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    PhilB reacted to Jack in Beechcraft Starship   
    I "worked" with both the Starship and its counterpart the Piaggio P180 Avanti in ATC, and never understood why the Starship vanished from the GA scene......
     
     
    and ....after googling the facts, i found out........it's a sad story.....
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    PhilB reacted to Dpgsbody55 in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    My thinking is that it has something to do with the guns.  Some Spitfires Vc's were sent to Malta carrying 4 20mm cannons and 4 0.303 machine guns.  On arrival, the outer cannons were removed as Spitfires with the C wing typically flew with 2 cannons and 4 machine guns. 
     
    However, I'm also wondering if any were fitted in the field with 0.5 inch machine guns in place of either or both of the .303's??  That might have necessitated such a bulge.
     
     
    Cheers,
    Michael
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    PhilB got a reaction from MikeMaben in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    No, there is evidence from people who were there at the time.
    Accounts from ground crew and others.
    Research from historians like Brian Cull and Brian Cauchi who have spent years on this subject.
    I'd dig up my father so you could argue with him but I'm afraid he was cremated.

     
    You might want to look at this documentary about returning a Hurricane and Spitfire to Malta for the anniversary a few years ago.
    The blue paint is mentioned at around 21 minutes in and why they went to the trouble to fully repaint the Spit.
     
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    PhilB got a reaction from Uncarina in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    Yep, as you can see, quite a lot shared spare parts.
    The rule is there are no rules.
    My late father was the engineering officer for 249 Squadron on Malta from late 1941 to Spring 1943 and supplies were so scarce they had to cannibalise everything.
    Don't be fooled by any profiles carrying 4 20mm cannon.
    They were often fitted for delivery but one on either side was removed for spares and you will see that in photos in the book.
    I've only got a couple of his photos of Malta spits but the general rule is a sun-bleached, worn out look.
     

     

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    PhilB reacted to LSP_Matt in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    Great doco. Thanks Phil.
     
    Cheers Matty
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    PhilB got a reaction from Dpgsbody55 in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    No, there is evidence from people who were there at the time.
    Accounts from ground crew and others.
    Research from historians like Brian Cull and Brian Cauchi who have spent years on this subject.
    I'd dig up my father so you could argue with him but I'm afraid he was cremated.

     
    You might want to look at this documentary about returning a Hurricane and Spitfire to Malta for the anniversary a few years ago.
    The blue paint is mentioned at around 21 minutes in and why they went to the trouble to fully repaint the Spit.
     
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    PhilB got a reaction from John1 in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    No, there is evidence from people who were there at the time.
    Accounts from ground crew and others.
    Research from historians like Brian Cull and Brian Cauchi who have spent years on this subject.
    I'd dig up my father so you could argue with him but I'm afraid he was cremated.

     
    You might want to look at this documentary about returning a Hurricane and Spitfire to Malta for the anniversary a few years ago.
    The blue paint is mentioned at around 21 minutes in and why they went to the trouble to fully repaint the Spit.
     
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    PhilB got a reaction from LSP_Matt in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    Yep, as you can see, quite a lot shared spare parts.
    The rule is there are no rules.
    My late father was the engineering officer for 249 Squadron on Malta from late 1941 to Spring 1943 and supplies were so scarce they had to cannibalise everything.
    Don't be fooled by any profiles carrying 4 20mm cannon.
    They were often fitted for delivery but one on either side was removed for spares and you will see that in photos in the book.
    I've only got a couple of his photos of Malta spits but the general rule is a sun-bleached, worn out look.
     

     

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    PhilB got a reaction from LSP_Matt in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    Brian Cauchi is probably the best source of info.
    Bear in mind the USN blue applied on the carriers tended to last only a short time once in theatre.
    Add in the scavenging of parts from written off aircraft to keep the others flying and you can end up with some interesting schemes.
    Repainting in theatre was sporadic at best.
    Choose one of the researched schemes/profiles and stick with that.
    These aircraft lasted around 3 weeks at best so painting wasn't a priority.
    Also not all the Mark V's had the Volkes tropical filters.
    Some of the later VC's end of 42/3 were standard spec as in "untropicalised".
     
    Another good book with plenty of photos and aircraft profiles is Malta Spitfire Aces with contributions by Brian Cull and Frederick Galea who runs the museum on Malta.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Malta-Spitfire-Aces-Aircraft/dp/1846033055/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=malta+spitfire+aces&qid=1602828134&sr=8-1
     
    Good Luck!

