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Pauls9cb

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  1. Pauls9cb

    Revell's New 1/32 P-51D

    Great production of one of those WW2 thoroughbreds that just looked right. Have so far resisted the temptation to emerge from my BoB rut, but this makes me think a change may be due. Paul
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    Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk 1

    Lovely lateish Mk 1 Greg. I wouldn't be surprised if you could forget about the aerial wire. The later 1940 Spits I thik had the aerial wire built into the antenna itself - someone more aware will probably make some further comments on this. The other thing I queried when I built my last Tamiya Mk 1 was the Browning muzzle flash attachments at the business end. I concluded from learned advice that these may have been present on very early Spits but disappeared altogether even in the early BoB stages. I guess Tamiya based their model on some drawings of quite early Mk 1s. Those who know may have more to say on this. An altogether great looking model. Well done! Paul
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    EGr-210 Bf 110's

    Chris - Despite its operational shortcomings as a heavy fighter in the BoB, I've always had a soft spot for the Bf 110s which seemed to fit that homily "if it looks right, it'll probably fly right". The 2 books you've ordered will fill you in on Erpro 210 which demonstrated through its operations how effective against Britain it could be against British defences at the time, despite the losses it suffered. I'm always surprised that this quality wasn't harnessed more widely by the Jagdwaffe since it laid the foundations for pin-point fighter-bomber tactics seen today. The Zerstorer book has a number of interesting colour profiles, including Erpro 210 a/c, but it also has a page of colour pics taken of S9+CK, one of the a/c lost during the Croydon raid on 15/8/40. The pics some from US examination of the a/c after it was sent to the US for that purpose. The colour's wartime quality but there's lots of interesting detail. The decals for this a/c are part of the Eduard Bf 110 D package. Lots of luck. Paul
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    Red Band Emil

    It's a great model and I'm fascinated by the magentic fixings on the stand. Did you fix the other magnetic fixture on the inside surface of the wing underside? It's an interesting option. As an aside, I did a bit of digging around when I modelled a JG 53 Bf 109 that came down in Eastbourne on 30/9/40. What I discovered was that JG 53 experimented with non standard camo on their a/c as shown in your model and the profile you based it on. The irregular patterns of 65/02/71 on the fuselage look great but I think the wing uppersurfaces were probably not painted with the standard splinter patten used by most Jagdwaffe a/c. Chris Goss ' book, Brothers in Arms, which focusses on the experiences of 609 Squadron and I Gruppe JG 53 has a pic of Hans Ohly's White 7 on page 122 which shows enough of the left wing uppersurface to get an idea of how this probably looked. It's a very credtable model anyway and I envy your ability to make your hands nimble enough to deal with 1/72 scale, unlike fumble fingers here. Paul
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    EGr-210 Bf 110's

    Erprobungsgruppe 210 was formed in July 1940 initially with 2 Staffeln flying Bf 110s and one staffel equipped with Bf 109 E fighters equipped with a centreline rack to carry a 250 kg bomb. Initially the Bf 110 staffels were equipped with mainly the D variant which had a centreline rack for 2 x 500 kg bombs with some Bf 110 C-6 a/c which carried a 30 mm cannon in a ventral position, replacing the 2 x 20 mm cannins carried by virtually all other variants. It was quite a successful squadron which initially concentrated on attacking British coastal shipping, thereafter graduating to attacking radar installtion prior to Adler Angriff, with limited success. Thereafter, the group was assigned to attacking RAF airfields and suffered heavy losses on 15 Aug 1940 when they attacked Croydon airfield by mistake, losing not only their Gruppe Kommandeur, but also several other a/c. The C-6 variants were phased out and some of the D variants were replaced with the later E variants. It was in an E variant that the replacement Gruppe Kommandeur, Martin Lutz was killed towards the end of September 1940. See John Vasco's informative book on this group.
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    Airfix Heinkel H6.

    Really neat job Steve. I guess it's 1/72 scale but even so must be a big model. I've never graduated to building any Luftwaffe bombers (Stuka excepted although that was a favour for a mate) but I've often looked at the Do 17s and He 111s, even a Ju 88 or 2 but concluded size would be a storage issue. It's a greta job. Well done!
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    “GERDA”

    Fantastic camo job. More fascinating than the barley discernible BoB splinter stuff. Great job!
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    Hurricane Mk1 Oil on Canvas 500 x 750mm

