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Dave Swindell

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  1. I think the plan succeeded as well! I'm fairly sure I've got all the bits! There may even be a bit of progress over the weekend ....
  2. Close, but no cigar. Freeboard and draught are external measurements, moulded depth is an internal measurement, it's the height between the top of the frames (keel) to the top of the main deck beams at the gunwale amidships. Used in conjunction with moulded breadth in calculating a vessel's net tonnage i.e. not really relevant to warships.
  3. They're not gun turrets Dave, they're gun directors for the secondary armament. Each gun turret had a gun director which told the gun crew where to point and fire their guns. The director would contain range finding equipment, no guns so no barrels.
  4. Nice one Martin - which kit? I've built a few paper models, some on here. Oh yes, Bernese?
  5. Always up for a Mosquito build, watching with interest Tony Agar's Mosquito now resides in Lincolnshire at East Kirkby with Lancaster Just Jane, https://www.lincsaviation.co.uk/history/the-history-of-mosquito-hj711.htm The 1:72 Tamiya undercarriage can be fitted after completion, but it it a tight squeeze. There's a bit of info on correcting and detailing this assembly in my stalled build here ( must get round to finishing it, now I've dug it out to compare with the new Airfix kit..)
  6. You are correct, the lidar scan was of the Cosford TT35 and the kit designer visited and took a load of detail shots of it as well. The second canopy is I think an option for future kits, as is the stbd wing leading edge landing light and flashed over PR camera ports in the fuselage. I doubt I'll do a full blown WIP any time soon, though if progress is made I may post some photo's of fixes I'm planning.
  7. The doors and rear fairing are TT.35, the internal bomb arrangement is standard bomber 4 x 500lb. Guides, steadies and winches for a 4,000lb load are missing as is any form of munition. The kit had the potential of being very good for Airfix, but there are several detail errors, omissions, simplifications and compromises that have been made that are a bit of a let down for a Mosquito fanatic. The basic outline appears excellent an the fit so far has been very good, the OOB builds I've seen look very good and most modellers will be happy with the result I'm sure, however mine will need a fair bit of detail work doing before completion. Just to be fair I've also done plenty of detail work on my Tamiya Mosquitos
  8. No worries Colin, I've found a few more photo's of her still with Blue Steel and the vertical lightning flashes, so I'm continuing the build on that basis, if the badge change to the diamond did take place before blue steel was removed (nearly said dropped there !) it can't have been long after the photo's I have and only a short time before the switch to conventional bombs. If I find the photo I'll go with the diamond, otherwise Ray at 26 is releasing a couple of vulcan sheets, one of which has the vertical flashes on.
  9. Yes, very much so, and he's on Britmodeller as @tnuag. He's moved away from cast resin and is now releasing stuff 3d printed through Hannants. I don't know whether there are any plans to redo the flash pod as a 3d print
  10. Want to hear some of my Chimney jokes? I've got a stack of them! First one's on the house......
  11. Almost correct, but the above implies it was fitted to all Mosquitos except W4050 in it's original form, which is not the case. It was introduced after the above event (24th Feb 1941), but it was quite a while after the event and only applied to new build Mosquitos or conversions, few if any of those built without it were retrofitted with the reinforcing strip in service as far as I can determine. If you look closely, there's photographic evidence of quite a few B.IV series II airframes in service without the reinforcing strip, and all series I Mosquitos with short chord nacelles were built without the reinforcing strip. Early T.III, F.II, NF.II PR.II and PR.IV were all completed wihout the strip ie all W serials, DD serials, DK serials and some DZ serials. It appears to have been introduced in late November / early December 1942 after B.IV DZ379, but before DZ411. The prototype PRVIII and NFXV both fall in this range, but were conversions of the B.IV airframes, whether they had the strip when built is unknown, but the conversions were completed with it. Basically, if you're modelling a Mosquito in service prior to 1943 and you don't have evidence to the contrary, it shouldn't have the reinforcing strip. Edit:- @Cheshiretaurus - above not applicable to the new Airfix kit, all these would have been built with the strip. Does apply to some of the schemes in the Tamiya kits though, both the B.IV's, the NF.II and possibly the PR.IV would have been built without the strip.
  12. Blend it in completely, the landing lights in this positon was a late war mod, prior to this it was a plain leading edge as per the port side.
