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  1. Source: http://armahobbynews.pl/en/blog/2017/01/10/2017-new-year-in-arma-hobby/ V.P.
  2. Hi there, I've posted all of these previously, however, here are a few of them all together. Thanks for looking Ben
  3. rogb999

    Lancaster 106 Sqn

    Hi All, Put this post on earlier but think i may have posted on wrong forum. Been out of the scene for quite a while for one reason or another and am just getting back into a bit of modelling. Which brings me to my request. Would anyone out there have a set of decals for a 1/72 scale Lancaster of 106 Sqn, (ZN- ), by any chance ? Hoping to build a diorama with the new airfix bomber supply set as 106 Sqn was my Dad's old Sqadron, (sadly he passed ago a year ago as now). Fingers crossed, I look forward to hearing from you, Best regards Roger
  4. Diamond T 4 Ton Truck Squadron Publications Walk Around Originally designed for the Quartermasters Corps’ need for a prime mover for the 155mm howitzer, the Diamond T truck featured robust construction and a powerful Hercules engine. The Corps found the truck well suited to their needs, in particular as a dump truck, and strongly favoured the Diamond T over the ubiquitous 2.5ton GMC CCKW cargo dump. Unfortunately the Diamond T cost almost twice as much as the CCKW, a considerable hindrance to mass procurement. In addition to the short wheel base prime movers, dump trucks and general cargo trucks, a long wheel base version of the Diamond T was built for use by the Canadian forces, and the widely used Diamond T 4 ton wrecker shared the shore wheelbase chassis. Serving as the standard US Army wrecker, the Diamond T featured a twin boom wrecker bed, which allowed side recoveries to be made. The book is printed in Squadron Publications standard landscape format with a short history of the type, but only a couple of photographs of WWII vintage. The rest of the book is dedicated to the very detailed walk rounds of four restored vehicles that are still drivable today. These are the closed cab short wheel base cargo, open cab cargo, closed cab wrecker and open cab wrecker. All the photographs are in full colour and well annotated giving not only descriptions of what’s in the photo, but also explanations on how certain parts worked. The book is very well laid out and printed to a high standard. The condition of the depicted vehicles allows the modeller to build their projects with a high attention to detail, after which they can weather the models to whatever degree they wish. Conclusion This is another superb book from Squadron Publications. It’s just a shame that there are so very few kits released to make full use of the detail and information held within the pages. Maybe one day this will be rectified. I can still recommend this book as the quality of the photographs is so good.
  5. Northrop P-61 Black Widow Squadron Publications In Action The Northrop P-61 Black Widow, named for the American spider, was the first operational U.S. military aircraft designed specifically for night interception of opposing aircraft, and was the first aircraft specifically designed to use radar. It was an all-metal, twin-engine, twin-boom design developed during World War II. The first test flight was made on 26 May 1942, with the first production aircraft rolling off the assembly line in October 1943. The last aircraft was retired from government service in 1954. Although not produced in the large numbers of its contemporaries, the Black Widow was effectively operated as a night-fighter by United States Army Air Forces squadrons in the European Theatre, the Pacific Theatre, the China Burma India Theater and the Mediterranean Theatre during World War II. It replaced earlier British designed night-fighter aircraft that had been updated to incorporate radar when it became available. After the war, the P-61 served in the United States Air Force as a long-range, all weather, day/night interceptor for Air Defence Command until 1948, and Fifth Air Force until 1950. On the night of 14 August 1945, a P-61B of the 548th Night Fight Squadron named "Lady in the Dark" was unofficially credited with the last Allied air victory before VJ Day. The P-61 was also modified to create the F-15 Reporter photo-reconnaissance aircraft for the United States Air Force. This book is published in Squadron Publications standard landscape format this book is filled with excellent photographs and information that will invaluable to the modeller. After a short introduction explaining the development of nightfighter aircraft along with a couple of shots of the P-70 Havocs and Beaufighters used by the USAAF the book concentrates on the P-61. Starting with the development of the type in the form of the XP-61 the photo narrative takes the reader through the modifications, equipment, weaponry and crew stations in a series of really useful photographs. Each photograph is nicely annotated giving the aircraft type, number and location. Along with the superb black and white photos there are a fair few in full colour which really show well how the aircraft soon became very weathered and tired looking, there3 are several colour profiles and line drawings showing the differences