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  1. Seahawk


    There's a reason why Peugeots have a 3-year warranty: it takes at least that long to debug them. I was a regular visitor to the dealer: paintwork flaws, faulty wiring looms, flooded footwell (twice), etc, etc. To be fair, at about the 3-year mark it did settle down. The oilstains on my drive (cylinder head gasket) are a memorial to its latter days.
  2. Seahawk

    Colour film of Fortress Mk.I

    Nice one! Ah, well, it was a 50:50 call: don't bother following my lottery number selections. Can never remember my BBC password so haven't actually seen the film.
  3. Seahawk

    Colour film of Fortress Mk.I

    90 Sq's WP-D was either AN523 (arrived on the squadron on 25/5/41, crashed at Roborough after damage inflicted during raid on Brest 16/8/41) or AN525 (arrived 21/8/41, shot down by Bf 109s 60 m N of Kristiansand 8/9/41). Sources: Listeman Allied Wings No 7: Boeing Fortress Mk.I and A-B serial registers. I suspect it's AN523.
  4. Seahawk

    Best World War II Aircraft Comparison Book

    How long ago were you a lad? From the description of the cover, the book you are thinking of is Great Aircraft of WWII by Alfred Price and Mike Spick, published in softback by Abbeydale Press in 2003. It covers only the Spitfire, Lancaster, Bf 109, B-17 and P-51 but it sounds as if an earlier (1997) hardback version covered more types. Offered without warranty as to how well it will suit your type comparison purposes.
  5. Seahawk

    Miles Gemini flown by Douglas Bader for Shell Oil

    If it helps, there is a photo of Bader flying a Miles Gemini in some editions of Paul Brickhill's Reach For The Sky. It was definitely in the old Campanion Book Club edition. Afraid I don't have mine any more so can't be more help.
  6. Seahawk

    AMG Hawker Hart.

    John. A related question. I understand the Airfix Demon (soon to be reissued) was based on the earlier Airfix Hart kit. Is the top decking on that kit more accurate for a Hart or a Demon (apart from the angled gun ring)?
  7. Seahawk

    Revell 1/72 Halifax III

    Wonderland is your friend - nearly half price. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/products/revell-172-raf-handley-page-halifax-b-mkiii/
  8. Seahawk

    Lanc, Mossie, Tempest Camo

    Amen! Well, at least in 1/72 (other scales are reportedly available). I have seen models that are to my eyes ruined by vastly overscale feathering that looks more like some of the blended finishes the RAE experimented with (eg for PR Mosquitoes). But each to his own, of course.
  9. Seahawk

    Lanc, Mossie, Tempest Camo

    It's in colour on the dust jacket of Victor Bingham's Whirlwind (Airlife, 1987), which I think predates colourising. In fact, it's a Charles E Brown original, negative P100707: see p.15 of his Camera Above The Clouds Vol 3. Brown was one of the very few British photographers able to obtain colour film during WW2. The photo's dated 20/4/44, probably after it had been sold back to Westlands (it later became G-AGOI) after service with 137 Sq.
  10. Seahawk

    Turbinlite Havoc: when and where please?

    Great, thanks both. I had a vague hunch it was Exeter, so much so that I'd already checked whether any Turbinlite flights were based there (no). Not Fleet Air Arm then .
  11. Seahawk

    Airfix Paints Colour Chart?

    Not terribly impressed. The Airfix paints are not, or not consistently, given their original names, only those of their modern-day Humbrol equivalents eg M4 was called Concrete and M5 Earth. M3 Green was a much lighter, grassier shade than Humbrol 30, and without the blue tinge. M8 was Duck Egg Blue by name and really was a blue, matching the now discontinued Humbrol shade (25? 28?) whereas M9 was Duck Egg Green, what we would now call Sky. M12 was a slightly pinkish red, not matched by anything in the Humbrol range today. The first few colours betray the beginnings of the Airfix paint range ie to support the railway accessory range (booking hall, engine shed, etc) - and fuels the suspicion that M3 Green might have been intended to match more the colour of grass rather than MAP Dark Green!
  12. Seahawk

    Fabric Wing Hurricane V7203

    Franks' Fighter Command Losses Vol 1 says of P2581 on 15 Aug 1940: "615 Sq. Pilot P/O A J J Truran. Patrol. Damaged by Me109 near Folkestone. Struck off charge." Air Britain agrees: "615 Sq. Shot down near Folkestone 15.8.40." P2581 is from the first Gloster batch. Mason is non-committal as to whether they had metal or fabric wings. Not until part 1 of the 3rd Gloster batch (V6533-V7195) does he say "all aircraft with metal wings".
  13. A Google search on "Helmore Turbinlite" has thrown up this picture of a Turbinlite Havoc. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=helmore+turbinlite&tbm=isch&source=hp&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjGs4ThtcDgAhVsVBUIHeLeA1wQsAR6BAgEEAE&biw=1536&bih=747#imgrc=uiXMuMRBynh5pM: You will note that the aircraft is in the later Medium Sea Grey/Dark Green camouflage rather than the more normal black. There are also 3 men in the foreground parading with a flag. I think that I have seen a captioned version of the photo before and that the gentlemen are Polish. Can anyone identify where and roughly when the photo was taken? I am wondering if it is one of the Turbinlites used by the FAA (eg 771, 772 Sqs) as fast targets for units working up to serve in the British Pacific Fleet. Any details on the aircraft itself would be wonderful but probably too much to hope for.
  14. Seahawk

    Luftwaffe torpedo-aiming sight?

    Isn't "Klappvisier" better rendered as "folding sight" in English?
  15. Seahawk

    ORP Krakowiak, IBG, 1:700

    Rather your eyes than mine: excellent, very neat job.