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  1. This is the best one I can find. You can see that the bottom of the windscreen, where it meets the fuel tank cover, is flat rather than bowed. It's the same all the way up, and then the perspex turns into a curved profile in order to accommodate the windscreen frame at the top, hence that slight bend just before the top of the screen where it meets the frame. This is John Blyth, pilot of PA944 when it bellied in at Mount Farm, though I think this is a different airframe. From what I can ascertain, the unpressurised Type 389 PR XIXs had this kind of windscreen too, while the later pressurised Type 390s had the curved screen that worked with the Lobelle canopy.
  2. I'm working on the USAAF boxing of this and enjoying it. The shapes are good (wings pretty much correct span, fuselage much better length than previous AZ/KP Spitfires), the detail is nice and it's going together easily. And as far as I can see from photos, the flat area on the frameless windscreen is not incorrect for XIs in the PA- and MB- serial ranges at least. One question for the experts: should the PR XI have the three additional oxygen bottles installed behind the pilot, as the PR X, HF VII and pressurised PR XIXs did? I'm thinking not, but would welcome any wisdom others can provide before I close it up. Justin
  3. Yes fair point, I was starting to think the same. J
  4. Interesting photos, including with the colourful Canadian Sabres in the background. SP344 looks like it's in an interim phase of colour scheme, with the new D-type roundels now on the upper wings and placed well outboard. Justin
  5. Then again, the date of that photo is 13 April 45, so perhaps reassigning the X letter at that point to an airframe that was produced later is unlikely. J
  6. Yes, it's all a bit unclear. Meanwhile there's a photo among those linked below of 44-15726 5E-X being recovered after a belly landing. It's possible that X was reassigned to 44-64077 after this, but alas I've found no photo thus far. https://www.americanairmuseum.com/unit/311 Justin
  7. I think there's a bit of a question-mark over the Aeromaster decals for Estrellita III because they bill it as having serial number 44-64077 and codes 5E-X, when the Little Friends website suggests it had the codes 5E-V. Meanwhile they claim that 5E-X was on the side of 44-15726 Lady Eleanor. They have a slightly better print of the photo you've attached, and a profile of both aircraft mentioned above. I've got the decals myself and want to use them, but I'd like to clear this question up before I do. http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/364th-fighter-group/ Justin
  8. Lovely bit of modelling, well done. I think Bertie's right about the aerial wire. No need to persist with it. Justin
  9. Great start, and an interesting story behind the model too. Anything 4th Fighter Group-related gets my vote. Justin
  10. Good photos, thanks for posting. I'm not really a fan of black paint jobs for some reason. I'd quite like to see a Eurofighter in High Speed Silver, like our fighters used to be in the early 50s. Maybe they can do that for the anniversary of the Coronation? Justin
  11. I like it! I need one! Great job and useful build thread too. Came out a treat. Justin
  12. Very nice indeed. Wish I had the skills/patience for bi-triplanes! Justin
  13. That looks great. Really like the D-model Sabre. Interesting choice of subject, and a lovely finish too. Good tips on the humbrol paint - it comes up beautifully. Justin
  14. Great job on the H Terry - I really like that red colour scheme and you've really nailed it. Given we both like the H, perhaps we can convince those exceptionally nice people at Army Hobby to make us a nice new kit of it...? I'll get cracking on one of their new B-models as a sign of good faith! Justin
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