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  1. Please may I present to you my just completed 1/48 Special Hobby Blackburn Skua II. I have finished my Skua as the aeroplane of the Royal Navy's first "Ace" of WWII Lt WP Lucy RN of 803 NAS. Blackburn Skua II L2925/F of HMS Glorious flown by Lt Lucy was involved in operations off Norway during April and May 1940. Lt Lucy had been involved in the attacked that sunk the Konigsberg. He went on to share in the destruction of 7 enemy aircraft, 1 probably destroyed, 3 shared damaged. In L2925/F he shared in the destruction of 2 He.111s on 24.04.40 & 07.05.40 but was killed with his observed when the aeroplane exploded attacking a He.111 14.05.40. The kit was constructed out of the box (boxing comes with some resin elements and some etch). Paint is Xtracolour and Tamiya acrylic. Markings were cobbled together using various sets but mainly Xtradecal standard sheets. Anyway enough ramble, here is a couple of pictures.. Hope you like it. By the looks of the pictures I need more matt varnish on those tyres... Thanks for stopping by.. The Blackburn Skua was notable for a Royal Navy aircraft for the large number of ‘firsts’ she notched up in such a short career: First –monoplane in Royal Naval service; First –all-metal aircraft in Royal Naval service; First –British aircraft to shoot down a Confirmed German aircraft in the Second World War; First –aircraft in the world to sink a major warship by dive-bombing; First –British aircraft to have a bomb-ejector fork for bomb to clear propeller in dive; First –British aircraft with sleeve-valve engine; First –British aircraft to feature Koffman starter gun for engine; First –British aircraft to mount four Browning guns clear of prop. No CC gear; First –British aircraft to feature two-speed propeller (two pitch positions); First –and only aircraft to be fitted with anti-spin tail parachute; First –British aircraft equipped with radio-homing beacon on new VHF; First –British aircraft to have front gun reflector sight; First –British aircraft fitted with oxygen bottles and supply lines." Skua:-The Royal Navy's Dive-Bomber: The Royal Navy's Dive-Bomber" by Peter Smith
  2. Hello Everyone, This is my latest completed model of the Hellcat Mk.I in Royal Navy colours in 48th scale by Eduard. This is also my first submission on the RFI forum so I hope you like it.
  3. Hello Everyone, Although I am quite near to the completion of this build, as a new member with Britmodeller I wanted to post my first "Work In Progress" topic for my current project the Eduard 1/48 Fleet Air Arm Hellcat Mk.I. This is the first Eduard kit I have build and have really enjoyed building it, the detail is very good and the kit went together really easily. Sorry in advance for the number of photos.
  4. Real thing everywhere,how lucky am I?

    I am lucky living in yeovil for modelling referance because within 1 hour of home I can visit The Fleet air museum The helicopter museum The Tank museum The Army air corp museum Haynes motor museum Royal corps of Signals museum At least 4 preserved railways Not bad for reference
  5. Was there a standard size for the serial number and 'ROYAL NAVY' legend in WW2? If so, what was the standard size? I'm mostly interested in the 1940/1942 period, but I have found very little on the topic and I would be rather interested in getting a general understanding. Juanita
  6. Hi all, I recently picked up this kit and thought I'd share my progress on BM Obligatory sprue shot Before I begin is there are faults or problems in this kit that should know about before I start? -Cam
  7. Hi All, Just recently completed this kit and thought I'd share it with you guys. The kit was alright but was rather annoying in some places especially when joining the two fuselage halves which left a rather large gap which could have just been me, once the gaps had been filled the rest of the build went well and it was finished in my usual fashion with Vallejo Model Air paints. However for the first time I tried doing an oil wash instead of using Tamiya panel line accent colour which I think turned out alright. Constructive criticism is very much welcome! (I know the aerial wire is rather on the thick side but its some temporary stretched sprue until I can find a better alternative) And now a comparison to the same aircraft I painted up over a year ago
