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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Airfix Focke Wulf 189

    Hi. It was PAM News International Vol 7 No 3, July 1979. The article is by M Nightingale.
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. I don't recall the target tug (which certainly doesn't mean there wasn't one) but there were definitely some articles early in 1971. A pre-war Mk 1, with the original sloping windscreen; a late war version with nose glazing and - I think - engine cowlings from the Frog Oxford, and, IIRC, a C19. Sadly, I no longer have the mags to check.
  11. Blimey, is that all? I'd assumed it would have been nudging the £1 mark. In comparison with the prices Nigel quotes, a bit of inflation had taken place by the time I started modelling: Series 1 was up to 2s 9d. Until I was a bit older, I rarely managed to save enough cash to buy anything more expensive, so I can't remember what the corresponding prices were for Series 2 and upwards. But my dad did buy me a Hudson; he'd served on 459 Sqn RAAF in North Africa. I didn't get a Superfortress until 1999, and I haven't got round to removing the shrink wrap yet......
  12. There was an Avro 504N conversion in Airfix Magazine (it may not have been one of Alan Hall's, I've a feeling it could have been Peter Cookesley) that recommended using an engine from the Airfix Hs 129 to represent the twin-row Lynx radial. Not so bad but the author referred back to an earlier 504N article, which predated the release of the Hs129 kit, and remarked "Fortunately, this means it is no longer necessary to recommend the use of a modified engine from a Superfortress kit, as in the previous article"! I think that would have trumped even the 4 Hudsons. I never saw the original article, and I do wonder whether he got it right. The mind boggles at the thought of a 2,200 hp Wright R-3350, however modified, stuck to the nose of an Avro 504.
  13. Captain Albert Ball VC

    Ball was killed before the SE5a entered service; the aircraft he flew with 56 Sqn was A'4850, a modified SE5 from the first production batch. There's a profile here but it's not entirely accurate - here's the real thing. What isn't apparent from the photo is that Ball had removed the fuselage Vickers gun - which the profile shows mounted in its standard location - and replaced it with a second Lewis firing down through the cockpit floor. As built, apart from having the large and unpopular windscreen, the first batch of SE5s also had a gravity tank above the centre section. Ball had both removed, compensating for the loss of fuel capacity by having a petrol tank inserted in the fuselage forward of the cockpit. When he was told to get rid of the useless downward-firing Lewis and put the Vickers gun back, it could no longer be fitted in the standard position, so it was mounted externally on top of the fuselage. This can be seen in a rather fuzzy photo of Ball in the cockpit of A'4850, taken by a bystander when he landed at another squadron's aerodrome on 6 May 1917, the day before he was killed: the photo also shows that by that stage the aircraft had been fitted with long exhaust pipes, similar to those fitted to the SPAD VII. Also, there's some evidence that the very tip of the nose was painted red by the time of Ball's last flight.
  14. The top 3?

    Robert Stanford Tuck, by his own account (via Larry Forrester), did exactly that. I read Forrester's book as a child: it includes an account of how Tuck shot down a Bf110, which made a belly landing. He flew low over the crash site and thought the downed pilot was waving at him but "the German's raised arms held a Schmeisser machine pistol" and he put a bullet into Tuck's armoured windscreen, so Tuck machinegunned him. I've always found it difficult to believe that's what actually happened - someone who has just crashlanded jumps out and puts a bullet into the windscreen of a lowflying WW2 fighter aircraft, using an inaccurate, close range weapon (he just happened to keep in the cockpit) that employs low velocity pistol cartridges? I strongly suspect that Tuck was carried away in the heat of the moment, felt lasting guilt about what he'd done and constructed an account to justify it, primarily to himself. Who are we to judge him?
  15. Converting a DH4 to a DH9A, can it be done???

    Aeroclub used to make exactly what you need but sadly that doesn't seem to be an option any more. A quick trawl of the Hannants site turns up a couple of Lewis guns: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ED648204, https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ED648205 but that seems to be about it. Others may know more? Another idea would be to buy an F2B kit - the Eduard one's currently on special offer. These sprue shots are of the Profipack but the weekend edition would still give you the injection moulded Lewis gun, Scarff ring and bombs (though not a Vickers, as it was mounted internally on the F2B) and if you find you enjoy modelling 1920s aircraft, you'll have a Bristol Fighter to build another time. A couple more online references: http://www.boxartden.com/gallery/index.php/Profiles/Aircraft-Profiles/Britain/Between-the-Wars/De-Havilland-DH9A-Post-War http://www.boxartden.com/gallery/index.php/Profiles/Aircraft-Profiles/Britain/Between-the-Wars/Bristol-F2B-Brisfit-Post-War-237