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  1. Hmm. Where was 502 based at the time? St Eval? If so, that was also the base of the PRU Spitfires monitoring Brest etc. I believe the St Eval Spitfires were major, if not the main, users of PRU Pink. One could imagine a conversation in the mess one night... Pure speculation.
  2. And anyway a scientific test of Mountbatten Pink concluded that "the only thing magical about it was the name".
  3. Seahawk

    P-61 nocturnal nemesis

    Well, since the photo of Nocturnal Nemesis is of the starboard side of the nose and has no associated serial and that of Skippy shows the port side, it's not beyond the bounds of possibility that they were the same aircraft but I'd want to look at the fine detail of the 2 photos more closely before coming to that conclusion, rather than pontificate from 200 miles away from my references.
  4. Some Aeroclub 1/72 Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar and Panther engines for sale here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235053795-stash-clearout-172-132-aircraft-kitsresin-decals-172-armour-aeroclub-engines-and-props-added/page/2/ I think in 1/72 they will pass muster for AS Tigers. Not sure which is the closer likeness: Gunston's British Aero Engines will tell you.
  5. No need: your loving family have already been in and bought your Christmas socks and slippers.
  6. But much more 3-dimensional. Lovely model: have been watching with interest and enjoyment. Thank you for sharing.
  7. Same here. Main reason was that at the time it was the only route to a Merlin Seafire (the underwhelming Airfix Seafire III), a decent Avenger (the lovely Italeri nee Accurate Miniatures kit) and a nice Hellcat (Eduard). Actually I spent money on extras for the Airfix ex Otaki Hellcat which tart it up to a level when it at least looks as if it's in the same race as the Eduard). Anyway, my wicked transgression was suitably punished when new 1/72 kits came out long before I had got round to building the 1/48 stuff, from Sword, Hasegawa and Eduard respectively. The other reason is that they were going cheap (eg Airfix Jaguar, Tornado, Hawk) but, as I have been known to remark, it isn't a bargain if you didn't want it in the first place. My scattergun interests and rate of acquisition mean 1/72 is the only practical option for space reasons. I did have fun with the Revell 1/144 Hunters though: nice not to have to bother so much with cockpit detail and the like. Like Mr Aeromaster, for example, who I tackled at a Nats long ago on that very subject. Mind you, he folded shortly afterwards.
  8. Seahawk

    P-61 nocturnal nemesis

    There is a B&W photo of the starboard side of the nose of an aircraft with this name on pages 56-7 of Pape and Campbell's P-61 Black Widow: The Complete History and Combat Record. It is an aircraft of 421 Night Fighter Squadron in the Pacific theatre. It is in Olive Drab and Neutral Gray, with a black radome and chequered spinners. It has a 4-gun turret. All this from my notes without currently being able to actually look at the photo. Nor do I have the kit to see how well that tallies with what Hobbyboss have represented. No definite info on date, location or serial (from which it would have been possible to work out the underwing store possibilities). However all the photos I have been able to pull together for 421 NFS were, whenever a date is given, taken at Tacloban Airstrip, Leyte, in late 1944 except for one taken slightly earlier at Noemfoor Island in August 1944. The only aircraft of the unit for which I have a full ident is 42-5502 Skippy, taken at Tacloban. It is a P-61A-1NO, also in OD/NG with chequered spinners and a pitot head on the radome (see photo, Pape and Campbell, op cit, p.54, also Osprey Combat Aircraft 8: Black Widow Units of WW2, p.61). Assuming Nocturnal Nemesis was from the same initial batch of P-61As, underwing store options would have been limited: certainly no rockets, probably no bombs and (IIRC) no inboard pylons: just droptanks on the outer pylons. HTH.
  9. I speculate that fitting the bomb carrier made the machine gun above it unusable because it covered the cartridge ejection slot. It therefore became dead weight and in benign environments (eg 402 Sq on a UK base (Warmwell?) it was removed to save that weight. However it was not absolutely necessary to remove it. But pure speculation: maybe guilty of logical thought.
  10. Earlier thread on this aircraft here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235034940-spitfire-vb-id-and-serial-decals/&tab=comments#comment-2976425
  11. "Blenheim - made a start! - only missing the Mk.V aren’t they, unless you want the Bolingbroke Canadian-built aircraft (some day the Airfix kit is closer to a Bolingbroke anyway). Beaufort" Special Hobby have done both a Beaufort and a Blenheim V. Though finding either might be fun.
  12. Seahawk

    Telford 2019

    It's now 10 minutes later. Spent out yet?
  13. Done by Special Hobby or perhaps it was MPM. I have got one part built waiting for someone somewhere to produce some codes in the correct Yellow.
  14. I agree. I’m pinning nearly all my hopes on Special Hobby, who with MPM seemed at one time to be working their way through the FROG back catalogue but have been much quieter of late. Maybe AZ as well. If we can have what-if MB5s, why not some types that actually served?
  15. Could be, but not by anyone wishing to add a Wallace to their collection, esp a WW2 TT one. Agree with Ross that you may be overlooking the Wallace's extensive service with AACUs until the Henley came along. Buckingham and Buckmaster (whether or not eligible) don't count: kitted by Valom. And Special Hobby have done the Vildebeest. Anyone really wanting to dive down the back of the sofa looking for rare types should take a look at Gordon Swanborough's British Aircraft At War 1939-45 (HPC Publishing, 1997): all sorts of civil types and experimentals that bore RAF serials at one stage or another. Not, I think, what Graham is after.
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