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  1. Joystick make a 1/72 Bison. It's available via their own website but you might want to shop around.
  2. I think it's the Westland PV6 in its original form. It went on to be modified with an enclosed rear cockpit for the Everest overflight, and was kitted by Frog in that state. The Putnam Westland book has a photo of it arriving at the 1932 Hendon display and says it was in the New Types park. I think you're right about the Atlas II: again, it was certainly present at the 1932 display and the aircraft next to the PV6 looks very like it.
  3. That one is the Gloster TC.33 bomber-transport prototype, J9832. It does look like an 'S' on its nose but it's the New Types Park number, '6'.
  4. It's the one and only Boulton Paul P.32, J9950.
  5. The engine cowlings on the Mk I lack the little bulges to accommodate the rocker arms - see Image 4 here. They'ld be easy enough to sand off.
  6. Well, that depends on how serious one thinks plastic modelling is. I do it purely for enjoyment and apart from the points I mentioned the Hobby Boss Mk V meets my criteria.
  7. Could it be a fitting to support a sunshade over the cockpit and nose compartment when the aircraft is standing at dispersal in a hot climate?
  8. As well as lacking undercarriage doors, the Hobby Boss Vb needs a replacement prop as for some bizarre reason the blades are moulded in the feathered position. Another oddity is that the landing lights are lowered. Neither of these quirks is actually wrong, of course, it's just that the real aircraft wouldn't typically be seen in that condition. I seem to recall the canopy isn't great, either, but I too kind of like the kit.
  9. "Ram's horn" exhaust manifolds were sometimes fitted to Hinds: http://www.aviastar.org/pictures/england/hawker_hind_1.jpg
  10. I believe it was introduced with Expansion Period monoplanes from 1937. It's clearly visible here on K9421, delivered in December 1938. Less clear on K7602, delivered in November 1937, but it's there: you can see how the end of the black propellor blades appears squared off, because the yellow tip has merged into the background. However, I've found several photos of early Blenheim Is where it doesn't appear to be present. Nor is it obvious in a well-known picture of 105 Sqn Battles, which may well have been taken at the time of the squadron's conversion onto the type in August 1937. Others will undoubtedly know more. The primary evidence will be in specifications issued by the RAF to the aircraft industry. But yes, it's a safety measure and not something left up to individual units.
  11. I don't think that would work, unfortunately. The Milliput you used to form the replacement prop would bond with the mould.
  12. I didn't like "Dunkirk" either. Maybe it's churlish of me, because the director was genuinely trying to give it an authentic feel by using real hardware instead of CGI, but it just didn't come off. In 1940, the Luftwaffe didn't attack with one aircraft at a time. The problem was summed up in the scene where Kenneth Branagh says "There are 400,000 men on this beach" and the camera pans over an expanse of sand sparsely populated by perhaps a thousandth of that number, including cardboard cutouts. It reminded me of those historical dramas on children's TV in the 1970s where some massive battle would be represented by two men fencing unconvincingly with each other. Tora! Tora! Tora! is brilliant (there's a good overview of it here, for anyone who hasn't seen it). I've bought but haven't yet watched a film which I understand is snappily entitled in the original Japanese version "Combined Fleet commander Yamamoto Isoroku – Truth of the Pacific War 70 years ago", though the subtitled DVD I have is called "The Admiral". I've seen some extracts, from which it looks as though it should be good.
  13. I recall reading somewhere, possibly in Brian Cull's "Hurricanes Over Malta", that a new, streamlined windscreen was manufactured from a cut-down piece of perspex from another aircraft (maybe a Blenheim). Must try and dig out the reference. Found it - Page 117. Sqn Ldr George Burgess: "This had given us the idea of putting cameras in a Hurricane and I was given the job of sorting this out [greatly assisted by Sqn Ldr Louks, the Command Engineering Officer]. We were given V7101. We took out the guns, radio, armour plate and anything else we could safely get rid of and installed two cameras. Unfortunately, we didn't have the facilities to install extra fuel tanks and so we knew its range would be restricted to Sicily." However, a quotation from Sqn Ldr Louks contradicts some of this: "Using crashed Wellington fuel tanks, put an extra 150 gallons within its standard parameters, with an extra 25 gallon oil tank in the leading edge of one wing. Additional oxygen and two cameras, plus a one-piece windscreen and a perspex panel in the floor completed the mods. The windscreen was half a Blenheim astrodome, which looked about the right size. Again we were lucky. It was. The range was now a maximum of 1,500 miles, and the results so satisfactory that subsequently we built several more to the same design." The Blenheim didn't have an astrodome, of course, so either Sqn Ldr Louks was misremembering the donor aircraft (the same Wellington the tanks came from, maybe?) or it was some other piece of Blenheim glazing, which off the top of my head could only be the perspex blister for the Browning mounted under the hatch in the nose.
  14. AWFK10

    Avro 504 bomber

    It's worth mentioning (if you weren't already aware) that the Datafile on early Avro 504s hoped for by Dave Fleming has since come out and would be useful for your project: https://www.windsockdatafilespecials.co.uk/156early-avro-504-biplanes-689-p.asp
  15. If so, we can certainly look forward to an FE2b, BE2e, a new RE8 (all built in thousands and seeing combat with numerous squadrons), Armstrong Whitworth FK8, Short 184, Fairey IIIF, Vickers Virginia....... But I wouldn't count on it.
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