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  1. I'm starting to build the current/new mould Airfix Lancaster as a very early example without the upper turret coaming, flat black and standard camo etc. etc. with the aim of it being the first Lanc lost on active service, KM+C of 44 Squadron. From pics I have the turrent internals appear to be painted in interior green at this point, subsequently being painted black at some point, presumably to blend in with the overall black appearance of the airframe. However I'm unsure as to the correct colour for the external framings as I've seen for example the front turret in what appears to
  2. Dear All, Have just come across a Seafire 1b 72nd scale kit for sale and it's made by a company I've never had any experience of called Admiral so just wondered if anyone can shed any light on it or the general quality of their offerings. I'm interested in it but not if it's of poor quality. Regards Colin.
  3. I just have the book so can scan the page to create the image file but then no idea what a web hosting page is in order to submit/post in order to create a url. Regards Colin.
  4. A pic of ML307 can be found on page 360 of Shacklady in a rather dismantled state, possibly undergoing major servicing or repair. Would happily scan and share but don't know how to insert pics into a post as yet. Regards Colin.
  5. Is the Hobby Boss kit worth considering, even though it is the L variant, or is this kit also worth a wide berth? Regards Colin.
  6. Not quite that relevant but I know some of the earlier Vb's sent to Russia retained the sky tail band and spinner along with their standard RAF camouflage, so perhaps there may have been some similar such examples with the later IX's as well? The excellent 'Spotlight On' book of the Spitfire V by Robert Grudzien shows Spit Vb EP210 in such a scheme when flying with 57 GIAP (Guards Unit) in early 1943. Of note is the existence of the aerial wire as those Vb's shipped to Russia were only fitted with HF radios but not sure if the same also applied to the IX's as well? Hope
  7. Thanks ever so much for the guidance on this. On that basis I'm probably going to go for the Tuck example and then add the Lock version when I've got through more pressing other subjects currently on the go. Thanks again. Colin.
  8. I've just bought the KP Spitfire Vb 'Aces' kit which is excellent but somewhat confused about the camo references it shows so would appreciate some help please. The kit has 3 decal options, one of which is for Stanford Tuck in what they claim is medium sea gray undersides and ocean grey and dark green upper surfaces with a sky spinner and tail band. The second option is for Eric Lock with sky undersides, spinner and tail band and with the upper surfaces in dark brown/earth and dark green. The final option is for R L Milne with medium sea grey undersides, lig
  9. I also mailed Colin to highlight the problem with his site for which he thanked me and he is now resolving the issue. Didn't mean to be alarmist but it did seem odd and in the current climate sadly some suppliers have not been able to continue trading. However all is well and my Mk1b Seafire is now on its way. Regards Colin.
  10. According to period Air Ministry publications the Mk9 and MkXVI Spitfires were as follows and this has subsequently been used many times since in various articles and publications; F IX Merlin 61; 63 or 63A; two 20-mm. and four .303-in. guns LF IX Merlin 66; two 20-mm. and four .303-in. guns. LF IX (e)Merlin 66; two 20-mm. and two .5-in. guns. HF IX Merlin 70; two 20-mm. and four .303-in. guns. HF IX (e)Merlin 70; two 20-mm. and two .5-in. guns. PR XI Merlin 61; 63, 63A or 70. F XVI Merlin 266; two 20-mm. and two .5-in. guns. Of course in a
  11. Dear All, Bought this kit via the Freightdog web site paying via Paypal 2 days ago but now when I try to log on to their web site my pc stops me as apparently their web site is not secure/accessible! Has anyone else bought from them recently I wonder or can confirm if they are still trading, or have I just been scammed? Not strictly WW2 I know but sort of connected given their offerings. Regards Colin.
  12. Mine was an Airfix S6b floatplane when I was around 5 years of age (56 years ago). I was just left to get on with it myself with a tube of glue so god knows how it ended up, but I do recall an argument later between my parents about 'stuff' on the carpet. My second was a Frog Sea Fury, by which time I was allowed some paints which I think were blue and white for the body and wings, and some red for the spinner. This was probably 12 months or so later but had the same result, this time with paint 'stuff' on the carpet. I can't remember my third kit as I suspect my parents left it a
  13. Just a small gripe but I wish when a manufacturer produces a kit that has the canopy in its constituent parts so that it can be modelled open that they would also always provide a fully closed example as well. I know moulded canopies are now getting ever finer but I've never come across one yet where the assembled 'open' canopy, when modelled in the closed position, looks realistic and to scale. For example the new-ish tool Airfix Me 262 which is a fine kit but just looks wrong when the 2 part canopy is modelled as closed. Regards Colin.
