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Ed Russell

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  1. Pictures of built ones on BM https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235048599-172- short-s1-cockle-by-avis-released/ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235059008-short-s1-cockle-flying-boat-avis-172nd/page/3/ That's a very nice job @Octávio Mântua but the consensus is that it was overall alumnium dope in colour.
  2. The description of the action in the OP and other accounts is pretty detailed and the waist gunner(s) are not mentioned so I would guess they did not. The Wellington X carried a lot more SD equipment so, again, I would guess no waist guns. In the picture above the window is open but it looks like a face in the opening rather than a gun.
  3. I was sent this picture which may be a photo of DV819. It came with the information that the three Wellington sorties listed above were numbers 15, 16 and 17 in the efforts to track the emission details. They were 1, 2 and 3 to actually go with the bomber stream.
  4. I have never seen a photograph of the early Wellingtons of what became 192 Sqn although photos exist of some of their aircraft. This is a later Wellington X and probably represents the best guess at what the early ones looked like. There is a vertically polarised aerial between the D and the T and a horizontally polarised one on the roundel. They look a bit like smaller versions of the familar ASV antennae. The mark at the bottom of the D is an artefact and the blister and two ventral aerials were definitely not there on the 3 early Wellingtons. The beam approach aerial may have been there. Source - RAF Museum Collection There are many books containg information. A short primer list might be The Aircraft of 100 Group by Martin. Streetly Confound and Destroy: by Martin Streetly The History of Air Intercept Radar by Ian White Confounding the Reich by Martin W. Bowman & Tom Cushing Nachtjagd, Defenders of the Reich, 1940 – 1943 by Martin W. Bowman The Reich Intruders :by Martin W. Bowman 1473 Flight is somewhat of a mystery, being described as 1473 (SD) Flt and 1473 (RCM) Flt. it is variously described as being subsumed within 192 or 199 Sqns.
  5. A few notes 1474 Flight not 1473. They became 192 Sqn within weeks of this operation. There were three Wellingtons fitted up for the task DV819 as above, X3566 (Mk III) and DV892 (another Ic). They took off at intervals to have different positions in the bomber stream. They asked for Mosquitos which was agreed (eventually) but they turned up too late for investigation of Emil-Emil (as the radar was coded). Believed to be the only incident where every crew member was decorated. The aerial fit-out of the three Wellingtons was the same - "special dipole aerials mounted in bollards on each side of the aircraft, which had been tuned to cover the target frequency (490 hz) and they were connected, by jack plugs, to the receiving equipment mounted on a bench on the starboard side of the aircraft." The later Wellington Mk X carried 14 external aerials so may be able to work out what they might have been by subtraction.
  6. It looks the wrong size and shape for a hangar. It looks more like this https://www.alamy.com/hitlers-bunker-ketrzyn-poland-image60797585.html Where is it on the map relative to the airfield?
  7. Ed Russell

    Covid Jab

    The slow uptake is because of the lack of availability. Unfortuanately the government completely bungled the acqusition of adequate supplies of vaccines and the expert medical advice was badly flawed in that it concentrated on the extremely rare side effects of the AZ vaccine. This was amplified by every media outlet from the quite respectable ones to the right wing gutter press. Sydney lockdown over before Xmas we hope.
  8. Great effort - tiny models plus big pictures really shows what a good job you have done. I am inspired.
  9. I am getting them occasionally, maybe every third or fourth time I open BM - always the same screen with the silly Antiques Roadshow reference. I would call it merely a minor annoyance but it is interesting that it is so difficult to track down and eiminate.
  10. Out of those kits the Mariner and Lerwick look the "easiest". I don't think any of them would be my recommendation for a first vacform. I would do a single engine monoplane type. If you get around to the Mariner, there is an excellent build by Mark Davies to follow here. I have made a number of vacforms and quite enjoy them.
  11. Very nice - ask the mods to put it in RFI.
  12. Hello John - To attract someones' attention you need to put a @ in front of their name. Like @John S Fox. Nev has answered the question - the Mk I Lifeboat was only on the Hudson. The Lancaster ASR used the larger Mk 2A Lifeboat.
  13. Ed Russell

    Covid Jab

    Aww go on..... one more..... not that gross but I had an air encephalograph once. An excruciating and rare procedure rendered obsolete by the advent of the MRI and CAT scans. My second AZ vaccination comes up in a couple of weeks - absolutely no side effects from first one. I am ignoring all the crazy talk here in Australia demonising the AZ for complications which are at a lower level than ANY general anaesthetic.
  14. I ordered directly from them, paying by PayPal and the whole procedure was no trouble at all. Mr Obscureco seems a pleasant guy and I liked his products - good instructions, casting and research.
  15. Build your own https://www.redroomodels.com/product/red-roo-raaf-target-towing-beaufighter-conv-1-72/ Interestingly in its preserved form at Moorabbin Air Museum it is painted in authentic WW2 Foliage Green. The painter was given two genuine tins but they were so diferent in shade all he could do was mix them together to produce what must be thought of as a "real" FG.
  16. Me too - What a beauty, Having seen a few CMR and S+M kits built, the CMR one is better.
  17. Hi Tony - You didn't need to delete them all. Airliners.net is a bit precious about their photos (for good commercial reasons) so all you had to do was to replace that particular Airliners .net photo with a link to it on their site, which they are fine with, and we could all enjoy the benefit of your excellent communication. You are truly a font of useful info and pictures so please keep it up!
  18. If that is your criterion, it will look excellent!
  19. And the long answer is here. You will probably end up doing yours in Dark Earth/Dark Green/Night unless you are the sort of guy who likes "something different, even if it turns out to be crap".
  20. It was promulgated in 1938 with minor amendments to 1941. Orders for RAF Beauforts were made on 1 July 1939. This picture shows 6 of the 8 arrived. From ADF-Serials. You judge the colour.
  21. 1. Yes, 2. yes, 3. You mean Aluminium dope but probably not, at least according to the official painting specs and the non-relective finish in your photos.
  22. Reviews so far have been very good. Interesting spelling variation. One of my colleagues calls them "Se-vee'-da" and another "Zveeta". Perhaps a Russian speaking member can let us know whether there are any meanings for the spellings other than Zvezda (= star). PM me if they are rude!
  23. If I am in the mood I spin them out as long as possible then offer them a much better remunerated and more worthwhile career cleaning my extensive network of public lavatories. It's a shame they are nearly all male at the moment - the ladies are much more fun.
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