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Roger Holden

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  1. Found the Raresin version, which has a different exhaust collector. In that case, please add my name to your list , in the event you make another batch..... Cheers, Roger
  2. I've a Contrail HP42 that could use them, but if Prop & Jet are going to sell them, I won't trouble you for a set.... Won't need them for a while.
  3. Great job and you nailed those decals.....apart from one thing. That flag is not the Royal Navy's White Ensign, but is the Civil Air Ensign, which was pale blue with a dark blue cross, instead of white and red. The prop blades were covered in fabric and painted medium grey, same as on the HP42. Pretty much standard on British aircraft of this era, to stop them absorbing moisture and warping. Also protected against erosion from rain and sand. No varnished wood, as you incorrectly see on so many models.... Are those engines going to be produced as aftermarket accessories ? They look very similar to the Small Stuff ones by Evgeny Kupfer.
  4. Looks like the Airfix momentum is strongly away from 1/72 scale, which this year's announcements have only confirmed. Looks like one kit a year is what we're going to get, if we're lucky....What chance of getting a decent 1/72 Anson or Walrus now ?
  5. Imperial Airways employee and historian John Stroud said the blue was so dark, you could only tell it wasn't black when you were standing about 10 feet from the fuselage. So....a very dark 'midnight' blue, not a 'royal'blue .
  6. Lovely clean job. I'm pretty sure I have a Daco kit of the -500 variant which came with those exact same decals.
  7. Wibault 72, Potez 39, LeO 20, Levasseur PL.10/ PL101, LeO 257, (plus CAMS 55 and Br. XIX as you....)
  8. The 'last' clue was the biggie for me; it's quite a significant aircraft even though it was built in small numbers; kind of a French Gloster Gladiator. I actually suggested it to them about 5 years ago, along with a number of other, equally worthy French 1930s planes.
  9. I won the competition and surprisingly, had the first correct answer. The 'last SPAD' was the subject of some great articles in the French 'Avions' mag a few years back and I always thought it was a natural for Azur to do....
  10. Quickboost's engines are sized to fit a particular intended kit, not accurately scaled from the real engines. Thus their Twin Wasps can vary in diameter by up to 3mm (!), depending on intended kit. e.g. those for the Academy B-24 are ridiculously under-sized to suit the under-sized kit cowls. Looks like you have one of the larger ones there. When I realised this, I switched to Vector or Small Stuff, whose engines are precisely sized....
  11. 'I've read that the seat was for a riding mechanic for long distance flights, or a passenger otherwise. I can't imagine it would have been comfortable, due to the small space and lack of windows other than the hatch.' Yes, Swedish mechanics used to routinely ride in that rear compartment. Until the time came to try and bail out of one and the mechanic couldn't open the hatch against the slipstream and rode to his death. Which brought a pretty rapid end to the practice....
  12. Xtradecal colours are good, I think. At least, the 1/72 ones I have are. I don't think the upper fuselage colour is known for certain. Something I have noticed is that the home-based squadrons were the lighter colour (NIVO) and the overseas darker.The RAFM's Wallace restoration has black upper fuselage and struts...
  13. Looking at those formation photos of 28 Sq. aircraft from a few pages back, I would say that the upper fuselage, struts and rear fuselage band are all black. Probably not as colourful as you would have hoped for, but it is what it is..... Don't think the upper fuselage is NIVO, which usually photographs as a mid-grey. The fuselage bands were probably so that ground forces could readily identify them, in the army co-op role.
  14. A splendid project technically and which really looks the part. But a few notes about colours...... The blue in your national insignia is waaaay out and far too bright. Not sure how any manufacturer could include those in a kit these days and they look like something provided in the 1960s. The blue used for your fuselage band is close to the correct colour....a medium blue, ultramarine shade. Just google some photos of the Shuttleworth Hawker Hind, which has it spot-on. Humbrol made this colour for years as their Blue #25, but not sure if it's still in the range. Looking at your model, I thought the upper fuselage anti-glare area looked more like PC10 than the oft-quoted NIVO (mid grey/green), but then I read back a few pages..... Black was also used I think. Now, about that fuselage band...... The fuselage band was a squadron (not flight) identifier. The RAF squadrons operating in the North West Frontier area had a system of black and red fuselage bands (sorry....no blue) to identify each squadron at a distance. Specifically, these were as follows (think this includes all the relevant squadrons, but couldn't swear to it.....): 5 Sq. Single black band, behind the gunner's position 28 Sq. Single black band ahead of the tailplane 39 Sq. Twin black bands in both the above locations 60 Sq. Single black horizontal stripe 20 Sq. Single red band, behind the gunner's position 27 Sq. Single red band ahead of the tailplane 31 Sq. Twin red bands in both the above locations These markings were on the Wapitis and their replacement Audaxes. Some of this info comes from Modeldecal's sheet for the Hawker biplanes which includes several of the above, including 28 Sq. and the late Dick Ward's research was beyond reproach. It's also borne out by photos/artwork of the Wapitis and Audaxes. Not sure if you're inclined to change things at this stage, but you asked for info and here it is.
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