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  1. Mark, The Airfix A09186 Blenheim Mk 1F kit has 23 Sqn as one of the two included livery options. The Javelin is on Xtradecal sheet X48126. Mike
  2. Hi Mark Thanks for a few kind words re the Mozzy. Like you I'm trying to build each of the aircraft on the Xtradecal 23 Sqn sheet. To date the Mosquito and Tornado (Tornado Warning GB) have been finished and I have two FGR2s at the painting stage - both will be ADV grey, one as seen (clean) at Abingdon Air Show in Sept 1981 and the other a fully armed Falklands QRA version. The "Frightning" is still in its box and I also have a 23 Sqn Javelin to finish. Unfortunately the Airfix Blenheim kits are very rare at the moment. The book is "The Red Eagles, A Hist
  3. Yes, a very interesting and useful site (which I had found) but it could do with a decent index!
  4. Thanks Noel, I've seen that photo and like some others wasn't sure if the black was shadow. Mike
  5. Thanks Tony, I'd be interested to see your photo. I couldn't find a definitive one on the net but have one of YP-V in my book on 23 Squadron but couldn't decide if the black was shadow or not. Mike
  6. A great build Ian. Having just started to look at my Minicraft version of this airframe I can see why Kurt's version gets a lot of recommendations. Mike
  7. Thanks for the good points but I agree the props are overdone, must remember to tone them down the next time there is matt black in the airbrush.
  8. Well the "modest" version came with the kit but I do have some of the "racier" versions unused as only bought to get some more decals. I've built two of the variants from the Eduard boxing and ran out of of stencils.
  9. Nice choice - will be interested to see which paints you use for the Landor livery as I keep shying away from that scheme. Mike
  10. For the 2001 Airshow at Leeuwarden AFB, F-16A (MLU) of the Dutch Air Force was painted with a special tail scheme depicting 323 Squadron's badge of Diane (the hunter). In latter years it has carried several other tail designs (most of which are available from Daco Products). The only photos I could find of this airframe from 2001 had rather boring loadouts but I did find an undated one where it has live GBU24s and AIM120s (though with a plain tail - so I've wielded my Modeller's Licence to produce this combination) It was bu
  11. This model was started in the Mediterranean Theatre GB but stalled after a decal disaster which can be found here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235079643-23-squadron-mosquito-fb-mk-vi/ In July 1943 23 Squadron was based at Luqa in Malta with a mix of Mosquito Mk II and Mosquito FB Mk VI. One of the latter was HJ675 (code YP-V) which for a short time was regularly flown by Flt Lt (later Sqn Ldr) Paul Rabone who went on to become a WWII "Ace" before losing his life in July 1944. Several of the squadron's aircraft were used for long distance
  12. This build stalled just before the end of the GB after a mini disaster with the main fuselage decals (both roundel and squadron codes). For some reason I couldn't get the starboard roundel to conform over the ?conduit? on the the lower fuselage. A second attempt with one of the kit roundels didn't go much better and applying gentle heat from the hairdryer cracked the top fuselage joint, which you can see partially rubbed down: During subsequent attempts to fix the seam I managed to damage the port side decals too An appeal in the Wanted section for any
  13. Nice choice Stu and a 100 series. Which livery? Mike
  14. Welcome (back?) To the world of 144 airliners, I am sure you'll enjoy this kit and look forward to reading your progress. For painting try a tin of Halfords Appliance White - most airliner modellers use it and it gives excellent results straight from the can. Mike
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