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Roger Holden

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About Roger Holden

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  1. Well, it can't be disputed if a particular paint code is specified. It could well be correct, as the colour varies from light to dark in b/w photos, which is consistent with how orange appears in different film types. There are also some Life photos taken before delivery which show the paint to be glossy, rather than a flat, military -type paint.....
  2. Sand upper surface with silver-painted under surface.....profile looks correct. Same scheme used on several types (according to Turkish article in French mag). Definitely nothing like orange....
  3. The pre-War US military teams just used standard squadron aircraft in this era, from the squadron the team members were attached to. So, no special colour schemes. The earliest military aerobatic team to have a distinctive colour scheme was I think Italian (Breda 19), followed by French (MS225) and Russian (Polikarpov I-16). The RAF team from the CFS also had distinctive markings. But no US before WW2.
  4. Prior to WW2, I think each manufacturer had their own colour. I've seen 'Continental Engine Gray' in an old paint chart. Most of them used bluish greys which were not the same as the later ANA engine grey, which looks darker and has no blue in it. Not sure when that came in, or how widespread was its use.
  5. Jim Lund is the guy who commissioned the Execuform vac. I think he carved the masters and Execuform (Mike Herrill) moulded them. Same thing with some of their other late kits like the Saro Princess and Fokker F-32. I read on the vacform FB page that no one had been able to contact Mike Herrill since around May last year, so I will be interested if there are any replies. I ordered some kits from him in around 2010 and he was long past retirement then.
  6. Many thanks for the kind comments. Building models like this is truly a 'labour of love' (and a feat of endurance/patience), so it's nice to know it's appreciated..... Regards, Roger
  7. Just Google 'pyrene fire extinguisher' and lots of photos come up. They were pretty much standard equipment in planes, tanks and other vehicles in the 30s. They had a 'T' handle at one end which was pumped to discharge the fluid.
  8. Wrong. It was never called 'Demon' . Historian Dan Hagedorn found from Curtiss records that 'demon' was just an abbreviation for 'demonstrator' in the paperwork. Books from the 60s-90s calling it 'Demon' are plain wrong....
  9. Looks impressive, but that fire extinguisher is modern and not what would have been fitted in the 30s. Back then they used brass-bodied Pyrene fire extinguishers filled with Carbon Tetrachloride, which is a banned substance today. They were pumped by hand rather than pressurised by gas.
  10. From what I can see of the Valom kit in the Ginter book, it doesn't look like a great improvement on the vacform. But at least I think it gives you photo-etched dive brakes, so you don't have to drill all those holes
  11. Thanks Michael. I completely agree. The general standard of kits has improved so much in recent years that the emphasis has changed to painting and weathering techniques, rather than the engineering or construction side, so modellers don't develop those skills much any more. But I'm an engineer, not an artist, so that is where my interest lies. Needless to say, perhaps, I acquired those skills several decades ago, when things were very different....
  12. I always intended to go back to it......but got sidetracked by a few other jobs
  13. Sometimes it feels a bit like watchmaking in that small scale. Makes me want to go and lie in a darkened room....
  14. Actually, just the Mk1 eyeball. I'm very short-sighted, which is an advantage for this kind of work (not too good for some other things....I could never be a pilot). I can see every speck of dust in the paint and spend about 30 mins after each coat removing them all......OCD or what ?! (Is there any chance you could get a few of your models out of their boxes in the loft and photograph them, I would love to see more of your work.) Yes, I plan to do just that, but need to set aside a fair bit of time to devote to it.
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