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Everything posted by stever219

  1. 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.
  2. Buccanere 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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?
  5. 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.👍
  6. 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.
  7. Airfix HP Victor B Mk.2 Freefall stores?

    Thanks 71Chally: I’d forgotten about that one, despite having contributed to it! Senior moment anyone?
  8. Airfix HP Victor B Mk.2 Freefall stores?

    You can build it with the doors open too: the parts are in the box but to look at them they appear simply to be the inner skins. Airfix have been clever here as the doors on the Victor slide upwards into the sides of the bay when open so that none of their external surfaces are visible. The jacks and radius arms are also included but be careful to get them at the right ends of the bay as they’re “handed” fore and aft. This then leaves you with a hole which was once described by a Victor crew-member as “looking like the inside of a badly-furnished British Railways carriage”. One of my Victors is planned to carry a Blue Danube robbed from an Airfix Valiant, but if you want a load of 1,000 lb iron bombs you may have to wait for a further re-box of the Victor (perhaps next year please Mr Airfix?). Why else would they have moulded the wings in such a way that you can omit the Kuchemann carrots as seen only on “early” B. 2s (and B. 1s, of course)?
  9. Revell 1/48 Tornado intakes

    I have one F. 3 and two mud-movers to deal with. So far I've thinned down the forward end of the outer walls of the upper and lower intake tunnels halves so that they are as flush as possible with the inner face of the intake section outer wall. The bottom joint on the intakes is poor and needs putyying and sanding; this can be used to reduce the step between the bottom of the intake a d tunnel, but be careful of the guide vane in the bottom of the port tunnel. The filling is best done with one of the new generation of putties/fillers that require minimal filling. The intake sections can be assembled to the essentially-complete entre-and rear-fuselage sections before attaching the cockpit and front fuselage sides to give better access for filling and sanding but this will require removal of the locating ribs on the bottom panel as far back as the nose wheel bay.
  10. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    White Ensign Models produced High Speed White (see Canberra Kid's post below, thanks John) aka Anti-Flash White in their Colourcoats range which has been taken over by Sovereign Hobbies. IIRC this is a "cold" white, with possibly a very pale blue cast to it rather than the warmer, vaguely cream whites that some paints seem to be. On the subject of weathering and ageing for XR220 she was (finally) due to fly on April 6th 1965: to achieve this she should have undergone engine runs and taxi tests, potentially up to rotation speed to check control response. That being the case I would expect some grot to have been accumulated, for instance around the engine accessory bay doors, avionics bay doors (the fasteners for these appear quite prominent in many photos) and some heat-staining of the paint on the fuselage below the flaps and trailing edge as the air for flap-blowing was tapped from the engine compressors and would certainly have been hotter than 1000C (if the temperatures for the air bleeds on the Nimrod are anything to go by it could have been as high as 4000C). Having seen both survivors, and the forward fuselage test specimen T5, the panel joints even now are not all that conspicuous despite all having had less than ideal treatment at various times in their lives. XR222 has been repainted at least once but I think '220 is more original, but has probably been bulled-up for display purposes.
  11. Vulcan paint

    Graham, sorry but I beg to differ. The only Vulcan that I can find in Dark Green, Dark Sea Grey and Medium Sea Grey was XM600 which didn't serve with 27 Squadron. I've found mages of XH537, '558, '560, '563 and XJ825 all with Dark Green and Dark Sea Grey upper surfaces. Late in their lives some of the fleet including, for example, XM575 received wrap-around camouflage of Dark Green and Dark Sea Grey as did some of the tanker conversions, including XH561 whilst others, including both of the Vulcan Display Flight jets XH558 and XL426, received wrap-around camouflage in Dark Green and Medium Sea Grey.
  12. Airfix 1/48 Defiant Mk.I L7005

    I'm in the throes of completing one of my Defiants as L7005 in the "Phoney War" and Battle of France periods as depicted on the front cover of the Osprey "Blenheim, Havoc and Defiant" volume with Night/White/Aluminium undersides. Biggest problem at present is finding a suitably sized Yellow outer ring for the port underwing roundel.
  13. Bringing Out Panel Lines

    Don't! Seriously though most airframe manufacturers try to get the structural panels as tight together as possible: if there's a gap there's a problem. Removable or openable panels and doors may show an outline but it won't be the stark dark grey or black often favoured by many modellers so, in this case I think, less is most definitely more. Some of the most extreme examples I have seen were models of RAF jets in the anti-flash White scheme with every panel outlined in black: they've looked like three-dimensional renderings of the three-view drawings found in books and magazines. Another common occurrence is a panel line that stops at the ecge of a decal.
  14. New member

    Hi Richard, welcome aboard. I think there are a few of us who wished we'd found this site sooner. Are you anywhere near the old Airfix HQ in Marfleet? There are plenty of us on here with interests in the RAF, and "inside" knowledge so help and information too: I tend to build mostly RAF from the mid-thirties to nearly present day (you are NOT going to find me building F-35s though; ghastly efforts!). I hope you'll enjoy being part of the community on here.
  15. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    How about a very simple diorama Bill? Jet with wheel chocks in place, tow bar ahead of nosewheels ready to be hooked on and a bemused-looking "erk" looking at it? Might save the crew a few beers: "The linerys left it like that boss, honest!".
  16. RAF Hercules in 1/144th question

    Externally the C-130Ks were very much identical to the E and H models, only having UK-supplied avionics and equipment IIRC. I think the freight hold floor in the K differed from its compatriots (roller mat?) to facilitate low-altitude load extraction by parachute.
  17. Airfix QC issues strike again. Defective Sea Fury kits.

