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Graham Boak

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  1. That's a lovely photo, but showing a very green OD. I've no idea how Sea Gray fades, if it does, but that looks very dark for EDSG with any service in. I would have expected EDSG to look more like the bluer shade of the one seen head-on in the background.
  2. I suspect that the production of these aircraft predated AN paints.
  3. In tropical conditions paint can fade in curious ways. Relying on colour contrasts familiar from fresh paint in temperate climes is probably unreliable. Whatever paint was used onboard to overpaint unwanted roundels will depend on chance, though I'd agree that EDSG was the more obvious choice.
  4. The Victor was also spending it's time at high altitude, but in the cruise, airliner or bomber, you are not at full power anyway. However, airliner or bomber, you will start the flight at sea level static (more or less) and a commercial engine that has to do this twice a day at least is likely to have a lower maximum rating than a military one required to take off at maximum mass much less often. Perhaps even only once?
  5. There probably was a big difference between military ratings and civil ratings. Civil aircraft fly a lot more often than military ones, plus a risk acceptable in the face of nuclear armaggedon might be less so to flying businessmen and tourists every day. PS. The Valiant B.2 greatly predated Raspberry Ripple. Note the lack of Victors and Vulcans in it.
  6. As the Spitfire didn't have a feathering prop, this is actually wrong.
  7. Straight ailerons are right for late F.13s but not for most. Possibly larger wingspan:I found it difficult to get this straight from the otherwise excellent book cited above. I was told that the Revell kit was based on the one in the Berlin Museum which unfortunately is a hybrid. There have been conversion kits but the ones I could get all came with the Revell kit which I didn't need, so wouldn't help a lot.
  8. Romanian ones were metal skins. The first Yugoslavian ones were fabric, but later metal. Romania did get a fabric wing one from Yugoslavia, I think. Sorry about the sudden qualification there, I do have the recent book on Romanian Hurricanes but it is just out of reach at the moment. None were exported to Egypt, some may have been handed over during the war, in which case they were metal.
  9. I recall the usual quote for the D/G as 11.4 not 11.1. I find 11.1 more reasonable. The Flugbuch for the D-1 shows a drawing quoting 11.0, but with a blunt spinner. (See similar thread on 72nd Modeller https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/72nd_aircraft/junkers-ju-87-d-g-from-hobby-2000-t11176.html
  10. I noticed that there were two Moths, but they were some odd scale so I didn't pay them any attention. Could these have been the anti-spin strakes that were attached to some Tigers?
  11. Agreed, ditto re buying - two cheap magazines and one of the Model Art Jetstream sheets. As an ex-HP apprentice from the period, I pretty well had to. but as was said "...you want the best, don't you?" The Airfix stand was a bit basic, but the two representatives were talkative and the 1/48 Tiger Moth was on show - we can get too spoilt.
  12. I thought Paul's researches into the documentation were very convincing. For those two deliveries, from the Wasp, I do not expect to see anything better. That still leaves us in some doubt about repainting done on Malta, and possibly Gibraltar. I have not studied the later pair of articles closely but initially found them less immediately convincing. I was mainly pointing out that the Mk.Vb was widely used too. But for most examples a new fuselage is also required because of the windscreen interface with the fuselage, so just changing the wing would restrict the options severely. PS From what I've seen so far, the new kit will lack the small bulge on the upper wing inboard of the ailerons initially present on the early Mk.Vc, and seen on those aircraft from Wasp and at least one later delivery. For those who care...
  13. In this period, USAAF P-40Fs delivered to NW Africa were in the RAF Desert scheme. Those serving in the Western Desert with the 8th Army and the DAF were in Sand over Neutral Gray. Assuming uncolourised, the top picture looks more like Sand than Middle Stone, the middle one entirely the reverse. It would not be unheard of to see Sand in use on camouflaged P-40s, but perhaps not with a Dark Earth colour. The US produced two different Dark Earths, one as light as the RAF colour and one significantly darker. These can be seen on different colour photos. I'm not entirely convinced they are different aircraft, but the one behind them is certainly different, so they very probably are. Why should there be 2? Probably just one of those things that happens. Someone misheard an instruction, and the two aircraft never came into close proximity before it could be corrected? Unfortunately we can't tell is a number is missing.
  14. There were Mk.Vb on Malta too. And in the desert, and Russia. The MkVc being the designated overseas variant, they went to Australia and India, but otherwise the Mk.Vb still got around. They were lighter than the Mk.Vc, so tended to be retained as fighters - not being rigged for bombs probably helped there. The Mk.Vc was the heavyweight dragmaster of the single stage Merlin family.
  15. That may depend upon just how far. However it isn't totally unheard of for companies to correct major errors even after initial release. The Tamiya Meteor and the Trumpeter(?) Wildcat come to mind. Any delays in production due to late changes will probably remain unknown lacking some highly detailed autobiography by an insider. Not, I suspect, a profitable venture for any publisher. After making all reasonable allowances, I still think it is an important part of the hobby for those with good knowledge of any type to be able to pass comment on any areas requiring some work to produce a more accurate replica. Or at least potentially so. However I hadn't noticed any great storm of controversy around this release, just a few queries here and there by no means all critical. It looks very promising. So however did the previous Mk.Vc. Yes, a different time, a different company, but a good lesson in restraining enthusiasm until we get it into our hands.
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