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  1. I hadn't noticed before but the footage of the Lancasters departing always shows the rear turret traversed towards the camera. Was this a standard takeoff routine or just for the occasion? Mike
  2. I remember many many years ago I used to drink at the White Lion at Warlingham in Surrey. An old boy was telling me his story of how he baled out of his Hurricane, and on the way down a local farmer shot him in the backside as everyone believed what the BBC was saying. That Germans were being shot down in great numbers; it therefore seemed unimaginable to the farmer that the man in the parachute could be anything other than enemy. I bet he wasn't the only one to get a warm greeting after baling out.
  3. According to The Design And Development of The Avro Lancaster, Royal Aeronautical Society publication D.C. Wood C.Eng FRAeS " The Merlin engine itself underwent changes for production reasons (Merlin 22 1280 bhp with two-piece cylinder block) and power development, ( Merlin 24 1620 bhp). Sub-contract manufacture by Packard produced the Merlin 28 (1300 bhp with Bendix carburetters), Merlin 38 (1390 bhp version of Rolls Royce Merlin 22) and the Merlin 224 (Packard version of Rolls Royce Merlin 24). All these engines were directly interchangeable although Lancasters with Packard built engines were designated Lancaster Mk III as they required a different set of engine maintenance tools." Hope this helps. Mike
  4. I'm about to start on a 1/48 Mustang in a bare metal finish and I'm tempted to try acrylic paints which is quite a departure from my usual solvent based paints. Which brand of acrylics does the team favour and which are the most accurate for colour and easy to use? I'll be grateful for any tips especially preparation for decaling.
  5. 5: Modelling flaps down? When parked on the dispersal area, prior to engine start, would the Lancaster's flaps be extended or retracted? With the engines stopped the aircraft has no hydraulic pressure and therefore the flaps and bomb doors droop under the effect of gravity.
  6. I've just enquired with Airfix about Humbrol enamel paints and the official word is they have all been withdrawn; but my correspondent didn't know why or wasn't free to say.
  7. Thanks chaps I think I'm heading in the right direction.
  8. I'm planning a Beaufighter using the Tamiya 1/48 Mk X boxing. I assume these aircraft would not have been armed with rockets AND torpedo but either one or the other. The Tamiya kit also provides underwing serials but I don't think these would have been carried until post-war? Any thoughts or tips please.
  9. Hi Rick X-20A acrylic (NOT lacquer!) thinners has done the trick. I've been model making more than 50 years and my working environment hasn't changed, but the tape certainly has. Thanks for the suggestion it works a treat and as I work mainly in enamel paint there's no collateral damage to paint work. Thanks again Mike
  10. Hi Colin To all intents and purposes the tape I’m using is packed and looks like Tamiya.
  11. Has something changed as my last couple of builds have encountered a sticky residue on masked canopies and it's difficult if not impossible to remove. I'm using my old tried and tested technique of dipping the canopies in Future or Looks Like Glass before masking. Any ideas?
  12. Many thanks to all for the info. As for decal sheets as far as I can ascertain from my computer screen none of them depict the 48 inch letters with the narrower stroke. 32 Squadrons lettering seems to be unique. Thanks also for the details re the actual Hurricane I'll do my best. Mike
  13. Thanks Troy there's some good information here. Happy New Year Mike
  14. My post is in the wanted section but thanks for the reminder
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