  8. As a former member of 815 Sqn, when I saw Xtradecal's 815 Sqn decal sheet (X72-108) I just had to start modelling the history of this illustrious squadron - Taranto etc. The squadron initially formed at RNAS Worthy Down on 9 October 1939, from the remnants of 811 and 822 squadrons that had survived the sinking of their carrier HMS Courageous in September 1939, with Fairey Swordfish aircraft. In June 1940, the squadron embarked on HMS Illustrious and sailed for the Mediterranean in August, attacking and minelaying the North African coast. The squadron gained early fame with its involvement in the Battle of Taranto in 1940. The battle consisted of a raid on the Italian Battlefleet in harbour at Taranto which redefined the use of air power from the sea. During the battle only one squadron aircraft was lost (unfortunately with the Squadron's Commanding Officer), compared to the crippling of half the Italian Fleet. In March 1941, the squadron was once again involved in a major operation at the Battle of Cape Matapan. The squadron re-equipped in August 1941 with a mixture of Swordfish and Fairey Albacore aircraft, operating from shore bases in support of the North African campaign. On 10 July 1943, before 815 Squadron was disbanded. To be continued... Fairey Swordfish MkI, L7648/X of 815 NAS, Heliopolis, Egypt, 1942. The model is the 'old' Airfix mould and is showing it's age. The engineering and fit was poor, causing alignment issues. After market helped and was sourced from, Airwaves AC72-178 PE set, Pavla U72-135 resin oil cooler and generator pipes, Mini Part 0.303 Browning machine gun and a 'bodged' Quickboost QB72-363 exhaust. 815 Swordfish 1 by hegertyr, on Flickr 815 Swordfish 2 by hegertyr, on Flickr 815 Swordfish 6 by hegertyr, on Flickr 815 Swordfish 5 by hegertyr, on Flickr 815 Swordfish 3 by hegertyr, on Flickr 815 Swordfish 4 by hegertyr, on Flickr What would I change? the Swordfish was based in the desert under the sun, I think it should be dusty and more weathered, sand is very abrasive. The rigging could be tighter. I've found out that the oil cooler is wrong for a MkI. The torpedo should be black with a yellow warhead? 815 builds to come are: 3 x Swordfish Albacore Fulmar Barracuda Avenger Gannet Whirlwind Wessex Lynx HAS 2/3 Lynx HMA 8 Cheers John
  9. Finished the Corsairs, so let's move on to a couple of Martlets, using these Hobbyboss quickbuilds. Hopefully, shouldn't be too big a challenge as these kits go together really well. A little unrefined but something I can live with. They are fun to build so it should be good, and not too taxing which will be ok as I am a bit busy the next few weeks. Mor later.
  10. Modern Fleet Air Arm Grey

    Chaps, Would anyone happen to know what grey the current Merlin HMA.2s are painted in FAA service? I am after a good acrylic spray-able paint in perhaps the Gunze/Mr Color or Tamiya ranges but want to make sure it's the right one. Cheers for any help. Andy
  11. After a bit of a hiatus (6Months) I'm back on the case now. Working away on both the Seafire MKII and the Sea Gladiator, getting ready to move them to the paint shop But I'm a bit confused over the Sea Gladiator camouflage so I'm looking for input from the Fleet Air Arm experts out there (this really is a nerdy question).. I am doing a collection around FAA Aces, largely based on the Osprey publication. The Sea Gladiator I am building is going to be that flown by Commander Charles Keightley-Peach who led a fighter contingent NAS 813(F) on HMS Eagle N5517/6oA. I have seen a photograph of this aircraft dated July 1940 the picture is from above and appears in two publications, the Osprey book and Stuart Lloyds Fleet Air Arm Camouflage and Markings (Atlantic & Mediterranean Theatres 1937-1941). The kit also has the markings for this aircraft which is in the S1E scheme with roundel in all six positions. In July 1940 would Sea Gladiator N5517 (which had been in storage in Malta until May/June 1940) have had shadow shaded S1E upper surfaces? It is impossible to tell from the photograph, I think it was supposed to be but I do know shadow shading was quietly dropped. Other Sea Gladiator pictures from around the same period don't seem to have shadow shading but they also have straight demarcation between upper and lower schemes which indicates a repainted aircraft. Would the aircraft have the black port underside (or just main planes)? The Roden scheme does not show it, neither do any of the illustrations I have seen, but you cannot tell from the photograph. The Lloyd books states that the aeroplane has roundels in all six positions which would indicate the standard Sky grey finish underside. Pictures of 813 later in the year indicate that there was a black lower port side IFF but it had no lower roundels... Ideally I would like a dated photograph of N5517/6oA just taking off from HMS Eagle, from below clearly showing every detail of the underside with the serial clearly readable - that's not going to happen but can anybody help?
