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Plastic Hacker

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  1. Learned Modellers, Were aircraft finished in the overall RDM2 Special Night paint still marked with "Lift Here", "Trestle Here", etc? If they were, would the markings be in Dull Red? Alan.
  2. I must admit I had thought it was too early for MDCs but close inspection of photos indicates otherwise!! Whatever the additional wording says, the top line is slightly longer than the word 'EJECTION' but with letters less than half the height, likewise the second line is the same length as 'SEAT' but again with much smaller letters. PH
  3. I am researching a 3 Sqn Harrier GR1 (like this one https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1639449) ). The ejection seat warning triangle has some extra words in smaller letters below the usual "EJECTION SEAT" text. Can anyone enlighten me as to why or what it might say please? It doesn't look like any of the other stencilling is duplicated in German (as it was on RAFG Jaguars and Tornadoes). PH
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. Thanks for the replies everyone - going for a N. Africa one looks a lot less trouble! PH
  14. 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
  15. 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
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