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  1. Hello Grey, the closest I can find for you is this: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/stills/narvik-material-aka-narvek-material go to video still no. 183. It is a Sea Gladiator in the take-off attitude you wished to see. Difference is, it is flying off Glorious in April-May 1940, so either 802 or 804 Sqn. Aircraft of Eagle's Fighter Flight were left behind by 802 Sqn., so they might have been finished similarly. A number of photos suggest that the Mediterranean Fleet did use black white ID markings throughout 1940, so my own guess (repeat, own guess) for N5517 is black/white undersides, and no unit codes. I think 6oX codes came later, around the beginning of 1941. Just my two pence, and... yes, I know I'm disagreeing with the Osprey publication. Claudio
  2. Exceptionally detailed effort. I love 72nd scale, and a Lynx helicopter plus refueller is a really inspiring build. Bravo! The "special fit" is for playing Quidditch, right? I can see a ball on the port side...
  3. Japanese aircraft. Note the yellow inner wing leading edge.
  4. I agree. I think we shouldn't forget that the Blackburn and the Bison both were, in first place, flying nautical charting tables... and you woudn't spread your precious charts in the slipstream, would you? Let's look at them from the inside out, comfortably seated in the enclosed observer cockpit. Those large portholes are a really nice touch by Blackburns, IMHO. The shop-window style in the Bison has a more pedestrian look. Lack of a crow's nest is perhaps the greatest shortcoming in the original naval requirement. Claudio
  5. What about this? http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2017/03/us-aircraft-decoy-japan-pacific-war/ "Something different" for sure!
  6. usurato, consumato, "finito" Ciao
  7. Indeed... http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Caproni-Stipa/320209?qsp=eJwtjEEKwkAMRa8iWbsRwUV3egFdeIGQ%2BdTB2glJQIfSuxuLu8f7n7eQtDnwiXtX0EAONnnQnpSNX07DQk/0d7OSTMJqba47j6qcJ28Wl55D4cBZBBoof3%2B1AvtNcNl6Y/YPCbDbxnQ8pS/VdeKtgeA60bp%2BAePZMcg%3D Not radial-engined, actually.
  8. Great to have you on Britmodeller. Your article was my first encounter with the varied features and details of the Martlet/Wildact variants. I very much liked it and I still keep it as one of my best references. Claudio
  9. One more for you: https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/f/from-dam-neck-to-okinawa.html The author was the Senior Instructor at the US Navy Antiaircraft Training Center in Bermuda. That is, the customer of your Roc...! Scan through the early pages of his memory, you'll find some interesting snippets there! HTH Claudio
  10. I've just found this: http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140315/ISLAND/140319837&template=mobileart Claudio
  11. Sorry, this has been answered while I was typing. No. Believe it or not, the Roc was a Fleet Fighter. The aircraft is in standard S.1E scheme (Extra Dark Sea Grey, Dark Slate Grey, Sky Grey), to which 1940-style fighter recognition black/white undersides are added. The whole wing underside and the corresponding part of the fuselage underside are painted black to port, white to starboard. Looking at the picture, the dividing line between the two colours is seen to be the fuselage centreline. The cover over the wheel wells might be unfinished metal, or some light colour. Love the idea of modelling a Bermuda-based TT floatplane. Let's hope some info on those machines comes to surface. Claudio P.S.: ever thought, any of you, that the floatplane Roc was actually Blackburn's concept for an ekranoplan? Far ahead of its time, in this regard.
  12. IIRC, the remnants of the EDSG/DSG upper surface camouflage acting as an anti-glare panel. Don't paint it black... Claudio
  13. Maybe a silly note, but in the pic of HB275 there's a Harvard in the background. Undersides both look the same to me. And, but here I'm facing greater danger by comparing two different photos, the undersides of KJ511 (that, incidentally, has large serials and no roundels underwing) look much darker than those on HB275. The C-45 in the picture below HB275 appears to be natural metal overall, with anti-glare panels above the nose and on the inner part of the engine nacelles. HTH Claudio
  14. It would be tempting now to reverse the assumption for the Buffalo, i.e., Sky "equivalent US (Brewster) colour" undersides, with a Sky/Azure Blue band of a similar colour to the 27 Sqn Blenheims. Any thoughts on this? About Belgian Buffaloes, I think roundel positions differed: on AS-serialled machines British roundels were centred exactly on the Belgian ones (e.g., see some oddly "inboard" underwing roundels), whereas on AX-serialled machines positions were different, possibly matching the official camouflage diagram. Is it just me, or...?
  15. Really a model? Excellent. Claudio