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Ed Russell

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  1. 1. Heinkel 111s of Luftwaffe bomber units were routinely fitted with cameras for strike recording. They may or may not have been of sufficient quality and usability for PR. 2. MKHL He 111 crew rosters of reconnaissance units include a photographer / camera operator as well as pilot,observer, navigator, air gunners etc. 3. There's a conceptual difficulty in that most people would choose the nose or ventral gondola windows over the side windows any time to "use hand-held cameras to look out".
  2. I think you mean CMR. They are no longer developing new products so these will not appear. There is an existing CMR Harvard canopy. https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/hyperscale/heller-harvard-iib-cmr-resin-and-vacform-parts-arr-t491592.html https://www.redroomodels.com/product/cmr-conversion-set-at-16-harvard-1-72/
  3. @FinnAndersen is correct, it does bear an uncanny resemblance to our conversion and we believe that is accurate. We prefer to think it was convergent lines of research rather than copying. There was some chatter about nose art but it could not be substantiated. On the pictures I have seen it looks like dirty streaking. Of course if you model in 1/48 you still need our conversion........... https://www.redroomodels.com/product/red-roo-hawker-typhoon-1b-tropical-conversion-1-48-scale/ x
  4. You can use abbr. (:->) or <abbr> if you speak HTML rather than English.
  5. Ed Russell

    Luftwaffe Tires

    This is way too abstruse for a Brtimodeller discussion on tyres but the best source of general information about this is the Wiki entries for Esso and Amoco. It's complicated by the many entities trading as "Standard Oil" after 1911. The American Oil Company was taken over by Standard Oil (Indiana) in 1931 which became Amoco in 1985 (and merged with BP in 1998). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amoco https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esso
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    Luftwaffe Tires

    Close but not quite correct. Oil wells in Rumania date from Roman times. By 1857 Rumania was the largest player in the oil business, producing 275 tonnes for the year and opening the first refinery at Ploesti (now Ploiești and pronounced PL' yesht). Austro-Hungarian banks began investing in Romania’s oil industry in the 1890s. In the early 1900s there was very large foreign investment from Standard Oil, Deutsche Bank and Royal Dutch Shell. Who would have thought my school project on oil would still be useful 100 years after I did it!
  7. Thanks to another member here pretty much every code and serial tie-up is known. My quest is to find side view pictures that show the codes.
  8. J-W @JWMand Troy @Troy Smith - thanks for those replies. Thanks for looking. I had not seen that thread which is very interesting and helpful. My post lacked specificity in that what I am looking for is side-on photographs of the fuselage showing the codes. Interestingly in all of those links there is one partial code and dozens of nose views!
  9. Prompted by a recent thread I am wondering how many pictures exist of 158 Squadron Halifax aircraft. I am particularly looking for Hercules-engined ones but Merlin ones are also of interest. I have a couple of Halifax books and a few random pictures but very few of 158 Squadron ones. So, if you have a good memory or a good reference system please help me out!
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    Luftwaffe Tires

    The chap who wrote it is a Kiwi no less. He seems to have a somewhat chequered press when it comes to road safety but over the years I have cross referenced what he has written here and most of it seems factual or somewhat more than plausible. To those who are cynical about the morals and ethics of US businesses it should come as no surprise.
  11. Ed Russell

    Luftwaffe Tires

    This is a fairly comprehensive guide to US companies' support for the Nazi regime. https://dogandlemon.com/sites/default/files/cars_nazis.pdf I first read it in my 2004 edition of "The Dog and Lemon Guide - The world's largest car buyers' guide, produced entirely in Australasia by complete cynics" but this online guide is from 2010. It ends thus.............. "The bottom line is this: World War II could have occurred without Hitler, but it couldn’t have occurred without Ford, General Motors and Standard Oil."
  12. Arma have the article above as well as other research articles about Litviak so it's up to them to get it right. iI's a pity that there are so many regurgitated versions of old and incorrect info about some pilots around to catch the unwary but that's the way history goes. Much of it can be traced back to Bruce Myles' pot-boiler............ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/249831.Night_Witches
  13. While Mosquitos did serve in SEAC, this one is a RAAF example. UK built, used by 1 Sqn for about 4 mths then crashed on takeoff from Labuan airfield and scrapped. Nice work Shellie.
  14. Hmm... thanks for making me think more about it! I hesitate to quote Wikipedia as a source but it does reference respectable books and backs up your thought about B-34's B-34 - US designation for the Model 137 (with 2000hp R-2800-31 engines) bought for the Royal Air Force, 200 built and designated the Ventura IIA by the British. PV-1 - United States Navy version of the B-34; 1,600 built. A total of 388 were delivered to the Royal Air Force as the Ventura GR.V, others to the RAAF, RNZAF and SAAF. However it also says Early production PV-1s still carried a bombardier's station behind the nose radome, with four side windows and a flat bomb-aiming panel underneath the nose. Late production PV-1s dispensed with this bombardier position and replaced it with a pack with three 0.50 inch (12.7 mm) machine guns underneath the nose. and this is backed up by the BuNos of VMF(N)-531 PV-1s all being early ones. VMF(N)-531 had a variety of Venturas, all they had in common was that they were all clapped out. Ginter and Stanaway call them PV-1 Venturas so I am in good company. Specifically #6 Miss Represented, #46 (?) (the all black one) #52 and #53 Chloe had a solid nose with radar and guns in an improvised nose cap #8 (?) Eight Ball, #25 and #30 had a glass nose with a non-radar cap #51 Coral Princess had a glass nose, guns and radar. The top windows were left clear and the bottom ones overpainted or (possibly) sheeted over.
  15. Thanks. I certainly have all your information about Venturas. if you are doing one with our set check this http://www.hyperscale.com/2019/reviews/accessories/redroorrr72161reviewdc_1.htm It's an easy fix and it also applies to the 1/48 set.
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