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Duncan B

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  1. 1/48 HobbyBoss MiG-31B/BM Foxhound

    That is a very nicely finished Foxhound and shows that the Hobby Boss kit shouldn't be ignored. Duncan B
  2. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    My decaling is a bit dodgy too but they don't tend to fall off!! How very curious. I've just noticed the full missile load out too, never noticed that before. Duncan B
  3. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    How odd, 'M' on the stbd side but not on the post side? "Just in case it was missed earlier, 111 officially disbanded at the end of Jan 1990, who took on charge of Black Mike after that? Given that it appeared into the late 1990 air show season and stopped flying in 1992." I'm not sure about the history of Black Mike as it was after my time but the British Phantom Aviation Group, who currently own the aircraft, would know. They have a Facebook page and are always happy to discuss the aircraft. Duncan B
  4. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Another photo showing the lack of red M on the fin. I'm wondering when the M actually got applied? Duncan B
  5. Bolton Show 2018 - 1st of the year

    Forecast is looking better for next week so fingers crossed. Duncan B
  6. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Dave, I'd have to agree. Some of this info has come up in other threads over the years then disappeared from view. It would be great to get it a more suitable title then pinned so we can always find it and add to it as required. Duncan B (really enjoying all the info and photos coming into view)
  7. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Good choice, no dancing chicken Duncan B
  8. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Dennis am I right (i.e. is my memory playing tricks on me or not?) when i say that the rear ends were built or assembled from kits by Shorts in Belfast? I have a vague recollection of seeing a photo of the rear ends being made and the caption saying it was at Shorts. Duncan B
  9. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Depends on the timescale, compared with the FAA FG1's as delivered. The RAF ones started off the same but had different paint then could carry the SUU gun (after 1975ish IIRC), ILS aerials and RWR, Skyflash, Chieftain Tank periscope and other electronic gubbins inside that you won't see on a 1/72 scale model. I believe all these parts are in the kit anyway and if you want to do a 43 Sqn aircraft as delivered you just need to use the early fin and change the paint, stick a chicken (like this one ) on the tail and you're done. Duncan B
  10. Zoukei-Mura have announced the latest instalment in their 1/48 scale F-4 Phantom II series will be the F-4D. The kit is to be released on the 17th February in Japan so we can expect the kit to arrive in the UK sometime in March. I will, of course, be stocking this one and will be taking pre-orders soon, the BlackMike Models price will be as for the previous releases at £69.95 + free postage within the UK. Duncan B
  11. Now open for pre-orders here: https://www.blackmikemodels.co.uk/products/copy-of-zoukei-mura-sws4807-1-48-mcdonnell-douglas-f-4d-phantom-ii Duncan B
  12. Bolton Show 2018 - 1st of the year

    That is the one thing that has been worrying me, it's a long way to come in bad weather. 2 days ago it took a friend of mine 8.5 hours to get to Carlisle from here, a journey of 3 hours normally. Can I ask everybody to do a sun dance for the Saturday and Sunday please? See you all next Sunday. Duncan B
  13. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    What's this? Actually make a model Phantom? Well it never crossed my mind. I've had the same 2 Fujimi 1/72 scale kits in build since 2016 (yes, 2016!). At various times they have been painted, stripped (I didn't like the Mr Color DSG and couldn't find a replacement that I liked working with) and are currently in the process of being repainted (using Hataka paints) but my enthusiasm for them is low due to the time it has taken so far. I would like to think I will finish them soon so I can at least try one of the Airfix ones. Duncan B
  14. New Airfix 1/72nd B-25C Mitchell

    Lovely, another thumbs up from me. I'm glad you mentioned the weight as B-25 kits are notorious tail sitters and I was going to ask how much you added, a lot, clearly. I can't wait (well I'll just have to) for the RAF Mitchell to be released so I can finally put my collection of Frog, Italeri and a Hasegawa donor kit plus various AM stuff safely out of sight. I'm not normally a builder of the victorious Allied types but my next door neighbour's father won a DFC leading a flight of Mitchells on a daylight raid over Holland and I had decided to build her Dad's aircraft (or at least a 1/72 scale facsimile) for her. When Airfix announced a new kit I gave a great sigh of relief as the alternatives involved skills that I really don't possess (general modelling skills) so I'm looking forward to assembling one of these instead. Thanks for the heads up on what to watch out for when the kit finally arrives. Duncan B
  15. HP Victor K2 1:72nd scale

