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About Killingholme

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  1. There will almost certainly be design plans at the National Maritime Museum. https://www.rmg.co.uk/shop/ship-plan-prints-scanning Brace yourself though- you'll be looking at a couple of hundred quid to get them to scan a set of plans...
  2. Sometimes the Cotswolds is just so, err, Costwoldy.... IMG_20181103_101037 by will.fenton, on Flickr
  3. 'In Ordinary' is one of the many book-keeping exercises done by the naval powers of the C17-19 to keep non-active ships off the exchequers's books. To put it simply (and disregarding a lot of quite important subtleties) the Navy worked on an estimate system (a pre-allocation of state funds; rather like that operated by the US federal government today). Money was allocated in three estimates- the ordinary, the service estimate, and the exrtra-ordinary. The Ordinary was supposed to account for the day-to-day management of the fleet- it not only included keeping vessels in general upkeep, but also accounted for the half-pay of naval officers who were ashore. The politics of the time meant that warships acted rather like the modern nuclear deterrent- seldom used but requiring VERY expensive maintenance. It was not unusual for an C18 ship of the line to spent 90% of its life moored up in an estuary 'in ordinary'. But when the time came, the funding structure meant it could be commissioned within days or weeks using money from any of the other budgets. Of course that is all theory- in practice C17-18 naval administration was a corrupt as any other public office of the period: being an established senior naval officer or dockyard worker 'in ordinary' was a good gig if you could get it- pretty much a state retirement plan. Will
  4. Couple of things if it's not too late- I think the camouflage colours actually wrapped around the insides of the intake housing. Also, the deck behind the canopy was black, not interior green. Good luck bringing this one to completion. I think it's got to be one of the best "out of the box" models Airfix has done.
  5. Ah, so that's where the designers of the FMA IA-58 Pucara got the idea from...
  6. Brigade Models did a short run injected 1/72 Mk.XII conversion. You can still get them from Hannants, at a price. Given it is designed for the Italeri Mk.V kit, I do wonder whether it might be easier to bash something together using more modern kits though! Will
  7. Hi all, The A-26B made its debut in the Pacific in June 1944, most notably with the 3rd Bombing Group 13 Sqn 'Grim Reapers', but the poor old A(later B)-26 seems to get little love from the decal manufacturers- unless the modeller is seeking a later Korean war, or other postwar French, Cuban, Brazilian machine... So, does anyone make 1/72 decals for a WWII era A-26B? If not, could anyone recommend a real-life Pacific theatre aircraft (preferably gun-nose) which could be easily modelled using generic decal sheets?
  8. I'm sure you've got it covered, but remember to mask the forward wheel well- the moulding is open back to the cockpit. When I sprayed the undersides of my model, I also sprayed the inside of the canopy.... Will
  9. Probably for the best- if my wife found out how much it was she would kill me... I have probably most of the the Prop&Jet back catalogue in the stash. The problem I have is I take them out occasionally, realise they are such jewels of kits, many now long out of production and probably quite valuable. All that means I never dare build them! Will
  10. I wonder whether this forum can feature a 'order now' red button... hungrymodellers.com Those H-19 schemes are mad! I've got to get me some of those decals.
  11. Wow, that looks fantastic. The surface detailing on that kit looks first class- the 'lapped' joints on the skin panels is so rarely achieved. I'd be tempted to buy one, but I'm guessing they are either astronomically expensive or out of production? Will
  12. I'm not usually one for sentimentality, but the crass "restoration" of this aircraft really got to me. It not only erased the story of the aircraft, but it erased the story of F/Sgt Copping- a lad of 24 who managed to successfully land a 1200hp fighter in a boulder field without flipping it over and killing himself. When did that euphoria turn to the realisation that nobody knew wherever he was? How loud did that broken-hot metallic tick tick tick of the shattered engine sound amongst the silence of the desert ? How many times did he pace circling that aircraft- trying every access panel for an answer? When did he realise he was done? When did he accept it? Did he accept it? What was he thinking when he took the aircraft's compass and his revolver and set out into the sands? That lad deserved more than a bit of cheap fibreglass and a tin of automotive spray paint as a memorial. Keep up the good work on the model.
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