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Hugh Thomson

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  1. Hugh Thomson

    Catalina IIIA FP536 131 OTU - colours?

    I am going to start building a model of the PBY-5A Catalina and I would like the aircraft to be in RAF markings. Based on my research I understand only 14 or so PBY-5As were acquired by the RAF where they were known as the Catalina IIIA. So far I have seen two photos of a Catalina IIIAs in RAF service - both looked like they were in delivery markings of USN intermediate blue and light grey (the roundel was of the pre-July 1942 with the wide yellow ring). However the old Airfix PBY-5A was issued at one point in time with markings for Catalina IIIA FP536 of 131 OTU, the aircraft wearing a scheme of what seems to be dark slate grey (DSG) and extra dark sea grey (EDSG) upper surfaces and sky undersurfaces (with the dividing line running along the lower part of the hull). I rather like the idea of using a DSG/EDSG scheme instead of the USN markings (I can use the DK decal set to build a 333 or 321 Squadron PBY-5A in USN colours). A bit of surfing the internet suggests that a number of Catalina IIIAs were used by 131 OTU but I cannot see any photos of these aircraft wearing a DSG/EDSG scheme. It would make sense of course if the IIIAs were painted in these colours but I am trying to get some sort of confirmation. Does anyone have any evidence i.e. a copy of a photo in a bok, which confirms that Catalina IIIAs were in DSG/EDSG? I am not a rivet counter but its mortifying when you find that you have used completely the wrong colours/markings (I mean not a shade wrong - but completely). The model then feels like a failure.
  2. Hugh Thomson

    Handley Page Harrow K7028 - any background?

    I think I have some sort of explanation. And it was sort of in front of me all the time. Page 374 of CH Barnes 'Handley Page Aircraft of 1907' refers to the use of Harrows at Martlesham Heath circa 1937 and then says "...and Dunlop wing and tail deicing had been installed on K7028 for trials at the RAE." I wonder whether the photo attached to the comment by Phoenixii was taken at Farnborough and the yellow reflects K7028's work at the RAE testing deicing equipment. Think I had best build my Valom Harrow as K7006 of 37 Squadron. It sounds a safer bet. If K7028 was at the RAE with a yellow finish god knows what other bits and pieces were hanging off the aircraft. Thanks everyone.
  3. Hugh Thomson

    Handley Page Harrow K7028 - any background?

    Thanks. I'll have a look. I can see one entry which suggests that the aircraft possibly served in a Bomber/Gunnery School but I'll run thru the others this evening.
  4. I have bought the 1/72 Valom kit of the Handley Page Harrow MkII. It includes decals for a Harrow MkII of 37 Squadron, K7006, in early 1939 and a Harrow MkII of 24 Maintenance Unit, K7028 in 1940. The aircraft from 37 Squadron, K7006, appears to be in standard bomber camouflage - dark green, dark earth uppersurface and black undersurface. However the aircraft from 24 Maintenance Unit appears in drak green and dark earth uppersurface and all yellow undersurface (with the yellow running up to a quite high line on the fuselage). Its K7028 that intrigues me. The yellow would suggest some prototype or training role aircraft. Does anyone have any info on K7028 - perhaps in an Air Britain book on RAF serials. I have very little material on the Harrow - just an entry in the Putnam/Barnes Book together with whatever else I can dig up on the internet. My inclination is to model the aircraft of 37 Squadron, K7006, as I feel very comfortable with the background history. But if I could get some info which explains the yellow undersurface for K7028 that might make a more attractive finish. I have attached a link to the Hannants site which shows K7006 and K7028. https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/VAL72118
  5. Hugh Thomson

    Italeri Su-32FN - Indian Defence Research Wing

    Thanks. I'll wait. There's no alternative for me. Mind. Sometimes we have to wait, and wait, and wait, and wait................ I'm still waiting for the 1/72 Trumpeter MiG-19 which has been 'due' for about the last four years if I recall correctly.
  6. Hugh Thomson

