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  1. RJP

    Identify this Plane!

    Yes, it looks like a Cornell to me. The straight leading edge to the fin, join line with the rudder and the just-visible ribs on the rudder itself all point to a Cornell or variant.
  2. I'm not sure there is anything to be concerned about, at least based on on -line reviews including one right here: Questions like this always make my on-line order finger twitch.
  3. RJP

    Wimpy camo poser

    There is a thread right here that you should find illuminating. Understand that the topic generated a lot of fire and brimstone and basically came down to those who were there (or were experienced modellers reporting what they were told directly by careful observers who were there) vs. those who were not. There was also some division based (as I recall it) by what side of the Atlantic you were on. I do have two things to add: 1. Base your model on what you see in actual photographs. After all, rules are broken every day. If you don't have a shot of the actual subject, a close serial number gets you to a production batch and, maybe, a paint crew. Also remember that standards were enforced at the factories. Men's lives depended on standards and there is no reason to think paint standards would be slack if everyone else was doing his job. 2. Do the math. If there is talk of, say, a 1-inch fuzzy border, in 1/48 we are talking about a whisker over a half millimetre on the model. In 1/72 it's just over a third of a millimetre. Multiply that by the viewing distance from the model and again by how good your eyes are and you come to realise we're talking about angels and pinheads. Or, at least, pinheads! As for me, my skill level just isn't that high anyway. Here's the thread:
  4. 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.
  5. I'd have thought that was someone's drunken pet bird.
  6. 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.
  7. RJP


    Nice shot - any idea of the circumstances or location?
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
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    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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. Why not just order direct? He accepts PayPal.
  18. 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
  19. 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 . . .
  20. 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.
  21. Wikipedia's biography has him as a bombardier on B-25s of the 488th BS 340th BG, consistent with Yossarian's trade.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. If you are searching remember the name Czech Republic was in general use after January 1993 when the former Czechoslovakia split in two.
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