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Ed Russell

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  1. Ed Russell

    Heinkel He 111H markings

    I found this on the net for a friend a couple of years ago and it has a nice theory about the "pink" stripes. He found photos of left and right stripes but not both although logic as evidenced by Graham above implies they existed. I like to have pictures or at least a good description of what I am modelling but that's just personal preference. They are formation markings used to help the unit 'form up' in the air. "The "tactical formation" markings were the allegedly white bands that appeared on the tail fin and rudder and on the upper wing surface during September 1940. The purpose of the marking was to enable pilots flying in formation to quickly determine the position of other aircraft in the formation. Aircraft with the bar on the port (left) wing and port fin meant that they were on the starboard (right) side of the formation. Also the number of bars might have indicated the Gruppe or Staffel status of the aircraft. I use the phrase "allegedly white" above quite intentionally. Based on the recent research of Kenneth Merrick, which appears to be based on RAF reports on downed aircraft, it appears that a number of aircraft had the bars applied in various shades of pink. Merrick surmises that red may have first been tried, but was not distinguishable from a distance against the 70/71 camouflage. The pale color might have been found to provide for quicker identification."
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    Italeri 1/72 Sunderlands: which is more accurate?

    Alan ( @LDSModeller) was very helpful during my build and i feel with the help of him and others I got a reasonable result .......... https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234940047-italeri-sunderland-mk-ii-raaf-10-squadron/ I would not be put off by the effort required if you really want a Sunderland. Many of the inaccuracies of both kits are internal and, to be honest, will not be seen in the finished build. The porthole variations are worth study but minor issues of shape are probably not. Having built several of each to a reasonable standard there isn't much to choose between the Airfix and Italeri kits - you are up for a bit of work either way. This book is worth a look for inspiration. it adds detail but doesn't correct all the faults https://www.ebay.com/p/Auriga-Publishing-Advanced-Techniques-Vol-4-Short-Sunderland-MK-IIIA/2106877245 A careful trawl through Alan's various posts on BM will yield a lot of good detail information.
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    1/72 NMF B-29 with turrets?

    Cover for AN/APQ-13 radar (H2X). It appears to be semi-retractable and if it's not there it may be a late B-29 with AN/ANQ-7 or the censor may have been active!
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    Breaking cover!

    There are various boxings of the Italeri CR.42 in the 1260 range. Some include nightfighter parts and some are Luftwaffe versions. https://www.ebay.ie/itm/Italeri-1263-CR-42AS-Biplane-1-72-plastic-scale-model-kit/183221260921?hash=item2aa8d69279:g:0y4AAOSw4CFYpInz Welcome to BM by the way.
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    Airfix 2019

    Jag har varit i Sverige men jag talar inte språket. Svenska människor är väldigt gästvänliga. Jag håller med om att Andre har mycket bra engelska. The wonders of translation software mean that you can make any language sort of intelligible but I agree that the nuances remain obscure. The Swedes I have met seemed blessed with a good, if sometimes dark, sense of humour (even for pathologists) and excellent English - a credit to their school system.
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    Airfix 2019

    Wow - superhuman powers! Or love at first sight? Edit - is it time for the Airfix 2020 thread yet?
  7. That's very nice. Most people would not have heard of it! Kochyerigin was meant to be designing reconnaissance aircraft at the time - no wonder he was never in favour. I think maybe the Hawker Demon is closer than a Defiant as a comparison.
  8. Thanks to all who replied. I haven't actually tried that method but I'll report back when I have.
  9. Email me if you are going to do one with the modified cowling.
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    RAAF Fairchild 24 (pics uploaded)

    @JWMI have re-loaded the pictures on the build thread - apart from the mince pies (all eaten) and the Lancaster (shame). https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234949653-fairchild-f24-in-australian-service-finished/ Having seen how much effort this took I applaud those who have reloaded all their Botophucketed pictures.
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    RAAF Fairchild 24 (pics uploaded)

    Fairchilds in Thailand seem to have been in the ubiquitous aluminium dope scheme - most SEAC ones were and this is maybe where the Thai ones came from? https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/8006615 There is a build thread - I'll find it and upload the pictures again. @JWM
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    Propellers for Hasegawa 1/72 Raidin 'Jack'

    I think the Showa manufacturing corporation would prefer license-built rather than copy! Here's one I prepared earlier - note the strong resemblance to a DC-3. [
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    RAAF Fairchild 24 (pics uploaded)

    Photos re-uploaded on Flickr @JWM @Corsairfoxfouruncle
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    Propellers for Hasegawa 1/72 Raidin 'Jack'

    Maybe it is an L2D - the most important Japanese transport aircraft.
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    1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    I think that's a sound suggestion.