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  1. Hi Folks, It's been ages since I posted anything on here. So I shall start loading them up again. This is a Hobbyboss Thunderbolt MkII. Airbrushed with a mix of Hataka, Xtracrylics and MRP. I added some seatbelts, trimmed the width of the prop and that's about it. It's a basic kit but it goes together with no problem. Aircraft was based in Wanjing, China 1945.
  2. The postie delivered Revell's 1:32 Mosquito IV in the post today and I have been thinking about how to build it. In particular, the SEAC silver and blue scheme caught my eye. What aftermarket bits and bobs would I need to save up for build up an accurate Mossie, since there are few kits in this scale?
  3. A pair of recent completions, the Hasegawa 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt I and Spitfire VIII, both in SEAC colours and both basically OOB. The Spitfire is in the markings of 152 Sqn, while the T-Bolt is of 146 Sqn.
  4. Hello All, My interpretation of a 354 Sqn RAF Liberator that carried an all Australian crew. OOB. Interesting to note the different colour saturation between indoor under Fluoro lighting and late evening light. Happy to take questions. Ian
  5. Among several RAF squadrons flying the Beaufighter over the CBI theatre most were either anti-shipping strike units using the Mk.Xs or night fighter squadrons equipped with the Mk.VI. As far as I know only No.27 Squadron (since November 1942 till July 1944) and No.177 Squadron (between May 1943 and May 1944) used also the Mk.VI in anti-shipping and coastal patrol roles. However I haven't seen any photos of these a/c and my question concerns their camouflage. For how long could they wear the factory-applied Temperate Sea Scheme (typical for the Coastal Command Mk.VIs)? Or were they repainted
  6. Back in the dim and distant past of 2013, I did the first build of my long-running "Aircraft my Father fixed" project which you can read about here This first build was supposed to be of a Hurricane IIc in 1:32 scale, using an old Revell kit. This was enhanced to be a more accurate IIc and then had some panels cut out to show the internals behind the cockpit and with a figure to represent my Dad, which in the end looked like this: I was never entirely happy with this build as lots of compromises had to be made to get it to look like a IIc. Therefo
  7. Back in the dim and distant past of 2013, I did the first build of my long-running "Aircraft my Father fixed" project which you can read "all" about here This first build was supposed to be of a Hurricane IIc in 1:32 scale, using an old Revell kit. This was enhanced to be a more accurate IIc and then had some panels cut out to show the internals behind the cockpit and with a figure to represent my Dad, which in the end looked like this: You can read all about the build here: Even though this was awarded a Commended at Scale Model world
  8. Hurricane IIC LB615. I have decals for this aircraft and the decal set says it's a IIC but the Pilots and Planes book says it's a PR IIC. So which is it? I fancied making this as it's different, as apparently it had 2 cannons removed. thanks Mike
  9. Have you ever seen the photo of anti-sub (TSS over White) camouflaged Hudson sporting small-dia "blue" SEAC roundels? There's a very basic profile of such a plane in RAFweb ad perhaps they are right, but I need a proof to follow on with my model. Correct me please where I'm wrong: 1. The small SEAC roundel (in dark and blue or "India white") was introduced in early 1943. 2. Two RAF Squadrons (namely No. 217 and 353) were using Hudsons in maritime role over the India/Burma area at least until June 1943 (October 1944 for transport duties) 3. In October 1942 the AMO A.
  10. Good evening all, I hope you’re all well. Apologies for not being around much the last couple of months. I’m doing a bit of catching up with the RFIs at the mo, before I enter another busy period where I might go quiet again for a while. Anyway.... At last, I’m invoking the 80% rule and calling this one done. There’s bits I’d still like to improve on or finish properly but I need to move on from this project. That being said, I’m happy enough with the way it’s turned out….but let’s not talk about the front and rear turrets shall we So here is my interpretation of
  11. Were the early 1945-introduced SEAC white bands around the wings and tail surfaces limited to the day fighters and strike aircraft (namely Hurricanes, Spitfires, Thunderbolts, Vengeances, Mosquitoes and Beaufighters TFX) or is it possible to find a night fighter Beau VIF (only No.89 and 176 Squadrons flew them in this area AFAIK) in DG/SGM scheme and white bands? Having penetrated several books, dozens of magazine articles and hundreds of pictures I cannot understand while still in June 1945 the Ceylon-based Mk.VIF still had no white bands painted on. Any help will be appreciated
  12. Hi all I've began work on a 1/72 Airfix Catalina, inspired by the following photos, and wanted some thoughts about how to interpret it. The same plane has been interpreted in the following colour plate: To my knowledge, this is a 205 Squadron aircraft, JX431, operating in that photo from the flying boat base at Koggala, Ceylon, in 1942. I've actually been past Koggala lagoon on the bus when I visited Sri Lanka, and as I find the scheme with blue SEAC roundels very fetching, I'd love to model it. That photo is a brilliant inspiration. IWM caption it as a C
  13. Hey All Here’s a wee project I’ve been working on for a few months now, the first of my 2 RAF Liberators. Hopefully this is fair interpretation (with a smidgen of artistic licence) of Liberator GR.V. BZ862 that flew with 354 Squadron from India between September 1943 and May 1944. The kit is the Revell boxing of a B24D, Jerk’s Natural. Additions to the base model include: · Belcher Bits belly radome · Squadron canopy. · True Details wheels. · Quickboost engines. · F.M. Halifax Bolton Paul rear turret transpar
  14. Whilst trawling the IWM website for other stuff, I happened upon this 8 minute long colour film of 79 Squadron RAF Thunderbolts in theatre. It also shows some aircraft of 42 Squadron. RAF Thunderbolts Seems to show some retained the original US cockpit harness and raises some interesting colour conundrums, especially around the 4:08 mark. Enjoy, Mark.
