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  1. Awww... you meant the Hawker Hunter.......... Sorry!
  2. You are most welcome. It's been a long time since starting but it will be finished!
  3. That's a comprehensive list of fixes! I think an Airfix Vintage Classics release is the most likely next Friendship. There are a few parts around that help to improve it
  4. A bit of progress. I have spent quite while wondering where I was up to and where I had been. It's not a good idea to stop a build for so long. Anyway I think I am back on top of it, having made some notes. You Beaut and Coral Princess have white undersides so here's the first coat of MM Insignia White
  5. Completely agree. Not only his Bernie Gunther books but just about anything he wrote. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Kerr
  6. I note you don't specifically relate the picture to the text but just for clarity, most references give JX577 as the serial for G-AGIE. FP244 was G-AGFM. Nice picture which I have not seen before.
  7. Give Blackbird Models a prod to re-release their conversion kit. https://www.blackbirdmodels.co.uk/avro-lancaster-mkvi-conversion-72-1783-p.asp The after-market Merlin engines I have look a bit different to the Shackleton engines.
  8. For most WW2 aircraft the sequence should be 1. wash to remove fingerprints etc, 2. paint, 3. high gloss (Future or equivalent - looking at the MSDS, as @Black Knight suggests is a good idea), 4. decals 5, matt varnish. Some people do it 4. decals, 5 more Future (to seal the decals) 6. matt varnish.
  9. I think it is possible Vega was stripped of paint at a late overhaul. Unfortunately, not being on RAAF charge, we don't have status cards for these planes. The Liberators which replaced the Catalinas were bare metal. Note that all of them were covered from the waterline downwards with lanolin to protect the surface. In modelling terms, make sure that below the waterline is more gloss than above.
  10. Catalinas made 271 crossings carrying an average 2.4 passengers (ie usually 2, sometimes 3) as per the "three passenger chairs" quoted above. There were centre-of-gravity problems and the fuel tanks were moved forwards into the pylon area - the picture appears to show the "chairs" or at least one of them just abaft the tanks. The floor in the gunners compartment was for cooking gear. it was a cold trip without cabin heating so blankets etc were essential and the food was self-service.
  11. It would be very hard to find a copy of that book. Some of the information is here https://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/civil-catalina-1/Civilcatalinas.html https://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/civil-catalina-2/civilcatalinas2.html Geoff Goodall is a thoroughly knowledgeable guy and has collated a massive amount of info about Australian aviation, much of it from his own files.
  12. It may be difficult to establish a time-line for the markings changes but I will look through the best reference I have and see if there is any help there. I think the DK decals are quite accurate.
  13. The upper wing looks very similar in the video. I like Airfix but would not canonize them.
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