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  1. Falklands Harrier GR.3 question

    I have always thought that the forward 'cold' nozzles on GR3's were gloss green or matt green painted fibre-glass. Were they metal?
  2. Wellington T.10 probably RP468

    Found this on Airliners.net http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled-Airwork/Vickers-Wellington-T10/2373483
  3. B-29 -why not in the European theatre?

    I get the feeling that this B-29 visit was to give Germany a strong hint of what potentially might be coming their way. A threat that had to be countered with more R&D at a time when maximum production of existing types was needed to replace attrition.
  4. Identity of Lancaster

    Hmmm. I Can't give you a code letter (easily), as it's not one recorded in Harry Holmes' Lancaster book. It appears to have escaped being recorded in the ORB also. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8452625#imageViewerLink should get you to AIR27/577/40, page 13 (of 19). Not listed in bill Chorley's book for 1942 either. You may need to copy & paste the link, if it doesn't open directly.
  5. Sure it wasn't the target tug Defiant? That was an early 1968 conversion too. I had never heard of target tugs before, indeed, I didn't know Defiants ever came in colours other than black. That black plastic put me off buying one between seven and ten. I have a lot to thank Mr Hall for, for he planted the modelling seed deep enough to continue with it as an adult. I only ever spoke to him a couple of times, at Stoneleigh and such. I suggested that the RAE Raspberry- Ripple fleet would make a good issue of SAM, but he was dismissive.
  6. Give me a month or two, and I'll come across some in the loft. I posted up the Airfix Lanc/Revell Shack to make a Lincoln conversion a while back (still has relevance today, and cheaper than the Paragon conversion, if you can find one). To be fair, occasionally, with forward planning, some dovetailing of projects was possible, if you were skilled. Convert the Halifax with four balsa engines to make an early mark, then donate the spare radials to make a Hercules Lanc, then use the spare Merlins from that to make an in-line Beaufighter, or maybe do a Manchester first. Along the way, admittedly, it helped to have to hand a Sunderland (for its "Botha" turret), and a H2S radome from a Stirling.* I remember the 504N conversion. It think it was for such reasons that Aeroclub was formed. * Which is why I wanted to know how to plunge-mould acetate.
  7. I remember that one! I thought he was working to a deadline (and grown-ups could afford it). I reasoned straightaway that some toy car wheels would have do for me, with forks from thick foil. I'd consider every conversion until it said "mould a canopy from acetate" but never explained the process. I eventually got it, reading about tank turrets, some years later.
  8. I bought my first Airfix Magazine in April 1968 (I still have it). After paying the two shillings (10p) it cost, I couldn't afford to buy too many kits before the next issue was due. My first conversion was to chop up the Airfix P-38 (already built and crashed) to make the gorgeous, streamlined early British version. I made a hash of it, but have been hooked since. However, I stopped buying all magazines about five years ago. In my case it was a combination of redundancy, lack of storage space, and too much repetition. But my greatest bugbear was articles that start with a base Trumtamygawa kit at £100+, add 3D printed somethings internally (that can't be seen), but you can't get hold of anyway, use resin cockpit updates that cost a further £80, then junk some of it because an etched brass set is marginally better (another £50 gone), use decals that went out of print before you knew they even existed, use Unicorn tears as a setting agent and lingerie models lady hair as aerial wire. I can't be bothered to keep up.
  9. New book just released by the Rolls Royce Heritage Trust. An inch thick compendium of all the test machines, and much more. Chock full of modelling possibilities. Worth the £45 I paid, sight unseen.
  10. Airfix 1/24 P51D Mustang Wheel Wells.

    Personally, I've always wondered why Airfix never revamped their Spitfire to a Mk IX/16. Not too big (less plastic needed). If necessary, delete the engine and maybe guns but give us the wheel bay. Then bring out a second model with the cut-down fuselage so we all bite twice. Money's in the bank!
  11. Is this the true value of a 1/72 Hasegawa Jaguar??

    The same thing happens with ebay books. If you keep looking, and sighing, but not buying, (maybe one day!) some computer senses your interest and an algorithm tops the price up. If two or three people are looking, then it goes stupid. Worst of all, it encourages the staff at Oxfam to display the same stupid price, thinking that the going rate is three figures.
  12. RAF Tornado GR1T

    ISTR somewhere that the nose wheel steering differed between normal Tornado's and T-birds. Two actuating cylinders instead of one or something.
  13. New! Airfix Wellington 1c!

    Details here: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/workbench-edition-50 (thnx Hyperscale!)
  14. What colours - the prototype Canberra

    Was this Cerulean Blue one of R-R's house colours? It pops up from time to time if you google search for: Beagle G-ASWJ Spit G-ALGT DH 125 G-BARR Austers G-AIJT and G-AIPH (both were at Merlin Flying Club, Hucknall, plus a Meteor, whose reg escapes me ATM.
  15. Canberras in Worcestershire in the 70's

    I'd buy a reprint Adrian B! I bought the original at full price when it first appeared. Though I usually wait for a remaindered or second hand copy, I couldn't risk this book disappearing from the shelves. This book is still one I keep easily accessible just for the joy of flicking through it occasionally. Cheering me up since 1993 (I ran downstairs to check!)