  12. Supermarine Seafire Mk.III "last Fights Over the Pacific" Special Hobby 1:48 It is believed that the Admiralty first showed an interest in a carrier based Spitfire as early as 1938, when Fairey Aviation proposed such a modification could take place. This idea was rejected and subsequently left the Fleet Air Arm to order other less capable aircraft. The matter was again raised in 1939 and a Spitfire was fitted with an A Frame arrestor hook. After further investigation folding wings were added to the specification. At the time one of the major factors holding back a Sea Spitfire (or Seafire as it was to become) was that production capacity was needed for land Spitfires. Due to this Wildcats were ordered from Grumman for the FAA to be called the Martlet. By the end of 1941 the Admiralty again looked at Spitfire project. 48 Spitfire Mk Vbs were converted by Air Training Services at Hamble to become hooked Spitfires. These would allow the Royal Navy to get experience operating the type, which due to its narrow undercarriage and high nose was not the ideal carrier aircraft. The second major type for the RN was the Seafire Mk II, this used a cropped supercharger to provide greater power at lower levels. The IIc was the first major mark to be deployed in any number. The Seafire Mk III was the real first true carrier Seafire. It was developed from the IIc. It had manually folding wings allowing more aircraft to be carried. The wing would fold using a system of two straight chordwise folds. A break was introduced immediately outboard of the wheel well where the wing would fold upwards and slightly forward, a second fold would be at the wingtip. The Mk III would use the Merlin 55 engine with a 4 bladed prop. The Mk III would be used by the Fleet Air Arm, The Irish Air Corps, and the French Aéronavale. The French would receive 65 Mk IIIs which were deployed to Vietnam on board the carrier Arromanches in 1948. The Irish Air Corps were supplied with 12 Mk III in 1947 which were stripped of their Naval equipment (except the wing fold) by Supermarine. The Kit The kit arrives in a fairly sturdy box. Inside are three large and three small sprues of grey plastic, a clear sprue, a sheet of vinyl, a sheet of photo etch; and an instrument panel film. Construction as with most aircraft starts with the cockpit area. The bulkhead forward of the pilot is made up along with the instrument panel. This is added to the engine firewall, the floor area including rudder pedals and control column is added. The seat can then be attached to its backing of armour plate, this along with the headrest is then added to the rear fuselage frame. PE seat belts and harness straps are then added. The next step is to add both of the previous subassemblies onto the main fuselage. Lage side panels with relief details are also added at this stage. The fuselage can then be closed up. The vinyl parts can then be applied to the closed up fuselage. The next stage in construction is the wings. The upper wing halves are attached to the one part lower wing. The internal sections of the wheel wells need to be placed inside the wing sections before they are closed up. The right cannon bulges need to be glued to the upper wing. There is no internal structure under the bulges. Be sure to use the right cannon bulges as there are four different sets on the sprues. The propellor is the next sub assembly to be built up, along with the arrestor hook parts If your build needs them). The next major task is to attach fuselage to the wings. Following this the tail planes, rudder, ailerons; and wing tips are added. Attention then turns to the underside of the aircraft. The radiators, engine under cowling, air intake and tail wheel are added. If your aircraft has an arrestor hook this sub assembly is also added, if not then a plate is added to this area. The undercarriage is also assembled and added at this stage. Finally to wrap up your build the engine exhausts, appropriate cannon barrels, aerial mast, entry door, propellor assembly; and canopies are added to the kit. Photo Etch & Vinyl A small photo etched fret is provided for the seat belts & harness, Instrument panel, rudder pedals, escape crowbar, and fuselage stiffening plates. A self adhesive vinyl sheet provides for raised areas on the fuselage where even PE would be too thick. An acetate film is provided for use between the PE instrument panel parts. Canopy The clear parts are very clear and remarkably thin. Care will need to be taken removing them from the sprue. I am not sure if the main canopy will fit over the rear part as the instructions do not show this. Decals Decals are provided for 3 aircraft. PR256, 894 Sqn HMS Indefatigable. April 1945. PR240, 880 Sqn HMS Improbable, June 1945. NN212, 887 Sqn HMS Indefatigable, August 1945. All decals are printed by Aviprint, are in register and colour density looks good. Conclusion A good re-release from Special Hobby showing aircraft from the last combat patrols of the FAA in the Far East. In fact NN212 took part int eh very last combat of the Fleet Air Air of WWII. