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Graham Boak

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  1. Island Vis (Croatia) RAF monument

    Unfortunately the Mk.Vc is one of the worst-represented variants in 1/72 scale. Your best bet is the Sword one. Try to avoid both the Heller/SMER and the Airfix.
  2. RAF Dispersal Pen walls

    Whatever they are, the upper layers have been laid in English Bond; so it was done by a bricklayer.
  3. Realistic 1/35 trees?

    An obvious question perhaps, but have you looked in the Model Railway magazines for scenic suppliers, specifically for O gauge? One point to consider is that even a medium tree will be very large compared to your Sherman, so perhaps a larger tree from a smaller scale would suffice?
  4. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    The P25xx were the first Gloster production Hurricanes, so perhaps there may have been some initial problems with paint adhesion?
  5. Vol 2 All the Spitfire questions here

    As far as I can see, the prototypes had the small tag on the aerial mast that allows for the attachment of the aerial, but production aircraft didn't. Mod 385 dated 22.6.41 introduced the TR1142 to replace the TR1133, which doesn't leave a lot of time for any use of the TR 9D (which needed the long aerial). Spitfire The History defines late production Mk.Is as having the TR1133 (some with TR9D) showing that it was standardised before the introduction of the Mk.V.
  6. Vol 2 All the Spitfire questions here

    Simple rule is UK Mk.Vs without wire, overseas ones with the earlier radio. I don't know if this holds for the very first Mk.Vs, but would assume so until someone comes up with photo evidence otherwise.
  7. Obscure vacform kits and companies

    This sounds very much like the vacforms produced by a company, or perhaps more likely an individual, under the PSC label. I has the Sukhoi 6s mentioned above, the Shavrov amphibian, the LaGG 3, La 5UTI, the Yak jets, and probably a few others. They were nice little models. I obtained them from a Czech modeller called Rostislav Mraz, but he didn't say anything that I recall about his sources.
  8. Hurricane rag wing

    I don't see it as strange - it was a version that hadn't been done before (except for Sword, then a very small player) and was a significant gap in the market. PS Bear in mind that the majority of buyers wouldn't notice nor care. Unlike other producers whose products are only bought by enthusiasts, Airfix still sell in large numbers outside our circles. Thankfully they haven't let this dominate their thinking, and are prepared to let us have something a bit different.
  9. sunken plane wreck on Palau identification?

    Is the fixed surface between the flap and the aileron a useful differentiator? Usually the flap goes all the way out to the aileron.
  10. Battle of the Bulge USAAF aircraft help

    A couple of comments on aircraft usage. For the USAAF: B-25s were not used in this theatre, but B-26s were, and no such thing as an A-26A in this context. Gun nose Invaders (A-26B) were used but units had to retain a handful of A-20s because the glass-nose A-26C was late. For the RAF, the Whirlwind and Hurricane were long gone as was the Beaufighter outside of Coastal Command. The RAF used the B-25 but not the B-26 in this theatre. The most common British type in the Bulge would have been the Typhoon, with rockets. I think the original idea of 9th AF P-47Ds was the best: many of these were quite colourful.
  11. Spitfire Mk.Vc, 103 M.U at Aboukir. ..

    The bulged nose for the larger oil cooler were fitted to those aircraft (perhaps 15 in all) that were modified to reach Malta from Gibraltar non-stop. Serials I've seen are all in the EP/ER ranges.
  12. RAF Camouflage Patterns For Twin-Engine Biplanes?

    Actually a simple repeat is not as specified, and in any case would have to have been modified to allow for the side camouflage in the low demarcation option, which rises from aft to fore. The pattern given in AP2656A Vol.1 Sect. 6, AL8, as reproduced in British Aviation Colours, for a Rapide, simply has irregular bands approx fore-and-aft on the lower wing. I should add that the upperwing pattern shown is simpler than that in the Profile, with less colour bands spanwise and no curve on the port wing. It is otherwise almost the mirror image of the one above. However, De Havilland will have created their own drawings based on earlier versions of this AP, and these could well differ. The best thing is to search for all the photos of Rapides that you can find
  13. Hurricane MkII Z2346

    The precise appearance of colours on ortho film (or any other) will vary according to the filter. and perhaps the incident light. If you look at the fin flash, the red is a darker shade than the blue, and you can see the pattern of Dark Green on the nose and upper cowling. I agree with Troy that this is in the standard scheme, and the yellow of the outer ring and prop tips has just been lost in the overall dark effect. In which case the apparent overpainting is probably just handling marks on the original.
  14. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Only one blade visible, and a bit broad to be a DH. I think that's a 2-blader. Sorry, I don't know which aircraft it is, but probably an N serial rather than a P..
  15. Opinions about current Humbrol enamels

    Sovereign Hobbies took over the Colourcoats range from White Ensign, but has been improving the range by replacing examples where the WE research was in error. I'm rather surprised to see the suggestion that they don't have the same colour range as Humbrol. As far as my interests go, which are predominantly WW2 aircraft, ships and military vehicles, the CC range is far superior. I have found that, for brush painting, CC paints don't cover as well as classic Humbrol, but which contemporary paint does?
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