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  1. Cardiff Smiths didn't have much left - a few Revell kits marked as 'buy one, get one free' but on what looked like inflated prices - Chevy Police Car gift set marked at £30, Mk1 Golf Convertible marked at £24, also Spaceship2/Whiteknight and a larger scale plane (Jaguar?) but can't remember the prices for those. Still, not a bad price if you actually want two of the Golfs... Tim
  2. "Fleet Air Arm Helicopters Since 1943" has ZA297 to 845 Squadron, marked as (Y)C from 7-Sep-94, refinished and marked first IFOR and later SFOR, airfreighted to Split 14-Jun-96 and returned to Yeovilton 14-Feb-97 (as well as other movements), so that sounds likeliest? Tim
  3. You probably can't produce the photo here, but you don't need to. The Imperial War Museum's collection is searchable online, and if you have the reference number you can quickly find the item you're looking for. In this case, they do have the image in their database so a quick search for CH12868 will find the photo you're looking for. This comes in quite handy if you have a book with IWM photos in it and you want an electronic copy of them - as long as the photo is credited to the IWM with a reference number, you can probably find it! Tim
  4. Strangely, the original article appears to have been taken down now, but there is a story about the story that is just as good... Tim
  5. Thanks for your kind words, all! Although the engines do look huge, they are actually slightly lighter than the Peregrines they replace (485kg dry weight vs 517kg, if you believe Wikipedia) and although all the radial engine is entirely ahead of the wing, compared to the Peregrine where it starts about 0.6m behind the leading edge, the shorter radial engine (about 1.2m compared to 1.8m for the Peregrine) means the centre of mass, by my rough calculations, wouldn't be too far out. I did toy with the idea of a tricycle undercarriage, which if you reversed the main undercarriage legs might look better balanced - although you'd then need to work out where the front undercarriage would go. I did start doing a Whirlwind development several years ago, going down the more traditional route of fitting Merlins, but by the time you've done that, worked out how much heavier the engines are (744kg each?), added the weight of extra fuel, you'll then want to increase the wing area accordingly to maintain the same wing loading, and then the wings will look too big for the fuselage... so I scrapped that idea! (You'd probably end up with something like the Welkin F.1 anyway). For the same reason I rejected any bigger radial engines, like the Bristol Hercules, for this project. A jet-engined one would be interesting though! At one stage I was going to fit rocket rails to this one, but then I worked out how far out they'd need to be to give a reasonable clearance of the propeller discs, and thought again, and contented myself with the 1000-lb bombs. Tim
  6. In 1943, the Westland Whirlwind was being withdrawn from service, one factor being lack of support for its Peregrine engines - together with the need to maintain two engines per airframe compared with the single-engined Typhoon intended to replace it. However with development of the Typhoon taking longer than expected, an interim solution was needed to support the second front expected to be opened in France in 1944. The remaining Whirlwind airframes were therefore re-engined with Bristol Mercury XVs, which were in plentiful supply and could provide enhanced performance running on 100 octane fuel. As the radial engines were air-cooled, the radiators could be removed from the wing roots making more volume and weight available for fuel tanks. The wing hard-points were strengthened, to allow carriage of two 1000lb bombs. Finally, the new MkIII IFF was fitted, the rod aerial under the starboard wing replacing the previous tailplane-to-fuselage wiring. Enough aircraft were re-manufactured to equip 263 squadron, which flew as part of 2nd Tactical Airforce over France from February 1944, until finally replaced by the Typhoon at the end of that year. ... Well, it could have happened anyway! Based on the venerable (if that is the right word!) Airfix Whirlwind, with engines from the old-tool Blenheim IV, spare propellers and spinners from the new Spitfire I/II and bombs from the Bomber resupply set. Following my reading of the regulations for D-Day stripes, and 24" wide stripes on the wings of twin-engined aircraft, as well as the 18"-wide fuselage stripes. I kept the sky band forward of the tail, and assumed the squadron codes would be re-painted over the stripes. Decals from a variety of sources, including some of the original airfix ones which had stood up pretty well for a 1980s-era kit. and a few more photos here: Westland Whirlwind FB.2
  7. Airfix 1:72 Westland Sea King HC.4 ZA290 (First production HC.4) of 846 Naval Air Squadron in 'As delivered' condition, with the original high-visibility markings and standard port rear window (rather than the bubble observation window). And not as she ended up in Chile... Build thread here Tim
  8. Thanks everyone for your kind words, advice or assistance (especially Jon - 06/24 - for the Revell rotorblades, much easier to backdate than the Airfix ones). It's been a pleasure building it (not that I need much encouragement to build a helicopter...) Tim
