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  1. I sold Volumes 1 and 2 of Cold War Shield to The Aviation Bookshop a few weeks ago, along with all of my other aircraft tomes. Both books were in 'Very Good' condition and my Vol 2 was signed by Roger when it arrived from him, an unexpected surprise. I had bought Vol 1 from the Aviation Bookshop a few years ago, second hand but in very good condition. It was not cheap then! However both were well worth the money and invaluable references. I must say that £20 for Vol 2 is less than I would have expected but it may not have been the copy I sold them. Then again it is a weighty tome to lug around at Telford... Currently their website is down for rebuild/restoration but as they were selling Vol 2 at Telford it may be worth giving them a call re. Vol 1. They either still have it or they had a buyer within days of them getting it from me. John
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    Mystery Uniform

    He appears to be wearing sheepskin or similar leggings/trousers. Would this possibly indicate that he flies in some way in an aircraft or balloon or even an airship of some kind? Or were enlisted men in the Aviation Service granted the privilege of warmer legs than the ordinary U.S. soldiers? John
  3. Which scale? Airfix produced their own kit in 1/72 and one from ESCI in 1/48. That might help; as far as I'm aware the 1/48 kit has not been part of the Airfix list for some years. John
  4. Yeet, I don't know if you have looked at Scalemates, a site which gives you a lot of information about the history of different model kit mouldings. I searched for 'Revell 1/48 JU 52' and this came up: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/revell-03918-junkers-ju52-3mg4e--1119704 Have a look and it will give you details of the various boxings of the same plastic issued over the years but with different markings. A very helpful source of information for all of us; the difficult bit is trying to find a stockist who the issue that has the markings you want! Th Ju 52 had a number of variants, as Gooney Fan has indicated. Let Wikipedia and Google be your friend. However, in general most JU 52s were broadly very similar in appearance apart from the dorsal gun positions on some of the military versions. Good Luck. John
  5. Perfect, thank you very much, Paul. So much for my P-51D theory..... Now I only have to work out why I have that canopy when I can't recall buying/making a single seat Vampire/Venom. I can usually recall the stuff from years ago, it's what happened yesterday that causes the domestic ire. John
  6. Rummaging through some boxes this afternoon I found two Aeroclub canopies that I must have bought many years back. According to 'Joes Models' website, the one coded 'C023' is for a Hunter, which looks feasible. The other is coded 'C025' which is missing from the list that Joe has. 023 is a Hunter, 024 is a Hunter T7 and 026 is allegedly a Lightning T4. This might indicate that C025 is a single seat Lightning but it looks nothing like that. At a guess I would think it is for a P-51D Mustang or similar, sleek bubble top with deep sides beneath the windscreen. Can anybody tell me what the canopy is actually for, please? Thanks, John
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    Abbot SPG

    Well, wherever the army stores the silver from laid-up regiments there is a silver model of an Abbot. My father was with 25 Regiment Royal Artillery and his mess bill included an automatic deduction to add a silver replica of their 'new equipment' to the Regimental collection. He suspected that as he was on the strength for a few years he probably owned more than 10% of the thing. If you ever get aa chance to look closely at the vehicle and equipment models made for regiments please take up the offer and savour the craftsmanship. Amazing work. The ones I have seen seemed to be 1/40th to 1/50th scale, usually on a very nice wooden base to adorn the tables on Dinner Nights. Also I think S&S made an Abbott kit from resin and white metal some years ago, probably 1/72 scale. If any exist they too must be collectors items. No help to us nowadays, of course. John
  8. That looks very good, Chris. I'm pleased the old Pavla kit has gone to a good home, I know you will make a much better job of it than I could have done. It is always a pleasure to see so many 'older' kits that need very careful building or at least a degree of heavy fettling that turn out so well. Keep it up and one day perhaps the old Williams Seversky may slide onto your bench to challenge and demonstrate your skills! All the best, enjoy the beetle! John
  9. Boyd, it is a question that many of us have asked! Another link to confirm the replies the others have given: https://forum.keypublishing.com/forum/historic-aviation/115663-navy-wessex-paint The blue-greys all seem to look similar depending upon the lighting, the film, the exposure and the printing. And that is just in books and magazines. On a computer screen ....who knows? John
  10. Somewhere in the darker recesses of the loft I have a kit of the Mi-8, manufacturer unknown until I find it. However there are some pictures that may help you, I just did a search on Mi-8 Hip images and a few show the underside that may help you. Try: https://www.e-pic.se/Aircraft/Aircraft-sorted-by-type/Mil/Mil-Mi-8-Hip/i-vF5hxqd/ That has a few underside shots that may sort you out. I have also looked without success for various kit instruction sheets. There are a lot of 'Hip' kits, but most seem to be from the same original (and inaccurate, I'm afraid) KP moulds. I have not yet found instructions that show what you want, but that was only after a quick look on line. I will look in the loft later and see if my kit sheet is more helpful, but I am not optimistic! John
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    RMS Queen Mary

