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Jure Miljevic

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  1. Hello, TISO

    In Steven McLean's book Squadrons of the SAAF and their aircraft 1920-2005 the following serial-code letter matches are listed: NE409 (K), NV151 (H) and RD200 (W). Given the serials, both K and W are probably replacements for missing aircraft and in my opinion more likely to be in use in February 1945. Cheers

    Jure

  2. Veering off topic, but according to Andy Saunders' book Troffa mentioned this squadron painted code letters and spinners of their Spitfires VIII and IX with bright red (similar to post office red) instead of usual dull red. Layers of both mentioned paints (and several others) had been found on spinner of Spitfire IX MJ116, dug out of Ljubljana's moor in September 2019. This aircraft briefly flew with 43 Sqn in February 1944. Cheers

    Jure

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  3. Hello Ash

    Not quite. HAD Models decals are for Bf 110 D-3, which had extended rear fuselage to house life boat, and Hobby Boss Bf 110 E-1 kit has regular fuselage only. On the other hand, it is your kit and your choice of decals. Cheers

    Jure

  4. Hello Dragan

    Well, here is one photo, found on this Pinterest page. This photo can also be found in Carl Molesworth's book Very long range P-51 mustang units of the Pacific war (Osprey). There is also another photo of Stinger VII in new paint scheme or more accurately, her aft fuselage and tail. On that photo of four aircraft, Stinger VII is one of two Mustangs in the new scheme, with other two planes carrying the old markings. Cheers

    Jure

    P.S.: In the same book there is a photo of Major Imig, standing in front of his 44-63733 Dede Lou. The photo shows only port side of the aircraft's nose, so one cannot say much about the aircraft's name on the starboard side. However, to answer your original question, Dede Lou has tyres with diamond pattern.

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  5. Hello, Dragan

    If you are building North American P-51 D, 44-63984, Margaret IV, there is a photo of this aircraft, taken in May 1945. It shows her pilot, Major Jim Tapp, checking fuses on plane's HVAR rockets. Her starboard main wheel is in clear view, and its tyre has diamond pattern. Cheers

    Jure

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  6. Hello will2017

    Found it! Obramba magazine, 1993-7 and 1993-10, a photo reportage by Nino Mihelak, photos taken from VC-10 K Mk.2, probably in May or June 1993. Exact date had not been given, but it had been mentioned, that at that same day 'unknown perpetrators' fired at one of the Deny flight fighter patrols, so that may narrow it down a bit. On photos Tornados from XI and 25 Sqn. can be seen, one of the latter being ZE981, FD, which poses for a brief photo session while waiting for her wingman to complete the refueling procedure.

    I could not find photos on the web, so PM me if you would like to have a scan of that photo. Cheers

    Jure

  7. Hello will2017

    I remember reading articles, published at the time, about Deny flight operation, but they are buried deep down in piles of magazines in my flat. Will try to dig them up. Until then, here are a few photos of some of the Tornado F.3 aircraft, that took part in that operation. Cheers

    Jure

  8. Hello Hugh

    No, I think ES257 had yellow leading edges. PM me if you would like to have a scan of the photo.

    Super Aereo, thank you, thank you, thank you! For years, well by now probably decades, I have been watching the video and have never noticed all these. Soic also appears in the video several times and at 8:05 he can be seen climbing into the cockpit of his airplane. As a RAF Squadron Leader (although in a Yugoslav partisan army he held a rank of mere lieutenant) privileges of his rank allowed Soic to fly his 'personal' aircraft. Around here it has been taken for granted that MH592 wore a desert scheme. Photos of this aircraft are plentiful, and yet nobody ever questioned her camouflage. Nobody noticed clipped wingtips either ... Thanks again. Cheers

    Jure

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  9. Hello Hugh

    Which one of those Balkan models Vb decals are you going to use, ES257/X Slovenec or EP886/G Hrvat? Examining the photo of the former under magnifying glass, one can just discern bright leading edge on the port wing.

    In general, it does seem that in early period some of the squadron aircraft had had yellow leading edges, and these can be also seen on photos of some other RAF Spitfires. However, none can be seen on photos of the squadron's aircraft from early 1945 on. Also, with one exception all of the 352(Y) Sqn. Spitfires had Fighter Command tail band. The one without it was Major Hinko Sojic MH592/G, and even in this case that was due to overpainting in desert scheme, with the original band colour showing under the serial. Cheers

    Jure

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  10. Hello

    There is a photo of Roland Garros, standing in front of hie Morane-Saulnier L, published in Chris Ellis' book A history of combat aircraft (Optimum books, 1979), but I could not find it on the web. In the article about Morene-Saulnier type L, published in HPM magazine 1995-7, there is a colour profile of Garros' plane; again, I could not find the article on the web, but there is a colour profile of that plane on Pinterest page here:

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    To my eye, propeller of the type L on the photo looks black and also has manufacturer's markings on blades, but otherwise the profile corresponds well to the photo. The serial number (missing on the profile above) looks like 158.

    There is another photo of this aircraft (and also one of Garros's earlier fixed machine gun modified type L) in Icare magazine special edition, Roland Garros 1888-1918. She has wide V-strut undercarriage and, unlike the earlier machine, large centerplane cutout. Cheers

    Jure

    P.S.: If you like, I can send you a scan of the photo. Send me a PM with your e-mail address.

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  11. Hello Rob

    Well, there goes my theory about camouflaged runways. My guess is the top layer must have been based on some of the byproducts of oil refining or synthetic fuel production. However, this is hardly anything new and does not narrow down the selection of possible materials significantly either. Cheers

    Jure

  12. Hello Rob

    Could the 'black' part of the runway have actually been camouflaged concrete? Take a look at this well known photo of Me 262 on a Lechfeld base platform:

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    The dark part looks just like an asphalt taxiway. However, another Lechfeld photo tells another story:

     

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    My apologies for just adding to confusion. Cheers

    Jure

  13. Hello

    Thanks for the correction, Asmodai, that scheme does not apply for ZA718. Harry_the_Spider, Matchbox kit does include ZA718 option, although The Survivor title and the unit badge on the tail decals are redundant for Falklands. Jabba, thank you for that info. I think one of the Italeri Wessex kits also comes with Cyprus Union Jack decals. Those two would make pretty colourful models. Cheers

    Jure

  14. Hello

    Right now I cannot access my books, but I think Belgian Hurricanes had been armed with FN machine guns (7,7-mm?), the same armament as Kingdom of Yugoslavia Hurricanes had been equipped with. Cheers

    Jure

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  15. Hello, Chris

    Open to atmosphere, as far as I can tell. Take a look at photos in this thread:

    There are other threads on this topic, as you probably know. Still, not all questions about Lancaster bulged bomb bay doors have been answered yet. That bugs me considerably as there is Tall Boy Lancaster Jane ... in my stash, waiting for me to get a crack on it. Cheers

    Jure

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