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Ex-FAAWAFU

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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. I doubt it - not sure I'm going to get the rotor head done in time.
  2. Little more progress - this is the first weapon carrier finished (apart from the attachment brackets, of course). 7 pieces of PE here, plus a lump of white metal. Since I have a reputation as a nutter to maintain, I have drilled a hole in each one - this shows a section of 0.4mm lead wire fed through said hole to show where a red wire will run in due course: And here from end on (the rear, to be precise): More soon Crisp
  3. A nice quiet tea party followed by a few rounds of canasta, no doubt...
  4. Only teasing you, Colin; I went to war with the Bootnecks & Junglies (846 in Fearless in 82), so have the utmost respect for them, desoite my subsequent Pinger career. I think the Royal Marines are the very best part of all our armed forces. I have to say I didn't know that CU had ever hosted our Junglie brethren.
  5. Well you see, that's what happens when you do something useful with an aircraft; you need something to hang weapons off. When you're little more than a glorified van driver, your cab can stay all smooth. Similarly with the oil washing; it's what you do to protect aircraft. You know, like when they go actually go to sea, instead of loafing around in Somerset...? [Thanks!]
  6. Not much over the weekend, because I spent most of it with a glass in my hand at an epic family wedding knees-up. I have managed a little today, though, to progress the weapon carriers a little bit more. It's one of those bits of modelling that we all have at times - when you spend about an hour building a jig and lining things up precisely, and then the actual event takes about 5 seconds (shut up, Ced...). In this case, I have been building the first two (of four) of the racks that sit beneath the back end of the carrier - from memory this was designed to keep the arming wires in place in flight, end then to remove them neatly, including the all-important cover for the battery bay of the Stingray. The battery of a torpedo needs water to function, but clearly you don't want to get water in it (say, from rain) when you are flying (and thus risk a weapon that arms itself rather than when you tell it to...), so it has a plug to prevent any ingress. Then as part of the dropping sequence the battery port cover is removed; when it gets into the sea, water floods into the battery, it powers up and off she goes... Anyway, if I remember correctly (and I wasn't an HWI), that was the purpose of that thingy at the bottom of the photo. Flight Path represent this very nicely, but the only realistic way of giving it enough strength is some teeny-tiny soldering action. Hence the building of a jig to hold it precisely aligned (notably at the correct height), then some of my trusty solder paint, and heat applied at the right moment. I am happy to say that it worked: [Upside down in that second picture, obviously.] More soon Crisp
  7. A pair of Airfix Hawks in 1/72

    Or in any scale!
  8. I can see a Tracker…! Lovely job, your Green-ness
  9. What have you purchased 9

    Punch-tastic! Though I find that the tiny circles of gorgeous punch-dom often stay in the die until fished out, rather than becoming scattered. Still, you can never have too many specialist tools... (& I LOVE my RP P&D set).
  10. I am almost certain that is the aerial (or rather pair of aerials) for the doppler system (whoch some quick checks tells me was the Ryan-Teledyne AN/APN-97 Doppler, itself an upgrade of the AN/APN-79). P.S. As also fitted to this gorgeous Wessex HAS1 at Duxford.
  11. Fabulous! I have always loved this bizarre monster since building a ?Frog kit of it in the 60s
  12. Blackburn Roc Floatplane Target Tug

    I'd actually forgotten about how much work you'd already done to the Roc's water-boots, so nice to see them again. I for one will be amazed if your calculations aren't proved correct, even if you had forgotten them! Great to see Tamiya-San's Stringbag beaching gear being put to such excellent use.
  13. Which shape do you mean? On the belly? If so, sone early ASW helos had a sonar body that looked like an inverted mushroom. I suspect this isn't what you're driving at, but more info needed. P.S. She continues to look superb. Well up to your usual precise, clean standards.
  14. More weapon carrier stuff. As I think I have said before, I am using the FlightPath HAS6 conversion set, which was produced for the basic Hasegawa SH-3 kit, long before Hasegawa produced their AEW2a or "HAR5" boxings. I have been able to leave the Sea Searcher radome, sponsons and other excellent FlightPath stuff in the box for future Sea Kings - but the weapon carriers (and winch - see earlier in the build) are superb, and worth the money on their own. I actually have 2 FlightPath sets, acquired on the assumption that they were the only likely game in town for my planned builds (i.e. this 820 NAS HAS5 and a future 819 NAS HU5). Since the SAR cab won't need any weapon carriers at all, this gives me 4 carriers for this build, which is what I need. They were clearly designed to fit stations 1 & 2 (under the stub-wings), because of the shape of the white metal parts - especially the bits representing the brackets connecting the carrier to the fuselage. Under the stub-wings, the fuselage is pretty slab sided, but further aft they are going to need adapting to fit the shape of the fuselage. Here are a couple of pictures of the starboard aft carrier on the FAA Museum's HAS 5 - first seen from ahead, second from behind: Note the shape of the connecting brackets; some future work. Before I get to that, however, I have been assembling the basic carriers; in the foreground you can see one I built (or rather mostly built) a while ago - that's destined for port fwd. On the right you can see the white metal "core" that sits inside the PE exterior. And here the same view from above, this time showing the PE which I built this evening - even those two represent 4 PE parts each, with 4 more still to be added.... and that's before I touch the wiring! Finally, a shot of the start I have made in adapting the white metal section of the two aft stations; you can see that I have filed away a lot of the "bracket" section - my plan is then to add a new bracket made from laminated card carved to shape, with a brass pin drilled through it to stiffen it and attach the whole thing to the fuselage. [Not very well explained, but I know where I am going with this... I think!] More soon Crisp
  15. It was always officially called a SACRU, Colin - though I accept that a two-syllable word probably was beyond the scope of many Junglies...
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