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  1. Par for the course in the UK as well. You would think it would make sense for at some point along the supply chain for an obviously faulty magazine to be removed from circulation and the appropriate credits applied to the various accounts involved but that does not seem to happen here anyway. Every few months at least one of the titles I have on order with my newsagent will fail to appear or be damaged and the newsagent not have another to replace it which then puts it in the hands of his distributor - John Menzies Distribution - who inevitably promise that they 'have ordered up another copy'. A month will go past with the magazine still on back order and weekly reassurances that John Menzies still have the matter in hand only for the next issue to appear and regrets expressed by Menzies that the previous issue is no longer available after which I place an on-line order with the publisher and get it from them within a few days. Pretty poor system and according to my newsagent it happens with different special interest magazine titles week in and week out either because something gets left out of an order/the distributor misplaces the entire batch of a particular title/the distributor's computer system decides that either the magazine has never existed/no longer exists/is not part of the shops order and rarely if ever does the matter get resolved for the missing issues. The obvious answer in the absence of having the funds available for a subscription is to order each new magazine direct with free postage every month direct from the publisher but that does not help to support local businesses and the many other services they provide and who are just as much a victim of the monopolised distribution system as the end customer.
  2. A couple of suggestions that might help. Last year I needed a 1/48 Tornado FLIR for a project I was working on and made it by building up rectangles of plastic card into a block of the right length /height / width , razor sawing this to roughly the shape needed , sanding to the curved contours of the original and then building up the front face with thin slices of plastic card to create the sensor window. It is actually very simple to do and if you wanted to give it a try I could dig out my original research and work out the starting size for making one in 1/32 scale. As regards squadron markings , over the past few years fewer and fewer aircraft have carried any but back when the overall Medium Sea Grey colour scheme was introduced aircraft tended to carry the same squadron markings as had been carried in the previous Dark Sea Grey/ Dark Camouflage Grey colour scheme which in turn were often but not always smaller versions of those carried in the wraparound Dark Green/Dark Sea Grey colour scheme only now intended to be painted across a single panel on the aircraft forward fuselage or tail. Obviously this will not apply to every aircraft on every squadron but not long after the two-tone grey scheme was introduced I found that the decals intended for a 14 Squadron 1/72 Green/Grey Tornado GR.1 fitted exactly as carried on a 1/48 two-tone grey Tornado GR.4 so you might find an answer by experimenting with suitable 1/48 decals for Green/Grey aircraft on an overall Medium Sea Grey 1/32 scale one.
  3. There is another alternative ,....... the early 1990s 1/48 Lindberg Kit which in a darkened , windowless room in the middle of a cloudy , moonless night with ones eyes closed while wearing really dark welders goggles is still pretty awful. But more positively , further to the AMK kits there were later Special Editions released by the company both with the complete kits and as a standalone upgrade pack with revised decals including the window seals , white metal undercarriage and pitot tube , expanded etched metal set and yellowed clear cockpit canopy replacement parts as often seen on the actual aircraft after a few years in service. I bought the pack on its own for the BM/BSM and compared with aftermarket prices from the usual sources it was very reasonably priced.
  4. The Saudi Tornado IDS have been reported as being essentially to the same equipment standard as the RAF GR.1 and GR.1A and went through an upgrade programme said to be very similar to the RAF's GR.4 and GR.4A. The system upgrade that brought the GR.1 to GR.4 standard was also applied to the GR.1A to create the GR.4A which remained without cannon and continued initially to use the internal reconnaissance suite. Later this was deactivated although retained in place for centre-of-gravity reasons when the podded RAPTOR system was adopted and as use of this was predicated around software updates it could also be carried by any suitably updated GR.4 so consequently the former GR.4A as mentioned were thereafter used as standard albeit gun-less GR.4 and spread around the Tornado force to even out flying hours. According to one 12 Sqn. pilot I spoke to the former GR.4A were quite obviously limited operationally by their lack of a cannon in an escalating show-of-force scenario and that on transit flights and peacetime deployments the remaining deactivated reconnaissance equipment and lack of a cannon ammunition bay barely left enough room for a safety pin kit far less the crews personal bags.
  5. Flak 38 , link to instruction sheet on SAM website -
  6. I do not subscribe to any magazines but for around fifty years have relied on regular orders (now reduced to a healthier six a month from a previous twelve) with local newsagents to set aside copies and it is galling when things like this happen and I can only imagine this is even more so for subscribers who have 'paid up front' especially as these deals are often only available through chain stores some of whom already charge the publisher heavily merely to stock the publication in some but not always all of their stores. Was at my usual newsagent this morning and their copies of Aeroplane did not include the freebie so looks like I was mistaken and it is in fact an offer unique to Tesco , so rather glad that this is one of the titles that I dropped from my regular order list to only buying when there is something of special interest to me although I depend on a quick look at the contents page rather than blocking an aisle to read in depth to establish this. However I did see there that the current issue SAM Publications Military Modeller International had a 1/72 Zvezda German AA Gun and Crew mini-kit attached to the cover , when I was still having this kept for me at the same shop there was mention occasionally of similar kits being available with the magazine at selected outlets so good to see them available more generally.