between the main marks. The book then moves on to the in service photos of the aircraft, both in Europe and the Pacific. Starting with the P-61A, and then showing how the aircraft were given an 8” extension to the nose to house the improved radar that brought about the redesignation to P-61B. Near the end of the war the P-61C began production and introduced the turbo-supercharged engines, but none of the 41 aircraft made it to the front line. The last section of the book deals with the XP-61E long range fighter project and XF-15 photo reconnaissance aircraft. Conclusion This is a superb book on a very charismatic aircraft. It will be a boon to any modeller building one of the super new kits that have been released in the last few years. The details shown in the photographs will also delight the super-detailers so they that can go to town on their models. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. M8/M20 Armoured Cars Squadron Walk Around book In July 1941, the Ordnance Department initiated a development of a new fast tank destroyer to replace the M6 37 mm Gun Motor Carriage, which was essentially a ¾-ton truck with a 37 mm gun installed in the rear bed. The requirement was for a 6x4 wheeled vehicle armed with a 37 mm gun, a coaxial machine gun mounted in a turret, and a machine gun in the front hull. Its glacis armour was supposed to withstand fire from a .50 in (12.7 mm) machine gun and side armour from a .30 in (7.62 mm) machine gun. Prototypes were submitted by Studebaker (designated T21), Ford (T22) and Chrysler (T23), all of them similar in design and appearance. In April 1942, the T22 was selected despite complaints about deficiencies, due to the need for vehicles. By then, it was clear that the 37 mm gun would not be effective against the front armour of German tanks; so, the new armored car, designated M8 Light Armored Car, took on the reconnaissance role instead. Contract issues and minor design improvements delayed serial production until March 1943. Production ended in June 1945. A total of 8,523 units were built, excluding the M20 Armored Utility Car (see Variants). The M8 was manufactured at the Ford Motor Company plant in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Even today in some areas of the world these vehicles are still being used as checkpoint guards and crowd control. Only the first couple of pages in this book are dedicated to the history and development of the M8/M20 armoured cars. The rest of the book of eighty pages is crammed full of photographs and diagrams of both vehicles. The M20 was a development of the M8 and was designed as a utility version which replaced the turret with a parapet open mounting for the 50 cal Browning. There are a wide variety of photographs, ranging from the historical and very interesting WWII vintage shots of the vehicles in use, to some excellent and very useful walkround photographs of a preserved machine in private hands. There are also more pictures showing a vehicle in a slightly worse state of preservation, but that which is being restored. All photos are annotated, telling what the parts shown are and how, in some cases, the vehicles were modified in the field or through front line experience, have been altered on the production line. All the modern photos are very clear and well shot giving a tremendous amount of detail that is invaluable for the modeller. Conclusion This is another super book from Squadron Publications which gives a wealth of detail to the modeller not just of the production vehicle, but items such as the field modifications and alterations which the crews carried out to make their lives a little easier on the front line. This is a very useful and interesting title which I can heartily recommend. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Hi all, This gives me a good idea for the use of my old Airfix aircraft... Squadron hacks... However, I don't know of many :/ So has anyone got any ideas? In particular I'd like to know if anyone has the book Blood Sweat and Valour about 41sqn as it lists all of the squadron hacks. Regards, Ben.
  8. Hi All, For those interested here are a couple of pictures of a a Spitfire PRXI as captured during December of 1944 in Calcutta. Shown below is an Aldermaston built Spitfire PRXI PL841 from 681 Squadron (Sqn) Royal Air Force (RAF). This aircraft as shown here was photographed at Alipore, India, 28 December 1944 with Warrant Officer (WO) 409459 ‘Bill’ William John Henry WELLS Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in the cockpit. Amongst many items of interest that can be seen there are cross hairs for camera sighting on the portside of the canopy blister. This aircraft is also fitted with Vickers Oleo Pneumatic Type 91986 (forward torque/torsion link) struts. Cheers, Daniel.
  9. Hi All, Here is a picture of eight 464 Squadron (Sqn), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Mosquito aircraft, there are also six Typhoons and one Spitfire in the picture plus a Lancaster from 9 Sqn Royal Air Force. Amongst other areas of interest is the fact that the censors have rather crudely visited their wrath upon this picture. Cheers, Daniel.
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