  13. Hi @Adam Poultney Thanks for taking the time to reply, very useful to confirm the timeline for fitting the two ECM plates, and pointing out the tail bumper fairing, you were correct, I was fixating on looking for an Xband fairing and forgetting there was also a tail bumper fairing! I'd really like to do the scheme in the Gods of Sea & Fire decal sheet with Blue Steel and the diamond 617 sqn badge @Colin @ Freightdog Models, I know it's a good while since this was released, but do you know where the reference for this came from? This is some time between 1969 and 1974, I have a photo of her at St Mawgan in 74, in this time period the following changes were made Blue steel to conventional bomb bay Early to late style UHF aerials Red Steer I to Red Steer II Vertical Lightning bolts to diamond badge I'll have another look through my references for a photo, I'm sure I've seen one
  14. This protracted tale now continues to it's conclusion (hopefully!) here:-
  15. Thanks Rich, I'll do my best! I ventured into the model room this morning, it's in there somewhere!
  16. https://www.na3t.org/images/photos/air/MIL23711.jpg Thanks for that, I've got a colour lower resolution version of that photo, this was taken a year or two before I want to model her ahd she has the 617 vertical red lighning bolts used before the change to the diamond badge. What I couldn't make out on the colour photo was the large blade aerial between the starboard engines which appears to be there on this better resolution B&W photo. So was the large blade aerial fitted when only one emitter plate was used, or is this indicative of two emitter plates, port & starboard? @Adam Poultney?
  17. By kind very permission of @trickyrich, I plan on continuing with unfinished business from the original Nordic group build, another GB that I failed to complete, maybe I will manage to finish it in the allocated time this time! As this is ever so slightly over the 25% complete rule this one's just along for the ride during the completion (hopefully!) of the build and as per the rules, won't be making and appearance in the Gallery. For those with long memories, or if you've got time to waste catching up, the original unfinished business started here:- After the end of the GB and my dismal failure to meet the deadline, such projects usually move first to the Shelf of Doom and spend some time there before being packed away into a Box of Doom. This project wasn't even dignified with this time honoured process, it has just lain abandoned on the bench whilst dust and other detritus accumulated around and on it whilst other (uncompleted!) projects have been started on the other bench, kitchen table or lounge coffee table, so the first step in this group build attempt is to tidy up other projects and dust off the remnants of Nordic 1, check all is present and correct and make a plan of attack for the rest of the project - this to be completed over the weekend before actual progress is made on the model.
  18. It's not an illusion, it's a smaller letter. Drawing perfectly square boxes on the photo won't prove anything as you're not taking into consideration any distortion due to perspective, or the object not being dead central and parallel to the focal plane of the camera. Place a straight edge along the bottom of the DW, these are fixed points on the object, and the projected line from these points runs through the bottom of the D Do the same along the top of the DW and the projected line runs through the bottom of the rear fixed canopy , well above the top of the D The top and bottom of the DW on the object are parallel, but the projected lines on the screen are diverging, however anything on the projected lines on the object will be parallel, ergo the D is smaller than the DW. This is only truly accurate if the object is a flat plane, the object in this case is a curved fuselage side, there will be further distortion due to this which the above doesn't take into account, but this will be fairly small compared to ignoring perspective..
  19. You do, but you could manufacture right hand and left hand versions of the same design simply by mirroring it
  20. But if you run a straight edge along the top and bottom of the Squadron DW codes in that blown up image, the bottom of the aircraft code letter D aligns with the bottom of the squadron codes, but the top of the squadron codes runs through the bottom of the rear fixed portion of the canopy, significantly above the top of the D.
  21. Hi All Like a lot of you reading this no doubt, I've bought and started a new tool Airfix Vulcan. Prior to starting it I had a browse through my Vulcan references and dug out all the Vulcan stuff I had in the stash, Net result I decided on building BMk2 XL390 from the Freightdog Gods of Sea and Fire decal sheet, based on a photo I (thought I'd) found in my references. Trouble is I'm now at the stage I need to think about which optional parts need adding, and despite frantic thumbing through the aforementioned references I can't find the photo.! . XL390 is depicted in gloss camo over white under surfaces, carrying a blue Blue Steel, and sporting D type roundels and the diamond shaped 617 Sqn badge. circa 1970. I've convinced myself I found a photo of her airborne in this configuration, taken from slightly below and behind on the starboard side, but I've drawn a blank finding any photo's of her in camo with Blue Steel fit. I'm confident she had at this time:- Olympus 301's No RWR on the fin tip None of the Skybolt lumps and bumps Under fuselage collision lights Plain doppler panel behind the port undercarriage. I think she had:- Later Red Steer II radome (separate Airfix part, not the slightly more pointy Red Steer I moulded with the tail cone) Fitted for but not with TFR i.e. refuelling probe & blanking plate (C08 & C05) Towel rail on nose gear door (H24) Single X-Band emitter under the tail (H16) Early swept style UHF aerials (H19 & H20) Unsure about:- Emitter plate setup between engines:- Freightdog show just one plate between the starboard engines (F35????) - a couple of low res photos taken before the diamond badge was applied appear to support this, at least the lack of blade aerial. By 1974 she had two plates, the starboard one with the large blade aerial fitted (F36 & F37), also had later straight UHF aerials by then. I'm erring towards the single plate setup, but would love to find the photo to confirm Any help (especially with a pointer towards a photo!) gratefully received!
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