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  1. Found this with a Google search, but it may be “Beaufighter generic” as opposed to Israel specific, but says rockets too. “IAF Aircraft Inventory:IAF Aircraft Inventory: Table of Contents Known as the "Whispering Death" by the Japanese in the far east during WWII, the Bristol Beaufighter was instrumental in driving the Japanese from South East Asia and in the defeat of the Luftwaffe's night bombing offensive against Britain. 4 Beaufighters were purchased for the IAF in Britain on the pretext of being used for a film. In front of the director, the cameras and the whole filming "crew" they took off from a British air field — and never returned. By the time British authorities came to, the four bombers were somewhere over the Mediterranean, on their way to Israel. They took part in operations to drive out invading Egyptian forces on the southern front and also against the Egyptian navy during the War of Independence. On October 22, 1948, a Beaufighter on a sortie to bomb the Egyptian flagship "The Emir Farouk" encountered an Egyptian Hawker Fury. Aware that the Beaufighter stood little chance in a dogfight, the pilot put his bomber into a dive, followed by the Fury, and pulled up in time to see the fighter crash into the sea behind him. Unfortunately, the pilot of the Beaufighter was killed the next day, bombing an enemy stronghold on the southern front. The remaining aircraft were put out of service shortly after the end of the war. Specification: Bristol Beaufighter TF.Mk X Type: three seat anti-shipping strike fighter. Powerplant: 2 * Bristol Hercules XVII. Performance: max speed — 303 mph at 13,000ft, operational range — 1,470 miles. Weights: max takeoff weight — 11521kg. Dimensions: span — 17.63m, length — 12.70m. Armament: 4 * 20mm cannon and 1* 7.7mm machine gun with 2 * 113kg bombs or 8 * 41kg rockets under the wings. Sources:IAF Inventory”
  2. It was Angels In The Sky, by Robert Gandt. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Tells of why the Israelis ended up with Me109s (S199s) fighting the Egyptians in Spitfires, where they got their pilots (including Malta hero Screwball Buzz Beurling) and other fascinating stuff. It actually reads like a spy thriller...it’s great.
  3. I read a great book about the early days of the Israeli Air Force. It included the story of how they came by the Beaufighters. Briefly (and summarising) in 1948 Israel faced an embargo on importing any military equipment, even though there were a lot of war-surplus aircraft available. The Beaus were available for a song in the UK, but not to Israel. As a result, the Israelis set up a movie production company, to make a film about the Kiwi Beaufighter pilots based out of Scotland during the war. The “film company” bought the aircraft, and spent time flying them around “for the movie” (pilot training), before they disappeared off into the distance, to appear again in Israel! Some of the things that went on during that period beggared belief. cheers Tania
  4. Lovely work....and for 1/32, extremely prolific! Your output gives me hope that I may actually be able to get through more of my stash than I thought...especially as my scales are 1/72 for aircraft, and 1/43 for cars
  5. Wow! That sure gives new meaning to the term "kit bashing"!! It's a bit like looking at the Millennium Falcon or a Gerry Anderson model, trying to pick out which different kit pieces are used. Great job producing something VERY different...and authentic to the original picture too. Love it!! Cheers Tania
  6. I wasn’t aware of that Steve....and now I need one and it’s been superceded you don’t have a spare do you? Tania
  7. What a great model of a truly bizarre aircraft. I can’t imagine how the pilot managed to taxi it without running off the taxiway/runway, let alone land the thing!
  8. I really like this....looks fantastic. Nice work
  9. That is so cool! And an Alvis Stalwart...I had a BP Exploration Matchbox toy of that too. Wasn’t aware of the connection. Great information. Thanks! Tania
  10. Steve I was about to say the same thing! I had one as well....an “Alvis Foamite Crash Tender” apparently produced by Matchbox between 1964 and 1968. There is a real one on display at the RAF Museum at Hendon.
  11. That is beautiful. I had to re-check the scale, and if you’d said it was 1/48, I’d have been impressed....but 1/72? Wow, that is really something. Very cool build. Congratulations Cheers Tania
  12. Thank you for some really useful tips and information. I’m a big fan of the Saab jets, and plan on building several Gripen. I’ll definitely be bookmarking this page. Thanks again
  13. Nice build. Out of interest has anyone dealt (or tried to deal) with Fisher since the Paradise fire last year? My understanding is Paul and his wife lost everything, so was wondering if he has started up again. If, as I had read elsewhere, all his stock, workshop, moulds etc were lost, I can't imagine how devastating that must have been for them, and also how great a loss to the modelling world. Cheers Tania
  14. Charlie, you are in luck! Italeri kit details here: https://www.super-hobby.com/products/Supermarine-Spitfire-F-Mk.VII.html MD114 is indeed an option. I have a bunch of these kits as one of the other options, YQ-W, Isobel II, was flown by my grandfather’s brother, Jack Cleland. cheers Tania.
  15. If you can find a cheap Italeri HFVII kit, the decals are quite nice, and the pressurisation intake is a seperate part. The rest of the kit is pretty average, and is incorrect for a MkVII (wrong canopy, cockpit door etc) but probably no more expensive than an aftermarket decal sheet? cheers Tania
  16. Sturmovik, could you tell me which Museum? I’m in Buenos Aires from time to time and always looking for something to do. Any model shops worth visiting? I found “Top Gun” on my last visit, and another one near by, down an arcade on a previous visit. Cheers Tania
  17. I dearsay it wouldn’t be past Matchbox to have made a mistake with the serial size! To be honest, I never clicked that it could have been incorrect. The decals in my kit were marginal, both in colour and quality. The wax-paper cover sheet had stuck to the decals, and the carrier film was quite badly discoloured, hence the Chakra and fin flash markings being more “brown” than “orange”. It would be nice to see the aircraft re-tooled, instead of “yet another Spitfire/Hurricane/Messerschmitt” by one of the mainstream kit companies.
  18. I love tiger stripe liveries and you have done a great job on yours. Congratulations on a lovely result!
  19. I used to play cricket in Wellington, NZ as a schoolgirl. The ground was under the downwind flight path for the SAFEair Bristol Freighters enroute from their home base in Blenheim. Even then I was aircraft mad, and couldn’t help but look up at these lumbering giants as they flew overhead. It proved such a distraction that my teammates used to call me “Bristol”. Later, when I actually became a pilot, I had the opportunity to join SAFEair, but turned it down for an airline career...fortuitously as SAFE ceased operating a few years later. Still have some pictures somewhere of the inside of a Bristol when they were parked up, having been retired, in Blenheim.
  20. Caught! There was no way I could get those plastic pins to fit, so after snapping a few I made my own out of wire
  21. Do it! I’m sure you will enjoy it The only experience I had with armour was 1/76 scale Matchbox kits back in the 70s. They had different coloured sprues, so I didn’t even paint them. This Dragon kit was almost trouble free, with the exclusion of the single link parts for the tracks...and trying to get the little pins in place to hold the spare tracks on their racks. There will be more armour kits in my future for sure
  22. Love that zebra stripe livery! Excellent builds. Thanks for reposting them...they deserve to be seem
  23. Looks really nice in white. Top job
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