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  1. Hi Syd, UK built or Aussie built tank? If late war, may be an Aussie tank. Cheers, Peter
  2. These may help. Taken from an RAAF report on flight tests of Spitfire MK.VC. The RAAF used only the 30 gall and 90 gall tanks. Peter M
  3. I was lucky enough to visit the collection more than ten years ago. It was open at only very restricted times back then. I happened to turn up on a day it was closed. As I was about to move on I spotted Paul Allen coming out the entrance with some visitors and two bodyguards. I approached one of the guards, when he was a bit away from the group, and asked him to explain to Mr Allen that I had been to a conference at Boeing and was due to return to Australia the next day: would it be possible for me to have a quick look at the collection? Paul Allen himself came across and pointed out that he w
  4. Be careful how you use the term,"high speed silver". The term was generally used to describe the aluminium finish developed to DTD 772, circa 1949. The previous aluminium finishes to DTD 63, (cellulose), and DTD 260, (synthetic), could not hack it for the faster aircraft and eroded badly. "High speed silver" was never an official description of the colour: its official description was "High Gloss Finishing Scheme". It was more than just a name for paint colour. DTD 772 was introduced to provide a durable finish for the high speed jet aircraft then entering service. It consisted of
  5. Paul,

    please contact me at: feropete1@gmail.com


  6. G'day Dave, The Nene was the same diameter as the Goblin so no need to make major changes to the fuselage. The main problem was that the compressor in this engine was double sided and it was difficult to get air to the rear face of the compressor. Hence the 'elephant ears' on RAAF aircraft and the redesigned intake, main spar and duct to the engine in the Mistral and the one off Australian A78-2. When I built my Vampire Mk.30 and Mk31 models using the old Classic Airframes kits, (I also unfortunately used Aeroclub canopies which are now brown and opaque), I prepared a s
  7. Paul, Sorry, I don't recall discussing UP-R. (Which UP-R?) (This forum?) Can you be a bit more explicit re ES307, UP-Xbarbar? She first joined joined the squadron in May 1943, but Sgt Chomley suffered U/C failure on 27 June and was forced to make a wheels up landing. I have no photos of her at this time. LZ894 then became the new 'X'. ES307 returned to the squadron in October 1943. As LZ894 was still on squadon strength, ES307 became UP-Xbarbar. She was renumbered A58-169 at the end of November. I have a few photos of her at Kiriwina and, later, on Los Negros. Basic camouf
  8. Paul, Sorry, can't recall discussing UP-R, (which one?), (on this site?). I presume that you are refering to ES307's second incarnation with the squadron from November 1943 to October 1944. She became A58-169 at the end of Nov 43. I have shots of her on Kiriwina and at Los Negros. Basic colour scheme was the same but there were other changes. Cheers, Peter
  9. As Graham says, UP-T had RAF Dark Earth and RAAF Foliage Green upper surfaces with RAF Azure Blue under surfaces. The aircraft arrived in Australia finished in a desert scheme applied in the UK before the A/C was shipped. On arrival the RAAF had the Middle Stone overpainted with Foliage Green to better suit it to local theatre requirements. The aircraft for No. 79 Squadron did not differ from those that went to No. 1 Wing in Darwin. Peter M
  10. Hi Seahawk, My researches, based on A/C received by the RAAF, would suggest that an ES serialed A/C from CB would have had the wide cannon-feed bulges. The change over to narrow bulges on production A/C came about in the first quater of 1943. Production of ES serialled A/C at CB was completed in December 1942. Of course, it is possible that narrow cannon-feed bulges were installed after the A/C entered service. Peter M
  11. If you are referring to RN135, YB-A, this shot shows the outboard position of the fairing over the cannon feed, typical of an 'E' wing. Peter M
  12. Hi Mark, The DAP BeaufighterMk.21 was essentially a TF.Mk.X with Hercules XVIII engines and heavier fire-power, but with torpedo equipment, radar, and dorsal fin removed. The Hercules Mk.XVIII was essentially a Mk.XVII, but with the supercharger 'S' gear ratio re-activated, giving the aircraft a slightly improved 'hot temp and high altitude' performance. The engine complete with cowling, accessories, exhaust collector and flame dampers, etc was supplied as a complete power egg, i.e. everything forward of the firewall. Air filters were also fitted on top of the cowlings. There were
  13. Model looks great! I'm rigging a 1/48 D.H.9, (RAAF of course), at the moment. Those control cables to rudder and elevator are a pain, not to mention the aileron cables that run along the LE of each mainplane. I'm too hamfisted and blind to even attempt it in 1/72. I'm lucky here. Often, early in the morning, I see falcons circling above a nearby lake. Sometimes, even the odd sea eagle. I've been down there more than a few times to watch them catching the fish. Pure poetry in motion, they way they can manoeuvre, hover, and control their dive pullout so that they just skim the s
  14. T-28B - prop diameter 10'1". The tip on the prop blade is curved. T-28C - prop diameter 9'4''. The prop blade has a wider chord and the tip is square cut. Only the blades are different, the prop hub is the same for both. I can't comment on your Air America ship. Would need to see photos to judge which prop. HTH Peter M
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