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  1. On cluster munitions: David Mace of the Project Typhoon at the Jet Age Museum built a replica one last year from original parts. This is the final post about it: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tempesttyphoon/permalink/2904612999806294/ look baxk at David's posts for before this to see the progress photos.
  2. Wow, thanks for posting this @RMCS, I did wonder what had become of the model. Thank you for making the repairs! Do you know where it will be on display? I'm just coming back to this thread as I changed my web hosting to one with a SSL certificate, so all the images are now show in modern browsers (which now block non-https-hosted images when on a https site).
  3. The filter goes from the rear of the cuckoo doors to pretty much the surface of the oil cooler (i.e. further back than the surface of the radiator) see: http://www.whalens.ca/prepb86.html
  4. That's the fairing I was discussing. I put 'shadow' in inverted commas, as I believe it is also oil, due to similarity to other stain.
  5. Looks like the port aileron hinge line to me.
  6. I believe this is a R7059, in PRU Pink, a Mk. I PR Type G, as it has armoured windscreen and small inboard roundels. I'm inclined to think the black mark is an oil spill. Also interested in the fairing for the rear downward oblique camera position (shown more clearly in the second link posted by Simon https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Spitfire/RAF-1PRU/pages/Spitfire-PRIG-RAF-1PRU-LY-R7059-St-Eval-Cornwall-England-1941-web-01.html ). It seems to cast a 'shadow' that is too dark to be a shadow, the same density as the putative oil spill.
  7. I think this is the answer to the mysterious venturi tube. I didn't release the K-20 had vacuum film flattening. (Re: use of K-20 in B-29 tail) Using a camera with vacuum film flattening is not related to an environment being unpressurized. Also, there is also no appreciable removal of air from an environment where such a camera is used, the film seals against an array of tiny holes in the film pressure plate.
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    Its a glossy day

    The matting agent in the rattle can may have separated out, was it shaken for a couple of minutes? Also coats have to be light to be really Matt.
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    Gluing PE

    I use super glue (or solder if strength is needed)- and use both methods the same- hold the parts in the right position before applying the glue/solder, then then is no need for repositioning time.
  10. Really nice! I'd like to build a recon one; I think they operated England in autumn 1944? What are the I retesting things under the wings? Look like parachutes on the front? Some sort of aerial mine?
  11. Definitely agree wifs can get mojo back- you can't obsess over getting the details right, as it didn't exist at all, so things move forward faster. Same for doing sci-fi or fantasy modelling.
  12. Interesting that the gunsight has a reflector panel- I thought most just used the inner surface of the windscreen.
  13. As I noted earlier, I don't think the ceiling altitude of the X was greater than the XI, as this is dictated by the engine. High altitude was certainly not a new operating environment to strategic PR missions at this point; the 36" lens having been established as the tool of the trade. Their altitude was there main defence against interception. The introduction of the higher altitude XIX was sped up due to interceptions of XI by Me 163, which could climb faster than anything seen before. As the unpressurised XIX was contemporary with the X, and the Griffon did allow for a higher ceiling, it could be argued that the XIX was the better candidate for a new high altitude scheme. But there could be the argument that as the only pressurized aircraft at this point, they dedicated the X to high altitude missions, as the XIX's higher performance might be useful in medium altitude missions too. AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, 1939-1945: SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE.. © IWM (ATP 12822C) IWM Non Commercial License But if that were the case, why would they have oblique cameras fitted to Xs?
  14. To expand on my dirt theory- the panel above the chin, under the exhausts, looks like it has recently been cleaned- the exhaust staining on the panel over the top of the nose (above exhausts) is strong, but stops in a hard edge along the panel line, suggesting the panel was cleaned off the aircraft. And the intake under the chin still looks the same colour as the upper to me.
  15. Sorry for the confusion Graham, my post above was referring to Peter's comment at the top of this post- I should have quoted it for clarity. Any association of the X with pink scheme was always nonsensical. I was meaning that the X wouldn't have been seen as a (especially) high altitude PR type, so I don't see them thinking it needs a special colour scheme.
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