     
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    PhilB reacted to John1 in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    Thanks Phil, we are on the same page - the book you recommended arrived yesterday. I’m fascinated by these paint schemes!  
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    PhilB reacted to Dpgsbody55 in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    Sounds great.  If the build is half as good as your Mossie, it will be a cracker.  Pity about the dearth of Spitfire V kits though.  However, for the markings, I'd recommend you get hold of a copy of Brian Cauchi's book on Malta Spitfires.  Heaps of info, pics and drawings, and a good read too.  Lots of places you can get it from, but here's one.
     

     
    https://www.bookdepository.com/Malta-Spitfire-Vs-1942-Brian-Cauchi/9788361421795
     
     
    Cheers,
    Michael
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    PhilB got a reaction from Isar 30/07 in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    Yep, as you can see, quite a lot shared spare parts.
    The rule is there are no rules.
    My late father was the engineering officer for 249 Squadron on Malta from late 1941 to Spring 1943 and supplies were so scarce they had to cannibalise everything.
    Don't be fooled by any profiles carrying 4 20mm cannon.
    They were often fitted for delivery but one on either side was removed for spares and you will see that in photos in the book.
    I've only got a couple of his photos of Malta spits but the general rule is a sun-bleached, worn out look.
     

     

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    PhilB got a reaction from LSP_Matt in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    No, there is evidence from people who were there at the time.
    Accounts from ground crew and others.
    Research from historians like Brian Cull and Brian Cauchi who have spent years on this subject.
    I'd dig up my father so you could argue with him but I'm afraid he was cremated.

     
    You might want to look at this documentary about returning a Hurricane and Spitfire to Malta for the anniversary a few years ago.
    The blue paint is mentioned at around 21 minutes in and why they went to the trouble to fully repaint the Spit.
     
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    PhilB reacted to Dpgsbody55 in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    True, but in this case and in the absence of any documented history, I think the best thing is to go with the story as related by Brian Cauchi.  Like his models, I'm sure his account is very well researched.
     
     
    Cheers,
    Michael
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    PhilB reacted to Dpgsbody55 in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    It's true there's no actual proof of the USN Intermediate blue being applied by the USN, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence, plus photos, of the Malta Spitfires being painted in this colour, bit over all of the topsides, and over the light stone only.  Malta squadrons hated the standard RAF tropical scheme (light stone, dark earth, azure undersides) as it made the planes stand out like a flag.  As the planes were mostly transported on USN carriers, this is the most likely source of the intermediate blue paint applied to the planes while on board.  It was certainly very unofficial and probably would have been "frowned upon" by those in command in Whitehall, but it did the job.  As to how long it lasted on the planes, as in how it weathered, since it's application was very rough and ready as was the often short operational career of many of these planes, I'd say they looked very tattered, very quickly.
     
     
    Cheers,
    Michael
     
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    PhilB got a reaction from John1 in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    Yep, as you can see, quite a lot shared spare parts.
    The rule is there are no rules.
    My late father was the engineering officer for 249 Squadron on Malta from late 1941 to Spring 1943 and supplies were so scarce they had to cannibalise everything.
    Don't be fooled by any profiles carrying 4 20mm cannon.
    They were often fitted for delivery but one on either side was removed for spares and you will see that in photos in the book.
    I've only got a couple of his photos of Malta spits but the general rule is a sun-bleached, worn out look.
     

     

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    PhilB got a reaction from Kagemusha in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    Yep, as you can see, quite a lot shared spare parts.
    The rule is there are no rules.
    My late father was the engineering officer for 249 Squadron on Malta from late 1941 to Spring 1943 and supplies were so scarce they had to cannibalise everything.
    Don't be fooled by any profiles carrying 4 20mm cannon.
    They were often fitted for delivery but one on either side was removed for spares and you will see that in photos in the book.
    I've only got a couple of his photos of Malta spits but the general rule is a sun-bleached, worn out look.
     

     

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    PhilB got a reaction from Troy Molitor in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    Yep, as you can see, quite a lot shared spare parts.
    The rule is there are no rules.
    My late father was the engineering officer for 249 Squadron on Malta from late 1941 to Spring 1943 and supplies were so scarce they had to cannibalise everything.
    Don't be fooled by any profiles carrying 4 20mm cannon.
    They were often fitted for delivery but one on either side was removed for spares and you will see that in photos in the book.
    I've only got a couple of his photos of Malta spits but the general rule is a sun-bleached, worn out look.
     

