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  1. Moving on to the wings. In preparation for the AIMS photo-etch flat profile rigging wire, a number of holes have to be drilled in the wings (using templates provided) and the lower aileron tabs have to be modified to accept the new replacement resin ailerons: The replacement ailerons are a snug fit as can be seen from the above photo. Drilling the holes for the bracing wires was a reasonably time consuming job - mainly because as I'm sure precision is key here. I also decided to use the Aerocraft Models brass struts and landing gear, The struts are straight
  2. Mike, You are probably right. I didn't anneal them, though I did think of this after I had removed them. I still have the parts and may try this for my next build (I have 3 more of these in the stash). I've just discovered in the BM walkaround section, a nice picture of the area behind the seat bulkhead, confirming that Eduard got this 100% correct: Clearly the lump of expanded polystyrene detracts, but the photo shows how inaccurate the ICM kit is in this area.
  3. I added some details from the Eduard and AIMS set to the fuselage interior and fitted the insert for the arrestor hook, landing gear struts and the cowling insert: I didn't particularly like either the Eduard or AIMS etch for the cockpit doors, so used only parts of the photo-etch sets inconjunction with plastic strip for the ribbing, which gives a better 3D representation in my view. And the cockpit, without the seat assembly, IP or compressed air bottles fitted to the fuselage: You can see
  4. Yes, I agree it could be aluminium, but I'm not sure about blue (which I had not considered - so thanks for the suggestion). The blue of the roundel is significantly darker that the K on the fin. I have seen orthochromatic photographs where the blue is very light, but I don't think that this is one of them, unless the blue used was significantly different from roundel blue. Aluminium, on the other hand, appears a good call.
  5. No, it rests on a ledge on the rearmost cockpit bulkhead. I fitted the cockpit into the fuselage then attached the support, but only glued one end.
  6. I just hate acrylics, but it sounds as if you have a system that works for you. I'm happy to wait for a sunny day to spray outside, though I am backing up quite a few builds in the queue.
  7. One of the projects I started in lock-down 3.0 is ICM's 1/32 Sea Gladiator. I've been meaning to start a build log, so here is progress so far. I have an asthmatic in the house, and use enamel paint, so spraying indoors is out of the question. I'll need to wait for better weather before any paint goes on. I decided that I wanted to use this opportunity to dry-fit assemble as much of the model as possible, in preparation for disassembly and a primer coat when the weather warms up. I'm also using the Eduard photo-etch sets, AIMS etch set and Aerocraft Models brass struts and landing gear.
  8. One last point on the individual aircraft ID - the issue of white on yellow not being visible. 800:A carried no letter at all at this time, relying entirely on the fin markings for ID. So if K in white was not that visible on yellow, the yellow fin surely would have been. Moreover, what I assume to be the section leader of 803 Yellow Flight (L2879), appears only to have had a yellow fin, with the squadron badge visible, but no 'K' ID letter.
  9. Claudio, You make a good point on the colour of the individual aircraft letter, but white on yellow is not impossible - especially since the ID of the aircraft in flight would be from the full coloured fin. The matching of colour of individual aircraft letters and colour of Skua flight in Admiralty document corresponds exactly for 803 squadron. 800 squadron didn't use coloured individual letters, so it's harder to be sure of the correspondence for 800 Squadron, so I agree that this has to be a more tentative conclusion. But if 800: K,L,M were yellow, everything would line-up nicely
  10. I agree with most of this, though I think it is a strong possibility that the third flight was Yellow. The well known picture of L2933:K I had thought was Red Flight Leader, with a red fin, but I now think it likely shows a yellow fin and yellow upturned wingtips taken on orthochromatic film or on panchromatic with a filter. In the South Atlantic, Ark Royal only carried 6 Skuas from 800 Squadron (and one was lost on 8/12/39 according to the Ship's Log). Photographs show aircraft from the first and third flight only (all but 800:A were photographed in the South Atlantic), so A,B, C, K, L, M.
  11. Hi Charlie, Yes, Fleet Air Arm Museum, FAAM Neg No. Sea Fury 99. Labelled 802 Squadron "Sortie Markings". HTH, Ian
  12. The aircraft handling markings on the leading edge varied from plane to plane (black, white, white outlined in black, & black outlined in white?), but I've never seen one that looked as it it might be coloured.
  13. It should be a bright grass green, from the photos I've seen of the recovered wreck of L2986.
  14. There is a close-up photo of Lt Davis' Sea Fury at the FAAM that clearly shows a Mig kill marking on the port side, so I assume that sharing the kill was agreed at the time.
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