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  1. stever219

    Model Shops UK

    The Model Box, Old Watermill Shopping Village, Faldo Road, Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire, MK45 4RF. Small and friendly but with an incredibly varied stock: Airfix, revellers, Tamiya, Valom, Misterkit (the latter on offer at present). Handy coffee shop nearby plus other businesses in which to offload SWMBO (other WMBO's are available). Access for wheelchair users is possible but the slope is quite steep. Not easily accessible by public trapsnort.
  2. Well done Shropshire Scale Model Club, a brave and sensible decision in very difficult circumstances. Whenever I've attended the Cosford show it's been very busy and thoroughly enjoyable, something that would be vey difficult to achieve with current distancing requirements. Roll on Cosford 2022.
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    "Lightning lockdown" is all well and good as long as people comply. Locally we have one of the worst infection and mortality rates in the East of England and, unsurprisingly, BAME groups are over-represented. My niece lives in a part of town where these groups form a major proportion of the population. In her words " they were all up and down the road in and out of each others' houses like nothing had happened. Within three says they were all in the mosques "cleaning" and all their shops were opened because they were bored being stuck at home". OK the WASP stereotypes aren't covering themselves with glory either, but without a properly enforced lockdown we still have a significant problem Houston. PS: for avoidance of doubt my niece is mixed race and scared witless of this situation. Mods please delete this if it's inappropriate.
  4. I have both a Halifax and a Hampden; oh the infamy!!☹☹
  5. Tony Clayton at Diaerama might be a good source of information.
  6. How much energy do you think an RP has? Even though most ship’ bulkheads were not particularly thick one or at most two might be breached by an RP in a smaller ship provided that the warhead hadn’t detonated on impact. Factor in any cargo, machinery and other assorted gubbins in the way and your RP is going to encounter a lot of energy-sapping resistance. The Mosquito has a span of just over 54 feet, the RP rails are about 1/6 of that in from the tips. Assuming an incredibly accurate head-on attack on a ship with a beam of fifty feet all eight RPs might score hits, although the outboard pair might just as well ricochet off the sides due to the shallow pact angle. The first things they’re going to encounter are, in no particular order, the crew accommodation, the chain lockers, ships’ stores, collision bulkhead and forward hold. If, as I said above, the warheads haven’t detonated (unlikely) by the time they’ve penetrated that lot they are going to have lost most, if not all, of their energy and at that point the only way they are going is downwards at considerably totally reduced forward speed. A head-on pass will require the aircraft either to break away to one side or the other of the target or to overfly its entire length or to fly alongside its entire length, giving defending gunners plenty of opportunity to have a go whereas a beam attack will give a rapidly approaching and then rapidly receding target. A beam attack on a 450 foot long ship should result in all RPs hitting the target: ships of the era in question rarely had spaces more than 50 feet long fore and aft so it’s likely that any breaches of the hull would straddle at least one bulkhead. If any of the compartments breached included engine room, boiler room and/or bunkers, far more likely as the pilots would probably aim for the middle of the ship to ensure a hit, the outlook for the ship and crew is going to be grim. During the approach and escape the attacking aircraft will present the lowest cross section to the defending gunners and be over or alongside the target for the shortest possible time.
  7. I think you’ve been over-thinking this. A beam-on attack gives you a bigger target, for example a 400-odd foot long ship has a beam of around fifty to eighty feet, so harder to hit from head on. A head on attack also creases the chances of a wasted shot as some of the RPs might glance off the hull plating due to the curve at the bows producing a shallower impact angle. The chances of knocking out the bridge on most merchant ships of the time, with the possible exception of tankers and transports, is also compromised by the amount of high-rise gear (masts, derricks, etc) ahead of the superstructure. A beam attack allows an opportunity to breach more than one watertight compartment, be it hold, boiler room, engine room or bunkers which, although maybe not resulting in an outright sinking, will increase the probability of crippling the ship and creating a liability to the operator (do we stop to pick up the crew, can we put a damage control party aboard, can we get a tow line into her, do we have to finish the job to deny the enemy an attempt at salvage?). Underwater impacts by RPs could be devastating; remember the Dambusters? The water behind the exploding RP acts as a tamper, directing the blast forwards much like a modern shaped charge, cutting a hole in the hull and then allowing the pressure of the water to amplify the damage. There are many instances of ships being lost because, having been holed below the waterline, bulkheads have collapsed because the ship’s remained under way long enough to overload the bulkheads.
  8. Ha! I’ll see your Airfix Battle and raise you a Fonderie Miniature Handley Page Hamden. Mis-matched parts, outline and shape errors, poor quality metal parts and twenty or more years younger than the Battle kit.
  9. D’oh! So used to building in 1/48th now I’d forgotten about Tamiya’s 1/72th Mossies. Please excuse me while I get back under my rock.
  10. The PR. 34 and NF. 36 both had two-stage Merlins which neither Tamiya kit features. I don't recall having seen the Freightdog conversion being advertised for some time (I hope it is still available) so you might be forced to (drastically) re-engineer those in the Airfix B/PR. 16 kit which leave quite a lot to be desired.
  11. The main structure of the Defiant is metal bur all of the control surfaces are fabric covered. I've a strong suspicion that the retractable fairing aft of the turret and some of the structure above the upper longeron in that area are fabric-covered plywood but I can't reach my references just now.
  12. Andre I think that the image I referred to is the only one that I’ve seen that wasn’t taken in pouring rain.️️
  13. There are some super images there but there’s a gotcha. Image 37 purports to show XN781/B of 19 Squadron but in fact it’s an F. Mk. 6; check the length of the cable duct below the cockpit and the ADEN installation in the front section of the ventral tank. None of the F. Mk. 2As wore Dark Green and Dark Sea Grey camouflage. The image was taken at Binbrook during the commemoration of the Lightning’s 25 years in service when the colours of every squadron that had operated the type were applied to a number of the jets; by that time the F. Mk. 2As had been withdrawn from service and XN781 herself had been scrapped at Leuchars.
  14. Nice idea but sadly no. Although the Mosquito was built of wood it was also fabric covered on its entirety, apart from the engine nacelles and cowlings. The fabric was applied in large sheets and did not match the joints of the wooden skin panels except at production joints between major assemblies. You might be better using the technique to lightly accentuate the removable panels on the Mosquito and on metal-skinned aircraft.
  15. Are you going to install the radio in there after you went to all the trouble to find those cutaways and schematics for me? From experience the turret is a tight fit into its mounting ring to the extent that a coat or two of paint will prevent it seating properly. Thanks for taking the hit and getting those bracing struts in before I did mine; now I know what they should look like.
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