     

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    PhilB got a reaction from Scotsman in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    Yep, as you can see, quite a lot shared spare parts.
    The rule is there are no rules.
    My late father was the engineering officer for 249 Squadron on Malta from late 1941 to Spring 1943 and supplies were so scarce they had to cannibalise everything.
    Don't be fooled by any profiles carrying 4 20mm cannon.
    They were often fitted for delivery but one on either side was removed for spares and you will see that in photos in the book.
    I've only got a couple of his photos of Malta spits but the general rule is a sun-bleached, worn out look.
     

     

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    PhilB got a reaction from Out2gtcha in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    Yep, as you can see, quite a lot shared spare parts.
    The rule is there are no rules.
    My late father was the engineering officer for 249 Squadron on Malta from late 1941 to Spring 1943 and supplies were so scarce they had to cannibalise everything.
    Don't be fooled by any profiles carrying 4 20mm cannon.
    They were often fitted for delivery but one on either side was removed for spares and you will see that in photos in the book.
    I've only got a couple of his photos of Malta spits but the general rule is a sun-bleached, worn out look.
     

     

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    PhilB got a reaction from Anthony in NZ in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    Brian Cauchi is probably the best source of info.
    Bear in mind the USN blue applied on the carriers tended to last only a short time once in theatre.
    Add in the scavenging of parts from written off aircraft to keep the others flying and you can end up with some interesting schemes.
    Repainting in theatre was sporadic at best.
    Choose one of the researched schemes/profiles and stick with that.
    These aircraft lasted around 3 weeks at best so painting wasn't a priority.
    Also not all the Mark V's had the Volkes tropical filters.
    Some of the later VC's end of 42/3 were standard spec as in "untropicalised".
     
    Another good book with plenty of photos and aircraft profiles is Malta Spitfire Aces with contributions by Brian Cull and Frederick Galea who runs the museum on Malta.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Malta-Spitfire-Aces-Aircraft/dp/1846033055/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=malta+spitfire+aces&qid=1602828134&sr=8-1
     
    Good Luck!

     
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    PhilB got a reaction from Kagemusha in Malta Spitfire Mk V   
    Brian Cauchi is probably the best source of info.
    Bear in mind the USN blue applied on the carriers tended to last only a short time once in theatre.
    Add in the scavenging of parts from written off aircraft to keep the others flying and you can end up with some interesting schemes.
    Repainting in theatre was sporadic at best.
    Choose one of the researched schemes/profiles and stick with that.
    These aircraft lasted around 3 weeks at best so painting wasn't a priority.
    Also not all the Mark V's had the Volkes tropical filters.
    Some of the later VC's end of 42/3 were standard spec as in "untropicalised".
     
    Another good book with plenty of photos and aircraft profiles is Malta Spitfire Aces with contributions by Brian Cull and Frederick Galea who runs the museum on Malta.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Malta-Spitfire-Aces-Aircraft/dp/1846033055/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=malta+spitfire+aces&qid=1602828134&sr=8-1
     
    Good Luck!

     
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    PhilB got a reaction from mozart in Kemble: 747 graveyard!   
    They showed the last two British Airways 747's  leaving Heathrow the other day on Tv.
    One went to Kemble (landing on youtoob).
    Plenty of coke cans for the future I suppose.

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    PhilB got a reaction from ghatherly in 1:32 Douglas A-26 Invader from Trumpeter/Hobbyboss?   
    I wouldn't go as far as "mentally-flawed" John.
    If you look back in this thread, the comments started prior to the mention of the nacelles with the usual comments about it being HobbyBoss/Trump.
    You will also see sarcastic comments from others who have seen this situation many times before anticipating the "unbuildable and flawed" comments from a few.
    There are a small group on here as there was 10 years ago that "anticipated" problems in advance of any Trump/Hoobyboss kit.
    It was as tiresome then as it is now and a lot of people on here are pretty fed up with it.
    It's like a cracked record that gets wheeled out by the same people over and over again.
    If I see a flaw with an actual  kit I'll happily mention it or agree with others who may highlight it as that's a good thing.
    Trouble with this one is that nobody has seen the kit yet.
    The old mantra that keeps being repeated on here of "wait until the kit is in hand" still stands today.
    But then, any chance to give anything Hobbyboss/Trumpeter an early kicking as soon as possible shouldn't be missed should it.

     
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    PhilB got a reaction from Dave Morrissette in 1:32 Douglas A-26 Invader from Trumpeter/Hobbyboss?   
    I always wait with baited breath for those that love to pour cold water on other's excitement at the earliest possible stage.
    I do wonder if they get some kind of weird kick out of it or is it just an ego boost?

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