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  1. Hello All!, To test making diorama bases for 1/48 WW2 aircraft, I got a 4ft square foam board (,the art board with paper covering) , rolled matt black emulsion over it, it(dried in seconds in our heatwave) 2 coats, then some matt grey rolled on emulsion, then used a felt tip to make the tar fill in between ash-felt / and or concrete blocks , pressing the large Pentel round in to make a slight depression, then rubbing a lot of pastels all over, in very small steps, vacuumed off the access, looks OK. I did the block outlines, large rectangles, all different shapes, plus tar crack repairs the same way, as hardstandings tend to crack. I did the whole thing slightly tapered off the the distance for forced projection. then added a few railway model bushed at the edge. Behind is another 4ft white foam board, out of focus for the sky. Added a few Tamiya 1/48 vehicles, toolboxes etc. plus ICM 1/48 RAF air-persons and: Photographed using a old NIKON D70 and NIKON 35-105 MACRO MANUAL or Tamron 18-200, AUTO + tripod, at minimum aperture and about 1/20 testing, + some, minus some secs to make it look as would be in the era: blurred, under exposed, b/w etc. Added a few Tamiya 1/48 vehicles, toolboxes etc. plus ICM 1/48 RAF air-persons, the 1/56 truck behind that, then 1/72 Wellington III just behind that. I think I got away with it beginners luck. Also did a 1/48 Mozzie and Contrail/Sangar 1/48 Halixax 2 series 1 : Mozzie: Dark, as at night time. Picture taken at what would have been eye-level on the ground from an ERK with a camera. Halifax: this was the biggie, at least 100 hours work: And again, same technique and the Sangar 1/48 Halifax completed as V9977 This one shows all my modeling faults making a vac-u-form: needs blurring I think n:
  2. So here is my second entry for the GB - The Brown series Halifax, which can be built as a Mk1, 2 or GR2. I am leaning toward the Coastal Command variant with the largely white finish, which i may rattle can on as i am a brush painter, and white ain't that much fun to brush, especially on such a large model. Heres the photos... Cheers! Thanks for looking, Greg
  3. HR686 of 502 Sqn took off on the night of the 3rd October 1944 from RAF Stornoway for another routine operation looking for targets of opportunity in the sea off Norway. The Germans were moving men and equipment from Norway to Europe to reinforce their defences following the allied invasion. A typical cold dark & wet night in that part of the world with a low cloud base, the 9 crew went about their duties routinely. The aircraft was loaded with depth charges and enough fuel for 12 hours meaning that the fuselage bomb bay was laden with fuel leaving the wing cells to carry the depth charges. Eventually a target was picked up on the ASV radar and the aircraft dropped down to investigate. Cloud cover was broken at just 800ft, where the contact appeared to be illuminated leading them to think it was a neutral vessel causing them to turn away and call off the attack. This was a tragic move as the illuminations were in fact gun fire from the ship Amisia. The inner port engine was hit along with other damage and there was no option for pilot F/O McManus but to prepare for a ditching. A successful ditching was made and its believed that all crew escaped alive, but the life raft that is located just behind the port inner was burned, hence useless. Fortunately, one of the inflated main wheels came to the rescue allowing them to stay afloat. Rescue was made at dawn break by the Amisia but unfortunately, only 5 of the crew had survived long enough. 3 of the crew were missing and were never recovered, the body of F/O La Palme was washed up on a beach in Norway. The 5 survivors became POW's and lived to tell the story, unlike many of their fellow squadron crews who simply went missing on these long and lonely missions, most of which became victims to their intended targets. Build HERE. The kit is the flawed Revell Mk.II. Fortunately, Aeroclub provide complete engine nacelle and propeller replacements. I'd wanted to do a Tollerton Z Nosed version for a while and was inspired by the reading of the Coastal Command missions in Merricks fantastic book 'Halifax - From Hell to Victory & Beyond'. This lead me to choosing HR686 as a basis using the Freightdog Z Nose and mid upper fairing. Whilst there is only one known photo of this aircraft, photo's of other aircraft in the white livery show them to be somewhat dirty with heavy oil streaks on the lower surfaces of the wings and engines. I wanted to replicate this effect, so it was a great excuse to get carried away with the pastels! On the whole, a pleasant build and the Aeroclub engines make a big difference to the look of the Revell kit. I also used a few bits from an Airfix Lanc that were left over from conversions; the main wheels (although Aeroclub provide these) and the Rebecca aerials due to being more refined. There were a few assumptions made, the first is that there is a gun protruding from the nose above which you would expect for anti ship & sub missions....I've just noticed I've located it too low, god knows how I made that mistake!! Also, I painted the fuel tanks in the bomb bay black, although there is a very good chance they were brick red. Anyway, enough blurb, here's the pics... Thanks for looking
