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  1. Flying Proms

    Oh yes!
  2. Flying Proms

    BBMF and CWHM Lancasters flying together. Sheer magic.
  3. This is not fair!!!!

    I feel your pain. When I worked I had one assignment where I regularly had to visit a project team on RNAS Yeovilton. All that history (the FAA Museum is also here) and I was in meetings! However, one day I walked out into the car park, and there was the Historic Flight Swordfish practising its display routine over the airfield, so there were compensations.
  4. Weathered Warbirds in museums?

    How about a restoration to "as retired" condition? http://www.fleetairarm.com/aviation-museum-past-projects.aspx http://www.fleetairarm.com/exhibit/Corsair-KD-431/2-4-18.aspx
  5. Nice WW2 USAAF Color Pics

    Great collection, thanks for sharing. A couple of small corrections for photo 5 though: it is a Mosquito PR Mk XVI as the caption wonders (not XV) and they were used mainly for target weather reconnaissance. The red tails were added around August 1944 and were, as the caption states, to prevent mis-identification as Me 410s. I know because I've just finished one. Airfix kit with some Eduard etch and Carpena decals. Apologies for the short thread hi-jack, once again thanks for posting. Link duly bookmarked.
  6. Mosquito PR XVI

    Thanks for the kind comments guys.
  7. Mosquito PR XVI

    Latest finish - only the third this year, fourth if you count one I binned immediately because I wasn't happy with it. It's the Airfix PR XVI, with an Eduard Zoom set meant for a Tamiya B/PR IV, which worked fine with a little adaption here and there. I also used Eduard canopy masks, and again with a little fettling here and there they fitted reasonably. Decals were by Carpena, and I had some problems. The national markings disintegrated at a sniff of the decal water. Fortunately the individual markings were OK, and the stars'n'bars in the right size were easy to source from my spares, but the fuselage markings should have a PRU blue outline - I won't tell if you won't. ;) The 8th AF used PR XVIs from March 1944. Based at Watton, they were used principally for bomber force target weather scouting, although radar and night photography were also roles they performed. The model shows the early scheme - guess the date :D . Later the vertical tail surfaces were painted red to distinguish the Mosquitos from Me 410s, leaving the individual letter in a PRU blue circle. So here 'tis: Not my best effort - it's a bit of a dog of a kit if I'm honest and it did get a bit at times, but I'm reasonably pleased with it. Thanks for looking.
  8. Ju 88

    What he said. That looks a whisker away from completion to me.
  9. Dutch recce Starfighter

    Very nice, good to see a recce bird as well.
  10. Visiting London

    Ther is also Motor Books - a long time since I've been but I expect it's still worth a visit http://www.motorbooks.co.uk/ https://www.motorbooks.co.uk/locations.asp
  11. Eduard kits?

    With each release they have just got better and better. One of my favourite manufacturers now. Yes, perhaps a bit over-engineered, but the choices are great, with the variety of editions (weekend, profipack, etc) giving a wide choice of options to suit different tastes and budgets. My particular 1:48 favourites: the Avia B.534s (clearly a labour of love for them); the P-39 series (I've built 2 and have 4 more to do); the MiG-21 series; and the Spitfires. Eagerly awaiting the promised PR XI.
  12. So here's my favourite sort of horse, this one used to be stabled about 15 miles from where I live.
  13. Airfix Seafire Mk XVII 1/48

    Very very nice model of one of my favourite aircraft. Slight pedantic point though - it's late 40s, not WWII - hope you don't mind me mentioning that. :)
  14. Tamiya 1/48 Fw 190 D9

    Hi, Not seen this before, and have to say I do like it - nice and dirty, but not overweathered imo. As the man said, sometimes zero comments is par for the course, hang in there.
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