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  1. Just an observation, "O" ottawa seems to (at one time) have the additional .303 nose gun fairings, and the 20mm cannon belly pack, while in the 'Intruder' scheme, as per this photo. But without the Canadian leaf or kill marking. While in this photo, it appears that the guns and fairing have been removed. There even seems to be empty holes that might line up with the fairing fasteners ... Curiously enough, the Special Hobby AL468 color instructions show no .303 fairings, while the DK Decals do show the fairings! What's also interesting to me is the 'change' in serial numbers. From AL468 in the Intruder scheme, to W8268 in the all black scheme. Ordinarily, I would assume that it's a replacement aircraft, but, it would be something of a coincidence for the replacement "O" ottawa aircraft to have the same last two serial numbers. Could this possibly reflect a reassignment from RAF ownership to RCAF ownership (or vice versa), and a re-serialization? Addendum; My supposition was totally wrong. On further investigation, Boston III, W8268, "O" Ottawa, was lost over Holland 20May1942, all 3 crew KIA. Boston III, AL468, "O" Ottawa was a replacement aircraft, and the formation flight photo is dated between April-June 1943, after it's return from a maintenance unit.
  2. Would anyone have an idea as to the serial number of "W (innipeg, man)" ? W"
  3. Xtradecal has 48” codes. Could they possibly be sectioned down? Take 25% horizontally, and the same vertically to keep the aspect ration the same? Hannant's 48" x 30" red bomber codes Lot of work, but it's only 3 letters a side!
  4. If you have already assembled the fuselage, then here's something you can try. Find some clear sprue the right diameter, and sand or scrape the seam lines until its smooth all around. Sand one end into a slightly rounded shape and polish (this can even be done by rubbing back and forth on your old bluejeans if you have nothing else). Paint the rounded end the appropriate color with Tamiya transparent red, amber or blue (or equivalent), and when completely dry, paint the same end silver. Cut off about 1/4 inch long, and do it again until you have 3 colored lights. Drill out the kit scribed circles the same size, or SLIGHTLY larger, and cement in your lights with the colored end inside, so they sit slightly proud of the surface (I push into place and apply gap filling superglue around the edges with a toothpick). When dry, sand flush and polish, and your all done except for a circle of masking tape before painting!
  5. I have the old 1/48 MDC resin/vac/decal set (Hedgehog exhaust, gun pack, vac canopy and gunsight) that I never used as the decals for TH*O (ottawa) were unusably yellowed. I now see that DK Decals has the the experimental intruder scheme in 1/48 - excellent! Now, my question is, did TH*O, AL468 have the "Ottawa Ontario" script on the R/H side in this scheme? It is not included with the DK decals sheet, but is shown on the Special Hobby markings. The script is there when the all over Special Night scheme was applied. This is a great subject, by the way, and thanks to everyone that has shared info on it! It has revived my wish to have a companion to my 418 Sqdn intruder Mossie! ... the Special Hobby markings ...
  6. Here is the article about lead weights and CA glue - The photo's speak for themselves! Lead weight corrosion and nose weights http://www.ratomodeling.com.br/articles/lead_ca/lead3.jpg http://www.ratomodeling.com.br/articles/lead_ca/lead2.jpg
  7. I have read that is not the heat of curing, but rather a chemical reaction that causes lead corrosion that continues and gradually expands until it splits your pride and joy wide open. Using 5 minute epoxy instead prevents this. There are photos online that show bulged, split seams oozing out nasty, white foamy looking powder, may take years, but why chance it?
  8. Here's a good photo of AG431 without the original blast tube config, if that helps ... and AG348 with the square blast tubes ...
  9. As I understand it, the rocket exhaust could destroy the Plexiglas landing light cover.
  10. The gun ports and the landing light would be plated over, and fuel tanks installed. On the Tamiya kit, don't forget to correct the inaccurate panel lines, and remove the 'battle damage' repair plates.
  11. No points for a hard landing! It reminds me of a story a friend who served on HMCS Bonaventure used to tell. When in the Caribbean, the S2F Trackers would return from a trip to Jamaica with the sonobouy tubes loaded with bottles. A hard landing resulted in them taxying forward, drooling rum out of the nacelles!
  12. Very interesting, thanks! In the linked thread, Peter Roberts also wrote - "This information according to 'Gifts of War'. Also according to 'Gifts of War', W3185 was NOT a new aircraft when Bader began flying it. After passing through 39 MU it served with 145 Squadron, receiving damage on 22 July 1941. It was returned to 41 Sqn on 28 July but taken over by 616 Sqn and became Baders' plane. Apparently photos of the aircraft coded 'D-B' show the presentation name has been obliterated." All good info and much appreciated! So, it seems that W3185 has a fair amount of wear, a tapered mast without an antenna wire, IFF 'cheesecutters', an overpainted "Lord Lloyd 1" script on the starboard side, and marked as shown on the Lifelike decals sheet - And while the airframe was painted in an "A" scheme, the rudder appears to have been replaced by one painted in the mirror image "B" scheme - the result of the damage on July 22 possibly. Thanks everyone, much appreciated. Colin
  13. The Mk IIa kit has the correct oil cooler on sprue 'S' - parts 9, 10, 11, and 12. Common sprue with the Mk V. Also the fuselage and cowl sprues are the same ('C' - external windscreen armor fuselage) for the Mk II and the Mk V kits.
  14. I'm thinking of building Bader's last Spitfire Va, D*B, W3185, using Eduard's Spit IIa, and Lifelike decals 48026 (Spitfire pt 4). I understand that the aircraft was lost just 12 days after being issued, so wear would be minimal, but I have a few questions that I hope someone here will have some knowledge of. The decals set has Bader's 'boot kicking Hitler' marking and a reference to a photo, but no photo. It also does not have the "Lord Lloyd 1" presentation script on the L/H cowl. Would this be correct? Also, would this aircraft have an antenna wire, or an internal antenna inside the mast, and would it have the IFF 'cheesecutter' antenna's? Thanks in advance, Colin
  15. I use Uschi's fine thread (.02 mm) (one bobbin is 145 feet of thread!) , which is great, not visibly flat or jagged as is EZ Line, but is murder to thread into holes. I found the easiest way to install it is take a piece of .005 brass wire, and bend it almost double, tie your thread onto the hook, secure the knot with a dab of thin super glue, and trim excess. Squeeze the two wire ends together to make a single post (.010" thick) and trim, It can be installed flush in a #80 (.013") drilled hole with superglue and will never come out,
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