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Grizly

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  1. Grizly

    T Bird

    Two of my favourite pictures were two I took while I was a student pilot in 1971 and practicing formation flying out of Canadian Forces Base Gimli (hence the 'G' on the tail). My instructor took control while I snapped the pictures.
  2. I am in the process of building the Airfix 1/24 F6F-5 Hellcat as the FAA aircraft 119,JW772 as flown by William Atkinson. In one photo I have, it is clearly evident that the US style harness was replaced with the Sutton harness. While I would imagine the lap portion was a simple swap, does anyone know how the shoulder straps were installed?
  3. If you look closely at the attached photo taken on her way to rendezvous with the Bismarck , you can see the roundel on the forward turret. Presumably, it was a recognition feature for aircraft just like the Germans were prone to painting swastikas on the decks fore and aft. The attached illustration from the Hood Association website also shows the roundel. The same website, to which I referred to continuously during my build, indicates that the blast bags were, at that time, grey.
  4. The Trumpeter kit is good and the Pontos Detail Up set is fantastic. Combine both and you have a 1/200 model of HMS Hood that is BIG - over 50 inches long. I know, I still have to add the rigging but, being that is not my favourite aspect of the build, it will have to wait until I'm in the mood.
  5. The Tamiya kit presented absolutely no problems and the Aviaeology decals went on without any silvering. Conversely, some silvering was encountered with the Tamiya stencils . As for the Brassin engine, the detail is exceptional but the build/instructions are somewhat demanding. Various specific gauges of wire are also required for the Brassin engine which, unfortunately, are not included.
  6. It's the Tamiya 1/32 kit with the Eduard Brassin port engine, Xtracolor paints and Aviaeology decals. The aircraft represents one flown by Squadron Leader Vic Cherry, a Texan who flew with the RCAF's 418 Squadron.
  7. As indicated, it's the Airfix 1/24 scale kit with the Yahu instrument panel, mostly Xtracolor paints and Aviaeology decals. The kit instruction offer three build options wrt the engine compartment. I adopted a fourth and enclosed only the radiator while exposing the rest of the engine compartment.
  8. Part C-26 it will be. Thank you both for your response and info. Greatly appreciated.
  9. From what I understand, the Monica fairing was indeed located aft of the tail wheel but in my references there is no indication of an opening such as provided by the Tamiya part.
  10. With respect to the aircraft's lower tail cone (behind the tail wheel), Tamiya provides two parts, C-26 which has a bulged opening and C-27 which doesn't. The instructions specify using C-26 which has the opening. Conversely, Airfix in their 1/24 kit represent that area without an opening. While the majority of images that I have found do not show said opening, I did find one of Mosquito HR405 which does (Model Data File, The De Havilland Mosquito A Comprehensive Guide For The Modeller. Page 31) and the Aviaeology instruction sheet illustration (I'm building SZ976 that flew with 418 Squadron in1945) also implies one should use C-26 (with opening). Anybody care to comment on that particular area of the 'wooden wonder'?
  11. I'm working on Airfix's 1/24 Typhoon. The kit instructions indicate the rear spar visible when the flaps are down should be interior grey/green while the rest of the interior of the flap surfaces should be painted medium sea grey, the same as the underside camouflage. I find this strange that the camouflage colour would be applied inside the flaps. Are the instructions correct and my doubts misplaced?
  12. Grizly

    Mosquito Flap Question

    Based on the images provided, it would appear the leading edge of the flaps were camouflaged and so will those of my Tamiya model. Many thanx, Grizly aka Iain
  13. Regarding the area of the upper forward edge of the flaps that is visible when the flaps are extended/down, what colour would that area be on your typical Medium Sea Grey/Dark Green scheme?
  14. I'm building Tamiya's 1/32 Mosquito FB.VI as one flown by 418 Squadron in Belgium in April '45. In the Tamiya kit, two radio configurations are offered: the European options with the R1155 receiver and Gee receiver and a South Pacific option with the R1155 receiver and T1154 transmitter. Conversely, the Airfix 1/24 kit only provides the latter configuration. For a Continent based 'tactical' aircraft, the installation of Gee doesn't seem logical and am wondering if the R1155/T1154 combination is more appropriate. Would anyone care to add their thoughts?
  15. Grizly

    Long (ish) Jokes.

    Last Summer, a group of HELLS ANGELS, South Carolina bikers were riding east on 378 when they saw a girl about to jump off the Pee Dee River Bridge. So they stopped. George, their leader, a big burly man of 53, gets off his Harley, walks through a group of gawkers, past the State Trooper who was trying to talk her down off the railing, and says, "Hey Baby . . . whatcha doin' up there on that railin'?" She says tearfully, "I'm going to commit suicide!!" While he didn't want to appear "sensitive," George also didn't want to miss this "be-a-legend" opportunity either so he asked . . . "Well, before you jump, Honey-Babe . . . why don't you give ol' George here your best last kiss?" So, with no hesitation at all, she leaned back over the railing and did just that . . . and it was a long, deep, lingering kiss followed immediately by another even better one. After they breathlessly finished, George gets a big thumbs-up approval from his biker-buddies, the onlookers, and even the State Trooper, and then says, "Wow! That was the best kiss I have ever had! That's a real talent you're wasting there, Sugar Shorts. You could be famous if you rode with me. Why are you committing suicide?" "My parents don't like me dressing up like a girl." It's still unclear whether she jumped or was pushed.
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