    Thanks VMA131: this suggests that my LHS's kits have come from varying points along the production run and/or that the defect occurs cyclically, I.e. that it is either cleared, or clears itself, from time-to-time and that the process then repeats. Why it should only affect the starboard side of the fin I couldn't even begin to guess, unless the panel line is slightly deeper and/or wider than its port-side counterpart and thereby makes the leading edge more susceptible to damage.
  18. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    Just wondering John: how would that work for crosswind landings and take-offs? You'd have a sudden change to or from nosewheel steering as the "weight on wheels" switch(es) tripped. Was there a speed sensor incorporated into the system to allow nosewheel steering at or below normal taxiing speed? I know from Roland Beamont's comments in "Testing Years" that attempts at using differential braking during the initial taxi tests didn't go too well, XR219 simply coming to a halt when the brakes were applied asymmetrically although the situation, IIRC, improved with practice. Interesting point Bill.
  19. Intros that grab you......immediately.

    Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Abba, The winner takes it all, Beatles, Help!, Roy Orbison, Pretty woman, Fleetwood Mac, Go your own way, Meatloaf, You took the words right out of my mouth, Bruce Springsteen, The river and several others that I can't think of just now............
  20. Vickers Valiant

    As The Wooksta said the alloy used for the spars was at the root of the problem: DTD683 could be stressed simply by working it to its finished shapes and indeed an unused set of spars at Weybridge, probably produced for one of the cancelled XD-serialled Valiants, was found to be cracked. The change from high-to low-level operations simply accelerated the fatigue process. There was was allegedly an incident at Woodford where a worker was machining a billet of DTD683 and the stresses induced by this alone caused the piece to almost explode. Had the Valiants remained in service the camouflage scheme would have followed the same path as the Vulcan and Victor, possibly as far as getting "tactical" red and blue national markings had they made it to around 1974/'75. Don't forget that the Air Ministry and its successor the Misery of Disarmament saw the Valiant very much as a stop-gap pending the arrival of the Vulcan and Victor (and their Mk. 2 derivatives) so any excuse to dispose of the Valiants early was probably seen as a God-send.
  21. Airfix QC issues strike again. Defective Sea Fury kits.

    I "helped" the owner of our LHS to check the remainder of his Sea Fury delivery (some had already been sold) and all were afflicted, but to varying degrees: on one about 3/32" was missing from the leading edge, the worst was short of approximately 5/6" of leading edge, all forward of the panel joint. A friend and I have already schemed a variety of repair methods and don't expect to have to work very hard for any of them to be efffective. OK it shouldn't be necessary on a 2018 kit but sometimes a bit of problem-solving is just what we need to help keep us sharp.
  22. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG1

    Thanks Scmitar: senior moment here, forgot about that one...............
  23. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG1

    43 Squadron's FG. 1s had the slatted tailplanes like their FAA counterparts. For the period that you're looking at the early, plain underwing parts should be used: the strengthening straps were introduced later in the type's life as further fatigue problems manifested themselves, particularly amongst the FGR. 2 fleet, many of which had operated with mud-moving units in RAF Germany so had spent more time down amongst the weeds rather than in smoother, high altitude air. I haven't seen my Airfix Phantom yet, but you may need to remove any mounded-in reinforcement plates under the outer wing panels for your early example.
  24. Airfix D.H. Mosquito, 1/48

    The Airfix kit is about twenty years older than Tamiya's and, as has already been mentioned, is more accurate in outline than the latter and is still an enjoyable build. True it lacks wheel well and bomb bay detail but it features the raised spar caps of aircraft fitted for a variety of underwing stores. Creation of some wheel well detail isn't beyond the capabilities of an average modeller (there really isn't a lot in there) but the bomb bay is a bit more of an adventure: if you've also got the B/PR. XVI kit there are parts in there that can be used as patterns to create the basic bay for the Mk. VI, but you're on your own when it comes to the cannons, their mountings and ammunition tanks. Just build it and have some fun, I would! PS: there are plenty of aftermarket decal sheets too if neither of the kit options floats your boat.
  25. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    Bendinggrass the bogie beam is the heavy greyish member running between the axles and the bottom of the leg. Above the bogie beam are, I think, brake arms and, behind the leg and below the scissors link, is the bogie rotation cylinder (part of the persistent undercarriage retraction problems during the earlier flights). For the main wheels to retract the bogie beam had first to rotate through almos 90 degrees nose down and then toe-out to lie parallel (when viewed head on) to the leg. Only then could the leg itself pivot forwards, inwards and upwards to get the wheels into the bay. You can see this on some of the surviving film from the test flying and pre-flight testing. '222 doesn't have the shimmy damper strut between the top of the leg and the rear end of the bogie beam as shown in the last photo in Bill's post 190. This was introduced to reduce or eliminate the violent vibration that set in on touchdown: '220 had it installed during the repair works occasioned by her falling off the back of a lorry on delivery to Boscombe Down whilst it also appeared on '219 very late in the flying programme (there's a photo of '219's inverted fuselage lying in the Shoeburyness scrap compound clearly showing this in Damine Burke's "TSR 2: Britain's lost bomber". Had it been allowed to prove itself effective it would have appeared across the fleet either during production or, I suspect, as a fairly urgent post-production modification.