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Hello everybody, I'm in the process of building a FAA Hellcat Mk.I used during Operation Meridian I/II. Many questions on details I could solve myself while analyzing, I think, nearly every picture and video accessible on the Internet, or by reading books and posts in various forums. Only one very important question I couldn't solve to my satisfaction at all yet: Which specific airplane I'm building? Of the many pictures I looked at, most were seemingly taken in 1944 (many pics are dated definitely wrong throughout the Internet) and I don't like to guesstimate if the aircraft, this long after, used the same code during the raids on Palembang. Also the FAA registrations are not easy to make out most of the time, and I'm not familiar with the codes used by the 1839/44 NAS nor any other FAA squadron. So the questions is: Does anyone know which specific Hellcats were flown during the 24th/29th January 1945? I would highly appreciate if you could include the source of the information, but the ultimate goal would be a picture of the specific plane. Still just a registration number would already help a lot, as this would clarify at least which style of cowling would be accurate. If you can contribute anything I'm very grateful! Any other commend, picture, etc., is of course appreciated as well - you never know everything or could locate every picture.
  14. Why no injected 1:48 Scimitar ?

    Considering how the Scimitar is a historically important aircraft; being last aircraft produced by Supermarine, how come there's not been an injection plastic kit in 1:48 ? Of course there's the Dynavector kit but that's both vacuumform and starting to become both uncommon and expensive ! Is there a reason as to why a kit was never made by Classic Airframes who appeared to make kits of most other FAA aircraft during the 1950's/1960's ? With the release of other post war FAA subjects within the last 5 years like the Sea Vixen and Sea Hawk surely someone should have made one by now ? Gareth
  15. Good day again all! This is my first RFI for quite a while. This is a Special Hobby Sea Hawk depicted as WM 995 OF 802 NAS. I have built her as a Suez machine on board HMS Albion. This aircraft was actually hit by Egyptian ground fire which resulted in a damage to the stbd drop tank. The kit comes with a nice load of resin and one piece is a drop tank that depicts the damage, so I modelled her postflight, blanked up ready for a drop tank change. The kit was originally the MPM version with resin cockpit incorporating a front nose wheel well, seat and drop tanks, bombs and sidewinders for other versions. There is also a nice etch set but very little was used on this kit, just the IP. The only disappointment was no resin for the main gearbay. I wanted this to be a quick build but got hung up on a couple of things. I did have to open up the gun ports as the kit just had engravings but they turned out fine in the end. As ever finished in Model Master acrylics and kit decals which are a little transparent when placed over the fuselage stripes. Blanks are scratched from plastic card and wire handles, saved alot of effort in building up the intakes. Although black and white blurry pictures of the actual aircraft show a relatively clean fuselage I did muck up the area around the damaged tank. Any hoo enjoy!
  16. Hi folks, here is the AIrfix Harrier I was given. Dressed it up with some Pavla intakes, some scratch / scrap resin added to wheel bays and Pigsty gave me a seat. Build Thread... Enjoy.
  17. Hi, I joined this Group build and life got in the way so I missed the end unfortunately. Here is my completed Wessex HAS.1 which is built from the Italeri Kit. Please click on above link for build thread. Now before anyone spots it I'll confess and inacurracy... The MODEX number of 266 abbreviated to 66 on the nose is actually for HMS Hermes. But I wanted a OOB Wessex and also wanted a representation of the plane guard from the mighty Ark so this is close enough for me. Enjoy...
  18. SCRAM! Harry Benson

    Great book, well written and lively. Maybe some errors or exclusions but a nice first hand account of Wessex Op's down south. Reccomended. I read it just after Sandy Woodward's 100 days. Made a nice pair.
