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Lindsey C

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  1. Wow @AndyL That's a pretty definitive answer. Thanks. Gunner is painted! Poor bugger had his legs chopped off to fit into fuselage and allow turret to rotate (with the added benefit of fitting the lower turret part). He is a very big burly fella and would make a good Al Deere! Still, he wont have the worry defined in the period instructional film of making sure to place feet on the foot rests to avoid injury! Found the same period instructional film but with extra footage. I presume you have all seen this? A great view of the gun panel at 9:54 Regards, Lindsey
  2. Perfect. Thanks @AndyL. So be it for this Day Fighting Defiant. I did see an image of a Defiant with black or Night looking legs if I remember correctly? I will have to see if I can find it again. This well known image of fitters working on the Merlin shows pretty dark stanchion sliders (I only know motorcycle terminology for forks!). Though they are shiny looking. This is 1942 and well after the BoB. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fitters_working_on_the_Rolls-Royce_Merlin_engine_of_a_Boulton_Paul_Defiant_of_No._125_Squadron_RAF_at_Fairwood_Common,_Wales,_January_1942._CH4607.jpg Regards, Lindsey
  3. Any idea what colour the Parasuit was guys? Tan like harnesses or the yellowy colour of Mae West jackets? Regards, Lindsey
  4. Thanks for the info @AndyL. Great shot. I have yet to find a period photo or film clip that shows the antenna wires. They must have been finer than a Hurricanes or Spitfires with many shots of them showing the antenna wires. Just a quick one if you could indulge me. Undercarriage and wheel well colours for a daytime BoB Defiant. I'm going with aluminium wheels, aluminium paint for wheel well floor, inner colour on doors and Sky S for wheel well walls. Sound right? Undercarriage legs. Would they have been aluminium paint or would any of the black/white paint of the earlier scheme have carried over on the legs? Thanks in advance Lindsey
  5. Thanks @AndyL At present I am just building the provided 264 Sqd, L7013 PS-U Defiant for the BoB shelf since I have no other decal options. But if there is a more interesting option for the BoB shelf and available decals I could build that either. I want the shelf to be informative to the uninitiated and definitive stories of bravery, adversity etc. make it more informative of what those brave lads went through. I tried to source the now out of production Eduard cockpit PE set but no luck. I was originally only going to build one Defiant going by the perceived reputation but on reading more of the history of this much maligned aircraft, there may be others built. It performed it's designed task well but was not used to it's full potential by the RAF and Sqd Ldr Richardson of 141 Sqd has a lot to answer for its bad reputation! Not even responding to both requests of contact from 264 Sqd Ldr Hall to explain how to use the Defiant and tactics, after their spectacular success over Dunkirk. He has a good few lives on his conscience! Do you know of any particularly interesting individual Defiant's that fought in the BoB and if there are decals available? The individual stories are really what brings it home to people. I may well build one of the Defiant night fighters later (as I did as a young kid). They look sinister but at present there are a good few BoB Emils, Hurricanes, Bf109's & 110's, Do17, Ju88's & Ju87's looking down from the stash and wondering when 'a start' will be made on them! Regards, Lindsey
  6. Thanks very much @AndyL. Very helpful. Makes sense to lower undercarriage. The aerial cable would be up at the exit hatch under the fuselage and would have been pushed to one side presumably or maybe a 'weak link' at rear aerial mast broke and freed cable? The gunner hardly had control of the landing gear and presumably had to have a live and coherent pilot to make the abandon aircraft call or to ask same to lower undercarriage. It throws up some scary scenarios that may well have occurred during the Defiant's operation! Regards, Lindsey
