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Plastic Hacker

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  1. I did buy the 4 model magazines available in a large WH Smiths recently as I was needing some holiday reading material. The proof reading (or lack there of) mentioned in previous posts meant that 3 were very difficult to enjoy reading - given that some of the authors were apparently not using English as their first language I would have thought the magazine editor would have checked the basic grammar at least. Too often I have read build articles where many paragraphs are devoted to techniques that are repeated ad nauseam in other articles and things like detailing the cockpit and u/c bays are covered with "detailed with scrap plasticard" or "from the spares box". Invariably when an author does explain exactly how they detailed an area I learn something new. Personally, of the ones I bought, only Airfix Modelworld came closest to being a pleasing and informative read but still not enough to warrant a subscription. Who remembers the newsprint quality paper the first Scale Aircraft Modellings were printed on...
  2. Here are links to the photos I found... https://navynews.co.uk/archive/news/item/7975 http://bermudasun.bm/Content/Default/Crime-unassigned-/Article/Lancaster-so-honoured-to-serve-and-protect-Bermuda/-3/1274/67330 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/HMS-Lancaster-to-bolster-hurricane-relief-efforts_14838754 https://goo.gl/images/e2K9Mw https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hms-lancaster-visits-belize Nose art was worn at least June to September 2013. Hope of interest. Alan.
  3. Thanks for all the information and ideas gents, much obliged. With the blue scallop going back towards the wing t/e it would seem that both Caracal and Warbird decal sheets (and Dave Howley's drawing) are wrong on that point. Thanks again, Alan.
  4. Looking at the photo being used by Revell to illustrate the reissue of their C-54 in Thunderbirds markings, I note an extra area of dark blue under the fuselage behind the red/white/blue scallops. I assume this is what Dave Howley was referring to in his Thunderbird feature in Scale Aircraft Modelling (28/9, Nov. 2006) "...one photograph suggests that the 'Thunderbird' motif may have been applied to the under surface in 1960, following its application to the F-100C." Link to Revell photo- http://www.kitreviewsonline.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Revell-03920-C54D-Thunderbirds-PLATINUM-LIMITED-EDITION-c-Via-Adrian-Balch.jpg Does anyone have any more evidence? Alan.
  5. Thanks for looking Steve, the only pictures on the 'net were taken in Barbados & Jamaica so I wonder if the art was ever seen in the UK... Thanks again, Alan.
  6. Good morning all, I am looking for a close-up of the nose art on Lynx HMA8 ZD257 (LA-300, HMS Lancaster - cartoon of a female Spartan leaning on the 815NAS crest). Thanks, Plastic Hacker.
  7. Thanks everyone for the replies - seems it is failing memory!! I have seen references to some being waxed which makes them appear darker too. PH
  8. Guys, I seem to recall reading somewhere that a few AH-1Gs were painted (gloss?) black in Vietnam - can anyone provide confirmation or is old age catching up with me? PH
  9. Another Malta Spitfire question... In the December 2015 SAM article, Paul Lucas states (page 50) that there is only one photo known for BR190 (coded A-2 of 603 Squadron) - can someone help with where I might find said photo please? Alan.
  10. Thanks for the replies everyone - going for a N. Africa one looks a lot less trouble! PH
  11. Thanks for the reply Graham, I was starting to think North Africa units might be a better option as well. This 92 Sqn a/c looks possible http://www.92sqdn.brushhouse.co.uk/planes.html (might even have a red spinner?) This one also is said to be 249 Sqn but I have also seen it quoted as belonging to "a Middle East OTU"? http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205211268 Thanks again for your help - I did not realise just how big a "can of worms" the Malta Spitfires were. PH
  12. Hi Guys and Girls, Going round in circles here - been asked by a friend to do a desert camo. (Dk. Earth/Mid Stone) Spit. Vc trop. from the Special Hobby 1/48 kit. His original choice was for BR566 T-M of 249 Sqn. as the Caruana profile in Model Airplane International April 2012. Problem is, according to Air Britain, BR566 did not serve with 249 Sqn. I have seen photos of a Spitfire coded T-M but it is one of the darker (over-painted) ones - is there any evidence to support a 249 Sqn a/c coded T-M in the desert scheme? Thanks in advance for your help. PH
  13. Thanks for the replies and links Guys. Graham - my data came from the Warpaint Whitley book and Air-Britain's Whitley File. Looking at the pictures of the FN11 on the Sunderland, it looks like the one in the Airfix Whitley kit so can be used for a Mk.II or a later Mk.I. Incidentally, I have a reference that the base ring for the FN11 was 45" diameter (15.87mm @ 1/72) whereas the Airfix Whitley is only 15mm at that point. Assuming the same AW manual turrets were used front and rear in the earliest Whitleys, surely the base rings should be the same diameter but the kit rear position is 12mm diameter (correct for the 34" FN4 base ring) but 15mm in the front position. I have not seen any reference to it but could the original manual turrets have been fitted to slightly narrower nose fuselage contours - with slightly wider contours for the rear turret - to both be around 13.5mm? (Approx. 38" base ring). I hope this makes sense, thinking out loud here! PH
  14. Guys & Gals, I am looking to convert the Airfix Whitley into an early version, probably a Mk.1 but am having trouble making sense of the turret options. From various books, the Mk.I & II had an FN16 in the nose position and either an Armstrong-Whitworth AW.15 or AW.38 in the rear. The Mk.III had an FN (exact version?) up front and an AW.38 at the rear. I also know the first 12 Mk.Is had AW.13s in the nose and AW.12s at the rear (can I assume these were replaced by the FN16 and AW.15/38 later?). My problem is all the photos I have found show turrets with a central gun with a sliding glazed "shutter" type layout that looks the same as that on the prototype Whitley and its predecessor the AW.23 transport. Surely the FN16 and the AW.12, 13, 15 & 38 can't all look the same? Any clarification appreciated as I cannot make sense of it all. PH
  15. In all the discussion about this aircraft, I have not seen any mention of the eagle marking or the name "Ceylon II" that are shown on the 3d-kits instruction sheet. Are these markings correct for the 27 August 1941 photo?
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