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Peter Roberts

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    Spitfires, Battle of Britain, wine, scotch

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  1. Wonderful news! One of these is sitting in the water nearby. https://hmascastlemaine.org.au Have been waiting to do one of these for ages, great looking subject
  2. Yeah, not so subtle pics - or a red herring? It does suggest a P-40 coming, and I'd put my money on 1/32 as well. Hopefully not as we have the Hasegawa kit out there, and Hasegawa are in the process of re-issuing a lot of their kits. A modern tool 1/32 P-38 would be good, but I'd personally LOVE a 1/32 BoB Mk I Spitfire!
  3. Yes, unpainted did cross my mind too, but I don't think Seafires had any unpainted components given the ravages of their environment, hence my thoughts of White or Sky.
  4. Pale coloured spinner backplate may suggest this was previously a light coloured spinner (white? Sky?) and since replaced with a darker spinner (Black? Roundel Blue?) - ?
  5. What you are proposing sounds reasonable to me, though I may have been a bit misleading regards the QANTAS Founders info as there are no seats in the picture they present. It appears the passengers simply sat on the floor! This may be why Ambrose refers to the need to improve passenger comfort - ya think! These would have been tough flights to endure, but it appears the first flights were tougher than most. I'm not sure about seats being in so many areas as you have laid out. Based on the info from the crew I have outlined, I think they were either in the blister area or the area with the extr
  6. Finally have access to my reference on these a/c which is, of course, contradictory, and both from pilots who flew these aircraft. Captain L R Ambrose compiled his first hand accounts entitled 'A brief outline of Indian Ocean operations' which were printed by Aeroplane Monthly in three installments across November and December 1986, and January 1987. In the last article, Capt. Ambrose notes that changes were made to improve passenger comfort when the aircraft were flown to Sydney for fuel tank conversions. Two bunks were fitted on the port side of this compartment (presumably wher
  7. On the contrary, the modifications made to these aircraft prevented passenger accommodation in the ‘pylon’ area - the long range fuel tanks and other equipment were stored here as per the photo Ed has posted. Records of modifications also include the installation of a new floor in the gunners area so clearly any centre of gravity issues were dealt with. There is a difference between a peace time commercial aircraft and a modified long range aircraft. My study of these aircraft indicates there was quite consistent passenger travel. Edit - having re-read this, my apologies if the ab
  8. Well picked up Troy - Magpie22 would have posted that pic. He is a well known expert in this area. I can add that the NZ Airforce Museum in Christchurch has a Mk XVI in their collection that has been fully restored and repainted. The team assured me that they carefully colour matched to the original colours. The interior is NOT the typical grey green, but more of a lighter green similar to that posted by Troy of the Vb above, and photos posted here by Edgar (many years ago) of the colour of items from a Mk II. As per the photos posted by Troy above, the inside of the re
  9. A thought re: the seats. It may be worth contacting the QANTAS Founders Museum. I contacted them many years ago for any information they had on these seats, but they didn’t have any. I note they now look to have a Catalina there so they may now have more information on this detail (?) The Australian National Archives have several files with details of the modifications made to these aircraft if you wish to investigate further. As mentioned in my first post, many of these mods are not really visible unless you want to do a cutaway of the cockpit/fuselage.
  10. Good point regards the gunners platform. I don’t have access to my research at present but from memory one of the modifications was the installation of a ‘floor’ in this area. I am not sure if the fold down seats were removed, but certainly extra seats were installed. I think there were also bunks installed in the area under the pylon but that is from my less than reliable memory. I think the Elsan may also have been moved aft but again from memory. Apologies, I should be able to check info Sunday.
  11. These aircraft had a variety of markings during their service, including the use of roundels and registration letters. There are several photos of these aircraft on the net - worth also trying a search on QANTAS founders museum. Note, these aircraft were modified for their work including the installation of seats in the rear of the aircraft and additional fuel tanks in the fuselage. I haven't been able to ascertain the seating arrangements, but I believe seating for 4-5 passengers in the rear gunners area. Additional fuel tanks were installed forward of the front bulkhead at the rear gunners a
  12. Thanks Robert - your Google-fu is better than mine! Clearly no interior. I'll have to battle on with the RFM kit.
  13. I can't find any reviews or builds of this kit - does it come with a full interior?
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