  7. Hi Guys and Happy New Year to you all. Am in early stages of BP Defiant build, (Airfix Kit A02069 1:72) for the BoB shelf. I've been searching for a while now and drawn a blank on a few things about the aircraft I am wondering about: 1. Does anyone know where the rear Sutton Harness cables ran after passing through the armour plate. I presume there were cables or was it a solid fixing on the plate? Hardly. 2. I have failed to find a shot of a defiant on the ground showing the lower antenna wires while the rear aerial was retracted for landing. I presume the middle wire, the one running from the main wire to fuselage, pulled up automatically into the fuselage? It was hardly left flapping about. 3. Would a Defiant of July 1940 had the IFF equipment fitted and hence, had the IFF wires running from Fuselage to leading edge of tail plane tips? I would not have thought so given it was early in the Battle of Britain? Many illustrations and kit instructions show them. Thanks in advance, Lindsey
  8. Only just reading this now. I have been mired down of late with Mk1 spits. Great post @Troy Smith! I have 4 panel wing Hurricanes in the stash and will no doubt be referring to this post. Thanks, Lindsey
  9. Thanks Adam, forgot to go into the actual image in Pintrest. I had no problem last posted model. Age sneaking up unawares on me is a nuisance! Regards, Lindsey
  10. I don't see the images here only links (my broadband is abysmal)! Can you guys see them? Regards Lindsey
  11. After my 35 years absence from modelling, a second aircraft has landed on the BoB shelf to join the fabric wing Hurricane L1592 (5 weeks ago actually, I find the modelling more compelling than the photography of same!). It's Al Deere in P9398, the Spitfire in which he had the famous 'head on' collision with Oberfeldwebel Johann Illner with both surviving the incident. A common build, sorry guys but it is a nice one for the BoB shelf. Build is OoB except for decals. Questionable Print Scale (so no starboard view) and Tech Mod technical stencils which are excellent. I found the kit lovely in areas and annoying in others. The next AF Spit from this molding will have the raised, upper wing, fixings for the .303 MG access panels instantly cut off and a slight recess drilled! I found the dihedral an issue and it had to be adapted to give the 6 degrees which is as important to the beauty of the aircraft as are it's elliptical wing surfaces. The huge WW1 trenches in front of the ailerons and flaps were filled and scribed as well as possible with my limited but growing experience. The panels lines are huge on this kit and in future I might fill and scribe them if I build again. A Tamiya 1:72 is near completion and I would rate them equally I think? (I just bought another for stash). Also a KP Mk1b is under construction. Me no like this much (comments then when this is posted for viewing). After an email conversation with Eduard about tiny 1:44 scale resin Hurricane wheels for their lovely Hurristory 1:72 (you know the ones!), a Mk1 from them is on the way but no time scale. It is coming and it should be a delight when it lands. The Pilot is from the Hurricane kit to replace the Orc that came with the kit (see my Avatar). A bit of blue paper towel and he is ready for the 'off' in the sunny summer that 1940 provided. Big thanks to all you guys, present & lost to us, for the information provided in helping me with this build Regards, Lindsey
  12. Where technical stencils occur in the same locations as decals, roundels, squadron codes etc. were these stencils underneath, over the decals or both? I presume the technical stencils were applied in the factory and over painted. Or were technical stencils ever applied at the squadron? Thanks in advance, Lindsey
  13. Thanks Graham. Yes. They certainly were on the 'B' & 'C' wing. That fits in with Edgar's 'the other side of the rib'. Inboard it is. Now, time to find a picture of 'old-style metal muzzle covers' I think a small piece of thick decal not sunk into ports with decal softener, painted in camouflage colour's should suffice. Thanks Lindsey
  14. Yeh Colin. I was just trying to find where to place new rectangular shell ejection ports for one of the 30 'Canon' (Hispano only) Spitfires. Edgar said that the triangular ports by the wheel well were incorrect. I may just use a bit of 'guestimation' and place them one side of the canon or other. Might flip a coin for left or right. I would presume the inboard side Thanks, Lindsey
  15. Oh No! Sorry guys. RIP Edgar. He is flying well above 20,000ft now with Hispano's n Browning's freezing up like billyo! Still, the view is stunning. Regards, Lindsey
