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  1. Hi P.k, Here it is, from an older forum post - MA802 'GZ-D' in Foggia, Italy. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234966938-high-flying-spit-mk-viii-question/?p=1729161 I hope the Vc pops up somewhere too
  2. Hi P.k, I do know that the serial number for the 32 Sqn Mk.IX was NH294. There's a photo and more info on it here: http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?115867-WWII-Spitfire-and-Hurricane-photo-help-please
  3. Hi guys, Trying to identify the serial number of a 32 Sqn Spitfire Vc with code "GZ-D". Would anyone have any info? Cheers!
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    RHAF aircraft profiles

    Hi guys, I've created a few more Spitfire profiles that show their operational scheme variety. Spitfire Vc JK226. USAAF 308 Fighter Squadron, Tunisia, spring 1943. MS/DE/Azure Blue with MS spinner and White codes. The spinner is of a light color and most sources call for MS. Still carries IFF wire antenna on fuselage side. RAF 32 Squadron, Canne aerodrome, Italy 1944. By this time, it's wearing standard Day Fighter pattern but undersides may still be in Azure Blue. Previous USAAF codes have been overpainted except the single "A" which is from a slightly different stencil. Gas detection(?) patch over spine is present. Let me know if that's something different. Spinner is Red. IFF rod under starboard wing. No hunting horn squadron emblem under windscreen yet. Still with 32 Squadron but in Araxos, Greece this time, late '44. Wearing the same pattern as in Italy but with A*GZ codes and the hunting horn emblem clearly visible. Finally, with RHAF in Elefsina, Greece, during 1946. Greek roundels and fin flash have been painted over the British ones while undersides and spinner are of a lighter color. Maybe, MSG and Sky respectively. A*GZ codes have been overpainted as well but hunting horn emblem remains. Spitfire IXc EN254. RAF 81 Squadron, Tunisia, summer 1943. Standard Desert scheme with Red spinner. RHAF, Tatoi aerodrome 1948. Wearing Day Fighter scheme with Greek roundels and fin flash. Battle damage patch visible on fuselage roundel edge. Spinner possibly Sky. As always, comments welcome. Cheers!
  5. Hey guys, Have a question re: props. Have seen 2 photos of Spitfire Mk.Vb AB324, first w/DH prop and then w/wooden Rotol. Did that require an engine change or props were easily interchangeable? Cheers!
  6. corto

    RHAF aircraft profiles

    Hi Tony, TD241 is in the works... just trying to make sure the bubble/teardrop hybrid is measured correctly along with some other details before final print Cheers!
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    RHAF aircraft profiles

    Hi guys, Been working on some more profiles as pictures and info have been flooding my inbox I've added the right side of KF908 (left is at the top of the thread): Another Harvard TT.IIb was found on a Greek civil war newsreel. KF933 or 939 is shown being armed with bombs before a tac recce mission. These Harvards were fitted with RAF Mk2A Light Series Bomb Racks under each wing that could carry 4x20lb/9kg bombs. Obviously, they didn't bother repainting the TT scheme for these operations! Some ideas now for the brand new Spitfire XVI from Eduard! RHAF started receiving bubble and teardrop XVIs around '49. They were able to carry either bombs, napalm or rockets. SL608 has big fuselage roundels, probably, blue spinner and shows paint chipping on front area of top engine cover. SL717 is shown freshly painted with the first aid kit stencil visible under serial number. SL728 shows a possible dark blue underside paint that a few RHAF XVI carried. By '49 British paint stocks were running low so a variety of locally sourced paints were used. Another interesting addition is a metal plate cover over the fuel tank and part of the engine cover. Any ideas of its purpose? TE447 with black spinner and smaller fuselage roundel. TD320 has some interesting paint patches of various shades and also shows a bit of the previous owners' identity, 401 Sqn. The code was "YO" and we can see part of the "Y" still visible. The dark blue underside paint is also present on this one. Later in its career TD320 was repainted in a non standard pattern and used for pilot training. White band and number on rudder were typical of training aircraft by early '50s. Smaller roundels with darker blue paint were also introduced at the time. Stay tuned for more - cheers!
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    RHAF aircraft profiles

    Hi guys, Here's the pic Z4047 is based on - also, accounts from veterans and other researchers. I do believe another photo exists but don't have it. Z4047 belonged to the initial Hurricane Mk.I batch that 335 Sqn manned. You can spot the fin flash and underwing roundel color difference. We suspect that the fuselage one was overpainted too with light blue Greek colors. The top wing roundels remained standard British. 335 and 336 Sqn vets have always said that they got to overpaint roundels and Greek themed nose art any chance they got. I'd use any metal wing Mk.I Hurricane that's available as long as it has a trop filter - personally, I'll use the brand spanking new 1/48 Airfix (finally, arrived state side...) Working on some Mk.IIb and IIc profiles as well so stay tuned...
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    RHAF aircraft profiles

    Hi guys, Here are some Hawker Hurricanes Mk.I that served with 335 Sqn, early October 1941 - a big thanks to Tony O'Toole for his help in research
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    RHAF aircraft profiles

    Hey guys, Here are a few more Spitfire profiles based on photos and research. Spitfire Mk.IX EN286. Went through a lot of users! Polish Fighting Team, Feb '43, North Africa attached to RAF 145 Sqn. Then SAAF 1 Sqn, Malta, Aug '43. Finally, RHAF, 1947 and early '50s. Some Spitfire Mk.IXc/e based on late '40s news reels from Greek civil war. Finally, a colorful Spitfire Vc, RHAF, late '40s. Started life as a Vb then modified with a C wing. Could the small C over the serial number denote the wing mod? Vokes filter and tail colors are best guess from B&W photo. The values are very similar to the blue roundel whereas the spinner is lighter.
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    RHAF aircraft profiles

    Got more info and a better photo on this Spitfire Mk.IXc so was able to make a profile. The name is "Κουρσάρος" meaning Corsair and the art under windscreen is a mosquito. Serial number not visible so we're still searching
  12. Interesting Graham - agreed on the stub, it's the shape of the cannon with the front sticking out that made me think of it belonging to a B wing. Glad to share and learn new things from you guys As soon as RHAF got Mk.IXs the Vs were providing training for new pilots. Some lasted for a while looking really rough around the edges and I'm sure many "perverse" mods were done to them! I may have more info on these pics and others by end of summer. Will keep you posted! Cheers!
  13. Hey guys, Don't have before and after pics only the after ones That is when they were in RHAF service. For EP694 I have that it started life as a Vb: EP694 Vb CBAF M46 6MU 24-7-42 47MU 22-8-42 Takoradi Middle East 21-6-45 RHAF 25-4-46 Here's one of the pics of JK327. Clearly shows a B wing, although it started life as a Vc : JK327 Vc CBAF M46 9MU 10-1-43 222MU 26-1-43 Clearpool 25-2-43 NWAfrica 31-3-43 Malta 1-7-43 Sicily Middle East 30-9-43 NAfricanASC 31-10-43 RHAF 25-4-46
  14. DragonlanceHR, I know of 2 Greek Spitfires that started life as Vb and Vc and during their service changed to c and b wings respectively. Have the pics too, can post later. Serials are JK327 (Vc became Vb) and EP694 (Vb became Vc).
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