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  1. I just fairly roughly measured my recently arrived '14 kit for overall fuselage length and they may have been a little overgenerous but who am I to snipe? Full scale: 49ft 11ins (599ins/1497.5cm) Kit: 31.5cm (X48= 604.8ins/1512cm) Not quite the full 17ins extra quoted by many accepted allegedly bona fide references but still a little bit over. This extra widely quoted 17ins added nose length was my worst fear before I received my kit. Nice kit though and this major worry is now dispelled. Probably most will be quite happy with the small 3mm scale over length. Discuss.......
  2. I think you've already had the holiday binned by the current issues......
  3. Good luck with it but you still may end up paying more if you get stung for import duty + Royal Mail handling charges....
  4. The 'partial answer' I was referring to would be that the IIb had the early kidney shaped under wing fairing. That would just leave the question mark over whether some early Vbs had same, part of my original open question. I am aware that some Vbs were built up from previously built Ib and IIb airframes, by the way.
  5. Hello and thanks to all for the interest in my question. Obviously this is a grey area even after all this time. Going back to the KP kits, they seem to know what bulges are to be used on whichever model is depicted. Where did they get their information, one wonders ? If Steve in Ottawa (lovely city by the way, know it well) can come up with the underside of a IIb and if it is in orginal condition, i.e. not modded, then that at least might open the door to a partial answer anyway
  6. Just to firstly apologise for resurrecting this thread. I'm looking at the two styles of underwing cannon blisters supplied in the current KP Ib/IIb/Vb kits. They are suggesting the 'kidney' shaped fairings for early cannon a/c. I don't have a Vb kit so unsure which pair they suggest for those issues but I'm suspecting the later 'teardrop' for the Vb.Perhaps early production Vbs had the kidney shapes too. If so, any ideas on serial batches etc.? The Edgar drawing has gone but Troy has kindly posted it above again and it certainly has an assymetrical profile but not nearly so 'kidney' shaped as those in the KP kits. Also, at the very start of the thread, the originator talks about a Rotol prop for his IIb model but the few photos I can turn up all show DH props although I would assume Hydromatic CS versions by this stage. Someone else on BM said this recently too but I can't find it, sorry. Cheers, N
  7. and, armed with .303 siege catapults...
  8. One of each for me too please Ali. Thanks. Nige B
  9. There's a tantalising little dissertation with images, on the early cannon armed Spitfires in 'Spitfire-The History' (Morgan & Shacklady) which may be of interest and possibly useful. It seems that that whilst the generally accepted initial Mk.I conversions were without .303s, fortuitously, one of the conversions still had positions for the outer .303s in place and when so armed, with cannon and 4X.303s, more success was achieved despite cannon stoppages. New wings were built with the additional .303s and this became the 'B' wing. It seems that more than one Mk.I had the .303s eventually but confusingly these and the cannon-only winged a/c all became designated as 'IB'. Serials seem to be elusive however and this would give a modeller some problems regarding accuracy on an individual aircrafts armament fit. The biggest issue was the eroded performance of the aircraft and this would never be solved until the Merlin 45 came along. The early Mk'IB had to be flown at full power continuously to keep up with the normal .303 armed squadron members. Hope this helps a bit.
  10. 'Winston' as a reference to that particular a/c was used colloquially at Brawdy as a routine rather than the serial or otherwise. I recall someone saying at the time something along the lines of '..clear the circuit, so-and-so (pilot) is returning in 'Winston' with an engine shut down...'.
  11. I think 10th anniversary flypast of Winston Curchill's death in 1975 was the catalyst but it got cancelled on cost or safety grounds, unsure which. The initial camo paint job and moniker stems from then.
  12. For a cut with a bit of a curve, I have a jewellers piercing saw which uses very fine circular section blades. They are delicate and easily snapped but are cheap and plentiful if you buy a pack. Useful for all resin parts removal. Something a bit coarser like a razor saw is quicker for removing the bigger casting blocks. Here is a frame and some blades: https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_odkw=jewellers+piercing+saw&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=jewellers+piercing+saw&_sacat=0
  13. Thanks Troy et al for taking time to answer my queries. Nige B
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