  15. Hi there, Does anyone have any information on what colours and markings (and what version hurricane) would have applied to XI squadron hurricanes in Burma? My grandfather flew and won the DFC so I would like more info on the plane he would have flown. Thanks in advance
  16. I'm just about to start a build that requires white SEAC recognition stripes on wings and tail, which I've never done before. My first impulse was to do things backwards, and lay down the white paint first, before masking it off and applying Dark Green and Dark Earth comouflage on top. This is of course unrealistic, and I see build logs in which folks do things the right way round, with the white applied on top of the camouflage. I'm worried about how many coats of white I might need to apply to get a good result, however - I don't want to obscure moulding detail or have a thick marg
  17. Ready for inspection is my 1:72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC. The aircraft is wearing the colours of No.28 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, of RAF south East Asia Command 1944. It is an out of the box build, with the exception of the white stripes which I have airbrushed rather than used decals. The kit went together really well, only a few problems with my airbrush slowed it down a little. That said, I have thoroughly enjoyed the build, and have decided I now need another Hurricane in my stash. Thanks.
  18. 've just finished (at least I think so - at the moment) - DH 83 Fox Moth. Scratch build. I used parts from AZ Tiger Moth (tail, engine, propeller, parts of u/c, wheels) and spare wings (sloteless) from A-model Gipsy Moth, with new central part and mounted at different angles. Fuselage is using rear part (enlarged by width and height) of AZ Tiger, front part is completly from pieces. I used basicaly Miranda & Mercado book plans, but I tried to corect some areas regarding photos (for exmple in drawings the doors ale flat, whereas photos show that they are bulbed). Two Fox Moths were im
  19. This is a reconstruction (I have no photos) of a Hurricane that was operated by 135 Sqn. RAF when stationed at Minneriya, Ceylon in 1944. The red spinner was a "retrodiction" from the fact that 135 Sqn. were reported to be painting the prop. bosses of their Thunderbolts with flight colours in late 1944 - red for "A" flight, blue for "B" flight. It seems that report is open to dispute, however, and my red spinner is therefore even more open to dispute (read, probably just plain wrong). I have yet to pass through the grieving process involved in repainting black, however.
  20. Hi all, I was considering buying an AZ Models Spitfire MK VIII because of the SEAC markings that are provided, I am just wondering if someone could tell me about the quality of these decals Thanks in advance, Cam
  21. Hello All, This one has had a very tortuous existence, nearly binned twice, consigned to the shelf of doom twice. Had all sorts of issues with this particular build. Fit issues with a step in the nose. paint issues with paint de-naturing in the airbrush so that dark earth evolved a strange pinkish hue..... grrrrrrr. It was only due to me needing to familiarise and experiment with a new airbrush that she survived and eventually completed. Thanks for looking and happy modelling Ian
  22. Hi guys, as you can see in the title I will do the 1/32 Hasegawa P-47D Thunderbolt II. It will be build most out of the box. Pictures of the box content will follow later. cheers,
  23. Hi folks, I thought I'd start a build thread for the new Airfix Beaufighter. As I have 5 of 'em, this is an oob trailblazer to see how it goes together and where, if anywhere, the pitfalls are. So, let battle commence . . . On the first night, I merely assembled a series of sub-assemblies (is it just me that sometimes likes just gluing big bits of plastic together without painting them?). Anyway, it's quite possible to do that on this kit. For instance, wing halves can be joined straight away without pre-painting - although remember to open up the requisite holes in the lower wing sectio
  24. I would like to make my SEAC collection something more than standard set of Hurricane, Thunderbolt, Spitfire, Mohawk, Vengeance, Blenheim, Beaufighter, Mosquito, Auster, Sentinel, Lysander, Harvard, Expeditor, Dakota, Swordfish, Catalina, Sunderland, Walrus, Warwick, Wellington, Mitchell and Liberator. So I'm looking for pictures of other SEAC aircraft wearing "India White" roundels. Among "suspected" types there are: Anson, Oxford, Hudson, Tiger Moth, Proctor and (maybe) Master and Magister. All other RAF & FAA types used in this theatre (Audax, Hart, Hind, Wapiti, Valentia, Vildebeest,
  25. Hi folks, Here are some glamour shots of my completed Beaufighter. Apart from tape seat belts, it's completely oob. I wanted to get the 'vibe' of the kit, before building the others (4) in my stash more seriously. Scheme is brush painted with Xtracrylix. I am seriously impressed by the kit. The vast majority of the build sequence is sensible, parts fit where they should and overall assembly is pretty simple. Two things I will mention though: 1) Engine cowlings: Suggest you glue the cowling pieces together to form the complete cowling, let dry, then add the engine, rather than assemble
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