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  1. I wonder if anyone cares to explain this camouflage: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205209687 Thanks in advance
  2. I would like to bring to your attention a new Fonthill Media book: RAF LIBERATORS OVER BURMA, subtitled FLYING WITH 159 SQUADRON, by Bill Kirkness DFM and myself. The hardcover edition is 224 pages, with 53 black-and-white photographs. Please be mindful that the main title happens to be the subtitle of another Fonthill book, B-24 BRIDGE BUSTERS, by Colin Pateman. A synopsis can be found on most bookseller sites, such as fonthillmedia.com and amazon.co.uk. (Of these two, only the Fonthill site has the correct cover, where authorship is '...and Matt Poole'. Same cover, otherwise.) This book is the heartfelt, and at times heartrending, offering of a thoughtful and dedicated ‘everyman’ – just a bloke from Horsforth, near Leeds. As a wireless operator/air gunner, he was fortunate to survive a tour of 32 ops (including his harrowing last op, which ended in a crash), unlike some of his crewmates and others with whom he trained and flew, and about whom he wrote. For modellers, specifically, there are photos of: >>A colourised (cover) and black & white shot of a Mk VI Liberator taking off >>A burned-out Wellington in Malta >>Two photos of pranged Mk II Liberators >>A nice shot of engine repairs on a Mk II Liberator >>A shot from the outer port wing of a Mk II Liberator wing, looking towards the fuselage >>An interior shot of a beam gunner manning his .303-inch guns on a Mk II Liberator >>One shot showing men in front of the No.2 engine and another showing the forward fuselage, both the same Mk III Liberator >>A photo from the outside showing the .5-in port beam gun protruding from an open hatch >>Armourers ‘bombing up’ a Liberator (from the bomb trolley) >>A pranged Mk III Liberator >>Close-up nose art shots >>A taxying Mk III Liberator >>A crew portrait in front of a Mk VI Liberator >>A view of engine fitters working on a Mk VI Liberator’s No.2 engine >>A forward fuselage view of another Mk III Liberator with nose art, and >>A pranged Mk VI Liberator. The written descriptions of the different model Liberators could be of use to modellers, as well. EDIT: Incidentally, Bill's skipper on his tour and in Liberator training back in the UK was John Gauntlett (4th from the left on the cover). John's second tour on Liberators started with 159 Squadron again before finishing with 99 Squadron. His 159 Sqn Liberator from that second tour, KH283, was the subject of a limited edition 1/72 scale Eduard kit, now out of production. Cheers, Matt
  3. Finally another model is finished! The last one was a 1/24 Typhoon 6 months ago... Well, here it is, in all it's splendid jungle colors. Almost OOTB with the exception for some Eduard belts in the cockpit, rigging wire from Uschi Van Der Rosten and scratched fuse wires for the rockets. Here are the pictures: //Christer
  4. IIRC there were two periods when RAF fighters featured black port wing undersides - first lasted from April 1938 until early June 1940 and the second one from the end of November 1940 till April 1941. During the 1st period the starboard wing underside had to be white, while tailplanes and fuselages (although ordered to be divided black/white along the aircraft centreline) were sometimes left in silver or natural metal. During the second (brief) period only port wing had to be black - tailplanes, fuselage and s/board wing remained in Sky Type S. Of course the "black wing" scheme has been applied not only to the single-engined single seaters. Photos of Defiants, Blenheims and Whirlwinds with black port wing are widely known. But there are some pictures showing army co-operation types (Audax, Tomahawk) featuring black port wing. Is it possible that any Hurricanes, Blenheims or Audax with black port wing were still in frontline units during the early stage (up to May 1942) of the war against Japan? Cheers Michael
  5. Coming in a bit late on this GB, having only just completed my Made in Britain GB entry. However, better late than never eh? My entry will be another in my long-running series of building the aircraft my father worked on when he was in the RAF during WWII. 3 Years ago (bloody hell is it that long ago?) I built the 1:32 Revell Hurricane IIc (see build thread here) as one that operated in Burma while my father was attached to 5 Sqn from Dec '43 until they were replaced by Thunderbolts in Sept 44. So how come (I hear you ask) did 5 Sqn also have IIDs - after all the logistics, operation tactics and target options are somewhat different between IIC and IID. Very good question and its puzzled me for a while. I've got several references that say 5 Sqn operated both, but one of the most authoritative sources is Christopher Shores "Air War for Burma" which claims 5 Sqn only operated IICs. Then I found a reference in Michael Pearson's "The Burma Air Campaign: 1941-1945" which says "No 5 Sqn, which had been equipped with Hurricane Mk IID 'tank busters' but re-equipped due to a lack of suitable targets in the India/Burma theatre." So that makes sense - they started off with IIDs and then swapped over to IICs at some later date. In that case this will be a build from the early stages of my Dad's deployment with 5 Sqn. On to the kit, its the Hasegawa kit of the Hurricane IID. I picked it up some time ago, no idea where from now, its been in the stash for quite a while! Here is the box: and the obligatory sprue shot. You can see the Eduard Zoom etch set in there as well. I'll replace the decals with SEAC markings. I've got a possible set of serial numbers for IIDs, these may not be 100% accurate, but the best I can do at present.