  4. Hello all, this is an OOB Revell Halifax Mk.I/II completed as a 462 Sqn RAAF Halifax based in Tunisia in 1943. Can't afford replacement cowls and props so it comes with all the inherent errors of the kit. Happy to take questions if needed. Happy Modelling all Ian
  5. Been a bit sparse around here this year, partly modellers block after completing the Sanger Stirling, partly as I've been busy with other stuff but just finished the Airfix 1/48 Blenheim and ready to get stuck in to something a bit more challenging. Last year, @crobinsonh kindly gave me an FM Halifax (thanks Colin ) that he'd started and it's a kit I've wanted to build for a while....well I tell a lie, it's the aircraft I've wanted to build and this is the best way of doing it! Colin has done some great work on it already so it's taken some of the sting out and the fuselage halves look to be pretty aligned too so I'm going to be brave and say that assembly looks pretty straight forwards from here . I always find a way to stuff something up however! I'm currently thinking about the clear parts and the possibility of moulding some new ones but will do more thinking about that before jumping in feet first. So the aircraft in mind....some time ago I got talking to a chap called Michel Darribehaude (can't remember if you're on here Mike but if you are, pop by and say hello and feel free to expand on the story ) and his father Sergent-Chef. Christian Bernard Darribehaude was a wireless operator on this aircraft from Dec 1944. From my research I believe the aircraft was manufactured by London Transport in Nov 44. It received flak damage both on the 24th and 26th Dec resulting in emergency landings at Carnaby and all crew survived the war but I know little more than that. Inspired by conversations with Mike and trips to Elvington, the choice was quite easy to make. I've not come across any photo's of this aircraft so if anyone has come across one, I'd love to see it/them. First steps will be to continue work on the interior as per usual and figuring out the rest as I navigate my way through the parts. Having seen a few of these beasts built at the various shows, it's quite an imposing aircraft once finished.
  6. Not the easiest of builds, but from what I've heard, many were Friday afternoon moulds where as this one was pretty good as I didn't experience any bad warping or plastic delamination. That said, I approached it in a similar way as you would a vac form. The build is here.. So, why this particular aircraft? I wanted to do a Free French scheme, partly inspired by various trips to Elvington over the years and finding out more about the two squadrons based there, partly because it's a scheme that doesn't seem to get done in 48th scale despite the kit coming with decals and partly because I got to know Michel Darribehaude @GimmeAnF who's father Sgt Christian Darribehaude flew in 346 Sqn as a wireless operator. With this in mind, I wanted to do his fathers aircraft PN365 (H&-B), one of several 'B' codes aircraft thanks to Michel & @tonyot who did some research that they shared at the beginning of the build. Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be any photo's of this particular aircraft so some educated guessing had to be done for the markings. My thanks go to @crobinsonh for the kit that he'd done a great job of starting, @Cees Broere for the rear undercarriage and ongoing support from his knowledge of the aircraft and doing his own build and @tonyot for his supply of photo's and information to support the build too. Also to others who helped with advice on my first attempt at doing home made decals @perdu, @Antti_K & @Tail-Dragon The crew.. Fortunately all survived the war, however sadly, the last crew member Roger Foures who was the crews mid upper gunner passed away near the end of the build, so I'd like to also make this a tribute to him now that he's re-joined his crew once more Below are the crew photo's kindly supplied by Mike... Some Nostalgia After the war, Roger Foures became a