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  1. The quality of some modern decal printing is astonishing. Like you, I have used magnifying glasses to read some of these, and many actually do have the correct wordings. In older style, small stencils ,tended to have that nonsense writing 'lori ipsos etc.....'' I think /M after a serial indicates a maintenance airframe, withdrawn from active use and for training or 'reduce to produce' spares only. Is that what you meant? John B
  2. Thanks guys. Having now read the kit instructions more carefully (doh!), it says the aircraft had just returned from repairs at Hatfield. The photo I found online is of the same aircraft. So either these were panels painted for another scheme as you say 'Chuck45' or just in primer as you suggest Mike. Maybe that explains the odd coloured panel on the port wing upper nacelle area too. The picture I have shows that too, in a very light colour. John B
  3. Looks like you had a really enjoyable day and those photographs are well taken. A shame for you that the machines are all so similar, so bland in their uniform greys with virtually no distinguishing marks. Sigh. (I am intrigued that Britman could see signs of squadron bar marks; my eyesight must be getting worse than I thought! ) It is really disappointing that the modern RAF seems to have lost all interest in unit identities on their aircraft. Presumably most servicing is done at station level now, so maybe that makes squadron markings pointless. If so, why not emphasise stations, as some countries do. I thought much of Squadron identity effort was done for morale boosting. Is not that required any more? John B
  4. I see in the new Airfix Mosquito B Mk XVI kit, one colour scheme shows the top panel covering the radiators painted in pale grey. Previously I'd only ever seen these panels outlined in red with a large red cross over them to show (I presume) they should not be stood on. WAs the colour variation method common? I have found one photo online which might show that, but I'm not sure. Checking just in case this is another example of following colour schemes from refurbished post war or preserved aircraft. The kit scheme also shows a pale grey panel on the upper wing surface towards the rear of the port nacelle area. Does anyone know what that was for? Comments from any Mosquito experts welcome ! John B
  5. There was some sort of drone being trialled in an area near RAF Lossiemouth recently; it was based out of Waddington apparently (though it wasn't clear whether the machine(s) were controlled from Waddington during the trial or whether operators were stationed at Lossie. Presumably that will have been whatever drone is replacing the Reaper - does anyone more expert on drones know?
  6. Giorgio - I agree, the Hindustan Marut was an interesting aircraft. (Wasn't it designed in part by Kurt Tank, after he left Argentina ?) I'd like to see a kit of that, and of the developed Ajeet in 1/48th scale. (Someone made a 1/72nd kit of that, can't recall who)
  7. Interesting, since I am halfway through a build of this kit. I agree with Finn that a change in inlet shape and size would be unlikely. Part of the apparent difference is I think being caused by the shadows on the sunlit photo. The spinner shadow makes the upper lip of the inlet look different. Meantime, I am trying to decide the shape of the rear of the bomb bay bulge. The kit provides a cutaway bulge suitable for a TT Mk 35 I believe, so some filler needed !
  8. "I do wonder if they are trying to flog the magazine in shops to get in any cash they can and quickly. Subscriptions are a write off as that cash has been spent." Will that work though - I thought the shops pay the distributors when they ask for magazine copies, then get refunded for unsold copies. That presumably means the distributors don't pay the publishers for some considerable time, which won't help cashflow. After all this time, given the way other magazines appear to be managing successfully, this all sounds very strange.
  9. Yup, or Must Respar Canberras Again. A ver fine aircraft Mind you many folk reckoned updating Buccaneer instruments and doing some fatigue check work would have given us a more capable strike aircraft than the Tornado !
