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Ed Russell

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  1. The rigging is largely complete and the floats have been attached. Only a few small parts like the exhaust and propeller to go. It is going to be a tail-sitter so I will make a trolley. There do no seem to be many pictures of trolleys - very boring items - so it will have to be a generic one.
  2. Aha - you didn't say that before. However it looks like there are some examples on each DK Decals sheet that will suit you even if you don't have the Boulton Paul turret. Both glazed and sold nose versions are present. You may pick up some building hints from the thread I quoted.
  3. Two Commonwealth Venturas in this thread 459 Sqn (Australian) and 1575 Flt (RAF)
  4. The rigging is being done with stretched alloy wire and is progressing slowly. The very first step of this build was to make window frames as my pre-production kit didn't have anything. I made them from stretched sprue and put them in a safe place......... you can guess the rest. Anyway they have to go in before the inner interplane rigging.
  5. The RAAF is a Commonwealth air force. Here are some alternatives https://www.redroomodels.com/product/ventura-conversion-459-sqn-raaf-1-72/ Upgrade kit for the Academy kit but the Frog is so close it will fit pretty much exactly https://www.redroomodels.com/product/dk-decals-b-34-pv-1-ventura-in-raaf-service/ https://www.redroomodels.com/product/dk-decals-b-34-pv-1-ventura-raf-and-commonwealth-service/ DK decals as metioned above. snap! I think we have also a version of the 13 Sqn decals similar to the Frog sheet but better. PM me if that appeals.
  6. No need as you can get them from where I got them. We got two for our kids is about 30 years old and they still make them https://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/museum-island/programme/daily-programme-discover-science-live/ceramics-mini-brick-production My "small donation" would have been in DM (or maybe pfennigs).
  7. Lots but the one of note is the Avro Trainer - don't think it's on anyone elses list.
  8. I have not had time to do much of this build due to being part of the organisation of Model Expo in Melbourne, where i had the pleasure of catching up with @Greg B. Also, there has been a bit of a hiccup in construction. The upper wings looked okay when I added them but looking from the front.......... you can see the upper plane has lost its dihedral. Both wings should have the same dihedral. I am thinking operator error here - being a pre-production model there were a number of struts and it's likely I have mixed them up. So it needs fixing. I removed all but the outer struts and shortened the inner interplane ones. I needed a it of weight to restore the right angle and used a couple of moulds for parts of an ongoing build. I will return to that build next..... This worked fine until I removed the weights and it popped the inner struts. Okay, more glue (gel CA) and a bit more weight. This looks more dramatic than it is, as the brick only weighs about 100g. It was enough to set the wings in the correct position. Now the cabane struts need to be replaced, then we can get to rigging.
  9. One person who might know is @Buz who is pretty good on P-40s!
  10. As well as helping with technical advice, Red Roo Models is a sort of defacto distributor. There's probably no advantage over ordering direct unless you want to buy some Red Roo decals or similar at the same time. Like HH, we only charge what Australia Post charges us.
  11. I have a note here in my decals file - AK759 F/Sgt Edwards Libya 1942.
  12. There's some reference on this modelling site called "Britmodeller" https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234956194-please-does-anyone-know-about-these-three-esoteric-raf-colours/ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234968097-red-sand-dark-red-sand-dark-sand-referencesmixes/ The Ian Huntley articles seem to be the best reference.
  13. For what it's worth 144 Sqn was a torpedo bomber squadron up until January 1945, after which its aircraft carried carried rockets for flak suppression. Here's a picture of 144 in action with rockets. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205023376
  14. That's a nice model out of the box but you have been reading too much Lockheed PR. A direct 8 inch shell hit might sink a destroyer or even a cargo ship! You are pretty right about the radome - they were some form of plastic and often unpainted. Good work!
