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  1. Jack Is it possibly N2482 rather than P2482? F. K. Mason's 'The Hawker Hurricane - An Illustrated History' has N2482 with 111 Sqn before going off to 6 O.T.U., 8 F.T.S, 9 P.A.F.U., R.A.F. College Cranwell, w/o near Grantham on May 10 1942. Regards Simon
  2. Now that Flickr has sorted itself out after yesterday's shenanigans, here are a few more photos... I've made a start on the interior of the nose compartment. I posted a question about the accuracy of Italeri's interpretation on the Key Publishing Forum a while back: https://forum.keypublishing.com/forum/historic-aviation/79068-stirling-project-update/page43 and as you can see from our very own 12jaguar's reply - it ain't that accurate! There are no doors behind the upper glazing, and the turret ring doesn't look anything like Italeri's version. So, using the kit parts as patterns I'm making new upper and lower sections: So here's my trial interpretation of the turret ring, sling seat and map table, with the kit part for comparison: It's just a first test, but hopefully will work okay. The lower part will have a footrest and will be much shorter than the kit part, as marked in pencil, so I'll do a trial fitment for that next. More soon Cheers Simon
  3. Hello everyone I'm embarking on my second Italeri Stirling build, after my Stirling I W7449 a few years ago: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234997690-italeri-172-stirling-i/&tab=comments#comment-2268420 That build was best described as 'leisurely' so I think this one will hopefully be a little speedier - forewarned is forearmed and all that, now that I know some of the foibles of Italeri's kit. This will be done as Stirling IV LJ849 QS-E of 620 Squadron, whose crew had an eventful D-Day, and an even more eventful time afterwards. They left Fairford at 22.50 on June 5th with a complement of paratroopers on board (including actor Richard Todd), landing back at Fairford at 01.45 on D-Day itself. They then took a glider across on the afternoon of D-Day, and after releasing the glider were shot down by German flak. The pilot, Gordon Thring R.C.A.F., managed to crash-land with no major injuries to the crew. Unfortuntately they were taken prisoner after mistaking a German patrol for Americans. They were taken to a chateau by their captors, and held in a barn. The area was under heavy attack by R.A.F. Typhoons, and the Officer in charge of the Germans realised their position was hopeless. The rear gunner, Sgt. Gerry McMahon D.F.M. was wearing his medal ribbon, and the German commander assumed him to be an officer, and surrendered to him. The Stirling crew of six men marched 60-odd German troops back to the Allied lines and into Canadian hands. They returned to Fairford by June 9th, and when McMahon returned home he found his parents en route to his own requiem mass. His mother, needless to say, fainted when she saw him... Here's his own version of the events of D-Day: https://storylines.rafbf.org/world-war-2/gf-mcmahon-d-day-landings-june-56-1944/ McMahon was born in Darlington, so it's another build with a local North East link. On to the model. Here's what I've got left over from my previous build. A box of miscellaneous bits and bobs plus leftovers: and some bits of scratch-built odds and ends, plus Eduard's Stirling IV interior set: I've got some more photos to upload later, but Flickr is having a right old hissy-fit at the moment... More soon. Cheers Simon
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    Nose art

    Hello This page has a copy of the same image: https://thepatriotperspective.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/hagel-declares-war-on-pinups/ The image is titled "p-47noseart1-p-47d-58th-fg-lady-godiva-nose-art.jpg" A Google image search shows that some P-47s of 58th FG had the same light coloured cowling and checkered gills. Here's a similar 58th FG P-47, named "Passionate Patsy" (image posted on Twitter): Simon
  5. Hello A little too late, maybe, but the 233 Sqn ORB Appendices have a combat report from the crew of N7223 from November 10th 1939 when it attacked a submarine in position QSLZ 4030, and the aircraft's individual letter is recorded as 'V.' Simon
  6. Whose are all those 1/35 armour kits? They're not listed as new tools, so are they 'borrowing' someone else's toolings? Simon
  7. Thought I'd get in first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmXHLHVTjRc
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    P-47D wings?

    Thanks for the replies everyone, much appreciated! Simon
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    P-47D wings?

    Hello everyone Just a quick question: was the P-47D wing the same on both the earlier 'razorback' the later 'bubble' canopy variants of the P-47D? Ta! Simon
  10. Pierre You could try the 267 Sqn O.R.B. (Operational Record Book), available to download for small fee from the National Archives website: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_no=267&_sd=1940&_ed=1942&discoveryCustomSearch=true&_cr1=AIR+27&_col=200&_dt=SQ&_hb=tna The Form 540 (Summary of Events) MAY have a serial mentioned with your man if you're lucky...unfortunately the NA don't seem to have the Form 541 (Record of Events) which usually lists serials with pilot's flights on a day-to-day basis. The Appendices could have anything in them! You can view the images using the 'Preview image of this record' link, but they have a watermark over them. Regards Simon
  11. Hello His D.F.C. was reported in the Newcastle Journal, October 4th 1945: Darlington D.F.C. Flying Officer Ralph Vart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Vart, of Kensington Gardens, Darlington, has been awarded the D.F.C. for outstanding leadership and courage. His D.F.C. was gazetted in the London Gazette of October 2nd 1945, page 4858. You can access the 258 Sqn ORB on the National Archives website: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_no=258&_sd=1945&_ed=1945&discoveryCustomSearch=true&_cr1=AIR+27&_col=200&_dt=SQ&_hb=tna You can use the 'Preview an image of this record' link to see the actual ORB pages, although with a watermark. Luckily the Appendices also include Sortie Reports, which give aircraft letters, so cross-referencing the ORB Form 541 with the Appendices will give a serial and code letter. For example, in the Appendices page 768 of 784, May 12th 1945, he flew Thunderbolt 'N'. The Form 541 for May 1945 has KJ303 for him on this date - KJ303 is a P-47D-30-RE: http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1944_1.html Regards Simon
  12. Just another quick update. I just came across this photo on the AWM website: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C283278 Simon
  13. Hello again. Just looking through my Coastal Command books (both of them...!), and there's a photo of a 206 Sqn Hudson dated June 1940 with the same black teardrop-shaped objects, but no mast/aerial thingy on top of the fuselage, on page 32 of Ian Carter's "Coastal Command 1939-1945 (Photos from the IWM)." Checking on the IWM Collections website, it's this one: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205064986 The aircraft behind appears not to have them. Both have an astrodome, which some Hudson Mk. I's don't seem to have. I also found this photo shows an aerial on the side of the nose in a similar-ish position: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205126709 Simon
  14. Thanks for the replies. I did wonder about the one on the engine nacelle too, but hadn't spotted the one on top of the fuselage! Did the A.S.V. Hudsons carry an extra crew member, or did the W/Op do the radar too? Regards Simon
  15. Hello everyone I came across this photo on the IWM website of T9277 QX-W of 224 Sqn: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205190913 and this one of N7342 QX-Z from the same unit: https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-royal-air-force-coastal-command-1939-1945-lockheed-hudson-mark-i-n7342-177475999.html What is the small black teardrop shaped object on the side of the nose? Is it to do with the A.S.V. radar fit, as mentioned in the I.W.M. Collection caption? Many thanks Simon
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