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About DaveCS

  • Birthday 10/27/1965

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    Primarily Canadian flown/used aircraft from past and present with the occasional interesting non-Canuck bird here and there.

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  1. Wow.. thanks for this Steve!! That explains a lot and I really appreciate the assistance on this. Glad I found this thread and you guys have the right info I need for my own build as well as others! Cheers, Dave
  2. Thanks.. I know that Franks does state that all he's done was to "give you as much data as possible, so that you can make your own decision as to the most likely scenario" - mind you, that is in the small print at the very beginning before the Acknowledgements. Maybe the photos should be suffice in this case LOL - I did find the photo of AG633 which obviously confirms Steve's comment - this makes my life (eventually will backdate the Academy 1/72) and the life of the modeller building the 1/32 Hobbycraft kit a LOT easier. Thanks again!! Cheers, Dave
  3. Thanks a ton Steve!! So that would mean that Freeman's book was correct? That is, nothing beyond AG423 (NA-73 production) and all of the NA-83 production did not have the chin gun fairings? Lastly, I don't want to be a bother but is there some source link I can provide to the builder (I trust what you're saying but want to ensure the builder knows where the info is coming from - he's building the old 1/32 Hobbycraft kit as a commission build for the WWII vet that flew the aircraft) Thanks kindly and muchly appreciated! Cheers, Dave
  4. Good Day Everyone, Reviving this thread (once again) as I am assisting in a build of a Mustang Mk.I and there's been a bit of contention surrounding the chin gun fairings on the mount being built (AP178 flown by 430 Squadron - "J" call letter) My understanding is both productions (NA-73 and NA-83) of the Mustang Mk.Is (which include AP178) would have had the chin fairings in place as they left the factory. Were these chin fairings ever "removed" in the field? If so, how commonplace would that have been? Lastly, was that even feasible and/or possible to do? My current reference is Franks' "The North American P-51 Early Mustang (including the A-36A, P-51 & P-51A to C)" by Valiant Wings (2013). Another gentleman helping out on the build suggests that Freeman's book "Mustang At War" (1974) suggests AM/AL serial codes onwards did not, in fact, have the fairings installed initially (i.e. off of the production line). Any assistance would be helpful and appreciated! Cheers, Dave
  5. Thanks again Graham! Maybe I'll just stick with the Wimpy III and attain the markings I want for the Mk X Cheers, Dave
  6. Thanks Graham, I thought the Airfix kit had the parts but, I guess, it likely doesn't. I know it seems like, based in the reviews I had read, that most of the radial engined Wimpys could be built from it but these differences are probably too much vs the MPM kit (or I could just suck it up and find myself the Italeri Mk X kit.... which is still MPM) Cheers, Dave
  7. Hi All, Been a while since I’ve posted here but still building.... I’ve been hunting to determine if this is feasible - making a Wellington Mk X from the Airfix Wellington Mk Ic. I’ve hunted online and here on the forum and I haven’t found any info. It may be easier just to use an existing MPM Wellington Mk III that I have in my stash but the Airfix kit, being more modern, and from what I’ve read, an excellent build as well I’d love to see if I could use it instead. Any input is welcome on this. Thanks kindly, Dave
  8. I am DYING to snag the Yale... all Canadian too!! Having built the RS Models Magister.. i can say that, if the Yale is of the same quality, these are going to be great little kits if only short run - the build for the Magister was fairly straightforward and, surprisingly, a lot easier than some Special Hobby kits that I have come across in my time. So looking forward to this!! Cheers, Dave
  9. I hadn't realized Stocky had an FW-190 F8 with his markings on it. Well now, here I thought I was "finished" garnering all the kits that I could have garnered that had been flown by RCAF pilots and then THIS thing shows up... *LOL* Thanks for posting Grizly! Cheers, Dave
  10. I recall attempting the MPM Mk I when it was released - and I would concur with Ben's conclusion - it's a pain in the b-o-t-tom to get fit and alignment well. I also have the Italeri kit which I'm holding off on until I have mastered the Zen art of patience......
  11. Excellent... I often wonder about some of their "earlier" work (while this isn't "earlier" per se.. it's now about 10 years old so.... just curious) Thanks for the input Graham.. I always loved the look of the Boston/Havoc so perhaps it should be a "next up" on my workbench. Cheers, Dave
  12. I see a lot of "In The Box" reviews from folks on Scalemates (IPMS Deutschland etc. ) but I don't know if anyone's done a "build review" of the MPM Kit. I have one of these in my stash (the MPM RAF/SAAF Mk III to build for the RCAF) but I'm curious if these are going to have the "usual" MPM fit issues that some of their kits have. Cheers, Dave
  13. Yep.. I just checked the site today before coming here - and this would suggest to me that he's shipping these conversion kits now. Cheers, Dave
  14. I sent Mr Belcher an email regarding the Northstar conversion - the link on his site to the instructions points toward the "Minuteman III" kit of his so I'm curious if these have even started shipping as of yet. According to the auto reply I received it appears that all orders from him are currently delayed and will begin again on October 25. Once I hear back and get more information I'll post here. Cheers, Dave
  15. Thanks Nick... I was wondering about that... they (Airfix) provided a lot of ordnance but you're right... only one of the 250kg bombs Dave
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