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  1. Hi, had a look at the Fairey a/c Putnam book, in fact dimensions are quoted for six different IIIFs although it does say in the book that data should be treated with caution as they were taken from many sources! Listed below: wingspan for all given as 45' 9" IIIf floatplane prototype N198 : Length 36'4" height 12'7" weight loaded 5,300 lb IIIF mk 1 landplane L 33'10" H 11'3" weight loaded 5,120lb IIIF mk II seaplane L 35'6" H 12'7" WL 5,300 lb IIIF mk III M/ B GP 2 seat landplane L 34' H 12'9"" WL 5,874 lb IIIF mk IIIM/B 3 seat seaplane L 35'6" H 14' WL 6,301 lb
  2. According to the old Profile Publication on the IIIF, aircraft in the Home Fleet had the upper fuselage in Battleship Grey, while overseas based aircraft were black to reduce glare. Cheers, Paul
  3. Possibly, the floats don't seem to project too far in front of the fuselage so a two foot difference is plausible. However floats are not mentioned in the dimensions quoted in the Profile. In the Putnam book on Fairey aircraft by HA Taylor there is quite a long chapter on the IIIf and three different lengths are quoted, one being a floatplane! I will check and post the details when I can. Saying all this, after nearly a hundred years and with only a fuselage frame as the only surviving relic I doubt that we will ever know for certain and Kora had to base their kit on widely quoted di
  4. Great to see one of these built on BM, I built this a few months ago in a lockdown attempt to reduce my stash, it needs a lot of care but builds into a good model. I do remember the wing to fuselage join needed quite a lot of filler! And a lot of weight as stated above, fortunately there is plenty of room in the long nose! Cheers, Paul
  5. Hi all, to add to the confusion I recently found a copy of the 1960's Profile Publication on the IIIF and the dimensions are given as 34' 4" for the FAA IIIB and 36' 8 5/8"for the RAF IVM. No explanation is given for this difference but I see that the above manual is a FAA publication. The Putnam Aircraft of the Royal Air Force book also quotes the longer length. Not surprising that Kora went for this length and I am delighted with their new kit! Cheers, Paul
  6. October SAMI in my local WHS today, a little bit late! Also Model Aircraft Monthly. Cheers, Paul
  7. Looking forward to seeing a build of this very attractive little fighter! Cheers, Paul
  8. Cheers Kenny look forward to seeing your WIP! Have been holding back on starting mine in case some aftermarket parts/decals are forthcoming but looking less likely now several months after release so may well get cracking soon! A little quibble on the Viking box-art, looking at pictures of G-AGRU and others in the very early, 1946/7 BEA livery looks like the aircraft were overall natural metal,ie no white top. See Propliner magazine no's 134 and 136, may still be available in Back Issues. Cheers, Paul
  9. Box art for the Vikings looks good, hopefully Valom have moulded a new fuselage as the 1A is the original short fuselage version and the Valetta would need quite a lot of work to convert as mentioned above. Now showing in HannantsFuture releases section. Cheers, Paul
  10. Very nicely made and construction notes are very useful. Good work! Cheers, Paul
  11. Hi, further to the above I have compared the entrance door to the one engraved on the S&M models resin Viking kit which looks accurate when compared to photos. The leading edge of the door is 12mm to the rear of the eighth cabin window and 3.5mm to rear of the leading edge of the rear door of the Valom kit. Maybe one could use the forward, paratroop, door of the Valom kit as a template but all the existing engraved door detail on the Valom Valetta would need removing. Cheers, Paul
  12. A Viking would be great but as mentioned above would hope for a new left fuselage, the passenger door in the Viking is a slightly different shape to the Valletta's and I think in a slightly different location, also the hinges are on the opposite side as the Viking door hinges on the left when facing the door. I have seen photos of Vikings with cargo doors, again these look different to the Valettas and obviously lack the parachute door. Cheers, Paul
  13. Great progress, yes there should be ten windows on the starboard side, don't know why Valom provided the outline without cutting out the ninth window. Fortunately they provide 16 windows in the transparencies! Cheers, Paul PS the rearmost, tenth window is semi opaque on the real aircraft, presumably for the toilet
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