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  1. Found this thread as I am presently building the Airfix F3 as a 29(F) Sqn aircraft. Something that was pointed out to me today is that the tailerons are about 3 mm too far to the rear. I was happy as it was - but now that has been pointed out I have to change it; fortunately I have yet to finish the cockpit so nothing is together yet. i will be doing an early cammo aircraft with many shades of grey but whilst I have a Humbrol Barley Grey, I used the HATAKA lacquer paint.
  2. This is a late response - sorry. I did the TAC Weapons course at RAF Chivenor in the summer of 82, SNEB had definitely been removed from the syllabus - much to our disappointment!
  3. Mike, the point is that IBG have not checked references and have ‘assumed’ the transporter tractor unit is the same. A real pity when Airfix did get it ‘right’, within the limitations of the 60’s.
  4. Further to my last. After a lengthy search I was able to establish the ‘typical’ diameter of the tyre sizes: 1350x20 has a diameter of 47” In 1/72 this equates to 0.65” or 16.56mm 1500x20 has a diameter of 50” In 1/72 this equates to 0.69” or 17.6mm the wheels supplied by IGB are 16.2mm in diameter and, in addition, the tread pattern doesn’t match any of the 4 main cross country ‘traction’ tyres normally used by the British Army (as far as I can determine from photos and via HMVF). I wonder if an aftermarket company is around to correct this?
  5. Have you noted that the rear wheels of the tractor unit are the same diameter as those of the front (ie 13.5 x 20); they should be larger (15 x20) because of the additional load supported by the vehicle. Something Airfix got right half a century ago. Ironically one of the better reference guides comes from Poland where these vehicles continued in use post war.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I shall be using the Loco Green on an Airfix ‘City of Truro’ (my grandfather drove CoT during the period 1957-1961 on ‘specials’.
  12. Mark, I have R201 GWR Loco Green and R205 GWR Loco Indian Red.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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