  14. Does anyone know how common the Aero Vee intake was on merlin Seafires, in particular the type Mk II? It is more commonly seen on the Spitfire VII/VIII/IX etc.. and I've also seen photos of the Mk III with such an intake but I've never seen it on a Mk II so wondered when it may have been introduced and if existing examples could have been retro-fitted? I'm thinking of adding this later intake to my Mk II (robbed from the Heller XVI kit) but only if such a configuration did actually exist. Regards Colin.
  15. Just to add to much of what has already been said that NG354 was built as part of an order for 400 BI Lancs by Armstrong Whitworth which were delivered between July 1944 and February 1945. Following service with 186 squadron it subsequently served with 626 around July 1945 before finally being struck off charge on 14th December 1946. As far as the vertical tail band(s) is concerned all my references show them as being yellow regardless of what they were intended to signify or how many were applied so a safe bet would be to go with this as the correct colour. Not sure ab
  16. Dear All, No idea why Eduard has stopped making most of these in 72nd scale so wondered if anyone knows who may still stock some please as I think they are excellent? Kind Regards Colin. Ps. but they still include them in their Bf 110C 'Week-end' kit which seems rather odd
  17. Dear All, Having perused many of the excellent recent builds of these two aircraft it makes me realise just how 'unrealistic' my efforts are when it comes to painting the exhaust manifolds as they still end up just looking like painted plastic. I'm not after any trade secrets, and I know that practice may eventually make perfect though sadly not true in this case, but can anyone share some basic tips on how I can get them to look as if they are actually made from metal and far more like the real thing please? Apologies if this has been raised in a previous t
  18. Dear All, Many, many thanks, I now have all the answers I was looking for. The excellent fuselage diagram in Shacklady shows all the various Merlin Seafire mods (page 539) along with pics on pages 525 and 529 which show the front spools in place (now I know where they went and what they looked like). The fuselage diagram also confirms the location of the forward and rear 'slinging points' for all the Merlin Seafires including confirmation that the rear one on the II and III was the rear spool spigot. Thank you all again. Colin.
  19. Dear All, Does anyone know where I can find plans/diagrams showing the location of the forward catapult spools on the Mk II versions III. I've perused many photos without success and just know that apparently they were supposed to be located somewhere on the underside behind the nose but no idea exactly where or what they actually looked like. Many thanks. Colin.
  20. £40+ for 5 kits is a lot when I'm only interested in the 2 merlin kits in the box, but thanks anyway. I suppose I could sell the other 3 but these are still quite easy to find at the moment, it's the merlin versions that are proving to be very elusive. Regards Colin.
  21. Dear All, Further to my previous post on Merlin Seafires and my intention to build all 3 versions,1B, IIC and III I've just managed to buy the Sword Mk III / SW72084 late boxing which, with all Sword Seafire and Spitfire kits, are like hens teeth these days. I've read the excellent review of this kit on Hyperscale by Mark Davies (below) which confirms my initial thoughts that the kit is excellent with the only obvious error being the lack of panel lines on the wings showing the wing fold. http://www.hyperscale.com/2014/reviews/kits/sword72083reviewmd_1.htm
  22. Sorry, just to add that whilst I believe the '2' is not white it does appear to be a little lighter than the yellow cowling, so perhaps the cowling and number used different shades of yellow possibly? Again just a thought based upon the misinterpretation of the von Werra E-4 that ran and ran for quite some considerable time. Regards Colin.
  23. Sorry, I did indeed mean '2'. Thanks for correcting me. Regards Colin.
  24. Dear All, For what it's worth, possibly not a great deal, I suspect the '3' is more likely to be yellow rather than white. If you look at the white tail band its tonal value is very, very close to that of the white background of the JG27 emblem on the cowling, which fits perfectly. With the latter definitely being white the '3', by comparison, clearly has a very different tonal value to both the tail band and JG27 emblem and therefore must be another colour I would have thought. This is similar in some respects to the issue surrounding the colour of the cowl
  25. Dear All, Apologies if this has been raised before in a previous post. I'm looking to build a merlin powered Seafire, the 1b, IIc or III version from a Spit V donor kit but unsure what type of arrestor hook was used and if it varied at all between these 3 versions? I'm a late comer to the Seafire but I believe the 1b and IIc were converted from existing Spit Vb/c airframes and the III was a new build airframe incorporating the previous mods that had been made (plus some new ones as well) but all three were essentially a Spit V in very general terms.
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