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  1. Mod 189. Introduce plastic pilot's seat, 14 February 1940.
  2. I can think of a couple of pictures (B+W) which show very dark coloured Spitfires on Malta, but the blue of the roundel is distinct. That would imply that the colour(s) used were not roundel blue, but I'm not sure we will ever know for sure what was used. There is also a practical consideration regarding the quantity of such a colour likely to be available. I've seen Dark Mediterranean Blue, Royal Blue, Night and even some local concoction suggested for the 'dark' Spitfires on Malta. I made a model of BP989 some years ago and went with my version of Royal Blue, principally based on
  3. Who would hazard a guess at which of the dark blues known to have been used on Malta that is? Not me!
  4. A google of '451 Squadron Spitfires' turned up a picture of BQ-X captioned 'El Daba c.1943' which I think does show the leading edge stripes. I would attach the image, but its not easy on this forum. Cheers Steve
  5. The colour photograph of 'Red 1' posted above pretty much ended the debate about the colours. They were clearly red and white. There are plenty of images of these aircraft to work with when working out the stripes (there is one each of Red 3, Red 13, and Red 1 in B+W posted in this thread). I've always masked and sprayed these markings and have intentionally not made the stripes identical. Cheers Steve
  6. Off the top of my head I think that a Ju 88 should have a 650mm swastika. That would be a shade over 20mm each side at 1/32 scale. I can't double check at the moment, hopefully someone can confirm. Cheers Steve
  7. You certainly can go wrong painting cockpits thus. Somewhere between 1938, when 02 and/or 01 (silver, which everyone forgets about) were stipulated for interiors and 1941 when, "the interior colour is in shade 02 in principle. Shade 01 may not be used here. Only the interior walls of glazed cockpits and canopies will be protected against dazzle with shade 66" some companies had already started finishing interiors in 66. There is irrefutable evidence, extant today, which you can see if you fancy a trip to Norway, that both Junkers and Heinkel were painting the cockpits of some of their ai
  8. I agree. My figures are crap and don't bear close inspection. From a couple of metres away they look okay and give a sense of scale, which is important to me. Most people looking at models of WW2 aircraft have no real concept of the size of the full size subject, but they do have a pretty good idea of the size of a full size man (or woman). Cheers Steve
  9. And thin black outer border Cheers Steve
  10. The choice is yours. I rarely put a pilot in an aircraft which is not posed flying (where he is a rather obvious necessity) pretty much for the reasons you mention. Why have him obscure all that hard work? I sometimes make little vignettes of models, and this is when I might pop a suitable pilot in place. Most cockpit hoods can be made to open and close with a bit of work. Cheers Steve
  11. I have the second line as 'Place Order(s) so Wing'........Third line is illegible. SWMBO thinks the long word on the third line might be 'replenish' but I can't see that at all. It wouldn't be the first time we've seen the same thing in completely different ways Cheers Steve
  12. Did Bowater not explain what went on with P6967 in his book on the two Whirlwind squadrons? According to him, it had absolutely nothing to do with Merlins but rather, initially, a failure to maintain rated boost during climbs. Whilst at Hucknall the aircraft was fitted with external air intakes and oil coolers and Morris low drag radiators. These changes actually increased speed and FTH by 1,200 feet but were never incorporated into production aircraft. Cheers Steve
  13. If it's supposed to be August 1940, then 6G would be II./St.G.1.....I think Cheers Steve
  14. I didn't find it very good or illuminating. It did argue for a rehabilitation of the RAF's perceived role in operations around 'Dynamo' but still pandered to many of the usual myths including that of the Spitfire. Simon Parry did inject a smidgen of balance and objectivity in an all too brief appearance. Cheers Steve
  15. Lots of pictures here http://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=74081 Steve
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