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  1. Hi all, It turns out that this style of prop is included (along with a different type) in the Roden Sopwith 11/2 strutter kits. If anyone is happy to part with one please let me know via PM and we can come to some arrangement. Best regards, Joe
  2. Hi all, I'm looking for a prop for an Avro 504K propeller in 1/46 scale as per the image below. The same type was used on as Sopwith 1 1/2 strutter. Does anyone make one (aeroclub?) or know where I could get one? Thanks, Joe
  3. Thanks for the feedback on this topic.it's been very helpful. Cheers, Joe
  4. Hi, Just a quick question on the major external differences between the RN Westland Whirlwind HAR9 and the RAF HAR 10. Did the RN HAR 9 have the under fuselage recess for a torpedo like the earlier HAS 7? I know the RAF HAR 10 did not have this feature. I'm planning to convert the Italeri H-19 into a HAR 9 as used in the Antarctic on HMS Protector. Any help with this question greatly appreciated. Cheers, Joe
  5. What an interesting topic! I've been interested in antarctic aviation for years and I've produced a few decal sheets with Antarctica as a theme including sheets for Beavers, Otter and LC-130 Hercules and some helicopters used in Antarctica. Most are sold out at the moment but see the Antarctic helicopter sheet at http://www.maxdecals.com/webpages/max7222.html As regards early light aircraft used in the exploration of Antarctica many are available in kit form but in some cases I'm not sure of the exact markings carried. My quick list shown below. 1928: Hubert Wilkins used a Lockheed Vega. 1929: Richard Byrd used a Ford Trimotor and a Fairchild (exact type not known to me). The Trimotor was kitted by Monogram in 1/77 scale and comes with scale sledges and huskies. The Norwegians used a Lockheed Vega and a Hansa-Brandenburg W.33 serial F-18 on their expedition that year. 1931: Douglas Mawson lead the BANZARE expedition which utilised a DH Moth on floats. Serial was VH-ULD in big letters on the upper wings. Fuselage was orange or red. Avis make a kit of this type. 1933-1935: Richard Byrd's second expedition to Antarctica used a Curtiss Condor on floats ( Glencoe models??), Also used, Kellet K-4 autogyro, a Barkley-grow seaplane and another Fokker. 1935: Lincoln Ellsworth's trans-antarctic expedition used a Northrop Gamma (available in kit form from Williams Bros). In the 1930's the BGLE (British Graham-land Expedition) used a DH Fox Moth on floats, the registration was G -ACRU with a penguin figure on the rudder. The Australians used a DH Gypsy Moth on floats in the search for Lincoln Ellsworth (he was found alive and well). Germany used two Dornier Wal flying boats to survey large tracts of the Antarctic coastline in 1939 ( Huma Model or A model make kits). 1946 saw the large scale deployment of American forces to Antarctica in Operation High Jump. Douglas R4D's , martin Mariners and helicopters were used. Other posters have mentioned DH Beavers and Otters used in Antarctica. The Australian ANARE used a DC-3, Kingfisher, Walrus and beavers and Otters for a number of years. In the 1950's the Russians deployed IL-12, Il-14 and later IL-18 aircraft. They also used the Li-2 and the An-2. There was a joint Swedish-Norwegian expedition in the late fifties where the Norwegians used a DHC Otter and the Swedes deployed a Beech 18 on skis and a Saab Safir on floats. Belgium also mounted an expedition in the late fifties or the early sixties in which they used an Alouette II helicopter and possibly a Cessna 180. Lots more besides that shown above. All very colourful and make nice modelling projects. Cheers Joe
  6. Hi Nige, Thanks for that info. It will be the left seat that will be shown as "ejected" when I get this model built. Regards, Joe
  7. Thanks Selwyn. That is very helpful. Must have been quite a bang and flash for the guy sitting next to the ejectee. Best regards, Joe
  8. Hi Steve, That's very helpful, thank you. One more question if I may. On the Vampire T.55 or any other side by side trainer do the instructors sit on the left or the right? Best regards, Joe
  9. Thanks Julien, I found a good source of info on the Marti-baker seats at http://www.martin-baker.com/_pdfs/history_development_mk1-mk10_ejection_seats.pdf On page 17 there is a photo showing a test firing of a Mk 3 from a Gloster Meteor and there is at telescopic arm sticking out of the fuselage> I'm trying to verify if the same thing would have been visible on the Vampire T.55. Best regards, Joe
  10. Hi all, I want to model a Vampire T.55 after one of the seats has been fired. The T.55's were equipped with Martin -Baker Mk 2 or mk 3 seats I think, so my question is what rail arrangement was used on the Vampire? Was it a twin metal rail or a solid post or was it a telescopic rail that extended once the seat was fired? I'm attempting to model the moment when an Irish Air Corps cadet ejected from a spinning Vampire. The change in airflow following the ejection allowed the instructor to recover from the spin and fly the aircraft back to Baldonnel. See http://www.independent.ie/regionals/kerryman/news/military-achievement-award-for-jeremiah-30382988.html and http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Country-By-Country/Ireland.htm. Any help greatly appreciated. Regards, Joe
  11. Nice one Tony. Can I ask if you fixed the too much dihedral problem on the Academy forts and if so how did you do it? Cheers, Joe
  12. It's a good kit but the Nitto 1/100 scale kit is pretty good too. Very hard to find and an odd scale but is very well moulded and detailed. Comes in an AWACS boxing but can be built as a 707. cheers, Joe
  13. Hi folks. I purchased a Revell compressor complete with regulator about 9 months ago and it worked great up until the last time i used it about 3 months ago. Just attempted to use it today for the the first time in ages and the compressor switches on and fills the tank to 50 psi but there is no air at all reaching the airbrush. I thought I may have had the regulator locked but opening it fully and closing it fully has no effect. it seems to be blocking all air flow. Any ideas what may be wrong or how I can fix the regulator? Any help greatly appreciated. Cheers, Joe
  14. Thanks for all the replies. I think I'll upscale to Eduard. regards, Joe
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