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  1. Troy's 'Key Aero' link above describes how Warbird and Racing restorers in the US prefer a mix of RR and Packard components in the same engine as providing the best possible racing powerplant. This suggests that the engines are broadly compatible in terms of fit and tolerance, but that they do differ (perhaps in cooling capabilities as mentioned above by Colin? - That would make sense). The links are worth reading - they highlight differing wartime access to specialist alloys, acceptance of fit tolerances and explore the very interesting debate about handbuilt vs mass production engines. The conclusions are more complex than you might imagine. Oh, and the Lancaster at War describes how one unit only had one toolkit for the Packards - it was kept in the Head Fitters office and only allowed out with chosen personnel! Standard RAF issue tools at the time are compared to this kit and the results are not positive! SD
  2. Thanks Trevor. Like Chris above, I have a number of Lancaster references, and sometimes working out where a specific piece of information originates is not always easy! SD
  3. This pic suggests that Lancasters repaired after major damage carried the identity of the tail section where they had been rebuilt using parts from differing airframes from here (The cheapo version of Lancaster at War 1 and 2) Now there's no mention in this case of this airframe originally having RR engines and then receiving Packards. Slightly OT, I'm sure I've read that the Packard engines came with a much better toolkit than the RR Merlins, and that these kits were greatly prized by the engine fitters? SD SD
  4. Smashing job there - very well done! And thanks for the sandpaper tips and advice. Very impressed SD
  5. Thanks for the shout @Troy Smith The issue of monochrome Bf 109s appears to be a bit of a . Checking Merrick's work (Vol 1 of his 2 Volume set on Luftwaffe Colours and Markings) he describes how 'controversy continues' over the possibility of monochrome Bf 109s, and highlights (quite correctly) how the low contrast between the two uppersurface greens can often give an impression of a single colour, even when that is not the case. Mombeek takes a different view here he helpfully places the 109 in question on the front cover. Inside he provides this profile Similar (but not identical) to the Asisbiz link above - note the lowered fuselage paintline and the band here is portrayed simply as white, rather than B/W/B on the linked profile. And, to please Troy, there are pictures You be the judge about the paintwork - 70/71 or all 70? I'm not sure - I think there are certainly some areas of tonal difference - look above the White 2 and then behind the narrow white band. The two areas look quite different to me, with the first being lighter than the second. Colour difference or lighting artifact? Shadow from the mechanic's arm? Possibly, especially as the chap standing on the wing seems to have reflections of his legs in the upperwing paintwork. Note also that the band does appear just white - no black bands with it to my eye. HTH SD
  6. I am enjoying this thread so much! Waaay off my normal modelling activities. But a little part of me has always liked the idea if building a wooden boat (or ship?) I have learned so much from this thread Bertie - your planking tutorials are marvellous! SD (who hasn't worn a watch for over 30 years)
  7. Only to add Troy that the link you've posted suggests 1941 as the date of the transfer of the Bf 109Es to Japan. This is much more in keeping timewise with the appearance of the 74/75/76 scheme - the photos on that link certainly seem to show that was the scheme used. HTH SD
  8. Ironically the Germans had an intact bomb for examination the next day after the raid - one of the Lancs (Burpee's I think) came to grief in Holland and the bomb was salvaged and examined. The details were still classified when the 50s film was made. SD
  9. Go for it Adrian! Watching with interest SD
  10. Hi Adrian this might help this book charts the history of the Hs 126 in a recce role in North Africa. According to the text there were two schemes used by the Hs 126 - an initial 'European painted over with sand' scheme for the first batch of aircraft, and then a factory applied 78/79 scheme on later aircraft. So here is the first scheme (as well as your chosen aircraft above) The book has an extensive colour section, but upperwing shots are not common (probably due to the parasol wing). This next shot is the best I can find - all we have is the aerial above the wing, so I'm making a reasoned assumption ( I know, dangerous...) that the wing was painted in the same manner Then there's this shot - the fuselage has certainly been overpainted with sand (look at the Hakenkreuz and the mottle on the tailplane, but the wings appear to be uniform sand (as per your kit instructions). But look again at the wing centre section - I think this sand has been overpainted on top of the original 70/71 camo. Much neater than the fuselage. Hmmm..... Now we get to the second batch of aircraft with allover sand camo. So the kit instructions might be correct (or might not - sorry). I wonder if the painters reasoned that looking down from above the aircraft camo needed to be completely sand to hide it, whereas from the side there was a need to break up the outline of the machine so more mottling was used? (All posted in accordance with UK Copyright Law for the purposes of discussion and intentionally slightly distorted to discourage further duplication) HTH SD
  11. You'll need the folding stuff for the 'Swappie' - a Perth tradition and not to be missed! Looking forward to being there as well SD
  12. Very well done with your Lanc, and equally well done with your background information. As others have said, it's both thought-provoking and humbling to imagine these lads quietly and bravely climbing aboard their aircraft on their last raid. The background given on the linked website to the crew really brings their personalities out - brave lads indeed. SD
  13. Not a measurement, but there's a lot of information in this picture that should help. I would use engine landmarks to place the guns - look at the 'double-lump' (magneto?) installation between the guns, the hose and cap on the engine top, and the lightening holes and mounting point on the engine bearer. Also note that the starboard gun appears to be mounted as far back as it can go, almost touching the firewall. The port gun muzzle appears to be exactly level with the rear of that cap on the engine top. HTH SD
  14. I'm also joining the crowd at the bar/cafetiere. Like others, I've been impressed with your intro and context setting - Anusia providing a very personal (and thought-provoking) contribution here. No-one on either side profited at this stage from the continuation of the conflict - Green Hearts has pictures of Bazi Weiss taken just before the fateful day when he was killed, and the strain on his face from conflict is very evident. Looking forward to your further progress SD
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