    Italeri Su-32FN - Indian Defence Research Wing

    Yes. Looks like Italeri copied someone's photoshop of a 'what if' IAF Su-34. Bit annoying that Italeri do not make this clear. So back to Russian stars. I think I'll get the new Begemot decals for the Su-34 and select an aircraft from this set. Your Su-30MKI looks great regardless of the markings. By the sound of it, converting Trumpeter's Su-30MKK to an 'MKI' is beyond my skill set.
  7. Hugh Thomson

    Italeri Su-32FN - Indian Defence Research Wing

    I think its a figment of Italeri's imagination. See the comment here: https://top.quora.com/Why-doesnt-India-buys-SU-34-Fullback-fighter-bomber
  8. Hugh Thomson

    Italeri Su-32FN - Indian Defence Research Wing

    Hi. The link takes you to a modelling site with a picture of the decal alternatives which includes what is said to be an Indian Su32FN of the Indian Defence Research Wing https://www.super-hobby.co.uk/products/SUKHOI-SU-34-SU-32-FN.html#gallery_start I have posted a note on the Bharak Rakshak (Indian Air Force modelling) Facebook page with a request for any info on this aircraft (assuming it exists - and I believe Italeri has made mistakes before).
  9. I have ordered the 1/72 Italeri Su-32/34 - it includes markings for Russian Air Force Su-34s and an Su-32FN of the Indian Air Force Defence Research Wing in 2015. I am inclined to build the Indian Air Force example but can't really find any references to this aircraft. I can see from the internet that Sukhoi built the Su-32FN for the Chinese and Indian market and that India flirted with the idea of acuiring the Su-32/34 for a while but seemed to ultimately decide on obtaining more Su-30s instead. Does anyone know anything about an Su-32FN operated by the IAF Defence Research Wing? My assumption is that the IAF acquired a single example from Rusia for some testing of the type but that is just an educated guess. The 'anorak' in me wants to be sure that I am building a model of an aircraft which has some basis in fact (and Italeri have made mistakes in the past).
  10. Hugh Thomson

    Hampden MkII X3115 - undersurface

    Excellent photo. Again I think the undersurface is a light colour and my guess - as above - is that it's yellow. Where did you get the photo? As an interesting aside it seems that a lot of early Hampdens did not have a D/F loop.
  11. Hugh Thomson

    Hampden MkII X3115 - undersurface

    Thanks. My only reference on the subject says that the MkII was converted back to a TBMkI standard and then issued to 415 Squadron. Interesting background. One of the things I like about modelling is researching the subject. Particularly when the subject is a little off the beaten track - like the Hampden.
  12. Hugh Thomson

    Hampden MkII X3115 - undersurface

    The Red Kite book on 'Hampden Squadrons' says that the idea was that Canadian built Hampdens would use Wright Cyclone engines instead of the Bristol Pegasus but demand for the Cyclone was such that none were available - so presumably the idea came to nothing.
  13. Hugh Thomson

    Hampden MkII X3115 - undersurface

    Thanks for this. Much appreciated. Another reason to buy the book. Funy, but I don't think there has ever really been much written about the Hampden - like the Whitley - so knowledge has to be acquired from here and there from monographs to chapters and paragraphs in more general studies.
  14. Hugh Thomson

    Hampden MkII X3115 - undersurface

    Thanks Seahawk. I must buy a copy of that book. My understanding is that the work on the MkII was done in 1940. It must be yellow. That seems logical.
  15. Hugh Thomson

    Hampden MkII X3115 - undersurface

    Thanks. The bigger picture is also in the Red Kite book on Hampden Squadrons - that book claims that it is X3115. Its still my guess that the undersurface is yellow. Any other olour just doesn't seem likely. The smaller photo is a little more uncertain but undersurface at the rear below the tail seems very light coloured. Think I'll stick with yellow.