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Paul O'R

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About Paul O'R

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    Canopy Polisher
  • Birthday 07/24/1947

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    Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Interests
    RCAF, any naval aircraft, WW II to Vietnam War.
  1. Sad news indeed! I wish Fair Winds and a Following Sea for his family! Paul O'Reilly
  2. The struts are called "jury struts". They would normally be removed by the ground crew before the pilot showed up for his walk-around. They travelled with the aircraft to cover the eventuality of the aircraft landing at an airfield/ ship other than its own. Paul O'Reilly
  3. This is Vimy Flight being loaded onto a C-17 for transport to France. In addition to our 4 Nieuports there are 2 Sopwith Pups with the wings removed as well as 1 SE5A also with wings removed. The only thing we had to remove from the Nieuports was the rudder. That way we could put them in sideways and still permit a person to walk past the aircraft without bumping into anything! The aircraft are now in France being re-assembled and being flown to Lens from which they will support the Vimy commemoration on 9 April.
  4. I'm so sorry for your loss. Every parent's worse nightmare is losing a child, especially one so young and innocent! My heart goes out to you and your wife. Paul
  5. Guys, The tops of the main rotor blades were not the same shade of gray as used on the fuselage. The tops were a light gray with a yellow blade tip. The bottom was a dark gray-black to reduce glare, again with a yellow blade tip. The tail rotor was a different matte. They were either all black with a red & white tip (white sandwiched between two red) or all white with a red & white tip. Because the blades were balanced as sets you rarely ever had a mixture of black and white blades, although I know of two occasions where this did happen (in 16 years & 4000 hours of flyi
  6. Dan, I flew Sea Kings for a number of years in the Canadian Forces. We called the tie-downs you describe "blade boots". The boots were made of canvas with a metal stiffener at the base. They were attached to the landing gear tie-down rings with nylon rope (sometimes the rope was gray and sometimes yellow). The boots were light gray. Paul
  7. Folks, I'm looking for the proper yellow on the subject bomb for the spring - summer period of 1917 for the RFC. Info on those used in the RNAS would be helpful, too. Paul O'Reilly
  8. DonSS3, That,s the plan if I can't get a replacement part. With all the fiddly bits already attached to the model I'm trying to reduce the likelihood of further damage due to handling. Paul
  9. Guys, I've been asked to repair a 1/48 scale Special Hobby Barracuda for the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum in Esquimalt, BC, Canada. It seems one of the maintenance crew took it upon himself to move a carrier deck display by himself and the aircraft fell off. I volunteered my services and I've pretty much repaired the model but I'm missing the starboard outer wheel well cover. The kit was SH48069. The box art was of a Barracuda sitting on a British flight deck. I don't have the instruction sheet. I did find a blurry image of it on-line and I believe the part number is either A18 or
  10. All, my daughter, a language arts teacher says both are correct. Paul
  11. Thanks for the information. The log book I've reviewed refers to a N0. 2 Squadron of No. 111 OTU but I can't find any definitive squadron codes for that unit. The chap with whom I conversed said he was unaware that 111 OTU had 2 squadrons implying that Oakes field had all the Mitchells and that they were seemingly organised as a single unit. He did show me an artist's rendition of a Mitchell in white with the code LV on the nose in black characters. However, as it is artwork I'm reluctant to use that as an historical reference. On with the search! Thanks for your answer. Paul
  12. Folks, I'm planning on building a model of an RAF Mitchell II bomber assigned to No. 111 OTU based at Oakes Field in Nassau during WW II. It is for a neighbour whose father flew in one as a gunner, apparently working up to move onto B-24s. However, the war ended just as he got his wings on the Mitchell II and was demobilised. I've recently contacted a veteran who flew Liberators at Windsor Field, also in the Nassau area, and that the Mitchells were painted in overall white just like the Liberators were. He also mentioned the aircraft had no identifying codes on the sides other than the serial
  13. Thank you, Flyingfortress. That site had a couple of good topics, two sisters-in-law! What I really need is a "John" and a "Kaleb" or some derivative of them. I'll keep checking the decal sheet manufacturers to see if I can find something appropriate. It's tedious and time consuming but I'm not in a rush. I was hoping there was some sort data-base of nicknames to make my task easier. Thanks to you two more of my items were checked off my list. What a great resource this is. Paul
  14. I've built models for friends and relatives that have a name similar to the aircraft being built. For example, I built a "Jill" for my sister-in-law Jill and a "George" for my brother George. Now I have grand children and I thought I'd build aircraft with nicknames inspired by the names of my grand kids. Is there a data-base somewhere that lists the names of historic aircraft and their assigned nick-name, ie. Memphis Belle, Scat, Enola Gay etc? I'm hoping to not leave out any of the grand kids and maybe a nephew or two! Paul
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