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  1. AWFK10

    Airfix 2021...

    I believe the last time any of the 54mm figure kits (as distinct from the WW2 Multipose figures) were produced was when the English Civil War musketeer, pikeman and cavalryman (x2) were reissued as a set back in 2006. Before that, one or two of the Napoleonic figures were released around 2000 but the others haven't been around for 25 years or more. The British Hussar and the AWI figures haven't been in circulation for 40. As you say, none of the Napoleonics reappeared for the 200th anniversary of Waterloo even though the entire range was based around the battle. Equally tellingly, despite the
  2. The Swordfish would likely have been in the standard late war FAA scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Sea Grey upper surfaces and White under surfaces, including the fuselage sides. The scheme was designed so that only the white surfaces would be visible to an observer on the ground or on the deck of a submarine, causing the aircraft to merge into the sky when viewed from a distance, hence the observer at Bircham Newton describing the aircraft as "gleaming white". The late 1944 issue of AP 2656A reproduced in the RAF Museum British Aviation Colours book specifies a "Special Coastal Duties S
  3. For my BII Srs 1a I grafted reworked Matchbox nacelles onto the Revell wing. I did briefly consider combining the Matchbox wings with the Revell fuselage but the Revell wings are much better detailed and the method of assembling them to the fuselage using abbreviated spars gives a better join than I could have achieved with the ones from the older kit.
  4. AWFK10

    Airfix 2021...

    Revell has the mould for the Matchbox Walrus and last produced the kit back in 2006.
  5. In Bomber Harris' postwar Despatch on War Operations, he wrote "By the end of September 1943 all the heavy aircraft of the Pathfinder Force had been equipped and H2S was beginning to be introduced into the Main Force. By the end of February 1944, 23 squadrons of the Main Force were equipped or converting and approximately one third of all the sorties sent out were H2S aircraft". So it's safe to assume that it wouldn't have been fitted to a 106 Sqn Lancaster in mid 1943.
  6. Graham, you're thinking of a different Red Star series to the one that Troy flagged up. Those are the old Midland Counties Publications softbacks on (e.g.) WW2 Yakovlev, Lavochkin and Polikarpov fighters. The Finnish Red Stars series are these ones. The only one I have is this hardback, which as you say is excellent and I'm sure will be representative of the quality of the others.
  7. There was a Putnam book, entitled something like "Russian Aircraft since 1940", and also a Harleyford one. They both date from the 1970s or perhaps the late sixties. I used to have them but I let them go as although they were good for their time they were very dated. The same goes for the two volumes in the Macdonald & James WW" Aircraft Fact File series, though you could probably find them cheaply. As a general rule (I don't claim to be an expert and I'm sure there are exceptions), I'ld suggest that it's not worth buying anything on Soviet aircraft that was published in the pre-Glasnost e
  8. AWFK10

    Lockdown Genealogy

    One of my great uncles, a Merchant Navy officer, became a POW in 1917 after his ship was sunk in the Indian Ocean by the German raider Wolf. For some months, he was thought to be dead and looking through the microfiche copies of the local paper in North Shields library I found an obituary which recorded that "He was the grandson of Captain Henry John Nicholson". That seemed odd. North Shields, in those days, was a sea port and was full of ships' captains: it was as if for some reason the paper expected its readership to know who Nicholson was, even though he'd died nearly 40 years previously.
  9. That's just what I was thinking. I went into P&S Hobbies in York last week to top up on modelling consumables before lockdown, spotted the 1/76 Comet and bought it - for the second time. I remember building it when it first came out, which I see from Scalemates was 47 years ago. In 1973, it was less than 30 years since the actual tank had entered service.....
  10. The July 1979 Airfix Magazine has an 8-page article by Adrian Constable on building an SS airship (the version with a BE2 fuselage as the car), with 1/72 scale drawings. There's a copy available here (I have no connection with the seller).
  11. There are good reviews of both kits (and a lot of others) on the Landships site. The sponsons on the Emhar Mk IV male are a bit of a disaster all round, as the review explains. I built the 1/35 version not long ago and found it a real chore trying to improve them. I've also seen it suggested that the whole shape of the Emhar model is slightly off, though it doesn't leap out at me.
  12. It was quite common for the flank companies of every battalion serving with a particular force to be detached from their own unit and combined into provisional grenadier and light battalions that operated separately. That could explain the presence at the siege of just the 8 centre companies of the 2/47th.
  13. There's a photo here of the damage to the farmhouse and some more information here, including a photo of Hptmn Dreher.
  14. Possibly photographed at Barajas? There's a CR 32 in the background of one of the B-26 photos here with a rather crudely applied fuselage number much like the one in the picture, and the text says that the B-26 was sent to Barajas "along with other interned planes".
  15. Ltn. Schultze even took his little tank(s) with him.
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