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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. There's a photo here of the damage to the farmhouse and some more information here, including a photo of Hptmn Dreher.
  4. 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".
  5. Ltn. Schultze even took his little tank(s) with him.
  6. In 1938 the UK had the world's fourth-highest GDP, though it was only about a third of the USA's. By the end of 1940, after about 8 months of high intensity warfare, it was bankrupt and dependent on American charity to stay in the war. When the Japanese attacked Burma and Malay a year later, it was quickly demonstrated that Britain was in no position to keep the commitments it had made to Australia, New Zealand and the SE Asia colonies for their defence. It was finally obvious then that at some point after 1918 we'd ceased to be a top tier military power. The UK's contribution to the Allied vi
  7. Airfix weren't very clear about the difference between a G.50 and a G.50 Bis. As Stew says, despite the markings they provide their kit is actually a Bis. If you look at this page from the old Profile, a BoB G.50 is the second from the top with a G.50 Bis below it. The G.50 has a taller fin and rudder with a shorter chord and the base of the rudder (which is a straight line on the Bis) is a sort of shallow 'v' shape, though this last feature isn't shown in the Profile illustration. The tailcone of the Bis fuselage extends out beyond the trailing edge of the rudder. The other issue
  8. Hi, I just came across your original question and was thinking along the same lines, except that I theorised you might have had a spare 'H' on a decal sheet. I'm wondering whether this might have been the photo you saw. It's quite a well known image and I certainly remember having a book that included it. I've a feeling it was "Hurricane at War" and a quick check shows that was published in 1974.
  9. AWFK10

    Halifax bomb loadout.

    I recently downloaded the 77 Sqn ORB and I can confirm that it specifies the bomb load for every aircraft participating in the Peenemunde raid: Aircraft A, D, G, H, K, L, Q, R, Y, Z, M, N: 1 x 2000 lb HC inst, 1 x 1000 lb HC inst, 6 x 500 lb HC inst. Aircraft B: 1 x 2000 lb HC, 1 x 1000 lb HC, 6 x 500 lb GP. Aircraft J: 1 x 2000 lb inst fusing, 1 x 1000 lb inst fusing, 6 x 500 lb inst fusing. Aircraft T: 1 x 2000 lb HE, 1 x 1000 lb HC, 6 x 500 lb GP. Aircraft V: 1 x 2000 lb HC, 1 x 1000 lb GP, 5 x 500 lb GP. Aircraft C, O, P, U, X: 50 x 30 lb ord incends,
  10. I recall an article in Model Aircraft Monthly stating that a return exits showing JG 301 had a couple of Ta 152Cs "ready for action" at the start of May 1945, though there was no further information on any operational sorties that they might have flown.
  11. W4140 was lost by 156 Sqn, part of the Pathfinder Force (PFF), on 27 April 1943. In his postwar despatch on war operations, Arthur Harris says that the first PFF H2S operation took place on 30/31 January when just two flights' worth of aircraft had been fitted with it, and that it wasn't fitted to "all the heavy aircraft of the PFF" until the end of September. He adds that "the average number of H2S-equipped aircraft despatched per raid during the first two or three months of its operational career was about 14", which suggests that any given PFF aircraft is more likely not to have had it duri
  12. I know this is a long shot but does anyone know the date at which the modification (Mod 814) to install the enlarged tail fin was embodied on Merlin-engined Halifaxes at RAF Elvington? I’ld like to model a particular 77 Sqn aircraft at the date of its loss on 21/22 January 1944. It’s LW233, a B.II Srs 1a from the final batch of Merlin-engined Halifaxes built by English Electric. It was completed after 25 August 1943 and I know from the 77 Sqn ORB that it arrived on the squadron between 7 and 15 September. While I don’t have a photo, there are two in-service shots of LW235 in “From Hull
  13. Regarding your second question, provision for the refuelling probe to be fitted was introduced with the F.1A which entered service in 1961.
  14. Nice photo, I've not seen it before. This wasn't uncommon on DH6s, as every port and starboard mainplane was manufactured so that it could be fitted as either an upper or lower wing. As the type was an elementary trainer, Airco may have reasoned that there was a higher than average chance of damaged wings needing to be replaced and making them interchangeable was consistent with the utilitarian approach they took to designing the "chummy hearse". The DH6 may be the only aeroplane in history to have had its wing aerofoil modified by simply sawing the leading edge off.
  15. Thanks, that would be great. I'll drop you a pm.
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