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alhenderson

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  1. Harreir T4 Norway camo

    Just had a look through the BARG magazines for the era. ZB600 arrived back at Wittering following maintenance work at St. Athan on 26/1/88. She was noted on loan to 1 sqn during March 88 so certainly fits the bill. Was hoping they'd have a list of the Harriers that went to Norway as they're usually pretty good with that, but haven't been able to find anything :-( Al.
  2. 1/72 Airfix Harrier GR.3

    Thanks Neal. Never occurred to me there would be such a thing as modelling filler - don't know why! When I used household filler you could certainly always tell where it had been used. Al.
  3. 1/72 Airfix Harrier GR.3

    Is that a better option than normal household filler, then? I used to use that years ago and it was OK. Will soon be starting my first serious kit in 20 odd years and interested in picking up hints and tips as I go.. Al.
  4. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Spot on (literally). That angle is a an unusual one, as my initial thought was "there aren't two hangars next to each other like that at Leuchars". Al.
  5. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    I was a spotter at Leuchars for many years and I started this post with the comment that I was 99% certain that that was not Leuchars. Then I thought I'd have a quick look on Google maps and I see what you mean. Looks like they are parked facing South on what was the 228 OCU line when I saw Phantoms there (43 and 111 had moved to HASs by then). You live and learn! Al.
  6. RAF Blue Phantoms

    Thanks for the insight @XV107 - didn't think 43 had FGR.2s! Al.
  7. Detailing a 1:72nd RAF Phantom FG.1

    Dennis, Not too preachy at all! I think you're right, need to not try and set myself up for a fall. I used to struggle with the attention to detail but when I was younger, never bothered with the pilots and my cockpits were just left as a dark pit. I probably haven't changed in that department. Al
  8. Detailing a 1:72nd RAF Phantom FG.1

    Thanks Ian. I'm going to be doing a 43 sqn camo machine. Currently unsure whether I'm going to have the checks on the RWR - from what I can tell from pictures on t'internet XV587/G was the only machine to be so marked, and she seemed to appear at a lot of airshows so wonder if she was the display machine. Have seen pics of her with the checks between 83 and 86 so far - if you have any pictures of other machines so marked, I'd be interested. Haven't really thought about weapons yet - 4 x AIM-9, 4 x AIM-7 and 2 wing tanks are probably a must. And probably a centreline tank as well, don't really like the look of the gun pod. Al.
  9. Detailing a 1:72nd RAF Phantom FG.1

    Sadly, I won't be at Telford, but thanks for the offer! Lots of great advice here - thanks all! Al.
  10. Detailing a 1:72nd RAF Phantom FG.1

    Thanks for all the replies everyone! I have an Airfix Gnat in the garage which I have had for a while with the very intent of getting me back into the hobby with minimum fuss and expense. I made a half-hearted start on it a few months ago but couldn't get into it, I then got seduced by the glamour of the Phantom. I guess that I really ought to be patient, though, and practise on the Gnat to give myself a chance of making a half decent job of the Toom :-) I was planning a silver and orange Gnat, so at least its not just the bog standard Red Arrow.. I guess planning on doing another Phantom and thinking about detailing that one might also be a good call. I just want to jump right in and produce something close to the quality of what I've seen on this site (however unrealistic that might be!). Cheers, Al.
  11. Detailing a 1:72nd RAF Phantom FG.1

    I recently got a Fujimi 1:72nd Phantom FG.1 kit in an attempt to re-ignite my modelling passion from some years ago. Since it arrived, an impending house move has come into play, so it's likely going to stay into the box until the new year now :-( However, doesn't mean I can't make plans. I was wondering if I should invest in any of the after market detailing kits that appear to be available for the likes of cockpits, exteriors, ejection seats etc. I really want this kit to be as good as I can make it, and seeing the quality of the builds on here had inspired me. However, I have to be realistic - I have not done any modelling for 20 odd years so I ain't going to be winning any prizes. Are any of the kits, such as the QMT exterior detailing kit, worth getting hold of? What exactly does that kit get me? It's hard to tell just by looking at it.. Thanks, Al.
  12. RAF Blue Phantoms

    I've just finished reading it. It was a good read, but let down by an apparent complete lack of proof reading! I've rarely seen so many typos and simple factual errors in such a publication. In the article on the last APC camp held at Akrotiri in 92 there was a picture of a 74 sqn F-4J - they were retired by that point, as the preceding article made clear. I think they also suggested at one point that 43 sqn traded in their FGR.2s for FG.1s when the Navy gave up the latter. I'm no expert, and initially I thought they probably knew more than me, but I don't think they did. Al.
  13. Getting hold of XtraColour (or XtraCrylic?)

    Quite! I got an almost sympathetic look when the kit turned up. Maybe she thinks if this is a mid-life crisis it's better than filling the garage with motorbike parts :-)
  14. Getting hold of XtraColour (or XtraCrylic?)

    But that would be matt though, right? Don't like putting decals on matt paint, and gloss varnish always gave the thing a yellowish tinge when I did it (which was a looong time ago, to be fair). Al.
  15. Getting hold of XtraColour (or XtraCrylic?)

    More than happy to go for Acrylics - easier cleaning of brushes and less chance of me getting turps all over the furniture/carpet :-) Al.
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