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  1. A couple of points answered so far: Dinghy stowage is marked by the square below the observers position and a close-up even says dinghy stowage in the centre. JZ127 kept its ventral gun shown in Ian's photo above.
  2. Hi Ian thanks for the reply, I thought as much regarding bombs I know the Barracudas were seen with British bombs earlier with the EIF. The Hobbyboss kit comes with US bombs. A while ago you asked if I could make out the serial of Q-4Y alongside Corsair JT634. I believe the serial says FN861. Cheers Nick
  3. Duplicated thread please delete
  4. Hi folks, I’m after some good gen on Fleet Air Arm Grumman Avengers. Some of you may know that for the last few year I have been fascinated with the EIF and BPF and in particular the exploits of the corsair squadrons after reading ‘Carrier Pilot.’ It is now the turn of the avenger to be modelled in 1/48 and I have the Hobbyboss kit. I have also managed to secure the observers windows from an Accurate Miniatures kit. I don’t know too much about the FAA avengers in terms of the finer points so please shout out if you have some tips. At the moment I am looking to do JZ127, an 854 Sqn Avenger/Tarpon MkI built by Grumman (making it a TBF-Ib or TBF-Ic?) which carried some bomb markings beneath the nose and a V-1 kill. I believe the pilot Sub-Lt Davies was able to get his aircraft into position to allow the TAG to destroy the V-1 back on the Channel front. This sqn went on to serve on HMS Illustrious between December 1944 and April 1945. From Fleet Air Arm Aircraft: Deld South Africa 11.43, To RNARY Wingfield tested after erection 5.9.44, to Atheling for Ceylon 8.9.44, 854 Sqn (H), 12.44-4.45; ship pitching, bounced, missed wires, into barrier Illustrious, CAT LQ 1.1.45, (S/L PL Hartley), port wing hit rotating prop Illustrious, CAT LX 9.2.45, S/L DP Davies. Above is the aircraft I wish to model and below are just some other examples. Colour Schemes: Is it coded ‘4H’ or ‘Q4H’ like the photo above? Is the H in a different colour to the 4? Maybe sky instead of medium sea grey? Is the spinner white, sky or silver? MAP paint in TSS. Hard edged. The other aircraft in the photo (A) has had its starboard wing roundel overpainted but looks like 4H has small EIF roundels. Are they in a transitional phase in readiness for BPF bars to be applied circa Jan 1945? ‘A’ also has a different spinner colour. Are they therefore two different flight leaders ranged for T/O? Underwing roundels may be small and further outboard of the ASV aerials, potentially the darker spot in the photo? ‘A’ doesn’t look like it is carrying any. Cockpit colour: Bronze green or dull dark green from bulkhead to turret with interior green in other crew areas? Grumman grey cowling? I know the photo is b+w but the cockpit doesn’t appear to be particularly dark in tone. Observers position: Does it have a fold down seat? Assuming that the Observer or TAG can go from the rear cockpit to the lower compartment, is it offset? Is that the radar screen for ASV forward of the observer? Should there be some radar kit in the lower compartment? Does it have a second control column stowed? Bomb load: Quite clearly shown in many photos are US bombs with squared fins. For a typical load 4x 500Ibs seems to be the norm. Seatbelts: Sutton style harness? Lap belt on lower bench? Dinghy Stowage: Is that the square beneath the observer’s position? Undercarriage Legs: White or Sky? See ‘4G’ above Small whip aerial: Present behind turret. Here is a couple of passages from ‘Front Line Avenger Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm’ by R.G. Fletcher: “The aircraft was a mid-wing monoplane of all-metal, stressed skin construction and had accommodation for three crew members. Behind the pilot’s cockpit, there was a central glasshouse compartment given over to the accommodation of radio and other equipment. Then came the browning 0.5in gun turret and astern of this the lower cabin, occupying the whole of the fuselage behind the bomb bay, entered by a door aft of the starboard wing. Inside there was a folding bench-type seat facing forward opposite the radio and radar sets while below these there was a Perspex panel which, when the bomb bay doors were open, provided a downwards view for the bombardier as used by the USNAS. Above the radio was the access door to the turret and, on the right there was a space to crawl into the central glasshouse. To the rear of the seat, was the ventral gun position equipped with a Browning 0.3in firing aft. The cabin was poorly lit, having only one Perspex blister and a smaller window on each side although some daylight did filter down via the turret. The use of this lower cabin by the observer and TAG proved to be unsatisfactory for the former as visibility was poor and the use of navigational charts and instruments whilst sharing the bench seat with the TAG was not conducive to effective work or amicable relationships. However, by transferring equipment from the central glasshouse compartment, it was possible to provide the observer with a position which had excellent visibility and better facilities for his navigational duties. It also left the rear cabin for the exclusive use of the TAG apart from the very occasional passenger. With this change, some squadrons dispensed with the ventral gun.” From this I conclude that some of the kit mentioned in the first paragraph is in the glasshouse eg radar scope seen above in the photo of ‘4H’. I think that's it for the moment! Nick
