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Met Flight Hurricanes and Spitfires
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PostPosted: October 3rd, 2012, 1:24 pm 
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This is a two in one thread as I will be building both of these aircraft for the display.

I've only got a single reference shot of each plus a few bits of anecdotal evidence regarding instrumentation etc so there is a lot of guesswork involved, please if anybody has anything that could help I'll happily snap your arm off to get it! :shock:

Hurricane:

This is the only image I have of a Met Hurricane from RAF Coastal Command 1936 - 1969 by Chris Ashworth, note the strange addition to the upper wing surface, apparently the Met instrumentation was fitted to the starboard cannon bays, I also cannot make out any cannon barrels so it is quite possible that these Met birds were unarmed:

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This is where I am with recreating this so far:

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Spitfire:

The image from the same book:

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Note the shortened cannon muzzle on the nearside, as far as I can ascertain this was for the electrical resistance barometer fitted in the cannon bay, Im guessing that the other side would be similarly modified for flight characteristics if nothing else.

The Spitfire will be built from a Italeri MkVII kit purchased specially for the task.

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Tom

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2016 A:B = 29:11
2015 A:B = 38:14
2014 A:B = 25:9
2013 A:B = 20:17
2012 A:B = I didn't keep score
2011 A:B = 39:11
2010 A:B = 51:10


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Met Flight Hurricanes and Spitfires
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PostPosted: October 7th, 2012, 11:33 am 
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Update to the Hurricane:


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As I have only one black and white image to work from I have applied a little artistic license with regards to the code colours, Sky and White both appear to be identical in the image so I worked from the assumption that fighter codes were generally Sky at this point (early '45) but the '3' is a non-standard addition probably to identify aircraft within the Met flights.

Seeing as I dont currently have any Sky coloured numerals and with regards to the lack of distinction in the photograph I decided on a white numeral just to add something 'different' to the model.


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Tom

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We'll call him Dinghy Watts...... - Paul Bradley

2016 A:B = 29:11
2015 A:B = 38:14
2014 A:B = 25:9
2013 A:B = 20:17
2012 A:B = I didn't keep score
2011 A:B = 39:11
2010 A:B = 51:10


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Met Flight Hurricanes and Spitfires
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PostPosted: October 21st, 2012, 11:31 am 
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Hurricane finished:


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The Spitfire is at the painting stage now so should be done in short order.

Regards

Tom

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2016 A:B = 29:11
2015 A:B = 38:14
2014 A:B = 25:9
2013 A:B = 20:17
2012 A:B = I didn't keep score
2011 A:B = 39:11
2010 A:B = 51:10


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PostPosted: October 29th, 2012, 5:46 pm 
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Movement in the Spitfire corner.

MkVII:

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I've also finished off a MkVI in 519 squadron markings, no codes as I can't find a listing of MkVI serials and their allocation histories, odd considering they only built 100 you'd have thought they would be easier to trace. :


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Nearly done now.

Regards

Tom

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2016 A:B = 29:11
2015 A:B = 38:14
2014 A:B = 25:9
2013 A:B = 20:17
2012 A:B = I didn't keep score
2011 A:B = 39:11
2010 A:B = 51:10


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