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Chris Preston

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  • Birthday 11/14/1953

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    Victoria, BC, Canada
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    Second World War: RCN/RN/USN/IJN; Ships, Armour, Aircraft; Battle of Britain; Battle of the Atlantic; Pearl Harbor; Normandy

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  1. 'Morning John, Many Thanks for you reply, and as you've noted, there's not too much information out there. I contacted the Manitoba Naval Museum some time ago, and received some excellent line drawings they had made up for a full-sized replica bridge for a BPB Co MTB, and these have been very helpful, but I don't think they have any other plans. The John Pritchard plans aren't too bad, so I'll carry on with what I have from those. If you ever get the chance, this Museum is worth a visit. Cheers, Chris
  2. 'Evening All, I'm currently building a Dean's Marine 24th scale kit of their BPB Co. 71' 6" MTB and working on improving the scale accuracy of the kit during the build. I'm currently working on deck details, specifically the wooden no-slip "toe rails" running the length of the upper deck. The kit plans are very basic, and and a better detailed set by John Pritchard for the Model Boats Plans Service don't give the actual dimensions for the height and width of these toe rails (or their correct description). Would anyone on this forum be able to assist and advise me of these dimensions? Sincerely, Chris Preston Victoria, BC Canada
  3. Hi Michael, From what I've found out, and as I indicated above - the camouflage colours applied to Kate upper surfaces (the other carriers also used brown for a two-tone pattern), were applied on-board ship during the transit to Pearl Harbor, and most likely "at the rush", on surfaces that weren't properly prepared (clean, etc.). Coupled with exposure to a harsh marine environment, this could lead to paint pealing after several months of operational service. The IJN Grey was a factory applied finish, with all the necessary surface preparations. If you're able to locate a copy of the Model Art books, particularly the first one, they're excellent! Feel free to drop me a line at prestoncm@shaw.ca if you need more help. Cheers, Chris
  4. 'Morning All, Further to my last regarding Fuchida's Kate - the photos one usually see's of this particular aircraft were taken around April 1942, after the aircraft had seen a lot of operational service. Keep in mind that this was in a tropical marine environment, with the sun beating down on the upper surfaces, which were painted green on-board ship, during the transit to Pearl Harbor, and not a factory applied finish - IE - it was done quickly! The bare-metal patches on the upper surfaces were due to paint-peeling/fading/weathering, and the abuse paint takes during servicing by deck crews and aircraft handlers. The light grey under-surfaces were not exposed to the same amount of harsh tropical sun or abuse, etc. For the Grey and Green - make sure you use the IJN colours and not IJA. If you have access to them, the In K. Baker and Model Art publications are EXCELLENT sources of reference (IMHO). Hope all this helps. Feel free to contact me off-line if you need more detailed info. Cheers, Chris
  5. 'Morning All, I have to dig out my references - a number of which are Japanese. From what I can see, Fuchida's Kate had a grey underside, not natural metal. This makes sense, as the Zero's and Vals were also in Grey overall. The Green upper surface was applied prior to the strike which leads me to believe all the aircraft were overall Grey. Also, the photos showing Fuchida's Kate with a well worn upper surface Green are supposedly taken in early 1942 during the Indian Ocean operation, hence the worn finish with patches of natural metal showing through the Green upper surface. My thoughts are that as ALL the aircarft - Zero's, Val's and Kate's, were carrier-born naval aircraft and operated in an exposed marine (and tropical marine) environment, they would all be painted with marine-grade paint - in this case IJN Grey. As I mentioned above, the upper surface camouflage - Green for the AKAGI's Kates, was applied during the voyage to Pearl Harbor, and therefore, Fuchida's Kate should have a somewhat cleaner and pristine finish for the Pearl Harbor attack. My references include the Japanese "Model Art" publications No. 378 "Pearl Harbor", and Model Art No. 573 "Pearl Harbor" both with extensive colour aircraft profiles and colour chips. I also have Ian Baker's excellent series on Japanese naval aircraft, which tend to support this. Hope this helps. (Wasn't expecting the interest in my reply). Cheers, Chris - in Victoria.
  6. Contact me offline at prestoncm@shaw.ca - I may be able to help. Cheers, Chris Preston, Victoria, BC Canada
  7. Greetings All, Undoubtedly this question has been asked before, but could those more knowing than myself advise on the correct colour for the wheel-wells of in-service Spitfires, Hurricanes, and Defiants during the Battle of Britain? I have one each of the excellent new Airfix 48th scale kits, but find the colour instructions for details such as this to be a little lacking. Many Thanks in advance, Chris Preston, Victoria, BC, Canada
  8. What kit and scale is he building? I might have a spare seat for the Tamiya Lancaster that I can part with. Cheers, Chris Preston Victoria, BC Canada
  9. Thanks Troy and Corsairfoxfouuncle, I've actually been to the Nanton Museum several times now, including when they were running up two of the four Merlins - needless to say, as the Museum's in the middle of town - all traffic stops when that happens. It's a site (and sound) like no other. I'll drop Iain a private e-mail for clarification. Cheers, Chris