  15. I had forgotten about these Australian pilots although I read about them in Crosley's book. I guess I discounted them a bit because I think that although technically they were part of the WW2 FAA I don't think they saw any action at all. That's also the impression I get having a quick re-read of Crosley. I have a few pictures of the decrepit Spifires the RAN had for ground handling training. Nat Gould sounds like an entertaining character. One of his P-40s was named Vodka in Cyrillic script! It looks like, for understandable reasons, New Zealand and Canada far outdid Australia in this area and Sherborne is one of a very few if not unique.
  16. Fantastic effort Tom. I have followed your build and marvelled. I knew that picture reminded me of something...........
  17. Coming across references to Sub-Lt Fred Sherborne's unusual story and then modelling his aircraft https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235111168-grumman-wildcat-jv368-an-accidental-australian-in-the-faa-arma-hobby-fm-1/#comment-4422249 made me think about other Commonwealth and other nationality pilots in the FAA in WW2. I know there were several Canadians and probably others as well. I have only been able to find this one Australian - can anyone add more to the list?
  18. Pardon my dumbness Chuck, it was in fact an F4F-4 kit. I have (too) many Wildcat kits. This is the box collection from my latest builds and includes the F4F-4 converted to FM-1 ........... I have edited the post to show correct model kit.
  19. Apparently the local farmers dragged it into a nearby stream. Many of the parts were souvenired and ended up in collections or the museum.
  20. Sub-Lt Fred Sherborne is quite unusual in being one of the few Australian pilots in the FAA. His Wildcat V JV368, from the RN carrier Searcher, was shot down five miles south of Avignon on August 19, 1944. After taking AA fire, Sherborne crash landed the aircraft in a field of aubergines and was harboured by the French Resistance until the Allies took the village of Chateaurenard. Here a farmer poses on the Wildacat before it was hidden from the Germans. Sherborne joined the Royal Australian Navy as a seaman and was a gunner on a defensively equipped merchant ship in the Mediterranean. When that vessel was sunk he went back to England to be reallocated to another ship. When he was in the queue waiting to be re-mustered to another DEMS merchantman he became aware they were selecting people nearby to learn how to fly. He discreetly moved from one queue to the other and soon found himself in Florida as a young 23-year-old Leading Seaman. When authorities discovered his true identity they apparently said ‘You’re here now we might as well teach you how to fly’. He became a highly proficient and respected fighter pilot in 882 Sqn. Prior to the incident where he was shot down, Searcher was involved in the attack on the Tirpitz in Norway. He was Mentioned in Dispatches for his involvement in that action. Postwar, he furthered in his career in the RAN. He was one of the founding members of the RAN Fleet Air Arm. He went on to command 805 Sea Fury Squadron, and was later Commander Air at NAS Nowra. This is the excellent Arma Hobby Wildcat F4F-4 converted to an FM-1. The Wildcat V was the equivalent of the Grumman FM-1 but had four wing guns instead of the six of the F4F-4. The blast tube was filled in and the underside ammunition hatches rescribed as per the Arma instructions. Apart from that the model is OOB. Marking were deduced from pictures of JV368 and other aircraft of 882 Sqn. Searcher’s squadrons changed from the identifier of 6 to S. When JV368 was downed the fuselage, code had been repainted but not the cowling number. Aircraft in Operation Dragoon, both FAA and USN, were marked with a red cowling band. Many thanks to Tony O’Toole for his invaluable research assistance. Much of Sherborne’s story came from an article in the South Coast Register, the local newspaper of the Illawarra – Shoalhaven - Nowra district. There is a book by his nephew but it does not add anything of interest to modellers. https://www.amazon.com/Accidental-Hero-Guy-Sherborne-ebook/dp/B079GQ1C8W Edit - sorted out confusion of which kit I actually used. See below.
  21. I use a cabinet scraper. Commonly available from hardware shops or online. Heres just an example of one https://www.thewoodworks.com.au/shop/hand-tools/cabinet-scrapers/scraper,-cabinet,-kirschen,-0-8mm-goose-neck,-3802-detail
  22. Just dunk it in Easy Lift Off and scrub it clean or bin it along with the Humbrol paint and the flat clear and start again. There's a paint section on Britmodeller which will give you more advice about compatibility of different brands. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/forum/16-paint/
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