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Graham Boak

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  1. RAF Harvard Post War Colours and Markings

    If you want to do that many, then go back to first principles. Try making a master (from an extended original kit part, perhaps) and plunge mould as many as you need. I tried this a few times some decades back with varied and not entirely satisfactory results, but I put that down to lack of experience and unwillingness/no current need to take things further. I know that good results can be obtained, and have been by many modellers. I'd love just such a kit as you suggest, but don't see any vast market for it. The combined UK and Canadian market for non-combat types just isn't large enough for the big companies, and the smaller companies would make a kit that was too expensive for your wishes. Also, it seems that the glory days of multiple exotic models coming out of Czechoslovakia are much reduced, if not quite over. You could perhaps contact the maker of RS kits, and ask if he has any spare, or could run extras off, of the canopy in his recent Yale kits. I don't think it's quite perfect, but it's pretty close.
  2. Cheshire Mosquito

    If it was a Mk.XVIII then it had the fighter nose. However the serial belongs to a Mk.XVI, which had the bomber nose. And not the fighter canopy (thank you Bob). Go with the bulged bomb bay, though.
  3. RAF Harvard Post War Colours and Markings

    There were plenty of WW2 RAF Harvards with the shorter rear canopy, and this can be made from almost any T-6 kit; although if you start from a T-6G (like most) you'll need a new tailwheel. However, most post-WW2 Harvards (but not all) were Canadian-built examples with the longer fixed rear canopy. This is available in a Falcon set of canopies - the US aircraft in British service, IIRC. This has been available as a separate piece but I don't think that it is now. Other people have produced attempts at the "Canadian" canopy over the years but were generally not very good. The canopy in the AZ NA-57 will do nicely but that leaves you with the problem of what to do with this kit - earlier variants such as the BT-9 actually had a different canopy altogether (despite initial appearances).
  4. Grumman Albatross ASW colours....???

    As I understand it, Seaplane Grey is/was a dark grey. Was it just Engine Grey under a different name? In which case you are looking for something like the British Extra Dark Sea Grey. The Spanish example in the photo looks much more like one of the USN Gull Greys, as was standard on USN aircraft for many years after the period of Engine Grey/Seaplane Grey. FS36440?
  5. Italeri Hurricane Mk.I Trop boxed with wrong wing set?

    That probably explains matters - P2617 is close to my heart, as a 607 Sq. survivor.
  6. Some help with English towns

    Actually, I'm a Geordie, although living in Lancashire, which was also part of Northumbria. Although the initial settlement of Deira was on the Wolds of the East Riding, it did expand to cover all of current Yorkshire, and more besides. The division between the Northern kingdom (Bernicia) and the southern (Deira) lasted long after both had a common king. However I don't think I've seen an "official" split between the two original kingdoms West of the Pennines, and I doubt that there was one.
  7. French Walrus - painted aluminium?

    Flying boats, implying also amphibians(?), are likely to have some kind of lanolin based paint for areas below the waterline. From a quick google (ending in a dead link) this was initially a light grey but later white (for the maritime patrol scheme with white sides and undersurfaces - not applicable to the Walrus although wouldn't it be great to find one! Later in the war the camouflage on a Walrus came all the way down the sides, with no sign of any grey (or white) on the fuselage. Possibly they relied upon a wash-down after every flight, not possible on flying boats which were often moored out in the harbour.
  8. Liquid Poly: a cautionary tale-update

    If you are getting rapid palpitations despite being on beta blockers and Warfarin then you need to go see your doctor regardless of what you think the cause might be. I had open heart surgery in July and suffered a rapid heart beat, just as you describe but I was on a bed in Intensive Care at the time and they hit it with a chemical cosh. It was later described as being an alternative stable mode of heart signalling, useful when running marathons but otherwise best avoided. I'm on beta blockers to stop it happening again, forever. I guess they trust me not to go running marathons, and quite right too. Correction time: My medical wife has just pointed out that I had sinus tachycardia not atrial fibrillation. Sounds like the same, though stable not chaotic. I was initially on Amiodarone for a while but not now - I am still on beta blockers.
  9. Italeri Hurricane Mk.I Trop boxed with wrong wing set?

    Other than the nose and details described by Troy, the usual distinguishing features of the Mk.II (and later variants) are the standardised "bullet" Rotol spinner and the tailwheel with a knuckle. However the spinner did appear on late production Mk.Is and (I think) the tailwheel did too -either that or a few Mk.IIs had the straight leg. Either way these features cannot be used by themselves to distinguish between the two Marks.
  10. Some help with English towns

    To answer an earlier post, Sassenachs was a term originally applied by the Scots - who only occupied the far west of the currently existing country and arguably were only a bunch of Irish pirates anyway - to the inhabitants of the Lowlands, who were Northumbrians. These were a mix of the original Britons and those Angles who had settled north of the Humber. Which is why the official Scots language, also known as Lallands, is a dialect of English. After the merger of the Scots and the Picts (with a dash of North Britons) the current lowlands were given away by Southern English kings to break up Northumbria so that it could no longer be a major power in the land. This was on the promise of Scottish good behaviour with respect to the Northern border - ha! These kings were Saxons rather than Angles, as much as either can be distinguished. Historian Michael Wood uses the term "the hated suthangli" for them, which goes with "sassenach" as evidence that the two terms Angle and Saxon were effectively exchangeable. Yorkshire is the modern term for Deira, the southern and lesser kingdom within Northumbria.
  11. real Tiger moth(or what remains) in the jungle?

    What appears to be slots for cabane struts looks less like aero practice than suitable for a film or at least a static example.
  12. real Tiger moth(or what remains) in the jungle?

    The low engine thrust line rules out a Tiger Moth, the bluntness of the nose suggests a nose-mounted radiator so water-cooled engine. No suggestion for the type, I'm afraid.
  13. Antenna array for Kittyhawk Ia DB-H

    In 1942, tropical Spitfire Mk.VCs were fitted with TR9D rather than the later radios in use in the UK. This suggests that only HF radios were available in the overseas theatres of operation, so this is exactly what would be required on P-40s and all other aircraft in the Mediterranean theatre. Basically, you can have whatever radio you like in an aircraft but it is only useful if it operates on the same frequencies as the local ground stations, and other users. The re-equipping of entire theatres would take time, but the switch-over would need to be co-ordinated. Presumably two (or more) systems could run in parallel for some time to allow for the conversion of every aircraft/unit in each theatre. Not a subject I've seen discussed beyond the aircraft specifications, and raises questions such as did fighters arriving as a result of Operation Torch have the same radios as those in the Western Desert?.
  14. RAF Tomahawk question....

    The Ducimus book predates more recent research: it is possible that the aircraft may have been resprayed but not because of any unhappiness with the colour matching. The history of the various colours used by UK-based RAF Tomahawks has been discussed on this forum before: I didn't keep reference to this but it is worth searching out. Col Ford is another contributor on the subject whose postings are worth finding.
  15. RAF Tomahawk question....

    Dupont's "Sky Type S Gray" was a close match for Sky but somewhat less intense. I have described it as having a somewhat greyer tinge; but although I was criticised for this, that's still what it looks like to me. Nick Millman has posted several times on this subject, and you might like to contact him, to see what he says on the subject in his blog.