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  1. More likely a replacement fin/rudder in fresh Dark Earth. The tone is like the fresh paint on the back 3 Hurricanes this shows the fin removed I don't have an answer, it looks like fresh Dark Earth, this has been discussed before on here, at least twice! I suggested a repaint after an engine fire or major oil leak, needing a repaint, but that is just a guess. this famous image helpfully has faded Dark Earth/Middle Stone, and some patches of fresh paint for an idea of contrast RCAF Spitfire V, 1943. by Etienne du Plessis, on Flickr And desert scheme Hurricanes in period colour note on here the variation in Dark Earth, with a fresh patch behind the U, and how shiny the cowling is, not this is taxying out for take off and already has quite an exhaust deposit Close up of Hurricane Mk II d . by Etienne du Plessis, on Flickr taken moments before or later , the above I think is a crop. I don't know what going on the the fuselage panel on S, looks to be Dark Green and Middlestone? Desert Hurricane's by Etienne du Plessis, on Flickr the other shot Hurricane Mk II d . by Etienne du Plessis, on Flickr and for reference, two more desert scheme in colour Hurricane 1944. by Etienne du Plessis, on Flickr Hurricane IIc by Etienne du Plessis, on Flickr AFAIK Upward flare discharger https://www.key.aero/article/everything-you-need-know-about-hawker-sea-hurricane 40 Upward-firing recognition flare launcher cutaway is unreadable, I'd need to pull the manual out but I now need to eat
  2. not sliver/gunmetal, or covered in rust.... https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235043141-favorite-track-technique/#elControls_3128688_menu "Most tracks of WW2 vintage were a high-manganese steel for wear resistance and long life. This was most definitely NOT silver, nor graphite. It was a goldy-brown colour, sort of like a light bronze. Even late-war German tracks still appear to have had a decent manganese content. They would wear out in no time without it, and it was being sourced from Sweden through Denmark until very late." Various discussions on this, was quite a surprise to me when it came up, as steel colour going rusty are what you see on so many models... HTH
  3. What book? Ah, a check shows https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235137723-dambuster-lancaster-aj-s/#comment-4931960 @Mark Postlethwaite is a member here. This may https://wingleader.co.uk/books/avro-lancaster-part-3/ have some more info? The folk at Wingleader are very good and do research carefully. Note, while the illustration in the book look like photos, I think they are digital art works, like the cover this is a drawing again, not a photo so if they are drawings, this is not relevant. They were not taken in a preserved example. AFAIK the only wartime spec Lancaster interior is the nose of F-Freddie https://www.ipmsstockholm.se/home/avro-lancaster-in-detail/ note the green leathercloth @Finn may have some suggestions? HTH
  4. I appreciate English is not your first language, but I am not total sure what you are asking. Be aware that the Valiant WIngs books are not very carefully researched, the only one I have is the Hurricane book and it's full of mistakes, omissions and occasional fantasy. The Typhoon initially did not have reinforcing plates just in front of the tail, to the fuselage/tail join, the ones added are known as 'fish plates' clearly seen here These are standard from quite early in Typhoon production, and are also seen on aircraft fitted with Tempest tailplanes. The Tempest tailplanes over lap them Just visible here The person who knows all the answers is @Chris Thomas a search bring up I hope this answers your question.
  5. Consolidated Mess apparently does have this information. Or some of it. @Graham Boak whose just refound his copy maybe able to confirm? True of many types.
  6. @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies @dickrd @foeth ?
  7. I belive the PM is OK, but crude. Many years ago I compared the Frog kit some plans in Scale Models, (1982 Scale Models special) IIRC the outer wings were a bit small or short. It was a long time ago though. This maybe of use https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235050552-any-ideas-for-a-seafury-to-fury-conversion/ and this is VP207 in the demonstrator scheme IIRC this had a blue cheat line, and the Centaurus one was in red. Again, has been discussed on here. This also well shows the raised cockpit in the Fury. HTH
  8. Yes, but the Fury fuselage was entirely new as well.
  9. These are Fury's not Tempest's. Note the 2nd Sabre Fury and early Centaurus one had demonstrator colours, overall alu dope with coloured fuselage cheat lines. I'll dig out the discussion on this if you like?
  10. As was said, usually in reference to facing to Japanese, who were at their peak. Also, the ones at Singapore acquitted themselves reasonably well all things considered, @mhaselden Even if they had the latest mark Spitfire there it would not have made much difference. The Finns had highly trained and motivated pilots, and the version they had was better. I recall reading that the individual airframe with the most kills ever was a Finnish Buffalo as well. Not in the mood to go info hunting now though. Neat model, well observed.
  11. this one? " "Old Faithful", the Humber Super Snipe staff car used by Field Marshal Montgomery during the Western Desert campaign (and then subsequently in Sicily and Italy). The car, number M239459, currently resides in the Imperial War Museum London, resplendent in desert camo paintwork." https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235129075-montys-old-faithful-staff-car-finished/
  12. I doubt it was ever brown and green (sic), as prototypes by this stage used current fighter camouflage, with yellow undersides. https://www.hawkertempest.se/index.php/thetempest/2014-05-12-18-28-30/marki as can be see, it has the wider Tempest tail planes. Bear in mind 1967 was pretty much the dark ages on this kind of stuff, I believe that the reason the Ducimus guides are still highly rated is that it was only in the late 60's the relevant information was actually declassified! Neat project, it looks very different. and looks very ungainly with the UC down too! but sleek when airborne! HTH
  13. Ages ago, Iain Wylie showed how he made one from two small perspex sheets, holed drilled through, using the rear end of drill bits as punches. I made one, and it did work OK, not brilliant but I did punch 2mm disc out of 30 thou card. Not sure where it is right now, but I'd suggest the sort of contraption you may find interesting. Neat work on the Baltimore.
  14. Hi Lee I notified you as I know you are updated the FAA serials book, I presume you have the Sea Hurricane information. It is as noted by @Geoffrey Sinclair "Version 1, a few disclaimers and mark definitions to come" and "The original documents upon which this database is based contain many errors and inconsistencies. No doubt many errors remain. Any help you can provide by pointing out issues, or supplying copies of additional primary sources, such as log books, photographs or other documents will be gratefully received. Please help me to make this the most accurate source of information on the Hurricane. If you can correct any errors or resolve any queries please email me Your contribution will be acknowledged on the Sources page" http://www.airhistory.org.uk/Hurricane/contact.html So any corrections/additions you can make will be appreciated, if you have time. It also does collate a vast amount of information in one place, and is accessible to all, so hopefully will get corrections sent in as it is a major addition to the study of the Hurricane. cheers T
  15. nosed over Swedish PR XIX, you can see the flat port glazing. This was used when the cameras were fitted as well. I've not seen mention of a cap. I don't know if you will get a definitive answer, @gingerbob? see here for the build which may have some useful info https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235138125-airfix-spitfire-xviii-in-148th-scale/#elControls_4931363_menu HTH
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