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Harry Lime

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  1. Whatever aircraft they are for, they sure as hell don't look like anything I've ever seen in a DH Mosquito of any mark! Mark.
  2. Don't know if this will be a help, a hinderance or a wild goose chase, but they look remarkably similar to Harrier GR1/3 main wheels. Mark.
  3. John, Based on the logbook extracts you've put up, your father flew the following Thunderbolts with 79 Squadron, KL338 NV-Z, P-47D-30-RE. Overall NMF with blue theatre ID bands and dorsal fin. KL206 NV-B, P-47D-30-RE. Dark Earth, Dark Green, Medium Sea Grey with white theatre ID bands. Interestingly, the white band on the fin continues onto the fin, the only a/c in the line up picture to do so. Highly likely that the stripes on the tailplanes would also continue across the control surfaces based on other images, however it can't be made out for definite on the line up one. KJ355 NV-X, P-47D-30-RE. Finish as KL206, except white ID bands don't continue onto elevators or rudder. Difficult to be certain, but I think that aircraft is also in the line up image on P37, two past the silver NV-Z. Regards, Mark.
  4. Jonners, I'd agree with that sentiment, they do look rather beaten up! When I did my 30 Squadron machine a few years ago, I finished off with a semi-matt varnish to try and capture that well worn and rather weary look. John, Did you mention you also have the Geoff Thomas Raf Thunderbolts book? If so, have a look at the image at the top of page 37. If the captioning is correct, it would show NV-B to be a camo'd aircraft at the time your father flew it. Regards, Mark.
  5. John, Don't know if this of use to you, but seems to have been filmed in June '45, might have some footage of some, all or none of your father's aircraft. I don't know what the cost would be in obtaining the film, but hopefully wouldn't be a King's ransom! IWM Thunderbolts at Meiktila film Regards, Mark.
  6. Jonners, At the time they were based at Meiktela along with 34 and another RAF squadron with Thunderbolts. As far as I understand from various sources, all NMF aircraft were delivered in that finish and were P-47D-30-REs. Geoff Thomas quotes KL288 as being the first of the NMF ones. General rule of thumb, HDxxx, KJxxx, KL1xx serialled Thunderbolt Mk.IIs would be in camo. Off the top of my head, I can't think of an example of a camo'd aircraft being stripped back to a NMF finish, but never say never! Mark.
  7. Andre, KH695 was flying from RAF Peterhead at the time of its force landing in Sweden. RAF Peterhead is a short drive north of Aberdeen and part of it is still in use as Longside airfield/heliport. KH695 is also on my my list of 'local' aircraft to build, along with some other Mustang IV's and III's of various squadrons. Regards, Mark.
  8. If it hadn't been re-painted since delivery from the US they would be good matches. Images of YT-E show it wearing a camo scheme unofficially christened 'The Loop Scheme' (from the excellent 3 Sdqn RAAF website), which is strongly indicative of an MU level repaint in British MAP paints prior to being issued to 65 Sqdn. The Loop Scheme Worth having a look around the other pages on the site, some very useful stuff there! Regards, Mark.
  9. John, If it was a silver RAF Tbolt, it would have been natural metal. Initially, RAF Tbolts were delivered in US applied equivalents of MAP specified paints and for a short while this was continued after the USAAF ones were left unpainted, however the RAF ones were soon being delivered without paint also. This was to speed up delivery but was somewhat negated by the corrosion issues arising from the aircraft being shipped as deck cargo and arriving in India in less than ideal condition. As to establishing the serial number, could be rather tricky. Having trawled through a number of the Tbolt equipped squadron ORB's, they seem rather light on serial number/code letter match-ups. I've found it's either one or the other and occasionally by cross referring a couple of sources (i.e. Records of Events with Summaries of Events), the odd match is thrown up. Have a look at The National Archive website, as you may be able to download the relevant files you require for a small cost if you can't visit Kew yourself. Regards, Mark.
  10. Modeldecal set 103, has two C roundels at 84" on it. Mark.
  11. Iain, 'Take It Easy' is perfect for the Airfix kit, it's one of the decal options in the upcoming Mk.III release of this kit. Have a look at Tony O'Toole's recent build for a lot of info and tips regarding this particular aircraft and the Airfix kit itself. Look forward to seeing your build progressing! Regards, Mark.
  12. What scale are you building in? Would be easier to get a decal set for the missiles, several are available in both 1/72 and 1/48 that cover the armament normally seen on the A-10. I build in 1/72 and recommend the Wolfpack sheets, available in the UK from Fantasy Printshop. Mark.
  13. Iain, FA172 Keflavic Cutie can't be used as it is an earlier B-17, would need to check if it is a Mk.II or Mk.IIa as I can't remember off the top of my head (Mk.IIa = B-17E and Mk.II = B-17F, go figure!). You'd also need to check which sub-variant of B-17G 'Uncle' was, as this will determine whether the Airfix kit is suitable. There were several changes introduced during B-17G production construction, including tail turrets, waist gun positions and various others. Two books I'd recommend for RAF B-17 use, Robert Stitt's tome which pretty much covers everything you need to know about their use within Coastal Command and Martin Streetley's 'The Aircraft of 100 Group' which includes a wealth of detail on RCM Fortress IIIs. If no-one else chimes in with anything, drop me a PM with any questions and I'll have look through those books for you and see if I can answer them for you. Regards, Mark.
  14. Johnny_K, I read somewhere (may have been on Britmodeller) that the key to using Tamiya/Hasegawa decals successfully is very hot water, the hotter the better. On top of this, using Mr Mark Setter and Softer will aid in getting a good finish as they have been designed to be used with the thicker decals of the aforementioned manufacturers. You apply the slightly milky Setter first, place decal, then add the clear Softer. Having tried this with a few smaller stencil decals and a few IP ones, I have certainly not had any silvering issues at all. However, I have not tried it on bigger decals yet. Regards, Mark.
  15. Tasty, really liking the look of this so far.