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Jure Miljevic

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  1. Hello Wulfman Fly, and according to Scalemates here it is a new tool from 2017. On box art Il-10's nose looks suspiciously slender so I do hope they did not take a malnurished old KP kit as a starting point. Cheers Jure P.S.: Here is a comparison of Fly Il-10 kit with drawings, done by Michael and Jerzy-Wojtek by measuring the real plane in Krakow museum. As with the KP kit, Fly's Il-10 nose lacks depth and its cockpit canopy is too high, among other faults. Pity!
  2. Hello Could the lion's head be just a remains of peeled off ejection seat sticker? On this page there are three photos of port side of WB188 nose with remains of ejection seat sticker as well as the fourth ¨lion head˝ photo showing the same area from the starboard side. However, the video in my previous post actually showed high speed record trials. Here is the video of the actual event. New, white ejection seat triangles on both sides, white serials on lower wing surfaces and standard size roundels are apparent. Bob and StephenMG, thank you for the information about the additional windshield. There are post-record photos, both colour and black and white like the second one on the BAe webpage here, which show WB188 without the windshield and with now exposed duck egg blue area underneath. Note that parts of serial on starboard main undercarriage leg doors are now in black. Cheers Jure
  3. Thanks Serge, I thought such might be the case. Let us wait and see what, if anything, develops out of this. Cheers Jure
  4. Hello John White serials on lower surfaces and standard size roundels. Check this British Pathe video at about 17th second (parts of white serial on undercarriage doors) and at 42nd second (WB188 taking off). Cheers Jure
  5. Shortly after F-35 delivery cancellation for Turkey information about possible sale of Su-57 instead had been leaked. Is there any substance to this or is it just a propaganda or perhaps Turkey's effort to improve its bargaining position? Cheers Jure
  6. Hello Joe You probably meant Hamilcars and Tetrarchs: © IWM (B 5198) This photo, found in Imperial War Museum collection here, shows 6th Airlanding Brigade Hamilcars with Tetrarch light tanks on board, arriving on drop zone N during the first day of Normandy landing. Cheers Jure
  7. Assault gliders? I am more or less certain no mainstream Hamilcar kit exist. Also, I believe Airfix Horsa kit is re-boxed Italeri, and I do not think any of three British manufacturers made Waco Hadrian kit. Cheers Jure
  8. Some of the H-3 had also been armed with 20-mm MG FF cannon in the nose and fixed MG 17 machine gun in the tail cone, but so equipped aircraft were not very common during Battle of Britain period. As far as books are concerned, I am in a similar position as Graham. From purely modeller's point of view Heinkel He-111 book in Japanese from Aero Detail series is among the most informative ones, but it is probably long out of print. Another more recent interesting publication, although more historically oriented, would be French Aero Journal special edition on He 111. It was not very expensive when published some two years ago, but I do not know about the going price these days. However, on Deutsche Luftwaffe website here one can download original Luftwaffe manuals for He 111 (and other types) in PDF format for free. There are in German, of course, but they include very useful sketches, drawings and photos. Cheers Jure
  9. Turning on one's position lights during WWII air combat would have served no useful purpose. Even today concealing ones position and direction of flight remains an important task in case firing missiles beyond horizon turns into close quarter dogfight hence camouflage, painted false canopies etc. Switching on navigational lights momentary had been used occasionally to convey one's position to friendly aircraft flying nearby, but I suspect such practices had been limited to night fighting. Booklet Pilot's notes - Spitfire mk.Va, Vb, Vc & Seafire mk.Ib, IIc and III aircraft (A. P. 1565E) mentions only possibility of steady illumination or morse signaling (positions MORSE, OFF and STEADY). Cheers Jure
  10. It was also on BBC World, so I guess it is true. Cheers Jure
  11. Thank you, Serge, I did not know that. Also, a nice colour photo of yellow 58. Cheers Jure
  12. The reporter probably browsed the web and find one of the Lockheed Martin advertising pamphlets. In one of their earlier publications it had been claimed that F-35 can carry over 18000 lbs of ordnance but surely the aircraft (and PR claims) developed since 2010 ... Cheers Jure
  13. Jure Miljevic

    Ploesti Raiders

    Hello Merv I would say you were probably right. In his study of Tidal wave mission The air battle of Ploesti, written in May 1949, Lt. Col. Edward B. Crossman mentions that special low-altitude bomb sights had been obtained for the raid, although he does not specifies the type. The ventral turret issue is somewhat less clear, but neither Crossman nor James W. Walker (in his book The Liberandos) never mention ball turrets nor their gunners. Crossman gives vivid account about an unfortunate train, which chanced to appeared under the path of bombers, and had been promptly strafed by formation's gunners. Again, only top and waist gunners are mentioned. I would say there is a fair chance ventral turrets had been dismantled for the raid and their gunners left behind, although I found no confirmation for this reasoning. Cheers Jure
  14. R. C. Jones' booklet RAF Tomahawk, Airacobra & Mohawk (Ducimus) from Camouflage & markings series indicates both had happened. Aircraft, ordered by French but not yet delivered, had been taken over and delivered directly to UK already in Curtiss equivalents of RAF colours. The booklet includes a photo of Mohawk IV AR645, used for trials at AAEE, already in Dark Green, Ocean Gray and Sea Gray Medium scheme and with C type roundels. This aircraft had been shipped to SEAC in late 1942. Photos of AR645 and some other RAF Mohawks can be seen in the following thread: Cheers Jure
  15. I am not quite certain but I believe this was also the case with Lion batteries for 787. The reasoning behind it was that Boeing had accumulated most of the knowledge about the new batteries so why not let them do the certification. Cheers Jure
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