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  1. Went to this event in the morning, would have loved to stay longer. Some great tips and advice. When is the next one and I will make sure I can stay longer!
  2. Wow what a trip down memory lane, I was an engine man at Waddington the other side of Lincoln on 44 Sqdn. I think I even recognise one or two faces on the film.. I still remember being on the ORP for scrambles, getting behind the power set (generator) for protection from the jet blast. I think the last scramble we did was at the Finningley airshow. The best bit was hearing a "rapid start" taking place, compressed air stored in gas bottles staring the engines very quickly and noisily. Great times and trips.
  3. Great job, just how I remember them on detachements and at air shows in the 80's
  4. Very nice build, of an aircraft we used to take for granted at UK airshows. Last one in mil service I saw flying were Austrian Air Force.
  5. The finish is superb, looks great.
  6. Slight digression, loved #3 in the the first set of pictures. The reason, intake blanks marked port and starboard! My first aircraft as a mechanic in the RAF was the Vulcan and we still referred to the sides that way. I went on to C130's where when i mentioned the starboard side of the Hercules it was days before the laughter stopped!
  7. That really looks superb. I would be very proud of that.
  8. Excellent finish, looks just right. It is very easy to go over the top on weathering and end up with an aircraft that looks like it's been outside at a museuem for years. In service aircraft were, when I was in, washed as an out of phase calendar based item. Hand polishing VIP Pembrokes after evry flight, and the bar open!
  9. XH558 has Olympus 200 series engines, I was on the line at Waddington in the mid 70's till the Vulcans folded, bar 9 months away on a training course. The Olympus 200 series engines were all at Scampton and the 300's at Waddington. So it probably never was based at Waddington in the 70's, I am prepared to be proven wrong, ask my wife! Later on she became a tanker and was on 50 Sqdns strength at Waddington.
  10. About 40mins ago, heard an unusual engine noise. Looked out the back and a RAF Typhoon and Spitfire in formation flying reasonably low over Milton Keynes, nice.
  11. I was one of the groundcrew on 44® Sqdn and took part in several trips to Wyton. We also did Coningsby, Cottesmore and Wittering, and once I remember going to RAE Bedford. These detachements used to last three night normally, and if the host base wasn't on exercise like us cost a fortune in beer money! It was very noisey underneath them when they did a four ship scramble as well.
  12. Superb, the finish is a work of art. Great model of a great aircraft.
  13. FLM course mid 70's then FT fitters engine course 1981 I think. My first time there as a trainee the workshops had Sea Vixens, Sea Hawks and Piston Provost's.........I now feel very old!
  14. After a quick look on the all knowing W.W.W. I found this. "in the internal-security fit in 1963 XN814 was modified to accommodate external bomb racks (for 14 bombs) on each side of the lower fuselage; the nose window was equipped as a bomb aimer's position. After successful trials with the "Argi-bomber" the aircraft used in Aden and the Far East were given this modification. There is no evidence that they were operationally used in this offensive role."