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  1. Nice Hope you will do a WIP along with showing us your decal engineering? When I lived in Aussie, I lived, pretty much across the road from RAAF Laverton Thanks/regards Alan
  2. Hi Bob, The Above Harvard's more than likely are wearing the very short lived "White" Fern Leaf on the RNZAF Roundel (from 1957-58), before changing to the Standard Silver Fern from 1958 - Nov/Dec 1970 This Short Blog from the RNZAF Museum, gives a Brief History of the more modern RNZAF Roundels ( I know the Author, Great Guy and very knowledgeable ) Brief History of RNZAF Fern Leaf Roundel Now where to buy them? You could try Ventura here in New Zealand, but current Covid Levels may restrict any postage to your part of the World (sorry) Ventura NZ Hannants do stock them if that helps? RNZAF Fern Leaf Roundels - Hannants Hope that's of Help? Regards Alan
  3. Hi Bob, I currently don't have any other photos from my Dad's collection of NZ1029 but this is from the RNZAF Museum, and a little more clearer? NZ1029 at RNZAF Wigram - Rear Fuselage band is Yellow (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) These colour photos are of NZ1027 behind NZ1029 in photo above will give you an idea of Colour scheme (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) Hope the above of some help? Regards Alan
  4. Hi Chris, Thank you, glad you like the photo/information - more photos to come My daughter was really chuffed, my Dad passed before she was born, but she has always had a close connection to him, and at least yearly we (she and I) make the pilgrimage to MOTAT to see her Grandpa's plane - she has her own model Sunderland, which we have been building together Thank you, glad you like the photos, more to post soon Hi Anthony - PM'ed/Emailed you When I looked at the photo of NZ2426, I initially thought it was HSS on the fuselage, and the traditional Natural Metal Prop cone, but now you've got me curious - the Rudder looks different too though that could just be the lighting - said to my Wife, I'm gonna need another Mustang kit - got to build that one I'm glad you will get to see NZ2423, do you think Brendon will finish her in her in the 42 Squadron scheme or No. 2 Wellington Squadron colors? Thanks/regards Alan
  5. Hi All, It's mid Spring here in the Antipodes, and that means Summer is around the corner. My 488 Sqn Buffalo build is slowly wending its way to completion (another update soon) I have given some thought to my Summer projects, and the following ideas came to mind 1) Kick start my RNZAF Sunderland MR5 Build - I put that aside last Summer as there are a number of issues to sort to make it a correct MR5 , the impetus for this was a visit to MOTAT with my Daughter and a very special visit for with her Grandpa's Sunderland. It was her 16th Birthday, and because she is a descendant of a Serviceman who served on NZ4115, the Awesome MOTAT Volunteers went all out to get her a tour of NZ4115. My Daughter sitting in the cockpit/flight deck the "Tour Guide" was a Sunderland Navigator who served in the RNZAF/Lauthala Bay the same time as her Grandpa RNZAF Sunderland MR5 Build link So Earlier this year in the ANZAC Group build, I started a Memory Lane build with an RNZAF Avenger Target Tug build - NZ2504 was a Gate Guardian at RNZAF Base Te Rapa, and we used to see her in our travels (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) So, that along with some photos my Sister sent to me from my Dads collection, I decided to do some target Tugs from the era, my Dad began his RNZAF Service, the 1950's. Before I reveal the other two aircraft, a little history as I like to do in my builds. Obviously the 1950's was still "Post War", but while that is true, 1950 began a period of "Modernization" for the RNZAF, my comments are validated by this Book in my collection The Architect for the Modernisation was AVM Nevill who took over form AVM LM Isitt. Upon his recommendations the New Zealand Government agreed to order new(er) aircraft (this came with newer Schemes/Roundels and so forth). AVM Nevill CAS (Graduate of Duntroon and member of NZPAF/RNZAF since 1930) (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) AVM Nevill was followed by CAS AVM Carnegie (RAF) taking