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Hugh Thomson

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    History - aviation, naval, military, political.

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  1. Looks like these are no longer in the Xtracolour catalogue. But I'll check my enamels. Thanks That looks doable. Thankyou.
  2. I'll get there in the end but I am a bit of a slow modeller so you may have something of a wait.
  3. Thanks. Its the Kuwait aircraft that seems the more difficult. The FS33303 colour is a bit of a challenge as I've never been great at mixing paints. There is always a mess, 'She who must be obeyed' gets annoyed and I get into trouble. Still, I will give it a go.
  4. I did a word search of the Hannants site (using 'Kuwait', 'A-4' and 'Skyhawk') but nothing turned up - I have some old tins of Xtracolour (I stopped using enamels a while ago) so will dig them out and see what I have.
  5. Just a general 'thankyou' to everyone. You've all been very helpful. I have enough now to get one with my two Mirage F.1s - both a Kuwaiti and a Qatari example.
  6. Also very very helpful. Many thanks. 'She who must be obeyed' speaks French so if I promise to do some DIY that's been hanging around I should be able to get a good translation.
  7. Thanks VERY much for this. This is extremely useful. FS 33303 looks a bit of a challenge but hopefully I can get something near enough to be good enough.
  8. Thankyou everyone for your input. I'm comfortable on the Qatari aircraft - and I agree with Eclipse that they probably follow the markings used by their Hawker Hunters. It's the Kuwaiti example where I am less sure. But I think I'll have to conclude that the Qatari and Kuwaiti aircraft are using different colours. I have the old Carpena set of decals for the Mirage F.1 and this includes a Kuwaiti and a Qatari example. The Carpena decals say that both aircraft use FS30219, but a different shade for the scond colour. The Kuwaiti example is said to be FS30227, the Qatari, being FS30400. But FS30227 seems too close to FS30219 for the contrast which appears in various photos. While FS30400 looks too light to me for the Qatari aircraft. Head scratching time. Though I like Viasistina's idea of the Kuwaiti F.1 following French colours for the Jaguar, and I thought I could use one of the Berna decals set for French Jaguars in the Gulf War as a reference point. I checked the Hannants websit and Berna decals includes a Gulf War French Jaguar in a brown/tan/sand yellow colour where the brown and tan look just the ticket (there are humbrol references for both colours but I can't quite make these out). Guess I'll have to buy the Berna decals to sort it out and then a Hobby Boss Jaguar to use the decals!!
  9. I have two qustions: First, does anyone know if Kuwaiti Mirage F.1s were camouflaged in the same shade of sand/brown as Qatari Mirage F.1s? In the photos online they can sometimes look quite similar. Second - Special Hobby says the Qatari Mirage F.1B was Brown FS20117 and Sand FS20260. Does anyone know of a good match for FS20260 (FS30260)? Building two F.1s at the moment. One Qatari - hopefully the second will be a Kuwaiti aircraft. But if I can't get comfortable with the colours of the latter she may end up as an aircraft of the airforce of Ecuador.
  10. Many thanks for your input. The 'GG' code for 1667 HCU (based on a photo in Lancaster at War 3) looks very 'squashed', non-standard and a bit of a challenge to replicate. So I'll keep looking for now. Not sure about the reason for lack of Lancaster HCU and Finishing School photos. I did the same exercise with the Stirling and found quite a few photos of Stirlings in HCU service. I wonder whether it might be due to the fact that (from what I have read) Lancasters were less common in HCUs, which is why they set up the Lancaster Finishing Schools (i.e. crews destined for Lancasters were operating Stirlings or the Halifax in their HCU). Interesting subject though - that is what did the HCU course involve? What sort of exercises? What sort of number or duration? What about any class work?
  11. P.S. I would like to get some photographic confirmation of a particular aircraft before I commit myself - I've worked on the 'how likely is it that I will be proved wrong' approach before and as sure as eggs is eggs within a month or two of completion something turns up to prove precisely that.
  12. I found what looked like a mid/late Lancaster of 1667 HCU - GG-X - in one of the Lancaster at War series but the photo is too blurred to make out the serial. As you say although there were standard forms for the codes in principle, in application they could differ considerably. 'GG-X' is one such example, the codes being very very narrow. W4154 of 1662 HCU also appears in the Holmes book - but although I can see the unit code (PF) I can't see the aircraft code - and as an early production Lancaster it would have the early bomb aimer's nose blister. Who would have thought this could be that difficult.
  13. I have one of the older mold Airfix Lancaster kits from the 1990s in my stash and (now effectively grounded at home with my wife who is in an 'at risk' group viz the coronavirus) thought I would see what I could do with this older model (though I am at best a mediocre modeller). Flicking through my Lancaster books and decals I thought I would try an aircraft from one of the less glamorous Heavy Conversion Units or Finishing Schools. But, subject to one exception, I cannot find any photo of a Lancaster from an HCU or a Finishing School which clearly shows both unit codes and serial. The one exception is W4113 (GP-J), a BMkI of 1668 HCU, though as an early Lancaster she has the flatter bomb aimer's clear perspex nose blister which isn't replicated in the kit (this has the more pronounced and bulbous later production blister). I have Harry Holmes book on the Lancaster and this gives me the codes and serials used by a number of HCU aircraft - but no photo and without a photo I can't be sure of the font and position of the codes etc. Can anyone help?
  14. Just FYI the RAF Museum has sent me three photos of FP536. All taken in April 1942 and its 99.9% certain (as far as I am concerned) that she is in a USN blue grey/neutral grey finish with the fuselage roundel painted on the nose (presumably over the US star). Interestingly there is an enlarged red/white/blue flash on the rudder (not the fin).
  15. My brother and I have dropped down to see the old RAAF flying boat base at Rathmines, off Lake Macquarie, and a RAAF PBY-5 Catalina is also planned. One question - I think some time back Academy released their PBY-5A in Oz with RAAF markings. Do you know if these markings are for a foliage green ASR example?
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