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John R

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    Jets - Experimentals and prototypes

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  1. I would like to get some decals for this version of the Sea Hawk operated by the Royal Navy Historic Flight. Do any exist? Picture here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234948138-hawker-sea-hawk/ It seems to be a different scheme to other Sea Hawks being that the fin is grey rather than sky. Was this an operational scheme or one dreamed up by the RNHF for displays? It is the 'ROYAL NAVY' and 'WV908' in white on the fin that is causing the problem John
  2. I can't believe I don't know this but were Sea Hawks painted in glossy, satin or flat finish? John
  3. New Gliding World Altitude Record

    I once went to 32000ft in a glider with only an 18swg sheet of aluminum ( it was in the USA) between me and -50 degrees. It was a bit chilly inside.
  4. Options for a FJ-4 in 1/72

    I would avoid the Emhar kit unless you are desparate. John
  5. A bit more digging into my reference books and the internet brought the following to light. The fuselage length did not change but the fuselage behind the canopy was modified to accommodate a lengthened canopy. There is a side view of the Mk3, which had the original canopy, in the SAM book of the Hunter. (I missed this at first because I was only looking for the P1067 and didn't think to look at the other marks). There are also nice side views of the P1067 and an F6 on the BAe Heritage website. In Roy Braybrooks' book of the Hunter there are a couple of pictures of WB188 taking off before, and landing after, the record setting flight which, to me, show the conical windscreen was fitted. Braybrook goes on to say that the conical section was removed after the record setting flight because of condensation problems. If the above mentioned pictures are correct then it would appear that some aspects of the Pavla mod kit are in error as the airbrakes were removed and 'WB188' was in a different position. I seem to have answered my own question... but then this might be of interest to others. Anyone beg to differ? John
  6. As any child knows the Hunter F3 used to attack the World speed Record was fitted, amongst other modications, with a conical front windscreen. This did not replace the existing front windscreen but was fitted forward of it. I have just acquired the Pavla modification kit to convert the Revell Hunter to an F3 and it contains a canopy with a forward conical section. It appears that this is intended to replace the kit canopy but without the original screen. Whilst searching for information about how the conical part was fitted I came upon some interesting information, namely that the canopy extension was removed for the record breaking runs and furthermore as the original screen and portion under the conical extension had not been painted red but were left in the original duck egg green the model builder is left with a choice of three options. Original configuration with green frame under the extension, extension removed and green front section exposed or all nice red as presently exhibited. Does anybody know why it was removed? I assume that it didn't do much for the speed and hindered visibility or maybe they were worried the consequences of it becoming detached. A question about the canopy. I believe the production Hunters had a longer canopy. Whilst looking for information about the above matter I came across this in Bill Gunston's 'Fighters of the Fifties'. "The Sapphire prototype... was 7.5" longer (this greater length became standard)". I have not seen this anywhere else. Was he inferring that the nose was lengthened so that the longer canopy could be fitted or that he was wrong and the 7.5" referred to the longer canopy? Can anyone enlighten me further please? John PS. See second post to see what I have found
  7. Yesss!!! What a project. I'm surprised the men in the white coats didn't come for you as soon as you even started thinking of it. Well done.
  8. As if I didn't have a big enough backlog
  9. I am in full agreement but as I specialise in oddballs and one-offs I like to get them as right as I can. John
  10. Only just seen this topic. I couldn't work out whether or not it had been decided if it had the yellow wings for the record attempt (or at any other time). Has anybody found the definitive answer? This is my version produced by adding wing extensions to the Revell F4. John
  11. Which Kit? I built the Anigrand version several years ago. Wish it had come out as well as yours. John
  12. Looks fine to me. Nice job
  13. Italeri F-104A/C 1/72

    A couple of additional comments. I have just acquired the Hasegawa and Italeri kits so might get around to producing a YF104 sometime... Something I mentioned in my XF104 comments deserves to be noted here and that is the intakes on the Revell/Monogram kit looked more XF-104 size than F104C. They are certainly smaller than those in the Italeri and Hasegawa kits. John
  14. Painting a 1/72 B-36 without going bankrupt...?

    I'm not sure if this warning applies to any of the methods suggested asbove but a chap I met in Miami many years ago had done a B-36 in many different shades of, I think, Testors Metallizer. Afterwards he coated with with Testors Metallizer sealer and all his different shades ended up the same colour.