over in 1951 (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) So the following were ordered (Best part is I can use my Dad's photos) Bristol Freighter ( photo date circa 1958/59 note Fern Leaf on Roundel of Harvard - RNZAF Station Wigram) DH Devon (Photo at RNZAF Station Whenuapai) DH Vampire (RNZAF Station Wigram - Note Kiwi on Roundel so after Nov/Dec 1970 when changed to Kiwi) This Photo is definitely early 1950's, Note the Vampire in main hangar at RNZAF Station Hobsonville. Note the Auster with floats HP Hastings (NZ5801) I have flown on a Hasting (only young mind you, between Whenuapai and Fiji), this particular airframe when SOC, parts were donated to MOTAT (including flight deck (I have a photo of this, but can't find it at present) below is the power egg from this Hastings Last but not least Short Sunderland Mk V/ MR5 - this is 1960/61 at least, only one code letter, foremost Sunderland is NZ4107 - Lauthala Bay So on with the history blog, the 1950's saw New Zealand and our Armed Forces in overseas conflicts, namely Korean war, Malaya Emergency, where RNZAF Aircraft flew Fire Dog Missions (Bristol Freighter/Dakota), we lost a few aircraft and crews there Other events were of note the London to Christchurch (New Zealand) Air Race this is a photo of an RAF Canberra at Harewood Airport (previous RNZAF Station Harewood) from mt Dads collection From the RNZAF Museum Archives a close up/additional Photos Pilot & Navigator (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) RAF Guards to keep the Colonials in check (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) This Race/ending in Christchurch, has a personal family connection (other than my Dads photo) This next photo from the RNZAF Museum, is of the then New Zealand Governor General Sir Willoughby Norrie presenting first prize to the RAF Canberra crew, - I am related to him through my Paternal Grandfather (Great Uncle) (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) Anyways on to what other two aircraft I am going to build? Well next aircraft is a 42 Squadron Mustang, again inspired by Dads photos this is one of Dads photos of an RNZAF TAF Mustang (No. 3 Christchurch Sqn at Wigram) A photo of my build topic - the NMF scheme will test my modelling skills (Used for Illustration Purposes only) Finally - the third aircraft is an RNZAF Catalina based at Lauthala bay circa 1951 My discussion with the RNZAF Museum, give me three aircraft there at the time, being NZ4050, NZ4046, and NZ4055. I don't have a photo of NZ4050, but my Dad has photos of both NZ4046/4055 NZ4046 - on the hard at Hobsonville NZ4055 in the main hangar Lauthala Bay -Note twin guns in "Eye Ball" turret OK, lastly the box art and I'll leave it there for tonight Avenger - yes that's a Queen Mary with it (see Original Photo of NZ2504 above) Mustang Last but not least the Catalina - Yes it's a PBY5A - The RNZAF flew PBY5/PB2B-1's, so major surgery there Well I'll leave it there tonight, I have more history/photos to share, so more soon. Thanks for looking in Regards Alan
  6. Hi Butch, Happy to help out RNZAF Fighter Aircraft of WWII in the SWP area of Operations, has always been a big favourite of mine A few builds underway or done RNZAF P40E-1 (NZ3008 (HQ-B) and NZ3036 (HQ-Q)) as in this RNZAF Photo (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) NZ3008 - "Umslopogaas" - 1/32 Revell kit NZ3036 - To be painted in (upper colours) RNZAF "Pacific Scheme" - 1/48 Promodeller kit This is an RNZAF F4U-1 Repaint NZ5347 - 1/72 Frog Kit RNZAF Corsair Line up NZ5360 "Struggle Buggy and NZ5347 far right (both Repaints) (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) NZ5347 - behind "49" (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) I have a few other as well such as a WWII RNZAF Sunderland Mk III Regards Alan
  7. Hi Chris, I don't have any with me, would have to check my Dads photos, to see whether he took any. If I find any, I'll post them Regards Alan
  8. Hi Mark, Thank you for that, I just checked the site, unfortunately for the foreseeable future there won't be any mail from the US to NZ (shipping issues), so bummer I do have some 1/35 bolt heads, but will have to check sizes Thanks/regards Alan
