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About Michou

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  1. I would suggest blue. The nose of the aircraft and the lightning flash are blue. Look here - http://flyblader.com/onewebmedia/Nr 25 F-86F.pdf Mike
  2. I don't remember the Beverley as loud, just slooow! It took an eternity to fly from Norfolk to Malta. Loud,and really loud, was the RNZAF Bristol Freighter in which I flew from Butterworth to Changi. If I recollect correctly we were given earplugs on entering the aircraft. Mike
  3. Let's hope that I can do it justice! I have an old Max Abt sheet of decals with markings for an Algerian machine which I would like to use. Mike
  4. Thanks, James. That photo of the loop antenna is perfect and the Marker Receiver would be part of the Instrument Landing System. I ought to buy the Eduard MiG which looks superior to all the other available kits but I have a Hobby Boss kit which I want to finish. Mike Ouch! I replied to the wrong person. Soreee!
  5. Thanks, James. That photo of the loop antenna is perfect and the Marker Receiver would be part of the Instrument Landing System. I ought to buy the Eduard MiG which looks superior to all the other available kits but I have a Hobby Boss kit which I want to finish. Mike
  6. Underneath the rear fuselage of the Hobby Boss MiG-15 (1:72 scale) there is a circular and rectangular depression into which transparent plastic panels are placed. There is a similar arrangement underneath the new Airfix MiG-17. What is this? "Transparent" makes one think of lights but it seems an odd place to put lights. What is behind those windows? Radio, radar equipment? What colour should those depressions be painted? Mike
  7. Thanks for your comments. I wrote "Duralumin" with a capital D as this is the word used in the in the 1937 manual for the Dewoitine D.500. Duralumin (upper case D) is a trade name for one of the earliest hard aluminium alloys which I believed used only copper. It has certainly been improved with other additives in the intervening years. Mike
  8. According to the maintenance and repair manual (Notice d'Entretien et de Réparation) Duralumin was varnished. No colour is specified but, as Jure points out in post 10, there is some variation in colours so I would guess it was a transparent varnish. Duralumin was aluminium alloyed with copper, not magnesium. There is some useful information on this site - http://www.master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=106591 Scroll down and you will find the manual. The relevant paragraphs have been outlined in red. The complete manual is here - https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k318460b/f1.image.r=notice%20d'entretien%20avion%20Dewoitine This other manual, Notice Descriptive et d'Utilisation, has drawings of more interest to the modeller. https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k317619c.texteImage Mike
  9. I have just taken a look here: https://www.flightglobal.com/flight-international/flight-magazine-archive It seems that the site is under maintenance. Mike
  10. Udet's machine was most definitely RED. There is no need to guess the colour from a black and white photo when it is possible to read a contemporary newspaper report. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 26 July 1937, had the following. "Ist etwas passiert? Wo ist Udet? Doch da kommt die rote Maschine..." Has something happened? Where is Udet? Ah, here comes the red machine... Mike
  11. I am quite certain that the photo shows a dummy Blue Danube in a test at the Orfordness bombing range. No aircraft flew beside WZ366 during the live drop. The other aircraft modified for the atomic bomb tests was WZ367 which flew 15 minutes behind 366 to monitor and record the explosion. The Pathé film of the event shows WZ367 taking off but gives the impression that you are looking at the Valiant which actually dropped the bomb. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NLEOxYJvzI Mike
  12. DG202/G was once the gate guardian at RAF Yatesbury, the radio trades school. When I was there in 1959 my rusty memory tells me that it was painted silver. Sorry, no photo. The aircraft was surrounded by bushes and I did not consider it worth taking a picture. Mike
  13. How do I make a prototype Hurricane? The answers will discuss the radiator, flaps, keel under the rear fuselage, undercarriage doors, tailplane struts... However, nobody mentions the angle of sweep back of the wing leading edge. James Goulding's book, "Interceptor: RAF Single-Seat Multi-Gun Fighters" has on page 70 a 3-view of K5083 with the note, "The straight front spar in the wing can be seen." In the text, "The wing planform of K5083 differed from the subsequent Hurricane wing in having a straight front spar and consequently less leading edge sweep back and considerably more forward taper on the trailing edge. It is very likely that the change of planform for production aircraft was because of the change to eight Browning guns, the weight of which would have moved the centre of gravity too far forward." Comments? Mike
  14. Merci BS, This shows that you can have only a good idea of the appearance of the other side of an aircraft shown in a photo. The Luftwaffe and the RAF had camouflage patterns shown on a grid and the pattern was reproducible to within a couple of centimeters. Mike
  15. I haven't had the book very long so my opinion is formed after a quick browse through it. It is, as far as I am aware, the only book which covers the subject. Do not expect a work similar to those which have appeared on Luftwaffe, RAF and American colour, i.e drawings of camouflage patterns to be applied to specific aircraft and colour chips. If I translate a few words from the preface you will receive some idea of what to expect. "The French, inflexible, always dissatisfied and rebellious, have only vague notions of discipline. The camouflage patterns ... perfectly reflect this mind-set in which the exception is the rule." And the last words of the preface are - "Why be simple when it can be made complicated?" The book does not contain plan views together with left and right profiles of specific aircraft. It does provide enough material to make a convincing model. Mike
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