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  1. Painted silver - the Vampire also used a significant amount of plywood construction, mainly in the forward fuselage, so there wasn't an opportunity to use natural metal even if it hadn't been general RAF policy to avoid unpainted surfaces.
  2. Pilot's Notes and the Spitfire II AP say they are compressed air tanks at 300 psi, for normal actuation of pneumatics - u/c, flaps, guns and landing lamps - and normally filled by an engine-driven B.T.H. compressor. Additionally, there is a black emergency CO2 bottle on the starboard cockpit wall, with a red actuation handle. I think I see the bottle on your sidewall - it just needs the vertical red handle just below it!
  3. So, it's not only Heather's biplanes that involve rigging......
  4. Not the US I live in! There has been no charge on any package coming to me from outside the US: we have (from memory) an $800 / package exemption for import duty. I'm a pretty keen modeller but even I have yet to approach that! What we don't have is VAT, just the state sales taxes and there isn't really a practical way for each state to reach out internationally. However, many states have imposed their sales taxes on US traders selling into them from other states, but in real-life practice this only applies to the 'big boys'. So, if I buy from Amazon, they collect WA sales tax on t
  5. ... and, by that reasoning, we might extend it to the VC-10, Concorde....
  6. 1956 aftermarket!! I don't suppose there's anything from Aires or Eduard....
  7. The thing is, if we train a new generation of navigators, we can reuse all the old jokes, like: Did you hear about the Nav who went blind reading Sight Reduction Tables? Kevin
  8. Your answer is that C-FLFM is a 1959 Cessna 180B. Google is your friend!
  9. Not sure you're looking at the correct instruction sheet there, Moa. The second chart clearly shows only two engines - a 7-cylinder and a 13-cylinder radial, plus there seems to be a suggested use of plastic rod in the top left panel. I think what you have is most likely very early Aeroclub.
  10. It was my Dad who flew all the Provost scenes: a belated "thank you" on his behalf. He was an instructor on the Provost at Cranwell at the time. Years later, he told me that the 10-second scene with the train took all day to shoot on an old branch line: the film company ran the train repeatedly up and down the line as he flew past many times until the cameraman & director were satisfied with the lighting and camera angles. I've just caught up with your excellent, well-documented and instructive build - looking forward to its continuation. Kevin
  11. They were. The same capacity leading edge tanks as on the MkVIII: 14 imp gal per side.
  12. There is a PE set for the Rapide by Kuivalainen - KPE72032 - which includes an instrument panel and the passenger window surrounds.
  13. KevinK

    Airfix 2021...

    At the moment, I'm building Revell's lovely little 1/72nd S.E.5a, which dates from 1964. I was surprised to realise that Airfix have never in their history kitted the S.E.5a in any scale; some consider it to have been the finest fighter of WWI. Yes, I know the adage that "WWI kits don't sell" - which makes me wonder why the B.E.2c and Fokker E.III are in the range - but the S.E. was the Hurricane/Spitfire of WWI. As a pretty small aircraft, it would be ideal in 1/24th.
  14. 253 and 73 Sqns were both employed on dive-bombing in 1944/45 , based at Foggia/Vis/Prkos and most of their Spitfire VIIIs and IXs had standard wingtips throughout the period. Not always: my Dad (253 Sqn) said that damaged wingtips were usually replaced in the field by manually shaped wood. He said the only difference was that you lost your nav lights.
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