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  1. It's worth knowing that K9906 was a very early example, only the 119th produced. Note the early pitot and clear vision panel. It also means the colour scheme was the initial delivery scheme - aluminium undersurfaces and roundels - and variations were applied in service not at the factory. Here is a link to an excellent basic account of how the scheme and roundels evolved: https://boxartden.com/reference/gallery/index.php/Modeling-References/Camoflage-Markings/01-Supermarine-Spitfire
  2. NOT to invite a political discussion here but do remember currencies fluctuate in value against each other and that any price seen on any given day mightn't be valid in a short time. Add to that the fact that October 31 could bring unanticipated consequences. Your question then becomes more complex - how many pounds sterling will it take to buy enough NZD to pay for it? It won't stop there - if you aren't buying direct from WNW the middleman is and will incorporate the currency conversion into the price ultimately paid by the end purchaser. Me, I expect to be in England in February and the prospect of currency fluctuations is already giving me the willies. If sterling falls against the Canadian dollar I will be a hero. But if it rises . . .
  3. Years ago I had a customer who told me he was fleeing the rat race, selling the house in Oakville and moving to Atikokan. He reasoned that if you couldn't get it at Canadian Tire you probably didn't need it. That was before they went over to big box format. These days you really can live there. Heck, I can even get lunch there. The store near me has a permanent dog and sausage guy right outside the front door, even in the winter. Just don't tell my cardiologist.
  4. Wikipedia's biography has him as a bombardier on B-25s of the 488th BS 340th BG, consistent with Yossarian's trade.
  5. Old age isn't always what it's cracked up to be but sometimes it works out pretty well. I am nearly 70 and last year had my cataracts done. The surgeon (a terrific guy) also fixed my astigmatism and severe myopia. No more glasses for most things and I can wear real sunglasses. Ray Bans are a treat. One eye has been optimized for driving distance and the other for computer distance. It sounds odd but I adjusted immediately. The catch is that now I need prescription reading glasses (two different eyes means two different corrections so none of the drugstore jobs will do). I'd been wearing glasses since I was 10 and it feels like I have been let out of jail. The challenge is to remember where I put them. My wife got me a librarian chain and they hang around my neck. Another trick I'm using is brighter light bulbs. More light makes the eye stop down like a camera. Depth of field increases and things look sharper. A small cheat.
  6. Belcher Bits has some useful stuff. This is their home page, specific links on the left. One of the conversions is for the earlier variants without the blisters. http://www.belcherbits.com/index.htm Also, note the Revell/Monogram kit has a tail that is just too wide and Belcher also has a tail piece available to fix that. Vector make R-1830 engines that might be useful too.
  7. I endorse the idea of including an object to give scale. However, this forum has a world-wide readership and most countries mint their own coins (and we rarely see foreign ones) it would be a lot better to use an object everyone knows. Perhaps a bit of ruler? My shop tape line has both imperial and metric scales., black on a nice bright yellow tape.
  8. If you are searching remember the name Czech Republic was in general use after January 1993 when the former Czechoslovakia split in two.
  9. The Lancasters weren't delivered until several years after the end of the war.
  10. Two points about the link. First, all that seems to be missing from the link is the final character in the URL. Click the link, manually add the final digit (the numeral 1) and you are there. Second, I am subscribed to the forum so received an e-mail notification of the topic. The link works just fine from the link in the e-mail message.
  11. To add nothing to the discussion of R5677 but to illustrate the shifts in markings that could occur, here is a link to R5509 with an odd mix: https://www.bottesfordhistory.org.uk/content/topics/on-the-wings-of-the-morning-by-vincent-holyoak/chapter-7-yours-in-memory Seen carrying A1 fuselage roundels but the later fin flash. Not only that, a replacement rear fuselage with a different demarcation between upper and lower surfaces. The wavy line seen on the aft section was seen on the Manchester as well. Note also the fabric cover strip over the joint which I guess is doped in place but not yet painted. Red dope?
  12. It is known that R5677 was delivered in June 1942 so was one of the early ones. The very first had A1 roundels; there are pictures about the 'net. I wonder if it is possible R5677 had A1 roundels and was affected by the change to C1 which came into effect from mid-May. Perhaps the illustration shows an incomplete repaint. The changeover wasn't instant so perhaps . . . Also, R5689 of 50 Squadron was subject of a series of photographs (a daylight photo sortie for the camera?) clearly showing type C1 roundels, except in a few shots where the thing looks just like what you have described. All seem to have been taken on the same day so one imagines a printing process variations?
  13. What is the countertop actually made of? I recently rebuilt our kitchen and replaced the time-expired Formica counter top with exterior grade ceramic floor tile. It seems to be impervious to just about anything though it still gives me the willies seeing my wife put a hot pot down on it without a pad. Your note makes me wonder if an offcut of the same stuff on my desktop would do the same thing - without taking a chance.
  14. It seems to me that the brush / airbrush discussion misses a fairly important and obvious point: one is not a substitute for the other. Neither is the perfect tool for all jobs but each has its strong points. And each requires some work to acquire the skill to get the best result. Different tools, different skills. If you ignore the tool, you don't get the skill. Either can be used in many situations but only one is really suitable for some. And the other for other jobs.
  15. I guess it works in both directions. I just spent a month in England and could never quite reconcile myself to the local abuse of the word "coffee".
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