gun smith. Sometime after the war, possibly the 1950's, he made a model of his aircraft from scratch using wood and what materials he had available. The crew names are listed in the bomb bay for posterity. Fortunately Mike managed to find some photo's of both this model and one mike built himself in the 70's. Limited research info means some of the features are slightly inaccurate but I'm sure his dad would of been proud of it. What does interest me is the types of roundels and 48" code layout on the right hand side and bomb markings along the nose of Rogers model. Could these offer an insight in to some differences in code/roundel layout or clues as to what artwork may of featured on the nose? I can count 28 bomb symbols on there with the Cross de Lorraine right at the front. Rogers scratch build: And a photo that Mike managed to find of his own The finished build Whilst I'm please with the result, I've been staring at it that long, I'm sick of seeing it now lol so here it is, just need to find a suitable way of packing it away now. Final thanks to everyone who's followed the build and through your participation has helped to keep the motivation up as I plodded along...and at times wanted to make it fly! Thanks for looking Neil
  7. Evening all Ive just completed the Matchbox version of the Halifax I in the markings of tye aircraft flown by Christpher Cheshire ( MP-L). Now as for the bomb load , I was going for generic 500lb GP bombs. However the Haynes manual for the Halifax has a photo of the same aircraft being loaded with an early 4000lb cookie. Now I am aware that up to 2 were carried in 1942 by the early Halifax and that the bomb doors wouldnt quite shut, But Cheshires MP-L was shot down in August 41. Info I have found is conflicting as to when they were first carried. Can anyone shed any light? Thanks in advance
  8. Dear friends, I just purchased the Revell Halifax MkIII kit. Excellent molding, at least inside their plastic bags. The instructions say you can build a MkIII, MkV and a MkVII. However, I do not see the wing extensions for the MkVII version. Also, I believe the MkV used different engines than those of the MkIII kit. My question is: did MkVII used MkIII wings during its development, therefore justifying Revell's claim that you can build a MkVII? The same question goes with the MkV version. Funny thing that with the above versions available in the kit, Revell only offers decals for two MkIII schemes. Thank God for Xtradecals!!! I may have to hold on to my Alley Cat wing extension conversion from MkIII to MKVII if I cannot use the kit wings. Finally I heard a rumor that Airfix is working on their own version of the Halifax MkIII. Anything true about that? I thought Airfix parent company was having financial troubles. Would not see them committing to a four engine kit if that is the case. Thanks for all replies to my queries. Juan R-S
  9. Hi All i mistakenly bought an old-toll Revell (ex Matchbox) Halifax recently and have decided to use it as a bit of a plaything and experiment with new techniques. One thing I'd really like to crack is scribing panel lines. I've managed to restore those lost to filling and sanding on previously built kits but this monster is more like a blank canvas! - except for the few trench-like gouges in the plastic. My questions to the gurus here are: 1. What's the best method of filling the existing trenches? I'm thinking of using superglue & talc mix rather than sprue gloop as I think the latter may weaken the plastic? 2. How do I transfer the panel lines on the plans to the plastic? Is it a case of picking suitable datum so and working from there by measurement? I plan to draw the lines onto the plastic first so mistakes can be erased before I scribe. Thanks for any tips Edge
  10. Hi, Almost 10 years ago (in past dark times ) only Airfix and Matchbox/Revell (old) models of Halifax were on the market in 1/72 scale. Both were far from perfectly of shape, what one can learn from this forum as well. Airfix kit has for example wings shifted for about 6 mm. But it has more or less correct shape of assymetry in front fuselage and canopy. The Matchbox (old Revell) has to small assymetry of front of fuselage and canopy). There are problems with position of hatch, size of engines, etc... I wanted to do two Halifax models (with Bristol and RR engines) with improved shapes. After study of plans and models I decided to do both models... from Airfix kits! I have to shift wings and do a lot of conversion with radial machine (I have used some resin copies of Matchbox parts as basis for improvmets). I made such decission because I wanted them to be different only as orginal machines were, not be affected