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  1. That is some fabulous work on display, your skills are inspirational! Thank you for sharing here on Britmodeller.
  2. Thanks to wonder of online book shops, and the dedicated postal and delivery drivers, (not to mention Mr Seahawk for the tip) I am now the proud owner of a lightly used copy of "The Royal Air Force of World War two In Colour" (or TRAFOWWTIC as it shall hereby be known!) and at less than £4 delivered I am absolutely delighted! I cannot readily explain why this marvellous tome has been absent from my already substantial Military Aircraft Modelling Reference library until now- although its 1995 publication date(Paperback) does coincide with a period of deep sadness, conflict and regr
  3. Not much around on the web, but "The War Zone" on The Drive has some interesting articles and a few photographs that may help: The Warzone: MiG-29 Search results
  4. Here's a nice shot of OC 43, Sqn Ldr Michael Rook, reputedly the tallest Pilot in the RAF at this time, in front of JK101. This was his newly delivered Spitfire Mk VC and appears to have what could be a red undercoat Code Letter, as mentioned by Jimmy Beedle in his Squadron history. Photo taken at Jemappes, Algeria two or three months prior to Operation Husky. Sqn Ldr Rook
  5. As I said, It's a a minefield! I went direct to the IWM website for the Comiso photo to have a look, and I can certainly see what you mean about the difference in tone between the Identification codes and the white of the national insignia, but this may only be down to age of the marking, or type/stock of paint used- I can also see Tonyot's point as there could be different colours in play between the FT and the Y, but it's hard to be certain either way. ES352, Comiso, Sicily 1943 I dug out my copy of Andy Saunders' Osprey Aviation Elite Units No9 "No
  6. Troffa

    AMT 1/48 A-10

    I don't have any reference dedicated to the A-10, a couple of old 'World Air Power Journal' aside, but I would start simply with a google image search for the 'A-10 Warthog Thunderbolt' -perhaps include 'three view' or similar as I did for the result in my previous post. If you are after a single volume resource, the Haynes "Workshop Manual" would probably be a good place to start, at around 17 quid on Amazon it's not bad value. Haynes have really found a niche with these works and I use them a fair bit as a quick reference , in contrast to my oily-thumb-print festooned 'Ford M
  7. I'll stick my head above the parapet- My first thought was for white codes on that 43(F) Sqn machine, but colour interpretation from black and white photographs is a minefield. I look forward to the discussion. EDIT: To add, I've just had a look at my copy of Michael J F Bowyer's "Fighting Colours- RAF Fighter Camouflage and Markings 1937-1975" (2nd Edition) and he states in Chapter 11, "1943-44 Middle East and Italy" Page 105 "Codes letters were laid down in white at this period, but an increasing number of squadrons used red" . He goes on to mention that 43 Squadron are among
  8. This might help in your quest for the width of the Lau 7 LAU-114/A Dual Mount. Sidewinder Launcher Mount
  9. Troffa

    AMT 1/48 A-10

    I've had a quick search round the web and can find only less than complimentary reviews of this kit- as you are aware it has a reputation as being the worst A10 kit in this scale, perhaps only challenged for this particular honour by the Tamiya edition. Until I find an online build review, which might be difficult considering the kit's age, I can't find any specific faults that you could correct, but in the meantime you could have a look at the general measurement, wingspan, fuselage length etc and compare the kit's shape and dimensions with some good drawings. Best of
  10. Piping up for Spray Paint- I recommend the Games Workshop rattle can: Citadel Chaos Black. It's a brilliant matt black acryllic spray and is very forgiving in application. You'll need a well ventilated area to use it, and some masking tape for the kit (Cockpit transparencies etc.) but it covers like a dream. dries fast and is readily available here in the UK. Just in case you change your mind. Good luck with the Stirling! Chaos Black
  11. It's a great scheme- here's the behind the scenes footage with Westland test pilot Andy Strachan at the controls. Skyfall Behind the scenes
  12. Excellent F3! I'm slowly getting to the point of getting one out of the stash, and your build thread will be a heavily used resource!
  13. And here is the fabulous 1/3 scale model built for the Film, C'est Incrieble! Model Merlin
  14. That Decal sheet is a Demo version, ZR343 it was one of the VVIP aircraft destined for India that got a quick respray, but we won't mention anymore of that. A Mk3 Utility is a good start point, but they were 500 series aircraft, the VVIP and subsequent aircraft are 600 series (initially developed as the US Presidential Helicopter) and are structurally changed, have different engines, tail rotor assemblies, radomes etc. Windows all over the place. Merlin variants are a bit of a rabbit hole which can be very deep! Here's a great shot by Rick Ingham of Civ 01 i
  15. The aircraft that was flown in the film is AgustaWestland Pre-Production Demonstrator EH101, registered G-17-510. This is a Utility variant demonstrator with a ramp and dual mainwheels. It is known as "Civ 01" (siv Oh-wun) at Yeovil. For the crash sequence a large scale model was produced for the film, pictures of which can be found online. The kit is the 1/72 Revell/ Italeri EH101 HC3, which is closest to the demo version as seen, but many subtle (and not so subtle) differences can be found, such as shape of the Sponsons, shape and length of Engine Exhausts, positi
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