  10. I thought the B-52s which are still airworthy have already been heavily reworked and extensively rebuilt already, including some re-sparring. It is now essentially operating as a carrier of stand off weapons, to get them within a reasonable range. Operating at height and at fairly low speeds, they have plenty of reserve capability for this 'trucking' mission. Makes sense to refurbish and re-engine old well understood airframes. Some must be like 'my grandfather's axe' by now., especially with re-engining coming along. Last time I saw a 'low level' B-52 I was astonished at slow it looked - because of its size. John B
  11. I think the grey/blue flying suits went out of use in the late Sixties, didn't they? I do recall having an ex-Forces gray/blue suit with I think a mix of zips (upper) and buttoned (lower leg) pockets and a yellow knife sheath/pocket, but later on only green overalls were seen around. Memory may be playing tricks of course
  12. Oh I do hope so. A 'niche' aircraft indeed but a very impressive one. Happy memories of seeing some at Lossiemouth in the days of RNAS Fulmar.
  13. It does seem to vary quite a lot. As Finn said they don't show up on many photos of the BoB period. I suspect the identification marks were carried at the roots. Also, since adjustable pitch propellers and removable blades were fairly new to the maintainers and riggers, with only two or perhaps tree types around, perhaps minimal ident info was needed. Only ref numbers so a blade's history was trackable. As time went on and so many more blade and prop boss types appeared, stencilling clearly to ensure correct fit, even in rushed circumstances would have been more important. Later on in the war the stencils did seem to be more obvious. American practice of easily read detailed blade stencils may have helped change British habits too? Possibly during the BoB there was a bit more rush and less interest in detail recording, at times, so stencils would not have been foremost in the minds. John B
  14. From the comments written earlier, this appears to be more of a proprietor level issue, not at editor level. Perhaps the owner of the magazine company is the one who needs to provide the explanation. There was some comment about printing problems a while back I think?
  15. Having, quite unexpectedly, got one of these kits I drooled quietly over it before deciding to have a look to see what fellow modellers made of it. Hmm, interesting. Personally, since I go back to the original first issue Airfix Mosquito - the bagged 2/11d in Woolies kit, I think this is magnificent. I don't think I ever built the second moulding, though I may well have an unbuilt one deep in the older parts of he 'stash', possibly a Swedish variant? Certainly made the Matchbox kit, which came up well with some adjustment, in PR colours. I have built a few larger scale Mosquitos over the years as well. This is a great kit to tempt me back into more 72nd scale modelling. Sure there are minor 'oopses', mostly easily fixed with a bit of wet and dry and some Milliput or filler, or left as is for the inevitable TT35 variants. The provision of several canopy variants, the internal bomb bay detail and cockpit detail, the superb and well thought out exhausts, cast in separate parts for better detail, these are terrific. As also is the thinking behind the undercarriage assembly. Well done Airfix. Incidentally unlike some I'm not convinced the undercarriage is too thin or spindly. I think we get accustomed to somewhat overscale u/c gear in 72nd scale, because otherwise it is too delicate. This seems to me quite close to the look of the real thing - and certainly appears to build up to an impressively busy assembly. The mudguards need thinning at their edges, of course and yes the tyre detail is a touch too prominent. You will note some pages back on here that the designer specifically sked for more prominent detail because at first it was too faint. Easy to sand down, much simpler to remove excess than to build up more. As for the tailwheel, is it really that much too slim? It seems to me to have moulding in the tyre which hints at the anti-shimmy pattern. In this scale, probably enough to allow us to bring it out with some shading - tyres are seldom uniformly dark grey nor all black, especially with some runway dust around. Yes, the wing skin panel overlaps are a touch OTT, but again a little careful wet and dry sorts that - almost all recent 72nd scale models seem to have slightly too heavy surface detail, but for an old style modeller that is easier to reduce rather than having to add. Oh - and someone commented about the rather slim pilot and the lack of a navigator. Ignoring the obvious point that people were generally slimmer then and pilots often smaller - especially those flying a/c which were a tight squeeze - perhaps the crew here is intended to be one of those slim young ATA ferry lady pilots who flew without navigators in all sorts of complex aeroplanes. A terrific kit and one which I am going to enjoy taking my time over. My thanks to all of you who have pointed out minor glitches and hiccups. Like many I used to have to use balsa, talc and dope to modify my older kits, so this one looks a breeze. Whee ! (And at least one will have to be modified to look like the 633 Sqn Mosquitos I watched contour chasing up in the Highlands years ago)
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