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Edgar

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  1. The change was ordered from 15-8-41, starting with 10, 11 & 12 Groups, with 13, 14, 9, 82, 81 to follow, in that order, as paint became available. In the order were instructions on how to mix the paint, if necessary, but it was never called Mixed Grey, the title Ocean Grey was officially bestowed, by Farnborough, 21-8-41.
  2. I've never seen one, and, given how many different aircraft were crated up for transport, I'd hazard a guess it was left to those doing the dismantling, using the normal white distemper, which could be removed, on arrival, with hot water.
  3. According to Vickers, it was introduced 7-4-38, and the attachment was "improved" 13-6-40.
  4. I always believed the equalising pressure idea, but was then told (or read) that it was actually for use if the instruments misted over, as a blast of cold air would clear them. What you were supposed to do if they frosted over was never made plain. Allegedly, the small window in the VI's "quarterlight" did the same job.
  5. Edgar

    1/24th Tiffie

    As it's known that Hornby will eventually do that version, that might not be a wise move.
  6. Typhoon pilots reported seeing tank crews baling out, and heading for cover.
  7. It's extremely difficult to say, most of the time; during the war, executives were normally known by initials, such as D.D.R., D.O.R., etc. The subject was the black/white scheme, with several other memos and letters within its folder. Files often have Memo Forms attached, which indicate that it could be sent to various people, for information, each of whom might add a note about their thoughts (sometimes adding a usually unreadable signature,) then pass it on to the next set of initials, and so on. This is a typical distribution list, and, without a mark on it, it's impossible to say what position the recipient held, never mind his name or department. With files closed for a minimum of 30 years (though that, at present, is in the process of being reduced to 20,) information tends to disappear in the mists of time:-
  8. This letter appeared in Scale Aircraft Modelling, or the IPMS magazine, way back when Neil Robinson was editor:-
  9. This gives a fairly strong clue:- Black on white, and white on black, would have given Dowding apoplexy had he seen it; he was decidedly unimpressed when the first Hurricanes had their wing centre sections left in silver.
  10. This is the best I can do; the pin (or "pintle" as Supermarine have it) is set at an angle, which sends the leg backwards, as well as outwards, as it retracts. When the leg was pushed forward, in the universal wing of the Vc and others, they simply fitted a wedge of metal between the spar and the pintle, which did the job:-
  11. optical illusion, sadly, often caused by focal-plane shutters, since the propeller is in multiple positions as the shutter travels across the film. Even the human eye can be fooled, with an engine appearing to run backwards as it slows down. This is MB882 with its engine stopped:-
  12. The "Mk. XII" rudder was introduced, as a modification intended for the VII, VIII, IX & XI, from February 1944, so the early airframes had the round rudder, and it's anyone's guess as to when the new type arrived in the Med or Australia.
  13. So you would prefer that those of us who carry out our researches should cease? Somehow I doubt that you would have the same attitude if we manage to find an answer that will help you in your modelling.
  14. Not to mention the joystick, which appears from between the pilot's legs. Ever wondered about "dogfight" as well? Since when did dogs circle round behind each other to fight? Right first letter, but wrong word; it was "modified" in WWI to stop the memsahibs having the vapours, if they read it in the Times.
  15. Treat with a little caution, since "WFD" was JF814, and the personal mount of AVM Sir William F Dickson, AOC of the Desert Air Force in 1944, and senior officers tended to play all sorts of games with "their" aircraft.
  16. There wouldn't have been a font, as such; codes were painted on by the Squadron, usually by a designated "artist," who might have been a signwriter in civvy street, Provided that the letters complied with the general size requirements, the "design" would have been a product of the artist's brain.
  17. In their drawing of the windscreen on the Mk.I Spitfire, Supermarine/Mitchell use the word "coaming," and if it's good enough for them..........
  18. Judging by the instructions, it seems, as with the section in front of the cockpit, they're dictated by the windshield, whether with internal or external armoured glass.
  19. The clipping of the XIV's wingtips was intended solely for those carrying a centre-line bomb, not pure fighters, though it appears to have found its way onto the F.R.XIV, which was intended for low-level use. When the Air Ministry wanted to add fuselage fuel tanks, clip wings, plus all the other mods which went into the XVI, the 11 Group C.O. flatly refused to have them, since they adversely affected manoeuvrability, and he had to expect his pilots to come up against jets. The mod is entirely dated post-war, as well, with leaflets only being issued to the Service; Supermarine never incorporated it onto the production line. Time allowed to do the work was 9 hours, and, unlike the tip on the early Vs, it was metal, and had built-in lights.
  20. Edgar

    Spitfire Mk.VII

    Supermarine's drawing 35135 sheet 1 shows the Sutton harness as fitted specifically to the Spitfire VII (noted at the bottom of the drawing.) I can find no drawing showing a QL, QS or ZB harness on the VII; it's possible that the harness in the photo is fitted to a spare parachute, set into the well of the seat to assist access, but I didn't see much point in introducing a further complication into the thread.
  21. The ditching of the "A" & "B" schemes had nothing to do with the introduction of the Day Fighter Scheme; Supermarine mod 333 was "To delete mirror type camouflage scheme," and is dated 26-4-41, and the order for the changeover to the DFS was issued 12/15-8-41. There were anomalies in the numbering/patterns on Spitfires, which Ted Hooton noted in one of his Scale Aircraft Modelling articles; with separate factories also producing the Hurricane, there's always the possibility the same occurred there, but I've not seen anything concrete.
  22. Here, the V's clipped wingtips were carved (to a designated shape) from solid wood, and had no provision for lights. If the Desert Air Force carved their own, without using Supermarine's drawing, there's no way to figure it out.
  23. Edgar

    Spitfire Mk.VII

    Note that photo is the VII preserved in America, and the harness has been replaced by an American version; it should be the standard Sutton. Also the small shelf, centre-right, should have a second altimeter in the gaping hole; it checked the "height" of the pressurised cockpit, while the standard altimeter, in the panel, did its usual job:- URL=http://s165.photobucket.com/user/EdgarBrooks/media/35186%20SHT%2012%20D_zpso5qooije.jpg.html][/url]
  24. I think you may be worrying unduly; with use, the strain on the hinges is likely to have an adverse effect, and a lot will probably depend on the care (or lack of it) exercised by the pilot and groundcrew.
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