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  1. I found the Airfix one harder to build than the Brengun; the engineering on the Airfix seemed good on the sprue (e.g. the cockpit floor/wheel weels already mentioned), but I found it impossible to get the radiator in without spreading the fuselage under the chin. One one build I also messed up the wing alignment, and had to sort out a gap at the upper wing-fuselage join. The Bregun just seems more crisp too (e.g. panel lines on the Airfix that are on surfaces curving up to the top and bottom of the aircraft are indistinct, line panel lines on the sides are deeper have squarer edges). This thread has some good close-up photos of surface detail differences in the two kits:
  2. Can you point us towards any of these photos? I can't recall seeing any wartime XIs with the armoured glass framing.
  3. The 12mm x 4mm coreless motors used by LotusArenco can be had for 99p for a pair (delivered) from China on eBay. Edit: just found 8x4mm coreless, 5 for 99p delivered. If you're thinking of the geared-down motors to get slow-motion turning, I used one that had a motor speced for 3 to 6V, but needed the full 6V else it quite often stalled on start-up with the friction of the gears.
  4. Google just found me this interesting article: Allied Military Model Making during World War II https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/c54d/738b04aa453237c4c01864012775ad0af07d.pdf And despite being on Pinterest, this collection is interesting: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/garyscholes/military-model-making-during-ww2/?lp=true
  5. The Central Interpretation Unit (combined Allied photo reconnaissance interpretation unit, based at RAF Medmenhan) had a very large model making division, making 3D models for operations from the latest photos.
  6. Sorry if I'm misunderstanding, but just looking at those dimensions, a 1/48 500lb bomb is going to be far too small to represent a 1/24 250lb bomb. As you can see from the dimensions, the 250 was not much smaller in length or diameter than the 500 lb, but the the 250 tapers towards the back like a teardrop, and the fins/tube at back is longer. The 500 and 1000 lb bombs had more parallel sides for most of their length, giving them a more barrel-like appearance. Tail was smaller in proportion too.
  7. I returned to modelling about 9 years ago with a Tamiya 1/72 Spitfire Mk. I, and being ambitious decided to add a resign cockpit. I regret that now! I also used the US interior green. See: It was a complete nightmare to get it to fit (sanding the fuselage and resin side walls down to see-through thinness to get the fuselage to close). And even with the canopy and side access panel open, it is so dark in there it is all hidden. It also spread the wing root fairings so that they no longer fit to the tops of the wings, and I needed to bodge it together with lots of filler and a rescribing attempt. If you are new to small 1/72 models, I would concentrate on the exterior. Scratch building more-to-scale versions of things like pitot tubes, and aerial wire of super-thin invisible mending thread will reduce the number of give-aways that the model is small-scale. During the build really work on eliminating all signs of part joint seams, which are more prominent in smaller scales/subjects.
  8. If you gloss varnish over the star decal, then de-tack some good quality masking tape (e.g. Tamiya) by applying and removing it from a clean surface a few fews, then you should be safe to mask it. Find something round of the right size (if you don't have compass cutters), e.g. end of pencil or rod; cut out circle from masking tape. I'd want the minimum of tape in contact with the decal, so cut a large hole roughly out of cling film, and use the tape mask with smaller hole to attach the clingfilm and also locate the circle on the decal. Then airbrush with light coats. You could be cautious by applying a first coat of clear varnish to seal the mask edges.
  9. Just posting the image from IWM, as I am annoyed that 'Military History Collection'/alamy want to sell an image that is free for non-commercial use: ROYAL AIR FORCE: FRANCE 1939-1940.. © IWM (C 511) IWM Non Commercial License
  10. Great collection of photos, usefully grouped by type, thanks. The horizontally flipped Lancaster image is probably a case of getting the negative up-side-down in the enlarger when making the print (or on the scanner if digitised directly), which is very easy to do! The last Typhoon photos really show the differences in the HP Hastings spinner fitted to MN235 and the 4 bladed prop spinner in the aircraft above; though the length of the hasting spinner is probably exaggerated by the close proximity of the camera necessitating use of wide angle lens.
  11. For acrylic options, I tried Xtracrylics for a few years, but they were hard to get through an airbrush. Even when thinned properly, they would clog up the needle/nozzle and require breaks to clean up every minute or so. Switched to Tamiya acrylics, thinner with their own thinners, are airbrushing is much more fun now. I use their set of XF-81 Dark Green 2 (RAF), XF-81 Ocean Gray 2 (RAF) and XF-83 Medium Sea Gray (RAF) which came out at the same time as their 1/32 Spitfire Mk. IX.
  12. Have you seen the photos linked from this page? Nothing really clear for modelling purposes, but interesting none the less. https://www.609wrsquadron.co.uk/photo-archives I particularly like the first image in this set (Chievres): https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/702293_318c9140518c4f418193a69fb465d120.pdf As it shows the Typhoon in carrying an asymmetric load of 6 rockets and one 45 gal tank. The miscellaneous set is better for modelling detail shots: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/702293_c85cbde52d9641b1863fd025d8bda92e.pdf
  13. I've never heard of G-AFTL being PRU Blue during the No.2CU/PDU/PRU periods. It was severely damaged by an aerial mine shortly before the PRU moved to Benson, and the wreck was returned to the USA and rebuilt.
  14. Which Lockheed? There were three 12As used IIRC, initially the project was an MI6 collaboration with the French Deuxieme Bureau. You're probably after G-AFTL, which was one of the schemes used by Special Hobby for their 1/72 Lockheed 12A. I'm not sure there is any evidence for their choice of dark grey lightning bolts though. I have several photos of G-AFTL somewhere, but you can find the most-seen image here: http://www.davidtearle.com/28401.html Later (after war was declared?), it carried roundels on the rear fuselage, and the civilian codes were over-painted. This is my model of it: There was also G-AGAR, a Hudson loosely disguised as a Lockheed 14. And as others have pointed out, Camotint was adopted by the RAF and became Sky.
  15. Photo here: http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/tempest/tempest-V.html (but stated to be at Langley, so likely taken as it came off the production line, before markings applied)
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