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  1. Ah I should have said S.1s. I think S.2s could have been possibly painted. Why the SAAF ones were that colour I don't know, maybe as you say. Wouldn't want to get in the way of that salvo! The S.2s I've looked at have metal intake interiors, you can even see the rivet lines. I seriously doubt that you would want any lining that has the possibility of coming off in that area in front of the engines, even metal can slightly move/distort in engine intake areas. Edit, I wouldn't like to use that S.50 shot for colour interpretation as the reproduction colours are clearly tinted/washed. In fact to my eyes that could be a dull metal finish, all our interpretations vary.
  2. The internal fuel at 1,560 Gals is pretty impressive. The large BLC bleed pipes can be see at the fold, they are the largish holes/pipes at the fore and aft of both surfaces of the folded wing. the inner wing pipe joins can actually move around on sprung joints so as to align properly when the wing folds. Buccaneer S.1 XN957 stbd wing fold by James Thomas, on Flickr Buccaneer S.1 XN957 stbd wing fold by James Thomas, on Flickr Buccaneer S.1 XN957 stbd wing fold by James Thomas, on Flickr
  3. Decisions decisions......

    If money is rolling in Tamiya have recently released an F-14 kit which is considered state of the art, http://www.hyperscale.com/2016/reviews/kits/tamiya61114reviewbg_1.htm On top of that Avantgarde are shortly bringing out what looks to be an exquisite F-14 kit soon,
  4. I'm not sure why the spinner was changed on the AEW, my guess is that it just suited the lines of the aircraft better. You can draw a pretty much straight line through the upper nose profile and spinner line. But maybe it was something more important, such as airflow. It is unusual to have a straight coned spinner. The pod was initially a rotary sonobouy dispenser, it seemed to very seldom used as such by the Royal Navy.
  5. Personally speaking - I still very much disagree with the brown finish, or painted, intake interior thing. I had a really good look over the FAAM S.1 (not easy!) with this in mind and my personal conclusion is that it is natural aluminium finish (as with many FAA jets) that has aged/tarnished to an offish metal colour with hints of brown, some photographs seem to exaggerate this There is certainly no fibreglass lining, as to be expected on something that sucks that hard! Intake skinning is pretty tough to withstand the pressure and bird strike damage. Liking the silver Palouste in that shot, my guess is it was taken at Holme on Spalding Moor where flight testing was conducted. All the internal fuel was in the upper fuselage.
  6. F-4K (FG.1) on Ark Royal lift

    Good diagram here from Tailspin Turtles excellent pages, http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/spey-powered-phantom-changes.html Shows you how tight it was in the fore and aft sense, I seem to recall that even the fuel dump pipe had to be modified to allow the fitting on the British lifts.
  7. have only just seen that the Lincoln is complete, it looks absolutely superb! Really brings the look of the real thing alive.
  8. Not sure if this helps or hinders, but I've never seen a picture of XA466 as 777 LM (either in Sky or RAF BG) carrying pods or the pylons. It certainly did in previous guises as 3 V and 040 R.
  9. probably the term I was using, but yes the rotary dispenser is what I would use as the basis for the baggage pod. Notice in the COD.4 shots earlier how bluff the rear is compared with the front section, though whether its as bluff as the plan or not is something else. The Frieghtdog pods seem to match photos quite well. My only doubt is about the flatish top starting so far forward, the nose part of the pod looks almost all circular, but again that could be my interpretation. Fuel tanks were never external, and too big for the pod. I would use the universal carrier as well. The pylon that I mentioned that I had was the Mk1 type shown there, which explains why it was so chunky. Unfortunately I don't have any tech info on any of the stores.
  10. Sorry Bill, but that's what I'm trying to say, I think that the COD.4 baggage pod is an AS type multi stores (or sonobuoy) container that has been converted for the task. Externally they look the same to me. Keeping the ECMs out of it, I have only seen the one shape hung off a Gannet.
  11. Stores container/baggage pod, I think that they are essentially the same thing. Not sure where the fuel tanks bit is coming from? I think the 4+ book has drawings of the pod. Forget the ECM.6 pod, no ECM.6 was the same as the other all having various odd modifications, look at the scoops on the bomb bay of XA414 as an example. Somebody else did a COD conversion set many years ago, may have been Aeroclub or CScale. For the Buccaneer, I would use a 72nd Buccaneer main gear door slot cutter, it's the best way
  12. I'm guessing that scheme never went to sea on an S.1, rules that one out!
  13. Those pylons in Scimitars post are AEW type, the AS/trainer types were noticeably longer and possibly thicker. I did have one a while back!. External tanks couldn't be carried by that type Gannet, but they could carry to bomb bay tanks. The AEW could carry two Hunter type drop tanks. There was an earlier AS pod that was a multiple stores carrier. Edit, personally I think the baggage pod was a converted AS stores carrier, but I don't have any technical evidence if that. There was a COD Gannet (can't remember which) that had the old well know Post Office poster (as seen on buses etc) pasted on its pods. Just seen the bit on spinners (been on an air traffic bender this w.end). AEW is different to AS being completely straight along the cone, the AS having a distinctive curve. There are both of the same diameter at the point where they meet the fuselage, and will fit both types. T.5 XG882 is fitted (from its initial restoration) with an AEW spinner and to me it stands out like a sore thumb, even over the erroneous markings! Lovely work there Perdu, coming on a treat!
  14. When I mentioned that I was thinking of this scheme, my favouite. I think it was very late, and only on some S.1s, more common on S.2s.
  15. Middle one for me, but have they got the nose demarcation a bit too low?