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  1. XIV had id lamp under the fuselage between frames15/16 and under each wing between ribs 18/19 it's similar on mk VII & VIII. when there was only one downward id lamp under the fuselage (or the wing on the Mk VIII early), the amber lens could be replaced by red or green lens as purpose required
  2. Thank's Dana, I agree that it's impossible to obtain the same effect on the model, the haze paint was as a polarizing filter over the undercoat which cut some radiations according the light incidence. the render is different depending the light and the watcher position if I understood correctly.
  3. There is one chart, white, red, blue for insignia and a second chart showing the reflectance of 4 shades of haze on undercoat, black to white, graded tone on side surfaces. I understood it that way.. I think that lower sides no need black undercoat because these surfaces don't receive direct sun light
  4. According this Lockheed"s drawing(april 42), there was a white undercoat at lower side. On this drawing, the uncoloured surfaces is black and dark for the white or I'm wrong.
  5. the haze blue finish require a black 44 undercoat at the topside and white 46 at the underside, the graded delimitation between these two shades is on large area. Then haze blue paint was sprayed to obtain 8% reflectance on the black to 45% on the white measured with photometer. The lower insignia receive as much paint as underside.
  6. the prop blades are similar Drawings , R12/4F5/4 for Seafire III and R3/4F5/3 dural or R3/4F5/4 hydulignum for Mk IX
  7. To see the camera fairing under the wing and the identification light under the right wing fillet, this is an E-1. E & N1 hadn't reco light and N-5 & subsequent had 3 downward lights, 1 in the rear of keel fairing and 2 in the rear fuselage. N hadn't electric tab built in the port aileron but a single tab which protrude the trailing edge identical as the starboard side. It's possible that Pitot tube is cranked but not easy to see on this picture.
  8. There is also the tail wheel bulge on P36, the diameter of this tail wheel is smaller(10" instead 12.5), diameter of main wheels is 27" instead 30" and the cutout of stabilizer/elevator is more forward. The headrest, the keel fairing are different.
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    Tomahawk IIA Query

    it's not easy to see the pattern on port wing because the incidence of lighting is bad Below, the roundel applied by Curtiss on H81 and H87 allocated to british. comparison of ratio of red dia (white: Curtiss and red:RAF) the main plane is build from two wings which are bolted together in center line
  10. BS_w

    Tomahawk IIA Query

    the roundel on port wing was the roundel decal applied at curtiss factory which has 47" diameter for the blue and 15"3/4 for the red. So if there was a replacement or repair, it was the starboard wing
  11. in "Spitfire Mk VIII, AP 1565H" it is wrote in several chapter: "2 - A camera gun is mounted in the leading edge fillet of starboard main plane" "43 - A G-45 camera gun is mounted in starboard leading edge fillet, and is pneumatically operated by a puh-button on the spade-grip..." The loadind & CG diagram show G-45 camera and give the weight: 8.5lb
  12. JF xxx serial and engine(4th column) : http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p045.html http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p046.html M61, 63and 63A had fuel cooler and coffman crank case M66 and M70 had'nt the coffman crank case, so it's not sure that starboard engine cowling had the bulge.
  13. Spit F VIII powered by Merlin 61, 63 or 63A had fuel cooler. On LF(M66) and HF(M70) not need fuel cooler, the aperture in port wing fillet receive a cover plate. On all Mk VIII the G45 camera was fitted in starboard leading edge
  14. Tomahawk could be fitted with two seat types. rounded, the mounting is slightly bent at the top just before the armour plate and the squared type, there was a cast part bolted on armour plate the harness was a Sutton K ( eyelets on lapbelt).
  15. Trumpeter size the cockpit for chinese pilots which had short legs..... Sutton
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