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Ivor Ramsden

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  1. The Appendices to 66 Squadron's Operations Record Books include combat reports for the 12th and 13th May. They don't give any information about the aircraft codes but they are very detailed as to the description and location of the action. The ORBs don't give any aircraft letters but they list these Spitfires/Pilots: N3225 Gillies, N3035 Smith, N3033 Cooke, N3027 Brown, N3029 Cameron, N3032 King. The Appendices can be found at the National Archives here: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C2503238
  2. The hand grip consists of a wooden block fixed into a metal frame. In the first picture the wooden block is missing, leaving the skeletal outline of the frame.
  3. Here are the full-size measurements from Hythe camera gun no.1777 of 1917, measured in mm because they are easier to write than inches and fractions: Length overall 975mm Barrel diameter 82mm Barrel length to camera box 360mm Camera box 123mm high, 70mm front to back, 88mm wide. Centralised on barrel, Ammunition pan 205mm diameter, 30mm deep. Ammunition pan centred 330mm from rear end of gun handgrip. I hope this helps.
  4. If you can wait a couple of days I can measure the one that we've got on display in the Manx Aviation & Military Museum.
  5. In our museum archives there is a clear photo of the port side of Mk.XII DL-R. There is no Nigeria marking. Most of the serial is missing but it's one of the MB-series.
  6. Build it! That's what it's for. We of a certain age built hundreds of these Airfix Dakotas in our youth without worrying too much about accuracy other than the lack of dihedral. I'm enjoying restoring one which was built in the 1960s in the old Silver City colours. It will never be an accurate model of a Dakota but show it to anybody and they'll instantly recognise it. If you're needing decals, 26 and S&M produce a range of post-war civilian schemes for the Dakota.
  7. I can recommend Drawdecal products and service. I've used them regularly for years. Blackbird Models list them in the UK, although they don't list anything in 1/32. I've always ordered direct from Drawdecal; their mail order service is very good.
  8. It's about par for a Mach2 kit. They take work, but that's part of the fun of real modelling. I agree with your praise for Didier producing these obscure subjects.
  9. Moa, I'm a bit late coming to this thread but maybe I'm just in time to point out an Anson detail .... The ailerons in the Airfix Anson kit represent the very early type, only found on the K- serialed aircraft. It's not a massive job to reduce them in length. If you look at the photo of G-AHNT above you'll see what I mean. Phil Pain covers the modification to the kit very well. Take a look at post 12 here:
  10. Try leaving your old Almark decal sheet on a sunny window sill for a few days. The dark patches will vanish. I didn't believe it when I read about it, but it works.
  11. An interesting new bit of information. Thanks Walter. I've sent you a PM
  12. Christian, you've made a small mistake in the fitting of your chin turret. On the Blenheim the gun mounting was designed to replace the navigator's escape hatch in the floor of the nose without any major modifications to the airframe. Your model appears to have a teardrop-shaped cutout in the floor, the same shape as the clear fairing. This is too big; the hole should be rectangular, the same size as the escape hatch. I hate pointing out errors but I know that you are very keen to build an accurate model so I hope this helps.
  13. The 229 Squadron Operations Record Books don't list many K-serialled Blenheims and K7181 is not one of them. From December 1939 to March 1940 only L-serialled aircraft are recorded as having been used on operations. Sadly the 229 ORBs generally only list serials, not individual aircraft letters. In January 1940 the squadron was visited by the press and 3 aircraft, listed as L8692, L1128 and L8722, gave demonstrations. I wonder if these might be the three which appear in the photographs?
  14. In its defence I built the AMT release of this kit years ago and I don't recall having any problems at all during the build. Maybe some mould wear has taken its toll over the years. This is a nice job, despite the struggle you had with it.
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