  9. Hi Chris, Thanks for comments on my build post, glad you like them As I mentioned my Aunt had one (a Port Wine colour if I Remember correctly) - had for quite some time. The story I alluded to, was my Aunt had gone to pick my Dad up from RNZAF Hobsonville, in her car. While there, one of the young Airmen took a shining to her, and tried to get fresh with her (my Aunt was like my Grandmother, didn't suffer fools gladly), and when she went to drive off stepped in front of the car, so she drove over his foot - apparently he was the object of mirth for quite the while (from my Dad) Regards Alan
  10. Thanks Chris - re the elevators, lot of work, but they should look good (as long as I don't mess it up ) Quick question, re your avatar, is that a VW wagon? if so my Aunt (Dad's sister) had one much the same (different colour) Story to that Thank you, glad you like - yes Hutch certainly was a right character, he along with Flt Lt Mackenzie, and Squadron Leader Clouston decided one morning to carry out a surprise mock bombing attack on the Airfield (in Buffaloes) the Coolies carrying out working on the field all got the fright of their Lives......... Thanks John, pretty sure I did position the control "appropriately" Hi Mark, No I haven't heard of that particular book, would make for interesting reading I would think In Graham Boak's post above, he mentions Vic Bargh (a Kiwi with 67 Sqn), there is a book named "Ketchil" a Biography by Neil Frances about Vic Bargh's time in South East Asia I had meant for years to buy a copy, but just never got around to it, however (Thanks to my Wife) a copy is en route to me here in Auckland, so once I have had a read through, we'll see if it has any additional info on Buffalo Night Fighters Vic Bargh below with some squadron mates - interesting photo....... (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Hi All a quick update of sorts As usual, a little bit of history to go along with the Build So around this time 1941(or close to), 488 Squadron were actually in Singapore. In Graeme Clayton's book Last Stand Singapore - 488 Squadron, from his Father Bert's Diary, recorded that everyone was aware that at some point the "Balloon" was going to go up, a war with Japan was inevitable. Squadron Leader Clouston and his two Flight Commanders were Battle of Britain veterans, all with kills under their collective belts. All three knew it was imperative to train up their pilots for the coming fight, so a thorough training regime was put in place to ensure the pilots of 488 Sqn had a chance. 488 Sqn was at that time sharing the airfield with 243 Sqn and a NEI Squadron also with Buffaloes. Bert's diary records that the training was very competitive between the three Squadrons. With intense training comes mishaps. The Airfield perimeter fence (being the monster that it was ) developed an appetite for thingy s hanging off Buffaloes such as under-carts and more especially tail wheels. In a short amount of time at least 7 airframes were damaged by this monster, or it's cohorts the Perimeter landing lights - One luckless pilot collided with one on approach, and it took out the belly glazing, he thought someone had thrown a beer bottle at him...... One particular day, 488 Sqn and the Dutch Squadron had gone off to train together. Whilst away a tropical down pour had deposited some 15cm (6 inches) of water on the airfield. Upon return, the Dutch pilots knew what to do, the luckless Kiwis also didn't, and at least 5-6 aircraft ground looped. (Edit)The pilot of this particular Buffalo I'm building, ground looped during landing damaging the propeller and wing tip, when another aircraft cut in front of him also landing. From this Photo below, you can see how the rain water builds up (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) Dutch Buffaloes at Kallang (Copied from Wikipedia) Squadron Leader Clouston (again from Last Stand Singapore) wanted the Airfields defenses shored up, so trenches and defensive positions were dug/put into place (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) So with history lesson over, on with an (albeit small) update on the model. Whilst dealing with the Tail feathers and wings, I decided to carry out some other work. I have placed the canopy on to see how it would look - as you can see the rear section doesn't sit so well The forward glazing (wind shield) didn't sit so well either - deal with that later The rear section glasshouse is too narrow for the rear decking So I added some shims to the side of the rear decking The Shims caused the rear glasshouse to sit properly, as in wide enough, but not low enough I had to (very carefully) scrape some of the area where the rear glass house sits, so it will lower it Now sits lower and better to the eye I'll deal with the sliding part of the canopy later, few issues there too To finish of with the fuselage modifications, the Buffalo had fuselage bolts. Sometime ago Jim Maas kindly pointed out that the Buffalo had wing bolts (10 each side). In 1/72 scale not so noticeable, in 1/48 scale a little more so noticeable, and in 1/32 very much so The below is a photo (side view) showing an RAF Buffalo with the bolts - you can see them along the top of the wing, on fuselage side - 453 Sqn Buffaloes Sembawang 1941 (Used from Wikipedia) Below I have enlarged the area with a screenshot where the bolts are Below are RAF Airframe riggers screwing in/tightening the bolts on a Buffalo from Life Magazine So Accordingly, I had to add these in, certainly before addition of the wings to fuselage This was a little harrowing (trying not to mess it up). I marked out each bolt with a pencil, then with my pointy scribing tool marked each "Hole" before using a drill in one of my pin vices (drill is about .5mm) to create the "Bolt Hole" I will use some rod to replicate the bolt heads (this will come once the aircraft is pretty much done) Well that's all for today, more soon Thanks for looking in Regards Alan
  11. Given that the RAF/Dominion Aircrews in Singapore had a number of Aces, it was more the Japanese had overwhelming numbers, which won the day. If the Buffalo Pilots could get sufficient height against the IJAAF aircraft then the fight was pretty even. When The IJN Zeros turned up in Jan 1942, then different ball game, but the IJN pilots didn't have it all their own way then either. Regards Alan
  12. Hi Jan, Sorry Missed this one Operation Deep Freeze has been/is a big part of Harewood Airport in Christchurch, here in New Zealand, and when living at RNZAF Wigram quite regularly saw either USN/USAF Aircraft at Harewood for Deep Freeze (Harewood was previously an RNZAF Base, now International Airport). Operation Deep Freeze had an RNZAF Connection at one point, with RNZAF Stores (Store 4) at Weedons (not too distant from Wigram), I recall my dad visiting Weedons on occasion USAF Stores at RNZAF Weedons (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) Thanks for sharing your build with us, look forward to more Regards Alan
  13. Hi Jim, Thanks for that, I should have been more specific in checking my references for 488 Sqn. At the time the thought (admittedly fleetingly) did enter my mind of "Bloody Shambles" in Butch's query above, but my copy is packed away at present, so not able to check. I knew the likes of 67 Sqn certainly had a couple of PR Buffaloes (going on memory here ) that possibly had black undersides, one at least flown by a Kiwi Pilot Sergeant CB Wareham (in Photo below, 2nd from right -middle Row) Pilots course 7a, No. 1 Service Flying Training School, RNZAF Station Wigram. (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) Thanks/regards Alan
  14. Hi Paul, Very very Nice The Texan II's now make up the RNZAF's Display Team, the Black Falcons, have seen them do their thing (The Red Checkers were disbanded) Thanks for sharing your build with us Regards Alan
  15. Hi Butch, With your RNZAF Fighter Fleet, I'm presuming RNZAF Aircraft in the Pacific campaign ? Anyway I digress - I'm not aware of any 488 Squadron Buffaloes being converted to "Night Fighters and painted all black"? For one Night Fighting would require a Night Flying panel fitted which to my knowledge they were not. Secondly 488 Squadron had some 21 Aircraft, 7 of which ( at least) were involved in prangs resulting in write off's during the Squadron's work up to operational readiness October/November 1941. Once the "Balloon" had gone up, 488 Squadron were in the thick of the fighting, with the ground crews carrying out Titan efforts to keep the aircraft flying, and damaged ones repaired to continue the fight (not withstanding a steady attrition rate/losses) Can you provide any reference as to where the Night Fighter Buffaloes came from? _ I had a check through my references and nothing (Two All Black Night Fighters" would have been certainly a topic worthy of mention ) I can check with the RNZAF Museum to see whether they may have any info on this? Regards Alan
