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  1. I havent seen one on a P-47 or in NW Europe before - but, yes, they were used in the Pacific; there are pics of Kiwi F4U-1Ds with a "daisy cutter" on one wing pylon and a depth charge on the other. I have sometimes wondered how they were fused; setting a hydrostatic fuse to zero feet as I read somewhere seems likely to be a bit frightening if one were to hang up.
  2. "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture" - I think we might sometimes say something similar regarding some discussions of colour.
  3. Philosophising can be illuminating sometimes, and can lead you down some very strange rabbit holes at other times. There are individual differences in perception which are not necessarily due to imperfect colour vision and which can be cultural as well as simply variations in interpretation. For example blue as a distinct colour was not known to many ancient civilisations; the dark yellows that some, like me, see as a dark greenish shade can apparetnly look brown to others - which latter, I suspect, might be one among many reasons for some of the electrons and ink (and vitriol) exp
  4. The book was published in 1976, reprinted some 35 years ago(???) and is not routinely available on the second hand market at prices accessible to most modellers. Two of the copies I inspected a few years ago had had the card removed by a previous owner, so do be careful if buying a used copy. Perhaps there is an unfilled need for an updated and more accessible version or at least a colour deck.
  5. Skuas Rocs Baffins and Walruses (Walri?) are the only 1930s types I can think of that had aluminium paint on the metal parts, though the amount of visible metal on a Baffin was pretty limited . The Shark, which had a metal fuselage appears to have had Cerrux Grey paint on the fuselage.
  6. Some RAF Buccaneers didn't have the covers for the hinges fitted; only the front covers were removed on some machines, both covers were taken off on others. As far as I can tell this started in the mid to late 1970s; a quick run though a collection of photos and books suggest that the remaining RN Buccaneers also had the covers removed about the same time. Photos from Thunder and Lightnings - https://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/
  7. Ventura as noted above, or there's one from the Wellington Territorial Squadron on Xtradecal 48176. You'll want a Dallas hood as well from memory - one for the Monogram kits was issued by Falcon/Squadron, but I think this was updated while ago to suit the Tamiya kit, so may need some surgery to work with the Monogram kit. I might have an original one in the spares box if you get stuck.
  8. Progress delayed waiting for back ordered bits. I gave up on the CMK wheels with the diamond tread tyres, they were just too skinny and the whole thing looked rather like an enormously fat man on a unicycle, Unfortunately the alternatives all seem to be backordered everywhere, so the plain tyres (ribbed with most of the tread worn off?) from the kit have been pressed into service in the interim. The canopy has a vey slight but noticeable bottle glass effect and I might go for a vacform one after all - backordered again... Added a "white" centre line tank
  9. Good looks is a relative thing when thinking about some FAA types - impressive looks maybe, but with the possible exception of the Seahawk, an RN jet is not usually something I would automatically consider as an aesthetic treat. I have gnerally tended to go for wings extended, but that's just due to laziness and to the infernally cluttered look of many wingfolds, with various hydraulic lines and cylinders, locking pins, stays, and cables needing to be represented in what is often a very narrow space; getting a reasonably accurate wingfold thats strong enough to withstand occasional
  10. Interesting - the same machine at a different time and place and being used by another Squadron come up othe IWM photos site. I wonder what the chances were of the same Liberator being photagraphed twice, so far apart? https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205209746
  11. There was a book for collectors published about 25 years ago called something like "Gear Up" which goes into a lot of detail on USAAF flying clothing and equipment and has a lot of photos of headgear overalls and jackets. I seem to remember reading something about USAAF aircrew wearing RAF pattern helmets and sometimes Mk.VIII goggles when flying British types as the oxygen masks remained the RAF pattern, but the RAF helmet was used by other aircrew as well. Ahah - found what I was looking for after a few false starts Jon A Maguire, Gear Up!: Flight Clothing & Eq
  12. To my eyes 16440 is possibly a little bit warmer than Cerrux grey as is Light Aircraft Grey. However, Nick Millman said 36440 is a good match when compared to the Cellon csample which he had access to.
  13. Might it be worth trying eBay? https://www.ebay.com/str/miracleworldofhobby/Microdesign-Russia/_i.html?_storecat=33039867018. No affliation/reccomendation or experience with the seller , just something I stumbled on while looking for something else entirely and bookmarked just in case...
  14. Oh, a nice easy one to start off with... wow, gee, thanks a lot... Preserved aircraft don't always represent the state of the machine when it took its first test flight, so the fitting on the Canadian Spitfire may not be original to that aircraft. Wings were changed if they had been damaged; one relatively recent Mk.IX(?) restoration caused some head scratching as a rather mismatched pair had been fitted at some stage At the moment we don't know when or where things changed and since photos of the underside of Mk.IIbs in service are a bit hard to find, it might need a
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