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Jim Kiker

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  1. Hi Fernando, While I chose to go with a pair of brass struts, you make a valid point for most of the strut's length. Maybe next time. Thanks for the input! Cheers, Jim
  2. Hi Antti, Well, I am glad to know it isn't just me! I find that this kit its share of minor fit issues in addition to the ailerons. Kind of a mixed bag, but it does finish well. Cheers, Jim
  3. All, thanks for your input. Antti, just so I am clear, you glued the ailerons in with some deflection from the neutral position for the best fit. Is that correct? Thanks, Jim
  4. Hi all, I am working on the 1/48 Airfix Spitfire PR XIX. I am putting the wings together to check the fit of the ailerons and flaps before gluing them all in. In my kit, the right aileron wants to fit in a deflecting downward position and the left one in the upward position. Not displaced by a lot, but noticeable, and I've already glued the control stick for neutral on the ailerons. No where in the instructions that I have found, nor in any of the various build articles have I seen any mention of this. Am I right to assume the kit is engineered this way? And if so, how can the ailerons be built in the neutral position? It's always something with this kit... TIA, Jim
  5. Thanks, gents! I appreciate the information and the pictures. I am now better informed which makes my overall modeling tasks lighter. Regards, Jim
  6. Hi all, As you may know, PS852 was part of a two-plane detachment based in Hong Kong in the early 1950's. By 1951 the planes were looking pretty ragged. The OIC of the detachment was Flt Lt Ed Powles; I had the opportunity to speak with him and heard several stories of his time in Hong Kong. He asked to have the planes repainted but maintenance did not have the necessary paint. After some "back and forth," the maintenance chief reported only having small quantities of roundel red and blue, but not enough of either paint to paint the entire airframe. Ed ordered them to mix the paints and paint the plane. The officer commanding went ballistic when he spotted the purple PR XIX, but paint arrived within a couple of weeks and both planes were properly repainted in the new scheme. I think it's the most attractive scheme on the PR XIX, and PS852 is a very worthy subject for a model. I converted and cleaned up an Academy Mk 14 into the PR XIX some years ago and it remains my favorite model. HTH, Jim
  7. Hi all, I'm working on a Spitfire PR XI conversion in 1/48 scale. The main fuselage and all other components are from the Airfix PR XIX kit, with an Aeroclub Mk IX Merlin nose. Looking at the main landing gear, the main struts seem a bit flimsy and the strut looks like it was molded at full extension, versus the shorter strut length seen when the aircraft is on the ground. The softness of the plastic also concerns me. One thing I want to know is this: if you have built one of these and left the landing gear length alone, how does the completed model sit? Does it look like the nose is higher than it should be? On the other hand, if you did something to shorten the struts, what did you do? I have looked at white metal and brass replacement struts on-line, but they too suffer from over-long lower struts. Your thoughts? Thanks, Jim
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    RNZAF P-40 colours

    Hi Alan, Well it took me another read-through of all the threads here and via links, but I finally understand your statements. It is great to know that our knowledge base continues to grow, and I have to say, the camouflage you have outlined for the early K-15's is quite unusual but very attractive. Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Jim
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    RNZAF P-40 colours

    Hi all, I must admit to a certain amount of confusion based on a couple of readings of this thread. I have been planning on doing a P-40K-15 in operational markings for a long time. I've saved off all of Pete Mossong's history and markings information and had the opportunity to discuss it with him. For mid-1943, all that information indicated that P-40K's and early M's were Dark Earth, Dark Green over Sky - these were all the U.S. equivalent paints (not RAF), with a wavy demarcation between the upper and lower colours. My main point of confusion here is with the Dark Earth (equivalent); this discussion is saying to me that on these a/c, the dark earth is incorrect for the time frame and was replaced by the NZ Blue. So if the Dark Earth thought to have been on this group of a/c in mid-1943 is wrong, what data is the new interpretation based on? And if I've missed the point entirely, please enlighten me! Thanks for any light you all can shed, Jim
  10. Hi all, This is, I hope, a final couple of questions regarding Spitfire PR XI EN343; this is the aircraft that flew post-strike reconnaissance for the Dams Raid. I am doing the conversion from the Airfix PR XIX kit with an Aeroclub Merlin nose plus a lot of smaller details. Here is an iconic picture of this well-known aircraft. At the end of the project, I want to have a model of this aircraft when the Dams Raid took place in May 1943. Question 1: When was this photo taken? Question 2: There is a lighter color on the cockpit framing and on a short section behind the fixed rear canopy; it looks to be the same size and shape as when the sliding hood is fully open. What does/might this indicate? I have a theory about this but I do not have enough data to make use of. All comments and further input are welcome. Thanks, Jim
  11. Hi Troy, I have seen these pics before, but not all in one spot (I think), so thanks for reposting them together. Thanks too for the commentary you added regarding colors and interior finishes; most helpful. My goal is to portray EN343-E which did BDA work immediately after the Dams Raid in May 1943; in some respects an early PR XI such as this one is from a earlier place and time from the later aircraft in Italy. Thank you very much for all the information! Cheers,
  12. Hi all, As the title implies I am working on a Spitfire PR XI conversion and I need some help in detail painting. I am doing a mid-war aircraft so of course it's PRU Blue overall. However, I am unsure about the interior of the wheel wells, including the tail wheel well; I think they would be IGG but perhaps not. I think the landing gear struts should be silver, such as dull aluminum. Spinner- roundel dull blue or black? The serial number should be 4" and painted in Sky Grey? Roundels- 40" B type on the upper wings and 30" B type on the fuselage; also correct? There needs to be an antenna mast just behind the cockpit, with an unpainted Bakelite mounting plate, is that right? And finally, were the plywood interior bulkheads for the camera compartment finished in clear varnish, or paint? If paint, what color? This aircraft requires a sliding canopy with the large, clear blisters. I've been through four different sets of vac formed canopies (none made specifically for the Airfix 1/48 scale PR XIX kit) and while I don't know who is most correct, nothing I've found for the canopy sections works dimensionally without significant work! Any light you can shed will be much appreciated. Thanks, Jim P.S. If anyone is working up a vac form to fit this kit to help convert it to a PR XI, please let us know!
  13. Julien, thanks for the pictures and the additional information they contain. Pete, having drawn a few red lines in my time I have NO problem reading the data. The additional information is just what I needed to "top off" and prepare for making some new boxes. Cheers, Jim
  14. For Troy, Chris, and Jerry, thank you for your inputs; they all help get me to the point where I can approximate the dimensions well enough to serve my purpose. For Pete, always a pleasure to see you on the 'net, my friend. Thank you for the picture of those kit parts, the drawing, and the picture. Very helpful! Cheers all, Jim
  15. Hi all, Thank you for the various replies. Yes, this is in regard to the 20mm shown the the first reply; however, as was pointed out, only a very few first airframes used the 60 round drums. "Night Fighter" by Jimmy Rawnsley is one of my favorite books on wartime experiences, and removing the empties and fighting to get the loaded drums installed while in a running battle was a pretty amazing feat in my book! After that small first batch, the Beau received large rectangular boxes for a significantly larger load of ammo for each cannon. The Tamiya kit has two rectangular boxes with no detail. Having a picture of the feeds is certainly useful, but it is the boxes that can be seen between the crew stations when everything is buttoned up. So I continue the search- what were the dimensions of those four boxes? Thanks and cheers, Jim
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