  16. These might be of Help (though doesn't really show off camouflage that well)? 805 Sqn Buffalo 805 Sqn Buffalo -1 Regards Alan
  17. Some Mk V's did have turrets, some without (depends on production date) The Air Ministry made a decision later in WWII that due to decreased Luftwaffe activity (say in Bay of Biscay) the Upper Turrets were to be deleted on both Mk III and Mk V (both of which were on the production lines at same time). Generally by the time the Mk V came off the Production line, the upper colour was Dark Sea Grey From the book "Ocean Sentinel" There is a nice photo of a 209 Squadron Mk V (NJ261 - "T") flying over Mombasa Harbour with upper Turret and with Dark Sea Grey uppers There is another photo of a 330 Squadron Mk V (conversion from Mk III) NJ172 - "WH*F" flying from Sullom Voe (1945), with Upper Turret bit with Dark Sea Grey uppers Again one more of a 209 Squadron Mk V (PP103 - "U") flying over Rangoon September 1945, with upper Turret, with Dark Sea Grey uppers Hope that helps? Regards Alan
  18. Hi Jack, Very very Nice With 264 Squadron in the title, had to have look in, as there were Kiwi's serving with 264 Squadron. Here are a pair of 264 Sqn Defiants taken by a Kiwi Defiant crewman. The rear most aircraft is your model (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) Thanks for sharing your model with us Regards Alan
  19. Thanks Andre, I'm glad you're enjoying my posts Thanks Chris, I'm glad you like them Thanks John, I'm glad you like my posts too ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Something of an update and a little more history 488 Squadron Personnel began to settle in in Singapore Graeme Clayton in his Book, recording from his father Bert's diary, with his time with 488 Sqn in Singapore, recorded that when they received their aircraft. the comment was made (by John "Hutch" Hutcheson I believe) that the Brewster Buffalo was "A Nice Old Gentleman's Aeroplane". Graeme goes on to make mention of other issues such as the Uniforms and Food. The Fortress mentality of RAF High Command in Singapore and the inertia of resistance to change that came with with, was a issue to the Kiwi's in Singapore. Work started at 0730 hours and then you finished at 1230 Hours for a two hour lunch and if you didn't have to go back to work you didn't -this didn't sit well with the Kiwi's at all - anyway I digress - back to the uniforms and food 488 Squadron had good NCO's and Officers who listened and got things done When the personnel were issued their "Topical kit", some one obviously thought all Kiwi Men were built like the All Blacks Forwards, and were issued kit uniforms shirts and pants Wayyy to big!! For those of you who are familiar with the All Blacks, think "Pine Tree: Meads type size (6 Foot 3-1/4) (From Wikipedia) This a photo of a Kiwi in Singapore in Tropical Kit (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) The men aired their concerns, and a mock "Parade" was held in said Kit, (even Sqn Leader Clouston was involved), and the point was made and new kit was issued. Food was another issue, there was a NAAFI crowd that sold food (for a "Price") at Kallang, it was apparently "Inedible" to the Kiwi's and again Clouston went into bat for his men and that changed - as a side note the NAAFI was bombed by the Japanese, to which provide some amusement to the 488 Sqn personnel. Training in flying the Buffalo was on going, a shot of three 488 Squadron Aircraft in formation (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) Choice of Flying Gear (especially footwear) a personal thing, as these two 488 Squadron Pilot Officers show (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) With the history part over, on with the build I added a "Pointed" tail cone which the 339E Buffalo had ( Robbed the parts from the SH F2A-3 kit I have) As