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  1. Marksmanship of pre-war trained professional USN aviators was excellent, which explains the objection. Given a choice, they would prefer to shoot longer. However, things were perhaps a bit more complex. Grumman sought USN permission to adopt also for the F4F-4s the 6-gun layout the British had requested for the folding wing Martlet Mk. II, presumably in the interest of commonality and production speed. British combat experience at the time had its weight in a difficult decision that eventually led to the six guns in the F4F-4. Seemingly the Japanese did not oblige, presenting
  2. From Sturtivant, Wildcat Mk. VIs were received in late 1944. I found: JV702:YD JV712:YV JV718:YW JV748:YZ I do not have Barringer's book, thus I do not know which image you refer to. The Mk. IV and Mk. VI were both powered by a Wright Cyclone R-1820, so if what you have is a partial view you might mistake them. The Mk. VI is the latest model with the taller fin. No idea about camouflage. The Mk. VI was the FM-2 Wildcat produced by GM Eastern Aircraft Division and this manufacturer is reported to have been using substitute ANA colours, if I remember correctly.
  3. Great build and very realistic pictures. Love it.
  4. All black... No. 230 Sqn., SEAC
  5. As production dates overlap with Block 8, I am a bit confused. Do you mean that 60 serials were deleted from Block 8 (becoming effectively black-out blocks) and aircraft were built separately, or that the Sea Hurricanes were additional to the 1,200 aircraft of Block 8?
  6. IIRC, aircraft fitted with the GEE-H navigation aid had two horizontal yellow bars painted on the outer face of the fins as standard.
  7. There is an AIR81 record saying it is T3317, but the Delivery Log posted by Geoffrey Sinclair contradicts this. I'm with you on this, the first part of the serial might read T32... and a T32xx serial seems possible: Could we think that the pattern of upper/lower colour demarcation may help distinguish TLS camouflage from TSS camouflage? But perhaps this is a question for the other thread.
  8. Thank you for the very interesting link! Based on delivery logs posted by Geoffrey Sinclair and the photo of XK-? at Malta, it would seem that both the pilots and the aircraft were released in a very short time.
  9. Tony, recently, you posted this photo in a Beaufighter thread: It seems to be showing the same aircraft (bent propellers, spinnerless port hub). Perhaps you can read the serial on the original, I can't, but I may trust it is T3317. Curiously, XK-? has the question mark painted further to the back, more or less like leaving the space for an obliterated individual letter closer to the roundel. Of interest for a model, the upper surface camouflage colours extend below the wing and the demarcation line to the Sky undersurface colour is a straight line. Da
  10. Very interesting photo, particularly as the aircraft tail that shows under the starboard wing appears to be Spanish, possibly a Fiat CR.32. Considering the state of the props, I might guess the Beau was raised after belly-landing somewhere. T3317 is usually reported to be XK-? 272 Sqn. CO's aircraft: is it this?
  11. A Hellcat, maybe?
  12. Information provided by Carl Vincent suggest that propellers were the one critical shortage that could not be overcome in Canadian production. Thus, CCF turned to Hamilton Standard for supply. In turn, this required using the Packard Merlin Mk. 29 (US-standard shaft for US-standard propellers) in place of the Packard Merlin Mk. 28 (UK-standard shaft for UK-standard propellers), both being licence-built Mk. XXs. This led to the Mk. XII designation for what were, to all purposes, Canadian-built Mk. IIBs. CCF-built Mk. II aircraft supplied to Britain were either engine-less, or fitted
  13. It is a Mk. II Hurricane (longer nose than the Mk. I) built in Canada. This photo of JS327 shows 12 guns. There has been a long discussion on Canadian-built Hurricanes, but I do not know how to link it here. In summary, the Mark XII designation only applied to Hurricanes built in Canada by Canadian Car and Foundry for the RCAF, fitted with a Packard Merlin Mk. 29, Hamilton Standard propeller and 12-gun wing. IMHO, what it takes to have a "Mark XII" Sea Hurricane (actually it should simply be a Mk.II, although seldom mentioned in this way) is just the arrester hook. These aircr
  14. Thanks a lot Etienne! From what I can see, BT-Y:T5040 is there, with the serial seen over a patch of darker colour also on the port side of the rear fuselage. B for Birdie, BT-B, is seemingly not the same as T4828: the one seen in the film lacks the DF loop bulge over the fuselage top and fuselage codes appear to have smaller size To me, there appears to be a mix of possibly TSS and possibly DS finishes... well, honestly: I see some darker ones and some lighter ones.
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