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Nick Milham

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  1. RAF Roundel and Lettering Masks

    I heartily recommend Mal Mayfield at Miracle Masks. miraclemasks@hotmail.co.uk Cheers.
  2. Me262 Kit question

    To add to the confusion, here is a passage from Macky Steinhoff's memoir "The Final Hours" in which he describes how he prepares for a hurried take-off in his 262: "I pulled the slotted flap out of the leading edge, letting it spring back with a loud clack." Sounds to me like the slats were retracted on the ground.
  3. Beautiful job on a very colorful aircraft. In 1972 Gordon "Gordie Ace" Graham was a 3-star general and commander of Fifth Air Force in Japan. He endorsed my efficiency report that year when I was a lowly captain.
  4. Malta Spits: upper wing roundels?

    Yes the roundels are definitely there. (Now to get the decal to lay down over that silly bulge!) Many thanks for the look at these new (to me) photos!
  5. Malta Spits: upper wing roundels?

    You BM'ers provided a wealth of knowledge the last time I asked for help....so I'm back! This time the topic seems to be among your favorites: Malta Spits. After studying published photos I'm wondering if the Spitfires arriving as part of Operation Calendar had their upper wing roundels overpainted. I recently saw a shot on the RAF Museum website of a dark-painted Spitfire purportedly taking off from Wasp which appears to show no upper wing roundels. (This also is the photo that opened my eyes to those extra outboard wing bumps I am now attempting to add to my BR112.) I subsequently re-examined the shots of Barnham's Vc being re-armed and those of BR112 on the beach in Sicily. Though by no means clear, they seem to show the roundels overpainted on these aircraft as well (at least they do now!) What say the experts? Any evidence one way or the other? Opinions? This is the page with the photo in question: RAF Museum
  6. Pre-War Sptfire rudders

    Mystery solved! Many thanks!
  7. Pre-War Sptfire rudders

    Ahhhhhhh! I'd never heard of the anti-spin parachute but it sounds like the answer to me. I did some more poking around the web and came up with this: http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?t=75816 There's a link there to the photo which shows what looks to be just the thing. Apparently it was fitted to the first 20 production aircraft, which might explain why I've seen it only on pics of 19 Squadron a/c. Presumably they took them off at some point. Any idea when? Regards and thanks.
  8. Pre-War Sptfire rudders

    My first post to BM so hello to all. I'm researching photos of pre-war Spits and have noticed something curious in those well-known photos of 19 Squadron a/c -- some sort of fitting on the top of the vertical fin where it meets the rudder. Seems to be elliptical in shape and fairly large. I haven't seen it in photos of Spits in other squadrons. Any clues what it might be or when it appeared? I'm hoping to build an accurate version of a 19 Squadron Spit of that period. I've been mightily impressed with the collective knowledge of this forum, so I figured you were the ones to ask! Thanks in advance. Nick
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