you can see that fit is not that great Note also I have scribed the circular cover for the Flare Chute Now the Tail cone has these small tubular things (a little like reinforcing) - problem is, I have searched all my photos and any others I can find, and they don't appear to be there So I removed them (easy enough to replace if need be), as they would be an absolute pain to have to fill and sand around So the next couple of photos show where I added some shims to create a "Graded" edge to add the putty to, and have sanded to shape I will have to spray some paint on it to see how well (or not) this has worked So next on the agenda - the Tail Feathers - Warning Do Not Try This at Home (you'll see why ) So the SH kit moulded the Tail feathers (Horizontal Stabilizers to perfectionists ) as one piece - fairly straight forward right............ Well ordinarily one would think so........ Except Genius here decided that he liked the look of the drooped elevators you will see many of the RAF Buffalo with, as in this photo of a 488 Squadron Buffalo below (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) Sooo.... accordingly I, with the aid of a very sharp blade and judicious care separated the elevators from the tail plane The end result is thus - not pretty So I glued the forward tail planes pieces together with an insert for strength Next I needed to add some strength to the elevator interior, and act a a reinforcing for the leading edge components to build up against - as you can see I placed it behind the hinge impressions Next I began to build up styrene to make a rough edge, including gluing top/bottoms halves togther Add some Tamiya Putty to fill in gaps and this styrene to fill in the bad moulding between upper/lower parts You can see the issue here in the forward tail plane And sanded with wet & dry fine grit While pottering away at the elevator leading edge, I added some thin styrene to the Tail Plane trailing edge to sort out any little knife slips..... cleaned up quite well I think Finished the sanding and scraping to end up with this And they slot together reasonably well Still more to do, have to had the hinges and cit out the hinge slots - more for another day Thanks for looking in, more soon Regards Alan
  20. Hi Adrian, Mk II ASV looks like this (Photo from Wikipedia) The Aerials had quite an interesting way of working, each aerial was driven by a small electric motor, which turned this way or that upon receipt of a signal. (that little tidbit comes from a WWII Sunderland pilot I knew ) Regards Alan
  21. Hi Adrian Looking really nice Looking in my copy of Ocean Sentinel (the Short Sunderland), there is a photo of a 201 Squadron Mk II Sunderland (W3981 - ZM-W) circa October 1941, wearing the Mk II ASV aerials. Given that the Bismark sinking was Late may 1941, I'd say your Sunderland most likely would have had the Mk II Aerials Hope that helps? Regards Alan
  22. HI Gordon, My Swatches are off an WWII RNZAF P40E-1 - NZ3031 (RAF Order - Serial ET770) that arrived circa early - mid 1941, and crashed beginning May 1943 I have seen two other RNZAF 40E-1's, one pretty much a whole airframe that had been kept under wraps for some 60-70 years, and the colours are pretty much the same for top and bottom as my swatches Hope that helps? Regards Alan
  23. DuPont 71-021 is a Duck Egg Blue colour, and the Grey suffix, I believe has more to deal with its manufacturing than colour (which is not a grey of any type) Swatch for WWII DuPont colours, lower colour is DuPont 71-021 Sky Type S - Grey Regards Alan
  24. Hi Michael, Funnily enough when it happened, I did wonder if it had happened to anyone else. Sorry to read about your model (really nice by the way, love the camouflage scheme). If it had been Summer here with the sun higher in the sky the results may well have been catastrophic Thank you for looking in and your kind words. - Like you I am now checking where the magnifying glass is when I get up from my model bench Regards Alan Hi Craig Thanks for looking in, bit more to do with the whole fight deck My Home made laser, could have been worse, and gratefully the repairs not too arduous to carry out....... Hope to post more soon Regards Alan
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