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  1. Seahawk, many thanks for the clarification, I agree FN427 most likely and also would not have been recovered IMHO. I wonder if you can help on JX814/BU71237 - I have the weekend Eduard kit to do! - I thought I saw somewhere a diagram of the production changes in F6F-3 & -5 which might indicate that this F6F-5 might be one of those with the rear windows still in - but I can't find the same data again, can you advise?
  2. The OP cited the photo in the Osprey book and I think we all agree it is a Hellcat I (F6F-3=) rather then (as captioned) a Hellcat II (F6F-5=) - which rather rules out JW781 & JX758 as both are the later type. This leaves us with the FN or early JV s/ns I think.
  3. Belated addition to this post: JV142 data from joebaugher.com US aircraft production database. Description of accident looks very similar to the picture, but occurred on 24 July 1944. Mention of JV147 looks improbable as record indicates collision with aircraft carrier island. 40771/40780 to Royal Navy as Hellcat I JV140/JV149 40771 (JV140) crashed into sea after attacking oil tanks at Khjen, Norway May 9, 1944 while operating from HMS Emperor. Pilot bailed out but was never found 40773 (JV142) while landing on HMS Indomitable Jul 24, 1944, caught no 4 wire which parted, aircraft
  4. Greetings, trying a vehicle kit for the first time in many years; I'm normally an aircraft stash specialist! The 1/76 scale kit (Bofors gun + tractor) is going together quite well, just curious about the undersides for desert campaign vehicles - was everything underneath (including chassis) sprayed the same as the top & sides, or left in original factory finish (which was?). I've tried Google but no clarification for my ageing brain! Help appreciated from the AFV fraternity
  5. Greetings, trying a vehicle kit for the first time in many years; I'm normally an aircraft stash specialist! The 1/76 scale kit (Bofors gun + tractor) is going together quite well, just curious about the undersides for desert campaign vehicles - was everything underneath (including chassis) sprayed the same as the top & sides, or left in original factory finish (which was?). I've tried Google but no clarification for my ageing brain! Help appreciated from the AFV fraternity
  6. VMA131Marine, thanks for the correction and the checking - good to read all is in order!
  7. I wonder if anybody can help; on the Airfix 1/72 model of P9495 the serial numbers are retained - as per the profiles in 'On Target 4 - Spitfire Mk1 to VI in the ETO', which would indicate that the famous photos of this aircraft had the serial number removed by the UK censor prior to publishing. Another source, Fundekals, when selling their decals, claim to have seen other photos that indicate it was the Squadron itself that removed the serial numbers (or never put them on due to the short aircraft lives at the time); their decals therefore show no serial number. Any other evidence either way?
  8. My first impression is that the nose is short for the MK. IIc and looks like a Mk.1 - I await the Hurricane Expertens' views!
  9. Perhaps odd to add to this post 6 years down the line - I have the Heller Tunnan and it looks a nice kit for its time. I also recently got hold of the MMP Scale plans No 36 on the 'Flygande Tunnan' by Dariusz Karnas and when comparing the model to the 1/72 scale plans the Heller kit comes out as significantly smaller - yet from other reviews it is considered reasonably accurate...has anybody else (perhaps our Swedish friends) noticed this? I'm mindful of the various caveats I've read about using scale drawings (and I presume these drawings are the same as those appearing in Mikael Forslund's m
  10. André , thanks for the extra info, and yes I do hope the orange decal colours have been fixed in this second release of the 1/72 kit. I also read somewhere about the original roundel sizes were RAF standard, not Swedish standard, and were gradually replaced/repainted as and when the aircraft came up for a new paint job. Would you agree the 1/48 kit colours were ok?
  11. Yep, I think the date on "Yellow Nose" is 1949 whereas "Red Nose" is mid-50s (according to the Airfix 1/48 kit which replicated the original 1/72 decal set). The red nose version is in the Aviation Workshop Publications booklet on PR Spitfires in worldwide service, which claims as source the MPM booklet (mostly in Polish) - although the date in the latter is April 1949! From what I've read elsewhere I think there is some doubt about the red nose anyway on 11/60, with green and PRU blue alternatives, as spinner colours varied by Flight of Flottilj 11, the only unit I think which used this air
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  13. ...and today comes the announcement that Airfix are releasing a Victor B2 next winter - can't wait!
  14. Really fascinating data from Dana and Nick and others - many thanks for the information, this forum and the internet that such information can be shared so swiftly!
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