  5. Hi folks, I’m after some good gen on Fleet Air Arm Grumman Avengers. Some of you may know that for the last few year I have been fascinated with the EIF and BPF and in particular the exploits of the corsair squadrons after reading ‘Carrier Pilot.’ It is now the turn of the avenger to be modelled in 1/48 and I have the Hobbyboss kit. I have also managed to secure the observers windows from an Accurate Miniatures kit. I don’t know too much about the FAA avengers in terms of the finer points so please shout out if you have some tips. At the moment I am looking to do JZ127, an 854 Sqn Avenger/Tarpon MkI built by Grumman (making it a TBF-Ib or TBF-Ic?) which carried some bomb markings beneath the nose and a V-1 kill. I believe the pilot Sub-Lt Davies was able to get his aircraft into position to allow the TAG to destroy the V-1 back on the Channel front. This sqn went on to serve on HMS Illustrious between December 1944 and April 1945. From Fleet Air Arm Aircraft: Deld South Africa 11.43, To RNARY Wingfield tested after erection 5.9.44, to Atheling for Ceylon 8.9.44, 854 Sqn (H), 12.44-4.45; ship pitching, bounced, missed wires, into barrier Illustrious, CAT LQ 1.1.45, (S/L PL Hartley), port wing hit rotating prop Illustrious, CAT LX 9.2.45, S/L DP Davies. Above is the aircraft I wish to model and below are just some other examples. Colour Schemes: Is it coded ‘4H’ or ‘Q4H’ like the photo above? Is the H in a different colour to the 4? Maybe sky instead of medium sea grey? Is the spinner white, sky or silver? MAP paint in TSS. Hard edged. The other aircraft in the photo (A) has had its starboard wing roundel overpainted but looks like 4H has small EIF roundels. Are they in a transitional phase in readiness for BPF bars to be applied circa Jan 1945? ‘A’ also has a different spinner colour. Are they therefore two different flight leaders ranged for T/O? Underwing roundels may be small and further outboard of the ASV aerials, potentially the darker spot in the photo? ‘A’ doesn’t look like it is carrying any. Cockpit colour: Bronze green or dull dark green from bulkhead to turret with interior green in other crew areas? Grumman grey cowling? I know the photo is b+w but the cockpit doesn’t appear to be particularly dark in tone. Observers position: Does it have a fold down seat? Assuming that the Observer or TAG can go from the rear cockpit to the lower compartment, is it offset? Is that the radar screen for ASV forward of the observer? Should there be some radar kit in the lower compartment? Does it have a second control column stowed? Bomb load: Quite clearly shown in many photos are US bombs with squared fins. For a typical load 4x 500Ibs seems to be the norm. Seatbelts: Sutton style harness? Lap belt on lower bench? Dinghy Stowage: Is that the square beneath the observer’s position? Undercarriage Legs: White or Sky? See ‘4G’ below Small whip aerial: Present behind turret. Here is a couple of passages from ‘Front Line Avenger Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm’ by R.G. Fletcher: “The aircraft was a mid-wing monoplane of all-metal, stressed skin construction and had accommodation for three crew members. Behind the pilot’s cockpit, there was a central glasshouse compartment given over to the accommodation of radio and other equipment. Then came the browning 0.5in gun turret and astern of this the lower cabin, occupying the whole of the fuselage behind the bomb bay, entered by a door aft of the starboard wing. Inside there was a folding bench-type seat facing forward opposite the radio and radar sets while below these there was a Perspex panel which, when the bomb bay doors were open, provided a downwards view for the bombardier as used by the USNAS. Above the radio was the access door to the turret and, on the right there was a space to crawl into the central glasshouse. To the rear of the seat, was the ventral gun position equipped with a Browning 0.3in firing aft. The cabin was poorly lit, having only one Perspex blister and a smaller window on each side although some daylight did filter down via the turret. The use of this lower cabin by the observer and TAG proved to be unsatisfactory for the former as visibility was poor and the use of navigational charts and instruments whilst sharing the bench seat with the TAG was not conducive to effective work or amicable relationships. , by transferring equipment from the central glasshouse compartment, it was possible to provide the observer with a position which had excellent visibility and better facilities for his navigational duties. It also left the rear cabin for the exclusive use of the TAG apart from the very occasional passenger. With this change, some squadrons dispensed with the ventral gun.” From this I conclude that some of the kit mentioned in the first paragraph is in the glasshouse eg radar scope seen above in the photo of ‘4H’. I think that's it for the moment! Nick
  6. Really nice love them both! Is that a blind flying hood you've got in the rear cockpit?
  7. Looks a nice decal sheet for the hurri. More interesting than the Airfix trop.
  8. The Tamiya one is from Coolham I think as one of the Polish Sqns. operated there- just off of the A272. Thanks for the link I didn't know that, I'll have to go for a walk over there someday and pay my respects. I'm at the painting stage of a 19 Sqn. MkIII.
  9. Thanks very much! I remember the merlin but not the nimrod. We used to go the fetes in the village during the summer- not been for a long time!
  10. Thanks guys, the Avieology decals were lovely indeed and I love the effort they went to with providing reference information and even dimensions if you'd like to scratchbuild a cluster bomb.
  11. Looks superb and in the markings of 85 Sqn no less!
  12. Hi folks, here is my newly completed Hasegawa Hawker Typhoon MkIb of Wing Commander Davidson, the leader of No.143 Wing in May 1944. I like building kits that have a relevance or a geographical proximity and this aircraft was briefly based at RAF Funtington in West Sussex which is not too far from me and is somewhere I always just thought was a load of pig farms, until I started looking into its history and found the role it played during D-Day! Nowadays there is a Qinetiq establishment shown in the photo below. Where the road is, was roughly one of the runways running East/West: The kit was airbrushed with Xtracrylix over a black base. Extras include resin wheels, exhaust, vac canopy and Ultracast British bombs. Decals by Avieology. Thanks to Chris Thomas for a lovely reference photo. Next time will be a Mustang MkIII that also flew from Funtington. Cheers Nick
  13. Fwiw I made Hellcat MkII, JX788 B-8H of HMS Empress, 896 sqn. It doesn't have the rear windows, it has all the other features associated with a MkII.
  14. Nice one Tony and very interesting history behind it.