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  1. Acklington

    62 OTU 1/72 aircraft fleet

    Many thanks for the comments, which are much appreciated. Yes, the 'dark green' is Humbrol's standard tin, as is the dark earth. The difference between the Anson and the Wellington is that the Anson has been varnished, two coats of gloss then transfers then a coat of matt (which annoyingly clouded in places, but I call it "weathering"). The Wellington I just buffed the paint and did not use any varnish, just touched up around the wing roundels where any carrier film showed. I wanted to keep my future options open with the Wellington, in the hope that further information may emerge regarding its markings. For example, could it have been painted like the Anson? Regarding my paints, I have a problem living on the Isle of Man, because UK suppliers will not ship paint by airmail. Surface mail charges are horrendous, becoming 'special deliveries' by freight carriers. So there are only a couple of shops on the Island that stock Humbrol paint tins. However, when I'm in England I stock up whenever I can, but usually only manage to get to Humbrol stockists.
  2. Following on from completion of my Anson airbourne interception trainer, here are photos of the assembled 62 OTU fleet, at RAF Ouston, Northumberland in March 1945. The Anson Mk.1 (A.I.), DJ528 '45', is about to be retired, to be replaced by the Wellington Mk.XVIII (T.18), ND113 '27', with Hurricane IIc, LF363 'F' to act as a target. 62 Operational Training Unit, RAF Ouston, March 1945 by Philip Pain, on Flickr 62 Operational Training Unit, RAF Ouston, March 1945 by Philip Pain, on Flickr 62 OTU had over 50 Ansons, replaced by 29 Wellingtons, and they trained all of Fighter Command's night fighter crews. Non-radar equipped Ansons acted as target aircraft, until replaced by 23 Hurricane IIc aircraft. The OTU was split into 3 squadrons, and 'A' Sqdn had white numeral codes commencing '1' to '18''; 'B' Sqdn had light blue numeral codes commencing '32' to '47'; and 'C' Sqdn (the target aircraft) carried single letters commencing 'A', also possibly painted light blue. Hurrican IIc LF363 still flies with the BBMF at RAF Coningsby, and it is not known what code letter it had at 62 OTU. So 'F' has been applied, this being it's known letter when earlier being with 309 (Polish) Sqdn. By 1947 LF363 is known to have lost its guns, and I suspect that they might have been removed at 62 OTU, as there would have been no requirement for a target aircraft to have them. I'm hoping for some definite confirmation before removing the gun barrels from this model. These models at RAF Ouston are part of my project to model all of the main aircraft types based there from 1941 to 1974. So far 31 models have been completed, and they can be found on my "RAF Ouston Research" website at https://sites.google.com/view/raf-ouston-research/models-of-oustons-aircraft
  3. Many thanks for the comments everyone, much appreciated. I wish it had been the 'old' Airfix Anson, without the later and incorrect wing-ribs fabric effect, which I didn't manage to get rid of completely. If I was doing this again (which I won't!), I would find an original Airfix Anson, and swap the wings and tailplane with the later 'fabric effect' fuselage. The 'photo over the grass' originally had my left hand holding the port wing tip. Then 15 minutes later, in 'corel paint shop pro' it was gone. I was going to make the props spin, but ran out of time.
  4. Many thanks for the comments and encouragement. I've now posted pics of the completed model in the 'ready for inspection' section, here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235049384-airfix-172-avro-anson-mk1-airbourne-interception/
  5. Following on from my work-in-progress thread for this Airfix Anson, here are the photos of the completed model; Avro Anson Mk.1 (A.I.), DJ528, B Sqdn 62 OTU, Ouston, March 1945 by Philip Pain, on Flickr Avro Anson Mk.1 (A.I.), DJ528, B Sqdn 62 OTU, Ouston, March 1945 by Philip Pain, on Flickr Avro Anson Mk.1 (A.I.), DJ528, B Sqdn 62 OTU, Ouston, March 1945 by Philip Pain, on Flickr Avro Anson Mk.1 (A.I.), DJ528, B Sqdn 62 OTU, Ouston, March 1945 by Philip Pain, on Flickr Avro Anson Mk.1 (A.I.), DJ528, B Sqdn 62 OTU, Ouston, March 1945 by Philip Pain, on Flickr Avro Anson Mk.1 (A.I.), DJ528, B Sqdn 62 OTU, Ouston, March 1945 by Philip Pain, on Flickr Avro Anson Mk.1 (A.I.), DJ528, B Sqdn 62 OTU, Ouston, March 1945 by Philip Pain, on Flickr Avro Anson Mk.1 (A.I.), DJ528, B Sqdn 62 OTU, Ouston, March 1945 by Philip Pain, on Flickr 62 OTU at RAF Ouston in Northumberland was Fighter Command's only Anson equipped OTU, responsible for training all Beaufighter and Mosquito Nav/Observers. The Anson airbourne interception trainer was equipped with A.I.Mk.IV, and based initially at RAF Usworth, Sunderland, before moving to nearby RAF Ouston in 1943. From early 1945 the Anson was replaced by the Wellington Mk.XVIII (T.18). 62 OTU had a complement of over 50 Ansons, and the OTU was split into three squadrons; 'A' Sqdn applied white two digit codes; 'B' Sqdn light blue two digit codes; and 'C' Sqdn supplied the 'target' aircraft (not A.I. equipped) with single white code letters. It was a daily sight over Northumberland to see pairs of Ansons chasing each other around the sky.
