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  1. Hm, the M.39 is very pretty. I look forward to the finished result. M.39 side M.39 Here's the Fiat C.29. C-29 Moa, I've sent you a PM.
  2. Might make an interesting subject for an adventurous modeller to tackle, the colour scheme is colourful enough to make it look interesting.
  3. Hi Guys, during a trip to Argentina a few years ago I gota guided tour around TA-05, which the Argentine Air Force fitted with a Turbomeca marbore from a Morane Saulnier Paris. The aircraft was used during antarctic flights and crossed the continent in the late 60s, from Arhgentine territory to Scott Base. TA-05 1 The intake for the jet was on the dorsal fin where the yellow warning is written. Note that the hori stab has additional strengthening and the control surfaces are metal rather than fabric. TA-05 3 The crude nature of the conversion can be seen in the exhaust and bracing structure. TA-05 4 Fuel tanks fill the entire cabin, restricting its useful load. TA-05 7 The flight deck betrays a few differences from the standard C-47. TA-05 9 Ducting for the intake and location of the engine. TA-05 10 More images here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/147661871@N04/albums/72157713087827148/with/49527378383/ Thanks for looking.
  4. Living in New Zealand means getting to Somerset isn't so easy, although I did live in the UK for 10 years a while back, I never went to Bovington while I was there. On my last trip in 2018 I stayed in South Petherton, which was nice. On the day I went to Bovington I drove round looking at sites related to T.E. Lawrence, his grave, site of his bike accident and his wee cottage up the road from Bovington, then drove to Goodwood and watched some aeroplanes flying and cars doing the rounds on the track, then to Eastleigh, Southampton before arriving in Kent where I was staying the next night. I need to put my Yeovilton images up; we got into the Cobham Hall. 2806 T.E.Lawrence's motorcycle 2806 T.E. Lawrence Grave 2806 T.E. Lawrence's house Clouds Hill 2806 T.E. Lawrence's death site 2706 RNAS Yeovilton Gate Guard 0307 FAA Museum Wyvern Here's a photographic record of my UK trip two years ago, in case you are interested. https://www.flickr.com/photos/147661871@N04/albums/72157671846190398/with/43935352561/
  5. Hi, images from the Italian military aviation museum on the shore of Lake Bracchiano, north of Rome. Although in the region of the village of Vigna di Valle, it is located on the lake shore and is equidistant in the opposite direction to the town of Bracchiano. This site is quite historic and was one of the first landing grounds in Italy, for airships and balloons, becoming a seaplane base as well, where, during WW2 this enormous crane was used to hoist flying boats and floatplanes out of the lake. Grumman Albatri were based here for SAR duties. HU-16 Crane The waterfront flying boat park and jetty, with watch tower. Lago di Bracchiano Barchina Idroplano hydrofoil driven by an aircraft engine. Barchina Idroplano Captured Austro-Hungarian Lohner flying boat, with SPAD VII, Macchi-Hanriot HD.1 and Ansaldo SVA behind. Lohner front Caproni Ca.36. Caproni Ca.36 Schneider Trophy winning Macchi M.39. M.39 World Speed Record holding Macchi MC.72. MC.72 The MC.72's Fiat AS.6 V-24 engine. Fiat AS.6 IMAM Ro.37 found in Afghanistan and rerstored. Ro.37 rear Fiat CR.42. CR.42 front Caproni Campini CC.2 hydrid jet. Its compressor, seen below it was driven by a piston engine. Caproni Campini CC.2 There are three of Mario Castoldi's fighter designs on display in the museum; Macchi MC.202. C.202 nose Macchi MC.200. MC.200 side Savoia Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero. SM.79 CANT Z.506 Airone. These were kept in this very hangar during WW2 after being lifted out of the lake by the crane outside. Z.506 nose Fiat G-91Y. G-91Y Licence built F-104S, with F-86, AMX, Tornado F.3 and Frecce Tricolori G-91PAN. F-104S First Italian aircraft to exceed the speed of sound, the Aerfer Sagittario II. Sagittario II Frecce Tricolori MB.339. MB.339 More images here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/147661871@N04/albums/72157712453495152/with/49307751233/ For those of you wanting to make the trip there, and I would highly recommend it, a few tips. Conventional wisdom says to catch a train to Vigna di Valle and attempt to catch a taxi from the cafe. Don't get off at Vigna di Valle, as the taxis often refuse to go out there from Bracciano, which is where they come from. Go straight to Bracchiano; there are almost always taxis at the train station and they will charge only 15 Euro to go to the museum. You can also organise a return trip with the same driver. Trains to Bracchiano are also more frequent from Rome. There is a bus from Bracchiano, but, don't be tight, it's only a 30 Euro round trip and the museum is free. Thanks for looking.
