-the-standards/ "Don't....Post political stuff. It's God-awful boring as well as a good way to start an argument." A good call, I feel.
  7. Hurricane Mk IV

    I haven't got two million pounds (unless it happens to be in my other trousers) but I do know where to find another Mk IV.
  8. "Be the Best"

    According to the Daily Mail, "The project is the brainchild of General Sir Nick Carter", the Chief of the General Staff, not of Whitehall mandarins.
  9. Visiting London... what do do? where to shop?

    The Ian Allan bookshop in Lower Marsh (round the corner from Waterloo station) is worth a look, if you're out that way. Not too far from the London Eye.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Dawn Patrol

    I think that was peculiar to Beardmore-built aircraft, principally Pups - they didn't build any Triplanes.
  13. 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.
  14. 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'.
  15. 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".