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Vicarage Vee

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  1. Vicarage Vee

    Bedford QLC, Bomber Command?

    http://mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?t=7150 Not Bomber Command, not in UK... but it is a twin.... so quite a way from what you wanted!
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    Recce (vinten) pod in 1/72 for BAC Jaguar

    Many years ago there was a Kit Bits resin one too, but the Air Graphics one Terry linked looks to be the way to go. I'm not surprised that the white metal one was too much for the undercarriage Nigel, that's a serious lump!
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    AEC Matador Bowser Camouflage

    Gisela was indeed a nightfighter operation. The point of bringing it up was to show that the Bomber bases were certainly still within range of the Luftwaffe should they decide to try.
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    AEC Matador Bowser Camouflage

    Attack by intruder aircraft was a real possibility up until the closing weeks of the war, as Operation Gisela showed.
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    Help! Overspray issue

    The other standard procedure is once the masking has gone down on the base coat, spray a further coat of base colour to seal (any bleed is then base colour and the gaps are sealed). Once dry, spray the desired colour over the base colour and it should be a clean line. Also, smoothing down the edge of the masking tape with a blunt tool as well as possible is key.
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    Handley Page Hampden restoration

    Have no fear, this is very well publicised long-term restoration that has been ongoing since the 90's. Unrestored parts were at one time displayed in the Bomber Command Hall at The RAF Museum. The progress has been steady, but always impressive.
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    Glazing a brass photo etch canopy

    There is also the thought that the etch is a perfect template to score out the individual glazing from clear sheet. That's the long route of course and you'd need to be a bit generous in the bigger panels to get the curve.
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    Glazing a brass photo etch canopy

    It looks as if there are two frets for the canopy frame. Is it not possible to make a sandwich of those with some thin PET between and then gently curve the lot to shape?
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    Glazing a brass photo etch canopy

    Wild guesswork territory, but the only thing that I can think of that might shrink to something as thin as etched brass is the film for 'home-made double glazing'. What do the etch instructions suggest? Or is it supposed to just sit inside the kit part? For heat forming I would have thought that you would need to make a male mould of the glazing shape and work from that rather than the etch.
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    First diorama, bocage Normandy?

    Some very wise advice from Badder. I would also suggest that you study as many photos of the countryside you are modelling as you can to see the essence of the fields, roads and hedgerows. Make sure that the scene is plausible in terms of how each element got to be where it is doing what it is. Badder is absolutely right about making everything as good as you can: nothing more disappointing than seeing an excellent model, beautifully made and painted in a scene that looks like grass from the outfield at Lords with a few twigs, sponge and lichen thrown on. Don't forget all the natural clutter that accumulates in the countryside too, and there are no straight lines. Planning a diorama like this is also a good excuse for a walk in the countryside for 'research purposes'.
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    Revell Handley Page Halifax Mk.III

    415 Sq RCAF?
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    Revell Handley Page Halifax Mk.III

    6 Group RCAF Halifax squadrons were: 408, 419, 420, 425, 426 & 427 ( I think). However, plenty of RCAF aircrew flew Halifaxes with 4 Group too. Any other clues available?
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    You could convert it to a Project Aphrodite flying bomb...
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    RAF Jaguars

    With regards to the twin aerials, the same video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dxoavqQgKA at 1:24 and 3:50 appears to show aircraft with mission markings with the twin aerials. So presumably, at least initially some of the UHF aircraft did continue. XZ367 'Debbie' is quite early as its nose art was changed to a White Rose later on (for some reason) and she clocked up an impressive tally of operations. Confusingly, 'back home' photos show both aerial fits... single: http://www.dstorm.eu/pictures/nose-arts/jaguar/gb/debbie_rose_9.jpg twin: http://www.dstorm.eu/pictures/nose-arts/jaguar/gb/debbie_rose_5.jpg But this image would appear to confirm that a change was made in theatre https://www.aviationphotocompany.com/p934046062/h79b991ac#h79b991ac but swapped back later.
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    Vacforms, does anyone still do them?

    Sometimes they are still the only way for some examples. Still got quite a few to build.