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Graham Boak

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  1. As I recall, the aircraft with the slightly larger wingspan were those built by Bell. I don't think that this method was adopted by Boeing for later B-29 and B-50 production.
  2. The traditional means of moulding new canopies is to make a master out of wood, or any other suitable material (Milliput?). Place it on a sheet of ply and cut a hole around it, The hole should be wide enough to take the new part and a suitable thickness of the transparent moulding material - cellulose acetate might be better than the transparent plastic sold in sheet form.. Pin the cellulose sheet to the board, place it in an oven or under a grill. When it softens remove from the heat and push the canopy shape through to form the replacement transparency. Recently this has been referred to as plunge moulding. Alternatively you can make your own vacform machine from a box and a domestic vacuum cleaner.
  3. Looking at the underside of the elevators in the lower picture, the colour looks much more like Sky than Azure Blue, though some allowance has to be made for possible reflectance of the sand, or indeed it being Yellow. Similarly, although less clearly, along the bottom of the fuselage. Although Azure Blue was actually paler than often represented, it seems rather pale in these views. There's no doubt that for August 1942 Azure Blue is a more likely colour than any of the other possible Blues, so this may be a matter of fading/weathering/chalking with time - I think that Mk.Is would be rather elderly aircraft by this time?
  4. I can't help i'm afraid, but can I suggest that you modify your title to give some idea of just what you are looking for. That way you might attract those who could help, rather than being completely open-ended as to the entire history of WW2 aviation and scales.
  5. I've had a quick look at some French sources, assuming them to be at least possibly independent, and there is artwork for as early as 6th August 1944, but unfortunately no photographs to back up any of the three examples given for August/September. I'm left with the suspicion that an assumption has been made - something to bear in mind when I do a model. Though I was intending to do a 1945 one anyway. Looking in Merrick's last work, he places the introduction in his text for July's daylight raids, and lists the only squadrons known to have carried them. He couldn't find any official instruction either, although argues that there had to be one to avoid duplication - something for Paul Lucas to ferret out, perhaps?
  6. I'm not sure the Valom Hampden having over-sized transparencies is enough to blacken the name of all Valom products. Their B-26 had too wide a fuselage but others in their range don't - maybe the Hampden should have and there'd have been less complaint about the transparencies. A slightly wider Hampden is a nice thought - wide enough for a heavier bombload and even a dorsal turret? Perhaps an FN7 or even an early Bristol - but given the links between BP and HP then a BP Type C just isn't a nice thought. Sorry, I've just had an attack of the WIFs.
  7. Interesting Peter: given the date this is presumably aimed more at SEAC as it is well before Operation Torch and any significant operations in non-desert conditions. However it would provide the authorisation for later use of TLS in Italy.
  8. However the blue was used in the Mediterranean not over the North or Norwegian Seas - probably because they aren't blue. Ditto the Baltic. From what you say, you are thinking of a close-to-real What If, so bear in mind that the earlier colours were to be used up and the later the subject then the stronger the likelihood of having 8x colours, even on replacement parts. I'm thinking here of the wider-chord tail, which would be likely on this aircraft and unlikely to have earlier colours. Almost Real What IF, or ARWIF? I think that could - or at least should - catch on. All the more grounds for arguments of course - your's isn't real enough!
  9. Depends what you mean by "big company". There are only a handful of the traditional mass-market companies left, and some of them have had quiet decades in the last 2 or 3, others don't have a particularly strong WW2 range. So under natural rotation, it'd be a while before another P-40 appeared from one of them anyway. If you look at companies producing a large number of subjects then Special Hobby comes in under that category, and there have been other P-40s from less active sources. However, that doesn't stop anyone active enough to post on this board keeping up with releases. If you want a generic P-40, they've been around. If you want a particular variant, then you may be out of luck, but you will anyway even from BIG companies..
  10. Look for a later issue: this one has the early-war roundels. I favour Aluminium undersides rather than combat aircraft's Sky. I expect a late-war one with stripes - I'm not sure how much this is something I've already seen or just the obvious choice.
  11. I thought that they were applied for the daylight raids into Germany in late 1944/early 1945, but am willing to be educated if that isn't so. To my understanding, they were applied to the fins and rudders but not the tailplanes, which in normal British usage means the horizontal parts as compared to the mainplanes or wings. If you want to avoid confusion you could refer to the fin and rudder as the vertical tailplanes, but I think that a bit forced. I may have used it myself sometimes...
  12. How about time? The aircraft were needed in service and deadlines have never been permissive about extra work.
  13. I do remember the Rupert Moore article, but yes I was referring to the more recent one - perhaps not quite that recent but as I can't find it, who knows?
  14. The French pilot J.Denis in his Hurricane, who shot down Marseille - quite possibly twice in close succession.
  15. If you find a serial for 34/M, please let me know.