    Google will reveal a lot of images, but in general very few seem to show the details you seek. There is one book: Gray Ghost: The RMS Queen Mary At War by Steve Harding but even that is light on detail. Probably the most obvious external features other than the paint job are the degaussing loop around the hull within a steel duct and extra carley floats/rafts on decks. Unlike the WW1 hospital ships it seems that the QM retained her exisitng lifeboats (or possibly larger ones later in the war but using the existing davits) and relied more on floats, rafts and some smaller boats on the foredeck for emergencies. Guns were fitted, but they are either airbrushed out by the censor or lost behind the mass of soldiery on the decks for departure or arrival photographs. Allegedly these were primarily 40mm Bofors type anti aircraft weapons but when these were removed late in the war a 6" gun was left as the sole offensive weapon. Other than that it was grey paint,usually pale grey although the tops of the funnels were restored to black later in the war. I have no information about the decks, most aerial views have them covered in troops so nothing is visible. This may not be of much help but there may be others more learned than me out there who know more. Now if you want to do the Queen Elizabeth in her war service, a lot more information seems to be around. All the best, John
  12. Oh, and while your at it Mr decal producer, can you try and tack a few white 'Qinetic' labels on the sheet as well, please? The ETPS/RAE badges are few and far between on exisitng sheets so thanks for including them, Truro. John
  13. Nigel, those bits of concrete were not for the large Chain Home towers. I have learned something today, I thought it ws another name for the Vintner site. Thanks to my magic tome, St Boniface Down was in fact a Chain Home Low site, the 'bedstead' antennae were mounted on wooden masts identical to those Ed Russell has modelled. These were designed to detect low flying intruders from across the Channel and North Sea. Many were operated by the Army and Navy, depending upon location and logistics. From 1941 they virtually all featured two power-turned antennae and either concrete or wooden huts. All were mounted to cover approaches from the sea, usually on higher ground. Most were set in places away from civilisation and in exposed sites where the winds blew and the rain was never vertical. Ventnor had a Chain Home station but I cannot say what, if anything, remains. Google Earth is good at helping to trace sites, the Dunkirk one even shows the shadows from all of the masts if you use the time line facility. John
  14. This bit of a Britmodeller thread may help: Scroll down until you see three pages of profiles; at the bottom of the third page it says that the squadrons of No 4 Group used all black camouflage from 1941. No date in 1941 is given. I believe that 78 squadron was part of 4 Group and November is the 11th month so I would consider 'all black' to be probable.... I'm sure that somebody will come along and either make that 'certain' or prove me wrong. John
  15. I live about half a mile from the site of the Dunkirk Chain Home station that was built in 1938. There is only one of the steel transmitter towers still standing. This link can tell you a bit more: http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/d/dunkirk_ch/index.shtml There are other links, the original structures around the site are equally interesting but rarely seen; a 240 foot steel lattice mast covered in modern aerials tends to attract the eye. I had the privilege of hearing about the building of the transmitting and receiving towers from an elderly resident many years ago. He worked with his father on the Dunkirk build, then stayed with the company and built towers around the UK. The original timber towers were prefabricated as creosoted pine lengths that were bolted together to form lattice or warren girder sections. They were bolted to a concrete base, each of the four main legs had its own base. Being timber they were relatively light and to erect a mast under ideal conditions took a gang of about ten men days rather than weeks. However they were not rigid. Being timber and bolted, once the height got near the 200ft mark the top swayed a bit. Peter Rook was in his eighties when he told me about it, he said that mostly they accepted the swaying but when he worked on the towers at Scapa Flow and the wind really began to blow it was very, very frightening. As the radar electronics improved the timber masts were replaced by galvanised steel to reduce the error due to the masts moving in the wind. They remained until the site was reduced to one mast nearly fifty years ago. From the 1950s that mast held a very large microwave dish that was part of the NORAD communications network. This was removed in the late 1990s and we no longer had USAF vehicles visiting the site. It is now commercially owned and used for a wide range of data links and comms aerials. There is now planning consent for a data storage building adjacent to the mast. One set of proposed plans for the new building showed a design similar to on an airfield control tower to show its RAF heritage. Ain't architects wonderful? The fact that virtually everything on site apart from the masts is either fully or partly underground and screened by large earth and brick blast walls never occurred to the designers. I also have a copy of Building Radar by Colin Robinson, published by English Heritage. At 600 odd pages it has fairly comprehensive coverage of the development and construction of UK radar sites up to 1945, but if anyone wants any more info then please PM me. Congrats on the lovely model of the Chain Low installation, nice one Ed! John
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