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  1. In all of the hundreds of documents and thousands of drawings, I only found two photos showing the PR2 camera installation. DH only made five of them, so it was a rare type. It never went into service due to it not offering enough of an advantage over the DH Mosquito PR versions. These were also plentiful in number already.
  2. Hi 112Sqn, The colours surprised me too. It really suits the Hornet and looks more like a racing livery.
  3. Painted to represent the PR2 prototype PX216, during trials at Boscombe Down in November 1945.
  4. Hi Chris, It's the first time I've been able to get hold of an aerosol can of the correct BS381c PRU Blue colour. I can see my long shelf-bound-in-primer 1/48 Airfix PR.XIX Spitfire finally being completed now!
  5. You're right. In fact deHavilland studied versions of the Hornet and Mosquito with Griffon engine's and came to exactly the same conclusions.
  6. The PR.2 fuselage is complete now, with just the props, wheels and pitot tube to add. Of note, are the kit decals. Although I chose to finish this in the scheme of PX216, only the serials and letter R were used. The fuselage roundel and fin flash are undersize, so larger examples from an Special Hobby kit were used instead. As with the fighter version, this has been sprayed with satin paint for good decal application. When complete, they will get a Matt coat of varnish. Underneath can be seen the two camera ports, unique to
  7. Hi Les, I'll have to get back to you on that. Simple answer is that there are several variations in the part drawings, but I need to check if they are related to specific marks or ongoing modifications.
  8. Hi Gingerbob, The belly door is for service access on all versions of the Hornet except for the Sea Hornet NF21. Here it provides crew access for the radar operator/observer. Regarding your question about spinner colours. Personally I think different shades of grey are not a reliable source of colour. There are so many factors governing how the same colour appears lighter or darker on the same image: exposure; surface curvature; light source; clean versus dirty parts of the airframe. I'll include a good example of PX386, when painted for the Elmdon Air races. The t
  9. Wings on number two. These really fly together the second time around. The two camera lens ports have been scribed on the underside of the fuselage now. You could drill a 3-3.5mm hole for each and insert a lens, print a decal, or paint a round disc as I intend to do here. Any method would represent the cameras I guess.
  10. Another duff Hornet serial I spotted was in the otherwise excellent Valiant Wings Hornet book: VP348 There's a FETS scheme Hornet F3 marked with the serial from a Mosquito T.3.
  11. I am confident that PX252 was painted temporary with these red chevrons, as there is plenty of RAF correspondence about it from the time...just no photos unfortunately.
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