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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. Roger Holden

    Tiger Moth K-4288 /D colour questions

    The early Tiger Moths (DH82 and a few 82A) were delivered with 1:2:3 proportion roundels, instead of the more usual 1:3:5. A few other types, notably the AW Siskin, also had these.
  2. Lang's demise is also attributed to Lt. Darryl S. Cramer of the 55FG flying P-51D CL*Z Mick#5. Some 8th AF histories go so far as to say he was the top-scoring Luftwaffe ace downed by the 8th AF in air-to-air combat. Lang's Wiki page allows for both possibilities..... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emil_Lang The Fog of War......
  3. Not so; the Navy 'Orange-Yellow', despite the name has virtually NO orange in it. See the paint chip in the Monogram book above, which is quite correct..... It was the Army Yellow #4 which has some orange in it. The Army and Navy yellow colours were quite different until around 1939, when the Army and Navy colour standards were merged to create the ANA (Army-Navy Aircraft) colour standard. The Navy yellow was the one then adopted by both services; thus the WW2-era Army Stearmans use the Navy colour not the previous, more orange Army shade. Very few modellers correctly appreciate the difference between the Army and Navy colours and their change over the years. What you said about the blue is quite correct, however.
  4. Roger Holden

    Hughes H-4 Hercules 1/72

    Really great job, from nose to tail. I especially like the canopy work. How many bottles of Alclad did you use to cover the beast ?
  5. Roger Holden

    1:72 F1 cars from the '60s - any kits?

    None in that scale, which is not a car modelling scale. Standard 'small' racing car scale is 1/43 and all the currently available kits are white metal / p.e, priced at approx. £50-£110 each.
  6. Roger Holden

    Airone Hobby - Fabric effect airbrush masks

    Some people see the world differently......usually those who have been to 'Spanish School'
  7. Roger Holden

    Vega Gull interior colours?

    There probably was a standard interior colour, with custom colours at extra cost, which was typical for civil aircraft in this era. Have several Percival books and it's not mentioned. As well as the grey interior, another preserved aircraft has a red interior. Unfortunately, the kit doesn't supply any civilian seats; only military bucket seats with and without cushions, which are not correct. Seats should be the typical leather car-type seats fitted in most civil cabin planes of the era.
  8. Roger Holden

    Gloster Gamecock 1/48

    Interesting project and a great subject. Note that the orange areas in that old profile artwork have been shown as red in more recent illustrations, which is more likely as flight leaders' aircraft usually were decorated with red,yellow or blue flight colours.
  9. Roger Holden

    Tri Motors in 1/72 or 1/48

    It's the navigator's position added just before the flight so that Hegenberger could take star sights and estimate the wind drift en route to Hawaii. There are posed photos of him doing so. Only 'combat' use of C-2s was by the Marine Corps (TA-2 version) in Nicaragua.
  10. The Philippines Aerial Taxi Co (PATCO) was equipped with Bellancas in the 1930s. Some of these were presumably taken over by the US military during the Japanese attack, but good luck trying to find any photos..... One of the most poorly photographed campaigns of WW2. There are also very few photos of them in civil use. http://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/patco.htm
  11. Roger Holden

    Tri Motors in 1/72 or 1/48

    Not sure what the precise difference is, but it's quite visible. The rear upper fuselage on the C-2 is practically a straight line from the trailing edge of the wing to the rudder post, whereas the F-VII drops down just aft of the wing for a few feet and then becomes a straight line to the tail, which is several mm difference in 1/72. Not sure about the lower profile of the fuselage, but that may be different too.
  12. Roger Holden

    Tri Motors in 1/72 or 1/48

    The only thing the C-2 has in common with the Dutch F-VII airliner is the wing. The fuselage was an entirely new design to US Army requirements and was longer,wider and deeper; not just the different cockpit area. Tail is bigger and different engine nacelles. A parallel development was the US built F-10 airliner, which also used the F-VII wing design with everything else new.
  13. Pavla did limited-run injection kits of both the Mk 1 and Martinet, which were in their usual style and can be made into nice models with work. There was also a Pegasus Mk I which is imo not worth the effort. Mk II has never been done and Frog Mk III has a major error in the fuselage, so Pavla are the best to have appeared to date.
  14. J 9 is P-35A , which has longer fuselage and other differences. A very good kit came in 1/72 with Swedish markings about 3 years ago from Special Hobby, as did the original P-35. so a slightly strange choice given that there are also fairly good kits in 1/48 (and 1/32)..... Seversky BT-8 would have been a more interesting (and needed) choice imo.
  15. Roger Holden

    1/72 - Lockheed Electra by ? - box art

    1/72 Valom kit would be surprising. Valom's quality would only be a very small improvement on Special Hobby one.