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  1. Delighted to see that you're back Steve! Excellent and engaging post on your track problem-solving and +1 from me for the thin, flexible plastic backing to allow you to create a curved track around the drive sprockets and idlers. Keep going! SD
  2. I'm firmly of the view that it will be better to sell individually. Most of those kits are nudging £100 in value (or more for the WW, but prices recently seem to be settling after the post-closure panic buying). In my view it's well worth your time to advertise and sell each one separately. And you'll get a better return. Job lots rarely coincide with a potential buyers' exact interests HTH SD
  3. Following and enjoying Pete. Coming along very nicely indeed - great imagination on your part! SD
  4. This picture might help with some details: Source Bowyer C. (1973) Mosquito at War Ian Allen Shepperton Surrey The lower picture shows what you are looking for, namely a modified Mosquito BIV with single stage engines plus the bulged bomb bay. In this case DZ637 P3@C as detailed by @Geoffrey Sinclairabove (in addition this is also one of the marking options of the HKM 1/32 Mosquito). Great looking scheme in my view with the black undersurfaces and red codes. Look closely at the prop blades and compare them with the BXVI above it - no paddle blades o
  5. @Troy Smith Please PM me about decals - I've tried to message you but I'm getting a 'can't receive messages' response?? SD
  6. Good point There's another problem as well... Checking the LEMB Ju88G database here: http://www.gyges.dk/night_fighters_odds_and_ends.htm this highest recorded Wk Nr. for the Ju88G-6 is given as 623431. This was one of a batch of 6 or 7 factory fresh machines captured at Langensalza. These had never been issued to a unit and seem to represent the very last confirmed production airframes recorded. However that number is well short of the 627... range SD
  7. Notice that the link to The Yorkshire Aircraft site shows a plaque giving the Wk Nr. as 627586. Were I building this I think I would go with that SD However see post below casting doubt on this Wk Nr
  8. Hi Martin you're probably aware that Falcon do a whole range of 1/48 Ju88 canopies (there's a whole set just for these). Intended for the Dragon kit, but might be worth a shot. SD
  9. I accidentally put this in the wrong place yesterday. And today!!! Thanks @Rabbit Leader 'Hope this is OK by the Mods. I stumbled across this listing on eBay for a wide variety of Heller kits https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Heller-Humbrol-1-72-Vintage-Model-Aircraft-Your-Choice-of-Model/283563154340?_trkparms=aid%3D333200%26algo%3DCOMP.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180801154222%26meid%3D54122491124c45849c21ceedec712c25%26pid%3D100044%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D224164001155%26itm%3D283563154340%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2508447%26algv%3DItemStripV5%26brand%3DHell
  10. Hope this is OK by the Mods. I stumbled across this listing on eBay for a wide variety of Heller kits https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Heller-Humbrol-1-72-Vintage-Model-Aircraft-Your-Choice-of-Model/283563154340?_trkparms=aid%3D333200%26algo%3DCOMP.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180801154222%26meid%3D54122491124c45849c21ceedec712c25%26pid%3D100044%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D224164001155%26itm%3D283563154340%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2508447%26algv%3DItemStripV5%26brand%3DHeller&_trksid=p2508447.c100044.m43681 Might help any members looking for a particular kit or a source o
  11. On balance, with 2 authoritative sources giving 620028 as the Wk Nr, I would go with that. The Staffel letter 'X' also suggests 13./NJG 3 rather than 7 (although aircraft could, and did, move between units). It's not that common to see letters at the end of the alphabet being used as Staffel codes, but at this time in the war many units had (nominally at least) been expanded to 4 Staffeln within a Gruppe, as opposed to 3. HTH SD BTW, if you're looking for a Dragon Ju88G6, please PM me.
