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About sloegin57

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  1. RAF Sabre F.4

    For what it's worth Gentlemen, I have just scanned my copy of MD 97 into the mac to get a better look at the Squadron codes, as published, in better detail. 66 Squadron's codes are Blue with a thin White outline and 92 Squadron's codes are Yellow with a thin Black outline. I know that the late Dick Ward was quite meticulous about such details and used to consult such as Roger Lindsay and others to ensure accuracy. HTH Dennis
  2. Harrier T4 - did it ever use the REALLY tall T2 fin?

    David No you don't have to trim of the Ferry tips. At least two trainers from RAF Germany, one tall fin one included, used the Ferry tips, together with the 300gal large underwing tanks, whilst being deployed to Cyprus back in the 70's. As far I know, these were the only two to use them, excluding the Air Race GR.1's. That little snippet I have only discovered in the past twelve months - and I was on Harriers for many, many a happy year and never knew. HTH again Dennis Have fun :-
  3. Harrier T4 - did it ever use the REALLY tall T2 fin?

    David, the RAF T.Mk.2a/4's that were built with the tall fin never had the LRMTS fitted to that fin. When it came time to upgrade them with LRMTS on the nose and the PWR on the fin, a standard GR.3 (post upgrade) fin was fitted. The reason that the fins appear taller is a) that the trainer fins, from build, were placed on top of a plinth (11 inches in height springs to mind). The fins with the PWR had, as the GR.Mk.3's (post upgrade) had, the fin cap covering the aerial increased in height by 6 inches (I think). With respect David, and I mean no offence, but from your question and statements there appears to be an (understandable) misunderstanding of Harrier Mark numbers. Irrespective of the configuration of the aircraft, both single seat and trainers, the Mark of the aircraft was determined by the mark of Pegasus engine fitted. Harrier trainers were initially built as T.Mk.2 with the Pegasus Mark 101 engine fitted. These were then progressively upgraded to T.Mk.2A, with the Pegasus Mark 102 engine fitted and finally to T.Mk.4 with the Pegasus Mark 103 engine. Later Harrier trainers were either built as T.Mk.2a's and later production aircraft as T.Mk.4's. As you are in the USA, it may be worth mentioning that all the USMC TAV-8A's had the tall fin fitted and had the Pegasus Mark 103 fitted. The first batch of twelve AV-8A's, 158384 to 158395 had the Pegasus Mark 101 fitted. Subsequent production missed out the Pegasus Mark 102 and were built with the Mark 103. Bit long winded I am afraid but HTH Dennis
  4. Thanks Mike - excellent review - your enthusiasm shone through. Just what I need and just ordered. Beginning to run out of the sanding sticks I got from my Granddaughters make up bag (brushes still useful though) Dennis
  5. Kinetic 1/48 T-Harrier...any good?

    Another combination Dennis
  6. Kinetic 1/48 T-Harrier...any good?

    They were loaded and flown by HS to operational aircraft baled to HS at Farnborough :- XV807 233OCU 1974 and dayglo units flown by XV789 of 4 Squadron demonstrating the Ski-jump :- U Tube screen grab :- NG899 - Nick - save these - saves an email !! Interesting to note - no guns - strakes only Dennis
  7. Brough Phantom

    Irrespective of the system used, hydraulic auto or manual (screwdriver and speedy brace), the indicator pins were always the first to show on initial unlock and the last to retract when the outer mainplanes were locked down. Attached is for the F-4E but the FGR.2 was similar if not the same. The FG.1 was hydraulic but the locking mechanism was similar in principal :- (locking indicator was referred to as a "flag")
  8. Brough Phantom

    The crew landed the F-4E OK Duncan after they had got rid of the tanks and restored a bit of trim. When visiting crews from the squadron told us at Leuchars about it, nobody believed them and thought they were "line shooting" so they sent some photos down :- Locking pins were quite visible, rear shot of a 43 FG.1 from the Eng Ops Office where the locks were not fitted, hyd pressure bled off and everything went all "floppy". Indicator pins visible outboard of the ailerons :- Note also the width of the fin tip PWR (comments have been made ref this in the Airfix kit) HTH Dennis
  9. Brough Phantom

    Duncan - were you at Leuchars when 43 had a couple of FGR.2's ? The earliest FG.1 to enter service was XT598 which was brought up to full service standard and issued to Tremblers 4/78 as E and the sqdns first FG.1. Didn't last long as it crashed into St Andrews bay in November the same year. Dennis
  10. Brough Phantom

    The FG.1 also had pop out warning rods out by the outboard hinge line Dennis
  11. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG1

    Idle thought from me on a wet miserable day on the east coast of Scotland. If Airfix are delaying the kit/s in order to make change/s based on comments on various web sites, including this, IMHO - the prime one, then it would be nice if they could credit the same - not individuals per se, but the site as a whole. These are, after all, the information centres of now and for the future. Just an idle thought Dennis
  12. RNZAF Meteor T.7 Cyprus 1952-55

    I have added a bit of information to post 3 chaps but it's the Meteor T.7 that intrigues me. Dennis
  13. RNZAF Meteor T.7 Cyprus 1952-55

    14 Squadron RNZAF, Istres, 1955. Tempting to interpret the grey shades and compare with known colours ! Photo Credit :- B.A. Forward (Reference Roger Lindsay) Edit :- N.B. A smaller photo of this appears in Roger Lindsay's "Cold War Shield" Volume 2 Page 313. He provisionally identifies the rudder colours as "possibly red". I've another shot somewhere Dennis - here it is :- Photo Credit :- B.A. Forward (Reference Roger Lindsay)
  14. RNZAF Meteor T.7 Cyprus 1952-55

    .... and I can find nothing in Vol.2 either, except that the Venoms of 14 Sqdn RNZAF had Red/White checks on the rudders.
  15. Jet Provost Colours

    Probably because "Signal Red" was the Officially designated colour for training aircraft at the time both in such documents as Defence Council Instructions and the drawings for the aircraft. Dennis