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  1. The Alan Hall article included drawings by Richard L Ward, a useful thing to have. The article was probably less a challenge for modellers back then - 55 years ago! - than now since the entire fuselage was carved from balsa and the grain sealed with talcum and dope. I suspect, in this day of resin and aftermarket, the skill needed is an unopened - or burnt and buried - book. I know I never mastered the art. Ian Huntley had useful drawings in SAM September 1986.
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    Aussie Beaufighter??

    Was there a serial number?
  3. A couple of points with respect to surface finish. Shiny is nice but too shiny can be too much. The shine ought to decrease with apparent distance, just like colours can be muted for scale, so a model ought to have a sheen - a soft shine - rather than a sparkle. (The idea of scale colour has its adherents and detractors - wear armour if you venture into that discussion!) The shinier the surface the easier it is to see any slight imperfection - they'll jump right out at you. Don't assume that the surface sheen on the real thing is uniform. Different sheens can show up even on camouflaged machines. The insignia sometimes can be seen in pre-war gloss but the rest of the airframe is in brand new matt paints. So where possible model from a picture paying attention to what you see rather than what you assume. I have noticed that covering a mix of gloss and matt paints or decals does not always give the uniform finish I want. It's tempting to go for heavy coats but beware buildups of varnishes that can go white on you if you are using matt. And too much gloss tends in my hands to look like a glazed doughnut.
  4. The Revell Germany kit from 2007 had the door operating links too. Given the location, the dark colours and deep shadow surrounding the undercarriage I'm not surprised they don't often jump out in pictures. I have a downloaded one of R5727, the pattern example for Victory production, in brilliant sunshine at Dorval with the links in plain view. As I think about the mechanism, what could be a simpler way to manage the doors? They're just doors, they don't actually have a complicated job to do. They go up, they come down. So no screwing around with little motors or anything else, just a simple unpowered link. Another little detail to look for the next time one gets to Hamilton or Windsor. A plug for CH2A, now renamed Canada Aviation Museum, at Windsor. Work on FM212 is really moving ahead and much of it can be viewed up close. It won't be long before a lot of the innards are hidden from view. The natives are friendly and any time I've been there the guys are only too willing to answer good questions. They also maintain a really good Facebook page with plenty of detail pictures. A first rate job being done. A link: https://canadianaviationmuseum.ca/
  5. Profile 153 The Armstrong Whitworth Whitley by Philip JR Moyes published in 1967 has a photograph as well, starboard side from below. The caption reads "Mk. V T4149 with underwing RATOG containers; used by R.A.E., Farnborough."
  6. Just visible is the hyphenated underwing serial presentation. MJF Bowyer (Bombing Colours, 1973) records the first dozen Blenheims had this feature, the serials being 30 inches in height and placed nearer the wingtip than later examples, illustrated by an Alfred Alderson drawing on page 37. In addition, the aircraft letter is illustrated by Alderson at this time as very light grey. Perhaps it is though the picture looks more like white (thinks: white?). Elsewhere in the book Bowyer refers to squadron codes on Battles as being in various shades of grey. I guess this means not what I always thought was Medium Sea Grey - perhaps the standard hadn't settled down yet. I shall have to pursue this before committing grievous offence on a Battle. The squadron number is recorded as red although he states in the same volume that all he recorded himself were in yellow. FWIW in the picture it looks red to me. Flight colours?
  7. I was idly playing around in Google and found this: "One of the first Blenheim Mk Is handed over to 114 Squadron at RAF Wyton was K7040 which was delivered on March 22, 1937. The aircraft escaped operational service without incident. Its tour with 114 Squadron was short, as it was renumbered 1042M on April 8, 1938 and continued to serve as an instructional airframe with 1 SoTT. Andy Hay/www.flyingart.co.uk" at this reference: https://docer.tips/raf-inter-war-bombers.html
  8. On your recommendation, I just had a peek on Amazon Canada. The hardcover is listed as Unavailable - "We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock." But there is a Kindle edition available for immediate download and the price - ten bucks Canadian - is a bargain.
  9. My father was a district manager with MacMillan Bloedel Limited, one of the forestry companies that invested in Forest Industries Flying Tankers, the company that brought the four surviving Mars to Canada in the early 1960s. Dad got hold of publicity and informational films produced by the company for showing to community groups about forest management and there was one strictly about the Mars. A real eye-opener for a bunch of kids from the 'burbs.
  10. May I add a tweak to the answers above? I agree, absolutely don't touch the area until the glue has not just dried, but cured right out. Test the surface by running a finger over it very lightly. If you feel anything standing above the surface cut if off with a razor blade. Not a hobby knife, for this you need something actually sharp and flexible, and the best blade for that comes from the drug store. And a sharp blade will make a smooth cut and leave a clean surface, no further roughhousing ought to be necessary. Steer clear of sandpaper at this stage - you cannot (well, I cannot) remove high spots without collateral damage to the surrounding area. After that you can very easily use your favourite filler to bring the surface back up to fill any depressions. Here's where the sandpaper comes in if you need it. Then finish as usual.
  11. I bought the Xtradecal sheet myself, trying a theme approach to stash clearing. I have all the kits I need except the Lightning. True to form, I considered getting a Lightning to complete the group, ignoring the obvious object of actually reducing the stash. Admirable restrain has been exercised. Sigh.
  12. Maybe more decal than you might like but Hannants feature a Javelin on Xtradecal sheet 72091. It's the one featuring 23 Squadron over a period of 50 years.
  13. Did you dig down to the bottom of the tinlet with something sharp? The solids in the paint sometimes drop to the bottom and form a crud-like sludge that a stirring won't dislodge. If not too far gone, you might rescue the tinlet with a good scraping before stirring again. A good bit of violence might help. It always works for me.
  14. I had no idea Airfix had done a Mk II. One of my earliest models was the 72 Sqn Mk I in the early 1960s; there are some fossils from it in the spares box. I got a kick out of the price sticker on the referenced photo. Simpson's (The Robert Simpson Company Limited) was long one of Canada's premier retailers, since devoured, ruined and blotted out by Hudson's Bay. Those were the days, you could get models at a place like that. And the price, 49 cents sounds low today but at the time I was getting bagged Airfix kits for 25 cents at Woolworths.
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