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  1. Note that the two skeletons have subtle differences and are not simply mirror images.
  2. Yes retractable. It's spring loaded and can be retracted from the cockpit or by closing the flap on the exterior hand hold. Once retracted, all that's visible is the grab handle under the step which can be replicated with fine wire if you want to get really detailed.
  3. Thanks for posting that. Very interesting. My father was a farm boy in Germany during WW2 and was drafted at the age of 14, along with many other kids, to serve in the Volkssturm. His ragged group was sent to Schongau to help "defend" the airfield in early 1945 and he related to me how he was scared to death when the Allies strafed the airfield. He sheltered in the trees and remembered the incredible noise and wood splinters flying all over the place.
  4. Our B.35 undergoing restoration has the Vee windscreen and the panels are armoured as well so it was not just on the FB's and NF's. One perhaps minor reason for retaining the vee on the bombers might be that it would be awkward to find a place to mount the wiper motor. The unit was mounted on the bulkhead separating the cockpit from the gun bay on the fighters but on the bomber there can be no such bulkhead as the forward area has to remain open.
  5. The original F for Freddie that HMJ depicts was serialed LR503 not VR196. The latter serial is the actual one for Spartan's CF-HML. Bob Jens tried to get the restored aircraft re-registered as HML but, sadly, that code was in use so he had to settle for HMJ. I have a lot of pictures and archive documents on Spartan's Mosquitos and it's the first I've heard of this particular one having dual controls though I don't profess to know everything. One very poor picture I have of the instrument panel during the very early restoration days in the mid 60's shows ONE control column and it has the bomber yoke and not the fighter stick. Can you refer me to your data that has this aircraft as a dual control trainer?
  6. Perhaps the source of confusion is the tribute P-40N owned by Vintage Wings of Canada that is painted in Stocky's colours.
  7. Great job on that Rene. You've captured the scheme very well. I thought that the ladder should bend the other way but that's no biggie.
  8. Mod 1012, though I don't have a copy, deals with DE-pressurizing the B.35. So yes, the B.35 was designed to be pressurized but if mod 1012 was incorporated then obviously it no longer would be pressurized.
  9. I have this kit as well but have yet to build it. I read something about the circular openings at the front of the engine cowl being too small and that aftermarket parts for these may be desirable.
  10. Just to add, the B.35 also had the side windows featuring an anti-foggiing system comprised of twin sealed glazing panels with an air gap. The air inside was part of a closed loop connected to an air drier mounted in the nose on the port side.
  11. I have access to an actual one. The unit is approximately 16 inches long and approx. 6 inches deep. I can provide additional pictures via PM if you like
  12. That looks amazing Rene. As for the canopy frames, I'm not 100% sure of the colours but agree that they are often of a darker shade. On my model, I studied the photos and elected to go with RLM 75 though 66 might also be possible. I doubt that any field-applied schemes such as the Wellenmuster that I depicted would have seen ground crews mask every canopy glass panel in order to incorporate the field paint onto the frames. As always, a close study of pictures of your subject is the best indication of what the frames should look like.
  13. Nicely done so far. Built this kit some time ago and it went together well. I also did the box art scheme based on the photo posted by SafetyDad. Note that the starboard engine cowl, seen behind the jettisoned canopy, appears to be a replacement as it does not have the squiggle pattern on it. A pic of that detail on mine:
  14. Prior to the deformed rebar we commonly see today, plain round bar was very much in use.
  15. Crimea River

    RCAF AT-6C

    And the minute it was north of the 49th, it became a Harvard.
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