by mistakes in kitl shapes. Since I wanted to make models of as different as possible I decided to do as RR driven one as the AMkV, serial DG396, QQ of 295 Sq RAF, Holmsley in June-September 1943. This machine was attacked by a group of Ju88C over Bay of Biscay while it was transporting Horsa glider to Africa. The Horsa released herself and set on Ocean (people survived) but Halifax was fighting with Junkerses and aurvived, shoting down one of Ju-88. It has striking feature - the outer engines are with four blades propellers. And it has dowty u/c. The second is BMkVii, with rounded-ends wings (larger wing span), This is PN230 EQ.V, "Vicky, the Vicious Virgin" from 408 Sq RCAF Linton-on-Ouse. The nose-art decals are hand painted by myself. Sorry for one mistake I know and I did not corrected yet - i think that the u/c doors should be black (night) from inside... I hope you enjoy them Regards Jerzy-Wojtek AMk V And BMkVii Edit - I mixed up photos with bulb light and with sun light during Edit in 1Aug 2017.
  11. Hello, here's my recently finished 1/72 Revell Handley Page Halifax B.III. I built straight from the box except the main wheels which seem to be undersized. They were replaced by resin items from Kora. As with most new Revell kits, this is a smooth & easy build. I encountered some fit issues with the engine cowlings, but this was probably my own making, as I had painted all parts before assembly. The tolerances here are so low that even the thin layer of paint was too much. Decals come from the box, representing a machine of (Canadian) 424. Squadronm Skipton-On-Swale, December 1944. Painted with acrylics from Gunze/Mr.Hobby. # The position lights come as clear parts; I drilled a small hole and added a dot of red and green paint with a sharpened toothpick. To represent the 'wear & tear' of the propeller blades, I used a soft pencil to pronounce the edges. The detail of the flame-daming exhausts is simply marvellous. Even though the undersides are Black, I tried to apply some 'pre-shading'. Here, it is faintly visible. Thanks for your interest! All photographs; Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes, Vienna Have a great christmas time.... cheers! Roman
  12. Hi guys, another one from me. Completely rescribed, interior completely upgraded, but you can't see it from the photos, exhausts came from Revell, props are reshaped and thinned, gun barrels are Quickboost. Paints are Gunze, exhaust stains and wash Tamiya.
  13. With a week off, I've been making the most of time at home and started on the latest build. I've had the Aeroclub engines for a while now, but just got round to putting them to good use. Having been inspired by the excellent Merrick book - Halifax 'From Hell to Victory & Beyond', I thought I would do HR686 which was tragically lost after being hit by gun fire from the ship Amisia which ironically is the ship that rescued the survivors. You can find out more about the fateful mission HERE. I've started with the conversion bits to get the hard stuff out of the way. The Aeroclub engines are nicely shaped, but not shake & bake. The beautifully formed resin radiator intakes are a couple of mm narrower than the nacelles at the top rear, so some sanding and filling is necessary. As such, I've had to rescribe the panel lines, but they are a good fit to the wing. Given this aircraft will be white rather than black, imperfections will be more visible, so I'm spending plenty of time getting the nacelles smooth. I've added new radiator doors underneath out of plasticard due to the zealous sanding and used the Quickboost carb intakes on the sides of each nacelle. It's taken a day of fettling to get them to this point, but look at the photo's next to the kit parts and make your own mind up whether it's worth it, I'm happy about the replacements. I've had to scrape away the nacelle interior at the front to allow the undercarriage mounts to fit, but this was fairly straight forwards. Aeroclub provide modified front & rear bulkheads due to the new nacelles being narrower than the kit parts, but you can trim the kit bulkheads down as another option. The undercarriage assembly doesn't need any modifications, it will drop straight in. I've ordered some replacement Quickboost exhausts although the kit parts aren't too bad. Given the individual fitments of this aircraft, Freightdog provide the parts necessary - Tollerton nose (which is available too in the Mk.III kit) and the raised fairing. The mid upper turret on this aircraft is a BP Type A Mk.VIII left over from Defiant production and sat slightly higher than the later Type E resulting in more drag. It also had the shroud fitted, again supplied by Freightdog...
