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ClaudioN

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  1. Building a 72nd scale Wildcat has been discussed in extreme detail by our friend Jumpei Temma. You may find a discussion of Hasegawa vs. Airfix fuselage on his web pages, but at the moment I'm no longer able to find them. I have carefully compared the Airfix fuselage with plans and photos and, in my opinion, the problem is in the tail, relative to the rest of the fuselage. I'm trying to figure out a simple solution, though I do not have a positive answer yet. Claudio
  2. Possibly not under?
  3. Kind of an understatement about the economics... But, yes! How could I miss on it. And, they might profitably invest the returns of their newly-announced new-tool Vulcan. AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, 1939-1945: BLACKBURN B-26 BOTHA.. © IWM (CH 1905) IWM Non Commercial License
  4. As I already mentioned in the "All the Hurricane questions..." post, there is a thread here. The Hurricane was G-AFKX. I'd suggest this picture still shows it as a Mk. I. Notice the two rearmost fasteners on the lower rear engine compartment panel are aligned with those on the top panel. This changed on the longer Mk. II panels. What is different, is that here G-AFKH has the pointed Rotol spinner instead of the rounded, slightly wider one it had when photographed in silver finish. Claudio
  5. Not British, but (like the Maryland) used by the British: Grumman Goose? I think virtually anything British-built from WW II has been kitted by somebody over the years... Vickers Warwick, maybe? Not a big seller, I'd think. Or, Wellington Mk. VI, a variant much varied and an intriguing shape. Claudio
  6. "The Bristol Blenheim" by Graham Warner has a photo of K7114 at Waddington in 1938, coded AY-B (with AY aft of the roundel in larger characters). It appears to have yellow-blue-white-red roundels modified into blue-red
  7. They were special recognition markings, as the Mohawk might look uncomfortably similar to an Oscar (Ki.43).
  8. The air group (carrier letter 'D') included No. 827 Squadron with Barracuda Mk. IIs and No. 1846 Squadron with Corsairs. I do not know whether Corsairs were embarked or remianed at Kai Tak. Actually, I did not even know that Colossus ventured as far North as Korea in September 1945.
  9. I am afraid you'll have to try and sand them off. I have been unable to find any picture of an EDSG/white Buccaneer with the fairings. There are pictures of overall EDSG Royal Navy Buccaneers and even RAF Buccaneers without them. I'm not an expert, I'd guess the fairings began to appear around 1970/71? Claudio
  10. I'd think high visibility markings. The Geese operated from Piarco, Trinidad and by the time they received C type markings the danger of any enemy aircraft appearing must have been small. Yellow chevrons denied the camouflage effect, but must have made the aircraft more conspicuous against the sea. Claudio
  11. I wasn't talking of RN Observers. I was thinking of air raid warning from ground based observation posts, wasn't the Observer Corps who manned them? But I may be mistaken. My comment was not on recognitions skills. The question would rather be whether an odd-coloured friendly shape would be accepeted as friendly, or raise some doubt? As Graham said, the OC may have seen several off-standard combinations.
  12. A very intriguing underside colour scheme, from what can be seen. The aircraft nose appears to be in standard bomber finish with black as the only underside colour. The starboard wing appears definitely white and the colour continues down the fuselage with a straight vertical demarcation. This makes me think that, perhaps, black/white identification colours were only applied to the wing(s) and the lower fuselage part between the wings. On the other hand, the gun tray is overall black and both undercarriage doors are the same (darkish?) colour. Finally, port wing undersides do not appear nearly as dark as the fuselage nose undesides so, are they black or possibly some lighter colour? Anybody going to make guesses at it? I wonder what the Observer Corps might have thought of it. Claudio
  13. Would you like that? I do have it somewhere.
  14. Picture here: Key Publishing Aviation Forum - G-AFKX question this shows G-AFKX did have a ventral strake when pictured. The picture of G-AFKX in aluminium shows no aerial, but other photos in the thread show it in camouflage with Langley Airfield defence. There, it has once more an aerial, that appears to be associated with a HF radio set, rather than the later VHF. Note the short aerial stub at the top of the rudder. Propeller is Rotol with a rounded spinner, possibly Spitfire type?
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