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Michael Enright

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About Michael Enright

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  1. Piaggio Avanti - 1/72 scale Amodel kit

    A very fine rendition of a beautiful looking aircraft. What a marvellous looking aeroplane. Michael
  2. 1/72 B-24J 15th AAF in NMF decals: do they exist?

    Thank you for your post. I have ordered these recently from Hannants for a simultaneous B-25 Build. Michael
  3. 1/72 B-24J 15th AAF in NMF decals: do they exist?

    Of course, you are right. I have used the Esci oldies for other kits and know what you mean. I find most application problems can be resolved with a brush-over of Mr Mark-Softer. I have tried the Micro Set / Sol approach with disastrous outcomes. It must be me, as I have not heard others complain. For starters, the directions on both bottles read very similar. As an Arts graduate, I find this confusing. Actually most things confuse me. Michael
  4. A really nice Mitchell. My favourite twin-engine machine and always good to see another on display. Michael
  5. 1/72 B-24J 15th AAF in NMF decals: do they exist?

    Thank you for the helpful post. I did spot these but decided against them: the first sheet has an NMF B-24L and I baulked at the idea of putting a horizontal window in the nose. The one on the second sheet is OD. Michael
  6. 1/72 B-24J 15th AAF in NMF decals: do they exist?

    Bingo. Found some 451st BG decals on evil bay from Esci. Nothing as ironic as answering your own request. Michael
  7. Matchbox Spitfire Mk22/24 1/32 scale

    Gosh, that looks good, and in 1/32. I wish I were 1/32. Michael
  8. A fine build and praiseworthy finish on this aeroplane - one of the few whose lines (to my mind) are suited to the toned-down schemes. Great work. Michael
  9. 1/72 B-24J 15th AAF in NMF decals: do they exist?

    A couple of PMs confirm that no-one has seen such decals. It would be nice if the MTO in particular received more attention from decal manufacturers. I suspect they see it as a small market, which is fair enough. Still, for B-24Js, of which there were many............ Michael
  10. WW2 pilot figures

    As made clear above, the PJ option is the best. Nearly all seated pilot figures have some back and posterior removal required to get a good 'sit'. To paraphrase others who have suggested modifications that made me quiver in fear for no good reason, 'this will not be a problem to fix'. Michael
  11. 1/72 B-24J 15th AAF in NMF decals: do they exist?

    Having searched high and low and here and there, I am yet to find a set of decals for the above described type of machine. Should anyone know of a source that I have missed, would you please advise? They had some striking identification schemes; chequered patterns, circles and triangles that look more like runes than anything else (to my uneducated mind) and I would like to replicate them for a current Hasegawa B-24J build in Natural metal finish. I have seen some OD equivalents but alas, no NMF. Michael
  12. 1/48 Eduard FW190 (with bells & whistles)

    That is a beautiful piece of work. Well done. Michael
  13. 1/72 Italeri Mitchell II

    Thanks for the comments. That story does resonate. There seem to have been the loud and the quiet. Heaven only knows how much better they would have coped with War's foibles if mental health care was more advanced. As for the uncommon waist window positioning on this particular Mitchell, I am not surprised that these are sometimes overlooked. Indeed, the contributions of 2nd TAF multi-engine operations as a whole are rather overlooked in the literature. The wonderful four volumes work of Shores and Thomas cover the single engine contributions in exquisite detail but sadly have precious little on say, the Mitchells and the Bostons. As far as I know, the best source that gets anywhere near to close on such things is Bowyer's 2 Group RAF: A Complete History, 1936-1945. Michael
  14. 1/72 Italeri Mitchell II

    Thank you Mike, That Mitchell looks better in the photographs than it does on the bookshelf. These aircrew were certainly of a quite different generation, one I see as somewhat removed from the next generation and the one after that. Perhaps the absence of television, iphones and social media have something to do with it. I nevertheless heard many stories from these remarkable aircrew types of base conduct, mean spirited behaviour and downright bastardry. Even an uncle of mine, an Australian who was a rear gunner on Mark IV Stirlings in 295 and 570 Squadrons, could be included. He was nevertheless on the receiving end during training in England in 1944, when a senior British officer, having taken off his flight jacket after a training sortie, requested my uncle hold it for him and carry it back to the dispersal hut. Having thrust the jacket into his arms, my uncle promptly dropped it in the mud, walked over it and continued on his way: not the finest of examples of Anglo - Australian accord. That uncle, his brother (who was my father) and another uncle on my mother's side all served in the RAAF in one way or another. They were each remote and somewhat broken men with conditions that manifested in alcoholism, moodiness and sometimes quite unnecessary behaviour. I am convinced that War broke them in its own little ways. All of these people, including Gerry Girardau (the Halifax build), Henry Hoysted (the Stirling build) and Ray Rogerson have died. I met and corresponded with over two hundred Australian aircrew who served in Europe and I do not know of any who are now alive. But I digress. Maybe Keith Parson's Lancaster, the Ventura of Stan Moss or Frederick Linacre's Typhoon. It's just that I cannot get my eyes off that Hasegawa set of boxes on the shelf: a B-24J, a B-26 and a couple of B-25Js........... Michael
  15. The model is a representation of a 98 Squadron RAF Mitchell II, FW262, coded VO-G. Its crew were involved in a raid over Stadtkyll on Christmas Day, 1944. The aircraft was piloted by Australian Ray Rogerson. The relevant ORB for 98 Squadron confirms the serial, the code and the events of that raid. The Australian Press duly recorded some particular events of the raid and the following account appeared in a Western Australian daily newspaper on 7 January 1945. “Pilot Officer Ray Rogerson had a thrilling experience on Christmas Day. He was piloting a Mitchell bomber in a raid against a German supply centre when a burst of Flak damaged the machine. Most of the instruments were shot away and the wings were holed but he carried on to his target. Returning, he found the bomb doors would not close and the wheels were out of order. He made a skilful emergency landing with all wheels up, then went with his crew to Christmas lunch”. Not really. The bomb aimer who stands in front of another 98 Squadron B-25 in the photograph below had been killed by the Flak. Ray Rogerson recalls neither Christmas festivities nor lunch that day. In the photograph below, taken sometime in January 1945, The Rogerson crew, with replacement bomb aimer, is shown at Melsbroek. My thanks to 72 modeler who provided much advice and quite a few Italeri B-25J bits to enable a conversion from my Italeri B-25G kit to as-close-as-I could-get-without-going-mad representation of this particular Mitchell II. It is not a very good result but never mind. Even my attempts at applying a patched-over paint job were not that successful. Over six decades of making model aeroplanes never has there been such a battle between Man and Italeri. All in all, a bit of a pyrrhic victory. In conversations and subsequent correspondence with Ray Rogerson in 1992, he made the following observation of war over Europe. “Every day in the UK was like an adventure, so that when we returned to Australia the ordinary problems of life seemed so trivial that many of us could not readily adjust to ordinary life. Two aircrew friends of mine committed suicide and a number of others drank pretty heavily. A few died fairly early in life”. Not the happiest of postings on this forum but I do like a contextual richness to my modelling endeavours. Michael