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  1. Thanks to both; I just found these photos a few minutes ago. Both of the models show yellow rafts; is it safe to assume that's realistic?
  2. Does anyone have a photo of the Douglas A-20 Havoc/Boston III life raft as stowed behind the pilot?
  3. I'm working on a 1/48th Spitfire Mk Vc representing RAF Squadron 249 BR323/S flown in Malta. I'm in desperate need of suitable decals. Can someone please point me to a source?
  4. Thanks for the leads, Gil. I think this just illustrates how frustrating this process can be. Both sheets suggest they were in basic desert schemes. However, the Special Hobby decal sheet I have suggests they had distinctly blue shades (attached). The Kits World image shows Peter Hanks' (PPH) aircraft also in basic desert colors. But Historie & Collections Supermarine Spitfire Mk1 - Mk((-MkV (Vol. !) shows the "temperate" scheme, and has the photo to support. I'll keep looking, but it feels like it's ultimately going to be "best guess." I just found this photo of Claude Weaver's BR112; it clearly is not desert camo, looks like temperate...... Richard😕
  5. I’m researching RAF Squadrons 185 & 249 as they served in Malta. Specifically, I’m looking for profiles and camouflage/color information for aircraft BR112 as flown by Sgt. Claude Weaver, and BR323 as flown by Sgt. George Beurling. I appreciate any information you might share.
  6. Does anyone know whether the Supermarine Seafire was involved in the defense of Malta, such as convoy protection? I would appreciate any information available.
  7. My plan is to build a Fiat CR.42 in the livery of Ernesto Botto while stationed in Sicily and operating over Malta. The issue is getting the squadron number "73", the group commander pennant before the cockpit and the red lightning flashes on both wheel pants..
  8. I'm looking for Sky Models decals #48-021, #48-036 and/or #48-037 (any and/or all). Thanks for any help.
  9. I'm looking for Sky Models decals #48-021, #48-036 and/or #48-037 (any and/or all). Thanks for any help.
  10. With the demise of Model Master, I need options for Italian Interior Green, FS 34558; any suggestions?
  11. Having seen your work in the Journal many times, I appreciate the kind word. I toured Malta a few years ago and have been fascinated by its history, emphasized all the more during WWII. So I love the opportunity to replicate some of that history as a tribute. Operation Pedestal was one of the most dramatic and consequential operations in the Mediterranean and the Sea Hurricanes were an essential part of its success. My next project will be a Ju87 used by the Regia Aeronautica in their attacks to try to force Malta into submission.
  12. This is the Airfix Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk.Ib (A05134). I have finished it to resemble 7L, #V7015, the last operational Sea Hurricane and a participant in Operation Pedestal. The kit is beautiful and went together smoothly. However, it has some important omissions! Sea Hurricanes had a headrest mounted on the armor plate behind the seat. And on either side of the radiator housing was a catapult spool. The kit has spools, D41 & D42, but these are seriously out of scale; and there is no mention of them in the instructions. I had to use pieces from the Italeri kit to mold these pieces to correct the final replica.
  13. I'm working on P-40 #68 of Charles Holder. The few photos I find don't clearly show the antenna wire/connections on the plane. Was it the standard for P-40 of the time, i.e., behind cockpit to tail, to both wingtips? Can anyone offer guidance? Thanks.
  14. Thank you, Marie, for the explanation. I see now that I didn't know the significance of Column B in the data I received. With that, I completely understand what happened. Thank you for taking the time to respond.
  15. I appreciate your input, Ralph. But my situation is locating IPMS members in an area with no chapter. I assumed that the national office would have up-to-date membership status and contact information, especially mailing addresses, for every member in the country. Apparently, that is not the case. I'm surprised. Thanks also to Ron; I passed along the information as you suggested.
