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  1. 1/72 - MiG-21 Fishbed by Eduard

    The Innex kit is available under the Akkura label. Available as double boxings from Ebay seller 'Trinitymews2' . More accurate than the Fujimi kit. Not a bad kit, engraved panel lines but not up to the standard of a new Eduard mould. A lot cheaper however than what Eduard will be.
  2. Very Interesting SAAF Mustang MkIII

    The Face book page is under the name 'SPRINGBOK Mustangs in Korea & Here' just to be tricky...
  3. Very Interesting SAAF Mustang MkIII

    Steve, You will have to join the group first (it will take a day or 2 before an Admin processes the request), most groups are like that these days, but the process is no problem. I am a member of the SAAF Mustangs group and I can see the photo without any problem (very nice photo it is too). Steve Mackenzie
  4. Very Interesting SAAF Mustang MkIII

    Mk.III Mustangs were used in the Sqns in Italy right up to the end in May 1945 (alongside the Mk.IVs which gradually replaced losses etc). A number of Mk.IIIs had the louvres as well as Mk.IVs. Quite a few Mk.IIIs were fitted with Malcolm Hoods in the U.K. A few of these with Malcolm Hoods were transferred to Italy in March 1945 (along with a greater number with the original canopies) when some Mustangs were transferred from stocks in the U.K as there was a shortage of numbers against requirements in Italy. 3 Sqn RAAF had one example with the Malcolm Hood as did 450 Sqn when they received a small number of P-51s for training purposes after May 1945 (both RAAF units were disbanded in Aug 1945 after VJ Day). 3 Sqn RAAF had two batches of Mk.IIIs, the first were P-51C-1 airframes which did not have the tail fillet, the 2nd batch were P-51C-10 airframes which had the tail fillet fitted at the factory (the last 200 P-51Cs built had this factory fitted tail fillet). FZ187 has no fillet so I assume it is one of the early airframes. As for Facebook I suggest you get over your paranoia as there is masses of very useful Aviation info there. Steve Mackenzie
  5. MTO B-25J Colour question

    Hi Troy, Your byline is 'Remember ..never trust a profile without a photo' and I fully agree. But you should add to that 'Never trust a 46 year old reference without checking more recent research' ..... The Ducimus book, written by Roger Freeman according to online info (not Dana Bell) was published in 1971. Ken Rust's 'Twelth Air Force Story' was published 1975. Both of those say the 319th B-25 tails were Black. But all the more recent sources I just checked say Cobalt Blue. They are - 'The Big Tailed Birds - Story of the 319th Bomb Group in World War II' by Vic Tannehill P.73 (top caption) 'B-25 Mitchell in combat over Europe (MTO)' - Marek Katarzynski (Kagero 19006) P.59 & P.71 'Air Force Colours Vol 2 - ETO & MTO 1942-45' Dana Bell (Squadron-Signal 6151) P.55 So one therefore says which is correct ?? The only colour photo that I turned up showing the tail of a 319th Bomb Group B-25 is on P.71 of the Kagero book listed above. There the tail looks a Dark Blue and different to the Black of the serial number which is painted around and left in a Nat Metal box. Another incorrect thing said in the Ducimus book is that the 319th Bomb Group was returned to the USA (Z.I) in Feb 1945. According to Vic Tannehill that is misleading. Their last B-25 mission in Italy was on 31/12/1944. They were on a boat trip back home in Jan 1945, and reconvened in Feb 1945 in the Z.I for retraining on the new A-26s. The above is not intended as a slight on Troy but to add more info to those interested in the subject. Steve Mackenzie
  6. MTO B-25J Colour question

    Micheal, It was on one of the many different Facebook sites but I could not tell you which one. If you are wondering about copyright, from the markings on the bottom of neg/ image, One can tell that it was an official USAAF photo and thus in the public domain. Steve
  7. MTO B-25J Colour question

    Micheal, To get the picture, right click on it and click on 'Save image' on the menu that comes up. That will save it to the folder that your downloads go to. B-25s and B-26s are 2 of my interests and I have LOTS of stuff collected from all over the place. Steve
  8. MTO B-25J Colour question

    When the 319th BG (who used the Blue tails) returned to the USA in late 1944 (or there abouts) to convert to the A-26 and later transfer to the P.T.O, their B-25 airframes were left behind and distributed throughout the other 12th Air Force Mitchell units as replacements. The Blue tails were usually stripped of paint when that happened but not in all cases. In this case the 340th BG clearly just changed the tail codes and left it Blue. I have the photo of it as attached (came from the Net somewhere). Judge for yourself whether it is Cobalt Blue tail or not. Airframe Details - 340TH BG 489TH BS – SN 43-27934 - 9 Q 'LADY ELAINE' Steve Mackenzie
  9. Caudron Goeland

    Hi Ley, According to Scalemates which should be the first port of call for these types of questions, Airmodel did a Vac with resin detail parts that they still sell, and VAMI models did what was probably a Resin kit (although it is no longer listed on the VAMI Models website as far as I could see). Both the above in 1/72, nothing listed in 1/48th. The Eurokit model is fairly nice for it's time (I have one stashed away) but the RS kit is no doubt better. Steve Mackenzie
  10. Double rocket on Oxford: conversion question with pic

    The triangular under wing markings are those of Burma (now Myanmar). The serial under the wing also starts with 'UB' which stood for 'Union of Burma' at that time.
  11. 94 Squadron RAF Spitfire IX in high altitude scheme

    A quick Google brought up the following link where GO-F is the middle airframe in the shot at the bottom of the page https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?2855810-Spitfire-Colour-finishes The photo that I was referring to however is a closeup of GO-F, a search of the IWM site will probably bring it up as it appears to be from an Official photoshoot. Steve
  12. 94 Squadron RAF Spitfire IX in high altitude scheme

    A number of Sqns used Mk,IX Spitfires in the High Altitude scheme in Italy. There was a discussion here about 451 Squadon RAAF airframes in that scheme several years ago. The Scheme drawn by AZ is perfectly correct for GO-F MA766 of which there is a photo of it in fllight. I thought from memory that the photo was in Osprey Aircraft of the Aces #98 - Spitfire Aces of North Africa and Italy, but as it turns out that only has a profile but no photo (the photo that they use for Foskett has him in a normally camouflaged airframe GO-C). So you can use the AZ Decals with confidence. Steve Mackenzie
  13. Is this the true value of a 1/72 Hasegawa Jaguar??

    Apparently these Jaguar kits are becoming even more valuable. That crook of a seller now has the Jaguar kit listed at $526.00 (although it says 'out of stock').
  14. Is this the true value of a 1/72 Hasegawa Jaguar??

    For TonyT, A quick google brings this up (no it's not mine) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Hasegawa-1-72-Jaguar-GR-Mk-1-A/172833285650?hash=item283daaa612%3Ag%3AQQIAAOSwYaxZj8cL Finishes in a couple of days, a lot cheaper option.
  15. Is this the true value of a 1/72 Hasegawa Jaguar??

    ' SimplyBestPrices'....the name is a joke. They have similar stupid prices on everything they sell. No the Hasegawa Jaguar is not ultra rare and anyone who paid that price has no idea of the correct retail pricing. Of course they are the type of people who ' SimplyBestPrices' are preying on.