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    Fleet Air Arm from Dad's Swordfish, Albacore & Barracuda III to my own Sea King & Lynx - oh, and the floating grey tin cans they flew from...

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  1. That's a pretty standard RN fuel list; if I remember correctly the Sea King's faithful Gnome could munch its way through the same list. Wome of the more esoteric (in aviation terms) fuels were only for a few hours and then a complete fuel flush and double engine change, so you'd have to be truly desperate to fill up with the stuff. It would work, but...
  2. Not sure which mark of Doppler system the Shar had, but it might well be the same Thales Mk. 71 doppler as in the Sea King - and yes, that centre aerial is part of the Doppler. The RADALT is an entirely separate system, though, made by Honeywell.
  3. All I have to say on that topic is "Blackburn Blackburn". What an educational, insipring and entertaining thread. Carry on!
  4. Fabbo (& greetings from Stanford University!)
  5. Hell, yes! Choir tours are brilliant; some people have been working seriously hard to set it all up, but people like me just have to turn up and sing twice a day... and that's it. I am being paid to go to San Francisco for 2 weeks; what's not to like?
  6. Those look superb. Any chance you'd up-scale them to 1/48?
  7. It is designed for the Hasegawa kit. I am up to my knees in an HAS5 build, using the FlightPath conversion and a Hasegawa base kit, and I can confirm that it is superb. I haven't had to use the sponsons or Sea Searcher radome, because I got a Hasegawa SAR boxing, but judging by the quality of the weapons carriers and tail rotor (which I have used, amongst other things), then I would use it to build a Mk4 with confidence. It is really well done. Just as well, because it's your only choice, as far as I know! I have a second one, also destined for a future Gannet cab. You'd be welcome to any un-used Mk.4 parts from my two sets, if you'd like - PM me (though I am away for a fortnight from tomorrow morning, so don't panic if no reply for a bit).
  8. I haven't tried it, but the Airfix HAR3 looks a decent kit in its own right, so might be a decent basis for an HAS1 or 2? (I'm a 1/48 man, so there's really only 1 game in town for me...)
  9. If you are modelling a Fleet Air Arm Corsair, I heartily recommend "KD431 - The Time Capsule Fighter" by David Morris. It is hard to find now, but I got a copy for a mate within the past 3 weeks on Evil-Bay. It's a detailed account of the process of restoring the FAA Museum's Corsair IV to as close to original paint work as possible, and they discovered some really fascinating stuff during the restoration - including things that explain why we end up having conflicting evidence 7- years on. For instance, it turns out that KD431 has a tail from a Brewster airframe, despite being built after the contract was taken away from Brewster - it looks as though some half-finished assemblies were shipped across to Goodyear en masse. And the colours they found underneath KD431's 60s coat... Fascinating in its own right, but I'd say pretty much essential reading if you are building a FAA Corsair.
  10. Steve, it is a joy to have you back contributing.... but [ahem] Hawks... [cough]?
  11. The radome is fine - that's just an optical illusion! Happily, fixing the centre panel is simple; easy masking and 30 seconds with an airbrush...
  12. No, the black framing will come in due course. The howler is the centre overhead panel!
  13. P.P.S. After taking the shots above, I realised that I can now unmask the windscreen - side windows will have to wait a bit longer. There is one inadvertent howler (fixable, so no sweat), clearly visible in this first picture: I have simply taken the masks off - no polishing or clean up. So on the whole I am pretty happy with how much is visible. It also solves the mystery of what has broken loose and is rattling around inside. I had sneaking suspicion that has turned out to be correct; this cab has no visible Orange Crop control box on the dashboard. Ah well! Crisp P.S. I now have two weeks to decide whether it is worth the effort of removing the canopy and retrieving the OC controller - it could be done, but would obviously mean a fair amount of remedial work to get the joins right again afterwards...
  14. Right, that's me done with modelling for 2 weeks, so as I sign off I thought I'd have a bit of fun; I have borrowed a piece of flight deck from a passing Sea Vixen and photographed the Sea King on that - seems appropriate for her first outing on all 5 wheels. [Sorry this one's a bit out of focus, but I wanted to try to capture her nose on from low down, so we can see the wheels properly. Only partially successful.] [This one is pleasing, cos it shows that the roundels are aligned vertically - I hadn't noticed that before, but it shows that my measurements worked OK! It also shows that Hasegawa have nicely captured the look of a Sea King on the ground - they always look somehow as though they are light on the tail wheel] This is mostly self-indulgence, but it has also helped me add a couple of things to the "Snag List on Return". You will note that BOTH spine aerials were casualties of the walk way masking. Ah well; they were scratch built anyway, so shouldn't be any problem to repeat the process! Keep on having fun, and see y'all in a couple of weeks. Navy 346 chopping FLYCO, thank you for your service; good night. Crisp P.S. Incidentally, those rather poncey white axles on the main wheels are authentic. I hadn't remembered them at all, but the 1988 photo from Oz shows them loud and clear.
  15. Awesome! As others have said, those counterweights must be ludicrously tiny. We salute you, Bill.