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  1. I had a look in my files and there was the instruction sheet from 1975, scanned recently when I was disposing of decomposing paper files. The kit was designed for the Airfix Hunter F.6, specified in the instructions. Like Airfix kits of the era, packaging was a simple cardboard header stapled to a poly bag holding the few parts. The instructions were printed on the inside. There was a small side view showing the location of the cut to remove the nose and an outline of the tail fairing to be used as a template. You had to source your own 60 thou card for that. The p
  2. It was an extension of the 1960s model car treatment of customizing kitsch. AMT led the way with cars and they were wildly popular at the time. MPC was based near Detroit - it must have rubbed off. At one point there were sprues of chrome plated customizing parts and decals that were the product of someone's fever. The A6M was one, perhaps others. The basic kit seems to have been kept undisturbed and the changes were add-ons. Oh wow, man, the sixties.
  3. The yellow ones on the left jumped right off the screen at me, and not for the odd colour. I have the Airfix 1958 in front of me and that is defintely the source. I can't account for the colour - the original Airfix were in black (I have most of the one my late brother built in 1958) and also a complete Airfix by Craftmaster (one of the US releases from my own stash) that came in silver. The Craftmaster kits were commonly silver though I have an MPC release of the Airfix B-17G in white. I recall (confirmed by Scalemates) that MPC also released the same kit with markin
  4. That sounds just like a recipe for confusion. Aircraft serials and registrations change all the time for a number of reasons. A military machine goes to a new country or moves on to civilian ownership. Recognise that by all means but change what you are calling the machine in a discussion and pretty soon you've lost the thread of what you are talking about. There are examples. I have MT818 with four different identities - MT818, N32, G-AIDN and N58JE. I have a Mustang recorded with 8 different identities and another with nine. I imagine there are plenty more exampl
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    It's worth mentioning that filler is one of those well-intentioned materials that does its job beautifully. But it's properties are different from the surrounding styrene and can't be expected to act the same way. So large gaps - deep or wide - need to be rendered immobile before the filler is applied. When you get to the sanding stage any movement in the structure will produce cracks in the now-dry filler. Shims from plastic sheet, hunks of sprue and patience. Letting the joint really cure before spackling produces a superior result.
  6. Add to that the heel wells for the occupant of the rear seat. They appeared as small round fairings on the belly. One wonders why it should have been necessary to do this. Perhaps we're taller in this country. Canadian Tigers could also be fitted with skis. I have no idea if this was a Canadian mod or one simply used here.
  7. I saved the instructions from the Series 1 Airfix Fiat G.50 / G.50bis (the instructions had it both ways and I have no idea which it is or how to tell - not my area of interest) first poly-bagged issue, 1967. The description of the aircraft reads in part "The aircraft depicted in this kit is one of those operated by the 51st Stormo of the 21st Gruppo which for a short time was stationed in Belgium and operated over the Channel and the British Isles." The aircraft carries the letters 352-1. I'm am completely in the dark about the scheme and decal accuracy but I found it a pleasant
  8. Great shots. Look as I might, I have never found anything more than a side view of the non-standard gun position. Do you have a line on a picture from above showing the shape? I just don't have the heart to use the kit turret on the Airfix Hudson in the stash
  9. A 1/48 Finch has been on my wish list forever. There is a nice clear 3-view by Bill Bishop, page 72 of Fleet The Flying Years by Ron Page and William Cumming, Boston Mills Press 1990. It is a tad smaller than 1/72. If you aren't familiar with the book, it's a typically well-produced Boston Mills volume, lots of interesting commentary and large clear photographs as well. I cannot vouch for the drawing, never looked that deeply into it. When the museums open again, there are actual examples at Rockcliffe and with CWH at Hamilton. CH2A in Windsor has a Fawn which is ver
  10. RJP

    Target Tug Mechanism

    It seems to me the windmill was stowed horizontally and was built to pivot vertically for use. Am I right in thinking the drag from the target sleeve was enough to deploy it and that the winch was used to haul the cable back in?
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    There are two photographs in Camouflage and Markings by Robert C. Jones. A link to a viewable version: https://boxartden.com/reference/gallery/index.php/Modeling-References/Camoflage-Markings/02-North-American-Mustang/North-American-Mustang-Camo-and-Marks_Page_23-960 Me, I'm not seeing anyting too shiny here. High spirits certainly but nothing that suggests extra time on the hands of the ground crew. I haven't looked further.
  12. The HP slat also figured in a suit between Handley Page and Curtiss in the 1920s. HP asserted that Curtiss used the device without permission (or payment) on the Curtiss Tanager which had beaten HP's Gugnunc in the Guggenheim competition. That Curtiss was one ugly aeroplane. The Gugnunc, I think, looks pretty sharp.
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    Duck Egg Blue

    Academic politics are so vicious because the stakes are so low.
  14. That's the black rubber de-icing boot. A link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deicing_boot They were sometimes painted white in Coastal Command because the black could compromise the white camouflage. The white paint on the boots often turned brown.
  15. It seems to me that the tanks attached in the same way. I have seen photographs of a USAAF P-51B with the paper tanks and in the next shot with the smaller capacity metal ones. If that is the case, apart from mission requirement or supply availability, you'd be justified in portraying either type, or none at all. Idly curious, I've looked through my files and have never seen a mixed formation which makes sense.
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