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Dave Fleming

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  1. To make assembly easier, one set for clipped wings, one for normal span. This came from the kit designers. The alternative would have been to have separate wing tips for the normal and clipped wings. (also two parts less to tool!)
  2. I was slightly surprised to see this, as we've not had a new Xtrakit for eight years, and the previous answer given by Hannants was 'we have no plans at this time to issue any new Xtrakits' which makes me think they have unexpectedly gained access to tooling they hadn't expected.
  3. Swift was Sword as well. I don't think any of the Sword -sourced kits were released under the Sword banner. The MPM ones were different, although I know David hannant was furious when the Meteof F8 appeared in an Airfix box at half the Xtrakit proce
  4. Just to expand this slightly, training aircraft with yellow undersides had their serial painted under the wings. during WW2, but not prototypes
  5. The Q doesn't grab me, but if it's got a mk I and a C/D that lets me do all the British operated versions I'll be a happy bunny!
  6. Note the ERUs were also fitted to the F6A, e.g. XG516 here:
  7. I'd assumed that it was a description for Camotint/Sky
  8. The main other one was change to the shape of the aileron to allow it to avoid the 230 gallon tanks - basically a curved section was taken out the moveable part (also applied to the F6A) - I think there was also an intake vent on the nose of the FGA9, I always thought the FGA 9 sat a little 'heavier' (nose up) than the F6
  9. From memory, the A6M2 was a Nakajima built example (The A6M5 that’s cockpit survives in the IWM collection was similar iirc. - whilst at some point painted overall in RAF Dark Earth, you can still see the Japanese colours underneath.) They were both in standard IJN colours of green over grey. One alternative would be the A6M2 that was captured and test flown by the Americans in US Navy colours https://theaviationgeekclub.com/the-story-of-kogas-zero-the-captured-a6m-that-helped-the-f6f-hellcat-become-the-most-effective-carrier-fighter-of-world-war-ii/amp/
  10. New fuselage, canopy and fin/rudder/tailplane - the latter is why it's unlikely as it would involve too many changes to too many sprues. I think the most we can expect is an FR9 (Part on the clear frame point to that) and then different markings options over time. Airfix have said in the past they'd prefer to create a new kit for a significant variant rather than do multi-option kits - e.g a new Spitfire Vc rather than adapt they existing Spitfire I/II kit
  11. Do they have the back end of the canopy correct? The fuselage is lower for the PRX, so I’m hoping the PR XI canopy has a larger fuselage area.
  12. They've got that right, the instructions are actually a bit misleading as both they and the colour drawings show 'normal' Spitfire rear canopy, but on the kit parts the fuselage is straight and the rear canopy goes all the way down as on the mk VII. (In fact I might copy it for my mk VII conversion!) not sure the armoured windscreen shuld be so prominent - it's more like the external armour on the earlier marks, but that shouldn't be too hard to deal with.
  13. Bit of a zombie thread resurrection! Yes, the PRXI also had the oblique hatch, (as did the PRXIX) - pretty sure the camera installation was the same on X and XI. My suspicion is the X was designed to be able to fly high or medium altitude missions (in the same way as the XIX did) but by the time the X was developed, the XIX was just around the corner
  14. Not sure where I got it from, but I have a note that says mk IXs in the serial range TD175 to TE343 were low back. For XVI it was any aircraft in the range RW, SL, TD and TE. II don't think there is any external distinguisher between a late mk IX and a mk XVI )
  15. Roy says he didn't invent it, but he was the first I heard using it. I've also used other colours of paint to produce a different effect
  16. The dielectric panel on the fin tip is shown as Olive as a contrast to the main green. It was supplied in green fibreglass, so could look different, especially after a while. I usually use a different type of matt varnish to get a contrast! The bit at the bottom of the outrigger was a dirty brass colour, but I've seen it painted too
  17. Don't know if the requirement has changed, but the Blackhawk was always too small for the UK requirements. it couldn't carry the number of trooops in a single lift - fine for the US which had plenty of them (and pilots)
  18. Those AZ/KP (Same company these days) Bf109s are nice kits (I have a box full) but with some quirks - the radiator one is weird, it's the same on all the kits, I superglued them in then used a hard sanding stick to flatten them off. The instructions can be a bit confusing too, wrong colours or parts on some. I found cockpit fit could be a bit iffy too
  19. Dark Sea Grey seems strangely specific; I would have thought overall EDSG would make them 'more' like US Aircraft. Or perhaps a mixed grey of EDSG and white if some disruptive scheme required. I wonder where Wojtek got his reference from?
  20. That's an interesting question as the usual suspects (Profiles or Aircam Aviation) appears to be not guilty in this case.
  21. Now you mention it, I did have some contact with them when they did the harrier T4 in 1/72 (I wrote the blurb)
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