  19. I was thinking about projects for the future and wondered what was the best (cheapest) way to get a 1/48 HC.4 Sea King. I have a Wessex HU.5 kit in stash and a Lynx HMA.8 with the backdate kit to make it an HAS.2. Was thinking a Falklands war Helicopter display would be quite satisfying. Would the Revell boxing of the SH-3H US Navy Sea King be a good starting point? Is there any resin available to make the changes to the landing gear? Has anyone got any plans to bring out a kit in the near future that I'm not aware of saving the whole expensive and messy business of 'making' an HC.4 from bits and bobs. Airfix scaling up their 1/72 Junglie would be awesome! Thanks. :-)
  20. Hi mates, You know, for a guy who has the audacity to call himself Navy Bird it's amazing that I didn't have a Sea Harrier in my collection. However, I had a couple of kits in the stash, so it was time to get to work. As this project progressed, it quickly became a kitbash between the Fujimi and Hasegawa Sea Harrier kits. Fujimi supplied the fuselage and wings, while Hasegawa provided the canopy, nose landing gear strut, tyres, Aden gun pods, Sidewinder missiles, anti-collision light, drop tanks, and miscellaneous sundries. I scratch built the intake blow-in doors, nose gear well, and the canopy detonator box. The aftermarket supplied a resin cockpit, resin outriggers, resin nozzles, turned metal pitot probe and AoA sensor, and a whole bunch of photoetch. Oddly, none of the aftermarket accessories were designed for either of the two kits. I also happened to still have a Microscale sheet from ages ago with the colourful markings of 800 Squadron prior to the Falklands conflict. I had to do that! Here is my executive summary: Project: Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm BAe Sea Harrier FRS.1 Kits: Fujimi (kit number F-30) and Hasegawa (kit number D19) Scale: 1:72 (please leave fumble thumbs at the door) Decals: Microscale Sheet 72-393, representing XZ454, No. 800 Squadron, 1980 Photoetch: Eduard 73384 (for Airfix), primarily for the cockpit, ejection seat details, detonator cord, mirror, antennae, windscreen wiper, landing gear doors, heat shields, vents Resin: Pavla cockpit C72092 (for Airfix), Pavla nozzles U72118 (for Airfix), Quickboost outriggers 72385 (for Airfix), Scale Resin 1,000 lb. bomb (from Buccaneer S.1 kit) Turned metal: Master AM-72-052 Vacuform: None! Joy in Mudville! Scratchbuilt: Intake blow-in doors, canopy detonator box, nose gear well, APU intake Paint: Gunze H333 Extra Dark Sea Grey, H331 Dark Sea Grey, H335 Medium Sea Grey, H417 RLM76, H11 Flat White, H12 Flat Black, H77 Tyre Black, H25 Sky Blue, H309 FS34079, H28 Metal Black, H95 Smoke Grey, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green; Alclad 111 Magnesium, 314 Klear Kote Flat Weathering: Post shading with Gunze H95 Smoke Grey, some panel line work with pencil. Improvements/Corrections 1 - Shortened air brake 2 - Scratch built nose gear well, intake blow-in doors, APU intake, canopy detonator box 3 - All that aftermarket stuff Build thread: Link Pictures! FAA Family Reunion: Cheers, Bill
  21. Hiller HT-2 1/48 Model kit

    Hi, did anyone ever produce a model kit of the Hiller HT-2 training helicopter, or is it a case of "If you want it, scratch it?" I know Special Hobby produced a 1/72 kit that could be used for an HT-1. Cheers
  22. Barracuda Mk. II "Home Fleet" 1:72 Special Hobby The Fairey Barracuda was an all-metal torpedo/dive bomber, designed to replace its Fairey stablemates, the Swordfish and the Albacore. Although vastly more modern than the aforementioned aircraft, the ungainly Barracuda had a mixed service career. It achieved some fame for the part it played in the successful attack on the German battleship Tirpitz in April 1944, but when deployed to the Pacific theatre, the high temperatures and high altitude requirement were not a good match for the Barracuda's abilities. Despite the fact that in excess of 2500 Barracudas rolled off the production line by the end of the War, none survive intact today. The Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton is, however, slowly rebuilding an example from recovered wreckage, so there is hope for fans of this rather interesting aircraft. This is Special Hobby's second attempt at the Barracuda. Their first was a traditional, short-run injection moulded kit initially released in 1999 under the MPM label. Although that was a massive improvement over the old FROG kit, the world of scale modelling has moved on since then. Happily, Special Hobby have moved with the times, to the point that they are now able to offer a completely new kit produced from all-metal moulds. As you might expect, the new kit is a quantum leap over its predecessor, both in terms of detail and overall quality. Apart from three sprues of nicely moulded grey plastic, the box also contains a single clear