  9. Yes, inspired by your build of the classic kit I've started restoring/rebuilding my kit of one (first built over 30 years ago!) and had learnt from your thread about the inaccuracy in the engine intakes (and exhausts) but had noticed, alongside the new kit, the difference in shape of the lower windows. I have a plan... I was glad that the new kit came with the option of folded rotors for exactly that reason - I had thought when I finished my second Sea King a couple of years ago (a Revell one, built as a HAR3) that I couldn't keep on building them as I would run out of shelf space! As it is, the HC.4 just fits it on the edge of a shelf. Tim
  10. Just about finished, I think! finally repainted the cabin door to my satisfaction (having first sanded off the lumps that shouldn't be there, and thought I could get away by just spraying over those parts - a waste of time and I'd have been better off doing straight away what I ended up doing - stripping the paint back to the primer, sanding, re-priming and painting again), and found enough yellow/white decals - the dashed line and lettering around the cabin window I made up dash by dash and word by word from left-over yellow lettering from the Airfix Valiant! Also fitted the pitot tubes, and the VOR/ILS antennas which I'd forgotten about earlier - mine were left over from a Revell Sea King, or possibly a Wessex? I think that's all I did since the last update, anyway. Will post in the gallery later, but for now:
  11. Making slow progress, but getting there... main rotor blades fitted, hopefully at the right angles, HF antenna fitted, railing for the crew steps fitted (0.5mm brass rod bent to shape for the support, 0.3mm plastic rod painted with Revell 91 Steel for the railing itself) and various decals scrounged from other sheets, or generic sheets for the lettering - Wessex sheets have been quite helpful for the white stencils for fuel and earth points, yellow for emergency release, etc. The port side is nearly done - see photo below - but making slower progress on the starboard side, because, having painted everything, I realised that the sliding cabin door needed modifying - there was a raised bit aft of the window, and an attachment on the forward lower corner, neither of which are apparent in photos of the early aircraft. So I removed both of these but it is taking a while to fill and repaint the door to my satisfaction. So for now, the port side looks like this! and a view from above: Next steps - finishing repainting the cabin door, fitting that and finishing the decalling...
  12. Bit more progress today: more of the major decals on: Fuselage and tail codes (from a Modeldecal/Xtradecal generic sheet), 846 Squadron badges (from a Wessex sheet), Engine intake warnings (from a Model Alliance sheet for the Sea king, but with a plain white decal applied under the red 'Danger' lettering and the kit decals for the red rectangles. Various aerials fitted, including drilling holes for the two downward-pointing aerials under the nose which inevitable broke off during painting, and are now replaced with 0.5mm brass rod: oh, and a bit of work was done earlier on the tail-fold - appropriate holes drilled/extended to match reference photos, and a representation of the tubing connecting them: next steps: more decalling (I haven't got a specific set for the early HC4 so am scrounging left-overs from other sets. So far, so good!) and fitting the main rotor blades...
  13. Looks great! especially the glazing - very inspiring. I too want to make the Apollo 11 one and couldn't find the decals when I looked, I did get a cheap set of the Gemini 10/11 from eBay which would be different - an overall 'Engine grey' one, but interesting to hear that the Apollo 11 decals have been re-issued.
  14. Another short update - some of the major decals applied, including the large 'ROYAL NAVY' lettering from a generic Xtradecal sheet, undercarriage attached, and Decca antenna and troop step fitted: Next steps are attaching some of the other aerials, and more decalling... Tim
  15. Quick update on this. Last I assembled the fuselage, fitted the glazing, masked the glazed bits, filled the door apertures with foam, and primed: which showed a bit a gap around the cockpit, which I filled, then airbrushed Humbrol 116 - not an exact match for BS381C 298 Olive Drab by any means, but looked close enough to my eye to the colour of the early machines, especially with a coat of gloss varnish. Which took a while to dry, and longer to sand and polish to what I thought was an acceptable sheen. I also assembled the tail and undercarriage mounts, and painted the doors and troop step at the same time: Tonight's work has been putting on the black decals around the steps (which really need to be on and settled before attaching the undercarriage and supporting struts), and the black decals behind the exhaust, and the fuselage roundels (I have a feeling the larger-size original roundels came from an Italeri Wessex, or maybe a Revell one) - less of a reason to put these decals on before final assembly, but it gave me more of a sense of progress. Photos of those tomorrow when the Micro Sol has worked its magic! Tim