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  1. Having had a father who had large amounts of 'common sense' , but who was still injured in a workplace accident do to the accepted and pretty awful safety standards of days gone by, I find some of the comments in this thread interesting. Safety in any setting is a two way street, you have an obligation to look to your own safety, but others have an obligation to ensure that where you are working is not unsafe, even if it is just a notice). I suggest anyone who thinks 'common sense' is the answer to everything from H&S, driving to Covid needs to spend a week in A&E or a major tra
  2. Definitely both Defiants, judging by the underwing roundels and Sky undersides, the film was probably taken sometime between mid August and end November 1940. By the end of August, Defiants were being withdrawn from day fighter use after the mauling both squadrons (264 and 141) had received that had demonstrated their vulnerability in fighter versus fighter combat. The whole clip was most interesting and thanks for posting.
  3. Later MkI and the MkII are virtually identical, the main difference being a small blister on the MkII that covered the Coffman starter cartridge used by the Merlin XII and the propeller. Even within marks there can be noticeable differences due to changes during production runs. I am primarily a 1/72nd scale aircraft modeller and have a long term project to build all the major Spitfire/Seafire versions. I have finished twenty so far with about another twenty to go. 22,000 airframes built over a production run of nearly twelve years is a lot of Spitfires.
  4. Given the many comments on points of accuracy of locos etc, it might be worth pointing that the Spitfire model included in the NHS set is a MkV, but the real MK356 is a MkIX. Visually they look different as the IX has a different different arrangement of underwing radiators as the Merlin 60 engines needed additional cooling for the two stage supercharger. The nose was longer and a four bladed propeller was fitted.
  5. Thanks John for undertaking what appears to be fairly mammoth task. As everyone seems to gave a wishes for part, mine is the UIC suspension/axle box so I can get on and rebuild some Traffic Services tank wagons etc. Martin
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    The problem with trying to guess any colour from a pre war photograph is not knowing the film used. A lot of photographs then were taken with orthochromatic film which 'sees' colours differently to B&W film used postwar (mainly panchromatic) thus yellows come out as blacks and blues etc can appear lighter. Greens and greys can also appear to be similar colours
  7. Regarding colour standards as has been commented BS381 (Colours For Specific Purposes) first appeared in 1931 and BS2660 is also of prewar origin and RAL also has it origin in standards laid down before WW2. Organisations have insisted on the use of colours matched to standards for some time. For example, Military aircraft paint schemes in WW2 were matched to colours laid down by MAP and paint manufacturers were expected to quite closely adhere to those colours, although weathering could alter them due to supply issues with the pigments used. In the 1950's the Israeli Air force specified surf
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