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  1. Am I right in thinking the Queen Charlotte machine had cowlings off a Hudson to go with the Wright engines? If that's the case the MPM kit might be a source if one were interested in the civilian period.
  2. I'd have thought that was someone's drunken pet bird.
  3. RJP


    A small amount of unskilled monkeying in Photoshop (for contrast and overall lightening) yields a useful study in staining, paint fading and generally used appearance.
  4. RJP


    Nice shot - any idea of the circumstances or location?
  5. Yes, Google's entry on Planes says it's a Corsair. There are plenty of kits out there. If your daughter hasn't built anything before, I'd like to suggest one that's simple ( = less likely to be frustrating). The Otaki is a good candidate. It's been reboxed by Arii and Airfix and perhaps others. No working parts to go wrong, easy to assemble and a bonus- it's pretty accurate so it looks like a Corsair. Should be available cheap too. If there's a model show near you check the vendor tables. I know my 10 year old granddaughter is on the same wavelength.
  6. RJP

    What a/c type

    Yes, a dozen small practice bombs between the spars in the centre section. The bay projected from the undersurface a bit - I suppose that was the result of the Oxford having been derived at least notionally from the Envoy. The old Profile (JDR Rawlings) says the bombs were carried without the benefit of bomb doors, leaving me to wonder if the cover was removed before use. Another mystery!
  7. RJP

    What a/c type

    On second thought it might well be an Oxford. The bomb bays seem not to match the Anson's but they do seem to match the Oxford's, both in shape and placement. And the undercarriage bits are pointing the wrong way for a Battle. I'm still thinking it was in Canada and the Oxford was used here (as were the Anson and Battle) for bombing training.
  8. RJP

    What a/c type

    It almost looks like an Anson - low stature, small bomb bays and what looks like the undercarriage over on the left. The informal dress of the guy wiggling at the (practice?) bombs suggests a civilian armourer on a BCATP station? Is there any indication where this is, or whose air force?
  9. Stuart McKay's Tiger Moth - A Tribute (1988) lists a few changes made by de Havilland Canada: - undercarriage raked further forward to prevent tipping caused by new mainwheel brakes - tailwheel to replace the skid - elevators received a trim tab and mass balances - redesigned cowling hinged on the centreline to ease access - steel interplane struts - cockpit mods to accept a canopy - cockpit heating tapped off the exhaust - new instrument layout and rubber instrument panel padding in place of the usual head roll - skis could be fitted for winter operation* - footwells (visible as a pair of small fairings on the belly) were installed for the rear seat occupant - a number were powered by a Menasco Pirate engine in place of the Gipsy Major I'm sure there were more * I was told many years ago by a family friend, an experienced instructor pilot on Tiger Moths, of breaking a prop in a snow bank. His ski-equipped machine was blown sideways by a gust after landing and slowing down past where he had rudder control. Naturally it happened right in front of the Chief Flying Instructor.
  10. RJP


    Yes, the tissue paper and white glue method works a treat. The bonus is that white glue, once dried, can be peeled off - carefully! - and you can try again if you don't like the first attempt.
  11. Which Airfix 1/72 kit do you have. The first one, from the 1970s (?) was replaced a few years ago by an entirely new kit. The slam on the old one is usually that it is old, whatever that means. The new one seems to have engraved panel lines and the slam there is that they are too deep/wide/something. Judging by parts photographs on the 'net, the new one seems (to me, without benefit of having the parts in hand) to be better shaped around the nose.
  12. Yeah, I'm in T.O. I am glad to say the big storm here fizzled a bit, only a few inches and it's all supposed to melt in a few days. Of course, I'm retired and we didn't have to go out. The world is a warm and friendly place when that happens. I just curled up with a book and a big mug of cocoa But we big city dwellers don't do bad storms well, at least early in the season, and I'm glad we got in a bit of spring training!
  13. It's possible to cost it out and then decide once you know what you are talking about. He suggests a PayPal invoice and that ought to capture most of it. What HM government might nick you at the other end ought to be available online somewhere? The exchange rate can also be taken into account before committing. An added bonus, the standard Canadian 18-month winter hasn't begun yet so there are no added snowshoe fees.
  14. Why not just order direct? He accepts PayPal.
  15. 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
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