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JackG

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  1. Engine & Things is in Canada - Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta to be exact. Their price listing is in US currency, probably to take advantage of the fluctuating Canadian dollar. The owner passed away a few years back, so a family member (wife or daughter?) has taken over the reigns. This could explain the varying quality of their products? I had ordered four engines, all in 72nd scale. The two Japanese engines were slightly better (probably because the double row of rotary cylinders were cast as two separate halves) though there still were some air holes on the tops of the push rods, and also requires some clean up between the individual cylinders. As stated earlier, the Jaguar engine is in rough shape. Pretty much all the corners at the top of the push rods had air holes, and some details and recesses were covered in excess resin. The fourth engine was for the Curtiss Jenny, which I can only describe as one step away from a deformed blob of resin. Back to their Jaguar, they also have some details different from what I see in photos, such as: - Engine & Things have the push rods side by side at their bottom end, but really should insert one behind the other - they have a single spark plug on each cylinder, but there should be a pair on each one - the detail on the engine front only remotely portrays what is really there regards, Jack
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    Achilles

    There's a typo in the below quote, date is 2016 not 2006: "The running gear and lower hull are based on the parts contained in Tamiya’s 2006 M10 Tank Destroyer, but many, if not most, of the other parts are brand new." http://www.missing-lynx.com/reviews/britain/tamiya35366reviewbg_1.html regards, Jack
  3. Thank you Chris and Mike - yes those are the only two brands I could find in 72nd scale, and yes, it is for the Matchbox Siskin. Was able to order direct the one from Engine and Things, but my sample was in pretty rough shape, with lots of air holes and extra chunks of resin in the recessed corners. They need to either clean their molds or make a new one. Guess will continue to rebuild the resin one, since buying two of the Lynx would be over $30 with the shipping. As it is, Hannants only has one in stock. regards, Jack
  4. Would grafting two Armstrong Siddeley Lynx engines together result in a reasonable Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar? It would require a certain amount of surgery - extending the rear of one engine, and then transplanting the seven individual cylinders from the second engine to achieve the staggered positioning. Armstrong Siddeley Lynx Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar regards, Jack
  5. Hello, and thanks kindly. regards, Jack
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    Hurricane airframe L1934

    hi Dave ... according to here, he had one confirmed Me110 and shared one He111. http://acesofww2.com/can/aces/brown/ Also depends where you reference, some say he became an ace on the 14th - maybe they combined shares to reach the magic number five? regards, jack
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    Hurricane airframe L1934

    Thanks Tim. I found one more serial (L1974) here: http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/1_squadron.html So combined with the French link posted earlier, that gives four possible serials for 'Hilly" Brown during May 1940. No clue about individual fuselage code, though found a log book entry for 17th May 1940 having him position no.2 of Red Section. I considered a fictitious letter H for 'Hilly' but have to rule it out as his squadron mate Soper had that letter code on air frame L1905 on that very same day. regards, Jack
  8. There is an early photo of this Hurricane while with No.3 squadron: On 23 April 1940, L1934 was involved in a landing accident. Repairs are mentioned, but possibly at this time the wings were replaced with metal type? http://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=L1934 Wondering too, if after repairs the air frame was sent to No.1 Squadron because the same serial code has appeared when researching Mark Henry "Hilly" Brown. Can anyone confirm L1934 was his mount when he achieved ace status on May 17th 1940? I thought I had read this on the net, but can't find it where. Only later entries for this serial show up: https://aircrewremembered.com/RCAFNotesDatabase/?q=brown+and+mark http://www.cieldegloire.com/003_brown_m_h.php regards, Jack
  9. Great looking Tunisian Tiger. If I were to crit anything, it would be the modulation on the turret roof. Too overpowering, such that it begins to change the structure, making the flat surface appear curved. regards, Jack
  10. Yes my apologies, my file folder on FFA photos isn't separated into individual aircraft types, and I choose the two Hellcat examples as they appeared to be the best quality. The only decent example I have of the Corsair: Can kind of sort of see the original underside roundel on the nearest aircraft, but very clear on the third one down. It seems the immediate area around the spent cartridge chutes were also touched up? The other examples are just video screen grabs: regards, Jack
  11. True enough, but it's still interesting to know what the original colour shade was intended to be. regards, Jack
  12. Troy thanks, that could explain the difference seen in the b/w. Also thank you Graham, your explanation is a possibility as well. I'm guessing that newer paint would have a smoother finish, and therefore reflect more light? regards, Jack
  13. Thanks Jamie, I know what you mean - tried the corrections based on roundel values from American paints, and ended up with salamander pink undersides. Any idea what is going on with the b/w photo of the aircraft parked on the elevator - both upper and lower wing surfaces, plus the fuselage, look to be all one same shade (though canopy frame looks darker )- maybe photographed with a filter, or developed from a negative of just one primary colour? regards, Jack
  14. Studying photos, it just seems that this American paint for undersides must be different in some way, in that it's not an exact match for proper British Sky Type S. Am assuming these b/w period photos illustrate underside roundels painted over to adjust for smaller dimensions. Though not huge, there is a noticeable difference between the undersides and this added paint: Then there is some colour photos that indicate a blue hue to undersides of Corsairs, so I've taken one and studied it closer. Mind you, this all could mean nothing as there are a number of variables, film type and degradation of photo over time, plus colours I will be comparing to are fs values that are only close approximates. The swatches posted above are basically a shifting of colours in the above photo, but instead of doing it overall, have just dealt with specific areas using the eye dropper tool and working in RGB colour values. A sample of the Roundel Red in the above photo is compared with a quoted fs value from Paul Lucas. A subtraction value (36,32,50) was arrived by calculating the difference between two. Red numbers are the RGB values of the roundel in the photo, while the bold numbers are Roundel Red fs 30109 expressed in RGB: 157 - 36 = 121 90 - 32 = 58 99 - 50 = 49 The same subtraction is then done to the underside color, with the final set of numbers (to the right of the equal sign) representing the adjusted underside colour: 219 - 36 = 183 234 - 32 = 202 237 - 50 = 187 Thing is now, if the same is done to the Roundel Blue shade, it does not end up matching it's quoted fs match (see above swatches above). ----------------------------------------------- I did a few more tests, seeing how the undersides would change, firstly by using a subtraction value based on correcting the Roundel Blue shade, (resulting in stronger hue of blue for the undersides). A third subtraction was calculated based on a combined average of the first two studies, that ended up being a slight variation of the first result. Does this mean anything, maybe and maybe not, but for whatever reason, was not able to arrive at anything close to Sky Type S. regards, Jack
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    Tiger I in Normandy

    Very detailed list of changes here: http://www.alanhamby.com/changes.shtml Some of the obvious things to note is you would need all steel road wheels, completely different type commander's cupola, and zimmerit. regards, Jack
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