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  1. If you want a good overview of what it is like to actually fly the Lysander, Dave Hadfield who flies the Vintage Wings of Canada Lysander, has a video up on youtube, which in part covers the operation of the slats and flaps and also the trimming of the tail for take off and landing. A great perspective from the pilot's point of view.
  2. My copy of this one arrived during the week and overall it is a good resource and reference on the Westland Lysander. However, the key area I have noted errors occuring is with the photo captioning, with a number of photos having captions that are incorrect. Along with something as basic as calling the wartime Canadian Prime Minister a 'President' as pointed out by Chris, top of page 11, a Lysander over the Western Desert is listed as being with No.28 Squadron where it should be No.208 Squadron. As another example of an error made in the main text, bottom of page 11 the OC of No
  3. Not all the modern build Yak-3Ms with the Allison V-1710 engine have the engine air intake on top of the cowl. A couple of the modern build Yak-3M owners/operators have gone to the trouble to rework the engine air intake ducting into the wing root intakes as per the original aircraft. A more significant absence on most of the new builds is the gun barrel troughs and breech/feed mechanism bulges on the top panel cowling on the nose. Example being VK-VVS "Full Noise" based at Omaka in NZ. Full Noise Fast by Colin Ford, on Flickr
  4. Hi Santiago, Interesting project, lots of modelling work ahead of you. I hope that you have had a look at a number of the threads here on Britmodeller that have set out some of the detail of the various Mustangs you are planning on modelling, including this very long thread about the Mustang Mk.I/Mk.IA. Note this thread does include detail on some of the small differences between the early Mustang Mk.I, including differences between the NA-73 (AG Serials) and NA-83 (AL, AM, AP Serials) Mustang Mk.I and then onto the Mk.IA. Note, FD serial is Mustang Mk.IA, and
  5. Another top Mustang by you Tony. If you are interested in more details on the Mustang IVs and IVa aircraft operated by No.303 (Polish) Squadron RAF, I can commend the following book. Includes a lot of new and original photos not previously published sourced from various collections including from the son of one of the Squadron WW2 personnel. Artwork by John Melson is also very well researched and accurate. PW-23 Mustang MMP by Colin Ford, on Flickr Regards,
  6. Beautiful build Ragnar, you've caught the look and 'feel' of the original subject aircraft. That is one fine looking early Mustang and a worthy tribute to the subject pilot.
  7. Yep, thread here on Britmodeller Rumourmonger back in May 2019. Was a piece in a Japanese domestic market Tamiya Newsletter, photos of a P-51A in a US collection that they were running the tape measures over as well as taking lots of photos. Same collection held a P-38, and initial rumours on that possibility were derided, and we all know where that led.
  8. A couple of points of a technical nature, the armament of the Mustang Mk.I was a mix of 0.50in HMGs and 0.300in MGs, the RAF did NOT replace the US supplied 0.300in MGs with UK manufactured 0.303in MGs. You will also need to rescribe the wing armament access hatches to match the configuration for the Mk.I and redo the underwing case and link ejection ports to match the configurationand location for the Mustang Mk.I - illustrations from technical manuals earlier in this thread. Depending on the subject aircraft there will be detail differences if it is a NA-73 series (AG serial) Mustang Mk.I i
  9. Editorial in the June edition of Info Eduard has included the news that amongst the August 2020 releases from Eduard will be "VLR: Tales of Iwo Jima", so lovers of late-War P-51D Mustangs in the Pacific have something to look forward to. In July, Eduard are also releasing their 1/48th P-51D resin engine set, including cowlings.
  10. Looking good, slow and steady progress towards what should be a good final result.
  11. Air Spotting Pool also included No.26 and No.63 Squadrons RAF equipped with Spitfire V - they 'pooled their aircraft for the immediate D-Day period so that they could generate the maximum number of sorties from the available aircraft and pilots. They continued naval gunfire direction duties for some period after D-Day and were later used in part in directing naval gunfire onto holdout positions along the French and Belgian coasts into 1945. On the morning of 6 June, these were supplemented by Mustang Mk.I, Mk.IA and Mk.II aircraft from No.II(AC) Squadron RAF, No.414(RCAF) Squadron and No.268
  12. Hi Ragnarec, The photos of your subject aircraft and other Mustang Mk.I aircraft with No.II(AC) Sqdn RAF for the timeframe of your subject build, being October 1942 to May 1943, show aircraft finished with a shade close to Ocean Grey - so either Ocean Grey paint from stores or someone mixed a mixed grey very close to Ocean Grey in shade/tone - it is not markedly darker or lighter as some of the mixed greys seen on some other early Mustangs with other Squadrons. As the subject aircraft you are planning on building was one of those that originally had the squadron code letters XV ah
  13. See the announcement on the WNW website regarding the TEMPORARY closure due to Covid-19 control measures. Impact of Covid-19 control measures internationally has been at multiple layers, production in China, global shipping delays and shut down of NZ end of the business as part of NZ Government quarantine and social distancing measures. Only so much you can do online when it is largely a hands-on business dependent on international supply lines. http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/news
  14. The Spitfire Mk.IIa at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia, also has the reinforcing strips fitted, along with a couple of other modifications from its wartime service. Details of the aircraft taken from description on AWM website: Description Spitfire Mark IIa all-metal single engined, single seat low wing monoplane fighter aircraft, registration number P7973. It is fitted with a Mk V spinner and Rotol RS5/24 variable pitch propellor. The propellor appears to be a Jablo type (fabric covered wood). History / Summary The Supermarine Spitfire is
  15. No.IV(AC) Squadron RAF certainly operated Westland Lysanders. As an Army Co-operation Squadron they had been equipped with Lysanders pre-War, then took them to France in September 1939. They operated them throughout the Battle of France suffering major losses in aircraft, aircrew and groundcrew (around 60% of the Squadron's ground crew were lost - killed, missing, PoW). Reforming in the UK after the fall of France in 1940, still on Lysanders, they conducted anti invasion patrols along the English coast, participated in exercises with Army units, and also undertook air sea rescue patrols off
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