  16. An old thread I know. Do these still get a response rather than starting a new thread? I am building the KP Mk1b 'Canon' Spitfire. It will 'Grumpy' Unwin's. @Edgar re: the Canon Shell Ejection holes. I gather I fill in the triangular whole near the wheel well and cut a new rectangular hole nearer to the Canon on the other side of the wing rib (presumably between ribs 8 & 9). Was this on the inboard side or outboard side of the Canon do you know? Regards, Lindsey
  17. Very helpful guys. They are sending on replacements. And.......from the 'Horses Mouth' a Mk1 Spitfire kit is in their plans but no time scale yet. It should be the definitive kit we all hope for Regards, Lindsey
  18. Hi Guys, Received Arma Hobby's Hurricane Mk1 Expert set (70019). Lovely kit . Also Eduard L.E. Hurristory 1:72 Dual Combo kit today. Lovely kit too. But how do I get replacement's for the tiny 1:144 resin wheels. I bought from Super Hobby, Poland. Through them or Eduard/Arma? Thanks in advance, Lindsey
  19. @Troy Smith. Do you know what the bits of material that are sticking out from the underside of the elevators, just outside the trim tabs on pictures 8, 18 & 21, were for? Rgds, Lindsey
  20. Yup, thanks @Fukuryu. Fits in. Arrived on the 3rd September, not the 4th as stated on the the thread earlier. Must have arrived near midnight of the 3rd! Rgds, Lindsey
  21. Oops, yes Troy. My error. I forget the outer wheel well shows when undercarriage is up! Haven't built one that was flying yet! Where did the yellow spinner idea originally come from anybody? It seems to be the norm. Thanks @Troy Smith as ever for the great info. Most helpful. I am learning quickly. First coat of green on over the dark earth so spinner decision will be soon (though in my heart I know what's going to happen) According to http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p008.html - FF 1-3-40 AMDP Airspeed trls with company test pilots 6-3-40 38MU 11-5-40 257Sq 18-5-40 19Sq 'QV-K' 3-9-40 152Sq 26-9-40 58OTU 23-3-41 Scottish Aviation 12-9-41 52OTU 17-11-41 57OTU 29-8-43 dived into ground East Lothian CE 5-5-44. Am I reading this wrong? It reads to me that P9386 was delivered to No.19 Squadron on 18th May 1940. Rgds, Lindsey
  22. I am really struggling to see how it is yellow in that side shot. Can't be Sky. Too early. It IS a late BoB Spitfire given the under-wing roundel position so September 1940 fits in with the supposed date of the picture. Look at the yellow tips of the props especially the upper prop front of yellow (allied to the yellow in fuselage roundel). I think it is white. Here is a scenario: Aircraft was given it's underside Sky repaint most likely at No.7 OTU sometime after early June. Probably later than front line squadrons since it resided then at an OTU. It still gives it some operational time to develop some streaking as seen on lower port wing. It Was delivered to No.19 squadron on the 4th September. On the 5th, Lane was promoted to C.O. on the demise of the former C.O. so they painted the spinner soon after being unaware the aircraft would be sent on to 152 Squadron. Regards, Lindsey
  23. Painting the Spinner Yellow or White! They couldn't decide. It took them over 3 months!
  24. Now, there is another thought! I am going to go on the side shot photograph since I know it is definitely P9386. This means I need to paint matt black over the sky paint I have on the inside of the port leg cover! And also the sides of the port Wheel Well. Which probably means I need to do the same on the Starboard side in white to cover the Sky paint there. I presume no.7 OTU aircraft were in standard pre BoB Black/White scheme. They must have been judging by the picture. I wonder was the sky paint applied at No.7 OTU a while before No.19 Sqd accepted delivery (which might account for the streaking seen underneath) or would it have been applied at RAF Fowlmere? This aircraft must have been painted sky very late (No.19 Sqd had it for one week in September) judging by @Troy Smith's observation of the undercarriage since the order came in, in early June for all fighter aircraft to be so painted. Initial slow supplies of the new paint were sorted around the end of August when it seems supply was not an issue thereafter. Hence different adapted mixes probably varying from Squadron to Squadron before late august! Was it late being painted Sky because OTU aircraft were last on the list to be painted so? Is there any date on the photograph of the side that anyone is aware of? It must have been Sky paint rather than any other to my mind since one would think every base would have had the paint readily available to them by September 1940. Lindsey
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