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  1. It is here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/billchilton/4508924436/in/album-72157623826178790/ What an interesting thread!!! I have ex-Hasegawa 1/72 Buffalo and intend to build it in one of the Crete schemes, but I'm not still fully convinced what camouflage colours should I use.
  2. Cool! The Hardy's rear deckhouse was indeed wider and longer as in many other flotilla leaders. Also the bridge had some forward extension, balcony-like one. Good drawing of Hardy is here: https://www.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/rmgc-object-57285
  3. The Onslow is cool and goes very well but... the Hardy!!!! Hardy is my dream, I think about making Hardy of the 1/700 IBG Hotspur or Glowworm. Can you show your Hardy? What plans do you use? I'm excited!
  4. Looks like really demanding build but the result is lovely. The Comet is a wonderful machine. Speaking about filling the canopy - untill you fill the area below the glasses, there is no need to use transparent filler. In fact the area you need to re-create is a part of the fuselage side below the canopy framing, so fill it freely with the normal filler (not CA, as the CA may fog the transparencies). Good luck with this build. If you want to build another 1/72 Comet, try the excellent resin SBS kit. Not cheap but really the first class! SBS Comet Red and Green SBS Comet Black
  5. Cool glider! We have one in Warsaw Aeroclub (in non-flying conditions I think).
  6. I have some hint - Museum of Polish Aviation in Cracow published scans of the 'Evidence in camera' wartime magazine. The magazine published mostly air photo reconaissance photographs - including u-boat bases. You may check them, maybe this will clarify something. The link for digitised collections is https://muzeumlotnictwa.pl/digitalizacja_archiwaliow/digitalizacja.php but there you get list of thousands of publications. The best way to find 'Evidence in camera' is to use your browser 'find' option (ctrl+F) and then just type 'evidence'. Here you have photo of pier in Brest from the magazine. I know these are not u-boats, but it shows what you can expect:
  7. The 'iPAD' is - I think - the 1st Polish Armoured Division (so 1st PAD) - as this is well know photo of the Polish tankers who captured that lorry with German torpedo (apparently during evacuation of some of the Channel harbours). I suppose the lack of the photos of the German lorries carrying torpedoes is for a reason - Germans were in deep shortage of trucks and lorries for the whole war. Using them in the naval bases in which there were a lot of rail (normal and narrow-gauge) installations would be waste of the priceless resources. The other German problem was a fuel - lorries used gasoline which was in badly shortage, and trains used coal, which Germans had. I think there was no reason to put a torpedo on the lorry in any part of the normal transportation chain between the torpedo factory and the u-boot interior.
  8. Hi! The best guide "how to" deal with PE I know is on the Polish KFS-Miniatures.com modeling portal. Although the text is in Polish, photos are clear and say it all. Cutting and preparation: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/poradnik-wycinanie-i-obrobka-elementow-fototrawionych/ Glueing (Cyanoacrylate glue): https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/poradnik-klejenie-elementow-fototrawionych/ ...and cleaning CA glue excess with CA debonder (quite important thing, belive me!): https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/poradnik-czyszczenie-elementow-fototrawionych-debonder/ Special episode about PE railings: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/poradnik-fototrawione-relingi/ You may translate the text with the Google translator. Enjoy!
  9. Technically the P.42 is in fact production P.23 (main Polish '30s light bomber) airframe unsuccesfully adapted for dive bombing. Visible modifications included removal of the fixed ventral bombardier's "cradle" and application of the twin-rudder and enlarged elevator. Later it was equipped with retractable bombardier's "cradle". Both retractable cradle and twin rudder were later used on the PZL P.46 Sum (Catfish) which was P.23 successor (only two prototypes of Sum have been build before September 1939, one was used for courier flights between Romania, besieged Warsaw and Lithuania). P.42 prototype was later used in Polish AF Academy in Dęblin for ground personnel training and was destroyed during German bombing. Last photo (taken by "Hitler's tourists"): PZL P.46 Sum in Paris Aviation Fair: If you are interested in Polish '30s aviation a bit more, we, Arma Hobby (Polish company producing plastic kits, inlcluding PZL P.11c in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales), have a lot of interesting materials on our blog (link in in my signature below this post). You can also just ask me here or in the private message, I'd be glad to help.
  10. The model looks great and it was good idea to install bombs. In fact PZL P.42, a modification of the series-produced PZL P.23 Karas light bomber-rec plane was intended for testing the dive bombing, and white rudders indicate Polish Technical Institute of Aviation - so this particular airframe for sure flew with bombs - for numerous tests, not in war.
  11. It is stunning model, really! And the original ship - I found it!!! https://goo.gl/maps/p31eF1iH32V3vm5w5
  12. Beautiful model!!! Congratulations!
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