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    Sea Hurricane 1b

    Yes to the prop. I think the only other addition needed to produce a Sea Hurricane Ib from an accurate metal-winged Mk I kit would be the catapult spools either side of the radiator (see this build article, albeit this model is a Mk IIC with a different prop) and the catapult pick up points on the fuselage above the arrester hook, seen here in Tony O'Toole's 1/24 build.
  2. It might also be worth mentioning that the pitot head has been omitted. That's understandable as it would have been very difficult to include it considering that the kit's intended to be assembled without glue, even though there's some pretty ingenious engineering to allow the navigation and landing lights to be snap-fitted. The pair of vents above the wing root on Mk II Hurricanes are also missing, though they're visible in the box art. Essentially it's a kit of a Mk I fitted with a four-cannon wing and the deeper radiator of the Mk II, plus a Constellation spinner. It's a real shame as it's very nicely moulded, beautifully detailed and doesn't suffer from the narrow nose syndrome that some other Hurricane kits have.
  3. I think those may be some of the kits that Mr T has mentioned. Military Modelling magazine ran a series of articles on WW1 aerial wargaming in the early 1970s and I've a feeling that those Skytrex WW1 aircraft were around then. A bit of googling has confirmed that, much later, Skytrex did pioneer 1/200 scale wargaming minatures as a compromise between 1/300 scale micro armour and 1/76 or 1/72 tanks. It turns out that they're still in business and still make 1/200 aircraft, including the two I had. Thinking about it, though, I don't believe they came in a box so although the range does include the Mk 1 Spitfire and Hurricane it doesn't seem to be what Richb is remembering. Incidentally, as a youngster I had all four of those Dinky aeroplanes and the Hurricane, at least, was available in kit form - which was how I bought mine. The parts were unpainted and you had to screw them together.
  4. There were definitely some aircraft produced to accompany a range of 1/200 WW2 military vehicles/artillery/figures around 1990. I had a couple of Fw 190s and a Ju 87G. As far as I can remember they both had separate undercarriages (optional in the case of the 190) and the Ju 87 needed to have its 37mm cannon attached. I'm not sure of the manufacturer but possibly it was Skytrex.
  5. I think I remember a firm called Helmet Models making very small metal Battle of Britain era aircraft round about 1980. For once, what I think I remember may even be right because it turns out there still is a company by that name.
  6. I've found a photo of B.3534 (the serial as applied to the aircraft includes the full stop) in Jack Bruce's "The Aeroplanes of the Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing)". The basic colour scheme looks exactly the same as in photos of other French-built Spad 7s in the book, so basically Light Yellow, but it has red/white/red stripes round the rear fuselage, the front of the cowling looks to be painted white (with one dark stripe visible) and the fin is a dark colour, painted around a 'box' of the original one in which the serial is displayed. The wheel discs are also painted a dark colour, and I'm guessing they, the cowl stripe and the fin are all red. I agree with Paul, paint intended for metal or plywood panels would be unsuitable for fabric. Dope would be needed, and as far as I know there wasn't a light grey shade in use in the British flying services. Also, aircraft with UK-based training units were sometimes completely repainted in quite bizarre personal colour schemes but it's very unlikely that would happen on a front line squadron, although personal touches like the red spinner on Ball's Nieuport might be tolerated. Duncan Grinnell-Milne's 56 Sqn SE5a "Schweinhund" only received the full red fuselage treatment after the Armistice, for example, it was less extravagantly decorated during the war.
  7. The old Squadron Signal "SPAD Fighters in Action" has a colour profile of an overall light grey RFC SPAD VII. I can't find my copy (maybe I parted with it at some point), so I don't know the serial number. If that's the source for this scheme, I wouldn't put much confidence in it. I believe all S.VIIs in British service were delivered either in French Light Yellow if they came off the French production line or in PC10 if they were built in the UK by British Bleriot or by Mann, Egerton & Co. French-built aircraft may have had their uppersurfaces partly or wholly repainted PC10 in the field. I've always assumed the Squadron Signal profile should have been Light Yellow.
  8. MPM (Xtrakit) Meteor F8, PM Sea Fury, some Otaki 1/48 WW2 fighters, Crown 1/144 jets, several JB Models military vehicle kits in 1/76, Heller 1/400 ships...... https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/airfixtributeforum/kits-2000s-f46/
  9. I've only built the Academy kit but it's a close copy of Hasegawa's so I guess the dimensional errors are much the same in both of them. As well as the fuselage being too short (both in front of and behind the cockpit), the chord of the wings is too small. If I remember rightly, the same applies to the tailplanes. The canopy's the wrong shape, too.
  10. Hi Ed, I agree, this is the Day Fighter Scheme of Dark Green and Ocean Grey with the Sky fuselage band and spinner dulled down with another colour. If you look at the spinner, the portion behind the prop blades hasn't been overpainted and is much brighter than the rest of it, which looks to be close in tone to the grey round the exhaust stacks.
  11. That's an excellent and evocative piece of modelling. A real work of art recording a moment from history.
  12. I still have my childhood copy of the Observer's Book of Basic Aircraft (Military), published in 1967. It omits one or two types that were in RAF service when it came out, such as the Varsity, the Basset and the Anson (still serving in the comms role until 1968). The Vampire T.11 is included but the list of operators doesn't recognise that it was still in use with the RN. It says that the B-52H is to be retired by 1975.
  13. They didn't lack the opportunity to conduct additional research but evidently they didn't bother, despite having been caught out before by basing a kit directly on a museum restoration without checking whether it was fully representative of a WW2 service aircraft. This photo, for example, took about 30 seconds to source by typing "Mosquito B XVI" into a search engine. Even a look at their own 1/48 scale kit would have shown them discrepancies between what they'd presented there as a Mk XVI and what they were proposing to present in the 1/72 kit, which should have been a cue to check which was correct.
  14. You make a fair point but a large wedge of the 80% would probably be just as happy with Airfix's 50 year-old Mk II/VI/XVIII kit, which the company could have carried on making money from without incurring the cost of developing a new tool. It follows that Airfix believe that cost will be justified by the sales the new kit will achieve to more discriminating enthusiasts who do know something about Mosquitoes. If that's the market they're relying on to generate a profit, it's in their own interest to take every reasonable measure to ensure the kit's accuracy. But they haven't. They didn't confirm before they measured up the airframe they've based the kit on that it's fully representative of the mark that they intended to replicate. Nor do they seem to have checked the drawings produced from their lidar scans against other reference material, like contemporary photographs of wartime B.XVIs. Moreover, this isn't the first time the current incarnation of Airfix has been caught out this way, so the lesson really should have been learned.
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