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  1. B-17s are Not My Subject but those who know them and care get very exercised about the flaws of the Revell kit which, IIRC, are heavy panel lines on nose (indisputable), a "bloated" nose area, which in turn affects the geometry of the cockpit canopy, and something with the wings (too thick?). If it makes a difference to you, NB that the Airfix kit is for a very late B-17G and therefore can only be finished in natural metal. Both have very impressive amounts of interior detail, most of which will never been seen again once the fuselage halves are joined.
  2. Off topic but, in case anyone is considering fitting an Italeri B-25G nose onto the new Airfix B-25B/C kit, it won't work or, more accurately, can't be made to work easily because the fuselage cross sections are too different. The details are a bit hazy now but I think there's a 2-3mm difference in height for starters. Someone has since produced a very expensive resin B-25G conversion for the Airfix kit.
  3. In Chris Ward's 1 Group Bomber Command (Pen & Sword, 2014) the following are listed as having borne code UM-N2: JB141 From 100 Sq. FTR Brunswick 14-15/1/44 LL798 To 300 Sq. LM689 To 166 Sq. ND864 From 460 Sq. PD393 FTR Nuremberg 16-7/3/45. No photos of any 626 Sq aircraft that I can see.
  4. Pah! Mine cost £19.99 in 1993! And I had to go to Smiths to fetch it.! If ever I offer anyone investment advice, do yourself a big favour and don't listen. @TroffaThanks for the kind words. Nowadays these and many more colour photos are on @Etiennedup's website but there are still times when a book is handier. Hope you enjoy the book but remember my warning : the book was quite notorious for poor colour balance when it came out and gave rise to a number of harebrained ideas on colours in those less enlightened times. BTW ES352 has now fallen out of favour a bit with me. A
  5. The Ventura sheet Ross highlights is my favourite. Cheap, thin but tough and lots of style variations: look at all the different 2s and Ms. Also has stencil styles.
  6. AP 2656A of October 1944 specified Dull Red for practically all aircraft except day fighters and Coastal Command aircraft. But frankly your guess is likely to be as good as ours. BTW the Air-Britain book RAF Flying Training and Support Units lists Tiger Moth II R5245 as serving with 1690 BDF: no mention of a code letter though. The corresponding A-B serials book has 1690 BDF as R5245's last posting before becoming maintenance airframe 4934M in Dec 1944. PS I agree with everyone else: Dark Earth/Dark Green/Yellow.
  7. Two colour photos of RZ-R and RZ-U flying over Vesuvius in "the early afternoon of 27 Jan 1944" in Roger Freeman's The Royal Air Force Of WW2 In Colour. Pilots F/O H Cogman and F/O JV Macdonald respectively. RZ-U normal mount of F/L AMS Steedman who crashed it on the Vesuvius landing strip on 11 Feb 44 after engine failure. The caption gives RZ-R as MA425 and RZ-U as MH653. The photos are credited to the IWM and I suspect that the detailed captions came with them, hence the idents are (barring copying errors) likely to be correct. Air-Britain lists both serials as serving with 241 Sq but
  8. Not bothering/getting round to painting out the EIF roundel sounds more likely to me. I've seen the same on Corsairs. Use of the 3-digit code suggests a date after June 1945. Others on this site are better qualified than I to comment on whether the spinner colours are of significance. I have a colour photo of 147/S which has a White or maybe Sky spinner and ought to be 894 Sq and 115/S of 887 has a dark-coloured one so there may be something in it. Dark Sea Grey or Extra Dark Slate Grey would be unusual colours for Seafire spinners at this stage in the war. Something in the di
  9. Except that I suspect that the aircraft may have belonged to 887 rather than 894 Sq. Both were in Indefatigable. 887's codes were 111/S and up and 894's in the range 130-145/S. Is this the photo of BPF Seafire 115/S pancaking on a carrier deck? If so, NB in passing it still has the East Indies Fleet roundel above the starboard wing.
  10. Simple rule of thumb: if the manufacturer is Cyber Hobby/Trumpeter, the scale is 1/72 and the subject has "Sea" in the name (eg Vixen, Venom, King), do not expect it to bear any more than a passing resemblance to the real thing. They appear to reserve a special toolmaker for their FAA subjects who urgently needs a visit to SpecSavers and/or to leave off the wacky baccy. Fortunately Wyvern does not have "Sea" in the name and the Trumpeter offering is a lovely kit, mainly because it was slavishly copied from somebody else's resin kit, even down to the (minor) errors in the transfe
  11. Original paints as applied by Eastern, so ANA substitute colours. However undersides were in ANA Sky, a good match to the MAP shade.
  12. @Magpie22: thank you. That's that nailed then. Here's the photo I'm discussing: https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Spitfire/RAF-43Sqn-FT/images/Spitfire-MkVcTrop-RAF-43Sqn-FTY-ES352-at-Comiso-Sicily-IWM-CNA1056.jpg Notwithstanding the undoubted perils of interpreting colours from BW photographs, I have trouble seeing the tone of the codes as the same of the white or even less the red of the roundel. I don't dispute the accuracy of anything MJF Bowyer says. There is a well-known sequence of colour photos showing 417 Sq (AN) aircraft with definite white codes (see
  13. Agree that Airfix don’t even seem to have been trying with this one. As a plastic AFV kit, it shows no advance in quality or accuracy from the 1/76 Matchbox kit of nearly 40 years ago. Softly moulded, basic errors from sloppy research (eg glacis plate joins, turret splash section), moulded-on tools in even lower relief than the old Airfix 1/76 M4’s and just basic incoherence (it’s a tank with mudguards from the rear but without from front and sides). On another site Dan Taylor does an admirable job of making a silk purse from this sow’s ear, largely by wholesale replacement of pa
  14. I have a hankering to build my first Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Vc as a mainstream RAF aircraft rather than the 2 interesting choices offered on the transfer sheet. My eye has lit upon ES352 FT-Y of 43 Squadron as photographed at Comiso, Sicily, in January 1943 (see photo on p.74 of Spitfire Mark V Aces 1941-45). I would be interested in people's thoughts as to the colour of the codes. My current thinking is that they are light grey. Is that Sea Grey Medium or another shade? At present I am thinking of using some blue-grey codes from a positively antediluvian Almark sheet A4 (which are pale bu
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