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  1. My favourite PR. 9; I was allowed to play with her for an hour or so on one of our CCF annual camps at Wyton. At the time I think she still wore 39 Squadron's winged bomb emblem on the fin. You have done her, and those who flew and maintained her and her sisters, proud. Definitely a good idea filling in those horrible trenches that Airfix covered the kit with.
  2. 4-1

    Don't bet on it: too many captains, not enough strikers and no depth in defence. The supporters' club isn't up to much either.
  3. Aaaarrrrrrrggggggghhhhhhh! I've only just found this thread, having not long ago bought 2 of the 1/72th kits from the splendid S&M Models! Roll on this kit if it's as good as its smaller predecessor.
  4. There appears to be a problem with the decals in these kits. The sheet seems to have been designed for both iterations (BEA and Élan) and then arbitrarily divided, with some decals for one boxing in the other so that neither kit has a full set of decals for the colour schemes shown in the instructions.
  5. There's a "wall" between the intake tunnels but no splitter plates within each of the tunnels. The "wall" separated the air stream for each engine and its continuation aft between the engines provided a firewall each engine being in its own zone. The splitter plates were introduced progressively on the Mk. 2 to cater for the more fussy Conway.
  6. The kit was never marketed as "two-in-one" in the way that Eduard have done with their dual combo boxings, although I think mine has both RAF and RN versions in the box). As Des said this was a packing error and Airfix had to bear the cost (it would probably have cost more to locate, buy back and ship the kits back to Airfix HQ to be properly repackaged and re-distributed than the revenue lost from the "free" kits).
  7. Graham, there was another thread on the site a while ago dealing with Harriers and reference was made there to fuselage and wing serial numbers not matching. This could occur when the engine was changed and the wing had to come off: if the wing also required work and wasn't ready to go back on once the engine was in the first available serviceable wing "won" and went on instead in order to maintain aircraft availability. Once the air test had been successfully completed the correct serial was applied to the wing, something which I suspect might have taken a lower priority if the squadron was on exercise, TACEVAL or APC.
  8. This kit is a modification of the late-sixties(?) FROG kit, so it's about 1/10" short in the nose. It also lacks the undercut on the lower rear fuselage between the tailpipes and the tailpipes themselves are [quite a large] bit of a figment of someone's imagination. That apart the overall shape isn't too bad but detail, or rather the lack of it, is very much of the kit's era, so you're going to be doing some scratch building. I'm beginning to wish that I had picked up the example that our local kit purveyor had in recently but I've already got too many projects on the go.
  9. I've seen one photo of a GR. 3 in wrap-round camouflage with 330-gallon underwing tanks, AAR probe and extended wingtips; it's in the colour section of the Ian Allan "Modern Combat Aircraft" volume on the type and I've never seen it reproduced elsewhere. I wonder if it was a pre-Belize trial fit.
  10. The radome is the area that you've correctly painted black and forms the lower half of the nose. The radome for the TFR, which you've also painted black, is the small nipple on the extreme nose and does need to come off for any B. Mk. 1 or 1A. The early jets were in High Speed Silver, not natural metal so exhibited very little, if any, tonal variation between panels. Your poor little refueller would have a hell of a time filling a Vulcan: four of the bigger Leyland Hippo bowsers would be needed for that job, but each could service five Jet Provosts to "tanks full" from empty.
  11. I think you have misunderstood me: the GR. 5 only ever had one type of nose. The old Airfix kit had optional noses for GR. 5, GR. 7, AV-8B and T. 10 on one of the "common parts" sprues.
  12. The original Airfix GR. 5 kit contained four separate noses for early versions of the second-generation Harrier, so no cutting needed. I was not aware of the Quickboost conversion.
  13. Stuart by "hanging stuff" do you mean external stores? if so the new Airfix kits come reasonably well equipped, including AAR probes. The current GR. 7/7A/9/9a kit has some kit used in Afghanistan, including one version of the CRV-7 rocket pods. The final iteration of the earlier GR. 7 kit included an additional sprue of weapons parts including some US-supplied AGMs. Unfortunately mine's buried in the loft so I can't check what it contained. Freightdog Models, IIRC, do a "Blue Eric" gun pod for Falklands War jets. AFAIK only the Heller/Bobcat kit included the extended "ferry" wingtips which were integral to the main wing structure but which could be used as patterns for scratch-built examples.
  14. I've always liked the Vigilante since my late grandparents bought me the Airfix kit one Christmas (Roy Cross simple but beautiful box art helped too). You've chosen a beautifully simple colour scheme there and who cares if the tanks have more drag than Danny la Rue? The jet simply looks like it really means business.
  15. Unusual to see a Mk. 6 with Firestreaks on; I assume from the colour that they're ex-RAF Germany stock. The low strong sun and white cloth make for a very wintry look to your photos, very nice but makes me want to get back to the Line hut.