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About Aidrian

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  1. I suspect that this was simply an extension of British terminology by witers and modellers starting in the 1950s/60s. Most of the influential historians and modellers of the period who wrote in English were more familiar with RAF and FAA practice than German practice. There were Temperate and Tropical Schemes for land and sea service (where tropical meant anywhere whcih was warmer than the South of France). At that time German wartime archives and standards were much less accessible to most people than they are now. So "Luftwaffe tropical scheme" starts to be used as a convenient
  2. Looking good. I love the really subtle diiference in colour where the patch paint has been applied; it's far to easy to overdo this effect - your version is very convincing.
  3. That is a lovely bit of nostalgia. I got this one for my birthday a bit more than fifty yeas ago; it hung from the bedroom ceiling for a good while - it seemed to take forever to build having mostly had two bob bagged kits up until then.
  4. They always looked a little more sinister in the Euro1 style paint than they did in the orginal SEA colours; nicely done, that chap
  5. With the Mk.VIII awaiting a trip to the shed for a solution for the wide cannon blisters or the availability of early Mk.IX sprues from Eduard as a donor I realised I already have rather too many Spitfires just sitting in the stash rather than as completed models. I’ve got a little bit of a Naval Eight/208Sqn collection ramging from a Triplane through to a Buccaneer, but it’s missing anything even slightly Spitfire shaped. I have sets from Freightdog and Ventura that include RG-W from their time in Palestine; the Freightdog set also provides for an overall silver machine RG-Q.
  6. Yes - in 1/48 Xtradecal X48200 has markings for XV403 in 1969. Not sure I actually saw this particular machine when I was a wee lad, but I bought it and the Revell kit simply because remember seeing my first Phantoms during a family visit to Tattersall about that time.
  7. Ahah, thank you kind sir, not some undiscovered emblem or even left over ends of tape, just a bit of weathering and wear around an access door,
  8. Sorry folks, I should have been clearer right from the start that I was thinking in terms of quarter-inch scale. I could nobble the covers from an "early" Mk.IX kit which inlcuded a complete wing with the wide cannon bay fairings as an option, but my current stash of Mk. IXc Overtrees only includes "late" version with the narrow cannon fairings and the early version is listed as temporarily unavailable - not surprising given the recent fire. I think I have some left over bits from various ICM and SH kits in the pile; if they will work I will use those, otherwise I'll wait for th
  9. It may not be viable as a purely commerical proposition, but that doens't mean it can't be done if there's enough interest to justify geting a few dozen sheets printed. Right.... on with the build. There s one little marking that I had originally thought was perhaps a remant of some tape, but it's not that. It's visible on NZ5416, but also show up on '24 ,"Nan" so must be some sort of badge or cartoon emblem. Even at full resolution fom the version on the museum website it's not clear what it is - to me it looks like might be a cartoon of pop-up toaster on wings, but I don't thi
  10. I hadn't expected a definite answer, but one of the joys of this forum is that someone will occasionally share some really obscure piece of information and be able to back it up with AMOs, factory mod numbers or extracts from log books. I had half-hoped to find out that the RAF in India had inadvertently acquired large stocks of GWR chocolate paint due to a bit of a mix-up at the factory, but nice fresh paint versus badly desert-faded seems plausible. The other "joy" is that someone else will occasionally point out something you have completely missed despite it staring you in th
  11. Thank you both Graham, Chocolate to me suggests a purplish shade of brown rather than a yellow- or red- brown; Cadbury's had been selling milk chocolate since Edwardian times, so I might not use my better half's fancy cooking chocolate as the ultimate colour reference. However it is still based on someone's memory long after the fact, though it clearly was different enough in colour to make an impression. Wings ...If I had one I woudl offer a swap, but on checking I'm sorry but both the Mk.VIIIs in my stash have the narrow cannon fairing. Would it be possible to
  12. Malcom Laird refers to Alan Peart saying the 81 Sqn Mk VIII Spitfires were repainted from the desert scheme to a Dark Green and Brown over light blue scheme soon after the Squadron arrived in India. The process took rather longer than it woudl have in most other places - the RAF base in Karachi where they were painted was apparently still largely keeping to a peacetime routine, including weekends off and officers being expected to dress for dinner. Peart remembered the brown colour as being very different to the European Dark Earth, being more of a chocolate colour. Does anyone
  13. This is coming together rather nicely. I always like the first gloss finsh camouflaged scheme best, overall white was OK and the wrap around scheme looked very warlike but I remember them best with the light grey undersides. I missed the Vulcan at Ohakea - we were still living in Dunedin when she visited, but I do remember occasional family picnics near the end of the runways at Scampton and Waddington in the late sixties. We got to see experience four Vulcans take off one after the other one summer Sunday; my ears are still ringing.
  14. Ark Royal was in the South Atlantic from about October 1939 to February 1940. There is a very small photo in Sturtivant's Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939-1945. This was taken on board Ark Royal in the South Atlantcic and shows two machines in overall silver with what I think are red wingtips like other, pre-war, 800 Sqn machines. No codes visible on either of these I am afraid, but there is another picture of L2878 taken about the same time in Stewart Lloyds' "Fleet Air Arm Camouflage and Markings" which is has the code 'L' probably in black on the fin. The fin is silver and not coloured. Obvious
  15. It might be due to the licencing agreement between Revell and Hasegawa for the use of the moulds; the original Hasegawa kits had two different sprues depending on whether you bought an FG.1 or FGR.2 boxing. Sprue 'J' had most of the FG.1 specific details including the extended and compressed versions of nose gear leg, scissor links , and slotted stabs. The nose gear door, standard nosegear leg and catapult hooks were on other sprues so you get those in both versions The FGR.2 boxing has sprue K with the unslotted stabs but no sprue 'J'. This is just what Revell have done, at least
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