  14. Matchbox Halifax GRII. Just rediscovered this old model hiding at the bottom of one of my display cabinets. I think I built this about 8 years ago when I first got back into the hobby and it was one of the first kits I used an airbrush on. As can be seen the colours are all wrong, for some reason I decided that two tones of grey would look better than grey/green, additionally the camouflage pattern is wrong as are probably the decals which i think i had an accident putting on. Looking at the model now I will probably get the oven cleaner out and rebuild it. Funny I was quite happy with it at the time. Please don't forget to vote for the Matchbox group build folks , we are not far off and need your votes to proceed.
  15. Hello, I am currently working on the beautiful 1/72 Halifax III kit from Revell. It's about time to add the engines to the wing, and that's where I came across the exhaust issue. Please have a look at Revell's instruction sheet, in particular the placement of the exhausts. Three of them are pointing to the Right, only one is pointig to the Left: Now I had a look at my references (Squadron/Signal "Halifax In Action") and they are different. The inner exhausts are pointing inwards, while the outer ones go the other direction: Should I follow Revell instructions, or are Squadron/Signal plans more accurate? Another interesting feature missing from the Revell kit is that Y-shaped frame inside the engines. I find it difficult to describe, maybe this photgraph helps to understand: http://www.gettyimages.at/detail/nachrichtenfoto/kent-ford-who-flew-the-mark-iii-halifax-near-the-end-nachrichtenfoto/165323783#restorationenginekent-ford-who-flew-the-mark-iii-halifax-near-the-end-picture-id165323783 A similar piece is included in Italeri's 1/72 Stirling (which also runs on Hercules power) as a photo-etch part. I clipped it out to see if I could use it on the Halifax, but it doesn't fit: Does anyone know what this Y-shaped structure is good for, and if it was installed on all Hercules powered Halifaxes? I am thinking of representing these with stretched sprue, maybe. Thanks for your help, it is greatly appreciated. With kind regards from Vienna. Roman
  16. Hi all, I was considering buying the Airfix Halifax III for a sort of RAF airfield base dio, what is the quality of the kit? and also would a defiant be seen on a airbase with Halifax's? Thanks, Cam
  17. Hi everyone My Spitfire build is coming to an end so its time to think about my next project. I do have a Hurricane,Typhoon and Jet Provost to finish but I've wanted to build a Halifax for a long time now so I thought sod it, lets go for it! I've chosen the Revell offering as my starting point, I know it has its issues (hence the correction set from AML) but hopefully I should be able to produce a decent model to add to my small collection. Here's an overall shot of the Kit and after market... Thanks for looking and see you soon. Iain
  18. This Halifax, LW160 coded DY-A, served with 102 Squadron at Pocklington in Yorkshire from May to December 1944. In that time it became a regular mount of Flight Lieutenant Joseph “Jock” Ross. Jock flew DY-A on at least 19 ops, and the aircraft was named The Flying Scot. Jock flew a full tour of operations and he and his crew were screened after their final operation to Duisburg on 17 December 1944. Jock went on to other squadrons and after a few flying jobs after the war went on to join Qantas, of which he became Chief Pilot before retiring from a flying career totalling: 35 years 5,487 Take offs and landings 17,887hrs 45mins flying time on 20 aircraft types TYPE HOURS TAKE OFFS & LANDINGS DH82A (Tiger Moth) 52.35 135 Avro Tutor 21.05 20 Airspeed Oxford 866.30 1407 Miles Magister 1.00 2 Vickers Wellington Mk3 56.55 42 Vickers Wellington Mk10 