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  1. It goes without saying that I think this is a great choice Wez Michael
  2. Many thanks for all the replies and especially for the various references, I think I have got enough details to be able to build something that looks realistic anyway. I think that 102 FRS, along with 103 FRS which was based at Full Sutton, were such sort-lived units formed in such a hurry with such a collection of hand-me-down aircraft that there is likely no definitive answer to my question above. It certainly was the swansong for the Spitfire 22 in Royal Air Force service which is what makes it so interesting. Michael
  3. Thanks for looking, Robert, is appreciated Michael
  4. Sorry, sadly I don't have a code for this beauty, my father didn't fly PK 328 so it isn't in his logbook. It would have been M, I do know that. Yes there is some great detail in that photo! Michael
  5. Great idea! I have started a thread in the Cold War section of BM. Michael
  6. Can anyone help with this Spitfire puzzle? I have several photos taken by my late father when he was posted on a six-week course for 'G' Class reservists at North Luffenham, this was in September/October 1951 and was with 102 Flying Refresher School. This was a very short-lived unit (I believe just 6 months) and they were intended to train reservists to fly modern aircraft. They started with 20 hours on Spitfires and then went on to the Vampire FB.5. According to my father's log book he flew the Spitfire F.22 and he noted all the aircraft codes and serials that he flew. He also took a camera with him and took some photos which I have posted below. The Spitfire F.22s had mostly been sourced from the Auxiliary squadrons, I suspect at quite short notice, and 102 FRS was in effect their swansong. The question I am asking is regards their colour schemes. Some were painted in overall aluminium, some wore camouflage and had different markings as well, and it is the camouflaged Spitfire F.22s which I need help with. On to the first photo: Spitfire22M30NLuffenham51DWB by Michael, on Flickr This is believed to be Spitfire F.22 PK 567 as 'M-30'. Her service history was 33MU 13-10-45 VA EA 6-12-46 mods 502S 'RAC-J' 18-10-48 226OCU 5-3-51 102FRS 24-4-51 nes 16-6-53 sold scrap J.G.Williamson 24-5-54 (taken from airhistory.org.uk) The second photo is believed to be Spitfire F.22 PK 353 as 'M-21'. Her service history was 33MU 28-7-45 VA KEE 8-7-46 mods and Cv 8-7-46 613S 'Q3-H' 'RAT-H' 6-1-49 RCMSU 25-8-49 nea 16-6-53 sold scrap MoS 13-4-54. Interesting because airhistory.org.uk does not list her as serving with 102 FRS but that is what the serial looks like. nluff3 by Michael, on Flickr My specific question is regards the colour of the spinners, the canopy frame on PK 567, and the rudders on both aircraft. I asked this question a long time ago, way before Britmodeller, and I was told by a very well-informed source that the rudders were most likely to have been painted yellow. However, this has been queried in another post in the Spitfire Group Build and I just wondered whether anyone here can help me further with this? Just for the record, one of 102 FRS Spitfire F.22s PK 328 in aluminium: Spitfire22PK328NLuffenham51DWB by Michael, on Flickr Thanks Michael
  7. Thanks. It stood for Flying Refresher School. Michael
  8. Big thanks Troy for all this detail, I hadn't even started to think about this build in any depth but you have got me off to a flying start! Interesting point about the rudder, I note that the sunlight appears to be angled from behind the aircraft and that the rudder is slightly to one side so it is catching the sun which may be what makes it look much lighter. I did post a less detailed scan of this photo many years ago (way before Facebook and BritModeller) and a suggestion then was that the rudder was painted yellow. Interesting. I do have an air-to-air photo of PK353/M-21 and again there appears to be a very distinct painting of the rudder:- nluff3 by Michael, on Flickr The serial of the aircraft I originally posted looks like PK567 and if so, thanks to airhistory.org.uk, her service record is as follows:- PK567 F22 CBAF G6 133MU 13-10-45 VA EA 6-12-46 mods 502S 'RAC-J' 18-10-48 226OCU 5-3-51 102FRS 24-4-51 nes 16-6-53 sold scrap J.G.Williamson 24-5-54 She was only on 226 OCU books for just over a month so I guess that her previous markings were for 502 (Ulster) Squadron which operated out of Aldergrove and wore an RAC code. Thanks again, now I have something to work with. Michael
  9. Will be watching your build with a great deal of attention. I have one in the stash and am looking for some tips and guidance... Michael
