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AWFK10

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  1. AWFK10

    Fujimi 1/72 British Phantom - Nose too short?

    Can't argue with that! The 'red stripe' box art on the Airfix Wellington, for instance, where it's conducting a night attack from about 500' while the nose and tail gunners blaze away merrily at random into the conflagration below. A lot more inspiring than the 1980s box, which reveals the ghastly reality of what lurks inside: enough to deflate almost anybody's enthusiasm. The original box art for the Matchbox Phantom wasn't bad.
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    Fujimi 1/72 British Phantom - Nose too short?

    Especially on grass, as it doesn't seem to have taken off from the runway. Unless the pilot is just beating up the airfield, which is probably inadvisable while loaded with 12 bombs, 2 Bullpups and a recce pod.
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    Marmaduke "Pat" Pattle's last Hurricane AS988 - The gen?

    There was a special Hurricane issue of Quarter Scale Modeller that included an article about this aircraft - by Neil Robinson, I think. In fact, looking at this list, it was Issue 1: the article isn't mentioned but I'm sure it's in the magazine. I recall the author believed that as a very late production Mk I AS988 did have the Mk II style Rotol, and that it was Dark Green/Dark Earth. And if I remember rightly his model had the NW code but no individual letter, and that this was educated guesswork on his part, so he wasn't working from a photo.
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    Airfix 2019

    They produced an NF30 in 1/48 but the 1995 retread of their 1/72 Mossie was an NF XIX. Pretty much the same, with the universal (bull) nose but retaining single stage Merlins.
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    Airfix mirage III c canopy

    It was out more recently (from 2009-2012, according to the Airfix Tribute Forum) as a starter set, so there could be hope. I bought one myself out of nostalgia, opened the box and discovered I'd forgotten how basic the kit is. I did build mine but I can imagine people getting it home, discovering what they'd bought and consigning it to the back of the cupboard.
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    1/72 Airfix B-26?????

    Yes, it's this one: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/airfixtributeforum/1973-martin-b-26-marauder-1-72-t1077.html Not a bad kit at all (I have an unmade one I bought years ago) but personally I wouldn't pay the £18.99 that Airfix are now asking for this 45-year old product.
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    Vickers wellesley interior colours

    The Long Range Development Unit Wellesleys certainly flew without the panniers but there are photos of aircraft in squadron service without them in place: see the 76 Sqn line up on this web page, for example: http://www.smartage.pl/vickers-wellesley-rekordowy-zapomniany-bombowiec/ and this 148 Sqn aircraft in flight: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickers_Wellesley#/media/File:Vickers_Wellesley.jpg I could have sworn there were some interior photos in the Profile on the Wellesley but I'm afraid there aren't.
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    Old Frog kit Mess BF109 1/72

    It's not a bad kit at all. It was the first model of a German aircraft that I ever bought, knocking on 50 years ago, and I used Galland's markings (my father had a copy of "The First and the Last"). In those days, I bought most of my kits from our local newsagent, who stocked a good selection of Airfix: Frog were slightly more exotic but available from a toyshop a mile or so away. I picked up a 109F, less decals, at a recent Huddersfield show: I built it in Regia Aeronautica markings, and I was pleased with the way it turned out.
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    Private enterprise in Soviet Russia - Yak-6

    Yes, it was. I bought one, and I still have it somewhere, less the box.
  10. There's a photo, accompanied by a profile, in Tony O'Toole's excellent "No Place for Beginners" of a Hurricane IIc which has clearly been partly overpainted in a shade of blue or blue-grey. The photo was previously published in the Modelaid booklet on Allied aircraft in Malta, in the 1980s, and in another, more substantial book by Richard Caruana that's an expansion of the earlier one. It's reproduced in this thread: https://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php?topic=49851.24 though contrary to the caption Tony believes that the photo doesn't show the aircraft shortly after arriving on Malta but when it was subsequently being used for long-range patrols (hence the external tanks).
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    Revell 2018

    I was in a model shop on Saturday and was told that the Revell rep had said it'll be £19.99. I was thinking of getting a couple but not at that price.
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    Airfix 2019

    I echo TT's point. I recently had a conversation with a model shop owner who isn't at all happy with Airfix selling new releases direct to the end purchaser before dispatching stock to retailers, so that people who would otherwise have bought the kits from him have got hold of them before he's able to put them on the shelf.
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    Novo Gloster Javelin FAW.9

    It's probably a bit late to bring this up but the fin/rudder on the Novo (Frog) kit is way too thin in cross section, as the first photo here illustrates. It would have been reasonably easy to fix except that, infuriatingly, Frog chose to mould it as a single piece. Still, from most viewing angles it's not that noticeable.
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    Halifax identity

    Mentioned in "Wings over York: the history of Rufforth Airfield" (Brian Mennell): ".....158 Sqn was to provide aircraft to join the 272 destined to attack Mannheim on 6th. Sergeant Bartlett was unable to raise the undercarriage of his Halifax after take off and attempted to land back at Rufforth. After failing to land on his first approach, the aircraft crash-landed at Bilborough, about three miles from the airfield. Two of the crew, Sergeant Lawrence Jackson (navigator) and Sergeant Peter Wallis (mid-upper gunner) were killed. Peter Wallis was just 19 years of age. The rest of the crew were all injured, Sergeant Miller, the rear gunner, quite badly. The wreckage burst into flames and the aircraft was lost. Another aircraft was lost on the same raid. Pilot Officer Reynold's Halifax was hit by flak as he completed his bombing run. He nursed the damaged aircraft back towards England but by the time of landfall on the south coast, the aircraft was becoming extremely difficult to handle. The decision was made to bale out and all the crew landed safely, Pilot Officer Reynolds himself causing upset to the Army by landing on the roof of Sandhurst Military College. The aircraft crashed a few miles away. Again the Wing Commander considered a comment in the Squadron Operations Book worthy and stated: "This was the crew's first operation and first experience of flak. I think they coped quite well."" Incidentally, Appendix A lists 158 Sqn "aircraft/aircrew losses" while flying from Rufforth. In fact, it appears that it only lists those incidents in which there were fatalities, because DT544 doesn't feature. The only entry for the night of 6/7 Dec 1942 is Sgt Bartlett's Halifax, DG223, and Mennell quotes this aircraft as NP-R: possibly a transcription error?
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    B-17F in 1/72 - options?

    I was about to say the same thing. The photo clearly shows that engraved panel lines bear no resemblance to what's actually present on the airframe. In a similar vein, I've just built Airfix's 2011 1/72 Spitfire I, which has (rather overdone) engraved panel lines on the fuselage. I've also built its 1979 predecessor, which has delicate raised lines. The real aircraft looks like this, so in my view the older kit is the more accurate representation. There are a couple of B-17 shots here that make the point, as well. And a close-up of part of a Lancaster fuselage, illustrating that the 1980 Airfix kit, which is sometimes criticised for being covered in rivets, faithfully attempts to reproduce the appearance of the real aircraft. Granted, the practical disadvantage of raised detail is that it gets sanded off and is difficult to replace but in many cases it's closer to the real thing.
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