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  1. My local Woolies had one too. It was in the 'Toys' section though and not part of the 'Airfix' section. The later discovery that these figures could be obtained by the box load came as a stunning revelation! My favourite box art from that range was the picture adorning the British Commandoes. The chap with the Tommy Gun and Grenade really looked as though he meant business and there was a figure in the set posed in a similar manner. Stirring stuff. . .
  2. With me long the farce has been. Not only SABLE I am, my next three incarnations are also.
  3. At least not until your significant other gets the breakdown service out. . . Then you will initially go to the event, arriving a bit later than originally planned, followed by a trip to the doghouse. Before trying this, I think that a risk assessment is in order. Which of these two excursions will be the least unpleasant and of the shortest duration?
  4. No. The letter 'S' denotes a 'Synthetic' finish. By the early 1960s there were Enamels such as DTD 314, DTD 827 and Cold Cure Epoxy DTD 5555 as well as the Acrylic finish that has been mentioned here available for use on aircraft, all of which were classed as synthetic finishes. The other type of aircraft finish was Cellulose based, and these finishes had their DTD Specification numbers, such as DTD 827, marked on the aircraft in conjunction with the letter 'C' that denoted a 'Cellulose' finish. The 'Anti-Flash Paints' section of the Defence List I referred to previously that dates from the mid 1960's shows White to have been available to DTD 827, DTD 899, DTD 5555, DTD 900/4710 and DTD 900/4740.
  5. See the first note for confirmation of what I said above.
  6. @Farmer matt, DTD 900/4740 was an Anti-Flash finish. It is listed as such in the Defence List of Paints, Varnishes, Lacquers and Related Products. This same finish was also employed by the Royal Navy on the Buccaneer S.1 when it first entered service in the overall White scheme. DTD 900/4740 was manufactured by ICI where the White, Pale Red and Pale Blue were part of their 'F.152' Acrylic range. All three colours were provisioned for the RAF Vocabulary of Stores under the following reference numbers. F.152-R.802 White 33B/2202441. F.152-R.803 Pale Red 33B/2202442. F.152-R.804 Pale Blue 33B/2202443. The paint specification number 'DTD 900/4740 S' is clearly visible where it is stencilled upon XR220's airframe in Pale Blue so there can be no doubt that this is the finish that was applied. As far as I know, XR220 is the only remaining airframe that still carries a genuine Anti-Flash White finish. Unless someone knows otherwise. I covered the subject of British Anti-Flash finishes in some detail in the September and October 2021 issues of Scale Aircraft Modelling.
  7. At risk of starting an argument, I disagree with the latter statement that the paint finish on TSR 2 was very matt. Examination of XR220, that still retains its original acrylic paint finish to DTD 900/4740, shows that it has a very smooth satin/low gloss finish. It's certainly not a full gloss, but the paint finish is now nearly 60 years old. Period photos of XR219 often show a distinct shine. Part and parcel of the Anti-Flash White scheme was that it was intended to reflect as much of the incident light generated by a nuclear explosion as possible. In addition, a gloss finish was thought to be easier to clean of fallout.
  8. In Humbrol the nearest shade is No.191Chrome Silver. I matched this by eye to a Ministry of Supply Colour Standard for Aircraft Finish No.301 Glossy Aluminium held by RAFM Hendon. It's available as an Acrylic, Enamel and Aerosol.
  9. @DFritz, @dickrd and @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies, a little bit more information. Having seen the model of HMS/M Storm, I have been re-reading for the first time in many years my copy of the revised 1968 Pan Books edition of 'One of Our Submarines' (first published by Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd. in 1952) that was written by Storm's Captain, Edward Young. On page 160, in the chapter entitled 'Passage to Ceylon' he describes arriving in Beirut circa 20 January 1944 and wrote that "In the six days we spent there we had time to carry out some minor engine repairs, paint the ship dark green (the standard colour for Far Eastern waters), and enjoy ourselves ashore." This offers further evidence that the dark green colour was officially sanctioned by the Admiralty, and also shows that it was known about outside the Eastern Fleet as Storm was painted dark green at Beirut prior to transiting the Suez Canal. Thus it seems likely that there would have been some sort of official instruction covering its introduction, formulation and use, presumably issued circa 1938/9?