  6. To-day I shall be strong, No more shall yield to wrong, Shall squander life no more; Days lost, I know not how, I shall retrieve them now; Now I shall keep the vow I never kept before. -- A E Housman, A Shropshire Lad, XVI Both the victor and the vanquished are but drops of dew, but bolts of lightning - thus should we view the world. -- Death Haiku of Ōuchi Yoshitaka King am I, whatsoever be their cry; And one last act of kinghood shalt thou see Yet, ere I pass.’ And uttering this the King Made at the man: then Modred smote his liege Hard on that helm which many a heathen sword Had beaten thin; while Arthur at one blow, Striking the last stroke with Excalibur, Slew him, and all but slain himself, he fell. -- Lord Alfred, First Baron Tennyson, The Idylls of the King, "XII. The Passing of Arthur" I'm going to be doing a joint build with fellow forumite -Neu-, a man who has achieved everything in life that I once dreamed of doing myself, from postgraduate work to living in a Commonwealth country. When I first joined Britmodeller, I recall I saw a Spitfire XIV he'd built, and I thought to myself "I hope I can build to that standard some day". And so it was a great privilege for me to have him ask if I'd be interested in doing a build thread with him. I don't want to steal his thunder, so I'll let him describe his part of the build. For my own part, I'm build two AZ Spitfire VIIIs, both in anticipation of the new Eduard kit -- I need to be able to straight-facedly tell Mrs. P that I haven't any Spitfires "like that", and she doesn't know about retractable tailwheels or additional fuel tankage -- and because I felt they made a natural follow-up to my Spitfire Vcs that I've just finished. The Spitfire Vs were stopgap Spitfires, the tropical variants arguably the least lovely and the least competitive with their potential foes out of all of the marks to see combat in the Second World War. The two-stage Merlin fighters -- VII, VIII, IX, and XVI -- represent to me the swing of the pendulum to the Allies' favour, like the magic sword that hero receives at the end of the second act. "Its name is Excalibur, which is as much to say as 'cut-steel'." I've built the AZ VIII once before, and their IX -- which is a subtly different animal -- thrice. The kit's wings are a bit thick, and the prop needs some work for the spinner to close properly. Here's one I did earlier, with some friends:
  7. Hello guys, after some time i m again going for some "normal" (non-GB related) WIP here on BM This time it ll be the new Eduard´s Spitfire Mk.VIII. It should be birthday gift for my relative, so lets see how this ll go I got the overtrees version of this nice kit (only plastic sprues, no PE, no decals, not even instructions included - you can get these from Eduard´s web page though). I m going to scratch some details + i ll be using little bit of PE parts i have left over from their Mk.IX spitfire Next i ll be using Ultracast resin wheels and Rob Taurus acetate canopy (at least the middle moving part). The seat belts are Eduard´s RAF WWII fabric belts. First time i m using these, but i see with some practice these are AMAZING addition to the kits! For camouflage i decided to give a try to Montex masks, namely their Super Masks for Spitfire VIII MT557, codes UM E, from Burma 1944. The kit is nicely moulded (maybe even better then the IX!), only the canopy parts ll need some polishing, as there are some scratches (not too visible though). I started to work on the cockpit over the last days and now i have finaly some extra time to make first building post I made new armour plates behind the seat, made some instruments and details on the sidewalls and added some wiring there. I also adjusted the fabric seatbelts and made their holder behind the seat (leading back to the fuselage). So far the cockpit is almost completed, just need to add the pedals and glass to the gunsight. So here are few shots from the progress : Hope you like it so far guys, any comments or tips are welcome I know it is not the most clean work but some areas ll be barely visible after the fuselage ll be joint..
