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13 hours ago, John1 said:

 

That book looks amazing, this is right up my alley as a certified nerd who loves minutia about odd camouflage schemes.   Only problem is that Amazon is selling it for $95 (too steep for my blood although I am tempted) and I can't find it for sale or as an e-book anywhere else online.   Sadness...

 

Try Abebooks

 

https://www.abebooks.com/products/isbn/9788361421795?clickid=UUfRcDxz5xyLRfswUx0Mo3kQUkExySSJOwiYys0&cm_mmc=aff-_-ir-_-64682-_-77798&ref=imprad64682&afn_sr=impact

 

 

Hope this helps,

Michael

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17 hours ago, Kagemusha said:

 

good reference material is rare - 90% of most of the books I see are garbage rehashes of rehashes etc -  but ultimately worth it

i have this book and knowing the contents,and the fact that it's out of print, I'd say that's a fair price

 

as to kit bashing, it depends how skillful you are, and how much you want to spend, but bottom line is there is no decent V out there

 

i suggest making peace with Hobbyboss' offering for a Vb - and even then you will need replacement canopy parts from a later marque (I suggest Revell's IX given it is dirt cheap)

 

a Vc is harder all round, though a member here recently did a great build i think but i cannot recall who did it, sorry

 

best of luck, and buy that book!

 

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On 10/17/2020 at 7:51 AM, PhilB said:

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.

 

 

Nice video. Anyone has an idea what type of blue (and what modelling color would be a match) was used on BM597 for Merlins over Malta ?

 

Sincerely

 

Pascal

 

 

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23 minutes ago, Jennings Heilig said:

Then there's the mysterious, as-yet unexplained "bump" on the outer wing top surface that's only seen on the Malta birds...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na8v-nuvUnk

 

No bump here.  But more googling found this:

 

Denis-Barnham-Spitfire-Malta.jpg

 

You can see a bump behind the un-hatted armourer sat on the wing.  Not exactly outboard.  Is this what you're referring to?  Could this be a clearance bulge for the second cannon that could be fitted to the C wing that Malta Spitfires had??

 

 

Cheers,

Michael

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30 minutes ago, Dpgsbody55 said:

 

You can see a bump behind the un-hatted armourer sat on the wing.  Not exactly outboard.  Is this what you're referring to?  Could this be a clearance bulge for the second cannon that could be fitted to the C wing that Malta Spitfires had??

 

 

That's it.  All C wings had the ability to have the extra cannon fitted, but none except the Malta birds had this bump.  Jonathan has been researching it for several years, including conversations with Edgar Brooks before he passed, and nobody has an explanation for what it was for.

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On 10/16/2020 at 12:17 PM, Dpgsbody55 said:

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

 

That name sounds familiar. Was he ever a member here at one time?

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No bump here, caption says HMS Eagle bound for Malta 1942. Or is this a B-wing ? :

 

Spitfire-MkV-aboard-HMS-Eagle-bound-for-

 

But on this one, there's something that looks like a bump (USS Wasp, no date) :

 

Spitfire-MkVcTrop-RAF-3B-BR136-USS-Wasp-

 

Not the greatest photo, but no bumps here :

 

Spitfire-MkVcTrop-RAF-BR22x-could-be-BR2

 

Colorised from a B/W photo I presume, but interesting :

 

Spitfire-VbTrop-RAF-126Sqn-EP257-at-Luqa

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