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  1. 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
  2. R7193 was never in Canada. My guess it is was a clerical error in assembling the book, as R7143 certainly was in Canada. Jim
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Yes, of course I have seen that. There is a great report from 832's time on Saratoga, but I'm looking for additional images. Jim
  8. Wow, that is very interesting. Thank you for posting. Any take on what prop that is fitted to P5206? I'm also intrigued by YO-R on the same page. I didn't know any of the Canadian built Hurricanes were with 1 Squadron RCAF. The odd thing is that I don't think CCF had invented the "Canadian' spinner this early. Another mystery! Jim
  9. Are you aware that the landing gear was also different on the Chipmunks built for the RCAF. The bad news, it is is even spindlier then the UK built aircraft, so probably impossible to 3d print. Jim
  10. Does anyone have any suggestions for photos and other information regarding the US TBF Avengers operated by 832 Squadron off of HMS Victorious (Robin) and USS Saratoga? I've had no luck with the USN Aviation Museum, a few authors, and this is a final hail merry pass. ( I reached out to the FAA Museum but it appears their archives are closed due to a move and COVID.) Strikes me as odd that a FAA Squadron was operating off a US carrier and the story isn't well known and I've only seen a couple of distant photos of the Avengers. Thanks, Jim
  11. I have been schooled by the master again! Thank you so much @Carl V for the further input. You have intrigued me with the TT Bermudas, my friend. Maybe something to search for next time I'm in Ottawa. Jim
  12. The RCAF had three Bermudas that were used for "special" testing (aka chemicals and gas) at Suffield, Alberta. Attached are a photo from Facebook and the US Navy archives. Jim
  13. Sorry, not sure why the image is so small. If anyone wants a larger copy, please PM me with an email and I'll send it along. Jim
  14. At least one was uncrated. I think there is also a photo in one of the CANAV books. From IPMS Canada's RT 10-2 (1977!!) @Carl V has been doing this quite a while. Jim
  15. Wow, what an interesting thread. Too bad Mr. Molson didn't tip over P3757 a little more so we could see the gun ports. But I guess after this thread, I'll be using Airfix to build YO-G and not Arma. Thanks for the education guys! Jim
  16. Ugh, and more poor Canadian decals. Luckily in this case, the issues with 116744 are easy to fix, just leave off the wing markings. The earlier CF-5 scheme didn't have any! Jim
  17. Just to be clear all RCAF Sea Hurricanes upgraded to Hurricane XIIA status has their hooks removed. The big question is how many were built with hooks and how many had their hooks removed before conversion. (For example it appears BW835 did not have a hook, but others sure did.) Jim
  18. I'd be interested in one or two. A suggestion with regard to the canopy. Why not just provide a 3d printed canopy that the purchaser could vacuform at home. Would fit will with he I made this in my garage ethos of the project. Jim
  19. Oh, and I like the use of "intended" for the RAF serials. But then I would never disagree with Carl V! Jim
  20. My only comment on 315 is that I've always been confused what is going on in the photo Jack posted. It looks like it is being taped up to paint the leading edge of the wing. I wonder if it is possible that the wing on 315 got dinged at some point and was replaced? And when replaced, they added the serial? This is total hypothesis on my part based on no evidence. Jim
  21. Oh, yes I am aware of the Dora kit, but it sounds like that might be a while off. (But, I do have enough kits to keep me busy until it arrives.) Certainly, I don't want to go down the road Pinback has with the Frog kit. Jim
  22. I think that would be an excellent idea. I'd be interested in a 1/72 Wapiti. Jim
  23. This is a myth that Walker included on his lists, so it is often written as if it is a fact. Here is the data plate for Hurricane 323. They were bought by the Canadian government and the data plate has 323 clearly stamped, as it does its Hawker construction number. No RAF serial cause the RAF didn't buy it! In addition the RCAF record card only lists 323 as a serial. Jim
  24. Scott, You have to be careful with blanket statements, this is not really factual statement. Hurricanes of 1 (F) Squadron RCAF never had anything other than silver undersides in Canada. No question they were sky in the UK. Jim
  25. In either case you would most likely be building a RAF Hurricane so they are painted as Graham states. It is true that 1 (F) Squadron took their pre-war fabric wing Hurricanes with them, but it is unclear how many of them saved with 1 Squadron, and I've only found one definitive picture of an ex-HWE RCAF Hurricane. (This Hurricane had been repainted, I think, and had a three bladed prop installed, but kept the fabric wing.) If you are using the Arma kits, you will be doing one of the RAF birds that re-equipped 1 Squadron when they arrived in the UK. Btw, the RCAF HWE Hurricanes
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