  8. Hi, Next bird from shelf with US secodnliners... It is Sikorsky YR 4 B Hoverfly. Kit from MPM, 1/72. The markings I was trying to do are for the first helicopter rescue operation in history. It happend in Burma, in 1944. The whole story is here: http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/burma-where-special-ops%E2%80%99-combat-rescue-mission-began/1/ Regards Jerzy-Wojtek Here she is, any comments welcomed:
  9. This is the Airfix Club Sea Hurricane XII built as Hurricane IIb Z5659, flown by W.J.Storey of 135 Squadron. Flying this aircraft, he was credited with two Ki-27s of the 77th Sentai shot down and two more probable on the 6th of February 1942 over Mingaladon. Having read the Osprey book on Hurricane Aces 1941-1945, I wanted to build a few aces' Hurricanes. After getting this kit from Graham77 on the forum back in June, I planned to build Storey's Hurricane since the decals could be scrounged from generic serial and roundel/fin flash sheets. The fit of the IIb wing to the fuselage was worse than I remembered for the IIc wing, but otherwise the build was painless. I scratchbuilt some interior detail (which can't be seen now) and added the outer wing gun barrels from spares. I painted this in Lifecolour Dark Green and Dark Earth over Sky Blue following a tip from Nick Millman on the underside colour, using Humbrol 56 as a primer. This also made paint chipping easy. The squadron codes are from a Modeldecal sheet, the roundels from Almark sheets, the serials from a Ventura sheet and the fin flashes from the Xtradecals Hurricane IIc sheet. I realise went a bit overboard with the exhaust staining, but otherwise I'm satisfied with the model. P.S. if the panel lines look shiny or like I overdid the paint chipping, it's because it's gloss varnish catching the light. The deep panel lines meant that the matt varnish always accumulated in the. After three tries I just left the panel lines glossed. Thanks for looking!
  10. Outer wing guns on Hurricane IIbs

    I plan to build a Hurricane IIb from the Far East/Burma Campaign, either Z5659 or AP894 flown by W.J. Storey or BE171 by J.F. Barrick, as their markings can be made up from aftermarket sheets and generic serial number/roundel decal sheets. The Osprey book on Hurricane Aces 1941-45 lists all three as Hurricane IIbs, but then has Z5659 on the cover (and the colour profile later on) portrayed with only eight guns. Is this a mistake on the artist's part, or were the outer 4 guns sometimes removed to improve performance like the outboard cannon of some IIcs or (so I read somewhere) the wing guns of some Buffalos? Thanks in advance for your replies.
  11. Okay folks. This is going to be a combined WIP with my good friend and neighbour Shoey. Shoey's grandfather Ron Gibson (Papa) flew the MkIIc in Burma with 11 Squadron. Ron served with distinction in Burma flying his "Buccaneer" Hurribomber all year round (even through the monsoon season) and survived the conflict earning a D.F.C. R.H. Gibson D.F.C. now lives quietly in Adelaide South Australia....a very much loved and admired member of his family. For this build I am making a Revell 1:72 Burma Hurricane (I actually had one in the stash before knowing the story) with modified markings to depict exactly Ron's aircraft. Shoey is going to add something different. Being an RC enthusiast he is going to finish a full flying version of his grandfathers aircraft again with modified markings. The basic plane is built but together we're going for some extra authenticity with some of the paint finishes, weathering and panel lines So that's it. It's a two for one deal (one small static plastic one and one huge composite flying version).......and we both hope to do Ron justice with our efforts. More to come soon..... I think I have model envy already Ha Ha!
  12. Hi there, Does anyone have any information on what colours and markings (and what version hurricane) would have applied to XI squadron hurricanes in Burma? My grandfather flew and won the DFC so I would like more info on the plane he would have flown. Thanks in advance
  13. Planes My Father Fixed - Part 5 5 Sqn Burma Oct 1944-Jan 1945 Thunderbolt II In the autumn of 1944, the Hurricane IIc and IId aircraft were replaced by Thunderbolt I and II - othewise known as the P-47D Razorback and Bubbletop. 5 Sqn and 123 Sqn converted to the type together at Yelahanka in sothern India and it was intended that 5 Sqn would be equipped with Thunderbolt Isand 123 Sqn would have Thunderbolt IIs, but both squadrons left with a mixture. 5 Sqn retained its Thunderbolt IIs until January 1945 when they were swapped for Thunderbolt Is from 258 Sqn. Here we see a Thunderbolt II of 5 Sqn on a muddy airfield at Nazir in what is now Bangladesh in early December 1944. This is the Tamiya kit with aftermarket undercarriage legs, wheels and cannon barrels. Decals are from the spares box. At this time, 5 Sqn were not using their "OQ" squadron code on their aircraft, just the individual aircraft letter. I used some artistic licence as I coudl find no information about specific Thunderbolt II serials for 5 Sqn, but this serial is authentic for the aircraft shipped to the RAF in India at this time. ... and here it is... and here is the cockpit
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