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tonyot last won the day on February 25 2022

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  1. Hello Tony

    Gary Hatcher, the Editor of Guidline Publications suggested I contact you because of your extensive knowledge of the British aircraft based on Malta in WWII.

    I have recently read Arthur Aldridge's extarordinary book 'The Last Torpedo Flyers' and would like to build a 1/48 kit of his Beaufort to go alongside my other Malta kits.  Unfortunately, I can find no reference material to help me paint and mark his aircraft other than the serial number DD598.  I have a copy of Warpaint No 50 by Tony Butler and whilst this shows a range of camo schemes and colours it does not focus just on Malta and there is no specific information for Arhur Aldridges aircraft.  To do Flight Commander Aldridge's memory justice I would need to know the aircraft's camo scheme A or B, the upper and lower surface colours, the squadron identification letter and any distinguishing marks / artwork.  

    If you know of any reference images / information I would be very grateful.

    Kindest regards



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  2. Lovely model Calum,..... but please,.... the islands are called the Falklands,....... the islanders or the people who fought to free them from invasion do not like the false Argentinian name and using it is disrespectful..
  3. Nice job Chris,.... I do like the scheme you chose too,..... with the lower than usual demarcation along the cockpit `pod',.... makes me want to finish off mine!
  4. Cheers Dermot,.... much appreciated mate. Thanks Colin,..... glad you like them mate. Cheers for the well wishes too,.....I must sound like a real hypocondriac,..... sorry everybody!! Thanks Bill,.... and thanks for the kind words too mate,.... much appreciated.
  5. Thanks Allan,..... thankfully they have now ruled out lung cancer,....... but it is lung disease plus a few other things. Glad you like the models mate, it is nice to think that somebody else enjoys them too. Here is a link to the Whitley;
  6. Thanks Martin,...... things are a little easier,..... we thought that it was lung cancer,.... but thankfully it isn`t,..... but it is lung disease,.... plus a few other things!
  7. Great pics Chris,..... I do like the one where the exhaust ring has graffitti scrored into the paint,..... or delivery instruction for a spare part?
  8. And here are a few reference pics, including some Lanc`s which are the subject of decal options available in both kits; And they were used in various test roles into the post war years too; And a generic Lanc pic, a useful top view of the cockpit in the IWM London; Cheers Tony,
  9. Well I got a full day in today, so with a box set on the telly and a brew,...... I started off with the cockpit and interior; All I added was a set of etched brass seat straps on the pilots seat; Then with all of the windows added,..... and then masked off (as it was easier to mask them now, without the danger of poking them inside later),..... the fuselage halves were joined and the wheel well construction began. I also drilled out the windows for the roof escape hatches plus the hole for the camera hatch under the nose; Then the upper wing halves were attached,..... with a fresh brew added to the table!; The the lower wing halves were added too; Followed by the tail feathers,... and the fairing around the mid upper gun position; Next onto the engines and nacelles,...... the propeller hubs are beautifully detailed and it will be a shame to hide them underneath spinners,..... although some Mk.II`s did fly without spinners; Nacelles fitted to the model; Then on with the engines and the cowlings, with their intakes and exhausts; And the engines and cowlings test fitted to the model,..... note the lack of filler (so far),...... this kit is engineered beautifully, although I may fill in some of the panel lines?; So that is it for now,...... sanding next after it has been left for a day or so for the glue to dry properly. As I said, I may add some filler to some panel lines, especially those under the cockpit area. As with the Merlin engined boxing,....l can highly recommend this kit, Cheers Tony
  10. You were asking about my `coastal' Wellesley,..... here is the build,..... it was used for Anti Sub patrols over the Med; Cheers Tony
  11. Lovely job JW,.... looks like a bus with wings,..... but you`ve made it look great. Cheers Tony
  12. Superb job Chris,..... it looks just the job and I have heard that they are not the easiest kits to build either..... so well done. Cheers Tony
  13. Coming on really well this,.... did you notice in the film how the Hercules often becomes a C-123,.... especially during the fight on the cargo net hanging from the tailgate!
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