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Ivor Ramsden

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About Ivor Ramsden

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  1. Most of Silver City's Bristol Freighters throughout the British Isles were used in passenger configuration and known as Wayfarers. There was no scheduled car carrying service to the Isle of Man but the Freighters were in regular use here and according to those who flew in them, were very noisy. Bristol Superfreighters were used on occasion for bringing large loads and vehicles.
  2. There's plenty of scope. There are very few British aircraft types, both military and civil, which haven't been seen here at some time. The range extends from a Bleriot in 1911 to A320s, plus the occasional charter. With a bit of imagination it could even extend to the B-29; there's a Boeing Washington on the seabed somewhere nearby.
  3. It sure does! And biccies for all Britmodeller forumites, provided that you let me know you're coming. Yes, but only Thursday to Sunday because the visitor numbers don't really justify opening daily. We've had a lot of Guernsey people in the museum in the last few weeks and they've all been very complimentary about it and the Isle of Man in general.
  4. Don't come just yet, guys. Our borders are closed and we haven't had a case for over 100 days. We are living in a bubble of normality here. When you do come the museum kettle is always on!
  5. Manx Air Charters Ltd operated from 1948 to 1952 when they became Manx Airlines Ltd. They used one DH89 Dragon Rapide G-AEMH and four DH89As G-AJGV "Glen Helen", G-AKGY "Glen Maye", G-AKIF "Glen Wyllin" which is still airworthy and G-AKSE "Glen Mona". The names are those of glens in the Isle of Man. Your postcard shows G-AJGV and G-AKGY. The colour scheme, other than the logo, was silver and black; it's as simple as that. The three legs logo is the Isle of Man emblem which was incorporated into the company's logo which remained in use with Manx Airlines on Dakotas and Wayfarers until the early 1960s. In our museum we've got a lovely example of the logo which was carefully cut out of the ticket office wall in the IOM airport terminal. The logo is the same as Manx Air Charters, just the name is changed to Manx Airlines. I've used a photo of the logo to make decals for Manx Airlines aircraft. I don't use any photohosting sites so I can't post the photos on here but I'll gladly email you a photo of the logo and photos of the aircraft from our archives. You're welcome to post the photos here if you wish so everybody will be wanting to build Manx aeroplanes! Edit - I just had the bright idea of using the Manx Airlines logo as my profile picture!
  6. Moa, I can give you chapter and verse on Manx Air Charter's aircraft. Stand by ...
  7. You rang? Sorry Troy, I don't know of any IOM link here? Can you shed some light, please?
  8. We only have a couple of photos of one Mk XVI of 11 AGS in the Manx Aviation & Military Museum collection. They show 4-spoke wheels but the guns, or lack of, aren't visible. We do know that the Mk VIIs which were used prior to the MK XVIs didn't have guns, although short gun tube remained in situ.
  9. Answers: 1. Most vehicles would have remained in their original colour scheme. New vehicles in SCC15 would have started appearing as soon as they were delivered to units, any time after April. Very few vehicles would have been repainted in the new colour until they needed it at overhaul or following repair. 2. Can't answer this one, sorry. 3. This type of combination was indeed used on troop carriers, as SquireBev says above. 4. Not to my knowledge. The book is still to be written.
  10. I can't give you a direct answer but S&M Decals used to do a 1/72 sheet for Air Kruise Oxford and Rapide. AJ Aviation list it on their website http://ajaviation.co.uk/decals-3/
  11. I've got one of these overhead panels in our museum stores. PM me your email address and I'll send you front and back photos. I don't use any photo hosting sites myself.
  12. I'm still using some of John Aero's decals but they are showing their age now. Generic Luftwaffe letter decals can be useful. Fantasy Printshop currently produce quite a number of different sizes and colours.
  13. Oh yes please, Silver City and Manx Airlines. I can supply photos!
  14. I've used many of John's civil letters successfully over the years but my supplies have dwindled to almost nothing and I agree that modern replacements would be very welcome. In recent years I've had success in printing my own using an ordinary inkjet printer and clear decal sheet which is designed for use with inkjet. I'm no artist so I've had to use standard fonts but it's surprising how many are available. Even using only basic software the letter sizes can be adjusted accurately. My only reservation with inkjet is that if you use non-genuine ink it can fade badly even in low light. A bonus with many modern aircraft is that their lettering, even some of the more stylised, is made using standard computer fonts so an exact match is easy to make. Another option is Luftwaffe code letters which are available in many sizes and colours including white which is, of course, impossible to print using basic equipment. In all cases the styles can be tweaked if necessary by hand either before or after application.
  15. The Squadron ORBs vary in their depth of detail but on the whole they are a mine of information. It's a real shame that the RAF ones aren't freely available. Perhaps it's something that Mr Corbyn should have included in his election manifesto...
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