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  1. I think your J21 looks better with standard wings. What a brilliant idea and beautiful outcome. You are probably right when you say that this would have been even faster than DO-335... Cheers, Antti
  2. Duncan and James, I'm waiting for your comments once you got your hands on the work I still got that old Novo model in storage somewhere... Got a boost of inspiration when I was looking at the pictures of a re-built one that dushix posted earlier. Cheers, Antti
  3. Beautiful work Dushix! I have built this kit myself and I greatly admire your attention to details. As someone already said: welcome aboard Kind Regards, Antti
  4. Hello Martin, and thank you for sharing those photos. I think that Airfix has done a very good job on their 1/48 Javelin. The rear end looks just like it should. Your photos also show the interior of the jet pipe; there is a "step" visible. Airfix got also this right but parts fit isn't the best possible. A good reminder about the interior colour as well: don't paint the jet pipe interiors with gunmetal (or metallic paints in general). Cheers, Antti
  5. Nice work with the air brakes Bill! I just bought a selection of Evergreen strips; they would have worked very well on the air brake housing. I can see my own handiwork on that Javelin drawing... now I'm embarrassed Was it you who asked for a three view drawing earlier this year... Cheers, Antti
  6. Hello again Gooney Fan, here are the measurements: You are absolutely right about BM. I'm still very exited about the fact that once we were talking about Luftwaffe colours and all of the sudden two well known researchers were taking part into the conversation. On another occasion we were talking about F-4 Phantoms with former factory engineer and several others who have worked with those aircraft while serving with the RAF. And so the story goes. I don't remember seeing a link to Wikipedia as an answer here if someone asks a question! That's why this is the best site for us modellers. Kind Regards, Antti
  7. Hello Gooney Fan, I have the kit. Let me check those measurements for you... Kind Regards, Antti
  8. Bill, are you using the Airfix (1/48 Javelin) stencil placement guide drawing? I think it is possibly the best and most accurate available. Some surface details are wrong but the shape and dimensions should be pretty accurate. Cheers, Antti
  9. Oh well Serge, I'm not familiar with NATO expense sharing policy. I guess the members put money on something and get money back on something else. And this all happens over a period of several years. Where do you find those photos? They are getting better and better Cheers, Antti
  10. Antti_K

    Silverplate B-29's

    Hello all, according to Mr. Herlin's book, propeller blades were orange coloured when the unit was at Wendower ("very" early that is). Those electrically operated Curtis propellers were brand new and were on test status at that time (at least on unit level). If I remember correctly future "Enola Gay" was still under construction at the time. Plane #82 was christened "Enola Gay" at the night of August the 5th (the night before the Hiroshima mission). I've tried a couple of searches but only found photos of aircraft with black propellers and yellow tips. The security at Wendower AB was extremely strict and therefore it is possible that no photos exist. Cheers, Antti
  11. Good morning James, then I suggest that you buy either Allward's or Franks' book. They both have the listing. As usual there is more information about aircraft X and far less on aircraft Z. A listing is also available on Napier's book but that is very superficial. It won't give you much data. I can scan a few pages for you, so you can check it yourself and then decide what to do. PM me if you are interested. Cheers, Antti
  12. Bill, now that you started to talk about the air brakes: There is a note in Pilot's Notes that prompt the pilot to warn the navigator always before opening the brakes as they created a deceleration of slightly more than 1G. I guess quite a few navigators hit their faces on to the radar set before this amendment was added. Here is a photo of the wing leading edge. The last fighter variants had a drooped leading edge. Cheers, Antti
  13. Antti_K

    Silverplate B-29's

    Thank you Mike for the link. And don't worry: your Finnish is spot on Years ago (or should I say: decades ago) I wasn't thinking anything else but that Mr. Herlin got it right of course. But later on I started to think that it must be an error in translation. - Once again I'm tempted to buy that huge Monogram 1/48 scale B-29... Hyvin outoa and very interesting at the same time! Cheers, Antti
  14. Hum, I think the best book about unit markings (the paint scheme remained unaltered) is "Gloster Javelin - RAF's first delta wing fighter" by Richard A. Franks. Lots of colour profiles by Richard Caruana. However many of these profiles have a detail or two wrong. This book also has some technical drawings from Javelin Air Publications. Both B+W and colour photos; many of them previously unpublished but then not of so great quality. Another good source with colour profiles (mainly about the tails!) is "Gloster Javelin - an operational history" by Michael Napier. This book is filled with very detailed information about the units, crew names, locations and dates. Unfortunately only B+W photos although many of those photos were originally shot in colour. Maurice Allward's "Gloster Javelin" explains all the nine fighter variants and little about the T.3 as well. It also gives an overall history of operations and units. Black and white photos only, except on the jacket. Really nice feature is the listing of serials with modification histories. You can check which FAW.9 was converted for aerial refueling and further on up to FAW.9R standard. Warpaint series "Gloster Javelin" by Tony Buttler gives you the basic info about the variants, nice colour profiles and lots of both B+W and colour photos. There is also a simple three view drawing (I wouldn't put much on that). Peter Caygill's "Javelin from the cockpit" takes you up into the air. It gives you the pilot's view and some history on the variants. This really isn't a modeller's reference. Profile series' old "Gloster Javelin" by J. Partridge gives you basically the same data and photos as Allward's book but on less pages. The book is divided into two volumes and hard to come by. I wouldn't put much effort on chasing it down. Then of course the Pilot's Notes and technical training manuals for "Hard Core Fans" (like myself). I have all the books mentioned. So what would be my choice as a first purchase for a Javelin model builder? I would buy the Warpaint book (filled with photos and enough of technical data. However Allward's book (with less photos is also very good. Then I would buy Napier's book. And so on RAF Seletar association has an excellent web page giving Movement Card histories for every Javelin in the Far East. Another great online source is "Forgotten Jets - Gloster Javelin" it gives also histories for all Javelins built! This site was formerly known as "Millionmonkeytheater". It also has histories of Phantoms(!). Hope this helps, even a little. Cheers, Antti
  15. Antti_K

    Silverplate B-29's

    Hello Mike, and thank you for the link. I have Hans Herlin's book about the preparation, dropping of atomic bombs and a short history about US atomic program just after WWII. Unfortunately I can't remember the original title as the book is not at hand. In Finnish it is called "Hiroshiman lentäjät" (Hiroshima aviators). Mr. Herlin states that originally, during their time at Wendover and Salt Lake City the blades of Curtis propellers were painted with orange. At the same time the black arrow in a circle was painted on the fins. Do you have more information about this? Is it just a bad translation or were there really completely orange propellers? Cheers, Antti
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