sprue and a decal sheet with marking options for two aircraft. Construction starts with a reasonably well detailed cockpit. This sub-assembly is effectively split into two main parts. The forward cockpit includes a pilot's seat in three parts, a floor pan, side consoles, rear bulkhead and control column. An instrument panel and rudder pedals are also included. The rear cockpit includes the other two crew seats, radio kit and other details. The inside of the fuselage halves also feature some sidewall detail. The overall effect is a pleasingly detailed cockpit, which is just as well given the large canopy that is a characteristic of their aircraft. The only improvement I could suggest would be the addition of a set of photo etched harnesses, if you happen to have some available. Before the fuselage halves can be joined, the shackle for the torpedo must be fitted to the belly of the aircraft. The fuselage side windows are fitted from the outside, so there should be no danger of them popping out of the frame and rattling around inside the fuselage. Construction of the wing is fairly conventional. The wing itself is split into upper and lower halves, between which are sandwiched the walls of the main landing gear bays. These might be slightly fiddly to fit, but the level of moulded detail should mean they look terrific once finished. The light in the leading edge of the port wing must also be fitted at this point. Ailerons are moulded in place, but the Barracuda's distinctive dive brake flaps are separate parts, as are the wingtip formation lights. The horizontal stabiliser has the elevators moulded in place, and rudder is moulded as part of the vertical stabiliser. The Barracuda's ungainly landing gear is quite nice and each wheel is split vertically. The distinction between wheel and tyre could be clearer, but with careful painting they should look fine. The airscrew is moulded in six parts, which each of the four blades moulded separately. You will need to take care when assembling this part in order to make sure that everything lines up properly. The canopy is moulded as a single solid part. The canopy is thin and clear but the frame lines could be a little crisper. Ordnance comes in the form of a large torpedo and a single bomb. Bombe racks for the underside of the outer wings are also included. The outer wing locking plungers and radar antennas are both present and correct. The exhaust parts can be fitted from the outside, which means they can be painted separately and then added at the end of the build. Two decal options are provided: Barracuda Mk.II LS556 (or LS550) of 829 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Victorious, May 1944. This was one of the aircraft that successfully hit the Tirpitz during Operation Tungsten. Barracuda Mk.II BV937 of 830 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Furious, 1944. This aircraft also took part in Operation Tungsten. Both aircraft are finished in Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey over Sky. The decals themselves look great on the sheet and a full set of stencils is provided too. Conclusion It's great to have a brand new tool of this important (if not especially attractive) aircraft. The overall shape looks ok, while the quality of moulding, treatment of surface detail and the rendering of parts such as the cockpit are all very good indeed. Overall, this is a really nice kit which is already tempting me to build it, if I can find the time. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Okay, I have not got the kit yet. I have lots to do at home as well as a 1/48 Phantom FG.1 and a 1/48 Sea Harrier to finish I have also a confession of shame that I bought the kit and never started it for the last rotary GB I joined which involved a Huey. However, given my 1/48 Phantom obsession, and my love of FAA subjects I am going to join this with the intended aim of producing a Plane Guard Wessex from Ark's Fleet. First helicopter since I was a kid, so no fancy bits, just as close as I can get to an OOB Wessex build. Any pointers on which kit and mods I need to make will be gratefully received! Thanks.
  24. Royal Navy Roundel Question

    Hi all, I have a question concerning a project I am working on. I plan to build the Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1A Corsair as a Royal Navy craft, and have been collecting items for a while. I have decided to paint as many markings as possible and to this end have purchased the "MonteX" super mask set # K32333. the masks and paint guide show standard (I believe) far east markings of a blue and white tail flash, and blue and white roundels on the fuselage. But the wing roundels are as follows: Outer ring of Blue then a red ring, and finally an inner spot of white. Is this correct? as I dont think I have ever noticed this arrangement before. Any help would gratefully received. Ian