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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. Not too sure what to make of that photo. The first PT-19s were delivered in 1940, well after the switch over to the 'True Blue' shade occurred, so that's the colour they should have used on all of them. That is visible on the fabric portion of the fuselage at the right hand edge of the photo. To me, the upper and lower cowl panels seem to have been slightly crudely repainted in situ, as the drain pipe sticking through the lower panel has also been painted when it should have been either masked off, or the cowl panels painted while off the aircraft. The most likely scenario is that the light blue panels were replacements in primer and they have been painted on the aircraft in some mixed blue shade because they didn't have any of the correct colour.
  2. Any plane from the PT-13/17 family should absolutely have the ANA 'True Blue' fuselage. But a Consolidated PT-3 from the late 1920s-early 30s would have the slightly-turquoise Lt. Blue 23 colour. Pretty straightforward in practical terms, despite the complicated explanations above.
  3. Those aren't aerodynamic 'flaps', they are the portions of the wings which are to be folded upwards to allow the whole wing to be pivoted back alongside the fuselage. Pretty common for 1930s aircraft which were touted as being able to be stored in an automotive-sized garage.
  4. Good job. I'm not much of a fan of Airframe's kits, but that was one of the best and came with nice plans.
  5. Their new SM55 flying boat is £64 !!! Was expecting it to be about £45......
  6. Almost certainly aluminium lacquer, same as for their US government-procured aircraft. Hawk II in Polish museum and Hawk III in Thailand are certainly finished that way.
  7. Unsurprisingly, the parts show the incorrect parallel-sided upper wing fuel tank/centre section, rather than the correct 'trapezium' shape needed to impart reduced sweepback to the Tiger Moth mainplanes (as first postulated here on BM by John Aero). The fabric surfaces look very 'old school', with simple raised lines to represent the ribbing, which is somewhat 'behind the curve' for a Czech producer..... Nice to finally have an IM kit, but could have been better.
  8. Looks like something Gerry Anderson came up with......
  9. Roger Holden

    Roundel blue

    Yes, Humbrol 25 IS that blue......
  10. Those are not servo tabs on the HP42, but aerodynamic balances, in lieu of the mass balances often fitted to smaller aircraft. Similar aerodynamic balances were sometimes fitted to the ailerons and elevators of contemporary aircraft eg Dornier. The surfaces hanging off the back of the rudder on the Scylla,etc, ARE servo tabs, or as they were usually known back then, Flettner tabs, after their originator. They are the surfaces connected to the controls and used to move the larger control surface, hence giving reduced control forces.
  11. Nice job. Hardly anyone models Headquarters Squadron aircraft.
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