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Roger Holden

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About Roger Holden

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    Pre-WW2 Civil & Military Aviation, Scratchbuilding

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  1. Now I understand. Thought you meant the outboard portions, which were smooth.
  2. Not sure where that comes from. I've just looked at about a dozen different contemporary pics of Fords which have the plain outer leading edge exactly like the Airfix kit. Airfix kit is based on the Wylam Model Airplane News plan, which it faithfully duplicates, for better or worse.
  3. Completely agree there. Modern F1 cars are way too similar and very ugly with their long wheelbases and festooned with aerodynamic excrescences thanks to computational fluid dynamics (CFD). These days I prefer classic F1 (1960s-90s).!
  4. Dear Gabriel, The key part of your response is the statement above. As you have correctly divined, I am doing my best to refrain from commenting on your posts. In future, you can rest assured my self-discipline will be more rigorously enforced. But what got me 'triggered' in this particular instance, is that I believe some weeks ago you were informed (by someone else, not on this forum) of the correct colours for those Canadian Rapides (not Dragons....please). Which were Garavini Blue and Galatea Orange (per the works of Ken Molson, probably the most-respected historian of Canadian civil aviation there has been). But here you are , persisting with this 'red' thing. Which is in sharp contrast to your strident proclamations for the need for good research (with which I agree wholeheartedly, but you better back them up.....or stay 'shtum'). As you well know....you have said it yourself....this era of aviation is full of myths which have become self-sustaining and gone unchallenged down the years. So please, let's not create some new ones. As you have observed, I have a critical eye. A significant part of my job involves checking the work of other aircraft designers for mistakes, which can lead to expensive reworks or even safety issues. Another part of my job involves counting rivets, or at least pitching them (4D to 8D, except in fuel tanks which have double rows of staggered pitches). So, yes, you can call me a literal 'rivet-counter'..... PS. For the record, the Hearst Vultee V-1A was painted cream with red trim and gold dividing pinstripes. Now, you can follow some dodgy artwork from a French magazine and paint it gold.....but please don't then claim you have done 'proper' research.
  5. I don't think the problem is where they are stored , just whether the phone has the functionality to provide the correct address.
  6. .......except that they were really medium-orange (with large black letters across the full span): http://www.internetmodeler.com/2004/september/new-releases/decal_whiskey-rapides.php Though probably very few people got to see them during its 1 week of service : https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/26247
  7. Is it possible to post photos using an Android phone ? I've had no problem posting them with my PC, as it was possible to right-click and 'copy image address', but on my new phone, it only seems to be able to copy the link address, not the image address, which of course just inserts a line of text rather than the photo. Unless someone knows otherwise......
  8. A nice model, but the undercarriage legs are much too long. Take a look at the attached link....the distance between the top of the tyre and the underside of the nacelle should be less than the diameter of the tyre. This is a common problem with limited-run kits, where a positive locating point is not provided for the landing gear and it's all too easy to get it wrong. https://www.cessnaflyer.org/cessna-other/item/584-out-of-the-clear-blue-of-the-western-sky-the-bamboo-bomber.html
  9. Quite possibly.......they are based on the 1970s Italian 'Vitocharts' , a series which depicted most of the major countries WW2 aircraft colours. AFAIK, no one has ever been able to prove the origin of these and what they were based on. More recent French books on their colours don't show half that range of shades.
  10. There's nothing on interior colours in the Fernandez book....... I don't think the interior colours of any of those aircraft are known for sure. A detailed build in an old French Replic mag did the interior in Chamois (sand colour), but I think that is now thought to have been used for the non-cockpit areas. Some French aircraft of that era had blue/grey cockpits and some were NMF, judging by b/w photos. No green use, AFAIK.
  11. Definitely the best thing I've seen done with that old kit. It was one of a trio Contrail did along with the Airspeed Ambassador and Avro Tudor. You know what you have to do.....
  12. Not sure; a while I think. It was a method being advocated by some French guys.
  13. I just read 2 VERY interesting methods for treating yellowed clear vacforms on a 1/43 car model FB page. One is to soak the part in a 50/50 mix of water and bleach for a few days. The other is to soak it in hydrogen peroxide. There are several people saying they've had good results....
  14. The bottom of the fuselage was white: You can also see from this picture the struts are the same colour as the wings/vertical tail and the horizontal tail is the same colour as the nose and wheels. This photo is one of the few taken with more modern type of film which gives an 'accurate' impression of the colours. There was only one blue colour on the plane, but because of the film type,most of the photos make it look like a sky blue rather than medium blue as shown here. They also make the red look black.
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