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  1. The inevitable Wikipedia reference says the machine spanned 88' 0" and had a length of 80' 9". The AW23 used a Tiger VI but Wiki quotes the Tiger VIII with a diameter of 50.8" and notes that "The engine was built in a number of different versions but performance and dimensions stayed relatively unchanged". Are those numbers proportional to the drawing? Probably best to print the drawing and use a ruler.
  2. Joe Baugher has more:
  3. There were some minor differences between Revell USA kits and those from Potters Bar. I seem to recall a sliding canopy on the F4U (?) not seen on the US kit and decal differences too. Perhaps the Wildcat saw more of the same?
  4. That film was made by Powell and Pressburger and is included as a bonus on the DVD of 49th Parallel held by the Toronto Public Library. It includes some useful footage of (IIRC) Albacores, Martlets and Kingfishers, some of it close in. I love DVD ripping software🙂
  5. Do you actually plan to (as distinct from actually wish to) build it? I find it's best to have a plausible plan to build and Mrs P. never minds.
  6. Here's another, child actor Jackie Coogan. He put his civilian pilot experience to use as a glider pilot in Burma with the 1st ACG. A tougher man than you might think if you only knew him as Uncle Fester.
  7. It's a rich vein. Wayne Morris was an up and coming Hollywood actor when he joined the US Navy and became an ace flying Hellcats. His acting career suffered for being off screen for some years but he worked until his death at age 45. Ed McMahon trained as a fighter pilot but served as an instructor in WW II. In Korea he was a forward air controller flying the Cessna O-1. Closer to home, Jackie Rae was a Spitfire pilot and earned a DFC in 1944 for anti-V-1 work. He later was a TV star in Canada and the UK and was a successful songwriter and bandleader (The Spitfire Band). His nephew was Premier of Ontario and interim federal Liberal Leader.
  8. I have in my downloads that same shot of KB783 referenced above. The caption notes it as having Mod 925, a 50 calibre weapon mounted ventrally. It was also an early (the first?) example of the Martin m/u installation. I suppose that's why it was at Boscombe Down? Not sure how any of that bears on the bomb doors.
  9. Jerry makes a valid point. I don't see how it moves the ball comparing one part to another which is itself unproven. Assuming one hasn't got a set of original Lancaster bomb doors handy - I certainly haven't room in my basement model workshop for a set - one needs to make a judgment about how to assess. It's a mug's game to blithely assume.
  10. I generally save the instructions and perhaps the box art (but only if I think it will be useful in future. The bigger question might be how to organize things especially as the collection builds up. I invested in file folders, one per subject. Some of mine are over fifty years old. Anything useful can be added over time, funny how much builds up. The next question is how to organize them! Don't be afraid to perform the occasional cull, be rigorous, even ruthless. Save what is actually useful and be heartless about the rest. Remember, it really is only a hobby😋
  11. I don't see any military markings and the red registration on the tail seems to be civilian. I wish I could read it. Any pictures I have of civilian British or Italian ones have large registrations on the fuselage but Qantas had some, registration on the tail. Still, I wonder what it's doing in Texas, transiting through on the way to Oz perhaps.
  12. Yes, right up to the point of assuming a picture of a late one as indicative of what an early one looked like. The error is likely to be recognised only after the mods. have been made. Grief ensues. Ask me how I know.
  13. Best to be aware that late Wirraways had a plain flap whereby the upper surface was attached to the flap and came down with it when the flaps were lowered. The original variants had a split flap (the upper surface stayed stationery while the lower surface was lowered). Early machines also had a triangular cutout next to the aileron. When the changes were made I do not know but photographs are available on the 'net.
  14. Relic was one of my favourites. Sitting at the counter in Molly's Reach, staring at the new hifalutin menu. "Quickie Lorraine! Who's Quickie Lorraine?" I have now lost any possible excuse for passing on the Airfix Lancaster II.
  15. Civil Aviation Authority lists G-AIFV as a Mk 21. Certainly the interior shots used were a freight carrier, not a Wayfarer.