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Vicarage Vee

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  1. Vicarage Vee

    Revell B-17G Flying Fortress.

    Looking really nice! Don't forget the crew door in bare metal http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=206190
  2. Vicarage Vee

    1/72 Halifax Friday the 13th

    I'll save you the search Troy Yes, definitely included with the second Airfix Lancaster incarnation, so there should be plenty around, in people's spares too.
  3. Vicarage Vee

    1/72 Halifax Friday the 13th

    A note of caution if I may. The Sky decals sheet has the wrong colours for Friday's nose art. Pretty unforgivable since colour photographs and the real thing exist to be consulted. The sheet Airfix produced with the reissue of their Halifax is much better and can be found on popular auction sites.
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    1/72 Halifax Friday the 13th

    'Friday's 128 operations were a record for a Halifax. The airframe was taken on charge in March 1944 so only had just over 13 operational months. In contrast ED888 was operational from May 1943 until the end of 1944. The constant, and necessary, evolution of the Halifax made accumulation less likely.
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    1/72 Halifax Friday the 13th

    The markings on the undercarriage legs for 158 Squadron appear to indicate the flight the aircraft was attached to: all yellow(?) A flight, two stripes B flight, one stripe C flight.
  6. Back in 1983 at an Army schools 'open day' at Bassingbourn I recall receiving a card model of an APC that was most probably a Spartan, but at this distance I can't be sure if it was another member of the family. Does anyone else remember these? Does anyone have one? I'm pretty sure there's no chance of ever finding one again. Not really a 'wanted' post, but more to confirm my memory hasn't been tricking me! With thanks for any leads or just trips down Memory Lane.
  7. Vicarage Vee

    3-tone green F-4Ds

    There is a starboard side shot of 65-0689 in the 1976 RAF Yearbook (p23) too. The colour change was also mentioned in an Airfix Magazine around the time of the first appearance. They suggested the long defunct Humbrol 36 (iirc) as a 'match'. Things were simpler in those days! I would go and find which edition but it's in the loft and that's a no-go area at the moment. I eventually tracked a tin down in the mid 80s in a model shop in Sunderland and put it on a Fujimi F-4D: my first taste of 'modern' Japanese aircraft kits. Edit: I had to go in the loft to get something else but grabbed a handful of magazines and fled. Airfix Magazine November 1975, p136 report on the St Mawgan Open Day with black and white photo of 65-0689 and letter from Ian Dewar p178-9.
  8. Vicarage Vee

    Decal sets suggestion open topic.

    I notice now that you have indeed re-issued MD048B as X72158, which is very welcome. It would still be very useful to update the titles on it, there could be room for a few of the more modern ones. (prototype Phantom ones too now that the RAM sheets have disappeared, please)
  9. Vicarage Vee

    Can anyone identify this uniform

    I agree with Beardie on the medals, which gives a good anchor to date it.
  10. Vicarage Vee

    Can anyone identify this uniform

    If you can get a close up scan of the medals that could give more clues as to his occupation. Any history of diplomatic service in the family? Likely to be on the easier side of genealogy to trace.
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    Decal sets suggestion open topic.

    More people are starting to experiment with making their own decals these days (albeit a small minority of modellers still) but printing white decals remains an issue. Because of that I still believe that there would be commercial mileage in a sheet of serial- and code-sized letters, numbers and arm of service titles in the same way that the old Modeldecal sheets did. Especially so if this were updated to include things like Qinetic, DHFS etc, the sort of thing that appeared on Model Alliance sheets but are now all but unobtainable. It's a sheet that has the bonus of needing minimal research too.
  12. There was an Aeronauts Annual released one year in the early 70s: 1973 I think. It's a comic strip story that makes very un-PC reading these days. Lovely Airfix Mirage, very evocative.
  13. Just caught up with this thread, did they really re-release the Zakspeed? It was one of a string of 'Japanese-engined backmarkers' they made that must have sold literally several outside Japan when first released: is Aguri Suzuki sponsoring these re-pops? Pleased that I finally tracked down a Larousse a few years ago too, cheaper than the now newly re-available one!
  14. Vicarage Vee

    Hasegawa Sauber Mercedes C9

    Those were the colours for the opening WSC round at Suzuka in 1989 if I recall correctly with Baldi/Schlesser leading a 1-2.
  15. That's a lovely looking Wasp Adrian, superb!
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