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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Tomahawk IA BoB
« Reply #2250 on: July 14, 2020, 06:27:24 am »
I to like the Tomahawk  :thumbsup:

Interestingly there was a 3 part documentary on the Battle of Britain on either Ch 4 or Ch 5 last week focusing on 3 specific days and one of them was the 15th September.

The whole series was very good and managed to avoid using a lot of the usual stock footage and clips from the film. The only erroneous footage they showed was of a RAF Tomahawk diving and firing its guns, and it was in the 15th September programme  ;D

One nice clip was an interview with a 90 odd year old ex RAF Armourer who described his job as " anything to do with things that went bang"  ;D

If it's shown again then I'd recommend it  :thumbsup:
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Tomahawk IA BoB
« Reply #2251 on: July 14, 2020, 07:00:35 am »
I to like the Tomahawk  :thumbsup:

Interestingly there was a 3 part documentary on the Battle of Britain on either Ch 4 or Ch 5 last week focusing on 3 specific days and one of them was the 15th September.

The whole series was very good and managed to avoid using a lot of the usual stock footage and clips from the film. The only erroneous footage they showed was of a RAF Tomahawk diving and firing its guns, and it was in the 15th September programme  ;D

One nice clip was an interview with a 90 odd year old ex RAF Armourer who described his job as " anything to do with things that went bang"  ;D

If it's shown again then I'd recommend it  :thumbsup:

Cheers mate. I think I've TiVo'd that one.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2252 on: July 14, 2020, 07:50:11 am »
Curtiss P-40E Warhawk - No.2 Squadron (Hawks), Royal Dhimari Air Force, 1943

After the Parani Army Air Forces gained total air superiority over the Mazadran Oil Fields and the Valley of Kerman during 'Operation Whirlwind' the Royal Dhimari Air Force were desperate for replacement aircraft to make good the heavy losses to the Hurricane and Vanguard squadrons. Whilst the UK kept promising to send Spitfires the planned delivery date kept rolling further away. By early October 1943 the situation was desperate leading to an impassioned plea by King Husani Al'Galbhi of Dhimar to US President Franklin Roosevelt for fighter aircraft and Roosevelt agreed to the immediate transfer of 50 P-40 Warhawk aircraft from USAAF Twelth Air Force stocks held in Tunisia. Whilst these aircraft were war-weary veterans of Operation Torch and the Desert War they were gratefully received by the Royal Dhimari Air Force who used the aircraft to replace the last two remaining P-66D Vanguard squadrons with No.2 Squadron becoming the first to become fully operational in December 1943.

DHIMAR P-40E WARHAWK.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

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DHIMAR P-40E WARHAWK.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-40E WARHAWK.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-40E WARHAWK.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-40E WARHAWK.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-40E WARHAWK.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DAT's revamped P-40E Warhawk comes with AVG and USAAF skins and this is the 1942 desert skin with overpainted insignia and a tricolour rudder. I'm inflicting RAF style squadron codes on my WW2 Dhimari aircraft although it doesn't take an Alan Turing to work out the codes and forsee problems ahead as I'm already on 13 Dhimari squadrons!
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Dhimari P-40E Warhawks
« Reply #2253 on: July 15, 2020, 06:19:11 am »
That works REALLY well!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Dhimari P-40E Warhawks
« Reply #2254 on: July 16, 2020, 12:57:22 am »
Nice!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Dhimari P-40E Warhawks
« Reply #2255 on: July 16, 2020, 02:33:00 am »
Curtiss P-40F Warhawk - No.1 Squadron (The Panthers), Royal Dhimari Air Force, 1944

DHIMAR P-40F WARHAWK.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

Slightly different as it's the P-40F (Merlin, yay!) with a proper Desert camo and I've made the tricolour cover the whole of the rudder. I don't like the 'D1' code at all as the standard RAF WW2 font shows a '1' as a straight line which would lead to groundcrew sniggers on DlC, DlE, DlK, DlM, etc. so I custom made the '1' but I really don't like it (and it doesn't solve the issue of there being at least 13 Dhimari squadrons).

