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bootneck

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  1. Although not a fighter, Miniwing has recently produced the O-1D Bird Dog in USAF markings which was very much evident in Vietnam. There is also a South Vietnamese AF version. The kit is in clear plastic so there is opportunity to detail the internals, especially as there is so much visibility in there; it's like a flying greenhouse! Mike
  2. As they have recently completed the design/CAD for the 1:72 Phantom FG.1 then it would be nice see an upscaled version produced. Mind you, I'd have some difficulty scratchbuilding Ark's flightdeck to display it!
  3. Hi Peter, yes, many of those in the cabinets, especially rows two, three and four (from the top) in the right hand cabinet are Len's. I've probably got another 500 or so, mostly still unpainted and in their boxes.Len passed on the casting and sales of his models to Les Hodder, of Wirral Miniature Ships, and the business is still going strong with a very large choice of models. Les doesn't have a website but he can be contacted via email via wirralminiships (at) virginmedia.com for an up to date catalogue. They are not the fastest to respond but they will do; plus most of the models are cast to order. My last check of their stock of Len's castings were: 40 Passenger/liners 125 Merchants/cargo 9 Tankers Quite a few of these are also available as wartime conversions, with various deck loads. With regard to Port Line vessels, the following were produced and I think still available from Wirral: M041 Port Chalmers/Port Wyndham M070 Port Hobart M092 Port Huon/Port Albany. HTH Mike
  4. That is a very nice looking kit. Where and how can we purchase one? Mike
  5. For her final deployment, she had a dark grey deck with red dashes down the centre-line of the landing area; each red dash (rectangle) was bounded by a fine white. Here is a link to an overhead view and if you Google HMS Victorious you will find quite a few overhead views. Here is a link to some plans which show the final layout (scroll down). HTH Mike
  6. I posted a link to a demo video a few weeks ago, check it out here. Note how mirror-like the chrome finish is. Mike
  7. He might be on holiday. If he's at home then he can usually be contacted by phone between 7pm and 8pm weekdays. Mike
  8. Westland Scout and Wasp Warpaint Series No.110 The helicopter twins produced by Westland, as the Scout and Wasp, originated as far back as 1956 when Saunders-Roe Ltd. Began its design of a private ventur for a replacement for the Skeeter light helicopter in service with the Army Air Corps but with developed improvements. The Skeeter had a piston engine but the advent of suitable gas turbine engines in France resulted in the development of the highly successful Alouette, by Sud-Aviation, raised the possibility of similar development in Britain. Due to their very losw installed weight plus good vibration characteristics, it was becoming obvious that turbine powerplants would be advantageous for installing in helicopters. During this period, the Blackburn Engine Company arranged licencing agreements with the French to build Turbomecca engines. This made the way clear for a turbo-powered successor to the Skeeter. This latest edition from Guideline Publications covers two similar airframes and will likely be a welcome addition for enthusiasts of Army and Navy helicopters. Written by Adrian Balch, with profile illustrations produced by the well-known artist Richard J. Caruana, the book is full of black & white and colour photos of the Scout and Wasps timeline through their development and operational roles. There are fifty-two pages, including the covers, set on high quality paper and laid out in A4 portrait format. The book covers the full history of the aircraft, from its conception with Saunders-Roe to the final years with the Army and Royal Navy; including aircraft exported to and used by other nations. Adrian provides clear and comprehensive historical information which is both interesting and useful for research and is profusely illustrated with good quality photographs, mostly in colour, showing many variants and colour schemes. There is a single page set of line drawings that have been produced to 1:48 scale which help to identify the differences between the Scout and the Wasp. The photos that intersperse the narrative are clear and of good quality and show some unusual modifications and markings. This should please those modellers who wish to enhance their builds with something a little different from the norm. The book finishes off with a few pages of close-up views, showing detailed views of the aircraft. Conclusion From a personal perspective, I have been waiting for something like this to be produced for a long time and am very pleased with it. If there is to be any downside, on such a lovely edition, it would be the lack of detailed plans of the area under and above the fuselage. Review sample courtesy of
  9. This depends on how long Flying Stations are in force for. Operation of the flight deck is under the control of the Captain and Flyco and the order to go Flying Stations comes from them. Once all flying operations have been completed, i.e. for the day, then the order would be passed to stand down from Flying Stations. This is when the rails could be raised again, for safety. There are variations to these basic rules, depending whether peacetime or operational environments, and so you could have the rails up or down and whether flying or not. The main point of the rails of course is safety of those out on the upper decks and so they are normally raised as soon as flying is finished. Maintainers work on the aircraft on the flight deck as well as in the hangar and so you would see the rails up with an aircraft on the deck. HTH Mike
  10. Hi Jason, two answers to this: for the landing pad. the rails are lowered when the ship is at flying stations; when the Lynx is being launched and recovered etc. The remaining side rails would normally only be lowered around the gun area; during firing whether practice of operational. Mike
  11. Try extending your search criteria, such as North American Rockwell OV-10 Mike
  12. A clear fuselage, excellent! Mike
  13. Sqn codes changed over time, possibly due to disbanding then reforming. In the late 60's/early 70's, 848NAS Wessex were V as in the photo below of HMS Albion off Christmas Island with 848 embarked 1971. The codes clearly show VJ, VV, VH and VS. Entries in the book "Fleet Air Arm Helicopters since 1943" has the following: for Wessex in the 1970's: 707NAS had the code W as in WZ for XT481 845NAS had the code Y as in YL for XT514 846NAS had the code X as in XG for XT512. for the Sea King: 846NAS had the code V as in VR for ZD627 in 2000 848NAS had the code W as in WV for ZD479 in 2001 845NAS had the code Y as in YE for ZD477 in 2009 I haven't yet managed to find a Sea King Mk.4 NAS with the code X. Teeny-Weeny Airways for 3BAS was good enough for me! Mike
  14. It's great to see those Phantoms on HMS Eagle, although only the test aircraft as these sadly never got deployed on Eagle for operational tours. The close-up colour shots, on the third film, are very good and clear and I'll save them for future builds. Mike
  15. Hi Mike, I use Revell Contacta for virtually 90% of the time, with the remainder being Tamiya Extra Thin liquid; which I only use for additional sealing of the joint. The contacta tube does dry up, especially after being left overnight even with the cap on. I find it easy to get the glue flowing again by scraping something metal, blade/file etc., along the tube and this clears any leaked film outside the tube; plus dislodges any blockages inside. HTH Mike