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  1. Hugh, I am contemplating building the Academy 1/72 PBY-5A AND 1/72 Airfix PBY-5A and wanted to finish one as an RAAF 'Black Cat' and the other as one of the 18 RAF Catalina IIIs (or maybe a Canadian Canso in Coastal Command scheme). I have been searching the internet and britmodeller and other forums over the last few days and have found much interesting info on the amphibian variant of the Catalina as used by Commonwealth AFs during WW2. I notice your thread concerns mostly 131 OTU, so I guess a 330 Sqn RAF/Norwegian Cat was not your main choice? Did you end up completing this kit, and if so, which scheme did you choose? Jason
  2. Ha ha....Orion sounds great, Jamie! Interestingly when I worked with 92WG, we never used the word "Orion" but referred to the aircraft as "bombers", P-3s, individual aircraft number such as 754 (A9-754), or TAPS. Sad to see the old birds making way for technology in the form of the new Poseidons. So if I understand you correctly, if a particular float was located on an area of island or other superstructure or hull which was bisected by 2 camo colours, the float would have correctly been painted in both colours to match - as seen in most completed Flyhawk and Aoshima Hermes models online. This was normal RN practice I assume during WW2 then? There would no doubt have been exceptions though? So if a photo was available that would be proof enough? That Illustrious Class pic above shows the real flight deck colours very well thank you. What a great build/finish. Awesome! Many thanks for your advice Jamie. I must order some RN paints via Sovereign Hobbies one day soon.
  3. I'm currently building the Aoshima (yes, I know the Flyhawk kit is far superior!) 1/700 HMS Hermes, and am unsure what colour the carley floats/liferafts would have been painted on her last Indian Ocean sortie. I have consulted all of my references and checked several modelling forums for a definitive answer and am now slightly confused about whether they should have been one single solid colour to match the ship camouflage pattern OR some floats would be in 2 colours if the camouflage colour on superstructure behind dictated. I have searched for built models and found BOTH variations so maybe there is no correct answer. I note that Jamie from Sovereign Hobbies states that no known port side photographs exist of Hermes in her camo scheme from April 1942. Have also noticed several different views of the flight deck colour, with some references stating a local green/grey mix was applied and others stating that 507a was used. Could anyone offer any views or ideas please?
  4. Great work Pete. You have inspired me to build a few of my old Supermodel kids!
  5. Welcome to a fellow Aussie , Derek...from the opposite end of the continent though! Good to see another modeller returning to the hobby. You would notice the quantum leap in quality and range of kits in this day and age now, compared to tho old revell, matchbox, and airfix kits of our youth. Speaking of Wirraways, I built the special hobby 1/72 kit in the zero killer scheme. It looks great sitting next to my boomerang in a cabinet. Happy modelling, and I'm sure you will enjoy britmodeller! Jason ......in tropical Far North Qld
  6. Great work Mario. That is spectacular. I just wish my kit had turned out half as good as yours!
  7. Nice work JJ. Had the pleasure of working for 92WG during ex Kakadu V off Darwin in 2000, when the Waller and Dechaneux were very new boats. I recall them spending a fair amount of the ex in port sorting out teething problems and technical issues! Also had a few drinks and a most interesting discussion in the mess with a female LtCdr off one of the subs. I must pick up one of those Collins kits one day. I notice one online seller has multiples of them still for sale.
  8. Wow, great work on the P-8 Ray. Outstanding! Your P-3 looks impressive too. Reminds me of my time with 92WG DET DAR back in the early 2000's. Sad to see our old 'bombers' heading into retirement.
  9. Hi Matt, welcome to the best modelling forum around. I'm from the far northern part of Qld so its slightly warmer up here in the tropics. I can envisage a raaf auster, otter, and Dakota that would have all visited your neck of the woods. And I guess c-130s would be frequent visitors too? Jason
  10. Looks good to me. Great work. Not every tank or armoured car needs to be heavily weathered...which seems to be the current trend. Most of mine live in a display cabinet and are not set in dioramas, and are not weathered at all! I consider them to be 'factory fresh'.
  11. Great info on your replies guys. Most informative...and amusing!
  12. Welcome aboard Alun. I am ex RAAF and had the chance to work with some Kiwi personnel, aircraft and ships during Kakadu V in Darwin. A kiwi P-3 pilot was the liaison officer in our Optec bunker and he was also a modeller from memory. I also had the chance to watch a 3 ship RNZAF A-4 formation do a beat up of tower at RAAF Williamtown but never had a video camera handy that day. Would have been 2000 or 2001.....have to check a diary for exact date. Looking forward to your RAN Wessex project.
  13. Wow, that Glad is superb Tony! Great work. I'm inspired to have a go at a heller 1/72 glad in my stash now!
  14. Welcome Gretar. Strangely enough, I have recently completed the special hobby 1/72 Northrop N-3PB which fits in to your category of aircraft with a connection to Iceland. It looks great in raf markings too! Merry Xmas and happy modelling.
  15. No ...definitely not. Sounds like my post wasn't phrased too well if you got this impression!
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