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  1. I don't have the original English edition any more but in the revised version he says "We slipped on our Mae Wests, put our parachutes and helmets ready in the two Strato-Spit VIIs. Ian had not flown one yet and wanted the new one with the pointed tail fin." The comment about the "tail fin" (i.e. a broad-chord rudder) was definitely in the previous version but I couldn't swear that Mk VIIs were specified. The revised edition just identifies the German aircraft as a "Messerschmitt 109 G". I'm pretty sure that the original specified a G-6, as it seems your Finnish translation does.
  2. You could point out to them that they're obliged by law to correct the error in your personal data. GDPR Article 5(d), incorporated into UK law by the Data Protection Act 2018: "Personal data shall be...accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that personal data that are inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, are erased or rectified without delay (‘accuracy’)." Article 16: "The data subject shall have the right to obtain from the controller without undue delay the rectification of inac
  3. The fin on the Frog/Novo kit really is way, way too thin in cross-section. To me, that's a much more noticeable problem (once you know about it) than the radome. Unfortunately it can't be fixed with a plastic card shim as it's a one-piece casting, so you're looking at a scratchbuilt replacement fin and rudder. The Mistercraft kit has the same issue.
  4. For what it's worth, I remember someone commenting that the mix of fact and fiction in "The Big Show" is a recognised French literary genre but I'm afraid I don't recall where I read that, nor can I vouch for its accuracy. My father had the original 1951 abbreviated English edition, which I devoured as a kid. I now have the 2004 version "returned to its original, unabridged state". It also incorporates some minor corrections: the one that springs to mind is that Clostermann's references to Ta 152s have been changed to specify Fw 190Ds. There's also a little bit more on the loss of
  5. I I've bought some, and I'll be 60 this year. It's not been out of nostalgia but because (a) the subject appeals to me and (b) I prefer simpler kits in any case. Oh, and (c): I'm tightfisted. So I've laid in 7 or 8 Demons as a basis for modelling other Hart variants, though I already had an Osprey and Hector in the stash. I bought the Jetstream (which I never had in the old days) because I wanted a Jetstream to fit into a 1970s RAF theme, and I'ld have bought the Dominie if I hadn't already got one. Similarly, the Matador and 5.5" gun for a collection of late war British AFVs and vehic
  6. The Formaplane FE2b isn't bad. I built one a few years ago, though unfortunately it had been in the stash since the 90s and at some point I'd mislaid the strut material/plastic rod that came with it. I don't recall any other 1/72 scale kit of the Fee ever being available, yet it was a very significant type in RFC/RAF service.
  7. There are a couple of contemporary colour photos of an OD P-61, 42-5507, in a feature in Wings of Fame Vol 15. The colour reproduction differs so much that I didn't realise they were both of the same aircraft until I read the serial but it's certainly red: one of the photos shows that unambiguously. There are black and white shots of 42-5512 (I think) and 42-5544 in which I couldn't swear which colour the serial is. The latter looks yellow to me but then the OD finish also looks a very light colour in that particular photo. For what it's worth, there are colour profiles in the feat
  8. The colour of the wheel cover is ambiguous in the ground photo in the C&C book as it's in the shadow of the lower wing but the shot of 3983 taking off shows that they're clear doped. Both sets of underwing roundels are visible and yes, they're definitely in the French style. I built her from the Toko kit myself a few years ago: I was given a free one and when I leafed through the book looking for a colour scheme this was the the one that grabbed me.
  9. I've found a third photo of 3983 online here. Unfortunately, nowhere near as sharp as the one in the C&C book (and in this shot the lower wing appears darker!)
  10. There are two photos of 3983 (a three-quarter rear view and a shot taken from below as the aircraft was taking off) in the 2007 Cross & Cockade International book "Nieuports in RNAS, RFC and RAF Service", together with a 4 view colour drawing. The paint scheme is as quoted in the IPMS Stockholm article except that the wheel covers are clear-doped. All the roundels are definitely in the French style - the original RNAS marking was a red outer ring with a white centre and it will have been modified into a tricolour roundel by adding a blue centre spot. I don't think there was an
  11. Regarding nuclear weapons, the announcement was that the cap on the number of Trident warheads that can be held by the UK will be raised from 180 to 260. There is no commitment to actually produce so much as one additional warhead. AWE Aldermaston is the only facility for the production of British nuclear weapons. Mark Urban, the BBC defence correspondent, stated on the day the review was published that Aldermaston is struggling even to deliver a programme for the refurbishment of existing warheads, which has fallen way behind schedule. There is no capacity to produce any s
  12. An acquaintance of mine told me he'd once been queuing behind an Australian traveller in London St Pancras station and had overheard him asking for a ticket to Looga Barooga. In fairness, a couple of years ago I visited Cambrai and needed to catch a local bus to the nearby village of Paillencourt. When the driver had finished laughing, he informed me that it's pronounced "PAY-en-coor" and not whatever it was that I'd said.
  13. It's a toy fair report by Bruce Quarrie on Page 395 and it turns out to be the source of that sneering comment I mentioned. "Lesney, the 'Matchbox' people, have branched out into the plastic construction kit field with an initial range of ten 1/72 scale aircraft retailing at 23p each. These models are obviously designed with the younger modeller in mind and are moulded in two-colour polystyrene which, the makers claim, obviates the need for painting! Serious modellers will of course ignore this - who wants a Spitfire with green fuselage and brown wings? However, anyone providing t
  14. Having checked through the reviews in every 1973 issue of Airfix Magazine and found no coverage of Matchbox kits, I was thinking exactly the same. I remember, but can't now find, a sneer that although Matchbox kits were moulded in two colours "that will be of little consequence to readers of this magazine, so won't be mentioned again". There was also a reader's letter some years later taking issue with what the author saw as AM's carping review of Matchbox kits, specifically the M-40 SP gun. The reviewer had said, among other criticisms, that the display base was too small for the completed mo
  15. In that same issue, a Badger airbrush is priced at £19.25 and a compressor at £38.15. The average weekly wage in 1974 was £41.70, apparently, so the cost of the two items works out at 137% of that. Average weekly earnings before tax today are £571, so on the same basis a comparable airbrush and compressor would cost £782.
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