24.40 23 Handley Page Halifax Mk2 37.30 24 Handley Page Halifax Mk3 204.00 63 Avro Lancaster 3.50 2 Avro Anson 10.05 25 Short Stirling 20.55 21 Avro York 873.50 261 Douglas DC3 50.35 12 Douglas DC4 1046.05 176 Douglas DC6 1998.35 429 Lockheed Constellation 749 2963.55 368 Lockheed Constellation 1049 3875.45 694 Lockheed Electra L188c 1515.35 567 Boeing 707 138B 1083.45 568 Boeing 707 338C 2460.30 668 Jock’s daughter Alison was a firm friend of my mother’s. Both are now deceased, but Jock is still alive and well and living in Sydney at the age of 95. This is my tribute to Jock and his brethren in Bomber Command. The model itself combines the fuselage of the Revell Halifax II with the wings of the Airfix Halifax III. The wings were re-scribed and Highplanes power eggs designed for the old Airfix Beaufighter were adapted for this build. I also added some Alley-Cat extended wing tips on the assumption that although a relatively early Halifax III, LW160 might have at some time been retro-fitted. The hardest part of the build was to create the unique nose art, which unusually appeared on the starboard side rather than the more usual port side. Eventually I resorted to simply painting a large version of my interpretation of the attached photos, using colours that I thought would be available at Pocklington in 1944. The original artwork is by Jock’s rear gunner, Bob Dawson. You'll note that the bomb log is not slanted to the rear of the aircraft. Not clever enough for that, but is someone who knows can recommend a good piece of software for producing decals I'd appreciate your recommendation. I hope you like what you see. Cheers, Matt Jock Ross in the Irvin jacket
  19. Hi folk,s funny thing coincidence I reached into a pile of magazines to take to the "reading room" and this copy of SAM accompanied me to said room.there is as can be seen an excellent build on the cover and inside by Tony O'Toole (I,m sure I know that name from somewhere)! Anyway the only big 72 scale kit in my collection is Revell's newish tooling which has sat in the wardrobe for a couple of year,s so despite it's well known issues I saw it as a sign to finally build it. Much as I love the Coastal Command scheme I am building the Bomber Command earlier version and live with those issues and if I can finish it maybe move on to a couple of other Heavies in the future.I have managed to break my camers so for now here's the box top.
  20. Just finished this kit from Revell, all the mistakes are my own. Only a little problem with fitting the bomb bay doors, other than that great kit !
  21. Oops I missed the thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973611-172-halifax-bmkiii-from-revell-in-2015/ After the 1/72nd Halifax B.Mk.I/II GR.II - ref.04670 -, Revell is to release in 2015 a new variant from this kit: the Handley-Page Halifax B.Mk.III - ref.04936 Source: http://www.primeportal.net/models/thomas_voigt9/revell/index.php?Page=3 Test shot V.P.
  22. Hey guys. Just really confused and hopeful here that the product I have seen on HLJ is going to be a new tool Radial Halifax B.III? Here is the link: http://www.hlj.com/product/ARFA06008A/Air I looked into the Airfix site awhile back when the Blenheim was announced and saw it then but just figured it was the old tool. Please tell me this is new. Pretty, pretty please. If not I'll go and brood next to my pile of half built kits.
  23. Hullo all, I recently came across the nose art for this Halifax B.VII: I'd rather like to build a model of this machine, if possible, hopefully using the new Revell kit that's due out this year, as I believe the B.VII had radial engines. Does anyone know if this scheme has ever been replicated on a decal sheet in 1/72? Is it even possible to build a B.VII from a B.III? What are the differences?
