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About JasonC

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    1/48 props, WW2 & onwards.
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  1. JasonC

    Book recommendations for the 8th Air Force?

    I'm under gentle but constant pressure to reduce the amount of shelf space occupied by my books. Come to think of it, not dissimilar to Chinese water torture. Another suggestion would be Martin Middlebrook's 'The Schweinfurt-Regensburg Mission'. J.
  2. JasonC

    Book recommendations for the 8th Air Force?

    Regarding fighter doctrine and tactics, perhaps Osprey's publication on VIII Fighter Command - 'The Long Reach'. https://ospreypublishing.com/viii-fighter-command-at-war In fact, PM your address and you can have mine.
  3. JasonC

    Spitfire flypast - Hong Kong 1955

    Also interesting that the planning board for the flypast (2:27) suggests that a Hornet might be involved in the proceedings. Alas no sign of it in the film.
  4. JasonC

    Spitfire flypast - Hong Kong 1955

    Actually one of the F.24's (VN318) has underwing roundels (the only one of the four Spits to have them). As far as I can tell it is indeed PS854 that has the all red spinner. Agree that the Airfix serial style seems a little off. I also see that Airfix have it down as '80 Squadron, Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force'. 80 Sqn was the RAF unit that previously owned the Mk.24's; the HKAAF had no such squadron nomenclature to my knowledge. VN318 is interesting for a few reasons. It's the only one of the four Spits to sport underwing roundels, and also the only one with an individual aircraft letter (E). It also has the long cannon barrel fairings (see for example 10:35, and compared with VN485 at 5:52 & 6:53). Airfix seem to have got this correct, at least going by their artwork. Also worth noting that part of the crowbar seems to be red! See film at 4:00. regards, Jason
  5. There's an extended version of this film at the IWM site, with additional footage of pre-flight preparations (close ups of cockpit, radiator flaps, etc). As a bonus, there's no music! https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/2791 cheers, Jason
  6. JasonC

    Spitfire flypast - Hong Kong 1955

    Ah, found it. Tony posted a similar topic in Real Aviation. Though I note that the IWM version linked above has additional footage, including the pre-flight checks. cheers, Jason
  7. JasonC

    Spitfire flypast - Hong Kong 1955

    Great video from the IWM archive which I'd not seen before. As per the blurb, the occasion is the 1955 Queen's Birthday flypast in Hong Kong, as well marking the retirement of the aircraft from service with the HKAAF. Colour throughout, and great quality considering the age. https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/2791 Highlights: - Starts with a pre-flight checks (some nice close ups), followed by take off. - Ground and aerial footage of the mixed 4-ship formation (PR.19 & F.24). - Flyby of four Harvards. - Aerial close up of F.24 VN318, which lowers and raises its undercarriage. - Landing and taxi to hangar. Spits that I can make out are Mk.24's VN485 (now at Duxford) & VN318, and PR.19's PS852 & PS854. J. Ok, so it's not quite WWII, but they're Spits!
  8. JasonC

    Hasegawa newsletters 2019 - 01,02 & 03

    http://www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/product/30059/ Believe it's Yugumo in 1/700, with an etch sheet.
  9. JasonC

    Things to do in England when you're Ed[ward]

    Outside of Bath, I'd second Yeovilton and the Tank Museum as worthwhile day trips. Aerospace Bristol is well worth a visit: Concorde plus a selection of Bristol linked exhibits (Bristol Fighter, Harrier, Bloodhound, Beaufighter nose section, etc). The Jet Age Museum up near Gloucester also has a nice (albeit small) collection and is a decent place to spend a couple of hours. Even has an original Hurricane replica, circa 1969. Inside of Bath, It'd be a pleasure to conduct a tour of the Green Tree, Star, Raven, et al. Edit: Would also agree with Tangemere as a great little museum. Their replica of K5054 is immaculate. Jason
  10. JasonC

    Question PR.34 (late)conversion kit by Freightdog

    It seems that Freightdog only bundle the conversion now with a decal sheet, but you can get images of the conversion pieces themselves via the link below to the older set. https://www.freightdogmodels.co.uk/freightdog-1-48-dh-mosquito-pr-34-early-conversion-set.html In short, the tailplanes seem fine. BTW, it's the elevators that are larger rather than the tailplane itself. You can see the altered profile in the area of the horn balance. regards, Jason
  11. JasonC

    F7f3 tigercat propeller and engine

    Ultracast do the Hamilton Standard prop you're after. https://www.ultracast.ca/product-p/ult48159.htm In the UK, Sovereign Hobbies stock Ultracast. https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk As far as engines go, Aires, CMK and Eduard do versions of the R-2800. https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AIRE4265 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AIRE4224 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/CMK4205 regards, Jason
  12. JasonC

    Question PR.34 (late)conversion kit by Freightdog

    'Tis I. Confusingly there seems to also be a user 'Jason C' (with a space) - which is where Woody's notification went! 'Pangolin' was the word you were looking for - small, cute, sadly endangered scaly mammal. I have the Freightdog set, with the intention of using it with the Tamiya kit. Haven't done a proper fit, but (perhaps with a little work) I don't envision it's insurmountable. Finally, the Rob Taurus B.IV/PR.IV canopy isn't right for a PR.34. The PR.34 has the blown side panels, rather than the teardrops on the RT canopy. Most (all?) also seem to have had the teardrop blister on top. regards, Jason
  13. JasonC

    Westland Whirlwind wing question.

    Another way of looking at it is that the Spitfire and other single-engine aircraft took exactly this approach. More power + limited ground clearance = more blades. It certainly seems to have given that airframe enough benefit to be worthwhile. Not saying there weren't other factors at play with such an installation, but I don't think that adding more blades at a fixed airscrew diameter is as bad a solution as you imply. regards, Jason