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  1. mhaselden

    Vildebeest bombs again

    Not sure the distemper would apply for the pre-May 1940 photos. The pics were probably taken during routine torpedo training rather than a specific exercise. Also, Far East Command didn't do a lot of night flying in large part because very few airfields were night-capable (after rain, many turned into quagmires, which makes night landings entertaining bordering on lethal).
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    Vildebeest bombs again

    I agree with Alan that the photo of K4167 shows black undersides with Type A roundels. Another similar photo posted on RNZAF Proboards seemed to show an aircraft with black undersides but without roundels. It should be noted that these photos were taken prior to May 1940 as evidenced by the lack of a fin flash and no yellow surround to the fuselage roundel. I also have a photo of a Vildebeest in Ceylon with black undersides (Ceylon being in the same Command as the Singapore-based Vildebeests). For most of their combat operations, the Vildebeests operated at night so it would make sense for them to retain black undersides. In addition, Dark Green, Dark Earth upper surfaces with black undersides were the standard camouflage for bombers in Far East Command, at least that's how most Far East Blenheims were painted in late-1941. The primary exception was 27 Sqn which was a fighter unit, although a few reinforcement airframes apparently retained desert camouflage. So far so good...but, as always, there's a fly in the ointment. There are at least 2 photos of captured Vildebeests on Java showing light-toned undersides without underwing roundels. Given that the Endau Raid took place in daylight, it's possible that aircraft undersurfaces were given a quick overspray of (possibly) pale blue which might account for these light-toned undersides (with lack of time to mask national markings explaining the lack of roundels under the wings of the captured airframes). However, this is just conjecture with no solid evidence to suggest it's correct. Equally, we have no positive info about when the change was made from black to light (perhaps pale blue?) undersides. That's about as much info as, collectively, we've been able to amass about Vildebeest undersides.
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    Special Hobby Vildebeest

    Hi J-W, All good questions but, alas, without good answers (at least not very helpful ones). There are photos of Far East Vildebeests with Night undersides but with fin flashes and Type A1 fuselage roundels which dates the photos as post-May 1940. According to Paul Lucas, Blenheims were being painted with Sky undersides on the production line in Feb 1940. So...it seems AHQFE was doing its own thing, not least since all bomber aircraft (Hudsons excepted) in the Far East retained Night undersides throughout the Malayan Campaign. Cheers, Mark
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    Special Hobby Vildebeest

    Some Far East Vildebeests definitely had black undersides with Type A roundels but there are also photos showing a pale colour underneath with no roundels. I know that's rather unhelpful...but that's what the photographic evidence shows.
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    Source for Decals of White-Outlined Serial Letters/Numbers???

    Thanks Bal. It sounds a wee bit fiddly but that looks like a good solution to my problem. Hi Jim. Long time no speak. I owe you an email to update you on all our "happenings". Appreciate the recommendation but the lack of letters make it a trickier option than the Fantasy Printshop option. Kind regards, Mark
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    92 squadron Spitfires Mk Is Pics?

    IIRC there's another pic of those 3 airframes in the Osprey Spitfire MkI Aces book which appears to show GR-U wearing a Type A1 roundel under the port wing. The second airframe in that photo appears to be GR-S. There's a nice close-up of that airframe in Geoffrey Wellum's book "First Light" with some battle damage inflicted over Dunkirk.
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    100 Sqn Vickers Vildebeest Battle of Endau 1942

    'Fraid there's no surviving records indicating the code letter assigned to Rowland's Vildebeest. Given that nobody can prove you wrong, you could just give it the letter 'A' since many squadron commanders' aircraft carried that letter. It won't be 100% accurate (unless you happen to be 1-in-26 lucky) but, as a memorial to a very brave man, I think such pedantry would be misplaced. Honour the men who flew those aircraft and good luck with your build. Cheers, Mark
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    Afghan Air Force - $8bn and counting

    To be fair, it's less of the US President "winding up massive near-peer warfare" and more to do with the actions of Putin, in particular (other expansionist regime leaders are available), that are forcing a strategic shift for DOD. After 25+ years of low intensity, asymmetric warfare, the US must (re)learn how to take on a major adversary in a force-on-force fight.
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    Photo reconnaissance of Germany

    It rather depends on the type of PR being flown. If we're talking about strategic PR, then yes other forms of intel would be used to identify potential targets that would then be flown by the PR units. Often, that "intel" came from industrial and commercial travelers based on their pre-war knowledge and experience. Other sources could include resistance fighters in an occupied country or signals intelligence which might indicate a new facility coming on-line. If you're talking about tactical PR, that's more commonly driven by what the Allied commander wants to know. If there are 3 possible routes for the enemy to use, he'll apply PR against (preferably) all 3 routes to identify which one is actually being used. In the absence of adequate PR resources, the HQ staff must make a judgement call to identify the assessed most likely routes and then task accordingly. Signals intelligence can also support the tactical fight, particularly direction finding which can be used to triangulate the position of an emitter, and hence point to the location of a particular unit or formation. The National Collection of Aerial Photography (https://ncap.org.uk/)is likely your best starting place for any imagery of Falkenhagen...if any exists.
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    Source for Decals of White-Outlined Serial Letters/Numbers???

    Thanks Smithy. Yeah...I didn't even know I had a relative who was a fighter pilot until I did some digging into my family tree. Fascinating what you can find as you go back through the generations. Thanks for the ideas for how to locate the serial numbers. I'll have to think on it for a while and see if any inspiration strikes. Cheers, Mark
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    Source for Decals of White-Outlined Serial Letters/Numbers???

    Yeah, I'm aware of the variability in markings. To be honest, I'd just like to get pretty close to the actual appearance of the aircraft.. The aircraft I'm trying to model is at Post #22 of this thread about 11 Sqn Brisfits showing an image of E2586: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235026886-11-sqn-brisfit-markings-sep-nov-1918/&
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    Source for Decals of White-Outlined Serial Letters/Numbers???

    Doh!!!! That really wasn't very bright of me. 1/48.
  13. Hi Folks, Are there any decals out there providing white-outlined serial letters/numbers for use on the rudder of WW1 British aircraft? I have a great subject I'd like to build but the pesky rudder serials have white outlines and I have no clue how to replicate them. Any suggestions from the WWI cognoscenti out there? Many thanks, Mark
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    Mosquito Mk.IV, DZ319 - Painted over canopy?

    I'm thinking more of a sun-screen or similar that can be pulled forward over the central upper glazing. Perhaps useful to keep the cockpit (slightly) cooler on a hot summer's day?
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    Mosquito Mk.IV, DZ319 - Painted over canopy?

    I agree, I think it's some kind of shade inside the cockpit. There's absolutely no good reason for painting the canopy when that would prevent the crew from seeing incoming night fighters, or for any number of other airmanship tasks (eg monitoring other aircraft in the circuit when coming into land).