  6. Avro Anson Mk.1 (Airbourne Interception Trainer) by Philip Pain, on Flickr Finished it today, and some decent photos will follow, if we ever get any bright daylight again!
  7. Problems with the yellow paint continued, and there are now five coats in some areas, all taking two days to dry! But finally got past that stage, and progress being made again; Anson (29) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr The two long exhaust pipes have been scratch built and added, these go with smooth cowling versions of the Anson. Also the two oil coolers have been added, but Airfix had got the port one on the wrong side of the engine, so this has been altered to the correct side.
  8. Progress has been slow over the holidays, and not helped by the yellow paint taking two days to dry between coats. At least one more coat of yellow is still needed, so my hope of finishing the model in 2018 has gone. Anson (28) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr But it is starting to look quite sporty, for an Anson.
  9. I'm modifying my finished model to show what seems to be the correct configuration, with the centre panel on the bomb aimer's position faired over; Wellington T.18, ND113, 62 OTU, Ouston, April 1945 by Philip Pain, on Flickr Wellington T.18, ND113, 62 OTU, Ouston, April 1945 by Philip Pain, on Flickr Wellington T.18, ND113, 62 OTU, Ouston, April 1945 by Philip Pain, on Flickr Wellington T.18, ND113, 62 OTU, Ouston, April 1945 by Philip Pain, on Flickr Actually that's a bit of a lie, I've just 'photoshopped' my original photos. The model will be done after Christmas, when I get my modelling room back!
  10. I've been studying the three new Wellington T.17 photos, and here are a few more observations for anyone contemplating doing a Wellington T.17 or T.18. A noticeable feature on the T.17 is that the centre panel on the bomb aimer's position has been blanked off and painted. The two curved side panels remain glazed, and this looks odd on the T.17 photos - as if there is no glazing fitted - but it is there. Anyway, this prompted me to have another look at the few available T.18 photos, none of which show the underside of the nose clearly. But on two of the T.18 photos it does look like the centre panel has been blanked off, so it seems that my T.18 model does need to be modified. The T.17 photos also show that on that particular aircraft, the earlier style tailplane is fitted, with the curved leading edge and straight horn balance. This is exactly as per the Matchbox/Revell 1/72 kit. Otherwise the T.17 has the same aerial fit as the T.18, and it does also retain the astrodome. The main surprise with the T.17 continues to be its 'coastal command' colour scheme, and perhaps it was the case that all eleven T.17s had this scheme. So this gives rise to the intriguing prospect of Fighter Command's 62 OTU at RAF Ouston having a large fleet of 'black/camo' painted T.18s, together with a solitary T.17 MP529 trying not to look conspicuous in dazzling white.
  11. I'm resurrecting this thread, because quite by chance I have just come across three photos of a Wellington T.XVII (T.17). As far as I am aware these are the first photos of this version to surface, and they have appeared on https://falkeeinsgreatplanes.blogspot.c ... borne.html although there is no explanation as to their origin. wellingtonTMKXVII by Philip Pain, on Flickr WellingtonMKXVII by Philip Pain, on Flickr Wellington T.17 by Philip Pain, on Flickr It is indeed a T. XVII (T.17), as shown by the side window arrangement of the GR.11 from which it was converted. Of interest also it has retained the standard GR.11 'Coastal Command' colour scheme. Perhaps it was the first conversion, or did all eleven T.17s retain a coastal command colour scheme? Apart from the side windows it is in other respects very similar to the T. XVIII (T.18), and appears to also have the faired-over tail gun position. These radar trainers were, at the time, 'top secret', and perhaps part of the subterfuge was to make them look similar to ordinary service Wellingtons, so as not to attract too much attention?
  12. Thanks Martian, and to do the ribbing I first sanded the milliput to shape, and then used a long strip of masking tape to guide the blade that scored the ribs. Moving the masking tape each time to do the next rib. It was all then sanded again to subdue the effect.
  13. After cleaning and painting the 'new' legs are now in place, and also lengthened to the correct height (they sit too short if glued as per Airfix). Anson (26) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr So the model is now fully assembled, and many holes have been drilled for aerials, etc. The big question being where and how to place the Radar aerials on the wings, as there is no reference material at all. I've opted for the 'Beaufighter position', about one third in from the wingtip. The nearest match I can find for the Beaufighter aerials is from Airfix's Blenheim Mk.1F night fighter, with one aerial trial fitted in this photo; Anson (25) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr Painting the model will be next, and I won't post photos until this is done.
  14. Many thanks for the comments, and yes, I've used the original Airfix transparencies. The side glazing fits well, but it is important that the roof is glued firmly down and its two sides are level, otherwise the canopy doesn't match. My latest disaster is the undercarraige. I just located it as per the kit, but it is splayed outwards, far worse than on my original Airfix Anson. The wheels are also wonky. I've tried bending it to the vertical, but that ain't working. So I've deliberately broken it off, snapping it at the rear end. The rescue 'plan' comes from my scrap box, where resides an Anson wreck poorly built by my nephew, but with an intact undercarraige and straight wheels. I've torn the wings apart to get it out. and after cleaning and painting, it will be glued to my Anson in the correct upright position. So if you are doing an Airfix Anson (but I wouldn't recommend it!), leave the undercarraige off and adjust and fit it later.
  15. The new underside has been sanded to shape, and some rib detail added (it is quite prominent here on the real thing) Anson (21) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr With the wings still off, the cockpit framing has been painted. This took two goes as published plans don't match photos of the complicated framing, particularly the escape hatch in the roof above the pilot. Then at long last the wings and tail planes have been glued on Anson (23) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr
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