  10. From my limited documentary sources, the Admiralty seem to have been experimenting with submarine camouflage from 1938. According to Confidential Book 03016/39 'Progress in Tactics' 1939 ed., trials in 1938 had confirmed that blue paint produced the best result in the Mediterranean and that International Black produced the least 'aura'. As part of an exercise, some submarines were painted olive green with a matt finish and although olive green had been proved to be the most suitable colour for operations off Singapore during January and February, it was thought that this may not be the best for later in the year. This was being investigated. After this, the next document I have that mentions green being used for the camouflage of submarines is Confidential Admiralty Fleet Order 2269/44 'Camouflage of H.M. Ships and Vessels - Standardisation' dated 12 October 1944. Under the heading 'Scheme J' Submarines on Foreign Stations could be painted as follows. "Paint black or very dark blue, grey or green at the discretion of Captain (S)." This can be found in subsequent Orders untill the end of the war. I have not seen a Standard of the shade(s) of green used for this purpose. Given that the green finish appears in CAFOs, it would seem that it was an official Admiralty scheme, but there seems to be no indication of its hue. Presumably there would have been a formula published for it somewhere at some time, possibly only locally on China Station and or later within the Eastern Fleet that has not yet come to light. The Navy had a disposition to mix its own paints as can be seen by various AFO and CAFOs, so the formula for PB.10 included in CAFO 2269/44 might hold good for the olive green colour but using different pigments. The RAF colour Dark Green that was an olive green hue was originally made using Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Lithopone, a white pigment and Black.These pigments, or something like them can be found in the 1938 Rate Book of Naval Stores under the heading 'Pastes for Paints' where Admiralty Pattern 52P, Ochre AP 8P Blue, ultramarine, AP 110c Black and AP 104 Zinc Oxide, White are listed, the latter two materials being quoted as constituents of PB.10 in CAFO 2269/44 while the Black was used in a number of camouflage colours in use during 1944 such as A1.G5 also quoted in CAFO 2269/44. To make an olive green, it would presumably have been a case of working out the proportions of the Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Black and White that gave the desired colour. If we go down the SCC avenue with regard to the hue of the olive green colour, a better suggestion might be SCC No.13. This was included in the original 1939 SCC range and is said to have been used in India by the British Army as an overall finish on various types of vehicle. It has been claimed to have been referred to colloquially as either 'jungle green' or 'dark green'. It was retained in BS 987C of 1942 and the Standard for this colour I have seen looked to my eye to be something like FS 34086, but was a bit darker. This might possibly be described as 'olive green', 'dark olive colour', 'slime green' or 'dark green'. It also has the virtue of having existed from at least 1939 when RN Submarines in the Far East are first described as being a shade of green. At the risk of initiating thread drift, the only mention I have come across of the Royal Navy using SCC colours to paint warships is related to a number of MTBs that were used along the Norwegian coast during what are described as 'lurking operations' from 1943 until the end of the war. Here the intention was to help conceal the vessels from aerial and surface observation whilst lying against the rocky shore of the fiords in wait for passing targets. The colours used originally were SCC 1A (a dark brown), 7 (a green) and 14 (black); but this was subsequently modified by dispensing with the black and introducing SCC 4 (a light brown) and 5 (described as being "Stone Colour", a lighter shade of brown). This scheme was introduced at the request of the Admiral commanding Orkneys & Shetlands during 1943 and to the best of my knowledge, never appeared in AFOs or CAFOs. I have no idea what the technical specification of the paint used for this purpose was.
  11. Further comment is superfluous.
  12. It's been a hard day's night, and I'm sleeping like a cat. . .
  13. I don't know man, I've never smoked either of them. . .
  14. It has the look of an RAF Vocabulary of Stores Reference Number to me. Section 41H/135801 could be the reference number for a Hurricane starboard elevator. If you look carefully, the tailplane also has a similar number on it something like 41H/150037 just forward of the missing square panel. The letters 'CX' under the number on the elevator denotes the doping scheme 'Cellon X'.
  15. When I was looking at the RAF use of the B-24H as a possible subject of a 'Colour Conundrum' article a couple of months ago, the only 'H' models I found were those supplied to 223 (Bomber Support) Squadron in Bomber Command. I evidently missed the three in the Middle East. If everything goes according to plan, the resulting article should appear in the June and July issues of Scale Aircraft Modelling. 223 Squadron also used a number of 'J' models and these are also covered, which might be of interest to anyone wanting to have a go at modelling a Bomber Support Liberator using the new Hobby Boss kit in 1/48.
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