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About airjiml2

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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. airjiml2

    F-Toys 1/144 A-26C French?

    Graham, Have you tried e-bay? https://www.ebay.com/itm/A-26-INVADER-French-1-144-F-toys-JAPAN/112557154757?hash=item1a34ede1c5:g:spQAAOSwbopZhTWH https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-144-airplane-F-toys-French-A-26-Invader-in-Black-bandai-takara-cafereo/123101682354?hash=item1ca96e9ab2:g:9gEAAOSwkvdabm0B It has been a few years since I bought any of the 1/144 Gashopons, but I was a tad surprised at the price. Jim
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    Hunter as D-558 in The Right Stuff

    Saw that earlier today. Thanks for posting the RS obit - a magazine to which he was intrinsically linked. I guess I will have to reread the Right Stuff as well as build the Hunter. Jim
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    Hunter as D-558 in The Right Stuff

    My feeling is that for the flying shots it was just a white painted Hunter. For the ground shots the other modifications were added. Jim
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    Hunter as D-558 in The Right Stuff

    Andre, Thank you sir. PM sent! Jim
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    Hunter as D-558 in The Right Stuff

    If anyone can put their hands on the issue and scan the Hunter photo, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks, Jim
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    Hunter as D-558 in The Right Stuff

    Scimitar, Yep, that is the airplane. Sabrejet, I have the same memory, but no longer have the issue of Air International it was featured in. It appears it was the January 1984 issue. Thanks all, Jim
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    All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    That is a very poorly done colourized photo. There is some colour video or a RCAF HWE Hurricane here: See 29:30. Jim
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    All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Yes, they were used for training. The RCAF RP modified Hurricanes were used by 1 OTU at Bagotville and its associated No. 1 ATTD (Advanced Tactical Training Detachment) at Greenwood. Modifications were done by No. 4 RD at Scoudouc. There is a photo of the installation in my IPMS Canada article series. Jim
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    All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    CCF built Hurricanes were mostly aluminum paint on the interior. There is one extant aircraft in Canada in which the interior was never repainted, and it matches period photos outside of some missing items. I'll dig out my photos and report back on the green portions. Jim
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    Hunter as D-558 in The Right Stuff

    I have been asked to build a Revell Hunter for a Museum display as the Hunter that was (slightly) modified to appear as a Douglas D-558-2 in "The Right Stuff." There isn't much on the net about the aircraft which was an ex-Danish US based civil Hunter. Anyone have any additional photos? I remember there was a photo in an old 1984 issue of Air International, but my copy has disappeared over the years. I'm not quite sure how the nose was modified and what the fuselage and tail markings were. I do have the movie on order, and I can't remember how much of the Hunter was seen on film. Thanks, Jim
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    Rag-wing BoB Hurricane.

    Jack, 323 didn't get shipped to the UK until June 1940, as it had a accident in Canada and was being repaired by CCF. It spent some time at the MUs in England and arrived with 1 Squadron mid September 1940. I don't have any additional details on upgrades, but I'll tell you the photo with the Rotol prop was quite the shock when it was discovered. Jim
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    Rag-wing BoB Hurricane.

    The only 1 Squadron RCAF Hurricane that came from Canada that I've got photographic confirmation during the BoB is 323/YO-D. It confirms fabric wing and Rotol prop and spinner. When 1 Sqn arrived in Britain, its outdated Hurricanes were quickly replaced by the RAF with British-built examples. However, for some reason 311 and 323 were updated and transferred to the squadron. 323 is a rather special RCAF Hurricane as it is the only known RCAF HWE Hurricane to fire its guns in anger in Europe. On October 5, 1940, F/L Pitcher shot down a Bf 109 while flying 323. Sadly, the serial is not visible in the photo, but is believed that none of the ex-RCAF Hurricanes were assigned RAF serials during their RAF service. Jim
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    Spitfire PR Mk XIII 400 Sqn - "thinking aloud"

    Yep, sorry. 1944 is correct. Jim
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    Airfix Huricane Attempted Build

    Hi Chris, About 10 years ago or so I got frustrated about so much conflicting, and incorrect, information published about RCAF/CCF Hurricanes and went down a research rabbit hole that continues to this day. I decided to ignore everything previously published and rely on primary sources. (Record cards/RCAF memos/contracts/ORBs, etc.) This lead to correspondence with a few other Hurricane researches and we have all be sharing information in order to get to the bottom of a very complicated story. I published a three part article a couple of years ago on the topic in IPMS Canada's RT magazine and had always planned to follow up with a book. However, I've come to the conclusion that there just isn't a market for a book with such a narrow focus. Not to mention, more and more information keeps being uncovered on the topic by our little research group each day/week. Jim
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    All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    That for the vector Troy. Keep in mind there were two types of RCAF Hurricanes with no spinners. If you are building a Hurricanes Mk. XII or XIIA, the hub mechanism was a Hamilton Standard 23E50 fitted with No. 6353 blades. This was the same combination of Hamilton Standard propeller used on Cansos, which was another aircraft type built in Canada. So look for a PBY/Catalina/Canso prop, I'd suggest that Quickboost (QB72-006) would be the best choice in 1/72. If you are building one of the 50 early 13** series Hurricanes (1351 to 1380) before conversion into Hurricane Mk. XIIs in 1943, then they were fitted with cut down Fairey Battle props. My plan is to use a SBS prop for a Blenheim, but I'm not 100% that it is totally accurate. Hope this helps, Jim