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  1. Good to see this. I'm undecided between doing a 5AEF example (former staff cadet) or - given my interest in reconnaissance types - one of the Gatow birds. [Edit: Perhaps I'll just have to do two!] Indeed so. Also, the 5-point harness (Z-type iirc) which appears on the seat cushions was fitted during a major fleet refurbishment in the 1970s, and so is only applicable to the red/white/grey scheme, which was applied at the same time. Before that, a 4-point Q-type with blue or black straps was used. I also note that the UHF radio aerials (2 blades on the rear
  2. MikeC

    Haze Paint?

    Not much help for modelling? I've just finished an F-4A and found it extremely useful in deciding how to proceed.
  3. Well it seems the memory let me down there. Just checked my copy of Merlin PR Spitfires and was reminded that the PRX did indeed have the fighter windscreen to maintain the structural strength of the cockpit. My apologies.
  4. Very nicely done, you don't often see a PRX built. One point of accuracy critique, though: I rather think the PR X had the curved PR windscreen rather than the fighter one. Unless your reference for that particular aircraft says otherwise, of course.
  5. The first is Luftstreitkrafte (that last "a" should have an umlaut). I'm not sure of the other two.
  6. MikeC

    Hobbycraft Stores

    I was in Hobbycraft at Rushden Lakes yesterday (suitably alone, masked and socially distant, of course). While my trip was successful in that I managed to secure every Tamiya paint on my list, I was somewhat disappointed to see that the stock of kits consisted of: - three each of Revell's 1:32 Spitfire II and Mosquito IV; - a small number of Italeri vehicles; - a couple of Italeri 1:72 aircraft kits. Nothing wrong with those kits, but that was it. As far as I could see, nothing else, and no gaping holes awaiting restock. I would be interested to know wh
  7. MikeC

    REVELL 2021

    That'll do me, although I'd also hope that they finally release the D-10+ (ie filletted) P-51D in 1:32. I saw some box art two or three Telfords ago ...
  8. The Harrier was often referred to as Harrier I or Harrier II, denoting 1st or 2nd generation: hence "Harrier I" included GR1, T2, GR3, T4, Sea Harrier, AV-8A etc; "Harrier II" covered the GR5/AV-8B and subsequent versions.
  9. That's a really nice model of the Shuttleworth Moth.
  10. Nicely done, and always good to see a Czech squadron represented.
  11. Absolutely stunning. I was planning this scheme myself, that's pure inspiration to get on with it.
  12. Hmm, in that case it's not a zap: that's an unauthorised badge that's not part of the normal markings, usually applied by a rival unit. Anything from merely applying their own badge, to significant changes - a well-known example that springs to mind is the "Colonial Navy" Phantom FG1. Nice models of my favourite type of Phantom, and well presented.
  13. Very nicely done, especially as CA kits are, as you say, not exactly Tamiya.
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