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  1. XIVes came to 91 Squadron in mid-August, when they were one of three operational squadrons on the XIV(c). After that there were (by mid-September) 3 squadrons flying XIVes, and only two with XIV(c)s, which shrank to one in March '45. In November two additional squadrons began flying high-back XIVes modified for fighter-recon (oblique camera only). I don't have an actual count of "built (or delivered) as" c/e, but the above should give you some idea.
  2. http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_meteor_F1_right_rear.html https://www.agefotostock.com/age/en/details-photo/raf-616-squadron-gloster-meteor-f-3-painted-in-a-white-special-livery-during-the-winter-of-1944-45-for-easy-recognition-to-distinguish-them-from-me-262-german/MEV-11952320
  3. ...and a pointy nose. Possibly also the later, longer (on top surface of wing) nacelles. And various other mods, no doubt! The Beech 18 is one of those types that was frequently "hot-rodded", so be very careful using a different individual as reference if you're wanting to replicate that specific airplane as it appears now/when the photos were taken. I had the AT-11 version of this kit and it is one of the few I got rid of as soon as I got the chance! bob
  4. Did any more come of this? I was poking at a 48th Airfix Fury yesterday and thinking about the possibilities...
  5. They did not all get put away in a hangar- there weren't enough of those around with enough capacity.
  6. As they say (or did, when I was hangin' around) in general aviation, the second engine is just there to get you to the scene of the crash!
  7. Just a note that the first operational sortie of a Mosquito was on the night of 5/6 July '42, and when the squadron moved to Manston a month later, they left the Havocs/Bostons behind. Unfortunately the ORBs are a bit sketchy on detail- the summary mostly just lists operational flights, quite tersely, and the Record seems to just use the aircraft letter, no serials. (I only looked at June-Aug so far.)
  8. There were only 27 "pure fighter" low back XIVs. Some of the first ones "released" went to (or were grabbed by) relatively high-ranking pilots in 2TAF. Probably some of these would have had full span, but I'd have to check. As others have said, full tips were also fitted sometimes in other places on FR.XIVs- probably by squadrons using them as straight fighters, and without any intention of fitting the extra (weight-adding) stuff. I hadn't particularly thought about it from this perspective. Then, of course, there are the XVIIIs (F or FR).
  9. Could you explain this comment for the unenlightened?
  10. Oops, I "read" them wrong! Maybe it is a Quebecois Goose?
  11. Having looked at the photos in this thread again, I'm not convinced that the cowls/lightning stripe are red. I'd vote for roundel blue or possibly even black?
  12. Other than prototypes, etc, I think you'll only find the high-altitude scheme on later VIIs (prior to that it was standard fighter camo). Medium Sea Grey top, PRU Blue bottom.
  13. As the others have said, very VERY nice build of a thoroughly intimidating subject. I'd also like to add that seeing it "in living colour" makes me think it is some sort of "first generation Steampunk" imagination, rather than something that not only was actually done, but even worked!
  14. I'd be very surprised if the warning stripe was anything other than "standard red". bob
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