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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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".
  7. RJP

    Best 1/72 AC-47

    I think the small scale Monogram was 1/90th and IIRC a revamp of their original 1955 DC-3 kit. When it came back as the AC-47 there were two versions, one pre-painted in SEA camouflage, Airfix had a poor (though good for the time) C-47 / DC-3 in 1/72 from 1960, later with the guns for an AC-47. Their new Dakota is far better but I don't know about a gunship version. Even if the new Airfix kit is just a straight C-47 it won't take much to fit the cannon.
  8. A bit of manipulation in Photoshop reveals the underwing serials in the shot Troy posted. Not a clear one to begin with and I pretty much ruined the original. So I saved 'em both in my Lancaster directory, sewing confusion for myself for years to come. I wonder idly if the lack of spinners was related to the backplate cracking encountered on Lincolns (also Merlin 85s) at about the same time. Removing their spinners was the temporary fix and the picture was taken at Farnborough. Testing?
  9. I can't help with the question but have seen a photograph of 59 with the inscription on the starboard side as well.
  10. RJP

    New Airfix P51

    This is an old subject and seems to get recycled every time someone reads a box top. But I'm not sure what the complaint is. Is the concern that the ownership is held by a multi-national? Specifically by Boeing? That someone owns something and expects to be paid for its use? Put another way, these companies put a lot of money and sweat into developing these products. Why wouldn't they expect to be paid for the use of their designs? Would company officers be at fault if they didn't protect the assets?Are their shareholders to be ripped off by freeloaders? Are the model companies so strapped that they can't afford to pay for their raw material? How much are they being asked to pay anyway? Or is it a means to assert ownership of the asset without cash actually changing hands?
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    F104 Noseweight?

    It's probably best to dry assemble it first and set it on its wheels. If you still aren't sure then a bit of weight won't hurt; with that long nose it won't take much. I'm thinking a bit of Plasticscene would do the trick.
  12. I believe the turret fairing came in a couple of different forms so perhaps that's where the problem is. Which kit number are we dealing with? Airfix have offered several Lancasters over the years and there are kit differences although as Chris noted D3 and D4 are for the current one. FWIW both Hasegawa and Revell Germany had alternative parts for the exact same area in their kits. In general it's useful to know that, as noted above, the essential difference between a Mk I and a Mk III was the engine fit. This extends to the Canadian production Mk X and all three were visually identical. A modeller able to tell one from another without a serial check qualifies for a job as a chicken sexer. That said, the Lancaster had any number of incremental changes that were, or could be, applied across the marks. Turrets and blisters, props and bomb bay doors to name just the most obvious. The common dictum of building to a photo applies.
  13. I'd be interested in the McNair footage - is there a link you can share? What date was the incident? Same squadron, that might provide a good clue or two for the OP's inquiry.
  14. A couple of suggestions - dry build the major pieces and set it on its wheels. If it settles convincingly nose down you're good to go. Even if you don't think you must weight the nose, what's to stop you stuffing the nose cap with a half ounce of steel nuts in a lump of clay?
  15. Re: the Canadian postal situation. These are rotating postal strikes, a day at a time, here and there. Enough to annoy the public but not enough to do any real harm. The situation is putting a crimp in the Christmas season though I see it didn't stop the Sheriff here in Toronto from issuing me a summons to jury duty. Canada Post have asked foreign postal services to hold shipments to Canada. Back to work legislation is now before the House but has not yet been passed. It's a majority government so passage could come very quickly.
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