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  1. "Strategic Air Command in the UK SAC Operations 1946-1992 " by Robert S Hopkins III Hikoki Publications. 2019 RRP £29.95 cover's a lot of ground about its conception and beautifully illustrated.
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    Feeling the Heat?

    I'm up after 4 hours sleep at 4.30 am , temperature is 20C and here in the Cambridge UK area forecast to get to 42C today. House is very stuffy with heat and difficult to actually do any model making. My shed is no go like an oven. Desperately need rain none really for the last 10 weeks.
  3. Air Vice Marshall Don Bennett head of 8 Group Pathfinder Force had a Communications flight based at RAF Wyton. A Beaufighter II V8214 was acquired from 404 Squadron who used them till March 1943 was coded EE:G with them. Used by Bennett to visit nearby 8 Group airfields on liaison work. Rumoured to be an overall blue colour scheme. it was ferried to St Athan on 17.9.45 and became an instructional airframe 5560M. Does anybody have more information or detail please ?
  4. As an add on I was curious whether metal skinned elevator's were incorporated on the Avro York and Lancastrian. On checking the York on display in Airspace at IWM Duxford I can confirm the elevator's are metal skinned. Just need confirmation on the Avro Lancastrian ?
  5. I will try and obtain the 1/72 Pavla Martinet. However I have found in my masse's of aviation stuff Aviation News Vol5 No.17 21 Jan-3 Feb 1977 which has the Alan Hall 1/72 plans for all the Master and Martinet aircraft.
  6. Wow,thanks everybody for the help,amazing response. Just shows what a great website and members on here. Now investigating all the answers.
  7. I think the late Alan Hall published a conversion article in Airfix magazine ? back in the sixtie's. Hoping somebody can assist with a copy please ? The conversion will require a bigger engine 14 cylinder Bristol Mercury,higher cockpit, bigger tailplane's, longer nose and extended canopy plus target towing side mounted drogue windmill.
  8. Hello Jerry. I have a good secondhand copy of the book ,I paid £4.50. No, the book is 120 pages to reassure you.
  9. 1/72 Avro Athena T. Mk.2 . May have been produced in vac-form possibly Contrail ? Only 15 of the full size aircraft were produced ,used at the RAF Flying College, Manby ,Lincolnshire to replace the Harvard as an armament trainer. Could carry two 60lb rocket projectile's under each wing. Carried a .303 Browning gun with 300 rounds.
  10. EUREKA !!! Yesterday I put an appeal for information on the East Kirkby Facebook forum. Bradley Winder has kindly found out from the Lancaster Modification list that Mod 1101 dated 6th May 1946 saw the introduction of metal covered elevators on the following Lancaster's. Marks affected B.1(FE),P.R.1, G.R.3, B.7(F.E) In the Remarks column it say's for tropical aircraft.
  11. Thanks Colin, certainly corkscrewing may have placed considerable strain on fin loads. Metal covered elevators could absorb more flak and bullet damage and less prone to catch fire than fabric. Going to trawl through my Lancaster books looking for elevator pictures, I may be some time .
  12. The Valiant Wings Publishing Airframe & Miniature Books are excellent P-51 reference's. Volume No.6 cover's the P-51 early Mustangs from the A-36 through to the P-51C model. Exploded views of internal structures and cockpit fittings. Model build's in various scale's, lists of accessory and decal sheet's including well detailed 1/48th pull out scale plan's. This edition is currently out of print but highly likely to be re-printed. Recently released is Volume No.18 covering in depth the P-51D/K including the P-51H,XP-51F,G&J. Again another comprehensive set of 1/48th scale plan's included. For modeling detail these book's are the go to reference for P-51 enthusiast's.
  13. Lancaster's were tending to lose elevator fabric in a dive due to the fabric ballooning and tearing. Sometime in the autumn of 1944 Avro decided to replace all elevators's with metal skinning. Hoping somebody on Britmodeller may have information when this modification took place ? were all fabric elevator Lancaster's recovered in metal as a result ? TIA
  14. Far too many to list 50 types of glider, oldest Gipsy Moth. Lucky flew in RAF VC-10,Dan-Air Comet 4 and 8 trips in Varsities.
  15. If like me you love anything about Avro Lancaster's then this is a must for you and modeller's. It takes you through the different production batches HK536 to SW279 showing the various modifications introduced to each batch. Nicely illustrated photograph's showing different external equipment such as bulged bomb-bay's, window deletion, aerial's, radar, pitot head's, etc this book answer's many question's if you are building a later production Lancaster model. Later books will cover the post war Lancaster's and another book on Lancaster interior's. RRP £19.95 well worth getting a copy as it is on limited production run.
  16. Nice build love the markings nice change from BEA !
  17. Superb build. I have many hours instructing in these, excellent stall spin trainer ,(spins now banned due to age of wooden structure and fin loads) easy to ground manoeuvre, good all round visibility and nice handling to instruct in. Also many hours in its forerunner the KA-7.
  18. Fab-u-lous !! great skill and work, real modelling. Such a nice change from Me109s and Spitfire's.
  19. I agree with Carlos and Paul. Kits are expensive now and you expect manufacturer's to get the reference's right , there is enough out there. Yes as modeler's we can modify and use other kit's to build an accurate aircraft ,but really i'm grateful that these error's are pointed out as some of us like accuracy in our model's.
  20. Fuel vapour venting ? B-24 Liberator bomb-bays were notorious for fuel fumes.
  21. Can anybody answer a Canberra question for me please ? Why do all Canberras when parked at dispersal leave their bomb-bay's open ?
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