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  1. Looking again at the Eduard release literature they now say early version rather than series 1 so that clears that up. Thanks for the replies. TRF
  2. Following on from the post below regarding the Tempest V what are the differences between the Tempest II series 1 & 2 as proposed by Eduard. The SH kit is just issued as a Tempest II not series specific. Is this just a marketing gimmick by Eduard so that I have to by two kits to complete the collection, not that I really mind. TRF
  3. Just to add a bit more info. RN135 was Ginger Lacey's plane coded YB-A in an earlier life. In the photo with RN131 she has later type A roundels, no fuselage band and no kill markings so must have had a repaint along with the rest in the lineup. RN131 & RN135 were definitely XIVEs from the photos I have of YB-A.. TRF
  4. You probably already know but just in case. Fundekals has a sheet/s dedicated to Operation Bolo and I'm pretty sure Olds aircraft is in there. TRF
  5. I'm not sure how relevant this is but the Hakenkreuze in the photo has a white surround when all of the photos I can find of the Ta152H has them solid with no surround. Early Fw190D-9's had similar white outlined hakenkreuze as did the long nose prototypes. Curiouser and curiouser. TRF
  6. Jeez Rod, you must be older than me. I earned pocket money during my junior high school xmas holidays ('61, '62 & '63) as a dogsbody at the Royal Aero Club at Guildford before they moved to Jandakot. My first real job was in the drawing office with MMA drawing up boring things like galley bits and pieces although I did get to draw up the new colour scheme for the ill fated Viscount aircraft that they briefly operated. TRF
  7. Just to add my two bobs worth as a born and bred Perthite, the trees in the background are known locally as Christmas trees (Nuytsia Floribunda - don't worry I had to Google that one) and they only grow in the South West corner of WA. I also lived briefly in Carnarvon in the fifties and the only decent trees there were along the Gascoyne River, a fair way from the airport. TRF
  8. My money is on a fuel tank vent/dump. The first photo is the centrefold in the 4+ book and as it's a nice large clear photo you can make out a fitting at the start of the 'stain'. The drawings in the book don't have anything shown in the location and not all photos show the stain/marking. We need a factory technical drawing of a wing to clear this up. TRF
  9. GB I reckon you're right about the majority of the left over parts, looks real impressive but most pieces will never be used. TRF
  10. Hi Jim, I have the G-6A/S and the Erla G-10 and they are both the same ie no locating pins on the fuselage. I have built the G-14 and don't remember any real problems. I think I taped the fuselage sides together and used thin liquid cement and so far the tail planes are still attached. Regarding the bits you don't use I go through the parts trees before I start and remove the unused bits, this then simplifies the build a bit. Having said that I have a pile of Bf109, Spitfire and Fw190 bits in boxes left over from a number of builds which may come in handy as spares in the future. TRF
  11. This book also made quite an impression on me when I first read it some 60 years ago and inspired a flying model (control line) and a complete rebuild to a reasonable standard of the AMT 1/48 Tempest both in Clostermann's markings. In the ensuing years there was questions asked particularly about his claims and I have a copy of the reply from him to readers of, I think, Scale Aircraft Modelling addressing the issue. About 10 years ago I managed to collect all four volumes of 2nd Tactical Airforce by Christopher Shores & Chris Thomas and in an idle moment went through Clostermann's book and cross checked with the 2TAF volumes, as much as was possible, the dates and losses etc and there is quite a discrepancy. The good news is the losses weren't nearly as bad as written in the book. I have wondered if the last months of the war were a bit of an anti-climax for Clostermann and that he felt the need to spice up the book to make it more exciting. I also got the impression that he felt underappreciated in France after the war for what was a commendable war record. TRF
  12. Not the easiest kit to start your new journey, but you've killed the seat and cockpit. TRF
  13. The plywood fairings were new to me too, just when you think you've got the subject covered along comes some more info. TRF
  14. Can't add anything about the colour of the wing root fairings but according to a poster on an excellent Large Scale Planes K-4 build, the fairings were plywood from January 1944 on Messerschmitt G-6's. As production of the K-4 started somewhere around July 44 they should've had plywood fairings also. I mention this so that one shouldn't use a silver pencil to show wear in this area on a late 109, presumably G-10's as well. TRF
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