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  1. Miggers

    Cosford airfield and runway

    Some shots of the airfield from airside taken from the 06 end as we drove past the threshold. Snapped by my son,download and use as you wish for backdrops etcetera,if any are a bit fuzzy blame our Rob,he was hanging out the car window and trying to snap'em whilst avoiding cars on the inside of us...
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    Lancaster Exhaust Stains

    I think your answer is in those two pics Mutt has put up Doc,they didn't have them in general. The T1154/R1155 set up was found to be useless for over target voice comms so was only used for Morse and D/F (trailing antenna for Morse,D/F loop under the greenhouse bubble). The voice comms sets were "fighter" TR1143 VHF sets and usually a whip aerial was fitted 'twixt aft end of the greenhouse and the first escape hatch. As we now know,radio silence was maintained from dispersal pans to target,en route comms between aircraft were done by the W/Op using hand held Aldis lamps. Incidentally,talking about the grubbiness and high use of these a/c's prior to the raid actual,I know that they were fitted with a synthetic night flying apparatus called "Two-Stage Amber". This involved having mountings fitted inside the cockpit to have yellow screens attached and the aircrew wearing (to quote Guy Gibson)"smoked goggles". This gave the effect of flying in soft moonlight on a sunny day so that low level "night flying"practice could be carried out around the clock to get the crews trained up in time.
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    Lancaster Exhaust Stains

    They were actually well stained. Initially,crews brought their "own" aircraft from their respective units(617 was still Squadron "X")when the squadron formed in mid March '43. By early April(I'll have to check "Enemy Coast Ahead"to fully confirm the dates),the modified "Dams"aircraft were delivered and in use on training and practice flights,the crews"own" Lancs had gone back to their original units. So,the actual Dams raid aircraft were used for around six weeks prior to going on the raid itself. Scroll through and check out these pictures to show you the stains on "Vera" after flying back to Canada from Scotland after her UK tour a few years ago: http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/488/Thunder-and-Triumph.aspx The Dams Lanc's were left out in the open at Scampton,just serviced and flown intensively,they'd have been pretty grubby by the 16th of May.
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    Lancaster Exhaust Stains

    There certainly was and very prominent too right back on the aft cowlings/fairings,over the flaps and the inners stains just touching the tailplanes too. They widened out as they went back in the airflow. The colours ranged from almost white/pale grey-ish to buff with slight very dark grey/black just behing the stubs/shrouds from running rich during take-off/landing and taxying. The very pale grey/white/buff was caused by the high lead content in the fuel and F/E's leaning back the mixture as much as possible (Gibson's F/E,Pulford was a master at it)in as coarse a prop pitch as they dared to try and achieve one airmile per gallon (so just a smidge thirstier than the average Nissan Micra then) and conserve as much "juice" as they were able so that they could divert if required and have petrol to spare. About three B/W photos here: https://www.flying-tigers.co.uk/2016/avro-lancaster-b-iii-ed888pm-m2-mike-squared-sywell-activity-new-arrivals/ 2nd B/W down on here: https://johnknifton.com/tag/elsham-wolds/ A few more and a colour(rised?)pic of R5868 that gives you some idea of the colour. http://www.bombercommandfoundation.com/413211051 Don't worry that these are all high op number aircraft,the BBMF and the Canadian Lancs soon get very stained if they're not washed all the time.
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    1/72nd Airfix Supermarine Swift FR5

    Seems there's some aerial shots here: https://www.airfieldresearchgroup.org.uk/forum/wiltshire-airfields/4856-south-marston But you'll have to make yourself a member and log in to see 'em.
  6. Yes,I bet you do. I bet you'd also have a good snigger when the poor purchaser recieved a barrel of buckshot from his Mrs for a crafty purchase you blighter.
  7. Good egg Paul. Thinking about nabbing a Whitley to do as a No.1 PTS kite to go with the No.1 PTS Dak I've done. That doesn't look bad either.
  8. Hope you're going to put the pilot with a big daft grin on his face and going "Whhheeeeeeeee" at the acceleration those Avons in full re-heat are giving Gareth.
  9. Seen the new Wellygog built up "elsewhere",it does look most impressive. You're lucky your Squaw hasn't got access to a 12 bore like mine has............
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    Revell 1/72 Avro Shackleton AEW.2

    Talk about a souped up Lanc? It's a beast innit.
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    Airfix 1:72 H.P. Jet Provost T.4

    Mrs M scored me this one at Cosford last year(yes,and he's yet to build it says she). It looks very smart indeed.
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    St Pancras Express

    I remember seeing the thing lift off on the TV at the time,talk about a big cloud of coal dust,I couldn't imagine it did the Peggy a lot of good injesting it........ Go for it mate,it'll look great.
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    1/72nd Airfix Supermarine Swift FR5

    Wow!!,Uncle Miggs will have his eyes peeled for one of these,nice work mate. I bet the skewer up the jet-pipe raised it's eyebrows a bit though................
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    The Reds at Hastings

    Always good to see the Reds. Cheers Steve.
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    Smer 1/32 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

    Stick a big block Chevy in it and make it roar Ken.
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    Getting it wrong all these years.... :-(

    Pretty much correct there Paul. Acylics don't seem to be fine enough in their grains for really fine tips,a good enamel runs far better and is more "controllable" for small areas/weathering using a finer tip/needle combo. You can also close down the pressure and build up layers more consistantly. When I did my Airfix new Dak,I blew in the interior areas three times until I got the depth of colour that I wanted using the latest Humbrol enamels thinned at 2:1.
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    Getting it wrong all these years.... :-(

    Yes,I'd try the 0.4,use the 0.2 for finer work. The 0.4 gives you a better flow rate at lower pressure.
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    Getting it wrong all these years.... :-(

    Brilliant. You should've given me a shout Yorkie,I'm a professional industrial sprayer(blaster too). The trick is to use a glass mixing jar,pop in your paint first(use a pipette and count the drops)then the thinners and mix well. Once mixed,allow a drop to run down the inside of the jar,it should run fairly easily and leave a good tail of "colour". Adjust slowly either way(adding paint or thinners a drop at a time then mix and test again)to get it to where you want it to be. Decant into your cup and hook up your airbrush. Open the mat.screw(needle) fairly wide and give a test mule a squirt at about 10-15psi. Once you've got paint running through,close down the mat.screw until you get a just visible flow out of the nozzle. Anytime mate,anytime.
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    Happy Birthday Betty Windsor's Airline

    Air rifle or 12 bore?
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    Happy Birthday Betty Windsor's Airline

    Still light until 21-21:30 down here,but if that's the case "up there",you'd best get weaving wiv da MDF then laddie.
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    Happy Birthday Betty Windsor's Airline

    Great Scott,the man's talents know no bounds. I suppose you've got to get up to something though to while away the time on those long winter's nights up there in the wilds...........😃
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    Happy Birthday Betty Windsor's Airline

    Phew,you bought a piece of MDF??,well I'll go to the foot of our stairs..........😁
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    Happy Birthday Betty Windsor's Airline

    Numerous very light coats Dunc.
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    1/48 Messerschmitt Bf109G-10/T1

    Forgot about that Daz. I'm used to Flight Replicas FS2004 G-6
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    1/48 Messerschmitt Bf109G-10/T1

    The taller tailwheel leg actually makes it a bit easier to see where you're going and gets the rudder into the airflow and firming up quicker and less time to lift the tail. Having said that (and spoken to real 109 display pilots),the best Flightsim 109's are a handful without a dirty great tinfish dangling underneath. Nice work Brad,the brute looks superb.
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