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  1. Just caught up (again!) after a short hiatus, she is looking splendid, I especially like the 'approach' shot on the previous page. Absolutely wonderful micro engineering, BZ all round! Bob PS did I mention she looks splendid?
  2. Alas no, it is a form of sugared water used by athletes or over weight idle kids hoping it will turn them into athletes. It has the taste and nutrition value of proper hydraulic fluid, you could possibly use it as hydraulic fluid but it would probably rot your pipes! Horrid stuff that would be better replaced by water. One could say it is a marketing success over common sense! Bob
  3. Nice to see more work on this, good to see Gallery have got the transmission floor on the right level unlike its It****I brethren. Very nice indeed! Bob
  4. Oops forgot to mention the riveting detail, bl@@dy nice I must say Bob
  5. Nope, I think you have comprehensively covered everything. From my time on board it was always nylon on deck and chains in hangar. I don't recall chains for Seakings on deck but then again if it was going to be harry roughers then everything would be stowed below unless the zoomies (Harriers)took up too much space then a Seaking would be squeezed out onto the deck. I never saw this happen but if it was going to be left on deck with FRB gear I would say chains would be more than appropriate. On deck only Harriers were chain lashed, again because they think they are soooo special and nylons weren't good enough for them. The ring bolts were on all ships apart from Intrepid (and therefore possibly Fearless), she had a different arrangement with like a recessed 'X' that you slipped an 'elephants foot' in which housed the ring and then lashed in the usual way. I think the USN use (or did) a similar system. Near the end of any trip chain lashings and the 'bottle jacks'(screw jacks - never knew where the bottle reference came into it.) would be in very short supply, mainly because if anyone left the ship (normally by air) they would leave their kit in the hanger to be packed aboard the chopper. If it was left unattended jack, being the mischievous so and so that he is, would weigh down the leavers luggage just so they would have to struggle with it. The handiest weights were always chains and bottle jacks! I flew home once from Sierra Leone and had to leave my kit on board to come back separately. When I received it there were two full chains and 5 bottle jacks stuffed in it! My how I laughed! Bob
  6. Tinkety tonk old fruit, she is a right cracker. I have one sat in my started but not progressing pile, I do like the silver 820 (old squadrons ) scheme though. Nice work! Bob PS, cant believe you ditched a perfectly good top opening box, perfect for transferring your Revell kits to!
  7. I have pointed that out to SWMBO and she thanks you for your least that's what I think she meant
  8. At this time , ending up getting pickled in a barrel of rum is quite tempting
  9. Well there i was having wrapped up my last RFIs and getting ready to Crack on with my cranberry build. Out enjoying some spring sunshine, walking down my drive surveying all that is mine, and planning this year's yard work, when I noticed I seemed to be looking up at the big blue expansive sky. Pain soon over came bewilderment, followed by a trip to A&E. Thank fully a short trip but a cracked bone in my elbow so out of action for a bit. I suppose I should be thankful because if it wasn't my elbow it could have been my fat swede! That would have caused damage especially to the drive! So a short hiatus from me whittling and posting, cos left handed work is surprisingly difficult! I'll still be reading along though so keep the work up Bob
  10. The second effort is a Mk 5 of 771 NAS in the red and green scheme. Same details as above were added. I don't like the kit nose, it wasn't until after someone pointed it out I realise it is way out. I didn't have time to sort it so over time I will replace it with another better version. The decals are from a model decal sheet and the figures are from an extra decal sheet. Any way here she is. And finally the two together! Cheers now Bob
  11. Good evening all, Just to finish up on my latest RFIs I have a pair of 1:72 Italeri Wessex finished in Royal Navy colours, the only colours a Wessex should wear . These were originally built for the Wessex ST GB last year, although they were finished on time I tried to upload a couple of minutes after the cut off, not realising the efficiency of the GB moderator . It's taken me this long to get them up! First up is the Wessex Mk3, I've modelled her as an early version before the advent of the parrots beak. I always prefer a wessie looking like this. So this involved opening and rebuilding the intake area, I also added lots (aand I do mean lots!) Of little handles and hand holds that are missing in the kit. The internal details were skipped and the doors welded shut. I completely rebuilt the underside trunking going by lots of upended wessies in various firepits. The tail rotors were swapped over and I folded the rotors using the bigger scale warship fold set as a template. Aerials were rigged with very fine cotton if you can see it! Unfortunately the blue is very dark so it doesn't show Alot of the details so I took a couple outside in natural sunlight. Cheers now Bob
  12. Thanks for the feedback. It is indeed meant to be a 190 and not 175. It was my typo ! A 175 from a 195 is indeed a much bigger job! Cheers now Bob
  13. Good day again from sunny Nova Scotia! This is my version of the Revell Embraer 195 recently released by Revell. I originally bought the kit last year for the airline GB. I built that one oob but had to go wheels up because the mouldings were quite poor. I was quite dischuffed with this so complained asking them to replace the complete white sprues, which 6 weeks later they did, so kudos to them! And they also included a canopy so had a complete kit bar the decals. I do like the Air Canada ice blue schemes and got some decals from V1. The only snag being that AC only have 190s and not 195s. As it was relatively easy to shorten I went for that. A search in the modern civil forum will give the dimensions and here she is in pieces. Alot of filling, dust creating and polishing later she turned out alright. The grey is Model Master light grey and the blue is MM duck egg blue both from the acrylic range, I added the silver trim from Vallejo Model Air chrome.first time I used that and I liked it. Lots of nose weight added and she is sitting quite nice. Her she is complete.... Cheers now Bob
  14. Good day again all! This is my first RFI for quite a while. This is a Special Hobby Sea Hawk depicted as WM 995 OF 802 NAS. I have built her as a Suez machine on board HMS Albion. This aircraft was actually hit by Egyptian ground fire which resulted in a damage to the stbd drop tank. The kit comes with a nice load of resin and one piece is a drop tank that depicts the damage, so I modelled her postflight, blanked up ready for a drop tank change. The kit was originally the MPM version with resin cockpit incorporating a front nose wheel well, seat and drop tanks, bombs and sidewinders for other versions. There is also a nice etch set but very little was used on this kit, just the IP. The only disappointment was no resin for the main gearbay. I wanted this to be a quick build but got hung up on a couple of things. I did have to open up the gun ports as the kit just had engravings but they turned out fine in the end. As ever finished in Model Master acrylics and kit decals which are a little transparent when placed over the fuselage stripes. Blanks are scratched from plastic card and wire handles, saved alot of effort in building up the intakes. Although black and white blurry pictures of the actual aircraft show a relatively clean fuselage I did muck up the area around the damaged tank. Any hoo enjoy!
  15. Tinkety Tonk old fruit, she is a real beauty! Marvelous build and she does look wonderful. Well done! Bob