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  1. @Nick Millman would be a good person to talk to, he has done a lot of very thorough colour research. I've an idea, which you ought to check before relying on it, that BS381C is a postwar standard so may not represent the wartime colour.
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    Gloster Meteor F3/F4

    5ft10in was taken off the span so I think the aileron must be shorter. The drawings in the Putnam back this up.
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    Gloster Meteor F3/F4

    One of each - happy days....................
  4. The only ones I can recall are the 1/144 Revell kits e.g. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/revell-04912-supermarine-spitfire-mki--102459
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    Gloster Meteor F3/F4

    Hmmm, the Modeller's Datafile says 100 were delivered with the long span wings and quotes the accident as the reason for shortening. And to confuse things further the Putnam book on Gloster Aircraft states "In squadron service the F4's rate of roll was being penalized by the 43 ft long-span wings which were not sufficiently stiff. Rather than delay delivery to the RAF by redesigning the wing to meet specification F. 11/46, the span was reduced to 37 ft 2 in, producing a 6 per cent cut In wing area, which improved the rate of roll to more than 80 degree per sec but increased take-off and landing speeds." The Punam also gives the length of the IV as 3 inches less than the I and III.
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    Gloster Meteor F3/F4

    EE568 - the chase plane for the trials of the Vickers A.2 scale model of the Miles M52 was another. I think as @Mr T said the early ones all had long span wings. The Meteor IV Profile booklet states the clipped wings were introduced following an accident due to a very rapid pull-out from a dive and they had to be retrofitted to some aircraft "before delivery to the Service". This implies only prototypes and trials aircraft would have flown with the long span wings and squadron aircraft would have been modified before delivery. I'll see if I can verify that assumption.
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    1/72 RDF Antennas

    IIRC the second type is quite rare on full size aircraft? I think the Hasegawa (or maybe Airfix?) Beaufighter had the type in a blister fairing but I don't recall seeing one in a teardrop.
  8. Those look like the Harry Robinson drawings in the background of the first picture so it will hopefully be accurate. Will they downscale to 1/72 before I finish my kitbash?
  9. I've checked the Warpaint, the Profile and the DH Putnam book and I can't find any reference to a change in wingspan although a vague bell is ringing in my head. A further search reveals the SAM Modellers Datafile states (of the NF.II prototype) "larger tailplanes..............................and extended wingtips". I think both Scale Aircraft Modelling and Paragon produced conversions for the prototype, both had the smaller tailplanes, shorter nacelles and early exhausts. The Paragon set included shorter wingtips, not sure about the SAM one. You can see the details of the Paragon set here https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/models/e0234.htm
  10. If you're depicting the ferry configuration you'll want the ferry tanks as on my model. I'll try to turn up a reference photo in a day or two.
  11. The conversion article I sent you has drawings - did you not get it?
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    Beaufighter TT 10

    I believe so and having looked around some more I can't find any clues for the offset one. There is a flare chute but that is to the port of the navigators entry hatch so it's not that, I can't even tell if that was fitted on all versions.
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    Beaufighter TT 10

    The best I can do is that the TFX had two downward identification lamps and the front one was amber.
  14. Hannants have stock of Modeldecal sheets 78 (NMF) and 94 (Green) which give a good selection of stencils, I'm not a Lightning guru to know if they're complete.
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