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DaveWilko

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  1. One remembers reading an article many years ago in a similar vein. It was stated that camouflage colours were applied to the upper surfaces of the airframe and especially to the leading edges of the wing and tail surfaces for a simple reason. German pilots had noted in particular,the un-camouflaged American fighters could be spotted at great distances simply from the sun reflecting from their uncamouflaged/bare metal leading edges. German pilots quickly learned to use this to their advantage either to achieve a better attacking position on the American fighters,or to evade them and concentrate on attacking the bomber formation. Dave
  2. The type was also the subject of one's very first sojourn in an aeroplane too,a pleasure flight from Land's End aerodrome in the late 60's whilst on holiday with one's parents,one remembers the cost was 18/- per seat/per person. One sat in the front right hand seat and watched the pilot avidly. A beautiful model Sir if one may say so. Originally a Heller kit you say?,one will be on the lookout for one of those. The "SBS" P.E(photo etched?)rigging set looks highly impressive,a far cry from one's efforts back in the day with stretched sprue and bits of fishing line.
  3. And no where near as accurate as the old Airfix Spitfire Vb,if one may make mention Sir. If one remembers correctly when released,the 1974 Airfix Vb was checked,then checked,then checked again and was mooted to be the most accurate Spitfire of any mark reproduces in any scale. As far as one knows,it(and the late 70's Mk.1) have yet to be bettered,certainly in 1/72nd scale,for accuracy of shape and dimension. Dave
  4. Excellent Sir. Many thanks,one will proceed accordingly and use the kit's supplied stencils. Although for the kit XIVe,one would imagine(and indeed studying pictures of the two airworthy machines) the stencils for the XVIII would not be particularly dissimilar. In one of the pictures seen(in Naval 8's(208 Sqn galleries)TZ223/T and TP391/N are seen flying in formation, it certainly does appear that TP391/N has the black walkways very faintly(under the dirt and dust)visible on the spar line of the starboard wing roughly where the leading edge fuel tank would be. Many thanks to all of you that have posted replies and help. David.
  5. Thank you again for your reply Giorgio. Personally,one would think that an M.U repaint entailed replacement of the relevant stencils.
  6. Good point Sir. Is it possible minimum work just to remove and replace the original underwing serials and roundels took place leaving the stencils in place(especially the trestle markings)?
  7. Thank you for that Sir. What is your take on the stenciling questions above please? Dave.
  8. Thank you both for those most informative links. Very few photographs of these rare machines are available and certainly,many of the men who flew and maintained them are either no longer with us or certainly well into their dotage and therefore,their memories not as clear as they once were. Indeed,studying what is available,reveals these machines to be quite hard worked,poorly stenciled,faded,well worn and exhaust stained. Bedders Sir(quite how you chaps get these names....but having spent many years in heavy engineering one's self..), I do believe one is correct in that they were repainted at unit rather than M.U level,but that then raises another slight conundrum. If that is the case,plus the fact that the underside colour was part of the then RAF standard day camouflage,would it be possible does one think,that the under surfaces were left "as-is"with just the upper surfaces actually having their camouflage colours repainted???. Most squadrons it appears had an airframe fitter whom was rather handy with a paintbrush/spray gun and therefore did the paintwork repairs/repaints. If that was indeed the case(and one realises that 70 plus years after an event that wasn't possibly well recorded)and,indeed pure conjecture,that most of the original underside stencils may well have been left in situ and not overpainted???? Again,thank you for your time and responses. David.
  9. Please forgive me if one has put this into the wrong section. Last year as a Father's Day present,one was given the Airfix 1/48th scale Spitfire XIVe model.(garnering one for the not too distant retirement one fears) One would like to do an FR.XVIII of 208 Sqn in the Post War Desert Scheme,but after reading up quite extensively on the history of these machines, it seems that they were rather hastily re-painted into the Desert Scheme after encounters with hostile and other forces also flying Spitfires in the region similarly painted in the then standard RAF day camouflage scheme. Having picked up on the modifications required to the kit to portray an FR.XVIII plus studied many photographs of the two airworthy examples of the marque to achieve the aim,the remaining questions one has are thus. Were the 208 Sqn machines repainted at unit level or at a regional M.U ? The reason for this question leads to the second. If the machines were repainted at unit(for example; in 208's squadron hanger(s)what level of airframe stenciling might has been applied? (all factory or just relevant to operations). On the other hand,what if done at an M.U? I thank you in anticipation for your responses. Dave
  10. Thank you for that Sir,one isn't as senile as one feared,there was(equally many moons ago)if one recalls correctly,a review for the kit in one of the modelling magazines of the time(the 80's?). A modeller work colleague built one,it was very heavy,but the cockpits and undercarriage details done in etched brass were absolutely exquisite. Quite a rare kit nowadays one would imagine.
  11. One remembers many,many moons ago that there was a rather good resin kit out there for the TSR? Was it "Resinteck" or something similar?
  12. One remembers one's Father building this around 1965/66. Rotating propellers and wheels,opening blister windows plus retractable floats. What more could a young man have wanted.
  13. Scimitar, what a jolly lucky young man one was to be there that day and thank you for adding some background. A gent I worked with years ago was ex-RAF G and worked on Canberra aircraft.
  14. One believes that there was also high back XVI. Also one remembers speaking to an ex-Foden engine fitter(Foden's cast,machined and built their own engines)whom was an ex-RAF engine fitter. This gentleman also mentioned the Packard tool kits,reckoning the Packard Merlin a better toleranced and built variant to it's locally produced relative that was good for producing more power because of that fact.
  15. As one asked about"Black Mike"the 111 Squadron display aircraft: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/mcdonnell-douglas-fg-1-phantom-raf-1-72.html
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