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About Devilfish

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  1. I recently finished the first of my 85 Sqn builds. The kit is the Tamiya 1/48 Mosquito NF XIII/XVII, that I converted to NF.36. What started out as an easy modification, by buying the CMK twin stage Merlin set, turned into a major work. Not only are the CMK cowlings too short, but my set had shrunk, so were too narrow and shallow too. After much cutting, packing, filling and sanding, I had one more suitable engine, which I took a mould of, and cast a pair of them. Decals are from Freightdog Paints are Tamiya, their new (?) RAF Dark Green and Mediun Sea Grey.
  2. Yes, the link being Spitfire, Spiteful (the last Spitfires using the same tail), Then the Attacker using the Spiteful's wings. I know the Swift was developed from the Attacker's fuselage, but the production aircraft was significantly different. That, and no one does a 1/48 kit
  3. I'm trying to think of one......
  4. The Supermarine Attacker. Trumpeter 1/48 F.1 kit. The last aircraft that technically had any lineage tot he Spitfire.
  5. Despite not making it into frontline squadron service, the Spiteful had a brief career in the RAuxAF. 603 Sqn "City of Edinburgh" Trumpeter 1/48 Spiteful
  6. With the advent of faster aircraft such as TSR2 and P.1154 into service, the need for proper, early high Mach training, especially at lower levels was being appreciated by the late 70's. By the 80's the search had been narrowed down to a version of the F-5 that Northrop were developing. With a single engine, and modern avionics, it would be ideal, if they made a 2 seater version. Thankfully, to secure sales, and as part of a package, which included some single seat ground attack variants, the F-20, as it became known, entered service as the RAFs first true Mach 2 trainer. Seen here in 4FTS colours, RAF Valley. Kit, Freedom Models 1/48 F-20B
  7. Stunning....
  8. Stunning work. I recently completed this kit, converting it to B.2 standard with the Flightpath and Freightdog (?) conversions. Nowhere near your standard, but still took many many hours of work to get anything half decent out of it....
  9. Stunning work. I'm doing an F-20B (what-if) and I wish I could do the cockpit half as good as yours.
  10. A lovely pair. I have the Spiteful (and the Attacker) in my stash, and hope to get the Sea Fang
  11. Very nice. Currently working on a 1/48 F-20B Whif......
  12. Great job. This is a lovely kit, and you have executed it brilliantly. Can I ask about the roundels? The proportions are out (more like pre-war). Are they correct for this aircraft? It certainly makes it interesting.
  13. XM607 had 301 Series engines, which were fitted to all Skybolt capable aircraft. This had nothing to do with range, but thrust. More power was needed to lift the heavier weight. With regards to the Black Buck missions, this had 2 bonuses. 1) With the aircraft at it's all up weight, 21 x 1000lb iron bombs and full fuel load (probably the heaviest the aircraft had ever been), the trust was needed to get of the airstrip at Ascension. 2) Only 301 engined Vulcans had pylon fixing points for Skybolt, which were utilized for the missions. With regards to the exhaust shapes, the 301 is straighter and not kinked outwards like previous engines were
  14. Very nice. I've just completed this model myself. Restricted it too, but didn't go as far as you did with yours. Excellent job!