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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. Persever with the Aires cockpit, because it definitely can be made to fit! Getting the engine bearers / firewall / wingroot / thickness of residual plastic to line up properly is much more interesting - but also possible! Good luck. As you say, it is basically an excellent kit (especially given its age). Somewhere on this site you will find an account of my build of this very kit as an FR46, which somehow got out of hand; the 46 was finished, but seemed to expand into an additonal “everything open” 47 AND a Seafang. The latter two are not yet complete.
  2. Gradual progress is, I'm afraid, the order of the day - as it always is when you are dealing with little details (and especially ones which involve lots of pieces of PE!). The weapon carriers are still coming along nicely, but not worth photographing again yet, so today you will have to settle for two other areas: 1. The strake is 50% done, with the fitting of the rear section of the PE version: a major improvement to my eyes (though maybe not to yours, since I'm not sure I ever showed you what we are comparing this with!) 2. The I-Band transponder (also regularly knocked off in the past, so I have taken the opportunity to paint it rather better than before). It will be re-ftted tomorrow: Oh, and one of the rear weapon carriers with a new NO STEP transfer (upside down in this photo - it really does say NO STEP, honest!). More soon Crisp
  3. Sea King questions

    The “spring-loaded rings” = suspension bands. And yes, they were lethal; easily have taken your arm off
  4. True - but think of all the glorious external treats we have to come
  5. Sea King questions

    That would make sense, though I have no definite knowledge either way. The Mk.44/46 weapon carriers were very different to the Stingray ones (they’re both much simpler weapons), and if the trials were just flight carriage, then ability to pass settings to the weapon wouldn’t be an issue. Those trials are about how the aircraft handles with Stingray(s) attached, not how the weapon behaves; provided you could securely attach a weapon (& jettison it in emergency, maybe?), then the carrier could easily be the Mk.44/46 version. Indeed, it probably would be, since the Stingray carrier might well not have been cleared for flight (“CA Release”) on a service aircraft yet. However, your original question was about “1/72 Stingray and associated release unit”. Do you actually mean the release unit (the EMRU - the electro-mechanical gubbins that holds and then eventually releases the torpedo)? Or just the carrier? As far as I am aware (& I flew them on and off from 1986 to 1997) here was only ever one Stingray EMRU (Seaking or Lynx), and my build has quite a lot of stuff about it (albeit half as big again - but the maths isn’t complicated). There is little detail publicly available about weapon carriers and/or EMRUs (unsurprisingly, since Stingray is still in service) - I’ll be amazed if you find any detail about a trials fit. My advice would be to build what you see in your photo. Oh, and a trial would almost certainly have been conducted by 706 NAS.
  6. Perfect Plastic Putty. It’s a filler with plus and minus points. Pluses: really easy to manipulate, nice fine grain, brilliant for small-ish gaps. Minuses: not so great for bigger areas, mostly because it doesn’t always take kindly to being sanded once dry (in my experience). It’s really good stuff; I use it a lot.
  7. Navy-ating Bucc's fizzing nicely

    Palouste-tastic! Brilliant. Hat duly doffed.
  8. Great stuff. The similarity between the internal layout of the Stranraer and the Walrus is very striking. Not surprising, I guess, but if you compare your stunning work with the recent Airfix Walrus (a candidate for their best ever kit, IMHO), in places they are almost identical. Anyway. Love it!
  9. Catching Pictures in the Air

    Blimey! How big are their clubs? [F’narr]
  10. Grumpiness purely temporary, thanks mate. [Unless people start banging on about bloody powder compacts again...] ;-)
  11. That was how I separated it in the first place. But now it needs to be filed to the right curve, which means file, test fit, repeat & fade.
  12. Uhhh. Hello ! Is anyone still interested in the actual build? The last two pages seem to have been dominated by discussions (neither started by me) of AEW and powder compacts, punctuated by attempts by the model-maker to attract attention with not-subtle posts like “Anyway, back to the model...” and “Oi! This is a Pinger’s thread...”. If you’d like me to bugger off and start a new thread elsewhere, just let me know. Harrumph. [Edit: OK, a bit OTT on the grumpiness (it hasn’t been a good morning, but that’s hardly your fault)... but enough on the powder compacts. Please!]
  13. The weapons carriers are now drying - EMRUs in position and painted on all 4; next to add the various PE appendages. While they're drying, I've turned my attention to a couple of areas that have given me a lot of trouble. The tail wheel must have been knocked off half a dozen times, so this time I've drilled it and inserted a fairly large brass rod to see if I can keep it on the aircraft for longer than 5 minutes (which should - at least in theory - be made easier by the fact that she's sitting on the wonderful JHmodels frame gizmo rather than her own wheels...). The other is the tail strake (the only example I know of a deliberately anti-aerodynamic device on an aircraft - its purpose is to break up the downwash on the port side of the tail, so that the entire tail pylon acts as an aerofoil section, thus unloading the tail rotor). Because of the whole Rivet-Fest thing, I couldn't fit it early on (it wasn't on the earliest Seakings, so the rivet patterns run under it rather than round it), and no matter what I have tried to fix it safely post-paint & rivet, it has always been really fragile; it keeps on falling off without my even touching it. Worse yet, the Hasegawa plastic strake - even after some pretty drastic filing - is too thick to be convincing. Since I can't get it to stay in place, I've decided to bite the bullet properly and make a brass strake instead; if I’m going to have to do more drastic things to fix it in place, I may as well make it a good piece. The FlightPath set includes a PE strake, but in a rare departure from near-perfection for them, the forward half of it is useless. The rear section is straight, and I'll be using David's offering - but the forward section has to fit around a very curved part of the fuselage, and the FlightPath version doesn't work. (I actually think that coping with the curve is part of the problem with Hasegawa’s plastic version, too). So today has seen the first major action for the Old Faithful SIHRSC, namely fettling some brass sheet into the requisite shape. It's not finished yet, but getting there (and Old Faithful is superb - subtle but effective; thanks Bill!). Not a lot to show you for a couple of hours' work, but all important stuff. [You don't need another picture of a Seaking tail wheel; it looks exactly the same as the previous three times it's been "fixed" in position!] More soon Crisp
  14. Catching Pictures in the Air

    This stage - when all the hard work on separate pieces starts to come together - is great. Your satellite-catching Iron Chicken is looking superb.
  15. Oi! You lot; this is a Pinger’s thread. If you want to talk Colostomy Bags, go somewhere else...