    Hi - Thanks for your reply on this. There's no doubt that Percy flew V6683 on 27/9/40 but I think the individual id letter remains unclear. My use of D on my model was a pure guess on my part but even Tom Neil admits that, while he favoured one a/c, he often flew different ones according to operational needs. Below is an extract of a summary I made of my own research which effectively failed to identify Percy's a/c id: Known aircraft and markings 6/9/40 S/L John Grandy shot down by 109s over Maidstone in GN-J (R4229). 7/9/40 F/O Pat HV Wells baled out wounded from GN-0 (P3594) over Faversham. Tom Neil frequently flew GN-F (V7313), which was lost over the Thames Estuary while he was on leave flown by Frenchman Adjutant Georges Perrin on 12/10/40. 28/9/40 P/O A Gerald Lewis baled out burned over Faversham from GN-R (V6617). 11/10/40 P/O JJ Solak crashed GN-Z (V6728) on landing. Station Commander Victor Beamish flew GN-B A Flight numbers ran from A – M. B Flight numbers ran from N – Z. Squadron structure for morning of 27/9/40 A Flight Red section Red 1 P/O H. John S. Beazley Red 2 Bentley Beard or Burton Red 3 Sgt. G.Charles (Tich).C. Palliser Yellow section Yellow 1 “Butch” Barton? Yellow 2 P/O Tom F. Neil (Ginger). Said to have commented that he was flying GN C but others suggest C was flown by George Barclay. Yellow 3 P/O Keith.T. Lofts B Flight Blue 1 Sgt. J.B. Mills Blue 2 Possibly P/O A.Gerald. Lewis (GN-R V6617?) Blue 3 ? Green section Green 1 P/O J.R.Bryan. Meaker Green 2 Sgt. H.J. Davidson (“Appy Arry”) Green 3 P/O P.A. Worrall Others Denis Parnall “Ozzie” Crossey “Boost” Fleming George Barclay Percy Burton crash site on New Barn Farm. Owner Chris Weller, details hopefully to follow. +++++++ My guess is nobody really knows despite the aziz stuff but I'm always ready to be pointed in the right direction. It doesn't take away what a fantastic painting you've created and I remain deeply envious. Paul.
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    Hurricane Mk1 Oil on Canvas 500 x 750mm

    That's a great and atmospheric painting, really well executed. Green with envy. A question on the Hurri's markings since Percy Burton famously lost his life near where I live and I've done quite a bit of research on his loss and that of the Bf 110 he collided with. One of the few details that eluded me, despite contact with several knowledgeable members of the 249 Squadron Association, was the individual a/c id which you show as "H". Few individual a/c id letters seemed clear (production number notwithstanding) and I established that on 27 Sept 1940 when he was lost, he was probably part of A Flight's Red Section led by PO John Beazley along with Titch Palliser who claimed to have seen Burton's final attacks. Could you let me know where you found the info showing Burton was flying "H". Maybe it's not meant to show the early morning sortie on 27/9/40 since it's well known that, while pilots had preferred a/c, they often used different machines. Any suggestions much appreciated. I made the Hasegawa 1/48 Hurri as Burton's V6683 but opted for the id letter "D" since it appeared nobody had any accurate opinion. Paul
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    Werner Voss and chequerboard kites?

    I guess the reality is that back in the 1960s, the art of historical WW1 air war research was helped by virtue of the fact that some of the participants were still alive with their recollections of actual events. As those of us of advanced age already have discovered, accurate memories of detail can often be confused. Today, without the benefit of live testimony, we do have the benefit of all the research tools we could wish for thanks to the internet which has been a boon to many of us who like to get as much detail as possible right. As far as the admirable Herr Voss is concerned, I guess the degree of research and opinions frequently aired on these pages and others is pretty exhaustive. While there are still supporters of the yellow cowling theory out there, I can't see much logic for the chequerboard pattern nor the hussar emblem.
  11. Incredible! Old fumble fingers here can't rise to the challenge if 1/72 scale so much admiration for your patience and skills. Paul
  12. Looks pretty good at your current stage of completion. Do you recall whether the pilot came with the kit or was it some sort of aftermarket? I know some of the Revell offerings in this unusual scale came with some figures, eg the Camel had a ground mechanic and standing pilots and various of the triplane re-issues offered MvR. Not sure on the Spad. Paul
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    Spitfire (all marks) radio antennae wires

    My understanding is that the early Mk 1s had the external aerial running from a point just aft of the aerial mast, through the traingular fitment at the top of the mast then to the small mast on top of the fin. From some time in later summer in 1940, probablt from when the Castle Bromwich factory started better production levels and at the same time as the actual radio equipment was changed, the radio aerial was simply incorporated within the actual aerial mast, with no external aerial wire running from the mast to the fin. As far as I'm aware, this latter arrangement was applied to most of the early Mk IIs. Mk Vs and Mk IXs until the later marks used other arrangements like the whip aerial you referred to. The aerial running from the tip of the horizintal stabilisers to the fuselage around the fuselage roundel was the aerial for the IFF transmitter. I think this wasn't fitted to the very early Mk 1s, but became common fitments during the BoB but I'm unclear when they stopped fitting these. The website you've been directed to is very helpful and Troy Smith is probably the best reference point for further information. I hope this helps a bit and I apologise if this is incorrect or oversimplifies the issue. Paul
  14. I'm a bit old for Facebook anyway, especially with all the latest pitfalls that seem to be implicit in being involved with this otherwise useful social media tool for those still gainfully employed. However, this is another example of the "tick the boxes to maintain PC compatibility" that has no place within the historical model fraternity. Your model and the skills involved look great but the hakenkreuz has relevance in this contect whatever Facebokk guidelines say. However fascist resurgence is developing and however much this is making the swastika abhorrent to many (I guess), it has little relevance to our modelling community for whom historical accuracy is the barometer that we generally use as our guideline, whatever the PC brigade feel. No controversy intended, merely my personal observation. Paul
  15. As Steve says, it's a great piece of miniature a/c production. Sadly, I'mm all fingers and thimbs myself so would find this scale more of a challenge than the larger scale stuff I usually attempt. I dis-interred an old Airfix 1/24 scale that a friend had in a garage which also was an attempt to show a used and abused Ju 87 from 6/StG 1 and I'm always easy to confuse when it comes to the background colour for the staffel shield, sometimes shown as pale blue but I went for white, right or wrong I don't know. Anyway it's a great model, peerlessly finished. Paul
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