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Peter Roberts

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  1. Looks pretty bl**dy good to my eyes!
  2. Sounds like you’ll be building pretty much OOB, so it is worth looking at the list of tweaks posted by Dennis above and work out what you want to do from that list - you can get around some issues without the need for AM by using our own skills, or simply ignore the issue. For example, the cockpit armour plate behind the seat and pilots head can be represented by super glue soaked paper cut to shape, and the dimple in the seat filled and re-scribed. I would also recommend Googling up some of the builds that have been posted - there is at least one here on Brit Modeller - and these will give you an idea of what is ahead. It sounds like a reasonably ‘friendly’ kit - ie. goes together well - so perhaps a good one to start with in large scale. Enjoy! And maybe post an In Progress for us?
  3. Is it just a case of blanking off the turret hole and blending in to the upper fuselage, or is the upper profile different for these aircraft?
  4. And the camouflage according to Ed so incorrect on many levels.
  5. From the You Tube vision posted by Ray also looks like two different cowlings in the kit. Love the RAAF scheme, but from Ed’s posts this looks to be a bit of a myth - hopefully it’s not too late for Airfix to amend it.
  6. Nice choice of subject! I can offer the following. FZ-A is K9903, being flown by Gordon Olive. It had the codes changed to YT-A and was damaged on ops 28 May 1940 over Dunkirk mid-morning when Olive was flying his second patrol of the day and was caught by a dozen Me 109s. Gordon was wounded but survived and was able to return to Manston. The the Spitfire was badly damaged and was sent to 64 Squadron after repair. There is a photo in 'Fighter Command' by David Oliver (top of p. 120), possibly from the Francois Prins collection, which I believe is of this plane after it landed at Manston, though the caption says it is at Middle Wallop. The Spitfire production list gives both K9906 and K9913 as serials for FZ-L (maybe a typo?) but in the photo you can just make out the over-painted K9906 shadow on the rear fuselage. The production list also has K9909 as FZ-O. In case you have not noticed, these are early build Spitfires with ring and bead sights, un-armoured windscreen, pole type aerial, twin pronged pitot tube and early pump-type undercarriage retraction which included a hydraulic tank mounted on the starboard side of the cockpit, behind the pilots seat. The cockpit door lock may also have been a simple ring and wire pull system rather than the rod type system later used. Also no crow bar or seat armour in 1939, and no deflection armour over the fuel tanks.
  7. Thanks for the heads up. It isn’t something they are planning to do, but hopefully plans change. In the meantime, given the reasonably extensive internal structures on the kits wings, I suspect it wouldn’t be too hard for AM to come up with alternative panels to fit and create an ‘E’ wing. Fingers crossed. It would be nice to have the option. Also a new upper cowl to help create a Mk XVI.
  8. Off the top of my head, shorter ailerons, fuel tanks at the wing root leading edges, retractable tail wheel, repositioned belly light, lights on the lower wing tips, use the bigger carb intake. Not super difficult. PS - also have one ordered, will be hard to stop at one!
  9. Yummy! VII’s, VIII’s, IX’s, XI’s, XVI’s, ‘C’ and ‘E’ wings, plus lots of lovely detail to cast and add to their Mk I/V’s!! My wallet isn’t big enough…..
  10. Brilliant! Lots of goodies there to cast up and use in their Mk I/V too!
  11. Yes. A modification was introduced at some point (don’t have details to hand - it is listed in Morgan and Shacklady, Spitfire the History) to stop painting the interior of the fuselage aluminium and to leave it in bare metal, but I think the effect would be similar on a model (to my eyes at least). Interior of panels (eg Cowlings, wing gun panels, undercarriage doors) were also painted aluminium, as was the area in the wheel well where the leg retracted, though the wheel well area and undercarriage doors could differ with repainting at Squadron level when standards changed
  12. Seat would be the dull red brown colour. Early metals seats seen in the first Spitfires were painted the cockpit green colour.
  13. Could Douglas have been born in Wales, raised in Scotland? I have been researching ‘Australian’ Battle of Britain pilots and there are several who were born in the UK but immigrated to Australia where they were raised, so considered themselves Australian when they returned to fight.
  14. I know I shouldn’t but I can’t help it. Any speculation on colours? To my eyes, a yellow horseshoe and ‘roo (looks similar to the roundel yellow), green leaves, stem and bulb of flower (assuming a thistle), purple bit out the top of the thistle, and a black something opposite the roo (maybe a ‘gremlin’?) Any other takers?
  15. Great news! Thanks Peter. From your post, I gather you think this plane may well have still been camouflaged in Dark Earth/Dark Green/Sky with Sky spinner and fuselage band (?). You note some errors in the DK profile - are there others there that you suspect? I recall seeing a sketch of this aircraft made at the time (I know, art work!) showing it as, from memory, ‘F’, but the artist must have had a reason for applying a different code letter. Was it a guess, or a misheard ‘X’, or was this plane originally ‘F’, then changed to ‘X’? If the latter that may explain the strange position of the aircraft code letter, further back than where it would usually have been because the ‘F’ was just painted out? Just a bit of fun speculation. Would be great to have this scheme in 1/32 as well! Appreciate your expertise as always Peter. EDIT: refer post by Magpie22 below
  16. I would love to see this one done in other scales too! A great scheme. Some suggestions, taken from the Hannants listings: Code letters - Colorado CA48080 and Xtradecal X48023 have code letters in Sky (note the Colorado description says Medium Sea Grey but the picture shows a colour closer to Sky - ? Xtradecal may be better choice then?) The name - Xtradecal X48045 has small letters. The font is unlikely to match but may give you a start? The rest will be your artistic skills, some paint and some clear decal. Have you tried a web search for photos of the plane?
  17. Spoke to a Boomerang pilot many years ago who told me how he used to fly low over the New Guinea jungle and wait to be shot at by Japanese forces, then mark their positions. Was quite calm about it all too. I also remember looking and feeling stupid - it left me speechless.
  18. Hi Jim Sorry for the late response - the below is a photo of a Mk XVII from 456 Sqn courtesy of the AWM (ref UK1448). It looks like it was the practice at 456 to apply a large covering over the area of the four guns, as there doesn't appear to be any delineation between gun ports. Other photos of Mossy fighters suggest individual coverings were used for each gun port, so the practice may have varied from Squadron to Squadron. Certainly the painting of the covers varied, some in the lower surface MSG, others in a darker colour (red dope?) and others in a lighter colour (as above - fresh MSG? Sky?) https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/obburbridge-pmjxtkvrm Not sure if the link above has worked (edit - yep seems to work ok) - an article in The Times on Branse Burbridge (11 Nov 2016) with a photo attributed as being an 85 Sqn Mosquito. Looks like 85 may have used a darker dope - possibly dull red (?) I agree with Graham, unlikely the cannon weren't covered if going on ops. Though you could always build it as fresh back from ops free of covers (?) Hope that helps (a bit )
  19. Plenty of time to build all their Spitfires then!
  20. Ah, yes. Thank you. Nice catch. Is that the Science Museum example?
  21. Great shot, thank you! Presumably on the Mk I too.
  22. Nice touch with the aerial structure in the rear of the cockpit, and the spar in the wings. Also nice to see the canopy release mechanism. U/c indicators look good too! Wasn’t aware of that structure in the cowl where the exhausts fit.
  23. Looks white to me too in that side on shot. Could it have been yellow at the OTU as a ‘bounce’ aircraft, then repainted white later at 19 Squadron after it was recognised that Me 109’s were using yellow as a recognition feature?
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