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  1. I wasn't aware of the Belcher's Bits Lanc sheet. A question - I don't have any reference photos of the decal's subject, but is the "RESCUE" sized as shown in the profile? If doing FM104, I suspect the "RESCUE" would be noticeably undersized. As for the long range bomb bay tank, I did have a schematic but it would appear to have been lost from my files. The interior schematics provided above are for the MR variant. Regarding the rear turret, as far as I know, only the guns were removed leaving the mounts and seat in place. The gun trough was of course 'skinned over'.
  2. Ernie, I just discovered your build. I'm impressed! I undertook a similar build in 1/48 scale but had the advantage of having the Leading Edge decals. Might I ask what decals you will be using? The following are shots of my Tamiya conversion plus some pictures of Lindholme gear normally carried on SAR Lancs and some interior MR schematics you might find useful.
  3. Regarding the crash of Buffalo Airways DC-3 C-GJKM noted above, a little history on the aircraft..... it's ex US C-47A-25-DK 42-93645 which became RAF's KG712. Post war it served with the RCAF ending up with 429 Squadron in Winnipeg, Manitoba as aircraft 12946 where I flew it numerous times during the early 70's before it was retired from military service. It seems Buffalo Airways acquired the aircraft in October 1994. As for C-GJKM's crash near Hay River, they must have been above their single engine max weight.
  4. Ernie, If you recall, I posted a picture of a derelict Transair DC-3 that was parked (?) on the west side of Winnipeg International (attached again). Well that same airframe recently made the news. I've also attached a photo of how it appeared at the ceremony. See https://copanational.org/en/2019/03/14/rcaf-to-return-historic-dc-3-to-poland/ . Thought it might be of interest since you likely flew in it back in the day. John
  5. The old Transair DC-3 remains was on the west side of Winnipeg airport just to the north of the military hangars. I probably took the picture in the mid to late nineties.
  6. Memories of Transair, here's one that's seen better days.
  7. A model I built of one the aircraft I flew back in the day. It's the old Monogram 1/48 scale kit with Leading Edge decals. While I might be somewhat biased, such a model in 1/32 scale would be awesome (and bring back memories).
  8. Well Clunkmeister, the Douglas swept wing racer may have only cruised at 150 knots but she had eight hours worth of gas, was built like a tank and was incredibly dependable. I racked up over 2000 hours in three years and never had an engine failure. Not bad for an ex USAAF C-47 (original serial number 42-92518) that was over 30 years old when I was flying the type and is still kicking around with Buffalo Airways.
  9. Further to the earlier discussion regarding Buffalo Airways' recreation of a D Day drop, the last episodes of the Buffalo Airways series "Ice Pilots" also recreated a D Day drop using their C-47 C-GWZS which flew during D Day as KG330. I found the story especially interesting as I have a connection with that particular airframe. After the war, KG330 went on to serve with the Canadian Forces eventually ending up as aircraft 12913, an air navigator training platform with 429 Squadron in support of the Canadian Forces Air Navigation School, Winnipeg. Aircraft 12913 is significant in that the last of two training flights were conducted on it on 26 May 1975 before its retirement and eventually ending up initially with Northwest Territorial Airways then with Buffalo Airways as C-GWZS. My connection? I was the aircraft captain of that last navigator training flight which lasted 5.2 hours. The following picture is of the crew - me second from the left.
  10. I used the late Yahu instrument panel. While the Yahu panel eliminated the need for painting the kit panel, most of the effort expended in the cockpit is lost as viewing the pilot's work station is largely lost given the small opening afforded by the bubble top design.
  11. My latest build. Airfix's Typhoon with the Yahu instrument panel, Eduard seat belts, Xtracolor paints and Aviaeology decals.
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