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Graham Boak

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  1. I think you are in danger of over-egging this. There are many examples in history of aeroplanes that have continued to fly for considerable distances after their crew have left them. We may remember the Flogger that crashed in Belgium; the Harrier that was to have been shot down because it was heading for East Germany (and would have been had it not run out of fuel first); the wartime bombers that eventually belly-landed miles away from their crews. Roger Hall described seeing a Spitfire flying through a dogfight with the dead pilot's head resting on a very bloody canopy. A trimmed aircraft is perfectly capable of flying by itself until disturbed by some significant external force. Some aircraft are of course less capable of this than others - don't try it in a Camel for example! - but anything modern will. This is not "virtually impossible". (Though I suspect that you may be right about the instructor's motives.) I don't recall ever reading of any such incidents with a helicopter.
  2. To be honest, I see a lot of "artistic" effects but many fewer attempts at the more real scruffy tatty look. I see intense colours not faded ones, particularly when it comes to markings such as roundels. Nor do I think that the examples seen here are necessarily representative. Not that I have any right to over-generalise, but we are few, and far from agreed amongst ourselves. I entirely agree that a factory finish is not appropriate to anything that has been in service for any length of time, but they all have to start somewhen. I still suggest that in-use but clean and tidy is the most common appearance of models. Somehow I don't see anyone sponsoring a survey amongst the Branch and SIG tables at Telford next month to classify and enumerate, so we'll be left with our own impressions.
  3. It is the Halifax ones which have too small a diameter. For a Halifax...
  4. The greens were produced by Xtracolour, I may even have a set, not that this is a lot of use to you given current restrictions on posting such things. Plus I'd have to find them. I suspect that there are no good matches in the Humbrol range, but for the lighter colour you could start with 155 or 159.
  5. However, as most modellers like their aircraft to look spick-and-span a factory finish is more appropriate. I agree that this would not last long once it arrived in service but people do like to have squadron markings etc. Yes, this is something of a contradiction, but if anyone wants a faded "real" look then there are other aspects to start playing with as well as the choice of base colour. Roundel shades, for example. And there are still a lot more wrong hues than right ones, even then. I also did my Frog Bucc in Dark Sea Grey but was never happy with it. I think the lack of comment was/is simply a measure of how many people actually notice or care about colour. It is possible that others could have been polite. Modellers polite? Well, maybe not.
  6. Looks pretty good as far as the colour goes. I suspect the aircraft were TBMs rather than TBFs, but without getting into deep detail (which I don't know) I suspect the only differences will be the lack of the gun in the nose, possibly no gun in the ventral position, and an ASV pod under one wing. Nothing to bother about at this stage.
  7. Aircraft includes airships and helicopters. Aeroplanes have wings, as in fixed flat-ish projections. As in monoplane, biplane etc.
  8. I didn't realise they were that much undersize. Is it not possibly to simply add some plasticard between the Trumpeter wheel halves, or do they come as single parts?
  9. Given that this is a flying boat, visible panel lines sounds like leaks to me and any gaps would have been filled and sealed before painting.
  10. You can see why they had to design the nose, the original plan for a nice shapely nose containing four Brownings for ground strafing was a little unambitious, to say the least. You could and did get three times that from a single Hurricane, cheaper all round. (Two and a half times if you threw in a couple of bombs as well.) Apparently the Japanese were rather impressed in Malaya etc., but there weren't enough Hurricanes and probably it wouldn't have mattered too much if there had been.
  11. Methinks the V/1500 was the Berlin bomber (well, very nearly). I don't think the Tabor ever got fast enough for aerodynamics to come into play - the pilot simply opened up the upper throttles too soon. Simple moments about the undercarriage... It might have been interesting to find out if the tail actually was big enough to cope in flight, but methinks it just doesn't look large enough. But it would have been a control problem not a stability one. Yes S&C did tend to be handled as one discipline even in my time, but getting enough trim is a bit basic.
  12. I think that you can make a good case that it did exist, assuming (as seems likely) the UK squadrons continued to fly some night missions after repainting into TSS. You may be able to find something in the squadrons' Operational Record Books, and if the same serials/codes crop up time and again on night ops then bingo. So perhaps a visit to Kew? But even that won't be proof. As for Malta, there's the problem that the units were re-equipped with tropicalised airframes before going out. You could argue that after TSS had been adopted, these would have been in TSS. But who knows?