    Well done Sir, you've taking one for the team. However you might have the last laugh as the standard of work you have put in really shows up nicely. Duncan B
  16. Academy 1/72 F-4J Phantom II

    Very nice work on the wheel bay inserts, very fiddly in 1/72 scale I'd say. I'd go with the QB seats too. Duncan B
  17. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Hooray, the Cavalry have arrived Now we'll get some definitive information (and some great photos). Duncan b
  18. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    But other than those small details......
  19. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    On the spine. There does look like an extra 'blob' above the tail light on the fin though, is that a trick of the light? Duncan B
  20. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Yes, 'G' was getting it's second coat of grey for RIAT. It got a total repaint for the show and wore that scheme until it's demise I would think. I was surprised to see the red fin appear as the painters sanded back the DG/DSG on that other aircraft. The complete 892 Omega was present and I got a real thrill from seeing it again. I wonder what the story was there, did the painters at St. A's leave it on purpose or was it possibly painted elsewhere? I guess we'll never know the answer to that one. I have just checked back through the e mails I have from Dennis but can't find the photo of 'G' getting it's repaint (did find the photos of 111's 'J' with the ILS aerials but no RWR fin-cap, including photos of it on Q like that!). I wonder if the photo of 'G' was posted on a thread on here somewhere, will have to have a dig. Duncan B
  21. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    XT863 "G" of 111 sqn was definitely stripped back, primed and repainted in the Ark Royal hangar in Spring '83 as I said earlier. Somewhere I have a copy of a photo that Dennis Robinson took of her during the repaint (I believe it was the last job he oversaw from Engineering before leaving the RAF) and I do remember seeing her primed with the markings masked off as I used to 'slope off' from ASF to go and check on progress (I was a modelling geek even back then!). The other aircraft that I remember being painted at Leuchars was in DSG/DG and was repainted in ASF. I have no idea which one it was but it was ex 892 due to the fin marking still being in place under the RAF camo (which I thought was very exciting but also strange at the time that it hadn't been stripped back to bare metal before the RAF repaint. I guess that St A's didn't actually strip them right back before over-painting them?). I hope that clears my previous post up? Duncan B
  22. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    I've obviously run 2 separate painting events into one in my mind as I do remember a Dk Green/DSG aircraft getting rubbed back for repainting and revealing the red fin of 892 Sqn underneath which I have later convinced myself was XT863 (but clearly wasn't, and I'm not even sure if G was ex-FAA as I've never checked). The reason I thought it was though was it wasn't common for aircraft to be repainted at our level as I remember it, they were mostly done at St Athans during majors. Duncan B
  23. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    The repaint took place in the Ark Royal hangar at RAF Leuchars, Dennis Robinson (Sloegin of this Parish) was in charge of it and has previously posted some photos on here IIRC (or he might have just sent them to me?). I must admit that my memory had XT863 being in DK Green/DSG before the repaint but I do remember her sitting in primer with the roundels and markings already painted and masked off waiting for permission from Strike Command to paint her black, that permission never came so air defence scheme it was. Duncan B
  24. FAA Phantom roundels

    Dennis Robinson once posted a photo of 892 Sqn all lined up at RAF Leuchars ready to fly out for the last time and all the aircraft had the 3 colour roundels. Another thing to note about the wing roundels is that the top and bottom roundels were not placed in the same relative position to each other, this is something that quite a lot of people miss. It is obvious when you see a photo of them with the wings folded (there is another photo of 892 on the line at Leuchars and you can clearly see that the top and bottom wing roundels are offset). Duncan B Edit: I've found the photo that shows the wing roundels, compare one aircraft's underside with the next one's topside. Credit to the original photographers. Here's another where it is more obvious
  25. 2018/1 WNW Ships Camel

    Great work so far, I've heard a lot of good things about the way the WnW Camels go together, really must try one sometime. Duncan B
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