  12. As far as I know the Dragon kit is still the best option in 1/48. SD
  13. Yes, there's 2 aircraft from NJG4 and 1 from NJG5 confirmed as carrying 'Berlin' centimetric radar on the database. I would tentatively suggest that these Berlin equipped aircraft might be grouped together on the same unit to increase maintenance efficiency? Just my 2 pence SD
  14. Sadly very unlikely. Only 10 were fitted to Ju88Gs and photos of 3 or 4 of these are in the public domain. They seem to have been flown by NJG4 from the pictures I have. Checking the LEMB database now... SD
  15. Thanks Yes, the source for your Wk Nr seems to be here http://www.gyges.dk/night_fighters_odds_and_ends.htm Its the LEMB Ju88G database. Interestingly the LEMB database also includes 621588 and 621568, confirming these are not this aircraft. That leaves 621868 as the other option. However it also suggests the AX codes for this aircraft. The book I referred to above draws upon the reports of the RAF Air Intelligence Dept AI2K - so the details I quote have presumably come from these reports. Anyone know more? SD
  16. Hello again Werdna This from Mackay R. & Parry S. (2011) The Last Blitz - Operation Steinbock Red Kite Walton on Thames D5 (small) +AX (both black) fom 7/NJG3 Wk Nr 6215868 (sic) (My note - Wk Nr has to be incorrect - these numbers were 6 digits, not 7). Crashed after hitting a tree 01.51 Elvington 4/3/1945 'Undersurface Light Blue, mottled with white, continuing up the sides of fuselage and fin. Upper surface dark blue mottled with grey and white' . (I would interpret that as standard 74/75/76 Nightfighter camo for the period). Jumo 213A-1 engines with
  17. SafetyDad

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    I feel your pain Paul - sounds just like me. There's a few times I've had to repack to get under the 2kg limit. SD
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    Postage rates

    I sell regularly on eBay and use Small Parcel Royal Mail 2nd Class Signed for. I've tried Hermes but it was a bit sketchy to more rural locations - 12 days (pre-Covid) to the Isle of Man for example. Cost is £4.10 and the limits are 45 times 35 times 16cm. Max weight 2kg. Great for kits usually BUT you have to be careful with the dimensions. Airfix use a box for some kits that's just too big for this at 46cm long so you're into Medium Parcel territory (why did they do that? The pieces would have fitted into a slightly smaller box!) I got caught out with this
  19. Nice job ! Worth the time and trouble I would say SD
  20. Nice pictures @dogsbody - thanks Has that last one (or last two?) had the canopy rear overpainted or is that an optical illusion? SD
  21. At the time authenticity of scheme was not considered a priority. The war was over, people were pleased to be looking forward, and on both sides of the Atlantic there were displays of captured aircraft scheduled to showcase the technology involved. If you are sceptical about the authenticity of the Ta 152 scheme, then what about this? Source Smith R. & Creek E. (1982) Jet Planes of the Third Reich Monogram Publications Boylston Mass USA p.319 I have to admit that a small part of me would like to build this He 162. After all, the colour sch
  22. Thank you very much @Seahawk! It's been a while since I looked at that publication even though I have a copy! The picture you refer to is here: Source Ethell J (1990) Monogram Close Up 24 Ta 152 Monogram Publications Boylston Mass USA As Seahawk has described, here is a genuine (if slightly washed out) colour picture of the NASM Ta 152. It seems to have been taken later than the lower picture in post#4, only now it has a green 4 marking! This I now recall is what I considered to be the real problem in the NASM machine actually being accep
  23. That's a very interesting (and helpful) observation. I suspect the slight differences noted by @Werdnamay be due to perspective - I photographed the book page with my iPhone rather than scan the image, so there is some image distortion present as a result. Look at the spinners of both aircraft. The retouched picture would seem to be the origin of the markings used by Frog for their 1/72 Ta 152H. The lower picture still shows the British roundels in place (already overpainted with replica Luftwaffe crosses), but no number 4. However the remnants of the Stammkenzeichen CW+CJ can be
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