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  1. I'm not sure if this is the best location for this post, so I took a guess. (Mike, if you need to move it to another location, please do so!) This is a beautiful restoration of a P-51D-5 flown by Texas native Jack Ilfrey, an ace of the 20th FG. He also flew a P-38J with the same name. This Mustang is a faithful replica to the original, with the exception of the dorsal fin strake, which was not fitted to the D-5 that Major Ilfrey flew. This Mustang is based here where I live and I get to see it every time Bruce flies it, as the traffic pattern takes it over my house! Got to see it again last week end at our bi-annual airshow. Bruce is a former USN F-18 pilot who has an opthomology practice here in San Antonio, and in addition to being an outstanding pilot, is one of the nicest people you could hope to meet. I am waiting for my 1/48 Airfix Mustang to arrive so I can build it as a tribute to both airmen. I hope you enjoy the photos. Mike http://midwestaero.com/site/Photo_Gallery/Pages/Happy_Jacks_Go_Buggy.html
  2. I'm keen to model the units that an individual aircraft (in this case a Tornado F3) has been in from inception to disposal. Is there a way of finding this information out? I've sent a couple of emails to the RAF Museum at Hendon, to their heritage section, and so far nothing.. Are there any other ways to collect this info?
  3. Scholarly book on RAF colours?

    I was most impressed recently looking at a copy of Merrick and Kiroff's ...and wanted to draw upon the collected expertise of the forum to discover if there is an RAF equivalent to this volume (in terms of the sheer level of detailed analysis provided in the above) anyone could recommend that covers roughly the same historical period? I'm not looking for any of the general visual guides to unit markings or painting guides for modellers (of which there are plenty) but a detailed scholarly analysis like the above that deals with the historical and technological development, industrial painting procedures and operational factors etc. and is well-referenced/illustrated. Any book references would be most gratefully received. Thanks for reading this. Tony
  4. Just to announce that I am currently working on the developmental, political and operational history of the Boulton Paul Defiant, for release ( all being well ) late summer 2018. The book is being published by Frontline/Pen & Sword, and will be about 80,000 words in length with 100+ images. But that's a ball park figure as I have been given free reign to make this book as large as possible. Hand over date to the publisher is 1st December 2017. There will be a complete list of claims made by Defiant crews, and a roll of honour listing the 200+ aircrew lost on type; the latter will where possible, have an image of each airman. Other areas covered will include a section on aviation archaeology, and modelling the Defiant. If anyone wants more information, please drop me a line, and thanks for looking. Regards Andy
  5. A slice of helicopter history

    I discovered this little gem just now. A fascinating read: http://helicopterstory.blogspot.ie/2012_03_07_archive.html Tony
  6. Strathallan Lancaster

    Not sure if this has been posted before but if not then I thought it might be of interest, The sad tale of the ex Strathallan collection Lanc, including some interesting detail shots of various bays, pipework etc that might be of use to someones superdetailing. http://www.timefadesaway.co.uk/strathallan/kb976/kb_976_7.html
  7. FAMO/8.8CM gun mounted

    I am building a 1/72nd Trumpeter FAMO with a Revell 8.8CM FLaK 36 mounted on a platform, & a CMIK conversion. I have it nearly finished, I would like to find more information on the history of these vehicles. Can anyone point me to where I can find this history ? Carl T
  8. I first recall reading about so-called "scale colour" or "scale effect" adjustments of model paints in the middle 1980s. It was in Fine Scale Modeler in the USA. When and where did this topic first come to plastic modelling? In the UK? In the USA? What was the groundbreaking article on the subject? Did the topic start in the model railroad hobby before reaching the plastic modelling crowd? Who was the benefactor (or culprit, depending on your point of view) who brought it into plastic modelling?
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