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  1. Given the current turn of events, the following is the making of an interesting model if someone is aware of the complete markings. The following is an extract from "This Day in Aviation Important Dates in Aviation History" In May of 1944, a B-17G, #42-102547, was assigned to the 367th Bombardment Squadron of the 306th Bombardment Group, housed at Thurleigh Airfield, just north of Bedford. Of all the planes assigned to the 306th, this aircraft became the most famous because of its association with Great Britain’s royal family! Named for Princess Elizabeth Windsor (now, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II), 42-102547 was originally named Princess Elizabeth but that did not meet with any official approval. (There were concerns about the propaganda value to the enemy, and the effect on civilian morale, should the bomber named for a member of the Royal Family be lost in combat.) The aircraft was renamed Rose of York instead and was christened by the Princess on her royal visit to the airfield. Comments????
  2. Just wondering if anyone has heard when the Spit IXc will be released. I know the Airfix site indicates Autumn 2022. Hopefully Airfix isn't going to wait until Telford 2022. To do so would make it difficult for Santa at Christmas time for us folks overseas.
  3. Foeth, Thank you for responding. Now all I have to do is digest all that you have provided and translate it into rigging for my model. I also found "Anatomy of the Ship The Battlecruiser Hood" on line and, surprisingly, I was able to download it. Based on a quick scan thru the text, it would appear that the Hood had four HF antenna spans on the upper spreader unlike the six depicted on the drawings below. While I have added these six lines, should four be more appropriate, removal of two can be done easily. Again, thank you for replying. Grizly (aka Iain)
  4. First let me state that while I spent 41 years in the airforce, I never had the opportunity to step foot on a warship. Hence my lack of naval terminology. That aside, I'm currently in the final stages of rigging my 1/200 Trumpeter/Pontos HMS Hood and have encountered one area of uncertainty. The fore mast area has ten (five on each side) pulleys (don't know the correct term) which I presume are for signal flags. These I have added. The rear mast has up to six similar such pulleys (see below schematic) but I have been unable to determine the attachment point for the bottom of them. Assistance in addressing my problem would be greatly appreciated. The photo below is a slightly earlier shot of the rigging. Material used include black and white lycra thread and invisible sewing thread blackened with a marker pen.
  5. Does anyone have photographic confirmation of the below depicted P-40 scheme?
  6. Peter Roberts, I think you will find that those in the above 1/32 Xtradecal sheet all have the 'e' wing and include Mk.XVI Spits.
  7. Space Ranger, I too read Steve Sauve's article in IPMS Canada's RT magazine. An excellent analysis.
  8. Unfortunately, the Spitfire cockpit isn't camera friendly. I tried and this is as good as it gets. The parachute in the seat was a copy based on that provided with the Series 77 RAF pilot figure.
  9. With so many possible IXc subjects that one could want, I'm surprised that the after market decals have included a number of IXe (XVIe???) options.
  10. If doing JE*J, the million dollar (pound/euro??) question is, was that a green maple leaf or a red maple leaf? I know, most depict it as green but I think recent analysis would tend to point towards it being red which would be in keeping with the actual decal distributed by the RCAF at that time for application on RCAF squadron aircraft.
  11. You are quite correct. Hence to make a Mk.XVIe, you would need a Packard Merlin and the associated changes to the engine compartment. Photos of unrestored Mk.XVIe once displayed in the Western Canada Aviation Museum.
  12. Unfortunately, it would take more than providing an 'e' wing to make a Mk.XVIe. What I was attempting to discover, given the kit includes a broad chord rudder, was a Spit IXc (preferably Canadaian given that is my area of interest) that had that feature.
  13. EagleCal have also announced three decal sheets for the kit (see 24 - Eagle Editions Ltd. (eagle-editions.com) ). Having converted the Airfix Mk.1a to a IXc as 403 Sqn's KH*F, (see below and also posted in Ready for Inspection) building the new kit as the companion KH*B as flown by Beurling is of interest to me. Since the new kit also includes the option of using a broad chord rudder, I also placed an entry in "Aircdraft Modelling/Aircraft WW II" seeking IXc subjects that had that particular item. Xtradecal have markings for a IXe with the broad chord rudder but I can't find anything for a IXc.
  14. Keith/Troy, No conversion sets were used in my conversion back in the early '90s. I instead used parts from a second Spitfire kit and the Hurricane, Mustang, Stuka and Tamiya Hummer kits plus the Waldron cockpit set and a bunch of scratch building. The conversion was a two part feature in the Nov & Dec 1996 issues of Scale Models International. While I still have the model, I'm looking forward to having the new Airfix kit join the display perhaps as KH*B, an aircraft that Beurling flew while with 403 Squadron. Shots of the aircraft and engine...
  15. The soon to be released 1/24 Airfix Spit IXc kit includes the broad chord rudder as an option. I can find pictures of razor back XVIe Spits with it but no IXc Spits. Did they exist or were they simply produced in limited numbers?
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