  16. Recently I sent out 9 letters based on member contact information I received from my regional coordinator. One letter came back as 'undeliverable'. One person replied that he hadn't been a member of IPMS since 2015. For a third, a family member notified me he'd died two years ago! Understand, my concern is not with the regional coordinator; he's been helpful and responsive. My concern is that our membership information (addresses, current status, etc.) could be so inaccurate as to have a 33% error rate. Does anyone have insight?
  17. Thanks, Ron, I've been in contact with Paul and he's been very helpful. I'm putting out a "broadcast" to see if there are others in the area we don't know about.
  18. A few of us in the area of Lansing, Michigan, would like to meet with other modelers, with the ultimate goal of starting a regular modeling club. If live in the vicinity and would be interested in exploring this idea, please post a reply.
  19. My thanks to all the replies, especially Roktman's update - surprising to say the least. Fortunately the order is on my card, so nothing charged until it's sent. I've resolved to let it rest; if the order comes, great; if not, no loss. In the meantime I'll look toward other suppliers.
  20. In the Christmas 2019 flier I found “Chief Modelers’ Weathering Choice Set” (SQ10215). The set consists of AKI011 White Spirit (35ml) AMIG1206 Dark Streaking Grime (35ml), AKI025 Fuel Stains (35ml), VJ73813 Engine Oil Stains (40ml), ABT005 Smoke (20ml) tube, ABT007 Raw Umber (20ml) tube, ABT070 Dark Rust (20ml) tube, ABT205 Metallic Silver (20ml) tube, (4) plastic paint pots. Hmmmm, that might be helpful. A 20% discount offered through email would cover the cost of shipping. So, I ordered it on 2 December 2019. Nothing happened. I contacted Customer Care 20 December and was informed some of the items were back ordered and would arrive soon. Nothing happened. On 2 January I checked each of the items in the set online and found all were apparently in stock except AMIG1206 Dark Streaking Grime. I wrote and suggested that instead of waiting for that, how about substituting AKI012 Streaking Grime instead? The reply was, in effect, we can do that; we’ll send it out right away. Nothing happened. I keep checking my account to see if the order has shipped. Yesterday I was told they’re still waiting on some items, sorry for the delay. But last night the January 2020 flier arrived, and SQ10215 is right there on page 42 again. A similar thing happened to me a little over a year ago: Ordered a kit using a nice coupon offered through email. Waited. Contacted Customer Care. Told it was on back order, Repeated several times. Eventually the order just disappeared. Are others having similar difficulties? Any suggestions?
  21. I'm finishing a 1/48th Yak-9 (Ark#48002). The decal sheet has a number of stencils (items "A" thru "K"), but the instructions give no information on placement. Does anyone have an suggestion?
  22. Every time I get something from Victory Models, they include a card offering a promotion from an on-line wine merchant. What are the prospects of doing something similar thru on-line retailers? Perhaps that could be the modern day equivalent of a flyer in the model kit box.
  23. I read the editorial letter from IPMS/Washington DC with great interest. And then it occurred to me; I see ads in the Journal from all kinds of modelling- related businesses, how come I never see anything on their web pages about IPMS? I regularly shop sites such as Squadron, Scale Hobbyist, Hobbylinc, Victory Models, etc. What would it take to have them include a link on their home page to IPMS/USA? I remember a comment some time ago about having small flyers inserted by manufacturers into kits in the past - I remember those. So maybe that's no possible anymore. But surely online retailers would be willing to point customers to the society; it would be mutually beneficial.
  24. Thanks so much, Gil. Your photos confirmed the data I have. They're particularly helpful since they show some present-day birds. The -9DD is particularly frustrating as it has a straight axle, no half-yoke. I think I'll try to correct the models. Wish me luck! 🤔 Dick
  25. I'm working on these 1/48th kits by ARK Models, which apparently were previously ICM kits. But the landing gear for both are puzzling me. Every photo and diagram I've found, including those of Kagero's Yak-1, Vol. 1 & 2, show the half-fork of the main gear facing toward the aircraft centerline, while the kit parts have them toward the gear doors/wingtips. Can anyone give me definitive input on this? Thanks.
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