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173. Roundels and Rudder Stops


It’s been something of an emotional day today in a quiet kind of way.

The list of jobs to be done on the aircraft has dwindled from three pages. closely typed, to just two jobs, one of which should be sorted tomorrow, and the other likely to be done over the weekend.

Theo and I fitted cables to the rudder to stop it pressing on the elevators at full travel, and then put the second coat of red paint on the roundels which have been painted over the top of the Union Flags on the sides of the fuselage.

And then, after checking over the paperwork to be submitted to the LAA in order to allow them to issue the Permit to Test, he went home.

And that, more or less, is that.

Of course the trailer still isn’t fixed, and the bombs have yet to arrive, and they’ll need to be mounted ultimately, but we are virtually there – and very odd it feels!

Ubnion Flags - gone! We are very sorry to lose them, but there's no way they would have been historically accurate, and so the roundels it has to be...

Ubnion Flags – gone! We are very sorry to lose them, but there’s no way they would have been historically accurate, and so the roundels it has to be…


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  1. Duncan Curtis permalink

    Shouldn’t those roundels be blue-white-red (out to in)?

    • No. At the start of the war, no aircraft had national identification marks, and the troops thoroughly enjoyed taking pot shots at all of them. The Germans adopted their Maltese Cross, the French their cockade, and the British the Union Flag.
      But the Union Flag was found to be too easily confused with the German cross at a distance, so the British adopted the French cockade (with the red on the outside).
      Later on, the British reversed the colours as a final solution, but the RNAS were slow to adopt it, and stuck with the French colours for longer. They also sometimes painted out the blue in the middle.
      1264 was originally a bit of a mix and match – French cockades on the wings and Union Flags on the fuselage sides, but in about November 1915 the Union Flags were overpainted with cockades. It’s easy enough to confirm this by looking at the black and white photos. If you compare the pictures of the Union Flag, you can see that in March 1915, when Granddad tipped it on its nose, it had the red on the outside.

  2. Ray Deerness permalink

    It’s certainly been an interesting blog. I spotted it when you came to New Zealand. Well done to all of you. We have a variety of World War One types in New Zealand but not a Bristol Scout. Ray

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