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  1. RAF BoB fighters were called 'kites'. Crates v Kites?
  2. I've recently read that book too. Fascinating. MB's flight test Meteor was previously unknown to me.
  3. It strikes me that this Bf/Me issue was a case of academic nit picking twenty plus years after the event. I was misinformed sixty years ago but am very happy to have been put right, with thanks to Mark Postlethwaite. Pilots of and opponents of Messerschmitts called them Messerschmitts or Me. Is it proper to adhere to a lawyer's quibble or better to follow contemporary usage? 'Correction' can be wrong, or even - heaven help us - fake news. My Spitfires are Supermarine Spitfires, even though I know full well they were all Vickers Supermarine Spitfires.
  4. Great finish Tolga, well controlled; less is more on this one.
  5. Like you Max, I was intrigued to learn of the Amiens Prison raid having a probable connection with Overlord. Normandy was such a vast and risky undertaking - mind bogglingly complex and hazardous. That Amiens attack revelation underlines for me the lengths allied commanders felt they had to go to load the dice against the Nazis. Deception is a weapon of war, whereas 'spin' is a tactic of politicians, and others, in peacetime. Are they comparable?
  6. Unreliable memory says some Hurricanes were fitted with an oil collector ring on the nose immediately behind the spinner. Where would that oil be coming from?
  7. The Hurricane was the bruiser, the tough slugger that felled bombers and could get home despite damage. This model is that legendary battler. Congratulations Max.
  8. While visiting Coffee Creek, northern California, in the summer of 1989, our siesta was interrupted by short bursts of heavy automatic gun fire. We investigated and found three septogenerian gentleman taking turns to fire a .5 Browning machine gun at targets they had set up in a disused quarry, located a few miles down the valley from our cabin. The Browning was mounted on a substantial steel baseplate carried in the bed of a big Ford pickup. Three things about that afternoon shine in my memory. Those gentleman were very fine, hospitable people, whose care and concern for our safety was real. Their gun had seen service in heavy bomber aircraft. Those Browning rounds excavated rock with some drama and enormous noise. I would not want a weapon like that pointed in my direction, never mind fired.
  9. In my childhood, model shops often displayed well made completed kits. The first dioramas I saw were in model shops. Model shop windows were interesting, frequently changed and always enticing in an era when images of completed models were only available in magazines - American for cars, British for aircraft. I remember a window display of two 1/72 Airfix Fairey Swordfish under construction. They were neatly laid out on a draughtman's board that also held modelling tools, paint and photographs. For the first time I saw how an experinced builder painted and assembled an Airfix kit. That morning I bought an X-Acto knife, four small tins of Humbrol enamel and some new brushes. These were soon joined by stuff I scrounged at home; sellotape, plasticine, dress making pins, rubber bands, clothes pegs, tweezers, emery boards and jam jar lid 'palettes'. My sister's redundant drawing board became my model board. For the first time I could let the paint dry without finger prints. Monkey see, monkey do!
  10. I wondered if Edgar Schmued, designer of the P 51 Mustang, had worked on the Bf 109 C series before moving to America. I have just learned that Edgar Schmued never worked for Messerschmitt! Your terrific Bf 109 C3 not only brightened my morning, it also led me to dump an urban myth - probably the last LSP member to do so. Thanks Dani. Chris
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