  10. Will be entering this GB with the 1/48th Airfix Spitfire F.22 and she will be marked for a camouflaged machine operated by the 102 FRS out of North Luffenham in Autumn 1951. The following photo is my inspiration: Spitfire22M30NLuffenham51DWB by Michael, on Flickr She is well worn and probably in her last useful role with the Royal Air Force, she also appears to have a yellow rudder and I am not sure about the canopy frame, that could be aluminium. I have already competed one of these kits this year and it was a nice build, hope to enjoy this one just as much Michael
  11. Thanks, I seem to recall that I didn't really have any problems with buildability however I was pretty motivated to get her finished! The TB-58A kit was only released once in the UK in 1986, as well as in the USA under the Testors label, unlike the B-58A which has been re-released a couple of times since. A shame, as the box art shows below this kit can be made up into the TB-58A 'prototype' (it was actually a conversion of one of the YB-58A Hustlers) which has a pretty cool paint scheme. I snagged this on eBay for £8 14 years ago! Michael TB-58A Seven by Michael, on Flickr
  12. This kit was completed over 30 years ago, sat on shelves then in a display cabinet, engines were knocked off while being dusted and the undercarriage broken, then on the shelf of shame for several years, just one step from the bin of recycling doom. I was looking for something to do on Sunday and put her back together and cleaned her up and ... well, she's a 'keeper' and a place is reserved for her in the display cabinet again. The Italeri 1/72nd B-58A Hustler was released in 1984 and the TB-58A training version was released two years later. The kit's major flaw is well documented but it looks like it is doing blistering mach 2 in afterburner while on the ground, possibly one of the sexiest aircraft ever made, and I love the finished build here. So, yes, over 30 years late but I had to wait for the internet to be invented and Mike to create Britmodeller so I could share her with you TB-58A One by Ghostbase, on Flickr The aircraft is TB-58A serial 58-1007 and named 'Boomerang', she wears the markings of the 43rd Bomb Wing which was based at Carswell AFB, Texas, then Little Rock AFB in Arkansas. She was one of the four TB-58A Hustlers attached to the Wing and was used for converting pilots to fly the B-58A Hustler bomber. 'Boomerang' was scrapped in May 1977. TB-58A Two by Ghostbase, on Flickr I do remember painting the model. The main silver finish was applied using a small Humbrol aerosol spray can (11 silver). The burnt metallic on the rear wings and the engines was applied using one of the Humbrol metallic paints, I think 'polished silver' which I applied by brush and then buffed with a soft cloth. The underside of the delta wing was covered with metal foil, as were a couple of panels on the top wing. The decals were from the kit. TB-58A Three by Ghostbase, on Flickr TB-58A Four by Ghostbase, on Flickr The photo below shows the silver foil applied to the lower wing. Way back then I used foil from chocolate bars and applied it to panels using gloss varnish. It clearly worked! TB-58A Six by Ghostbase, on Flickr This view of the top of the wing shows where I applied foil to accentuate a different metallic shade, the two triangular sections inboard of the leading engines. TB-58A Five by Ghostbase, on Flickr The B-58 Hustler was one of my favourite aircraft when I was a teenager, sadly I never saw one in flight as I lived on the wrong side of the 'pond', but I have seen several since preserved and even on the ground in a museum they are awesome looking aircraft. Now she takes her rightful place in the display cabinet Michael
  13. It feels like they are beyond fading , maybe almost gone? I don't know why but it is very sad when the last of a generation passes on. Harry Patch, the last British World War One veteran, passed away in 2009 and that was very well publicised at the time Ethel Lang was the last person born in the Victorian era, she passed in 2015. I have just come back from the USA where I visited the Gettysburg National Military Park, the battle took place in July 1863 and turned the tide, and the last verified Civil War veteran hung on until 1956. And, must be included, Millvina Dean in 2009 who was the last survivor of the sinking of the Titanic. I think some of these resonate for me because I remember my grandparents who were all born before 1903, both grandfathers served during World War One. I remember World War One veterans very clearly from my childhood, many of my teachers at school had actively served in World War Two and some clearly bore the mental scars too. Apologies for the slight thread drift. Michael
  14. That has come out very well indeed and shows off the strong points of the kit, nicely finished too Michael
  15. Very nicely done and personally I love the red/white/blue paint scheme. Back in the early 70's the F-16 really looked sharp! Michael
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