  13. For younger followers, the stick figure with halo (sans wings) was the symbol of Leslie Charteris's popular private detective/James Bond predecessor in a large series of books - later starring Roger Moore in a popular TV serial. In a rather nice Volvo, very exotic in those days. It appeared on a number of WWII aircraft, in a range of variations. It was supposedly carried on a Sea Hurricane on Operation Pedestal: I reckon I can just about make it out on 7.E but with a Byzantine halo rather than the Western one. Not every one sees this, I must admit.
  14. Thanks, which I think confirms my suggestion about the low value of light dummies for training, but that still leaves us with having heavy rounds being waved up in the air which does not seem like a particularly healthy practice. PS Re dummy rounds, if anyone has attempted to place aftermarket Sparrows (any variant) on their EAP, yes they are longer than the ones seen on the aircraft.
  15. Galatzine had an early Spitfire Mk.IX, and it was a P but over the UK. It was the MU at Alexandria that lightened a couple of Spitfire Mk.Vs and claimed an R - although apparently the Germans didn't notice being attacked and the following engine failure leading to a ditching in the Mediterranean had nothing to do with it... Both variants were diesel engined. Alexandria were sent a couple of pressurised Mk.VIs but they were considered too heavy to chase Junkers and were used for some high-altitude PR: now that'd be a different Spitfire variant to model if any photos appeared.
  16. Pete: where have you used an apostrophe? I can't see one so can't comment on it "as you have used it", but surely Arabic has one way of expressing plurals and another way of expressing the possessive? I've no idea what it is, but it must work somehow.
  17. Not an A300 but an A310. This was BAe's option but we were instructed to join with Serco on the 767. We had been told - not by the RAF - that they really wanted the A330 so that bidder relaxed a bit and we had to really go deep on our bid. But the realistic costs meant we lost (assuming they hadn't made up their mind all along) and the winning bidder had to go crying for more money as they couldn't do it at their bid price. Of course, it may look different from another angle...
  18. Yes, but that isn't a model of the prototype, is it? Just a painted differently model of another Hurricane. I feel that the original poster could readily have done that himself, rather than ask for information on the real thing.
  19. Thank you all. As the subject is an early one I shall use the blue grey. Feel free to toss brickbats if you think necessary.
  20. Most of the photos I know from Malta show aircraft apparently in TLS, although this is always debatable. As the aircraft were officially on temporary attachment this seems reasonable. The aircraft were also used for land strikes, so TSS may not have been considered entirely suitable. There is a colourised photo in Battleaxe Blenheim's showing desert colours, but I'm reluctant to place any great credence on that.
  21. Just to make clear that it is my Sonia which is intended to be blue, not the Lily. I'm aware of doubts about the scheme but perhaps there are even more directed against the Oscar! I have the book, but it deals largely with dedicated ASW types not those of other types that may have been hauled into use in desperate times. I'm pretty certain that it says nothing about blue Sonias.
  22. I've seen it said recently that the shadow shading was not part of the original camouflage plans, and certainly there seems to be little sign of it on some of the immediate post-Munich repaints. However it is equally clear that this was visible on at least one 615 Sq aircraft in May 1940. So it is possible that the squadron had aircraft in different schemes, possibly even at the same time. Did anyone else see this comment?
  23. The pre-Barbarossa deliveries of Bf109Es were in a single dark green (as indeed were other export Emils, Switzerland and Yugoslavia). And being well aware of the difficulties in distinguishing fresh 70/71 from a single top colour, I actually did my Romanian Bf109E in 70/71. Can't win them all. The single green was also (IIRC) adopted as a fighter scheme just before Barbarossa for other types such as the P-24s. I have not seen any reason why some (many?) IAR 80s were in the prewar 2-colour scheme, possibly it was simply a matter of informing the service units but not the factory.
  24. The closest I know of would be Stuart Scott's book on 105 Sq. (Battleaxe Blenheims? Like that, anyway.) However I think the reference is to the squadron (and I believe other units) having a number of aircraft for night operations, and where this is mentioned the aircraft would still be in standard Bomber Command colours ie TLS. Logically this habit can be expected to be continued when the units changed to TSS, but that's an assumption. When I first saw a mention of black undersurfaces I assumed that the unit would apply the RAF's black distemper whenever required, but it was suggest that they would have a number of aircraft permanently so painted.
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