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melvyn hiscock

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  1. Mind you, if the wings absorbed the impact the fuselage could have been relatively ok, a plywood box can be quite strong! was it just static rebuilt? For some reason (without any evidence) I seem to remember if was flown after on the publicity tour. regardless, it was a hell of an achievement
  2. Even after rolling it into a ball in Australia? Having seen the film of that she was lucky to get out and I am surprised bunch of the original is still there at all.
  3. There was also a story that the wings were made in long sections and chopped off to length!
  4. Despite a pretty serious search this morning I have failed to find something (Google ain’t what it used to be), I am sure I have seen early film of Hitler using a Junkers W34. It was one of those cases where you see it from the corner of your eye whilst watching yet another ‘Yesterday‘ channel ‘Hitlermentory‘ but, like seeing a Spitfire, you know what it IS rather than what it might be. Someone mentioned we’re aeroplanes rentable/leasable at that time. Commerce is commerce and if there is a way of making money someone will be in there like a flash. As soon as aeroplanes we’re reliable enough to get from A to B without more than a 50% chance of crashing They will be either offering rides and if you can do that without having to supply the people a pilot AND an aeroplane the margins may look even lovelier! Remember the first commercial London to Paris was as early as 25 August 1919. You can add another ten years of progress to that before Hitler starts campaigning.
  5. Ted, looking at your Copper State Models mechanic, he is going to have a hell of a job starting that motor in that direction. I’d suggest he was sucking in!
  6. I have not flown in years and sold the Rearwin ages ago. The Porterfield resembles the Rearwin Sportster by being from the same designer and having the same motor. The Porterfield on the register is Navy blue, the Rearwin Sportster Is ‘Stearman Vermillion’. Mine was the much bigger Cloudster.
  7. This one has often been reported as being all white
  8. You could well be right and no factory would hold up production just because they were a few yards short of ‘right’ material (I see this in the vintage guitar parts world too). I must admit I can make out a lighter colour but not so much I’d meet you in a betting shop. It is pretty certainly lozenge beneath as the tapes contrast, this would not have happened. I’d also carefully check the dates of the reports. A lot of repainting was done right after the war and a lot of what was delivered to museums as ‘untouched‘ May well have been altered. I’ve not any references to night coverings at the factories. I’d be interested to see that. this is fascinating
  9. Mindful that an ex is a ‘former‘ and a sport is a ‘drip under pressure...’ i would be more in inclined to think the tonal changes are down to nothing more than shadow on hat would have been very slow film. I would say it was very unlikely to be upper surface lozenge on both sides, it ‘might’ be a different colour overpaint but is more likely to be lighter lozenge in shadow.
  10. We had some fun conversations about 30 years ago regarding the BE2C in the Musee de l’air. It has its original Blackburn badge on the tail and the markings match the only two known contemporary photos of it, but it has a green paint with an aluminium sheen it it, rather like our SPAD, but the sheen is silvery, not anodised. So it does not look over painted by the museum who have had it since about 1920. It is the wrong shade for PC10/12, and restoration started, and the fabric was put in store, years ago and then lack of manpower stopped it, so I have not seen it in aeons.
  11. The top pic is not showing but the longeron tape on the BE gives that one away as the double thickness makes it look lighter. this is fun on one of those days when the chemo keep me in bed.
  12. It is a good point but get any oil on the fabric (you can tell that Tabloid has never been run) and bingo, it is see through. Of course, the DVII doesn’t ’quite’ chuck out the oil a rotatif (l love the French spelling) does, and if it is not silver, or indeed pink, we can’t tell, then it is relatively new fabric. again, not arguing for the sake of it, but just passing in comments, other than the BE at the top, they are all Strutters, the majority of which were built in France and were silver doped.
  13. oh I do like that, I shall have a small bask It would make sense as wings would be easier if off the fuselage and if the fus was recovered, wings would be off anyway. That would make them most certainly pained at different times, probably by a different team and probably in a different shed.
  14. One reason for thinking silver rather than clear Is the lack of see through. The self painted lavender markings a on the cowling are quite possible. There is no reason to have to paint the fuselage colours over and not the nose if work was needed on the cowlings would be in paint and not dope. as for the wing undersides I’d say standard underside lozenge as the tapes are showing. by the end of the war French Ali dope could (and I say could) have been from a French stocks, and info as to why it was being used would have been available. That is just a suggestion but I still don’t think it is CDL. as always, I am prepared to be wrong.
  15. The cowling ‘might’ suggest an OAW built machine but it does not look like hand painted lozenge. Look at the undersurface of the upper wing, there are clearly fabric repairs and also what look like inspection holes along the ribs by the rear spar that have been doped over, the cowling marks look more like red dope too as they look to have inspected it closely, very wise when you have seen Fokker’s quality control up close. The Louvre patterns are often a giveaway and I am sure someone may be along to speak forth on this. The fuselage May have been recovered after inspection as it is easier to recover than the wings would be, and it is the area that would have taken more of a basking from in-field inspections and personalised markings. By this point in time silver dope would be highly likely. I’d guess standard lozenge upper and lower wings with red doped repairs and inspection holes, with, at least at this stage, silver dope fuselage. Remember too that a lot of DVIIs were sent in kit form, so it may be a composite I hope that helps just had a look in the great Paul Leaman’s Fokker aircraft book from Crowood and no clues in there
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