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  1. Solid hatches to replace the Photo-recon camera hatches in the fuselage maybe? They appear to have a curvature?
  2. Ah, but how many of them were left handed ? Tea Taster (left handed Irish non-Spitfire pilot)
  3. +1 for Ray's post. According to Wikipedia (so 100% guaranteed accurate !) Per Ardua is (or was) the motto for the RAF, RAAF, RNZAF, RCAF(1968) and RIAF(1947). Per Aspera for the RSAAF. Eduard are masters at getting the last squeeze from the toothpaste tube when it comes to limited editions. I will pass on this one, but eagerly await the limited edition release of left handed Irish Spitfire pilots (to be released on 17th March).
  4. Hi, Printscale decals 48-014 'Markings and technical inscriptions Luftwaffe bombs' has some useful info on their website - no RLM paint reference though.
  5. Thanks Graham, I raised a similar question on the Rumourmonger thread for Eduard Spitfires. I'm not sure how to link a quote from another thread, but ABeck kindly uploaded photos of the different lower wings on p.25 which shows the different shape of cannon fairing. Eduard clearly think the difference is significant enough to retool the wing. The early wing is in their release of the Mk.IIb, The Sweeps Dual Combo, and the Mk.Vb early overtrees, and the late wing in The Sweeps and mid and late Mk.Vb overtrees. I've several Mk.IIb s that I would like to build as early Mk.Vb s, for instance Paddy Finucane's , Stanford-Tuck's, and Johnnie Johnson's. My dilemma is which wing to use? Eduard seem to think there was a transition, but was it due to a modification number? A Supermarine vs Castle Bromwich thing? Or a run-out of Mk.IIb airframes built as Vb s? Rather like the Mk.I undercarriage selector debate, Eduard have done their research and stated all Mk.I Spits had manual selectors. The knowledgeable folk on here have proved otherwise (IWM Spitfire Servicing film for example). I'm being a pedant, but Eduard have researched the subject of the cannon fairing, and fair play to them for making their kits so accurate. I would love to know the evidence behind it.
  6. My question relates to Eduard's latest 1/48 Spitfire release, 'The Sweeps' Dual Combo. Eduard include two different lower wings:- L3 - Symmetrical cannon fairings and landing lamp fairings (this was the wing included in their Mk.IIb release). M3- Asymmetric cannon fairings and landing lamps deleted. Does anyone have any info with regards to the change in the cannon fairings? It is a fairly small change, and not really noticeable unless you look for it. However, Eduard have gone to the trouble of producing two different wings, and it would be nice to know the why and when. Morgan and Shacklady's 'Spitfire - The History' has a list of modifications and production info which is helpful #749- 6/10/42 introduce cannon fairings for Hispano Mk II (retrofit) all cannon wings. (I don't know the difference in Hispano cannons, but assume this is for non machine gun, four cannon Spits?) #623- 5/5/42 delete landing lamps. The two marking option in the kit for the early wing are registrations W3257 and W3320, (again referring to 'Spitfire - The History') are both Supermarine built, from the second order built between April and October 1941. All other options use the late wing, and are both Supermarine and Castle Bromwich built, including W3518 (from the second Supermarine order, but depicted in 1943). Deep down, I know it really doesn't matter, I can build them as I choose (even painting the crowbar red ), but it would be good to have a grasp of what it should be. Eduard offer us outstanding kits, and it is not intended as criticism, there are economic constraints on what is reasonable for manufacturers to depict and include. The archive of information and knowledge contained in the Forums here are my go-to source of reference. I'm happy in my own mind as to whether late Spitfire Mk.Is had Engine Drive Pump undercarriage selectors for instance, thanks to the info contained here.
  7. Very true ! Overkill for just for just the lower wing, then again, I could use the cockpit side wall and EDP undercarriage selector for my late Mk.1 Spits
  8. the instructions for the next Spitfire Duel Combo 'The Sweeps' are up on the Eduard website. The boxing includes three fuselage sprues (two externally armoured windscreen, and one internally armoured). The two wing sprues are one early (sprue L), and one late (sprue L/M). looking at the marking options, this limits the choice of builds to an early Vb (option A or B), and just one of the other eight choices. Shame there isn't another late wing included.
  9. Thank you Skodadriver, Just the advice I was seeking
  10. What is the general advice for using Halfords automotive paints ? Do you shoot them straight from the rattle can, or decant them and use an airbrush ? If using an airbrush, do you thin the paint, if so what with (I take it they are acrylic based), and how about clean up? I've seen several builds recommending Appliance White, and the Capri Blue looks a great match. I have never been brave enough to use a rattle can, concerned about control of laying down the paint
  11. I have noticed Authentic Airliners website has been down for the last few days, anyone heard any news? Really like the the models they produce, with some great subjects. The Authentic Airliners decals website seems fine
  12. Hi Eric, I haven't seen the plastic for the new Zvezda release so can't comment. Regarding the aircraft, yes basically. The A320 was originally available as the dash100 and dash200, with different fuel capacity. Once the New Engine Option (neo) was marketed, the 'classic' was called the ceo (Current Engine Option).
  13. Thanks for the words of welcome everybody
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