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  1. Hi Laurie, I've only just found this thread and some of your work is going to help my build of the Revell boxing of this kit, thank you [can't find thumbs-up emoticon]. One point for you: your jet's got the early "67%" LERX (either side of the engine access doors, between cockpit & wing) so you'll need to pick a subject with a "ZD-" serial number as those with "ZG-" serials had the later 100% LERX which has a thicker section and intruded into the engine access door area. Steve (honourary member of the Harrier Pedants Society.
  2. Had I seen this thread when it first appeared I would have advocated using the original FBI. VI wings from this kit and butchering the two-stage engine cowlings to fit. The newer wing parts, with engraved panel lines (including the spar caps above and below), are poorly moulded and, as you have discovered, an appallingly bad fit. The spar caps can be better reproduced by applying a strip of 5 thou plasticard cut to fit between the engraved panel lines, or masking off and applying a thick-ish layer of paint over the area. Have a look on the web for photos of, for example, TJ138 at Hendon and you'll see what I mean. There is a barely-visible ridge along the wing above and below the front spar position. Similarly the joint between the fuselage halves is covered by a very fine external strip. The blue that you've used on the spinners looks about spot on (I concocted something very similar for my 42 Squadron SEAC P-47D). Good idea to salvage the Tamiya undercarriage too: the Airfix parts aren't too bad but the Tamiya parts look better and they did at least provide the oil tanks.
  3. Again the Walkarounds pages are your friend, but remember that some of the airframes on there are extensively weathered while XX765 at Cosford is (IIRC) almost pristine. As Dave has suggested start with a greenish lemon and work from there.
  4. The main wheel and leg doors look better than the Airfix kit: Trumpeter have moulded them separately where Airfix have moulded them as one piece. Guess how much bad language I've used separating the bits in the Airfix kit, go on, guess! The exhausts look from their orientation and location on the sprue as though they have been moulded with open ends (can anyone check please?) which is another job and/or additional expense avoided. Trumpeter have also moulded the tail wheel and its leg as separate parts, so one up on Airfix there too, but I don't think it's enough to get me to change allegiance from Airfix on this occasion.
  5. My first Duxford was 1982 when the Trident made its last-ever landing. Some while later in the display there was a call on the PA system for "the man with the keys for the Trident [to] bring them to Air Traffic so it can be towed to the apron." I still sometimes wonder what he was up to.
  6. Any colour you like as long as it's black. I'm sure there are photos on the Walkarounds pages on here and on the web in general. AFAIK there was no difference between any of the variants or operators. I remember sitting in the front cockpit of XX144 at Coltishall in early 1975 and being surprised that it was "still" black when I knew that other contemporary types such as the Harrier, Phantom, Lightning 2A and 6, Tornado and Buccaneer were in grey.
  7. My apologies. It's so long since I've seen mine that I can't remember how bad tha gap is. Then again I can't remember breakfast time most days......
  8. Now you know why so many TSR 2 models have the undercarriage bay and weapons bay doors open. One thing to note is that the vertical fin is an all-moving surface so it's base doesn't need fairing in to the fuselage.
  9. You may find that you'll need to trim the outer edges of the gun bays in order to get the fuselage halves to mate properly. On my first kit I cemented the gun bay doors on before assembling the fuselage as it appeared easier to get them to sit flush with the surrounding skin by doing it that way. If you're not doing a target tug there's a small semi-conical fairing below the rear fuselage that needs to come off.
  10. I know they've taken an awful lot of flak lately but try contacting Airfix's spares department: you've photographic evidence that the part wasn't in the bag when you opened the kit. If they don't prove helpful I may well have a (painted) spare you can have: one of our kittens permanently "rehomed" an assembled undercarriage leg & door (please don't ask!) so I've already reached the "build it wheels up" stage with one of mine.
  11. Many of the franchises have already gone: a small independent department store near us had one and it closed just before Christmas (logic anyone?). We still have one kit retailer in Bedford, but the local branch of Hobbycraft looks like it hasn't had a restock of Airfix since it opened two or three years ago. There's a lot of fresh air on their shelves, along with a preponderance of kits that are old and tired. i believe that Hornby took quite a lot of flak at a trade event late last year and that the present management have been handed a very poisoned chalice, but if they want a business to hand on they've got to get their act together, rapidly.
  12. Thanks Bentwaters: my excuse is that I've heard neither for some time, and I'm sticking to it.
  13. I think it's the outro to Dire Straits' "Romeo and Juliet" from, IIRC, the Brothers In Arms album. But I could be wrong and I might be lying......
  14. The aeroplanes were taken from the main production line as they became available: the modifications to enable them to carry and deliver Upkeep were undertaken away from this area. The mods were not undertaken at Boscombe Down as this was a specialist test and evaluation establishment? The dorsal turret was not replaced with a hatch cover, simply a circular plate riveted over its hole. These 21 aeroplanes were referred to as "Type 464 provisioning" (Type 464 was the Vickers designation for Upkeep) meaning that they had provision to carry the weapon (sorry if there's some egg-sucking teaching here). Avro type numbers started at 500, so this reference on drawings, orders or correspondence might take a little bit of working out by anyone not directly concerned with the programme.
  15. I tend to read through the instructions before starting work to see which parts need painting which colour and then hit them all in one go especially if it's a subject that I'm not familiar with. Likewise I'll be looking for wrinkles in the assembly sequence, for instance Airfix's new 1/72th Typhoon or 1/48th Hurricane.