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Graham Boak

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  1. 36 Sqn Vildebeests - Serial/Code Letter Tie-ups

    Colours will fade regardless of the quality of the maintenance. Approaching from another angle: why should a maritime unit in a densely forested theatre choose a light colour for camouflage? It makes no sense. For modelling purposes, you can use Light Earth to represent either itself or faded Dark Earth.
  2. 36 Sqn Vildebeests - Serial/Code Letter Tie-ups

    Weathered, as on many similar views from the Middle East on Wellesleys etc. Ortho film, which was most common in British use at this time, would have the effect of making fresher Dark Earth look very dark. I'm not a photographic expert, but don't know of any combination of film and filter that would bring out such a high contrast.
  3. Lancaster horizontal tail elevators

    Unless there was an amazing increase in rudder travel at an early stage, it is much more likely that the diagram was in error. How about the Manchester elevators?
  4. 36 Sqn Vildebeests - Serial/Code Letter Tie-ups

    I believe that the high contrast scheme is simply weathered Dark Earth appearing light and the Dark Green still appearing dark. Apparently the more exotic Tropical Sea Scheme was tried prewar (on a single example), alongside other exotic ideas, but planned further trials were abandoned on the outbreak of war. Then only the Temperate Land Scheme was retained for all theatres: perhaps cynically, I suggest because the Air Ministry were only thinking of Europe and forgot about anywhere else.
  5. RAF High Altitude Flight colour(s).

    Duck egg blue, eh? That's still a long way from the green of Eau-de-Nil, which has no appearance of blue. If Cambridge Blue had been "very similar to Eau-de-Nil", it would be Cambridge Green.
  6. RAF High Altitude Flight colour(s).

    Whatever the description, Cambridge Blue is simply a light blue, nothing like the light green of Eau-de-Nil.
  7. RAF High Altitude Flight colour(s).

    The problem with Sky Blue is that it is very light, more so than Cambridge blue, but with so vague a reference I don't think that we can be dogmatic about it. I suspect that Deep Sky Blue would be a little too dark to match the description. Humbrol 157 is a close match for Light Mediterranean Blue, and this colour was given as an official alternative for use in the Mediterranean, so yes it could be considered as an option. But only if you assume that aircraft were painted in this scheme in theatre, rather than arriving in the scheme from the UK. Given the scheme's use on Mk.IXs in the Mediterranean, but not in the UK, this is a strong possibility. LMB and PRU Blue are close cousins anyway: PRU Blue being slightly greyer - or LMB slightly bluer, depending how you look at it.
  8. RAF High Altitude Flight colour(s).

    The sky gets darker with altitude, wherever you are in the world. So a darker colour than Azure Blue would still be required. The High Altitude Fighter scheme seems to have appeared in the Mediterranean no sooner than the Day Fighter scheme, so I'd expect the standard PRU Blue undersides. For Galizine's fighter, consider Sky Blue or even Deep Sky Blue
  9. Air Britain's Aviation World

    I can confirm that they did, not too long ago, though I don't recall the Pander being mentioned. Sorry, but I don't keep the magazine. I think that I did keep the article, but can't lay my hand on it immediately and am going on holiday tomorrow so can't spare any time to look, just for the moment.
  10. Beaufighter Mk IIF , Gibraltar 1944

    I don't think that any of the Lanc kits have the later cowling, not even when they should. However, that means this is not a problem for this conversion.
  11. Airfix Blenheim I from a IF kit

    I'm doing a bomber Mk.IV from the fighter boxing, so I imagine the same will be true of the Mk.I. I'm also having trouble with the transparencies and getting the forward fuselage to fit nicely - I think that it's achievable but not easy. Just beware that if you are doing an overseas one, for these should have an additional air intake above the cowling. Also the tropical filter is undersized, but a replacement is available. Freightdog, IIRC.
  12. Beaufighter Mk IIF , Gibraltar 1944

    The Beaufighter Mk.II was a bit early for paddle-blade props. They don't seem to be carried on the FAA ones even in 1944/45. The Merlin installation was claimed to be as a "power egg" so should attach directly onto the bulkhead - looking at the highly polished W9Q the fasteners at the edge of the cowling do go right up to the bulkhead, but the cowling has another vertical panel line just ahead of the wing. I suspect that if you have the HP kit in front of you, you'll be able to judge when you have the pieces in front of you. I'd have thought that any of the current Lanc kits will do for engines. Or the older Airfix one, for that matter, which may be available cheaper.
  13. Beaufighter Mk IIF , Gibraltar 1944

    It isn't in my 2nd edition. However there is a picture of T3223 L1P in FAA Aircraft 1939 to 1945. Apparently in the later night fighter scheme. But W9Q is in the 3rd edition - showing it to be very highly polished.
  14. Halifax & Lancaster, Radials and Merlins Question

    In 1944 Coastal Command were calling for the replacement of their Mk.XXs by Mk.22s because of poor reliability. Of course, by then some of their Mk.XXs could have been rebuilds and hence decidedly old. However, beyond this (perhaps special) case the problems with the Merlin in the Halifax weren't restricted to the handful with the Mk.X. I'll have to resort to my references for the details, but as I recall the Merlins were having to be overworked to maintain the desired cruise speed and altitude, and so range was adversely affected. This could have been due to high drag or higher weights, but once the unwanted excrescences and role-equipment were removed I don't think that the Halifax was particularly overweight. (We're not talking about the Stirling here...)
  15. Beaufighter Mk IIF , Gibraltar 1944

    More difficult to paint.