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  1. Buccaneer boys.

    How about trying to access the 208 Squadron ORB, either through the RAF Museum or the National Archive at Kew?
  2. Help with Whitley model please.

    RAF Chivenor in sunny Devon, handy for long, lonely patrols over the Western Approaches, now home to one of Her Majesty’s luxury holiday complexes.
  3. Buccaneer boys.

    Thanks Paul: I was indeed being irreverent and facetious as well as expecting another photo. 😜 (I think)?
  4. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    Bill, the RAF Museum site at Cosford, near Wolverhampton , holds XR220. It’s a bit of a flog from London, about a 2 1/2 hour drive or two train journeys each way. The Imperial War Museum at Duxford keeps XR222: south west of Cambridge it is far closer but is a train journey of about an hour from King’s Cross station and then a very-not-inexpensive taxi ride from the nearest station at Whittlesford IIRC. I live about 50 miles from London (an hour on the train) so a meet-up for a beer or coffee wouldn’t be beyond the bounds of possibility. I don’t blame you for “cheating” on the plumbing: unless you use extremely fine solder you run the risk of the area looking cluttered. I’m sure we won’t tell if you don’t. The undercarriage design was intended to give this 50-ton aeroplane as big a footprint as possible to allow operation from semi-prepared and/or low bearing strength runways whilst keeping the fuselage cross-sectional area as small as possible to meet the top end of the specified performance envelope.
  5. Buccaneer boys.

    Stealth fighter/bomber/transport/MPA?
  6. Aeronavale Lancaster

    Being pedantic it was the other way round: East Kirkby’s Lancaster was built as.a Mk. VII as NX611. She never saw any RAF service but was delivered into storage. Purchased by l’ Aeronavale she became WU-15. At the end of her service life she was purchased for preservation in the UK and flown back as G-ASXX. After a brief spell on the air show circuit she was grounded and spent a lot of time languishing at Liverpool and as gate guardian at Scampton before being bought by the Panton brothers and being transported to her present home where work is under way to return her to flight. The late Neil Williams wrote an account of flying this aeroplane for the 1974 or ‘75 RAF Yearbooks including two in-flight emergencies, a CSU failure on number 2engine and a hydraulics problem which could have culminated with a wheels-up landing on the foam strip at Manston.
  7. Paint match for RAF Phantom fibreglass nose

    I used Humbrol Barley Grey/Camouflage Grey mixed with a small quantity of Dark Earth for a Tornado F. Mk. 3 radomes which was a fairly close match for some images of the type. Some aircraft had radomes whose colour was identical to the remainder of the aeroplane and these may have been painted more recently than those with the “discoloured” radomes. In earlier years some “black” Phantom radomes also had a distinct brown or bronze tint after some time in service.
  8. Xtradecal do sheets of letters and numbers in varying sizes and styles for British military aircraft (I think they are copies of the old and increasingly rare Modeldecal sheets). Alternatively if you know which serials you need I can have a shufti to see if I have them for you.
  9. The story was recounted by Ian Huntley in SAM many years ago. Airfix had approached Fairey for documentation for their intended new kit. Unfortunately the request was passed to the PR department who happily rummaged in the drawers and came up with a set of drawings with the appropriate Type Number on them; these were duly bundled up and sent off to Haldane Place. Airfix then used these to design the moulds.. An example of the new kit was sent back to Fairey’s, where it fell into Mr Huntley’s hands. He then had something approximating to a catastrophic amusement outage: any resemblance between Airfix’s shiny new plastic and the Battle he knew was purely accidental. A quick check showed that the PR department had sent Airfix a set of initial drawings, effectively a proposal of what the then-new bomber would look like, without bothering (or perhaps even knowing about) later revisions. Airfix had accepted the drawings as gospel and had cut metal without checking the relationship of the drawings to the production aeroplane. By this time Airfix had invested too much in the moulds and they were committed to production “as was”. Ian Huntley apparently wrote a strongly-worded note to all concerned at Fairey’s that any similar requests received in future should be dealt with by the Technical Publications department but, as far as I know, Airfix have never kitted another Fairey aeroplane (I think the Firefly pre-dates the Battle and has its own issues, and the Fulmar was another manufacturer’s tooling).
  10. I too know the problem of getting the latest acquisitions past the “Plastic Police”. Fortunately I have a very good friend or two who can operate as secure drop sites for me so I can pick up my packages when the PP aren’t around or are otherwise engaged. I like how your Meteor’s coming along; it’s always a bit of a boost when the first decals go on and it starts to look like a real aeroplane. As others have said Sea Grey Medium/ Mdium Sea Grey is a surprisingly dark colour and in certain lighting conditions can appear to have a slightly mauve hue. Like any other colour it’s apoearance can also be affected by adjacent colours so if, for example, your green was a bit lighter than it should be the grey will appear darker. When I’m modelling a subject wearing the RAF night fighter scheme I tend to use one of my several open pots of Humbrol 165 for the grey and 116 or 163 for the green, depending on whether it’s a wartime or post-war subject respectively.
  11. Buccaneer boys.

