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  1. A very good question which sadly I don't have a definitive answer to as just because something could have happened in theory is no proof that it actually did in reality. I guess I'm thinking that if say PO-S was being rebuilt and the engines available at the time were Packards would they have put her and other B.I's to one side until RR ones became available or would they have just gone ahead and fitted what they had given the pressures of war? I can't find any reference to re-builds being Mark specific as in I's went to factory X and III's went to factory Y so I'm just presuming they would have fitted the Merlins they had at the time. However it's also quite possible that these factories/facilities could have had both types of Merlin available in order to retain the original spec and integrity - umm? I know this doesn't advance things any further but it's an interesting conundrum. Regards Colin.
  2. Sorry, just to add that I have a spare pointed rudder which I could add to the Airfix Vc to correct this particular aspect and quite happy to model an early XII with a fixed tail wheel. Regards Colin.
  3. I'd sort of assumed that using the rather good Airfix Vc and adding a new nose/engine from somewhere would have been the simplest approach, although I've no idea where such a nose could come from from unless it was from a Sword Seafire XV possibly? (using an Eduard VIII or IX would entail additional work to the underwing intakes). As to the spinner and prop I was thinking of using the blades from the Airfix XIX and then cobbling together a spinner from Milliput etc. BTW the plans I have are those by P B Cooke in the Argus 'Aircraft Archive Volume 1' so are these reliable or is there another set which I need to source perhaps? Regards Coilin. Ps. the CMR kit and Paragon conversion set are also like hens teeth unless some kind soul has examples they no longer need?
  4. I think the issue is around what particular section of the aircraft retained its original identity when it went in for a major service or re-build, was it the rear fuselage with the serial number or was it the nose section which would have had its individual bomb score and any personal insignia? I'm sure I read somewhere that it was the nose section that kept its original serial number/identity but that doesn't mean to say this is correct, however what is certainly correct is that it is extremely unlikely that an aircraft would re-emerge with all of its original major components as they would have just taken the next one available when re-building. This being the case it is perfectly possible/reasonable that a B.I could re-emerge as a B.III and vice versa. Regards Colin.
  5. Technically a Lancaster could start life as either a B.I or B.III but end up becoming the other when it went in for its major service if the engines were of the other type. Regards Colin.
  6. All the various mods/tweaks made to the Lancaster during production, such as paddle blade props and enlarged bomb aimer's blister, were done irrespective of Mark so the only way you can be sure if you are looking at a B.I or B.III is to check the serial number. The exception being some of the early production B.I's which may have had the ventral turret, no coaming around the mid-upper gun turret and a very sooty black finish. I'm not entirely sure but I think only the B.I had the early/flatter bomb aimer blister fitted but I could be wrong? Regards Colin.
  7. I think the Xtrakit XII or the old Brigade conversion are probably the best bets but sadly neither are available at present on any platform so I'll just have to keep an eye out for one or both. Many thanks for all the replies and suggestions. Regards Colin. Ps. still can't understand why it's never been done in 72nd scale (especially Airfix given their 48th offering) if the level of interest on this forum is any indicator of potential demand
  8. Thank you again. I'm sort of thinking that the answer to my original question is that there is actually no relatively easy-ish way of doing the XII in this scale for me unless I can find the Brigade XII conversion again and/or the Sword Seafire XV and Aeroclub prop, none of which are readily available. It sounds like I still need to continue to ask Airfix to down scale their pretty good 48th scale XII, or wait for Eduard/Arma, or even KP/AZ, to deliver as I'm sure this variant of the Spitfire would be a good seller in this scale. Regards Colin.
  9. Thank you. I have this Airfix kit but where do I go for the new nose and prop/spinner? The Brigade conversion is rarely available now but Airfix are soon to re-release their XVIII kit, plus their XIX is still out there on E-Bay etc.., so where can a simple/modest modeler go to make something that looks OK-ish? Regards Colin.
  10. I think the answer is that they could or could not be there depending upon when the aircraft left the factory. If it was one that left the factory at this time with the wing painted black then yes they would be there in white, but if it was already at a squadron or MU when the change was implemented it's unlikely that they would have repainted them over the new black colour. The good news is that either would be fine although personally I would leave them off as I think this would have been more common given the relatively short time span that this under wing colour scheme was used. Sorry I can't be more definitive. Regards Colin.
  11. I've checked various (multiple) previous posts on this subject but they all seem to offer varying advice so can anyone please confirm the best possible way forward to constructing such a beast given that Eduard are now re-releasing their Spitfire VIII and IX kits and that my modelling skills are quite modest? Many moons ago I bought the Brigade set along with the Italeri Vb donor kit but never had the courage or skills to attempt so passed it on but is this still the best way to go or is there a better way? Just to reiterate, my skills at 'combining' kits is not great so I'm looking for a solution which may not be the best but will deliver something that closely approximates the XII but without having to be an expert. It would be helpful if replies referred to kits and 'extras' that are currently available as I do not have an extensive 'spares box' to fill in any gaps. Regards Colin.
  12. I used a set of Printscale decals for my 72nd scale Bf109F and generally they worked fine but do need a bit of fiddling with water and decal solution to move them into the correct position and then use the tip of a paper towel to gently soak up the excess fluid from around the edges. Once they had taken I then used a damp piece of tissue paper/kitchen towel to gently press them down into the panel lines and recesses followed by more decal solution. My only criticism was the stencils which appeared to be slightly over scale compared with the others I had but this at least made them easier to see. Regards Colin.
  13. Sounds more than sensible to me in terms of a definition but in terms of where Hurricanes operated they were in the areas I've mentioned so not sure how this aligns with them being used by the Dutch. The Dutch did operate some P40's at the time in joint ops with the RAF in/around Sumatra and this combined force was based for a period at Palembang airstrip before it had to be evacuated. HTH. Regards Colin.
  14. I can't find any reference to Hurricane ops in the South West Pacific, only to the Far East in India/Ceylon, Burma, Java, Sumatra and Malaya. Regards Colin.
  15. The Hurricane was used extensively in the Far East from the MK1 through to the Mk.IV as you probably know, although I'm not sure if this the same as your reference to the SWP theatre? The Aussie Hurricane you refer to is/was V7476, a tropicalised Mk., 1 according to the Francis K Mason book on the subject. Regards Colin.
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