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    1/72 RCAF and RCN aircraft, but occasionally dabbling in the US Navy and Fleet Air Arm types.

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  1. Hi Enzo, I have to retract my last message. I was wrong. I got a message from Mr. Kendall and it was Hill that took the Sparrow shot in 741. Sorry. Jim
  2. Looking good. Have you received the Kitsworld Malta sheet? Mine appears to be a prototype for their decal seatbelts, as I can feel the decals on the paper. Not really usable for codes and roundels, and I was quite disappointed as the sheet has some useful stuff on it. Is yours the same? Thank you, Jim
  3. Hi Ed, Indeed. I'm unclear if the photo has any relation to 413 Squadron's ops for the Double Sunrise Flights, or if it just is a coincidence. The only serial I find in the 413 ORB is FP244, but I've not read the whole diary. Jim
  4. It appears that 413 Squadron, RCAF, was involved in the early stages of this operation and flew the first Sunrise flight in FP244 on May 3, 1943. I don't know if this photo helps or confuses, but it is from the RCAF archives and depicts GIE with the BOAC flash on the nose. Photo is RCAF PL-18412 and I cropped the photo to focus on the Catalina. Jim
  5. Hi Enzo, It is a CF-188 or CF-18. I thought it was Kendall took the Sparrow shot and Hill only strafed the boat. (The aircraft Kendall used, 798, certainly carried a kill marking post war.) I am considering doing Kendall's bird this year, but probably won't do it as part of the GB. (Too much pressure.) Jim
  6. I am pulling this topic up from the past. Did anyone save the memo Edgar posted? If the aircraft was indeed R5727, it went to Canada as a standard Bomber Command Lanc, got converted to a transport and stripped of paint in Canada. Then returned to the UK for more work and was re-camouflaged while in the UK. It became CF-CMS with TCA. Jim
  7. Oh and I so rudely never responded to your comment about Flight Chops. I feel the same way, he has inspired me to get flying again. (I'm also quite jealous he has access to a Harvard and Chipmunk. I've only been able to fly the former a little bit!) Jim
  8. Not Spitfire related, but the Top Gun kits were available in my local hobby shop in Seattle long before the UK. Usually it is the other way around. I kinda hoped the Spitfire would be the same, but no such luck... Jim
  9. No spin strakes on the DHC-1B2. Otherwise it is look good. Jim
  10. Nice job Tony. The Matchbox Lizzie is still one of my favorite kits. I have one in the Drawer of Doom I should finish. Jim
  11. R7193 was never in Canada. My guess it is was a clerical error in assembling the book, as R7143 certainly was in Canada. Jim
  12. EwenS, Thank you so much. Pat Martin suggested this the other day and I borrowed a copy and you are 100% correct. Thank you so much. Serials are a great start. Jim
  13. Yep, and I was there as well. Great weekend! The Reynolds Museum Hurricane has had some work done on it since they finished the Calgary Hurricane. It looks so much better these days. Jim
  14. Just to clarify, two different spinners are being discussed. The colour photo is of course a still from the Battle of Britain and features a restoration of RCAF Hurricane 5377. This was one of the "Prairie Hurricanes" that escapes scrapping and then was restored in Canada by Bob Diemert. It was shipped to the UK for the Battle of Britain movie and certainly was fitted with a "Canadian" spinner and Hamilton Standard prop. It passed along to Strathallen where it was fitted with a Rotol prop and spinner. Upon returning to Canada it was involved in a nose over incident and the Rotol blades we
  15. Hi Tony, Anything is possible, but as far as I can tell the only CCF Hurricane flown in Canada out of the first 40 was P5170. (As best I can tell, the next CCF Hurri to fly in Canada was AF964.) It flew with a DH prop and spinner. All the remaining aircraft were completed without engines, props, and spinners, so it is most likely this outfit was done in the UK. But it is odd, that this isn't a normal spinner. That sure doesn't look like a Hamilton Standard prop and I've never seen anything about them being applied to Hurricanes before the RCAF order of the Hurrica
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