  6. Here are a couple of pictures of the titular MJ627 outside the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar taken last year, from where it conducts joyflights. MJ627 i A good view of the canopy layout. MJ627 ii This is the T.VIII G-AIDN as MT818, at the same location. The canopy layout in evidence. MT818 And just for kicks, SM520 taken at Goodwood last year, too, and although these have been altered for effect for a project, they also show a contemporary two-seat canopy layout. SM520 i SM520 ii
  7. Here are a couple from my own website, This first one is from a XIV, although a little grainy owing to the shitty gear I had at the time: http://warbirdswalkaround.wixsite.com/warbirds/nh799?lightbox=dataItem-ioi8eliq This one is the tail section of an F.21 undergoing restoration, taken with a 35mm film camera, so not great quality. http://warbirdswalkaround.wixsite.com/warbirds/la198?lightbox=dataItem-ighlu0mo1
  8. Gifted by the North Vietnamese. You can see the markings of South Vietnam on its flanks. F-5s and A-37s were sent to Warsaw Pact countries for examination. The MLP in Cracow also has the same types received for the same reason.
  9. Tucked away at the far end of Finow's runways is the Luftfahrtmuseum Finowfurt on the site of a former Soviet Air Force and LSK fighter base. Located an hour's drive outside Berlin, Finow has an interesting history, as during Nazi times it was one of the main airfields of KG 200, the secretive experimental unit that operated a handful of Allied types alongside standard Luftwaffe aircraft, including B-17s and B-24s. Unfortunately at the small and rather rustic site, there is nothing that indicates this facet of the site's history. The images have had the colour drained out of them; I wanted to experiment with colour to reflect the general rustic nature of the place. Finow is still an active airfield, with a small portion of the hard standing built as a fighter station for the Soviets in use, the rest is covered by a solar farm. Finow's control tower. Europe 302 Su-22 gate guard. A taste of the state of the collection. Europe 303 Arrestor barrier. Europe 304 There are aircraft and displays inside the hardened aircraft shelters, including this MiG-15UTI and MiG-21F-13. Europe 305 PZL Dromader in front of a shelter capped by a radome. Europe 306 LSK MiG-23BN. Europe 307 VEB-14P, licence built Il-14 in Dresden. Europe 308 Yak-28R, one of the types stationed at Finow. Europe 310 PZL An-2T. Europe 313 L-29, evidence that the staff do work on the aircraft. Europe 314 Interflug Tu-134. Europe 315 Mi-8T. Europe 317 Cosmetically challenged MiG-23S. Europe 318 Lenin looking on sternly at the foreign tourists. Europe 319 Thanks for looking.
  10. Yes indeed. Was impressed with the museum as a whole - it's huge, but the aircraft are not well looked after at all. Note the flat tyres on the CF-100, the Nord and the Hurri. The Oxford, in the background in the Mosquito image, hasn't had its nose for years.
  11. More from Brussels. Avro Canada CF-100. Europe 431 Nord 1002. Europe 432 Fairey Battle. Europe 433 de Havilland Mosquito. Europe 434 Bucker Bu 181. Europe 435 Sad looking Hurricane. Europe 436 Fairchild Bolingbroke. Europe 437 Douglas A-26. Europe 438 Mil Mi-24. Europe 439 Thanks for looking.
  12. Images from the rather vast military museum in the centre of Brussels. The aircraft hall is impressive, but some of the machines are run down and desperately need attention, and a good clean. Caravelle. Europe 422 Maurice Farman MF.11. Europe 423 Meteor and Spitfire. Europe 424 Spad XIII. Europe 425 Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter. Europe 426 Ju 52/3mg3e. Europe 427 C-119. Europe 428 RAF RE.8. Europe 429 The aviation hall in all its splendour and dust. Europe 430 More to come.
  13. The remains of Anhalter Bahnhof, to jog your memory further, Mr T. Berlin Tour 70 An illustration within the Anhalter Bhf U-bahn station. Berlin Tour 71 More of Berlin if you are interested: https://www.flickr.com/photos/147661871@N04/albums/72157709594792612/with/48264721357/ This is a walking tour that I completed within a day. It's not captioned, so you might have to guess why I've photographed what I have.
  14. SNCAC Martinet. Europe 272 CASA 352L Europe 273 Klemm Kl 35B. Europe 274 Arado Ar 79. Europe 275 Nord 1002 Pengouin. Europe 276 Bf 109E. Europe 277 Nude Gotha Go 242. Europe 278 Bucker Bu 181 Panzerfaust. Europe 279 He 162. Europe 280 Missiles and miscellany. Europe 281 Thanks for looking.
  15. Hi Guys, Images from the Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin. The museum from the footbridge over the Lanwehr Canal. The C-47 used to sit outside the big terminal at Tempelhof. Europe 261 This is a model of the Deutsches Luftfahrt Sammlung, the Nazis' big aviation museum, which opened in 1936 to coincide with the XI Olympiade, the centrepiece of which was the Dornier Do X. Choccy fish if you can name all the aircraft. Europe 265 This is what the main entrance looked like; note the Spitfire at bottom right. The museum caught fire during an air raid in 1943 and most of the collection was destroyed, some airframes survived and are now in the collection of the MLP in Cracow. The Airco DH.9A at Hendon used to be there. Berlin Tour 15 This is a 'then and now' comparison. It was taken on Alt Moabit next to the Berlin Hauptbahnhof, just across the Spree River from the Reichstag. Berlin Tour 14 Arado Ar 96. Europe 266 Nord 1100 Noralpha. Europe 268 Ju 88G and Fi 156. Europe 269 Bf 110 and Fw 44. Europe 270 Ju 87. Stuka A slice of the Dornier Do X. Europe 271 More to come.
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