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Olmec Head

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  1. I am able to upload my images from my new Flickr account, but the image size is small and I don't seem able to resize this in Flickr. The original image on my laptop are !mb plus, so it seems that Flickr is shrinking them down, like this: Which is a bit small for the average getting on a bit Britmodeller. Any ideas please? Hooray got it to work!
  2. It is with some trepidation that I enter with my first build on Britmodeller. I have viewed the site content for several years and done some posts, but I have not been bold enough to try to build something. I have built a lot of 1/72 Airfix Spitfire 1s over the last few years and so this might be a goer. Not like my recent Airfix Lancaster build which was not ideal (actually very frustrating) and which I am happily donating to the small children next door. They will wreak suitable vengeance. So everything starts with the box and sprues… And the bits of some aftermarket (I don’t think I will use the vacform canopy, that way madness lies, for me at least). Every time I have tried to use a Vacform it hasn’t worked, at all. I have always liked the look of the first Spitfires with 19 Squadron in 1938 and I will do the flat canopy closed as that highlights it ‘pre war ness’. It also means you cannot see the cockpit detail and I don’t have to use the vacform (which is all good). An open flat canopy model would just look like a usual Spitfire model, I want the flatness to be there. I will use the old ILIAD Design decals or transfers. The a/c is also featured on pages 7 and 8 of the new Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1 in RAF Service by Wingleader books. As an aside it looks a good reference book and has joined my other Spitfire reference books (I only have around 15 Spitfire reference books which is not up there really in Britmodeller terms. Well that is the easy stuff. Now to actually do something...
  3. I still see the front fuselage as dark earth and it could be a repaint and less faded than the rest of airframe as Silberpferd suggests. It is likely that the airframe was repainted after its repair and overhaul in later 1943. The other interesting thing is that the horizontal camouflage / black demarcation is higher than the standard camouflage pattern. The line is along the top line of the windows and this seems to have been the same in its earlier 83 Sqn service. The latter photos after R5868 to me then shows that the aircraft was repainted to the standard after its later 1944 refit. The Dark Green around the cockpit is visible in Silberpferd's photos and the demarcation line seems to have dropped down as well.
  4. I must admit I still see it as dark earth.
  5. Thanks Chris that is the photo that i was looking at, which I presume is originally colour. There is another colour photo of S for Sugar with 467 Sqn RAAF at the same timescale with red spinners, but I think that one is colourised and a lift from an original B/W photo, possibly for a newspaper article. If the photo is original, it is interesting that the front fuselage has been painted all dark earth on top from the wings forward. I have been looking in my old copy (my father's actually) of 'Ton-Up Lancs' by Norman Franks and the B/W photos of the aircraft are not really clear enough to make out the camouflage colour around the cockpit, particularly the earlier photos with 83 Sqn. That said those B/W photos from the 100 mission event (as at your photo) could indicate that the aircraft was dark earth only around the cockpit. Mr Franks' book says that the aircraft was overhauled (with the port outer wing being replaced) after a mid air collision over Berlin in late Nov 43! The overhaul/ repair meant that the aircraft was away from the sqn and did not fly again until Feb 44. It could be that it was repainted then, but the repair was at the manufacturers, who I would have thought would have followed the standard scheme. Your photo also seems to show a coiled rope in the aft cockpit, which is interesting as well.
  6. I am trying to build the currently 1/72 Airfix Lancaster as POS R5868. According to the kit painting guide, the camouflage around the cockpit appear to different to the standard pattern with Dark Earth rather than Dark Green. This is borne out by a colour photo of the aircraft at its 100 ops. Originally, I thought this had been colourised, but as it seems to be in the IWM collection and ADF gallery as a original colour image. Does anyone have any opinion please on the veracity of the photo? And if the colour image in correct, do people think it would remain Dark Green under the cockpit canopy or repainted Dark Earth, although this is probably you pays your money and you take your choice.
  7. Or someone with a sense of humour and perspective...
  8. Thank you Elger and Jure for sending through the links, The links are excellent to show the rivetting pattern and I think you probably have a deal of greater patience and modelling skill than I have in doing your builds. I think I have two options, one is to try to rivet slowly during boring Skype conferences whilst working from home. Making sure that the video camera is off! Or build a Lancaster where the groundcrew have carefully and laboriously sanded down and filled the rivets for a better performance. Probably not historical, but at least it is within my skill level.
  9. I am thinking of taking the plunge and attempt to rivet my Airfix Lancaster, having seen the excellent result achieved by others. Does anyone know of a diagram or plan which details the rivetting pattern please? Ideally accessible via the internet. Thank you in advance.
  10. Build it Build It, Build it now! I have tried to build the 1/72 version, but the nose thing defeated me last time and the general fiddliness didn't help either time. I have unfortunately ground two frustrating attempts underfoot. I am hoping that I am better at the 1/48 version, that might be more amenable to my hamfisted efforts! I would try to build an RAF Tiger Moth from the mid 1950s, which my father briefly flew before being washed out. I have noticed differing takes on the yellow wing bands on current flying examples and museum aircraft. Some have wrapped around yellow trainer bands around both wings, others have just top bands on the top wing and bottom bands only on the bottom wing. Does anyone have guidance on which is right please? Finally has anyone seen a real Tiger Moth?
  11. The disputable instrument on the starboard side is the Pipsqueak remote contactor which is not quite the same as the later IFF equipment. From the date of your Spitfire, I think it could have been fitted or it may not have been! Equally it could have had the computer 'holster'. The contactor (if fitted) would have a red quarter segment (at least all the photos show that). The cabling looks very good.
  12. I apologise for the rather generic title, but I am looking to make a couple of Tiger Moth models for my father. He was at RAFC Cranwell for his initial officer training and flying training in the early 1950s (about 1952-53, I think). He was not successful, but did some stick wiggling in Tiger Moths before he washed out. He has a very small couple of photos of silver Tiger Moths in the usual yellow markings, but the aircraft also have blue triangles on the cowlings. I would be grateful if anyone could provide me with any details on basic flying training units at Cranwell, so I can try to find out more before I look to make the model. A standard Google search doesn't really bring up any details.
  13. How about some more minor types gleaned from RAF Squadrons by Wg Cdr Jefford: DH Albatros Saro London DH Flamingo BP Overstrand Vickers Vincent Admittedly none were war winners!
  14. Thank you for the detail provided about the PAK36r. I fully agree about the unlikelihood of old WW1 British 3" AA guns becoming PAK36rs in the Desert at Alamein, but the detailed synopsis from yourself proves the issue without doubt. It is worrying that a military historicy author could state that this was the case and repeats it again later in his book. Other Pen and Sword Books I have read have been somewhat amiss (one tried to prove the Stuka was a success in the BoB) so I did doubt the veracity around the author's claims about the PAK36r.
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