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Roger Holden

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  1. 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 ?
  2. 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 .
  3. Lovely clean job. I'm pretty sure I have a Daco kit of the -500 variant which came with those exact same decals.
  4. Wibault 72, Potez 39, LeO 20, Levasseur PL.10/ PL101, LeO 257, (plus CAMS 55 and Br. XIX as you....)
  5. 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.
  6. 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....
  7. 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....
  8. '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....
  9. 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...
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. ...........Plus the Columbian SCADTA floatplane.
  13. ......and another, very small point. The US Army didn't use shoulder harness seatbelts until 1942. This was because many of their aircraft used telescopic sights which required the pilot to lean forward and look through the eyepiece and fiddling with straps wasn't desirable during combat manoeuvres.
  14. Great to see Japanese interwar types finally getting some attention. More than a thousand of these were built.....
  15. ......and the British register was re-set from G-EAxx to G-AAAA in 1929.
  16. Pan Am's use of International Orange goes back to around 1929, on its Fokker Trimotors and Sikorsky S-38s. Incidentally, International Orange was so named after its use by the International Harvester Co's agricultural machinery, not because of any wider connotation....
  17. The early pre-War versions had a foot stirrup in the fuselage just aft of the wing on the stbd. side only, so that was presumably the preferred ingress route for the pilot. But that was then replaced by a handgrip in the bulkhead at the rear of the fwd cockpit on both sides, which suggests either side entry was acceptable.
  18. There is a massive gap in the market for a new kit of a Ford-built B-24H/J. Nearly half the B-24s built came from Ford, but every kit is of the Consolidated version. The 2 are quite different: Consolidated redesigned the entire front end to mount the nose turret, whereas Ford grafted a turret on to a B-24D, much like the original conversions made by the Hawaiian Air Depot. Basically, everything forward of the cockpit is different. Half the decals produced are for Ford planes, with no kit you can use them on. A Ford-built B-24 to the same standard as their B-17G and B-25s would be great - how about it, Airfix ?
  19. Great work and so rare to see something scratchbuilt in 1/43 scale. I've still got a pile of Model Cars mags that my dad bought in the 60s and the plans articles in them were always very inspiring (even if some of the shapes occasionally looked a bit 'off'). Even better was the short-lived 'Miniature Auto' magazine, which had more detailed plans. Both were great documentation of the 'golden age' of motorsport. Completely agree with your comments re Clark.
  20. I have the Crosby and it's nothing special. You can see the master was 3d-printed as the striations are slightly visible. You can turn it into something decent but it will need work. I have a number of 1/72 racer kits from Dekno, Karaya, LF, Kora, SBS, CMR, etc and it's the worst of the lot.
  21. One of the best aspects of the Eduard kit is that it comes with lots of redundant parts you can use to 'dress up' less good D-VII kits. In the case of the Roden kits, that includes the axle wing, radiator and wheels, thereby solving some of the problems. Although, comparing the wings between the 2, both are around 3mm shorter in the Roden kit, compared with the Eduard and I'm guessing the latter is correct, without getting the plans out.
  22. Many thanks, gentlemen, for your comments which are more than kind. Projects like this take a few hundred hours of single-minded determination (masochism ?), so it's nice to know it's appreciated. I'm also a big student/fan of this era of aviation history and like to 'set the scene' and place things in their correct historical perspective (no pasting from Wikipedia....). Regards, Roger
  23. Hi Joachim, No, they are planed from thin wood planks and covered with embossed sheets of plastic. Basically the method 'invented' by the late, great Harry Woodman and described in his classic 1970s book 'Scale Model Aircraft in Plastic Card'. https://rclibrary.co.uk/title_details.asp?ID=1216 I consider myself a fabric aircraft specialist and have refined the method over 30+ years. I've seen other methods of representing fabric-covered surfaces, but they are all inferior.....
  24. That sums it up pretty well. A good story of the aeronautical aspect is the book '1927 - Summer of Eagles'.
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