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  1. Tamiya Spitfire Mk1 Canopy

    You should eliminate the Squadron canopies in any case since all of them (in the current Falcon website listing) are for other kit manufacturers. The Spitfire Special set referenced above includes several options, open and shut, original and bulged for the Tamiya kit.
  2. Tamiya Spitfire Mk1 Canopy

    Falcon has vacformed canopies in both 1/72 and 1/48: http://www.falconmodels.co.nz/clearvax/set41.html http://www.falconmodels.co.nz/clearvax/set51.html
  3. Converting a DH4 to a DH9A, can it be done???

    You can but it is a lot of work. Alan W Hall used the then-new Airfix DH 4 to do the same thing. The wings, rear fuselage and tail are basically the same but you need to move the pilot aft and reconfigure the nose. Others - many others - know more but those are the basics. In 1/48 you will have a real looker.
  4. Serial P8088 of Pilot Officer Alec Lumsden? Check Profile No. 41, Spitfire I & II oublished in 1965. It was illustrated in colour 5-view by James Goulding and also with photographs supplied by the pilot. Full left and right sides, on page 9 of the same monograph. I missed the hubbub over the Hurricane.
  5. 2 Stage Merlins for Mosquito

    I used this ebay seller: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Attack-Squadron-Models-1-72-DH-98-MOSQUITO-2-STAGE-SUPERCHARGER-MERLIN-NACELLES-/382042658869?hash=item58f3845835 As for actually using the parts? Good grief, nobody uses aftermarket parts any more than they build kits to reduce the stash! These engines look so good in the bag that I might yet get out the tools once the minor house renovation is complete. I figure any man who can successfully decipher Ikea kitchen cabinet instructions has nothing to fear.
  6. Spitfire XVI 1/72

    Are the only choices blue and red? I take it the band and numeral were added for some event, a race perhaps? Perhaps there are other examples to guide?
  7. 2 Stage Merlins for Mosquito

    My package arrived just now, excellent service all the way. I can't say enough good about Canada Post's tracking service. And like always, the package arrived two days ahead of promise. The parts came packaged in a ziplock baggie, inside a neat little cardboard box together with a simple instruction sheet. The vendor wrapped it in another layer of corrugated cardboard and then in bubble wrap and then mailed it in a bubble-lined envelope. The package arrived in perfect condition. I will buy from that guy again for certain. I haven't attempted to use them, of course. Too much to do and too little time. The basement reno beckons. If I need inspiration for building a Mosquito, I look no further than a project in which my father-in-law is heavily involved: http://www.ch2a.ca/mosquito
  8. Lighter fluid with enamels?

    All this talk of using these dangerous solvents brings to mind the apochryphal tale of the fellow who used gasoline to thin enamels. He was spraying merrily along until the moment the pilot light on his furnace caught wind of the mixture. Too late, he realised he had actually built himself a home carburettor. On the up side, he was easy to spot at the next club meeting, the deaf guy with no eyebrows.
  9. 2 Stage Merlins for Mosquito

    Mine left the ebay vendor in California on the 19th, cleared customs in Richmond BC on the 21st. Canada Post expects to deliver it here in Toronto on Wednesday next week. They always try to underpromise so I won't be surprised to see it Monday or Tuesday. Now what did I do with the kit to stick them on?
  10. Academy's 1\72 P-47 razorback markings

    Do you have the aircraft's serial number? Google can be pretty good searching by serial.
  11. most strange camo ever seen in a PBY-5A catalina?

    The US Navy and reserves used the Catalina postwar as well. By then the standard scheme had become glossy sea blue overall, with postwar stars and bars (red stripe added) and lettering in white. The reserves featured an orange band around the rear fuselage. They were kept clean as a whistle and that's a scheme so sharp you could cut yourself. My to do list features one from NAS Grosse Ile.
  12. Raf type a cammo 1/48 plan view template

    I knew a fellow who used a photocopier to make a pattern. Once he had the right dimensions, enlarged or shrunk as needed, he used scissors to cut it out. Then he used a ballpoint pen to trace the plan onto a thin sheet of rubber. Scissors again to cut the template out, applied it to the model with stickum, possibly rubber cement or maybe it was rolled up cellotape, sticky side out. The sheet rubber isn't exotic, he used kitchen rubber gloves, slit on the fold. Best of all, the template could be used repeatedly. He built a lot of one type, Spitfires I think, and variations have been would be obvious. The materials are cheap as dirt so any errors don't cost much.
  13. 2 Stage Merlins for Mosquito

    I hadn't considered two-stage Merlins in 1/72 since I converted a Frog B.IV/FB.VI to a Mk XVI way back when the world was young. It was a poor job but I didn't think so then So now I have also ordered a set, from the US Ebay link given by Chuck1945 and we'll see how long it takes to get here to Toronto. Total cost (postage in) was USD$15.49 and my bank charged my credit card CAD$21.16. The end price was right, now we'll see the goods. If Biggu's is coming from Poland we'll see whose vendor is quicker.
  14. hurries night fighter:how many black spin ?

    Quite right, Hurricanes were used in the night role early on, including the Mk I (8 guns) and also the Mk IIB with twelve, all .303. James Goulding's Camouflage and Markings No 3 - an excellent reference - illustrates an 85 Sqn machine and also has a photograph of a IIB. The overall black finish didn't come into use until late 1940 and any used prior to that were in standard day colours.
  15. RCAF Mk2 Sabre

    CanMilAir have what you want, a wide variety of Sabres including 421 Sqn: http://www.canmilair.com/products.php?cat=63&pg=4