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About tarlucan

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  1. The "dangly thing behind the wheel" was a Bae IR jammer, not the US ALQ-144, and was always fitted to 72 Sqn aircraft in NI. It was never used anywhere else. The 4 sensors are missile approach warners, RWRs were never fitted to any Wessex. Often only the housings were present with a blanking plate instead of an actual sensor head.
  2. I recall reading that one of the aftermarket U/C sets was too short. Was that the CMK or the Aires set?
  3. Best way to a straight winged 1/48 Hunter

    Aeroclub did make some replacement tailpipes but they seem pretty rare.
  4. Best way to a straight winged 1/48 Hunter

    There's an SBS set which addresses the cockpit and wheels. The taiplane and bullet seem fixable. The Wolfpack conversion only appears to alter the leading edge and wing tips, whereas the Heritage set provides completely new wings. That may fix the intake issue you mention or is it an auxillary intake for the engine? I understood that the kit tailpipe isn't bad for the earlier engined variants.
  5. I'm after a Hunter F5 in 1/48. Would the Heritage straight wing conversion be a better bet than the Wolfpack option, any thoughts?
  6. 1:32nd Puma HC1 RAF

    I recently had a walk around an HC2 at the Linton families day (72 Sqn reunion). The airframe is festooned with additions from even my time on it and would make a prime candidate for Airfix to add a 1/48 to their existing line of Uk helos. I'm sure the RAF would be forthcoming if someone showed some interest.
  7. 1:32nd Puma HC1 RAF

    Yes, it is accurate up to about 1980.
  8. 1:32nd Puma HC1 RAF

    Lots of work involved in making that kit look like an HC1. The intake filters and housing are way off. The blades represent early metal rather than composite ones also.
  9. New Eduard Fw190-A4

    I'll get me coat!
  10. New Eduard Fw190-A4

    Looks like they've redesigned the ghastly cowling that plagued their previous radial engined 190s.
  11. Westland Wessex HC2 Fly 1/32nd

    That photo shows how an in theatre operational aircraft would be circa 1988. IR jammer, cockpit armour and a single secure comms nose aerial. It would also have had a GPMG mount in the door. The winch would have been fitted if the aircraft was on SAR standby but otherwise it was just a faff the engineers didn't need. The Nitesun was fitted and removed as needed on a daily basis and was done by the crew if away from Aldergrove. As I said earlier, although I can't be sure, there are sound operational reasons to link the fitting of the MAWS sensors with the arrival of the two tone green scheme. It was then common for the fitting boxes to be present but just blanking plates in place simply because early on, there weren't enough sensor heads to equip each cab. Also, they were a bit useless and nobody much rellied on it anyway!
  12. Westland Wessex HC2 Fly 1/32nd

    The Jammers arrived with the advent of the Libyan arms shipments so about 1987 onwards. Be aware that they were a BAE design and not the ALQ-144 that the Pumas used. The AAR-47 (UV not IR but it's all on Wikipedia these days) sensors arrived just about the time that the Grey/Green/Black switched to two tone Green camo in about 1989 but anyone who tries to tell you there was a definite switch over time is bluffing.
  13. Westland Wessex HC2 Fly 1/32nd

    A single yellow blade was quite rare on 72 Sqn. The standby A/C had a secondary SAR role but generally, the less conspicuous the better if you were low level in South Armagh. The harness was a five point but I recall the seats were black as was the cockpit interior. The instrument panel was generally grey painted ply. I don't know what the underside of the kit seat is trying to portray. The seat base simply flipped up and was held on to by a wire either side. There was also a large piece of armour plate that hinged outboard when the window was slid open. You could do it in the air but they were known to fall off (1500' over Warren Point comes to mind)! Do a google search for 72 Sqn Wessex, there are a couple of photos that show the armour well. If the A/C was going out of NI, it was removed as you would never get out with a PSP attached if you ditched.
  14. Westland Wessex HC2 Fly 1/32nd

    Jennings Heilig produced a set which features a 72 Sqn a/c. Do search on LSP for the thread, he's readily contactable and may have a spare set still.
  15. Hurricane No.1 Sq R.C.A.F photos, (thread edit)

    There seems to be a mix of Sky and MS Grey codes used. Was this specific to RCAF squadrons or was this an early/late issue with MS grey finally used as was the case for other B of B Hurricane squadrons?