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About Blacktjet

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  1. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    These last few pages are interesting. What part did RAF Aldergrove play in the British Phantom program? When I was there in 84, there was a phantom test rig, I was told the engines were fitted and tested there - clearly not true. Incidentally, regarding the pointy vs blunt end SUU pod, wasn't the pointy end just a removable aerodynamic cone? I was told that the cone could be removed to allow the pod to be fitted on the inner wing pylon (USAF fit?) They were latter permanently deleted from RAF use because of the risk of them falling off in-flight.
  2. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    As are all the other reason relating to beer too. The true story behind the 3 Xs is; as Dave says, there used to be 4 Xs in a bar when all squadron bars were separate from the roundel. Top brass decided that all fighter bars should be put either side of the roundel. 4 Xs either side was too long so they put 3 on one side and 1 on the other. A new C.O. didn't like that so had the paint shop put 3 on each side of the roundel and so the Sqn. bar stuck as XXX.
  3. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    The second "hoop" is for the RAF a/c with the blanked off window (Kit part has window engraving on the starboard side only) I assume part 11 on the clear frame is the periscope but you will need to drill a hole for it.
  4. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    When I was at Leuchars in 1980, there was a fin in 892s hanger - along with all the other cr@p they left. It had the 892 omega, ILS but the RWR had been removed. I was told that the ILS were added to the jets because the FAA pilots had been having trouble landing on a surface that wasn't pitching and rolling. Ok, the latter was a bit of a yarn but maybe the fin was from a one-off installation for trials or a damaged RAF fin that had been painted in 892 colours. I've never been interested in FAA a/c so always believed the late ILS fitment to be correct.
  5. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Very late FAA a/c had them fitted for use at Leuchars but if I am correct, they all had the jubilee nose emblem, which you don't get in the kit. Add to that, for the purists, the fin with the RWR in an FGR.2 fin - with a very slim RWR. I am happy with it, the modification required to build a late FAA or RAF FG.1 or an FGR.2 are minor, the missing vents on the intakes is a bit annoying and it would have been a much nicer kit if the engraving on the fuselage was as restrained as that on the wings.
  6. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Strictly speaking, you can't build an accurate FG.1 either without some modifications. The kit appears to be an FGR.2 but with a few type specific items replaced with FG.1 parts.
  7. The illustration shows XV469 as 'T' but the listing for the decal options in the description state XV469/H 2 Sqn June 1976. I Checked this morning to see if the RWRs were fitted in 76
  8. So what do we think will be the big release at Telford in November??
  9. The Hunter in 1/48 was to be expected at some point but I don't understand why Airfix aren't making more use of all that previous research and CAD work and do more upscaling/downscaling on the aviation line.
  10. A Belfast, that would be nice. I'm going with one of the following:- 1/72 Sea Vixen 1/48 Phantom 1/72 V bomber ground set, Inc. Blue Steel transporter.
  11. XV574 '2nd Special livery' help required

    If you look close at photos, the demarcation on the left side has a downward kink while the right side has an upward kink. The modeldecal instructions don't show this and I have seen a few models with both sides painted identical.
  12. XV574 '2nd Special livery' help required

    One point of note on the full black spine version, the demarcation between the grey and black, below the two cockpits is different on the left to that on the right
  13. Errors found at Xtradecals sets.

    Sheet 72-233 The 25 years of Tornado ops, ALL the fin decals are over-sized, the list of ops. angle is too steep and the white 25 is not strong enough. Not sure which kit they were designed for, I have used a Hasgawa but I doubt that they would be correct for any kit.
  14. White Print!

    I think the machine you are using is different to the one I used. The one I used was a + white, it printed the colours and the white in one run, thus giving perfect registration. The problem for decal printing is that the software is designed for printing iron on transfers so it prints the colour layers in reverse order, with white being the top layer. I was just wondering if there was a way of modifying the process, so that it prints the white layer first. Oki are missing an opportunity to sell the machines for small run decal printing and for decal proof printing.
  15. Xtradecals - cracking up!

    I agree that it is most likely a duff sheet but it does seem to be quite common and at £9 a sheet, it shouldn't happen at all. Maybe Microscale in their pursuit of producing thinner decals, they have become too delicate.