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  1. Delightful Sir,every inch a "service"jet. If one remembers correctly,the resin model one refers to,was out in the early nineties and made by a company called "Resitech". It was (allegedly)very accurate and had etched brass cockpits and undercarriage details,plus main undercarriage components done as white metal castings with white metal ejection seats. One believes that all the etched brass work was done by Tim Perry of the then highly regarded "P.P Aeroparts"range of etched accessories. Having seen the kit built up at a show some years back,it certainly made a
  2. Wasn't the Attacker originally to be named the "Jet Spiteful"?
  3. Sir,these British military training films of one's model subject in action may well be of great interest. Part 2 also demonstrates the uses of American recovery tractors and trailers in addition to the Scammell. Part 1,a Pioneer in action Part 2 Recovery of a Sherman derivative and the procedure to uncouple the trailer and use of the tractor unit to recover a tank. Please note the "lightweight" tractor and trailer at 21.05. Part 3 Recovery and track repair of a Churchill by a Pioneer and crew. Also of interest is the very ful
  4. Sir,looking at current photographs of MK356 in the present colour scheme worn,the "e" wings are indeed still fitted. When at Lincolnshire's Lancaster Association Day,the aircraft was flown on an excellent solo display by the retiring Squadron Leader Clive Rowley(it was his last BBMF flight at an Association Day). After landing and parking MK356,he came over and spoke the the assembly of Association members,thanking them for their support during his time on the Flight. One was fortunate enough to have him autograph a photograph in one's Association magazine of him flyin
  5. One also believes,going on information given at a Lincolnshire's Lancaster Association Day at Coningsby some years ago, that although MK356 was originally built as a IXc,she is or was ten years ago,re-classed as a standard fuselage XVIe. Her wings were swapped with those of an XVIe when she was restored to flight in 1992,the larger chord rudder fitted because it gives the aircraft a better range of crosswind handling from(IORC)the same aircraft. She was fitted originally with a Mk.66 Merlin at the factory,though in 2007 had a "civilian"Merlin(500 series, IORC)fitted. B
  6. Sir,what of the three PR.XIX's airworthy in UK?
  7. One thinks not quite Sir: https://www.mooney.com/aircraft And one's idea of 3D printing the various types and models of light aircraft would,one is sure,turn a real profit.
  8. Sir,one is not sure that this will be of any use? https://boxartden.com/reference/gallery/index.php/Modeling-References/Aircraft-Profiles/Germany/World-War-Two/Focke-Wulf-Fw190D-Ta152-94
  9. A very,very nice model of that particular Spitfire Sir. One remembers the unfortunate demise of this beautiful aeroplane and it's pilot/restorer,Mr Malloch. If one remembers correctly,it was alluded that the Rhodesian Airforce never actually sold the aircraft,but Mr Malloch "persuaded" them that it would be good to get it flying again and that he was the man to do the job. He never received any financial support for the restoration from the Airforce,funding came from Mr Malloch himself and his aviation company. It was rumoured that the Rhodesian Airforce de
  10. What a very interesting thread,Dakota's were a very large part of one's youth,there were so many smaller airlines still operating them in the mid '60-early 70's. One remembers a Sunday drive with mother and father out past the old Derby aerodrome,father pulled in to have a look and there on the tarmac was a Derby Airways aircraft just finishing loading up,a few moments later accompanied by spits,bangs and clouds of smoke,the engines roared into life. The aircraft waddled off around the perimeter track and took off from the grass runway. When in the eighties one
  11. Sir,during the late 1970's,the BBC aired a very good series entitled "The Secret War" covering most of the aspects of the developments of various devices by both sides in the European Theatre. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_War_(TV_series) One would imagine that it can be found on some of the upload sites such as YouTube. David.
  12. Very possibly so. One's first ever flight was in a Rapide,there were seven adults and three minors aboard(self included)plus the pilot. One remembers it was pretty cramped,as a young boy,one was more interested in watching the pilot going about his business (one sat at right front and could see right into the cockpit)than the cabin or exterior scenery!!!. David.
  13. It seems Sir,that many Rapide/Dominie aircraft built to this contract: Contract No B.104592/40 passed through No.9 M.U at Cosford,X7349 certainly was and did. Quite a number of these machines were built at the Brush Coach Works in Loughborough. One wonders whether they went from there to Phillips and Powis at Desford for final assembly/flight test and then onto Cosford for fitting out before being taken on charge?. Wartime RAF Cosford was a far,far busier place than the quiet West Midland airfield it is today.
  14. An absolute beauty Sir,Bravo. One can just remember,as a small boy,these elegant machines doing evening take offs at the then Ringway Airport,now of course, Manchester International. On late summer twilight evenings,it was possible to see the flames from the engine exhausts as the machine raced along the runway. David.
  15. A most interesting read and project Sir,this type of historical research is something that one enjoys so very much. To that end,if one will permit Sir,a little more grist for one's mill so to speak. If however one has already viewed and appraised these links,please accept one's sincere apologies: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/140533 http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/lakes/x7394.html Decals are available: http://decals.kitreview.com/decals/dragonrapidedecalreviewgp_1.htm *Addition* Might one also aim yo
  16. Sir,might one suggest this?: https://paintman.co.uk/shop/land-rover-pastel-green-lrc005/
  17. If one remembers correctly Sir, that WG655 involved in the Duxford crash is the data plate replica of the real "WG655" that John Beattie crashed in 1990. That aeroplane was in a very,very badly damaged state,many agreed that it would never fly again,the damage being so bad, and a testament to the airframe's strength that Lt.Com.Beattie and his passenger were able to walk away from it. If one looks carefully,there are many differences between the replica and the "real" WG655(apart from the engine and propeller) that distinguish the two.
  18. How about this for different markings Sir,the DD Sea Harriers at Culdrose used to teach deck handling:
  19. Excellent work Sir on an aircraft type one remembers well from one's youth. My wife acquired the "Falklands Anniversary" Italeri Wessex/Sea Harrier(£5 from a local charity shop) combination kit some months ago and a gentleman on these pages furnished one with pictures and instructions on how to correct the short fuselage length aft of the cabin rather than use the rarer(and more costly) resin correction plug. This is in addition to correcting the steps and tail rotor. It makes one wonder how a manufacturer can make such mistakes when there are a good number of t
  20. One assumes Sir,that you may have heard of this: https://www.raafansw.org.au/docPDF/Gate_Guard_bomb_was_live1958_Vintage_news_151106.pdf Whether it actually happened or remains a tall(boy) tale no one seems to really know,but that is the story. There is(if one recalls correctly)an excellent account of actually flying a Grand Slam loaded B.1 Special on an op. in the old Garbutt/Goulding book "Lancaster at War 2". Very nice work Sir.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Thank you again for your reply Giorgio. Personally,one would think that an M.U repaint entailed replacement of the relevant stencils.
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