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Scott Hemsley

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  1. I believe the main part of a Sabre's wing (main spar?) were Duraluminum in colour. I guess that a light grey may work (Corriguard - like an airliner's wing?), but AK do make a proper Duraluminum as part of their Xtreme Metal finishes. Others more knowledgeable may elaborate on this. Scott
  2. Duplicate posting. Could the admin please delete this? Scott
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    Deleted. Use the correct forum areas. This post is not pertinent to WWII aircraft, and is a wanted post.
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    Deleted - wanted post. Use the correct area.
  5. daniele0865, what you're searching for are photos of 442 Sqn. (RCAF aux.) Vampire III's. I suggest starting with a Google search, but ensure the image you choose is a Vampire III and not a restored T.55 or similar (Googling 442 Sqn. images shows at least one flying around in bogus 442 Sqn. markings). Scott
  6. That photo from the rear of VR*A & that l/g diagram really removed the guess-work re the angles of the gear doors. Many thanks, Chris!! Those two items combined do, in my mind, confirm that Airfix did get the length of the 'jacks' wrong - as Admiral Puff suggested may be the problem. Once again, the BM community came through. Thanks gentlemen. Scott
  7. Makes sense. To be honest, I'd heard that as well, but it wasn't something others picked up, so I began to question it. I also noticed that no other mfgr that I'm aware of, including Airfix with their 80's offerings, included these 'jacks'. I bet that's it. OOTB, the kit has the gear doors spread to their max. so that the 'side' of the gear door is almost parallel to the undersurface of the wing or so it appears, whereas period photos tend to show them open, but hanging down/open at a point much closer to the width of the wheel well - that's what I meant by the use of 'normal' in my OP. I think I'll shorten them on my kit..... Thanks Admiral Puff. Scott
  8. Specifically, I'm working on the 72nd Airfix Lancaster B.II, but I assume this question could be about any version; On the kit gear doors, there's a 'jack' molded to each one that IMO, holds the doors wide open at an angle that's far more exaggerated than one would normally expect. When I consulted the Lancaster photos I've amassed, on file .... I only found one period photo of a Lancaster on the ground that had visible proof that these 'jacks' did exist, while all the rest of the photos without these in place had the gear doors hanging open at a much more 'normal' resting position. I'm wondering if these 'jacks' weren't actually a permanent part of the gear doors (as Airfix would have you believe), but rather supports for the gear doors, manually placed there by groundcrew to support the gear doors for ease of maintenance/inspection or similar. Scott
  9. Unfortunately, the only decal mfgr I'm aware of that currently does the current RCAF/ARC markings is Belcher Bits & the one sheet he's done with these markings are sized for a 1/72 Hercules. I'd love to see a generic 72nd sheet of various sized RCAF/ARC markings in not only black, but the different greys used for the contrasting markings, but until then I can only suggest that if you have the ability to download the RCAF fonts from here and along with some software like MS Paint to match the greys .... make your own with an inkjet, go that route. Scott
  10. Chris (dogsbody), looking at your homemade (AK) color chart makes me think that you've brushed all the colours and I think that I should point out that as nice as AK Real Colours are, my experience with them has shown me that when brushed, they're much darker than when sprayed, In one case, their Ocean Grey had me thinking it was a mislabelled jar of Dk. Slate Grey when I first opened it, but when sprayed onto a 'paint mule' it came out as the best Ocean Grey that I've come across. However, since a photo is worth a 1000 words. - behold my 72nd Sabre 6 (converted from the Airfix Sabre F.4). IMO, it's the best example I have on a completed model, illustrating AK's brush vs spray. All the Dk. Green on the Sabre is AK's RAF Dk. Green, sprayed .... but notice that dark patch on the nose. It's the same (AK) RAF Dk. Green, but brushed as a bit of a touch-up (too late in the game to re-spray) in an ongoing battle to get a decent anti-glare panel. I've since come to accept this flaw with AK paints and now 'test' all their paints that I acquire, either on card stock or 'paint mules' - both brushed and sprayed. Fortunately, this was the first and only time I've let it happen. It can be a PITA to re-mask those touch-ups, but I now make sure everything's sprayed. Despite this, I've adapted to the characteristics of AK paints and they're still my go-to paint. replacing my stocks of MM as they need it. It's by far, not the only brand of paint I've used since I began modelling in the late-60's, that exhibits this 'behaviour'. Scott
  11. I'm planning a future build of the Arma kit & a search of topics in the forums yielded nothing - assuming I used the correct key words in my multiple attempts. At some point I plan on building a couple of Mustang III's of 441 Sqn. (RCAF), which in turn were hand-me-downs from (I believe) 165 Sqn. (RAF) and this leads me directly to my question for the more knowledgeable in the BM community; "Would the seat belts in the aforementioned Mustang III's (ex-RAF) likely have remained the US style being, I assume - lend lease aircraft, or were they likely swapped out for the more familiar Sutton harness?" Any help (or photos) would be appreciated. Thanks. Scott
  12. Thanks SafetyDad - just what I was after. Scott
  13. I'm currently working on the Airfix Lancaster B.II (in fact I just closed-up the fuselage) & I know there's probably been threads (which have eluded me) in the past that've mentioned the presence of the identification lights on the belly of the Lancaster, but nothing that specifically mentioned the colours of those lights. The best one I found only discussed them in the context of explaining why the rear portion of the H2S dome was clear. Having said that, can someone state the colours of those three ID lights, in order .... front to rear? Scott
  14. To add to Vulcanicity's EDIT, I'm currently (but slowly) doing an Airfix Lancaster B.II from either 408 or more likely 426 Squadron. From the photos I've come across,, the 'window' dispensers were fitted to a fair number of their aircraft - including the two I'm interested in doing. However it doesn't seem to be a standard fit throughout either squadron. Unfortunately, in the case of the Airfix kit ... I'm going to have to raid one of my extra 80's tooling's of the Lancaster (bought one more than I planned) for not only the chaff dispenser, but the faired antenna that's just above the port side bomb door, almost directly under the leading edge of the wing. I think while I'm at it, I'll plan on replacing the tailwheel. IMO, the old tool Airfix Lancaster made a better job of it. Fortunately, the older Lanc will also yield the bomb load. Scott
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