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About Junchan

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  1. Thanks Andy, e-mail sent. Jun
  2. Hi Andy-san, Congrats for getting your new JASDF F-104 book published which could be interesting for also Japanese modellers too. I'm also interested in your book and like to have a copy, so please let me know how to order it. Very best regards, Jun in Tokyo https://www.flickr.com/photos/horaburo/albums
  3. Here're diagrams from the BF 109E Ersatzteil Liste (parts list), Russian evaluation report and DB 601 Motorhandbuch for your reference. Hope these will help. Jun in Tokyo https://www.flickr.com/photos/horaburo/albums
  4. Hi Chris, I have your book handy and am looking at photos on page 158. The top photo shows a spinner and rear fuselage band in sky, type C1 roundel on the fuselage and the black serial number on the underside of the wing and the caption says the serial of "XL-Y" is PR555. Jun in Tokyo https://www.flickr.com/photos/horaburo/albums
  5. The F-16 has full-span aileron/flap which is called flaperon. Jun in Tokyo https://www.flickr.com/photos/horaburo/albums
  6. Yes, your memory serves correctly. The Flycatcher incorporated the Fairey patent camber changing gear with full-span flaps on both upper and lower wings. The flaps can be lowered up to 8 degrees and the outer sections function also as ailerons. The Swordfish also adopted the similar control system and both ailerons can be lowered at 8 degrees to work as the flaps. I don't have the Pilot's Notes for Flycatcher, but in the Swordfish manual, it is said that the control surfaces are locked in the neutral positions by locking the control column and rudder bar with the three locking stays, there are no description about the "Locking Plates" on the wings. I checked the Flycatcher articles in "Fairey Aircraft since 1915", "Profile Publications 56", "Air Enthusiast 36" and "Aeroplane Monthly Jan. 2014", but none of them mentioned about the "Locking Plates". Jun in Tokyo https://www.flickr.com/photos/horaburo/albums
  7. Thanks guys. I also think that they're a kind of control surface locks, but wonder how they block the flaps go down. Any idea? Jun in Tokyo https://www.flickr.com/photos/horaburo/albums
  8. This is a well known photo of Flycatcher S1280 aboard HMS Glorious in which there were two stripes on inboard of the lower wings, between flaps and wing trailing edges (marked with a red circle). Silver Wings provides PE parts of their excellent 1/32 scale kit, but nothing is mentioned in the instruction book. Here is another photo of a Flycatcher which was not installed with the stripes. Does anybody know what is a purpose of the stripes? My guess is that the stripes secure the flaps in up position while the planes are on board. Will appreciate any information. Jun in Tokyo https://www.flickr.com/photos/horaburo/albums
  9. There is no such a standard as BS 380C. The BS 380 (no suffix) was not a colour standard but a tables for comparison of hardness scales. I suppose that Model Art decals or you might confuse with the BS 381C, colours for specific purposes which is a standard for the camouflage colours. BS 381C No. 538 is Post Office Red (Munsell equivalent is 5R 3.5/16) while No. 538 is Red (Munsell equivalent is 7.5R 4/16). No. 539 Red was added in 1970 for the Post Office Service use in place of No. 538 which still remains a standard colour for other purposes. The two colours look almost the same at a glance, but No. 539 is a bit lighter and more dull. I don't know which red the Red Devils used for their Sea Hawks but there is no noticeable difference between the two reds. For your reference, the Model Alliance Decals quoted No. 538 Post Office Red. Jun in Tokyo https://www.flickr.com/photos/horaburo/albums
  10. This is a diagram of the Mk. V manual, but I believe the arrangement is the same as that of the Mk. I. The manual text describes as follows; 6. Ammunition boxes - The ammunition boxes (see fig. 3) are mounted laterally between the guns and are supported on three spring-loaded pins at the bottom. Two of these pins are attached to the box at the feed neck end, with corresponding fittings on the adjacent ribs, and the third is fixed to the rib at the other end, the female fitting for this pinbeing on the box. When installing a loaded box into the plane, the pins on the box should then be offered up till the pins are in line with their holes--a osition stop is provided--whereupon the pins should be released from their notches by the fingers. The box can then be pivoted on these pins to engage with the third spring-loaded pin. All the pins should be turned into their locking slots. Illustrations showing the details of the ammunition boxes etc. are included in Vol. III of this Publication. Cheers, Jun in Tokyo https://www.flickr.com/photos/horaburo/albums
  11. Here're some photos of the P.R. XVI. Cheers, Jun in Tokyo https://www.flickr.com/photos/horaburo/albums
  12. The gun bays of the A-wing did not have solid side walls because the gun heating ducts extended as far as the rib 8 and were not distributed to the each gun bays. This arrangement could not supply sufficient hot air to the outermost guns, especially to the port ones. To overcome this problem, the Mark. V introduced the pipes running through the exhaust manifolds to supply hot air to the two outer Browning guns in each wings. This is a diagram of the B-wing outer gun bay from the Mk. V manual, but I cannot judge it if there are solid side walls from the diagram. You do not need to add the solid side walls if you build the Mk. I as I have not seen any photo of the A-wing gun bays with the solid side walls. Jun in Tokyo https://www.flickr.com/photos/horaburo/albums
  13. Jonny already answered the question, but I still have this booklet which I got at the RAF museum Hendon many decades ago. Jun in Tokyo https://www.flickr.com/photos/horaburo/8372443129/in/album-72157632492710747/
  14. Ian Allan's Modern Combat Aircraft 5, BAC Lightning by Arthur Reed has some photos of the F. 53 with under wing pylons. The Flight International 5 September 1968 issue featured an article on the F. 53 including a detailed cutaway drawings which may be of some help. You can download a PDF file from Flight Global at https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1968/1968 - 1765.html Cheers, Jun in Tokyo https://www.flickr.com/photos/horaburo/albums
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