  24. Having learnt a lot from browsing the Britmodeller forum, I thought I should return the favour by outlining the planning and building stages I'm going through to create my model. I hope it's interesting and helps others to approach their modelling tasks. I hope to build up this topic with a series of postings over time. I'll start here with a bit of the history leading me to this point. My Dad served as, amongst other things, an air gunner with Bomber Command during WW2. He earned his DFM from 30 missions. 29 of them he was a mid-upper gunner and one a tail gunner. The tail gunner trip was to Peenemunde - to bomb the V1 /V2 research station. The other trips included several to Berlin and a round trip to Cannes. You can imagine he has a few stories about incidents on different missions, as well as life generally. It was his 94th birthday the other day and we talked over a fair bit. After taking Dad to London to see the Bomber Command Memorial, I decided I wanted to make a model of one of his aircraft. Dad's operations were with 76 Squadron, flying from Holme-on-Spalding-Moor. I knew from talking to him that the Halifax aircraft he went on ops in had Merlin engines, Dowty undercarriage, rectangular tail fins and the later perspex nose as well as, I was pretty sure, H2S. This made them the Mk V Halifaxes. Squadron records confirmed that they were Mark V, but bizarrely my Dad's log book says in the header they were Mk IIs. As that header is in the same ink and hand as that of the officer signing off the log, you would expect it to be right. As a double check, I looked up every serial number from the log book in the production records - these confirmed them as Mk V in every case. It just shows that you need to check all your facts. To emphasise the point about research and validation by cross checking: I have gathered various books and photos to inform my build and get the details right. I will be making two models. The first is a practice run to get my skills up - it will be the Matchbox kit and represent the one he was in over Peenemunde. The second, for a diorama, will be the aircraft he was in most, depicted for the Cannes op using a newer Revell kit with some after market amendment. There don't seem to be any photos of either aircraft, but the latter was LK646 part of the same batch as LK640 - an aircraft whose photo has been much published. The largest print is in Bruce Robertson's Halifax Special. There is also a colour profile of it in Osprey's Halifax Squadrons. The only bit of the Osprey colour image I was put off by was the old style tail fins. My understanding was that manufacturers were putting the late fins on by then. The photo misses the tail off. My Dad tells me that LK646 arrived with rectangular fins and that 76 was fully rectangular fins on main operational aircraft by that point. I will put dates and details in a future post. Well, I showed the colour LK640 to my Dad, thinking the only difference he would highlight would be the tail fin. No, he also listed the absence of an H2S dome; the need for a Vickers k gun in the nose; and, a perspex blister aft of the H2S dome, which he used for watching out for fighters from below. So, even very close in batch numbers from the same manufacturer, the details can vary markedly. Further, most relevant photos suggest that the aircraft code letters appeared on the undercarriage. I would have planned to put them on my model if Dad hadn't said they weren't on his plane. That's a preliminary post from me, my first on the forum. Future post should add detail and show how my builds get on. Cheers Andrew
  25. Hello all, and thank you for checking in to see if you could help me. I am looking at the box top of my Dragon 1/72 DO-335 B6 and I am desperate for more info on the Halifax in the background marked NZ*E. Here is a link to the kit in question, in no way is this an endorsement for the site: http://www.mustang-hobbies.com/product_p/dml-5010.htm ...I simply found this to be the most accessible option to post IMHO. I am wondering three things about this aircraft: 1: Is it a fictitious configuration with the two large masts on the dorsal surface? I have looked through the almighty google but I couldn't find anything which leads me to believe that perhaps this is a Luft '46 notion or artistic impression. 2: Where can I find more info on the masts if they do exist? 3: Can someone point me in a direction that will enable me to use the new Revell AG kit as my basis for conversion? I am hoping to hear that 'X' 1/72 kit has the correct cowls etc. which I can then purchase as required and loot for parts. I understand if it 'isn't that simple' but I would sure appreciate any insight. Perhaps my requests and ambitions will be rendered moot by an impending release of a radial engined Halifax in the future, but I can't wait on speculation while I have this burning need to sit this 'fax next to my Night-fighting Arrow. Thank you, and Kind Regards! modelglue
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