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  1. I would go with that David and add that the spinners are the same colour as the broad cheat, silver prop blades with yellow tips and maybe de-icing strips too. Again I am taking it for granted as they were most of the the time around then. Possibly, the 'Merchant Venturer' could be in yellow? If you are trying Aerospace Bristol then fingers crossed they can give you the real gin on the scheme. Good luck David. Linz
  2. Yes, good spotting TheyJammedKenny. Good news indeed. Thanks. Linz
  3. That would be great if Valom were to do a Viking. Just curious, what is it that gives the game away, so to speak, about the PE frets that makes you suspect that? Cheers, Linz
  4. Cheers John. I hope this all helps David. And may I say, a good call on the Aeroplane Magazine resource. The one thing I am truly thankful for in this forum is the vast wealth of knowledge of history, specs etc you and others have and such a huge range of subjects and your the willingness to share for the good of the community as a whole. Thanks, you certainly helped me.
  5. Hi David, Have you seen this photo of her G-AIMC at Rotorua, NZ during her tour? This is a very sharp, clear closeup and doesn't she look as bright as a button. https://natlib.govt.nz/records/30653827?search[creator]=Not+specified&search[path]=photos&search[text]=british+flags++and+maori If you look at the flags on the side and use them as a greyscale 'shade' reference, knowing the colour shade the red of the Union Jack and the blues of the NZ and Union Jack, could this help you discern whether she was wearing Bristol red or blue? Possibly could th
  6. Hi John, Thanks for the pictures. They are really very interesting. This rightly calls into question then the validity of my previous assumptions about the colours of G-AIMC that David was asking about. Eric Mc/Lazy 8 - great question and response. While I knew the Wayfarer was the all-seater version I had never realised it had a 'solid' or non-functioning nose doors. Looking at my picture of the Wayfarer posted above I now see there are no hinges. Bristol offered the Wayfarer with both a 32 seat 'First Class' version and as a 44 seat 'Standard' or 'Coach c
  7. Hi John, Is this the a/c you are referring to? This is a B/W photo of the sales demonstrator from Bristol for Silver City. Bristol 170 (Mk21) demonstrator G-AHJC at Blackbushe Reference - http://www.silvercityairways.com/the_company.htm It does indeed look like it could possibly be a red cheat trimmed with black or dk blue trim and red lettering/reg.
  8. Hi David, Just had a few thoughts about this. From what I can gather, the earliest aircraft I have seen in colour which went to airline service were to Silver City. An old Silver City related chap I met one time said they adopted their aircraft in the same 'Bristol' colours as delivered as SC was running on a pretty tight budget at the time and didn't want to pay for any fancy artwork. I have to admit when they started up they were pretty austere times so it does seem possibly correct. SC's colours were mid/dark blue and natural unpolished metal with grey (sometimes) ba
  9. Hello David. I have looked through my stash of Mk 21 photos but alas no joy. No doubt you are using the Geoff Goodall webpage as a main source of information. When you say the colourised photo are you referring to the one on Facebook with the crowd around and the car being posed as loading? It does look pretty plausible going by the colours of the clothing and car but it just doesn't quite distinguish the thin trim colour underneath the broad upper cheat line, does it? I wonder how the person judged the colours to be that anyway. I wonder what the colourists reference w
  10. Muddyf et al, I have been able to find my brother's copy of the Mk32 Maintenance Manual (circa 1953). I am happy to share some of these images with you here. I hope these will help you with what you are looking for in the way of information. I have other areas of the airframe covered also should you want any other details. Muddy, I hope you go ahead and make up your MK32 and post your progress on here. I don't know why I love this butt ugly plane but I do, as I do most British Transport a/c of the 50s and 60s. Just as an aside, my brother got his copy
  11. Hi Muddyf, Just wondered if you had come across the following two interior photos I have just found on the British Caledonian (BCal) site. Interior looking into a Mk32 Interior looking out Linz
  12. Yup, you are dead right info on this aircraft is very thin on the ground. When gleaning any information for my own builds I have gone with whatever I can lay my hands on on the web. Totally agree the comic cutaways are pure 'rendition of the maybe'. Sounds like you have a real soft spot for the old girl just like me. I also take it you are going to do a real detail job on the interior. Good for you. I have that same dream to do likewise one day. The maintenance manual is the way to go without a doubt. I reckon it has all the detail you will need bar the actual dimensi
  13. If you want internal cutaways of the aircraft then look out for the Bristol Type 170 Mk32 Maintenance Manuals that come up from time to time on Ebay. This has beautiful cutaways of the interior car area, the doors and their interior details and the passenger seating arrangement but few if any interior or other dimensions . If you want, possibly the only definitive history with some drawings and loads of history of all marks and liveries then look out for the book The Bristol 170: Freighter, Wayfarer and Superfreighter by Derek King. This is currently out of publication but again co
  14. Flory Models has done a review of the Mk21 version on Youtube: A pretty fair review, Phil. I think the boy has a soft spot for the old girl. Interesting to see the panel detail was vastly different from the old Airfix one. Not meaning the millions of rivets but rather the panel lines for the fuselage and wings. I wonder where and on what airframe the FLY chaps did their prototype research for this kit? No Internal detail has been included which really is a shame. Front doors are fixed shut. Glad to see the flawed canopy and engines have been
  15. Sorry for coming to the party a bit late on this post. British United Air Ferries Mk 31 G-ANMF (and Mk32 (Airfix kit) if possible with the windows cut out - The S&M versions were a solid line with no window holes) Instone Mk 31 Silver City Mk 21/31 Air Ferry Mk 21/31 (not 100% sure on which Mk they flew but pretty sure it was Mk31s. They also flew Viking C2s, DC4s and Viscounts, all out of Manston in Kent ) BEA Thanks.
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