  10. Happy New Year Everyone, I have Tamiya's Lancaster in my stash and am contemplating a start on it in the near future, with Belcher Bits Cowlings, Eduard P-E (and yes - I'm aware the Flight Engineer's Panel is too large. I'm working on a solution for that.), and the excellent Master Models Brass .3030 Browning Barrels. In doing my research on the numerous excellent articles on the Lancaster on Britmodeller, one of the major corrections to the kit is to raise the entire Cabin Floor (and the Bomb-Bay) to it's correct height, which shouldn't be a problem. One of the contributors to this thread has posted two different heights that the Cabin Floor should be raised to - I'm not sure which is the correct figure. The first figure given is that the Bomb-Bay/Cabin Floor needs to be raised a scale 8" - which matches the SAM Publications Lancaster Mk I 1/48th scale plans I have. In another article by the same person, it's stated that the Bomb-Bay/Cabin Floor should be raised by a scale 11-1/2". Which figure is correct? Cheers, Chris Preston, Victoria, BC, Canada
  11. Good Day All, I have a FM HP Halifax Mk III in my stash that I'm contemplating on building, and yes - I'm aware of the challenges. One of the things I've learned about this kit is that the fuselage is approximately 1/4" short. Would any one on this message board know where the problem is and if it can be corrected? Also, are there a decent set of plans available (preferably in 1/48th scale)? Cheers, Chris Preston, Victoria, BC, Canada
  12. 'Evening All, Would anyone have information on the ordinance racks carried by this aircraft for the Pearl Harbor strike? ve been unable to locate any drawings of the racks for the smaller bombs carried, as shown in the artwork at the top of this topic. Cheers, Chris Preston, Victoria, BC, Canada
  13. Good Afternoon All, I've been following this thread with interest as I have the new-tooling kit of Tamiya's Lancaster in my stash, along with the Eduard P-E sets and Master Brass .303 Cal MG barrels (beautiful barrels!). In going through the various posts here, particularly those relating to the interior corrections and cockpit floor height corrections, I've seen two different meaurements for the floor height correction. The first was to raise the height of the cockpit floor and bomb-bay by a scale 8", but I recall reading another post where the change was listed as 11 1/2" . Second post with 11 1/2" below: Iain Wyllie, on Sep 22 2011, 03:38 PM, said: Which figure is correct? Cheers, Chris Preston, Victoria, BC, Canada
  14. Does anyone have a release date for the new-tool 48th scale Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk I? I've checked Hannants and they're showing a release date for 2016 (I'm hoping for soemthing sooner). Is this correct? Cheers, Chris Preston, Victoria, BC, Canada
  15. Hi Everyone, I've got a Tamiya 48th scale Corsair underway that I want to finish as Hammy Grey's aircraft, being RCNR myself, and from the same Canadian Province as Grey. I've been following this thread (and other's) on the markings for the aircraft he flew on his last mission with lots of interest, and with some help from friends of mine here in Victoria who are also interested in Grey's last mission, I put together my own thoughts, and submit them for your consideration. Both friends of mine have given me much food for thought on what aircraft Grey was flying on his last mission, so I've been poking around both the Hyperscale and Britmodeller Forums, searching for anything to do with FAA Corsairs, and as both of them have said on both forums, *115/X was not the aircraft he was lot in. Also, another well-informed member from this board and others has indicated that he's narrowed the possibilities down to 2 possibilities, and is confident that the aircraft Grey was lost in was serial number KD658 (by process of elimination rather than by direct evidence). That being said, and using the information that one of my friends posted on both Hyperscale and Britmodeller - here: Note: 1. LCdr Bigg-Wither took off at 0600 with 12 1841 Sqn Corsairs (see notes in parenthesis below) 2. Lt Gray took off at 0826 leading 8 1841 aircraft. 0405 to 0815 113 0525 to 0855 115 0811 to 1155 119, 120 0925 to 1205 115 1110 to 1455 112 1430 to 1825 115, 116, 117, 118, 122, 123, 124, 130, 131, 134, 135, 137, 138, 140, 141, 142, 145. On 10 August the following aircraft were flown: 111,115,116,117,119,121,122,123,124,125,132,134,135,136,138,140,142, and 146. The following aircraft from 1841 and 1842 Squadrons are a possibility: 113 - but only had 11 minutes turnaround time having landed at 0815; 114 - barrier prang on 30 Jul 45 and not shown to have flown (Connolly flew 114 on 9 August 1945); 126 - last flown 5 August 45; 127 - not on strength having crashed at sea 21 May 1945; 128 - last flown 4 August 1945; 129 - last flown 28 Jul 45(Glading of 1841 Sqn flew 129 on 9 August 1945); 130 - last flown 7 August 1945 (MacKinnon flew 130 on 9 August 1945); 133 - last flown 25 July 1945; 139 - last flown on either 17 of 30 July 1945; 143 - last flown 30 July 1945; and 144 - last flown 28 July 45 (MacKinnon of 1841 Sqn flew 144 on 10 August 1945. Based on the above information, I noted that of the aircraft that sortied in the AM of 09 AUG 45, the only 2 aircraft that do not appear again as flying on 10 AUG 45 are 112/X and 120/X, but 112/X did fly in the PM of 09 AUG 45. So........was Grey flying Corsair 120/X, Ser No. KD658 ? I made a list of aircraft flying in the forenoon and afternoon of 09 AUG, then a list below of aircraft flying on 10 AUG. The only one that doesn't appear in the afternoon of 09 AUG OR as being flown on 10 AUG is 120/X (112/X is shown as having flown on 09 AUG from 1110-1455). Your thoughts? Cheers, Chris Preston, Victoria, BC
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