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  1. Actually, Steve, I have never owned a Holden or a Ford, but that never stopped me being a fan of V8 racing!! Peter
  2. Alas Holden is now another deadun. GM axed the Holden brand last year when they decided to pull out of designing and manufacturing right hand drive vehicles. The laboratory where I used to work was just round the corner from the Holden design offices. Over the years, we tested a few Holden designs and concept cars in our low speed wind tunnel - and, yes we also did Ford as well. Interesing days working with Allen Moffat on the racing mods for his Foulcan. Ah, memories!! Peter
  3. Hi Mike, Yes it is postwar. Most of the RAAF's flyable Spitfire aircraft, (and Kittyhawks), were flown back to the mainland, most ending up at No. 6 AD's salvage centre, at Oaket, about 120 kilometres west of Brisbane. Here, what was reusable was salvaged and the rest of the arframe broken up and sold as scrap. A few more photos attached - got the tissues handy? Photos taken circa 1946to1948. Cheers, Peter
  4. On the Spitfire VC, reduced performance was due to both duct loss, caused by the filter and, also, to a much lesser extent, the increased aerodynamic drag of the fairing housing the filter. To the untrained eye, it appeared that the shape of the fairing was the major casue in the drop in performance when, in fact, most of the performance loss was caused by the filter reducing the 'head' of the airflow to the carburettor. The Australians finally realised this after they replaced the filter housing with a cleaner 'temperate' cowling and gained little increase in performance. Their major error wa
  5. The Vokes filter in the Sptfire Mk. VC (Trop) consisted of five layers of material - two of wire gauze between which there are two layers of fabric with a centre layer of special filtering material, (often cottonwool). These were stitched together and then corrugated into deep folds to increase the actual filtering area in the space occupied by the filter. O.K., I'm being a smart alec. I realise that you are referring to the Supermarine designed fairing that housed the Vokes Aerovee filter and enlarged oil tank on the Spitfire Mk.VC (Trop). Seriously though, many call t
  6. In general, I agree with Sydhuey's comments re the camouflage on A-20 / Boston aircraft. He has done considerablr research in this area. Trying to put it politely, Always check Caringbould's work against at least one other reference!! Peter M
  7. I’ve come upon this thread a bit late as I have been ‘hors de combat’ for a week or two. William John Storey, preferred name Jack, a school teacher when war came, enlisted in the RAAF in September 1940, at the age of 24. He did his basic training in Australia and his advanced training in Canada, being commissioned as a Pilot Officer. He arrived in the UK at the end of July 1941 and, after converting to Hurricanes with No. 59 OTU, he was posted to No. 135 Squadron RAF in September 1941. Shortly after, the squadron was deployed overseas to Mingaldon, Burma, arriving there in mid
  8. Don't get too uptight about the actual shade of OD. A number of years ago, I attended a lecture given by Dana Bell where he passed out to the audience a number of dark green to browinish green colour chips and asked us to identify them. The answers ranged the full gamut from Luftwaffe greens, RAF greens, Russian greens and various US greens. The correct answer, given by Dana, was that they were all Olive Drab!! Judging by C-47s and P-40s delivered to the RAAF, the practice of applying Medium Green 'splotches' applied right up to the end of the war, although the pattern was often si
  9. The external indicators were on early Spitfire VIIIs. Somewhere in the JF5xx series they were dispensed with. I have never seen them on an RAAF Spitfire VIII, which were JF620 onwards. The Pilot's Notes describe both the "electical visual indicator", (which is immediatly to the left of the "blind six" instument flying panel), and the "mechanical position indicators", that came up through the wing upper surface. The electrical visual indicator was two semi-tranparent windows on which the words "UP" on a red background, and "DOWN" on a green background were lettered. The words
  10. I'm with Bob. Looks like a IX to me. And could it be MSG over PRU Blue? Peter M
  11. You possibly got it from a post I made on Britmodeller some time ago in answere to a similar question. The aircraft is a P-40K of No. 77 Sqn RAAF. Peter M
  12. Huh!! You are mere youngsters! Peter M
  13. Can I join the enamel dinosaurs band of brothers? I too an enamel addict - have been ever since I started modelling - and that's a loooong time ago. Peter M
  14. @BS_w, thanks for the Type 351, (F.VII), and 361, (F.IX and F.XVI), drawings. Very interesting. I would like to make a couple of points. 1. Handy as the drawings are, they are of limited use without knowing what date they were drawn, and what ammendment they depict. The upper cowling did change over time. 2. Although the Type 359, (Mk.VIII), utilised the same engines as some Type 361,(Mk.IX), that does not mean the drawings for the Types 361 are necessarily applicable to the Type 359. In fact the top cowling for the Type 359 was a single piece pressing, strengthed with in
  15. I agree with Bob. Also, the C/N shows she was built in the UK - no Australian connection. Thanks for the pics and the link Troy. Peter M
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