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  1. Update. I have found a better detail of those floats as depicted abord the Canadian Flower-class corvette: https://c8.alamy.com/compit/wahetw/guerra-mondiale-2-esplosivi-sul-hmcs-sackville-wahetw.jpg The vertical markings bring the lettering 'INERT', so I wonder whether using in its place the 'HC' code (for hexachloroethane mixture) would be correct for non-inert ordnance.
  2. Hi fellow britmodeller members, recently I have modelled an HC Smoke Float Mk I as used aboard US and Commonwealth vessels during WWII. I have found online an Ordnance Pamphlet dated September '43 (OP No. 1042) describing its construction and usage: https://archive.hnsa.org/doc/smoke/index.htm#pg57 The said document has B/W drawings of the said float, showing the lettering 'HC SMOKE FLOAT', apparently in light color over a navy gray background: A drawing of the similar Floating Smoke Pot M4A1, displays additional markings relative to filling station a
  3. Thank you very much FAAWAFU, here are a couple of quotes confirming the precious information that you and Selwyn have provided: "One early problem with ASV Mk.II was that its minimal range was too long. To make a successful attack, the crew had to see the submarine. At night, this could be achieved by dropping flares, but this warned the Germans that an attack was imminent". https://uboat.net/allies/technical/leigh_light.htm "Early air-to-surface radar sets, namely the SV Mk. II, had an inconveniently long minimum detection range. Thus as the aircraft a
  4. Good to know, thanks. Do you have any remark on the (speculative) marking I adopted for my model?
  5. Interesting topic! If I get you correctly, flame float's main use was marking a position. Could they be used as well for illuminating an area at night (in WWII's early ASV radar era), or should I conclude that for that task flares were preferred?
  6. Yes as far as I could understand from the few sources I found online, flame floats were used in numbers both by FAA and CC, so I am a bit surprised that there is so little information and pictorial documentation about them. The following confidential information on Leigh Lights, documents flame float's usage against German U-boats on RAF patrol craft : I have also found three Wikipedia articles mentioning flame floats: "[Aboard Short S.26 flying boats] there was internal stowage for 20 reconnaissance flares, 28 flame floats and 8 smoke floats. Air to
  7. Okay, so those floats were loaded on racks as regular bombs? Call me silly, but having not seen any suspension lug, I was under the impression that they were dropped manually.
  8. Thank you for your answers Selwyn, your remarks make perfect sense to me. Can you confirm that the nose would have been painted in red as well as the body? I ask because that part was normally covered by the protecting cap (not portrayed in my model) and likely uncovered just before dropping the flame float itself. What do you think that my decision to keep the punch sleeve (on the top of the tail cone) unpainted? Talking about markings, have you noticed that arrow pointing to the side opening (to the side of the tail cone in one) on one the above drawings? It had to co
  9. Thank you for your reply fubar57! The document you have linked is among the ones already in my archive. Somehow it got clearer illustrations than other similar pamphlets but, other than a few letters and digits, I still can't make head or tails of the markings it portrays: I would be grateful if someone more knowledgeable than me would be so kind to decipher them.
  10. Hi fellow Britmodeller members, I am an amateur 3D modeller and a new member of your community. Due to my interest for WWII-related topics, in the past I have often dug this forum looking for information on British WWII weapons, but this is my first post here. As the title says, I am looking for information relative to the Flame Float Mk II, an ammo piece that was commonly used aboard CC patrol aircraft (and probably on FAA scout planes) to help locating and marking targets at night. Unfortunately I couldn't find any picture of the real thing, and all the information I currently h
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