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Peter Roberts

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  1. Deleted - must read OP better!
  2. Nice observation. A Spitfire in the air is a show stopper, the sight and sound is almost impossible to ignore.
  3. To answer your original question, the Mk XVII was developed from the Mk II - one a/c I am particularly interested in is HK290, which was actually built as a Mk II, then converted. If you can find a Mk VI, you will need the ‘bull’ nose and radar set from your built Mk XVII. Note there also appears to be a ‘Gee’ set on the sprues which you may want to retain too. In the Mk VI I think you get an extra section to add to the instrument panel, which isn’t used for the Mk II, nor for the Mk XVII
  4. Interesting subject . Likely had the early pump action u/c retraction, and looks like it has a mirror mounted inside the windscreen. Fuselage roundel is unusual too, large red centre and narrow yellow outer ring. Curious patches on wing - has it rained perhaps?
  5. Amazing how sometimes we see what we want to see. I have looked at photos of this plane dozens of times, and would have sworn it was a blue painted Spitfire, but I am looking at it with very different eyes in your post Peter. I have always felt a bit uneasy about the colour shot, but wasn’t sure why. I think the spinner puts me off and makes me a bit suspicious. But those B/W shots look pretty conclusive. Bit of a revelation for this modeller - thanks for posting Peter, and thanks for raising this Giorgio.
  6. Close to 500 UKP = close to A$1,000! Then there’s the seat belts, photo etch for the cockpit, radio compartment, Navigators station, bombardiers compartment and bomb bay. There HAS to be sets for all the turrets. Oh, and resin weighted wheels, resin exhausts (open ended, much finer than mere plastic), metal gun barrels, canopy masks, and of course the 3D printed interior bits that complement or better some of the photo etch, photo etch radiator fronts, and the inevitable decal sheet that has ‘That’ scheme that I always wanted to do. Of course, I’ll change my mind a lot on the subject for the model so end up buying multiple decal sheets. Hang on, I want to leave the rear fuselage door open, so there’s all that interior, shell chutes and ammo, elsan, etc. Oh dear… will have to sell the first AND second born. Maybe talk the missus into coming out of retirement and work two jobs. Are the coal mines still operating?
  7. Yeah, know the feeling! Oh, that we can travel again, bit hard when we’re on the wrong side of the planet….
  8. As the prototype still exists, maybe an email to the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre in the UK may be an option? If anyone knows, they should.
  9. We need some 1/350 RFC Fighters!
  10. Excellent! Thx for the link and posting. Lots of info there, most interesting.
  11. Yes - it would be nice to see some Richard Hillary 603 Sqn markings - if not in the box, then from a decal printer
  12. Sorry mate, they have to cover ALL the Spitfire variants first, including PR and Seafires. Let’s see, early, mid and late production Mk I’s, Mk Ib/Mk IIb, Mk IIa/IIa ASR/IIa LR, then the Mk V’s - Va/Vb/Vc, then the Mk VI, then the long nose Merlins. There we have …..
  13. Yes, Yarra’s Spitfire. There is some speculation around the patch under his art beneath the windscreen; Eduard show it as the camouflage grey. Sadly he was shot down and killed in this plane having flown previously over Malta. Quite a character by all accounts.
  14. Had a lovely reply from Richard Alexander to an email I sent. I suggested that there is a great opportunity to also do an early and mid-production Spitfire Mk I, to which he replied: "I doubt we'll be able to stop at just one variation" Let the speculation begin!
  15. I have been digging into lamps and lights on Mosquitos lately, amongst other things, and received some very interesting information on 'Resin' lights, so thought it may be helpful to resurrect an old thread. In all the discussion I have read on 'Resin' lamps/lights, from what I can see, the reference to 'Resin' is assumed to be referring to the material 'Resin'. However, information from the DH Museum points to this being shorthand for "Restricted Intensity". Apologies if this has already been identified, but I haven't seen this anywhere on Britmodeller and thought it may be helpful
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