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  1. In the Australian Army there was a device, shaped like a funnel with a wide open end and a narrower end. This was lodged next to the thunderbox in the sandy soil. I have witnessed a young, female soldier being instructed in it's uses as a loudhailer. She literally put the narrow open end to her lips and shouted out a command. Everybody who witnessed this fell around laughing. She was naive enough to believe us and spent about half an hour washing out her mouth after she realised what it's real use was. It is a familiar piece of equipment widely used.
  2. Oops, that should have been just a B-57E, not a WB-57. My apologies.
  3. I didn't have that problem on the WB-57E I made. Admittedly it was the wings only from the WB-57 and the fuselage of a PR.9 from Airfix but it didn't sit excessively high. I wonder if the undercarriage was correctly sited? I expect so. High Planes does occassionally do odd things with their kits upon occasion.
  4. Admittedly I have over 40+ years of experience building kits. I'd actually rate them about on par with Frog kits of yesteryear, with resin enhancements. They are only as difficult as you make them IMO. To me, it seems just another kit. Admittedly, I think that of most kits nowadays.
  5. Easy-peasy really. A little extra work but in my experience, they go together well and are easy to build. Even the resin interiors fit well.
  6. That was the impression I've always had of them as well. Much better than the Airfix ones. Expensive downunder as well, now they have moved to Singapore.
  7. Really? How do the High Planes models look?
  8. You did not mention them in the past tense. What "list"?
  9. Australia ceased operation of Leopard AS1's over 10 years ago. They now adorn various RSL and Barracks around the country.
  10. The C-123 Provider in RAAF Service The Fairchild C-123 Provider is an American military transport aircraft designed by Chase Aircraft and then built by Fairchild Aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. In addition to its USAF service, which included later service with the Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard, it also went on to serve most notably with the U.S. Coast Guard and various foreign air forces. During the War in Vietnam, the C-123 was used to deliver supplies, to evacuate the wounded, and also used to spray Agent Orange. The C-123 Provider entered Royal Australian Ai
  11. Interesting. I wasn't aware of that conversion being available. The difference between it and what I did was there was no turbosupercharger...
  12. Australian Coastguard Turbo-Privateer The Australian Coast Guard was established in 2003. As part of that establishment surplus aircraft were passed from the RAAF and the RAN to the newly formed post guard. The RAAF donated F-28 Friendship transport aircraft. The RAN Curtiss Privateers. The Privateers had come into the hands of the RAN in 1945 as part of a hand over from the USAF. Australia had, at the end of WWII ended up with a huge Lend-Lease credit. It had fed most of the Occupied populations of the Japanese with grain and other agricultural goods. These airc
  13. F4U7 Inline Corsair RNZAF service 1945 The Corsair was in 1942 proving itself in US Navy service. It was powerful, it was fast and it was troublesome. It was subject to “bounce” on landing during sea trials. The US Navy was disappointed in it’s deck landing trials onboard it’s carriers. It was assigned to the Royal Navy and the US Marines or it operated ashore in US Navy units. In 1942, Chance Vought proposed an inline powered version to the USAAF. The USAAF wasn’t interested in what it saw as a discarded US Navy design. However, the US Marine Corps was intrig
  14. Real Life Build - The De Havilland Venom FB.1, 45 Squadron, Butterworth, 1956. In 1948, de Havilland proposed a development of the Vampire, furnished with a thinner wing and a more powerful engine, to serve as a high altitude fighter, designated as the Vampire FB 8. The design gradually shifted, becoming the DH 112 Venom, in order to fill an Air Ministry requirement, Specification F.15/49, which sought a fast, manoeuvrable and capable fighter-bomber to replace the Royal Air Force's (RAF) existing Vampires in that capacity. From the onset, the envisioned role had been intended as an
  15. CA-15 “Kangaroo” 76 Squadron, 1950 After successfully transforming the Wirraway into an emergency fighter in 1942 known as the Boomerang, Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation under designer Fred David (an Austrian Jew who had also designed aircraft in Japan before the war) began work on what was to be the CAC 15, a purposed designed interceptor. The Boomerang had suffered because of the choice of engine, which lacking a turbocharger did not supply sufficient power at altitude. The CAC 15 was to fix that. David, impressed by reports of the Fw190 from overseas had originally planned to
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