  7. I have the instruction sheet for Carpena 72/75 'Nam 1963-1975 Part 1' which only shows the left hand side of an H-21 camouflage pattern but includes rather vague colour references if it would help , pm your e-mail address if you would like a scan of it.
  8. I do recall seeing a couple of images in a magazine a long time ago of a two-tone grey colour scheme with a straight horizontal demarcation just as you describe but I am almost certain that it was only ever carried at most by a few USMC H-53 for a short time. I have had an interest in the USAF 'Super Jolly' and Pave Low variants for many years and am quite sure that I would have taken greater note had it involved one of them.
  9. Current (June 2017 - Issue 530/Volume 45 No.6) Issue of Aeroplane with a 543 Sqn. Valiant B(PR).1 on the cover is available bundled with a free copy of Key Publishing's Flypast Special 'Lancaster 75' which usually retails separately for £5.99. Picked up my copy in Tescos but nothing on the packaging to suggest it might be a promotion limited to them.
  10. Apologies if I have misunderstood but on the premise that newsagents in Australia might operate roughly in the same way as those in the UK your complaint seems to be that you parted with money to either purchase a magazine over the counter or have it delivered to your home from a nearby store and either you picked up or they handed you/delivered to you a substandard example - surely a matter to be taken up with the vendor and have him either replace it from stock or have it replaced on your behalf by his distributor. Misprints can happen in any print run and I have never yet experienced a newsagent who will not happily replace such a magazine or newspaper. Also for the sake of accuracy Scale Aircraft Modelling (currently in its 39th. Volume) is printed by Guideline and not by SAM Publications who are in fact the publishers of Scale Aviation Modeller International (currently in Volume 23) and Model Aircraft (currently in Volume 16) again apologies if this clarification detracts from your polemic.
  11. The view from the other side - News - Stock/Archive/Archive/RAF/45157/45157165.jpg
  12. 'Hurcules' - quite apt I think from my first experience of the beast during an ATC Annual Camp at RAF Thorney Island around 1968 when it was the OCU for the Hercules which had not long entered service and 470 (Falkirk) Squadron was given an Air Experience Flight in one for some local medium level flying around Hampshire and from which every single one of us came back from carrying at least one 'sick-bag'. That particular experience was never repeated but in later years was always glad to step out into 800 feet of fresh air rather than land in them. As for loads for the Hercules C.1 at least the annual solo display often included a tactical display where from what I recall over different years included a ground element supported by different vehicles unloaded from the aircraft which in different years were variously a Scimitar / a Scimitar and a LWB Landrover / a pair of LWB Landrovers. Unless there are 1/72 diecasts available the only kits I can think of for these are the Airfix Scimitar and the originally JB Models and more recently Airfix re-boxed LWB which are all 1/76 scale and of which the Landrovers would need a little surgery and additional detail to be displayed minus their tops but even with these a fair amount of scratch detail would still be needed to fill the cavernous and empty rear end still exposed around them.
  13. Beat me to it Paul.
  14. Congratulations on buying a copy , so many who comment here on magazines proudly boast of only ever standing reading them in W H Smiths. Looks like you have found a rogue copy, got mine earlier this week and found no problems with it but over the years have found it can happen with most publishers , subscription advice if you are still looking for it is in the bottom right-hand corner of page 83 just below the advert for the Scout & Wasp Warpaint. Did you try asking the shop to replace it or contact Guideline to let them know about the problem so that it might be avoided in the future?
  15. No , 300 Troop 131 (Para) Sqn. Royal Engineers based in Grangemouth which after my time was taken over by the Royal Marines Reserves when the Army cut back the TA Airborne Brigade. Not sure about Billy from 15 (Scottish) but had a big lad from Glasgow called 'Mac' something who only seemed to have one of his front teeth left with us when we did a month in Sharjah in 1973 , he had been in for years and was a definite character. Filled a seat on a drop with their heavy weapons platoon over Lydd on one occasion and those guys put military parachuting into an entirely new perspective , one thing jumping or even taking that step up onto the ramp of a Herc with a nicely squared-off bergen full of old car batteries to simulate a load of PE hooked to your chest compared to the mortar tubes or baseplates and the like that they were toting.