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Jim Kiker

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  1. Welcome Muddyf and Jerry, the more the merrier as they say. Thanks to Muddyf for the information, if only I had a few pictures of this particular machine! For Jerry, I too have seen a couple of write-ups regarding the Catalina sinking the same u-boat. Of course the same boat wasn't sunk twice; that said, the Catalina got shot up pretty badly so the Germans must have spotted them before they got dropped their depth bombs (not sure what ordnance). I think it possible that the Catalina damaged the sub and T5258 finished the job the next day. On the other hand, mistakes get made when entering information onto official logs and that could just as easily have occurred. Anyone with further evidence for this attack want to chime in? I have copies of the write-up from Nesbit's well known book and also “Coastal Command's Air War Against the German U-Boats,” plus the entry in the ORB (passed to me as plain text). Cheers, Jim
  2. Hi all, Thank you for the information and source references. For rossm, thanks for the clarity for this attack- first successful 236 Sqn sub sinking. Were they the first Beaufighter crew to sink a sub? I have that impression but confirmation (or not) would be most helpful. Cheers and thanks, Jim
  3. Hi all, Thank you for the information and pictures provided here, and especially to Jamie for the explanation. Time to drop back and punt, will have to review the material to get to a choice about whether to correct the kit tail planes on my own. Cheers all, Jim
  4. Hi all, Hope it is OK to reopen a thread every now and then. I have a Beaufighter build in the future and have decided to switch from a Mk IC to a Mk VI. I think I will need the canted tail planes (versus the early flat ones). I would like to grab a set of the late corrected tail planes that Jamie put out. So, two questions for Jamie. First, will the late TFX tail planes you produced also work for the Mk VI? And if so, it looks like you have some (one?) in stock at Sovereign Hobbies. Correct? If so, I'll put an order it ASAP. Thanks to all, Jim
  5. Hi all, So we have Beaufighter T5258, coded as ND-B from 236 Squadron. On 1 Jun 1943 she sank a German submarine using 25 lb rockets. I would like to find pictures of her although I am without luck in that part of the search. I do know what her markings should have been but I'd like more. In addition, I have a list of Beaufighter serials which identifies this a/c as a Mk I; however, in the book "The Strike Wings: Special Anti-Shipping Squadrons 1942-45," Roy Conyers Nesbit ID's this plane as a Mk VIC. If the list of serial blocks I have found is correct, I would expect this a/c would have flat tail planes, versus the VIC which would, I think, have the canted tails. As I read material however, there were some instances where the flat tail planes were seen on later series a/c, and a few canted tail planes of Mk I's. So much for intuition! Can anyone help me unravel this knot of data? My targeted kit is the Tamiya Mk VIC /Mk X in 1/48 scale. For a late MK I I would prefer the flat tail planes but I know there are corrected horizontal tails for both flat and canted tails for this kit. Thanks in advance, Jim
  6. Hi Tony, Indeed, I know the fundekals men and as you may know, they make great decals on top of their excellent research. I have long been intrigued with Hay's Corsair, since it seems to have carried a TSS scheme in equivalent colors. So, it's TSS with a twist! And now at last I think I have the camera location nailed down. Thanks again and cheers, Jim
  7. Hi Tony, Thank you for sharing this picture; it's the first I've seen of it and it will be big help! Cheers, Jim
  8. Good evening all, After a long layoff, I have returned to a long-term interest in the Royal Navy's Corsairs in the Far East. Specifically, I want to build Lt Col Ronnie Hay's Corsair II, JT427. I've collected a fair bit if information on this plane and mention is regularly made of the this a/c having both a vertical and a left oblique camera. I also have the old QSM magazine article that features a sketch of the camera ports. What I lack is either a photo showing these ports or an official document that verifies the camera locations. Correct or not, I would like know what the QSM drawing was based on. I realize this an older, regularly re-visited topic, but I am hoping that something new has been discovered which can be shared. Thanks in advance for any light you can shed! Cheers, Jim
  9. Hi GB, I really appreciate your digging into your stash on my behalf. Thank you very much for the information and for the prompt response! Cheers, Jim
  10. Hi all, I have a rather off-the-wall question to ask so please bear with me. I am doing some planning for a project and I need a compact two seat jet trainer cockpit and canopy. At a glance the Folland Gnat T1 might fit this bill but I cannot say for sure. If you have one of the Airfix 1/48 scale T1 kits, I need to know the length of the canopies and cockpit from the front edge of the windscreen to the rear-most point of the back seat canopy. Thanks in advance, Jim
  11. Hi all, Spinner/prop- who made them? Great calls from Mike and Max H.; you are both right, the spinner and prop are from the old Otaki kit! Thanks for playing, Jim
  12. Hi all, Thanks for all the positive responses, I am glad you all liked the result. For Colin- actually, I think the spare letters and numbers for the serial number and a/c code letter likely came from the 1/72 scale Ventura sheet you mentioned. The actual size of letters/numbers in use at that point in time was 4"; that size was what I could not find in 1/48 scale, light grey decals. Lucky for me the 1/72 8" size worked out really well! Cheers all, Jim
  13. Hi all, Here are some completion pictures of my latest Reconnaissance Spitfire project. The base kit is the Airfix PR XIX kit in 1/48 scale, converted to a PR XI. I have just finished an extensive Build Diary in the Work In Progress threads so please check there for all the details. Thanks again to Mr. John Adams. Cheers,
  14. Hi all, We are down to the last installment of this build diary. I am portraying this a/c early in her career, just a couple of months of operations had been completed when she flew the first recce of the German dams after the Dams Raid in May 1943. As a result I kept a light touch on the weathering. Once the airframe, propeller bits, and landing gear were ready for paint, I applied my own mix of PRU Blue to the whole model. I used enamel/lacquer paint as a base, slightly lightened the base paint and made a few quick passes running front to back on the wings and top to sides on the fuselage. In all honesty I think I should have done a little more of this, must remember for next time! I sprayed a coat of acrylic clear gloss to prep for the decals. The roundels and fin flash are standard for RAF Spitfire reconnaissance a/c. The serial number and individual plane letter "E" proved impossible for me to find in 1/48 scale, 4", light grey. A fellow modeler came to the rescue with left-overs from a 1/72 scale 8" light grey letters; in strict terms they are a skosh too big but they turned out very well. Sshh! Don't tell anyone... With the decals on I added a sealing coat of acrylic clear gloss to seal them in. I used artist's oils to do the washes, starting with a base of Paine's Grey (a dark bluish-black) and lightened it with a bit of white. I used lighter fluid (Napha) to thin the oils because it is the least strong thinner for the oils, and because the drying time is much shorter. The wash was applied in the major engine cowling lines, in the lines between the a/c control surfaces, and in some of the panels that are often opened. I added brown and some white to the base oil paint mix, then applied and spread out the oil streaks under the belly and aft of the lower air intake with a brush. I added scuffs and dings along the inner wings with a combination of silver dry brushing (very dry, actually) and some silver artist's pencil. I spread on some pastels in earth tones over the scuffing, to portray dirt and grime and to tone done the brightness of the silver. I also used the pastels to add the exhaust streaking. A final coat of clear acrylic flat sealed in the weathering, and we are done. Hhmmm... what's next? A what-if Spitfire racer, perhaps? I hope you all enjoyed the ride. I will be posting additional pictures in the Ready for Inspection threads. Cheers, Jim
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