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  1. In 1918 Antony Fokker designed a two seater ground attack aircraft based on Fokker D-7 components. Apart from the pilot’s cockpit was moved forward and a gunner’s compartment added, the wing span was increased. So confident (or consented) was Fokker that his design was going to be ordered that he started production on 36 air frames. The military rejected the machine as no great advance over existing types. In Nov 1918 Fokker bribed officials to provide trains so he could smuggle air-frames, engines and components to Holland. This including the 36 two seat Fokker’s. The Fokker’s were bought by the Dutch military as the C1 where they proved popular, the last one retired in 1936. This model is based on two of the old Revel 1/72 scale D-7’s as the wings need to be lengthened. The D -7’s wingspan was 29ft 5 inches and according to my book Fokker added 2 meters to the span (don’t you just love it when they mix imperial and metric measurements!!) I used a spread sheet to calculate the new wingspan. Camouflage and markings Photographs suggest that the prototype had lozenge camouflage but I did not have any suitable decals. But the all metal Junkers C 1 two seater was painted green as were the Dutch aircraft. So my 2 seater is green!!!! IMG_0704 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_0847 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_0848 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_0849 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_0883 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9846 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9856 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9866 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9870 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9872 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9876 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  2. Here is the story behind of one of the WW1 military grave at St Nicholas’s church in Old Shoreham It is the final resting place of Canadian WW1 fighter pilot Captain Albert Desbrisay Carter who was killed on Thursday 22nd May 1919 when the captured German Fokker D.VII serial 8482/18 he was flying was seen to break up in mid-air. Albert Desbrisay Carter was born in Point de Bute, New Brunswick Canada and joined the 13th Reserve Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in March 1911. On 1 October 1917, Carter transferred to No. 19 Squadron Royal Flying Corps in France flying Sopwith Dolphin scouts. He subsequently becoming an ace by shooting down six enemy aircraft. On 18 March, Major Carter was shot down by German ace Lieutenant Paul Billik. Carter fell behind German lines, survived the crash, and was captured. He finished his war in a prisoner of war camp being repatriated on 13 December 1918. In 1919 Number 1 Wing Royal Canadian Airforce reformed at Shoreham airport with Captain Carter serving with Number 1 Squadron RCAF. The accident report can be seen at: http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=1839.25;wap2 Carter by Ray Staley, on Flickr Fokker_D.VII_with_Major_W.G._Barker_V.C._captured_aircraft_at_Hounslow_Aerodrome_UK_April_1919._Library_and_Archives_Canada_Photo_MIKAN_No._3214714 by Ray Staley, on Flickr 2009_0622Annabel0008 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
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    Fury colours

    I have an ancient copy of Camouflage and Markings Number 5 Gladiator, Gauntlet, Fury and Demon which cost 6 bob or 30np when it was published. According to page 115 “43 Squadron based at Tangmere, Sussex with Number 1 Squadron had the distinctive Black and White checkerboard markings. When the Fury’s were first delivered in 1931, the Black squares were only painted on the Aluminium finish, but eventually the White squares were added. On the fuselage the rectangle of Black and White squares was positioned forward of the roundel, and on the upper surfaces of the wing a long rectangle of similarly coloured squares was painted between the roundels. The Squadron Commander had the entire fin area painted Black and White, and the flight commanders aircraft had their fins painted in flight colours. The wheel discs were also painted in the respective flight colours. Although photographs of 43 Squadron Furies taken in 1936 and 1937 do not seen to exist, it appears almost certain that the Squadron crest was painted on the fin inside the standard ‘spearhead’ on many aircraft. “ I have built three of these nice Airfix Fury’s but chickened out so two are Camouflaged and one is Trainer Yellow.
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    Well done Hannants

    Ordered Thursday – delivered today Well done IMG_9756 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  5. This is thread is well timed as I would like to make 3 US Navy Yellow Wing kits from the stash but the only paint that I have is Revell 15 mat yellow. How close is it to the US Navy Yellow? IMG_9731 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9730 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  6. May I ask for a bit of non-modelling information relating to this thread? I live near Shoreham airport where 277 Squadron (in part) were based. Does anyone have any pictures of 277 aircraft at Shoreham, I have a few from the Air Sea Rescue film made there and at Newhaven but always interested in more pics? Many thanks 12622063_10153527437499005_3486163099722266532_o by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  7. Very Nice indeed. Which paint did you use for the main body?
  8. For my part I suggest something with a simple one colour paint job like the all blue US Navy Corsair/Hellcat etc.
  9. I thought that I would try a new type of jig for aligning the 12 struts on the Frog Westland Wapiti conversion (as opposed to the usual line it up by eye and hope for the best method). I used the kits top wing to make a clear plastic template of the wing then drilled holes in the clear template which aligned with the struts location holes in the top wing. Don’t know how it will work but as its now summer and I don’t do not much modelling at this time of year so progress is really slow!! But I have a bit of a problem. I started this conversion off without any serious thought about getting a Jupiter engine. Thought I could easily get a resin engine somewhere!! But no such luck so I will try to scratch build one as I have plenty of old engines in the spares box. So does anyone have a spare Aeroclub Jupiter engine with the with the Wapiti type exhaust collector for sale?? https://www.flickr.com/photos/55293722@N02/47965567021/in/dateposted/
  10. I thought Engine & Things was an American site- I am after a Bristol Jupiter engine but don't want to bring it all the way from USA.
  11. I have had this 1/72 scale Revell SE5 in the stash for years but was not too keen on building yet another bog standard green version. Then I saw a fellow modeller had produced a very nice 2 seater version and thought that I would have a go as it was a bit different. Nice easy build that I thoroughly enjoyed making this model. IMG_8504 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8464 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8545 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8553 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8586 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8590 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8595 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8594 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8595 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  12. I went there last year- dam good museum but very cold in late summer!!
  13. Wonky Donkey I actually enjoyed building this kit but do watch the decals they are thick, have lots of carrier film and refuse to settle down IMG_8339 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8401 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8328 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  14. IMG_8489 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_6207 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_6214 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
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