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About TeeELL

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  1. Please forgive me momentarily hijacking this thread but my attempts to communicate with Troy through this forum and via e-mail have both failed. Troy, if you read this - 10 years ago, in the Hurricane cockpit interior colours thread, you mentioned a photo of Hurricane RO o P partly dismantled. Would you be able to direct me into finding this photo please? I am researching the Hurricanes of 29(F) Sqn and RO were the ident letters assigned to ‘29 after Sep 1939.
  2. I have found this thread by chance. I am trying to nail down the use of Blenheim fighters by 29(F) Sqn. The Blenheim 1f replaced their ‘turret’ Demons and were flown until the latter part of August 1939 when the Sqn re-Equipped with Hurricanes. However, at the end of September they were re-designated a night fighter Sqn and received Blenheims, again the 1f. It is reported that the Sqn was non-operational through October whilst the Browning gun packs were fitted. In an earlier post, there is a photo of a pilot entering the cockpit of a Blenheim, this is one of several photos showing, the c
  3. Fascinating, just found this by chance! The Blenheim IV P4834 interested me because 29(F) Sqn apparently received 3 Blenheim IVFs serials P4833 and P4835 with P4845 the third. What I cannot determine is whether they received them with their Blenheim 1’s pre-War or whether they were part of the allocation when 29(F) had to relinquish their Hurricanes to become a night fighter Squadron in October 1939 - I suspect the latter although neither ‘first hand accounts’ I have seen mention the Mk IVF.
  4. I have received my 1/72 resin replacement ‘rear end’ for improving the Airfix FAW9. It is a fair lump of resin and, apparently, weighs in at 50gms; that will require a fair bit of weight in the nose - hope the U/C legs can take it. I now just have to dig out the model and get stuck in improving it - to replace the one I constructed previously.
  5. What the photographs show is the tail end of the aircraft without the engines. So that is airframe essentially. The re-heat nozzles of the jet pipes would not connect to any part of what you see other than the rear engine supports.
  6. I shall be using the Loco Green on an Airfix ‘City of Truro’ (my grandfather drove CoT during the period 1957-1961 on ‘specials’.
  7. Mark, I have R201 GWR Loco Green and R205 GWR Loco Indian Red.
  8. As an F4 pilot on 29(F) Sqn, it was always said that the XXX was because, in the mists of time, a Boss had instructed a painter to apply XX and one X to the aircraft ( ie XXIX = 29), the, slightly confused painter had applied an X an X and another X. Of course this was nonsense as, in the years of ‘Silver Wings’, 29(F) had flown: Siskins, Bulldogs and Demons with XXXXXX adorned on the upper surfaces of the top wings and any number of ‘X’s on the fuselages. However, the X was not carried forward from The Great War as 29 has been allocated a vertical white stripe! Hope thissuitably muddies th
  9. I’ve just read the bits in ‘From Jet Provost to Strikemaster’. The 3rd pre-production T Mk 2 (G-23-1) became the prototype T Mk 3. Rearranged cockpit with central instrument panel, single piece clear vision wind screen with Mk 2 sliding hood. A photograph shows ot with the wing fillet. the fillet remained on some early production aircraft. The T Mk3 was fitted for wing tip tanks and the cockpit for MB Mk 4P ejection seats. The Rebecca Mk8 was fitted.
  10. There is no update on my Dragon Sherman because I am building its 1/72 equivalent for a ‘blitzbau’ on another site. But I guess it counts for here as well so I will upload some photos in due course.
  11. Thanks Bull-nut for ‘light muddying’ the water :-). It is surprising that such, relatively, recent history is still shrouded in mystery. It is difficult that RWY seem to have had the ‘posed’ photographs taken at the same time. I can imagine that the Colonel wanted the ‘new’ named Shermans to be recorded so I would surmise that they were freshly painted. In my mind the desert pink and blue/black seem the ‘right colours’ but I have olive green and could apply that.
  12. I agree with you, desert pink will be applied and blue/black used as the disruptive.
  13. Thanks Sarg. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful with the horn. I am not sure I like ‘Light mud’, I might have to go for ‘Desert pink’.
  14. I would be most appreciative if any 'Shermanoholic' could give me a stear on what the return rollers would have looked like (ie steel painted and worn on the roller surface?) the Idler - similar? My Sherman II will be 'as newly issued' to RWY in Syria, so I'll not be even dipping my toe into much weathering for this build.
  15. Just to prove that I have been busy, here is a photo of my tank with the first coat of 'Light mud' applied. These are the major components, obviously, but all the other bits that required 'Light mud' have also been airbrushed. A second coat will go on this morning. Light mud (by Colourcoats) is a vaguely green grey colour. The disruptive colour I am planning to use is 'Blue/black' also by Colourcoats.
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