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Dhimari P-40F Warhawks
« Reply #2256 on: July 16, 2020, 08:26:46 am »
Blackburn Firebrand FB.6 - No.135 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1945

RAF FIREBRAND FB3.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

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RAF FIREBRAND FB3.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF FIREBRAND FB3.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

RAF FIREBRAND FB3.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

From the Firebrand Wiki Page - In test pilot and naval aviator Captain Eric Brown's opinion the aircraft was "short of performance, sadly lacking in manoeuvrability, especially in rate of roll". The position of the cockpit even with the trailing edge of the wing gave the pilot a very poor view over the nose, inhibited his ability to view his target and to land his aircraft aboard a carrier, sufficient for Brown to call it "a disaster as a deck-landing aircraft"...

So inflict it on the RAF!!

This is the DAT's Blackburn Firebrand, an aircraft I first encountered in a late 1970's Air International (IIRC they also did an article on the Firecrest). Whilst it may have been a bit of a turkey I've always liked it although I'm amazed that there was six variants as well as the prototype. Anyway, I overpainted the insignia on this RN Camo and added SEAC markings and No.135 Squadron codes (a SEAC Thunderbolt user). Perhaps it could have been used in Operation Firedog too.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Firebrand FB.6 (SEAC)
« Reply #2257 on: July 16, 2020, 08:45:28 am »
Even so, I kinda like the aircraft  ;D (Kinda of a hipster XD)
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Firebrand FB.6 (SEAC)
« Reply #2258 on: July 16, 2020, 08:54:38 am »
Your Firebrand looks great & is particularly well posed in shot 06.

Yes please to a Firedog one & would it be possible for an Aden ghost one at some point (presumably depending on how the textures are broken down)?

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Firebrand FB.6 (SEAC)
« Reply #2259 on: July 16, 2020, 09:44:22 am »
LOVE the Firebrand!  :wub: :thumbsup:

A big bruiser of an aeroplane that's always impressed me since I saw one (the last one?) at RAF Benson in the mid 50s. Very much a UK Skyraider.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Firebrand FB.6 (SEAC)
« Reply #2260 on: July 17, 2020, 06:33:20 am »
I've built a BPF Firebrand from the Magna kit.

Never thought of a RAF SEAC one, but now I have a couple of Valom kits of various marks  ;D
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2261 on: July 17, 2020, 07:28:32 am »
Blackburn Firebrand FB.6 - No.45 Squadron, RAF Far East Air Force, 1949

RAF FIREBRAND FB3.08 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

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RAF FIREBRAND FB3.10 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

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RAF FIREBRAND FB3.13 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

Another overpainted skin with a recoloured spinner and No.45 Squadron markings although I'd hate to think that me giving them the Firebrand meant that they didn't get the beautiful de Havilland Hornet. As always, the stock Vietnam terrain is used for anywhere out east.


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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Firebrand FB.6 (Firedog)
« Reply #2262 on: July 17, 2020, 07:49:20 am »
Shouldn't it have PRO Blue undersides for the Far East post-WWII theatre?  :o

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Firebrand FB.6 (Firedog)
« Reply #2263 on: July 17, 2020, 08:21:58 am »
Their Hornets certainly had PRU undersides but this uses an off the peg skin. I'm not really into skinning from scratch (with all those lines and rivets) at the moment although a desert Firebrand might tempt me at some point in the future.

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Re: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Firebrand FB.6 (Firedog)
« Reply #2264 on: July 17, 2020, 10:10:27 am »
NOT AGAIN!

I really want to like the Firebrands but yet again, someone insists on putting rockets and bombs together as a warload.  It's something the RAF DID NOT DO.  The methods are different in delivery and would NEVER be carried on the same aircraft.
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