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  1. I don't think that would work, unfortunately. The Milliput you used to form the replacement prop would bond with the mould.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. That's one of the photos in the book and if my specs are to be depended on, 'G' is WA981. There's also another one, dated November 1953, where it's in a line up of Meteors at Duxford. It's a bit clearer from that picture that it carried the chevrons on the fuselage which are very hard to make out here. Roger's 'Cold War Shield' trilogy is up there with the very best in aviation history writing. Unfortunately, quality, special interest books like that often seem to be as rare as hen's teeth a year or two after they've been published.
  7. From Roger Lindsay's 'Cold War Shield', Vol 1: T - WK827, between Jul 53 and Jul 58. (There's a photo of it in 1953, in silver finish. It's got the fully glazed canopy.) G - at various times, WA981, WA985, WF703, WK801
  8. I've just built the Airfix Corsair but as an A-7D, using a spare part from the Matchbox kit to provide the USAF pattern refuelling receptacle that Airfix forgot to include. It's a nice kit. I'm in the fortunate position of having a box full of Vietnam-era USAF and USN kits that I acquired 20 - 25 years ago when I was buying far more than I built. This month's SAM article on the 432nd TRW has inspired me to dig some of them out.
  9. Frog did make a Ventura, though it was released right on the point when they ceased trading and very few ever saw the light of day in a Frog box. It didn't have British markings included but I think it could be built as a RNZAF GR V.
  10. AWFK10

    Airfix 2020

    They just might have done. I recall reading (in the Air Vanguard on the F-105, I think) that one Thunderchief pilot was tasked, in the event of a war against China, with dropping his first nuclear weapon on a particular Chinese airport and then carrying on to drop the second one on another target. After that, his instructions were to fly out to sea on a specified heading until he encountered a US destroyer, when he was to eject and be retrieved from the sea. The plan seems a tad optimistic.
  11. Revell released the Blenheim and Gannet, too, at the same time. They cleaned up the moulds but I've a feeling it was announced that they only had temporary use of them.
  12. I remembered having a copy of Aircraft Modelworld with a Bulldog on the cover. The bad news is, it turned out to be a 1987 issue but the good news is the December 1984 issue was in the same box file. Yes, there's a photo of 54 Sqn Bulldogs at Hornchurch: the caption continues "At this time the squadron marking was a yellow bar aft of the roundel subsequently changed to a red bar with silver diagonals, as No 32". It's not a great picture, it's a line up of 4 aircraft photographed from slightly in front and to the right of the nearest Bulldog (which appears to have a camera gun above its centre section) in such a way that the fuselage markings are obscured by the bottom wing. All bar No 2 in the line have what appear to be red wheel disks. I can't make out any serials but the nearest aircraft could have one starting 'K16**" and it does look to be on a stripe. The photo dates from no later than 1934, as K16** has rudder stripes (the tails of the others aren't visible) - yes, they were discontinued that year. It also has a tailwheel rather than a skid. Wing and centre section struts are black, again with the exception of No 2. As far as I can make out, no glare panels are in evidence. I should tell you that, in the Bulldog Warpaint, there's a profile of K1641 marked in this way, with the yellow stripe behind the roundel but without rudder stripes. There's also one of the same aircraft wearing the "red bar with silver diagonals" and captioned as "revised markings in red on fuselage and above top wing replacing yellow bar as seen in previous profile, and the addition of rudder bars [sic]". This can't be correct: rudder stripes were ordered to be discontinued for technical reasons (the effect that painting markings on control surfaces had on their balance), not on a whim. Once an aircraft had had them removed as ordered, they wouldn't be painted back on.
  13. AWFK10

    Airfix 2020

    Airfix did try that. A few years ago, Fenwicks department store in Newcastle was selling a range of their kits. IIRC, it was Airfix that pulled the plug on the arrangement for reasons that now escape me, so they can't have considered it a success. The remaining stock was sold off at a discount. The shop does still have a small selection of kits, including Airfix: I was in on Saturday and noticed that they're selling some of the Classics, including 1/76 military vehicles, Ark Royal and Hood. The other manufacturers' products are a bizarre selection, bearing in mind that this is the store's toy department, including expensive 1/350 scale Trumpeter kits of modern Chinese warships (surely a niche interest, to put it mildly) and a Takom 1/35 scale Mark IV Tank that retails for £50. "The tracks alone account for over 1000 parts", according to an online review, so not really a kit pitched at the casual buyer. Or indeed at me, though I do like WW1 armour. Not sure what the shop's strategy is here.
  14. I think Jonny's point is that the article takes a 'rivet counting' approach but ironically without reference to what was actually installed in the aircraft. The author is demonstrating his modelling skills by adding detail to a representation of something that didn't exist in the real aeroplane.
  15. And if Hairtrigger is set on building an SOE Lysander, the Matchbox kit (though otherwise nice enough) is the wrong mark - a Mk II, with Perseus engine. Mind you, so's the Airfix one and it didn't stop them selling it with decals for a Special Duties aircraft.
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