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  1. Clear Skies to them both. The log book is incredible. Having the serial numbers not just the code letters gives you such an opportunity to research stuff and really appreciate the pressures and sacrifices made. All of those aircraft mentioned in the second log book image were lost whilst mostly serving with 12 and its sister 626. ED968 crashed nearby on 25/06/43, DV158 was lost in August 43, ED424 and DV177 in April 44, LM321 in June 44 (with 100 Sqdn). Sobering as it can be, from them you can often pick up lots of detail about other Squadron member lives and memories from interest links to help build your own families picture if you are so inclined. This link is a little about P/O Ashburner who is mentioned http://urswick.com/Those who gave their lives/Flying Officer Norman Ashburner - Edition 1.pdf I note the "C flight" reference on log book too. Lancaster Target by Sdn Leader Jack Currie DFC (and Lancaster Legend, a 1980 BBC documentary based on the same) might also be of interest. The book centers on his experiences as a rookie pilot on 12 Sqn's C flight from July 43 so should be bang on with what your grandfather experienced himself -almost mission by mission and day by day. Thank you for sharing
  2. sorry - by pattern I meant the shape. I took jolly jack to mean widely differing patterns
  3. I suspect there was very little "LOL-ing" going on in either RR or the British Minstry of WTF did we just do. BTW wasnt the spit originally designated "SHREW" - a name to truly inspire fear... "Achtung....er... Shrew?". I think the story goes that someones daughter (possibly RJ Mitchell's) was known as something of a Spitfire (a shakesperian reference for a pretty pissed off fiery and vengeful female) and thus the myth and legend was born.
  4. The Vampire used the DH Goblin. The Mig15s engine was an uprated and unlicenced copy of the 55 or so RR Nene engines which the British kindly supplied the Russians on the promise they wouldn't be used militarily. Somewhere in there is also a story about an early Russian delegation's shoes being adapted with extra soft soles. These would collect metal shavings left on the floor of the RR factory for later analysis and i believed were used to solve a problem with pre nene russian jet fan or compressor failures. For a country long noted for its cynicism we can be delightfully naive at times!
  5. well they had the mosquito so its not a huge leap of imagination for whoever to find a bigger faster blood sucker to name it after. There was also a AEG Vampyr Vacuum cleaner around during this time dating from the 1920s. Again not a great leap of imagination to name one machine partially based on sucking in air with another (especially given its sinister name) and finally we have minds focused on the occult given the aircraft used a "Goblin" Engine. The vacuum cleaner connection I think was a standing joke given the engines relatively low static power - the joke being that the vaccum cleaner was more powerful. As the the Russians, the Kamov KA50 was unoffically called "Werewolf"
  6. I believe XG775 was a Sea Vampire T22. The picture I think dates from about 1967. It was sold in 1970 to Southall Technical College and eventually partially scrapped. The Fuselage was saved by a Norfolk Collector in the 70s and it now apparently lives in Wales having been bought in Jun 2020.
  7. Cos it sounds better than "Spider Crab". I suspect it wouldnt pass modern emission testing....
  8. This is the Normal Map. It takes care of the little dents, dings and panel lines to give them a 3D effect in game. A good example is the nose of the Yak1 69 or LaGG when the roughly made engine panels show up their creases and distortions. BHH's 109F templates are also a great example of creative and skillful application when he relies less on hard drawn lines and more on the depth effect. To make it work well some "shine" needs to be retained by the alpha layer at least on the metal parts. A common fault with skins which go for a really matt finish is that the Normal map then doesn't show all its detail and the skin looks flat. Its stored in a different place to the skins and used to be hidden but i think this has changed and they now show up as ICDP has worked through the 4K skins. Its location is IL2 Battle of......./data/graphics/planes/"Plane type"/textures. The Normal map is usually made from a grayscale image of the aircraft minus any weathering and markings and with some limitation of certain shadows. It is an art in its own right and best left unless you really know what you are doing. There are some little tweaks you can make to increase or decrease the effect but in general, if you have a good balanced alpha you should not need to touch it. Since ICDP has gone over the models with 4K textures and produced the normal map to match, the stock normal map can usually be left well alone as he's done a great job with them. On the later planes I would strongly recommend leaving them as there are additional elements which I think may relate to the damage graphics incorporated into them. If the model still uses an older 2K official skin you can scale up the normal reasonably well for 4K skins. Lastly, when a template has not been adopted as "official, for instance RaFiGer's excellent 109G6 and G14, skins made using those will also need to use the associated normal map. This is a problem if you use different templates for skins as often a number of details will be mismatched.
  9. Binged watched the lot. Enjoyed (if thats the right word) every minute. Choppy scenes and getting the video for Go With The Flow out of my head didnt take as long as I thought it would and I ended up enjoying the quirky pictorial style. The detail behind the last dramatic actions remain disputed (not the series's fault) but it doesnt detract and is possibly as close to the brutal truth as we will get now. I believe there is also some artistic licence taken in the portrayal of some characters given their continued existence beyond the point where the Alex Kershaw's book and the official record shows only 2 E company men (Sparks and a Sgt who was killed 6 weeks later) survived the Anzio operations. Overall, I thought it a worthy if very different stablemate to Band of Brothers and The Pacific and one which helps to put the bravery and sacrifices of the "regular" infantry into the mind. Thanks to LukeFF for the heads up on this one.
  10. There was only one pattern historically. The roundels varied but not the pattern.
  11. When I was younger I assumed that the Tempest was just the fighter version of the Tiffy so you are not alone
  12. As Andy points out, The Tiffy is an aircraft in its own right and an aircraft that the Tempest evolved from (originally slated as the Typhoon II but never produced with such a name). Typhoons are coming to BON, though perhaps not as the early type shown above but the later, modified 1b with the full sliding bubble canopy (??) I think its an English equivalent of the P/A-5(36)1 A-B/C Mustang-Apachie-Mustang..
  13. Codes varied - some spits for instance would read AB o C on either side whereas others ABoC and CoAB. I've seen the former more on RCAF aircraft but that's not to say it was an RCAF thing. I think your code font is a little too big. Not by much though. If you imagine a C it should be able to fit around the white of the roundel with a sliver of blue showing. Your "W" is also too wide. The verticals need to be straighter. There are lots of fonts purporting to be RAF this and that. Most do a good job 80% of the time but you are much better looking for references in contemporary photos (not artist colour plates) as there was a lot of variation. From there create your own letters either from scratch or by chopping up the ones you have.
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