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  1. As fubar57 says it was an identification measure. Pilots found that if looking rearward the yellow leading edge made it easier to identify friend from foe.
  2. Thank you Jure. That was a bit of a dumb question by me. Sorry. I really should have read your comments more carefully. A good reason not to try and multi-task in the evening after a long day. Yellow leading edges it will be. Many thanks to everyone for commenting. It always amazes me how many people are prepared to help with questions like this (and it reassures me that there are other people out there who find this interesting so I am not alone!!).
  3. I am finishing a Spitfire VB (trop) of 352 (Yugoslav) Squadron in late '44 using the Balkan Models decals. The Squadron was operating in the Mediterranean region at that time (particularly an island in the Adriatic). The instructions show the aircraft in the 1941/45 day fighter scheme of ocean grey, dark green and medium sea grey, which I believe is correct. However the instructions also show the aircraft having a port and starboard yellow leading edge. That said I understood that the yellow leading edge was only adopted by UK based aircraft in Fighter Command. As 352 Squadron was
  4. Does anyone happen to know of any obvious external difference between the He-111H-3 and He-111H-4? I have the Italeri 1/72 'Battle of Britain' He-111H and the kit provides for an H-3. However, Printscale does some decals for an H-4 in France in early 1941, with a black undersurface, and I do like the idea of building an a/c engaged in night operations over the UK. Sadly, I cleared my He-111 references out in a house move 3 years ago so all I have are some photos to consider on the internet. It doesn't look like there are external differences but I don't trust the inter
  5. Looks like these are no longer in the Xtracolour catalogue. But I'll check my enamels. Thanks That looks doable. Thankyou.
  6. I'll get there in the end but I am a bit of a slow modeller so you may have something of a wait.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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,
  13. 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.
  14. 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 w
  15. 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.
  16. 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 tho
  17. 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.
  18. 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).
  19. 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?
  20. Yes. That is on my list. I've the DK decals set for RAF and Commonwealth Catalinas and a foliage green RAAF ASR PBY-5A is next on my list. Never understood why the RAAF painted an ASR aircraft foliage green - doesn't make much sense to me. I've two Academy PBY-5As in my stash and one is earmarked for the RAAF and another for 321(Dutch) Squadron in Ceylon, 1942. At the moment I am seeing what I can do with the old Airfix PBY-5A (which is quite a bit younger than me to be honest) and I'm now awaiting a white metal undercarriage and brass machine gun barrels from Hannants
  21. Thankyou everyone for your comments. I had intended to build a 1/72 scale model of FP536 as a Catalina IIIA (i.e. PBY-5A) of 131 OTU. This was consistent with a recent 'Warpaint' profile and a much older Airfix Painting Guide (1990s). Based on the Aircraft Movement Card it seems that FP536 went to 131 OTU in March 1943 (after service with 210 and 330 Squadrons) was passed to Saunders Roe in May 1943 and returned to 131 OTU in September 1943. Do I now complete FP536 as a PBY-5A/Catalina MkIIIA of 131 OTU - given the small window in which she may have been present in that
  22. I have been doing some research on the small number of PBY-5A Catalina aircraft that were taken on by the RAF. Only 12 of the amphibian version - called the Catalina IIIA - were acquired. I have obtained the Aircraft Movement Card for Catalina IIIA FP536 - which shows the various units which took this particular aircraft on charge. What is interesting is that in the Aircraft Movement Card the 'A' in 'Catalina IIIA' under the heading 'Type' has been struck out and there is a note which reads "Conversion to flying boat Beaumaris SRoe 14.5.43". I know Saunders Roe had a facility at Be
  23. 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 wear
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