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Potato Pete

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  1. Potato Pete

    Ebay photo ID help plse - special ops Lysander ?

    Codes appear to be RM which would make it 26 Squadron. The squadron moved to France in Oct '39 and served in an army co-operation role, finally withdrawing to Lympne on the 19th May 1940, after which it flew supply, bombing and reconnaissance missions. The broad tail flash points to '39 or '40 date so I'd guess the example in the picture was abandoned in the withdrawal from France. Pete
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    2nd hand Model Shop in Wimbeldon

    Chris, I think he might be referring to Comet Miniatures which was in Lavender Hill. If so, I think it closed about five years ago. Not sure if it relocated. Cheers Pete
  3. Potato Pete

    Old Airfix B-17G Bit o Lace paint question

    Troy's post pretty much covers it. Not sure she ever had an all yellow tail. When she was assigned to the 44th, it would have been prior to the yellow tail markings iirc, so nmf/doped aluminium/silver all over. If you look at the pic showing the damage to the tail (4th April 1945) in Troy's last link, the rudder is still doped silver/aluminium. Whether the silver rudder is a replacement I don't know - I suspect it was left unaltered, but that's just a guess. The elevators appear to be yellow prior to the damage. There is another site with more pics showing the same incident but I can't seem to find it at the moment. Pete
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    Both the Telegraph and the Guardian give it five stars I dunno, looks like a sign to me....
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    New! Airfix Wellington 1c!

    Early days but the rendering of the geodetic framework looks more muted than the Trumpeter offering Pete
  6. Coming on very nicely. I have one in the stash but have always been a bit intimidated by it. You seem to be wrestling yours into submission very successfully. Inspiration indeed. Pete
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    Mosquito elevators

    Gents, Thanks everyone for the info, the photo captures them really well. I had it in my head that they were introduced to cope with more powerful engines and heavier bomb loads, but it would appear not. Cheers Pete
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    Mosquito elevators

    Folks, I recall reading somewhere that two-stage Merlin Mosquito bombers had larger or modified elevators than earlier versions, but cannot find the reference . Can anyone give me the low down? Cheers Pete
  9. Potato Pete

    Interesting (to me) Wellington Pic

    Lovely pic there. Possibly R1333 of 99 Squadron, crashed on take off 18th December 1940? Pete
  10. Potato Pete

    Airfix Blenheim Mk IVF

    That's turned out very nicely despite your troubles and some welcome inspiration for me. I'm halfway through a Mk1 and and may end up taking your route. I have just fitted the front section and am looking at it now and going hmmmmm.... BTW I like the colours, what paints did you use? Pete
  11. Potato Pete

    Spitfire Mk.I - Black port wing, IFF

    John Some answers - RAF fighters had black port wings until June 1940, when the undersides were to be sky. This was then amended to the black port sky starboard pattern in Nov 1940 and remained in place until April 1941. Repainting was carried out on existing airframes at unit (or station level?) so your Spit should have had a sky port wing (or at least an approximation of sky, given the shortage of sky at the time). Pete
  12. I think it's Boeing that own the trademark, and Airfix probably have to pay them for the privilege Pete
  13. Potato Pete

    What are you reading?

    Another vote for Kershaw's "To Hell and back". About two thirds of the way through. He covers a huge amount of territory but always manages to draw out key themes without ever being bland or superficial, yet at the same time point out contrasts where appropriate, and draws the whole thing together coherently. Highly recommended Pete
  14. Potato Pete

    Box Art

    I hang on to the old Airfix Roy Cross artwork, partly out of nostalgia, but that's it Pete
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    4 Group Halifax coloured tail markings

    Burn was 42 Base from Nov 1944 apparently Pete