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Tail-Dragon last won the day on April 9 2014

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  1. There's some discussions of the changes here ... https://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/2804-132hasegawa-bf109-f4-into-an-f2/ https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/hyperscale/differences-between-a-bf-109f-2-and-an-f-4-t82063.html https://community.infiniteflight.com/t/history-of-the-bf-109-e-to-f-variants/65317
  2. That is absolutely beautiful! Somehow the fuselage stretch makes the Herc. an elegant aircraft. Congratulations. Colin
  3. I have just received AIMS excellent CP-107 Argus resin conversion for the Mach II Britannia (a truly ghastly kit!). The conversion is beautifully done in resin and metal and should be spectacular when complete. I find, however, that I am terribly short on reference material for the Argus. Would anyone have any good 3 or 5 view drawings of the Argus that they could share? What I'm in need of is details (panel lines, door, bomb bay locations, etc.) for rescribing the Mach II components. (center fuselage, wings and tail). This looks like a good winter project, and I'd like to do it justice. Thanks, Colin
  4. That's a lovely job on the Classic's kit, something you seldom see completed, it seems. I can appreciate the work that went into it, and you should be proud of it. One wonders how Classic's could do so much right, then drop the ball so badly with the wheels!, Fortunately BarracudaCast stepped up to the plate.
  5. I just had a look on Ebay (search for 'HA-1112') , and there are 1/72, 1/48. and 1/32 (resin conversion) kits and sets listed.
  6. No way, Eh! Those were Beer holders - a requirement of the Great White North Air Training Plan (GWNATP).
  7. Excellent info, thanks. That explains why they appear in some photo’s only. Thanks, Colin
  8. I'm trying to make a list of the mods needed to make a Canadian DH82c Tiger Moth from the nice little Airfix 1/48 kit. So far, this is what I've come up with ... DH82A - Fuselage. A 2-inch (5-cm) thick foam rubber crash pad was to be fitted around the instruments. - Cockpit doors eliminated, opennings cut down to upper longerons. - A cockpit canopy, dimensionally similar to those already installed by DHC on five British-built, D.H.82As, to be constructed similarly to the Fleet 7’s. - A cockpit heating system was to be installed consisting of a hot-air muff around the exhaust pipe and suitable ducting. Other detail changes in the cockpit were called for. - Wings. Wider walkways were wanted on each lower wing, and plywood leading edges on the lower wings. - Hand holds were to be fitted on the lower wingtips. - Interplane struts were to be made of steel tubing, and the ailerons were to be mass balanced. - Engine installation. The engine cowls were to be hinged on the aircraft centre-line for improved access, R/H cowl not cut out for exhaust pipe - Enlarged filler necks were to be fitted to the fuel and oil tanks and an insulating cover provided for the oil tank. - Undercarriage. Heavier axles were to be installed to take the additional loads imposed by operation on skis DH82C Following manufacture of the D.H.82A(Can)s, further engineering changes were introduced which resulted in the D.H.82C. The designation D.H.82B had already been used by the parent company for the Queen Bee target aircraft. These changes listed on DND specification AP/3/39. - Fitting of wheel brakes and a tailwheel. This required the wheels being moved forward about 9 3/4 in (24.7 cm) to prevent nosing over on brake application, and the front undercarriage members were shortened to do this. - American instruments, of smaller size than the original British, were installed which permitted a more logical instrument layout and a reduction in panel size which in turn permitted a reshaping of the coaming between the cockpits to improve the view from the rear cockpit. - The ‘cheese cutter’ elevator trim was replaced by trim tabs controlled by a wheel in each cockpit. - The elevators were mass balanced to compensate for the weight of the tabs. - The RCAF also wanted a new type of cockpit canopy, jettisonable in an emergency and higher than that on the D.H.82A(Can). - Also included was the fitting of the higher-powered Gipsy Major 1C engine, although 100 airframes retained the Menasco engine. (Menasco Moth - cooling intake on R/H side of nose) What I'm having trouble documenting is that at some point, upper wing slats were not fitted, but I can find no info on that (absent on most - but not all, period photo's). Also, were there any nav lights fitted on the WW2 trainers (most of the restored warbirds have them) Would anyone have any info on the slats and lights? Most of the mods (with the exception of vacuforming the canopy) seem fairly straight forward. Colin
  9. The Argus conversion set is now in stock at Hannants, and my order is already made! Thanks again to Neil for tackling this project, and I'll post photo's when the set arrives!
  10. Glad to help - post pictures!
  11. Here's a retailer in U.K. that has stock ... https://www.kingkit.co.uk/product/xtradecal-decals-1-72-72093-617-squadron-the-dambusters-1943-2008 https://www.scalemates.com/products/img/0/4/3/149043-71-instructions.pdf Colin
  12. I believe the Canadian built Mk XII had twelve machine guns - in the crashed photo above, the outboard 2 are visible outboard of the landing light, just below the star on the wing.
  13. While the kit itself might closely resemble one of the twig and straw decoy dummy's set up around an airfield, the fun you had, and the skills you practiced were real!
  14. Thanks. As I recall, the 'tweeks' were as follows - with open cowl flaps, the one in front of the supercharger intake is locked closed. True Details resin seat (with belts) and Ultracast exhaust. Fabricate the missing ammo cans for the cowl guns, oil tank and wheel well details, and the brake lines and cannons from tubing. The colors (as per Experten decals) were (upper surface) RLM 76 and RLM 82 Light green, and on aft fuselage RLM 81 Braunviolett. Lower surface was RLM 76 (nose, ailerons and stabs), RLM 76 (grey-green variation) on aft fuselage, and RLM 74/ natural metal on wing lowers.
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