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  1. Thanks all. I feel I can make a very marginal case for flaps up and inboard slats retracted, but I'm leaning toward slats out and flaps down. The deciding factor will really be how well I can manage to make a set of inboard slats (I have the outboard slats and the flaps from CMK). A bit of experimentation required before I start sawing, I think!
  2. Very useful, thanks. It's interesting that the flap lock (with options for up and 3/4 down) is described as having been removed in later aircraft. This is borne out, to some extent, by the labelled photo of the port side of the Lysander III cockpit in the Pilot's Notes, which shows the curved slot for the flap lock (just behind the throttle), but doesn't attach a label to it, and doesn't seem to show any kind of control knob. But if there was no flap lock in the French SD Lysanders, what would be the point of the passengers fiddling with the flaps? The flap lock slot is also visible in ph
  3. The agents who were being ferried out certainly got a fair amount of training, including practice at exiting the aircraft--there was a well-established drill to get people in and out in the shortest possible time. So it would seem possible that they also practised whatever it was they were supposed to do with the flaps. The flaps were certainly easily accessible from the rear compartment, but do look like they'd be more of an exit hazard in the "up" position rather than "down". Here's an illustrative photograph from the Haynes manual: That does look as if the corner of a raised
  4. Thanks for this. The Pilot's Notes for the aircraft seem to imply that slats and flaps deployed smoothly, rather than in stages, driven by air flow. The Haynes manual says that the pilot could lock the flaps (though I can't seem to find the relevant control in the Pilot's Notes cockpit diagrams). This explains the photographs of parked aircraft with inboard slats stowed and flaps raised. But asking the passengers to find an appropriate flap position for take-off, in a rush, in the dark, seems fairly fraught. But likewise, locking the flaps fully raised (an easy position for the passengers to f
  5. I've started thinking about my planned 1/48 "Special Duties" Lysander, and I ran across something in Hugh Verity's We Landed By Moonlight which has puzzled me. I'm aiming to model an aircraft as it would have appeared on the ground in France during a pick-up, and had assumed that this would involve wing slats extended and flaps lowered. But in Peter Proctor's appendix on "Modifications to the Lysander" he says, "I also remember the pilots telling the passengers to push back the automatic flaps as they left the aircraft." I think this means that the passengers in the rear compartment lifte
  6. Ah, that's great, thanks. Looks like I'd have had a lot less messing around with plastic card, brass wire and scribing tools if I'd waited for the Avis model! I see I was mistaking the separate roof panel for a side door in your initial picture. Thanks again.
  7. Looks great. Excellent detail work! I'm planning a 161 Sq. "Special Duties" Lysander, using the same kit, so I hope I can get mine looking half as good. I've found your build log very useful, particularly with regard to the rear compartment--I was disappointed to find Eduard hadn't supplied an SD version. Yours looks very convincing. May I ask what references you used? I've only been able to glean the vaguest of detail from the usual pilot memoirs.
  8. Thanks. Yes, I'd love to build a Shadow, too. The solar panels and weird Buddhist(?) art might be a challenge, though.
  9. Thanks! I have the Avis kit on backorder from Hannants. Thanks for the glimpse of what's in the box. From the sheer number of transparent parts, it looks like it's possible to build the model with at least one door open?
  10. Thanks. I think the fact you don't know the movie puts you in a significant majority.
  11. Well, I wouldn't want to sell you a set of decals to be applied to a different version of the same aircraft--I suspect there will be differences in proportion between my modified Sharkit kit and the Avis kit. And there are things about the decals I designed that I don't like. But you're very welcome to have (and modify as you like) the decal images I built for myself. They're at the end of this link--it's a zip file containing a single .png image with a transparency channel, at 600dpi.
  12. Sounds like what happens when you get a "like" on your first post, rather than a comment on the thread. Scroll to the bottom of your first post and check out all the little hearts that are accumulating from people who appreciate your work.
  13. I, too, am a big fan of the Hurricane and feel the Spit hogs the limelight too much. And that's a very lovely Hurricane. Well done indeed.
  14. Well, you've sold me. That's a very nice result with the chrome, on a well-turned out model. I like what you've done with the stand, too, which looks so much better than the photographs on the Red Iron website. The aerials are produced from the rather unpromising coil of wire provided with the kit, I assume? That's a nice result, too, if so.
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