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  1. Not a British actor but a British film - Charlton Heston gave a superb performance as General Gordon in "Khartoum". Laurence Olivier as the Mahdi - not so much, I feel.
  2. The designer(s?) of the 'new' Spitfire IX and Bf109G does seem to have used the 1950s/60s relics as a starting point. The first shots of the Spitfire had a radio hatch on both sides of the fuselage, a mistake made on the original Airfix Mk IX. Similarly, the 109G has the bulges over the breeches of the fuselage guns joined together to form a single unit, which the sketchiest research would have revealed is completely wrong - but again, the old 109G has this feature. It's almost as if someone was handed examples of the legacy kits and told to produce something based on them but rather closer to modern standards of kit design (though not necessarily accuracy).
  3. Don't waste your time with Paranormal Witness. Try Amish Haunting. Especially the one about the Goat Baby, which IIRC (it's been a while since I saw it) features a thrilling night time buggy chase as the satanic sprog and its parents flee their community, with an Amish elder in hot pursuit - here's a taster. Documentary TV at its best....
  4. And Fw190D/Stormovik. Airfix may have re-released their ghastly Il-2 not all that long ago but that's most definitely one to avoid. The Fokker Triplane was actually paired with the Bristol Fighter; the RE8 formed an improbable dogfight double with the Roland C.II.
  5. Jack, N6345 and N6346 have their cowling and metal and wooden panels left unpainted. The metal components, at least, still look to be in natural finish in the photo (it's rather dark) of B5243 and other Camels dated to later in 1917 but everything is overpainted on Camels photographed in 1918. Regards Patrick
  6. Jack, Pleasure; it's an interesting discussion. I don't think the first letter of the name indicates the flight - apart from the personal marking I mentioned on B5243 (which is a large rendering of what appears to be the RNAS eagle badge) it carries the name "Tsing Tau". But looking again at that photo, I've noticed something I missed before. There are three other Camels behind it and on the starboard side of the fin of the nearest aircraft is - a white disk marking. B5243 doesn't have one, and the tails of the other two are out of the picture. BASM says the following about individual markings: "Some Sopwith Scouts were marked with names on the sides, roughly between the cockade and cockpit, in ornate style, for example Anzac, Bobs and DoDo, while others were completely unmarked. Initially, Camel markings were probably in the same pattern as on the Sopwith Scouts. Later, these appear to have been pilot's choice with names and mottoes but some time in this period [after the point that we're discussing] numbers "1" - "24" painted in front of the cockade were used: A Flight used 1 - 8 B Flight used 9 - 16 C Flight used 17-24. N6347 was delivered to the RNAS on 18 May and to 4 Naval on 26 May. I'm sure I've read in the past, somewhere, that the policy was to overpaint the clear doped fin on Camels, so yes, I doubt it would still have been in evidence - it might well have been deleted at the depot. However, I think it's perfectly possible that "Bobs" could have been painted on the fuselage by 5 June. Judging by the names we know were applied, the pilots seem to have had their "own" aircraft, and as a flight commander Shook would if anyone did. Regards Patrick
  7. Just to add, the Air-Britain Camel File has a photo of N6345 with 4 Naval. It carries the personal marking "Chu Chin Chow" but, again, no letter or number and in this view the wheel covers and fin do appear to be PC10. One interesting thing, though - on top of the fuselage, above the front half of the white box in which the serial's painted, there's what appears to be a small, light-coloured disc. Only the left half is visible but it's very regular in shape: maybe it could simply be light reflected down onto the fabric from some circular object out of shot but if it is, that object must be neatly aligned with the centreline of the fuselage. There's also a photo of N6333, which does indeed have the clear-doped fin and "Sopwith Aviation Co." logo, tending to confirm that N6346 had it overpainted after delivery to the RNAS.
  8. Jack, The wheels are in the shadow of the lower wing, so it's hard to say. However, the fin does look as though it could be a darker shade than the rest of the airframe, appearing to be somewhere in between the PC10 finish and the red of the rudder stripes. Equally, though, it could just be a trick of the light, or maybe the fin had originally been clear doped linen with the Sopwith logo and had been overpainted. There are no other aircraft in the photo for comparison, just a wooden hut and a bell tent in the background. Regards Patrick
  9. I've got a copy. It says that "After changing to Camels, no markings appear to have been issued for the squadron and they are not on the lists for either the 26th August or 3rd December 1917. Squadron markings were finally allocated 22nd March 1918....". There's a photo of N6346, which indeed shows no markings at all, not even an individual letter. same with B'5243 photographed later in 1917, though it has a personal marking.
  10. I don't want to depress you but I've built a Sword F-80 and when you mention "lots of sanding and carving" in your earlier post in relation to their T-33, I know exactly what you mean. The main problem was in the same area you encountered: the fuselage wouldn't fit between the wing roots. And the bottom edge of the cockpit canopy wasn't straight, so it didn't fit on the fuselage. I wouldn't build another one, I've got two Airfix kits laid down for future use, and a Heller F-94.
  11. It's a pleasure: the more questions that are asked, the more we're all learning. Graham Warner's Blenheim book says that the Fighter Interception Unit's Blenheim 1fs, though primarily being used to develop radar interception techniques, were also used operationally - which makes sense, as their crews would have been fully competent and what better way to develop tactics than by trying them out in actual combat missions? The book doesn't indicate that OTU aircraft were used in the same way, though. Air Ministry Order A.926 (12 Dec 1940) said that "Service types of aircraft in operational training units.....are to conform to the normal colour scheme for the aircraft role", so when operational Blenheim night fighters were painted Special Night, OTU Blenheim night fighters should have received the same paint scheme.
  12. The relevant part of K7159's history is: 18 Nov 1939 - 222 Sqn 9 Jan 1940 - 145 Sqn 11 Apr 1940 - 5 OTU 10 Dec 1940 - 54 OTU. 24 Aug 1941 - 51 OTU. Swung on landing and tipped up, Cranfield, 12 Mar 1942. 21 Sep 1942 - Air Trg 23 Dec 1942 - 10 MU
  13. By the time fin stripes were introduced, in May 1940, there wouldn't have been heavy snow on the ground. I suggest these photos actually date from winter 1940/41 and that BQ-W is a different aircraft from the one lost on 10 May 1940, when 600 Sqn was operating in the day fighter role: at that point, its Blenheims wouldn't have been painted black and would undoubtedly still have had turrets.
  14. I wonder if the RAF are aware of what it means, historically, to fly one ensign below another. "Some navies in the age of sail apparently inverted the ensign of an enemy ship after they captured it, although the normal procedure was to hoist their own ensign above the enemy ensign aboard the prize", as in this painting of USS Chesapeake after her capture by HMS Shannon in the War of 1812.
  15. And in Nottingham, there's Gee Dee Models. Harrogate has a model shop upstairs in the post office on Leeds Road, some way out of the town centre: I've only been in once and they didn't have a great deal but it may be different now as that was a few years ago and I think they were just getting started. There's a model shop in Crossgates, a Leeds suburb, but I've never been there.