    The fire section at Manston had a “visitots’ book” of unscheduled arrivals which, IIRC, included a Dan-Air Comet with a collapsed nose undercarriage: I wonder if if still exists somewhere. Flying from Manston’s runway in a Chipmunk was slightly surreal; the smallest powered aircraft in the RAF inventory at the time operating from a runway wide enough that you couldn’t see one side from the other due to the curvature of the earth, let alone the ends. I can still remember looking out through the top of the forward section of the canopy late on one approach and being able to see nothing but runway and we were still definitely the right way up and a long way from going down vertically.
  12. Hurricane wingtip lights

    ALL navigation lights are red to port and green to starboard (simple mnemonic red, left port, short [word]: right, green, starboard, longer [word]. Some aircraft have clear lenses over coloured bulbs (Hurricane) whilst others have coloured covers over clear bulbs English Electric Lightning). When unlit the lights appear very dark and the green starboard light can appear to have quite a strong blue cast to it. Tail lights are always white, so clear bulb and, where fitted, cover. Many modellers depict the coloured bulbs by drilling into clear wingtip parts and then filling the hole with (hopefully) the right coloured paint which often give the appearance of coloured rods inside the cover: just drilling a shallow indentation which is then filled with appropriately coloured paint should better represent the bulbs. Many aircraft actually have the bulbs semi-recessed into the sides of the lamp recess (Canberra) as the lights have to be visible through defined arcs, from dead ahead to 140o aft of the heading line for the wingtip lights and 70o either side of the tail (this from 40+ year-old memory from Air Cadet training, so could need updating).
  13. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    Bill I’m an arch-hater of panel line washes but your photo reminds me of a beautiful, often-reproduced air-to-air of XR219 that clearly shows every panel joint on the wings. Oddly enough the fuselage skin joints seam (see what I did there?) less prominent. In this case I think you’re pretty damned close on the wings, maybe tone down some of the fuselage joints a bit?
  14. Lancaster configurations

    From memory the start sequence is 3, 4, 2, 1. Number 3 is always started first as it pressurises the pneumatic system for brakes and radiator shutter operation. Number 4 is then started so that ground crew aren’t wandering back and forth past rotating props too often. The same applies on the other side of the aeroplane, working inboard to outboard. I’ve seen photos of Lancaster’s with bomb doors and flaps down during start up: I think the bomb doors would be left open to allow access to bomb-fusing links and arming pins (probably about the last job before taxying out). For take-off I think a maximum of 250 of flap would be used, but I need to check. Turrets would normally be left fore-and-aft until all engines were running as each turret drew its hydraulic power from a different engine. Thanks @brewerjerry, I’ve just spotted your reply so I’m off for a quick viewing thereof.👍
  15. K2 Tanker conversion for Airfix Victor B2?

    One of the options is for XL193 as an SR. 2 in 543 Squadron markings and the colour scheme illustration on the Airfix website indicates that the air sampling pod fit on the front of at least one of the underwing tanks.
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