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  1. No, on (the bottom edge of) the seat itself:-
  2. Initially, they were attached to the framework under the seat; when it was decided that pilots needed extra restraint by keeping their hips/bums firmly anchored in the seat (during negative G manoeuvres, pilots were being lifted up, and hitting their heads on the canopy,) the thigh-straps were moved back (Sutton QK,) and attached directly to the rear corners of the seat itself. This needed seats with a wall thickness of a certain dimension, so it's impossible to say whether a particular airframe would have had that particular combination, but not before 1944.
  3. It's one of the reasons for a desire for a time machine, since there are intriguing anomalies in K5054; for a start, the instructions were that it should be of all-metal construction. If, as reported, on the first flight the airframe was a "yucky green," the rudder appears to be the same tone as the rest of the fuselage, when it would normally have been silver. The push-rods, for the elevator trim tabs, unique on K5054, are underneath the elevators; if the elevators were metal-covered, the covering (just like the tailplane and wings' undersides) would have been held in place by woodscrews, ma
  4. The Sutton M, K, QK harness lasted through the war, and just after; M & K differed in the length of the straps, while the QK's "thigh straps" moved rearward to become hip straps, but needed a strengthened seat, so was rare, and very late. The only non-Sutton wartime harness was the QL (used only on the XVI,) which had a fairly thin parachute-style box system, but remained a tan colour. There should be no reason why you can't use a so-called "QK early (or late)" Sutton, on your model, if you keep the leg/hip/thigh straps coming over the middle of the side walls, and remember the right stra
  5. The Hunter 58 was up to, and including, J-4100, and all were painted in gloss polyurethane to the normal RAF standard. There was no such colour as High Speed Silver; it was "silver, to a high speed finish," which was plain silver with a gloss varnish. How well it lasted is solely due to how well it was looked after; on RAF Hunters' undersides it became impossible to tell silver from grey, even at arm's length. The 58As were J-4101 to J-4152, and were a lighter, matt finish, with grey undersides.
  6. One basic check, on any Lightning kit (or drawing,) is to look at the wing; if it tapers from root to tip, it's wrong. Echelon's Frank Brown got hold of original BAC drawings (1/3rd actual size,) and found that the upper and lower surfaces were parallel as far as the outer edge of the wheel well, after which the taper started.
  7. In all of the colour lists I've looked through, plus a series of signals about the transition from red/white/blue, through blue/white to blue/light blue roundels, "Indian White" is never mentioned, just White. During the Pacific war, factories, to produce paint, were set up in India, so maybe "white from India" became India White.
  8. Black propeller blades were introduced pre-war, to cut down on sunlight being reflected, thereby giving away the aircraft's position.
  9. It's possible to get the same effect, when covering a model with cooking foil; while difficult to see, there is a "grain" to it, and one can use that, to good effect, by setting adjacent panels with the grain at varying angles. Having done all that, it's then easy to kill the whole thing by spraying with a matt varnish.................
  10. I have a copy of A.520/39, if you'd like it.
  11. I don't know enough about metals, but the Spitfire was not made of simple aluminium; it used Alclad, which, I believe, was a form of anodised aluminium (Nick Millman, where art thou?) This possibly means that any worn areas were either grey metal or grey paint.
  12. Possibly later than is generally thought; the RAF didn't issue an amendment, to the Mk.I A.P., until April 1940. Did find this illustration, which includes the reservoir; can't say how accurate it is, but I doubt we'll find anything better in the near future:-
  13. Can I please point out, again, that, if a manufacturer wants to be absolutely correct, they need to supply two canopies for a Hurricane, one open, one closed, since it changes shape as it closes. The front frame is sprung slightly wide, when open, and, from the side, the canopy has a definite downward slant; as it closes, the canopy runners force the bottom corners inward, which push the top of the canopy upward as they go; this was all done to keep the canopy under tension, stop it chattering open during flight, but also to help throw it off should the pilot need to get out in a hurry.
  14. Normally a piece of "basil" leather used to prevent chafing of the ripcord; the early seat also had no recess in the base, since there was no dinghy, therefore no inflation bottle to cause discomfort for the pilot.
  15. No, behind it, opposite the compressed-air bottles, just below the "glass," and set horizontally. There was no oxygen hose, since the pipework went round to the upper left of the instrument panel (no. 25,) then back behind the panel, appearing through the right "leg" of the bulkhead, and climbing up to just under the gunsight spare bulbs, finishing in a bayonet fitting beside the remote contactor. The pilot's hose was attached to his mask, and plugged into the bayonet fitting, often with a clip on the cockpit wall to keep clear his vision of the panel. This caused several casualties, due to p
  16. Yes; the mirror schemes weren't deleted until 1941.
  17. Note "9" which is the push-me-pull-you control for the early VP airscrew, which became obsolete as the BoB began..
  18. Genuine Mk.I Pilot's Notes are in the hen's teeth section; I got this from the National Archives, though the Mk.II is very similar. Items 1 are the pull-handles for the release cables to the parachute flare tubes; when they were deleted, the recognition device, with its cable replaced them.
  19. It doesn't appear in the first (1938) edition of the A.P; there's an illustration of the mechanism, with a pipe heading off to the "reservoir," but that's all. Cancel that; found this in an amendment:-
  20. The Bowden cable, for firing the (initially downward, then upward from 1941) recognition device, also goes through that area.
  21. Because this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, so, together with a 1/48 Mk.I Hurricane, Hornby will have, moulded to their latest standard, the two icons of the Battle in their Airfix catalogue, ready to fulfil the wishes of those who want to mark it. Perhaps I can point out that it's slightly more than a "couple of years," since it's listed in my 2008 Hannant's catalogue.
  22. This might help, though it includes the under-seat armour, which was a post-1940 addition. The head armour was added in February 1940, but, due to the Hurricanes in France getting priority, the Spitfires didn't get it behind the seat until after Dunkirk, with those airfields nearest the Channel first.
  23. Supermarine had their own intake fairing, so shouldn't have needed Aboukir's involvement, in fact, when Eisenhower requested the IX, for the Torch landings, he was told he couldn't have them due to the lack of a tropical filter. Eventually the IX had a standard intake, for tropical and temperate aircraft, but not until mid-1944, according to the company (the RAF date it as November 1943, so maybe they "persuaded" VIII intakes to fit the IX.)
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