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    Halifax repairs at Clifton Moor

    Some interesting photos in the York Press today, courtesy of the Yorkshire Air Museum. Particularly the second and fourth shots, of Halifax III MZ559 in the markings of 578 Sqn. I do wonder whether the first of these two photos was actually taken at Clifton, given the USAAF personnel (one complete with sidearm) and the likelihood of an aircraft that returned from operations in that condition being flown to the repair depot rather than being dismantled and sent by road. The second picture must show MZ559 after the rear fuselage of another Halifax had been grafted on and re-baptised. I would hazard a guess that these were part of a sequence of publicity shots illustrating how the depot returned this particular aircraft to service
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    Airfix Mig 21 1:72 canopy

    White glue? It sets transparent, it won't mark the canopy and if you don't like the result you can just pull it off again after it's set. If the gap you're filling will be part of the canopy framing, you can paint the outside and the colour will show through when you look into the the cockpit from the opposite side, whereas if you use filler the inside of the frame will be filler-coloured.
  3. The framework was semi-permanent, the 'runway' on top of it was constructed of planks and could have been dismantled fairly easily - see this photo. If you scroll down to the photo on this page captioned "HMS Queen Elizabeth 1919 with flying off platforms and sternwalk removed", you can see that the rails on the gun barrels of X turret are still in place, as is the portion of the runway that sits on top of the actual turret. The bare framework would not have been very vulnerable to blast, as it presents minimal surface area: on early dreadnoughts,12 pdr or 4" guns were mounted on the turret roofs and while they couldn't be manned while the 12" guns were being fired they withstood the blast well enough., The aircraft, on the other hand, would undoubtedly have been reduced to matchwood! However, the main armament would only have been fired (a) during gunnery practice, which was pre-planned (so the aircraft could be left behind) or in action, when the survival of the aircraft would have been a minor consideration. They were completely expendable anyway, as unless the ship was within easy reach of land every flight would end in a ditching. A Camel cost about £2,000, which would likely equate to the cost of a salvo or two of 15" shells from a £2M Queen Elizabeth.
  4. I know one retailer who has stopped stocking them for exactly that reason.
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    SEAC Hurricane question

    There's a fairly well known photo of a 94 Sqn two-cannon Hurricane IIc in the Middle East. (Maybe more than one but the aircraft in the foreground is the only one where I can make it out.)
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    Airfix for 2019

    I agree with you, on both counts. I didn't find building the 1/72 Blenheim I an enjoyable experience. But it's curious that a couple of years ago Airfix reps were telling customers that the really old kits were never going to be released again. The company must have put some thought into that and concluded that the game wasn't worth the candle. Ancient dross like the Tiger, Sherman and SdKfz 234 falls squarely into that category, yet here we go again. I wonder what's changed their mind. I noticed that in my local Aldi this Christmas the modern Hurricane, Fw 190 and P-51 toolings sold well, while the 60 year-old Cutty Sarks were left on the shelf.
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    World war two, movies and tv-series...

    I missed "Hurricane" in the cinema, and hadn't read this thread, so when I saw the DVD on sale for £5.99 last week I was surprised to see such a recent release being sold at a knockdown price. Having watched it, I now understand why it was going so cheap. For one thing, the CGI flying scenes are the worst I've ever seen, and some elements of the plot are ridiculous.
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    Consolidated B24J Liberator.

    A Liberator GR VI or GR VIII might also have had a Boulton Paul 4-gun rear turret fitted in the UK. I don't know what proportion of aircraft received this modification; others will undoubtedly be able to tell you more.
  9. If you can get hold of a copy of this book, it includes an elevation and plan view of HMS Antrim as built. Not huge, the drawings take up half a page in total, but hopefully in a large enough scale to be some help.
  10. They did include swastikas for a time in the 1970s - for example, see the box art on the original release of their 1978 Stuka, compared with the later versions where it's disappeared again along with the falling bombs and crashing aircraft. The bombs and explosions made a comeback but the swastikas didn't.
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    Hurricane Mk 2c Mister Craft 1:72 any good?

    This will be the 1970s Heller kit. It was considered pretty good in its day but I'm pretty sure it has the shape error common to most Hurricane kits until relatively recently: a nose that tapers too sharply in plan view, making it too narrow to accommodate the engine. If so, it can be fixed by inserting a plastic card shim between the fuselage halves at the nose (in the upper joint only). Incidentally, I realised recently that the Airfix Hart/Demon has the very same issue.
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    What to do with a Frog DH Mosquito

    The Patrick Stephens Ltd Classic Aircraft book on the Mosquito said, way back in 1980, "this is not a good kit by present day standards". "The most serious problem with this kit is that the wings are placed far too high on the fuselage. The root positions practically break the lower line of the cockpit, which makes any model completed from this kit look a little odd. The work involved in correcting this is not worthwhile...." It suggests that all it's good for is to provide useful spare parts and as Graham says that was true 40 years ago but not these days.
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    Bogue/Attacker colour profiles

    So those books are a maritime equivalent of this, then? I bought that one as well........
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    Bogue/Attacker colour profiles

    There's this book. It includes profiles (both sides, in most cases) of Attacker, Battler, Chaser, Stalker, Tracker, Fencer, Striker, Hunter, Searcher, Ravager and Pursuer. G10 (dark grey), B30 (mid grey) and B55 (not actually named in the chart at the front but it looks like another grey to my dodgy colour perception) feature in a couple of them. You probably won't want to pay the price being asked here but no doubt other sources are available, and there's always inter-library loan. ISBN is 978 1 84832 253 0.
  15. Will do but you might have to wait a bit. I've got a Novo Baltimore that I bought with a firm plan to build it as a Malta-based aircraft - at a modelling event at the Museum of Army Transport in Beverley, which must have been over 25 years ago..... For some years now, I've been thinking about building it in the markings of 459 Sqn RAAF, which my dad was attached to when it was flying Hudsons. Actually, a Hudson would be a good subject for a new release; I might even buy it in 1/48.