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  1. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    The top drawing ?. It's a Light Store Bomb Carrier James, pre-dates the well known CBLS 100 and 200, which reminded me. Attached a shot of XT860 back in the day just after the F-4 entered service. The LSBC can be seen on the inboard pylon but the photo also begs the question, "How many Phantoms entered service in Dark Sea Grey as opposed to Extra DSG ?" . If you compare the tailplane colour to the rest of the airframe - is there not a distinct difference ? Dennis
  2. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Ben, I never saw any names on the port side of the aircraft. I was once told that they were on the stbd side as that was the side nearest, and in view of, the carrier island where Flyco was. But that may have been a bunch of Fish-heads trying to wind up a Crab !!. John, the Navy had refuelling pods but I believe that they were Flight Refuelling items. Used on Sea Vixens and Buccaneers. I never saw any form of pod in the tank bay at Leuchars or for that matter fitted to a Phantom. Looks like it went on the centre line station. Interesting in that it is in a British Tech Pub. Dennis
  3. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Hi Ben thank you very very much ! - another two excellent web sites to distract me. Attached three images which may come in useful - bear in mind that, as you so correctly stated, crew names and codes changed with monotonous regularity :- I have a few more in mono, I will sort them out and post later. HTH Dennis
  4. Yellow training bands on Hunters

    Not quite David. :- Dennis
  5. Yellow training bands on Hunters

    Of course I can - original images (I think - it was 5 years ago !) re-installed in post . Dennis
  6. RAF Ordnance of the 60s & 70s in 1/72

    I agree and it appears to be on an export aircraft, Venezuela, Peru or another Spanish speaking, South American country - "Tornillos" is spanish for screw. Dennis .......and the bottom shot shows a Microcell pod on RNZAF B(I)12 NZ6108
  7. RAF Ordnance of the 60s & 70s in 1/72

    Yep - posing shot for Publicity :- Dennis
  8. RAF Ordnance of the 60s & 70s in 1/72

    Microcell and Matra 155 :- From an early 70's MoD sales catalogue :- OCU Display aircraft in the mid 70's carried two 116's :- Dennis
  9. RAF Ordnance of the 60s & 70s in 1/72

    Selwyn, how about the Microcell pods used by the Canberras of MEAF and FEAF in the early to late sixties. Each pod contained 36 2 inch rockets. Looked similar to the later Matra 116's but longer. Designed and built by Thomas French and Sons. Often flown without the nose cap, as were the early 155's on 208 Sqdn due to the heat causing the latter to explode on the ground, also painted white for the same reason. Dennis PS we used 116's on the Harriers for display on the OCU in the early days.
  10. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    71chally is correct again The fuselage numbers did indeed vary in style but all were, on average, the same size. Why the style difference I never found out. The leg did rake back on the FG.1, this was so that when the added extension was put on for cat launch, the nose wheels were still in trail. I posted this some time back - time for a repeat :- The exposed inner part of the leading edges and the rear flaps when in launch/landing mode was made from titanium as a counter point to the heat from the BLC. Nose and Main wheels were always White. The Airfix kit shows XT864 as she was in 1975 not '78. I am currently corresponding with Simon Owen of Airfix so I'll ask if updated decals can be provided at a later date. As I said earlier, he and his team were in all probability not around when the Phantom was with the Navy. Yes '007' had "Fly Navy" on the stbd rear fuselage on arrival at St Athan but I have yet to find a photo showing it on the port side. HTH Dennis
  11. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    To be accurate - yes, but it's your model, I have not yet decided whether or not I will with mine or how I'll do it if I do so if you do let us all know please. Dennis
  12. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Dave is in the right ballpark, if you will excuse an "Americanism". It is not a letter 'F'. The area shown in the photograph of R-001 on board the Ark is an area that has been cleaned of paint so that an NDI (Non-Destructive Inspection) be carried out and indicate the beginnings of the problems that the Phantoms had with the outer mainplanes. On the Royal Navy aircraft, this was as far as it got. The initial inspection was what was called a "Dye Penetrant" inspection where by the area to be inspected would have the paint removed, the area thoroughly cleaned with MEK or Trichlorethylene, dried and over sprayed with a red dye from an aerosol can. The dye was allowed to do its work and after 10 or 15 minutes was cleaned of using a propriety and non-invasive cleaner. A white "Developer" was then sprayed, aerosol can again, and allowed some fifteen minutes to act. The developer's action draws any remaining dye entrant out of any cracks an indicates their existence as fine red lines. If no cracks were present, then no lines appear and the component being test is cleared for further use.. The second and later method was "Eddy Current" where an electrical signal was generated by a probe which was passed over the area being tested. A gel was used to enhance the signal. Any defect within the component showed up as a spike on an oscilloscope. The Dye Penetrant system is shown in use in the attached photograph :- The aircraft on the left has had the dye applied. On the right, the Technician is removing the dye preparatory to applying the Developer. All the Royal Navy aircraft had these areas to be examined covered between inspections with a layer of lanolin. A few had primer applied, some had both. RAF aircraft were similar. The shapes of the area to be examined varied dependent on the individual who removed the paint in the first place - varieties below :- The above is XT864 - the Airfix kit As part of the RN/RAF transfer programme, strengthened outer mainplanes were fitted. The photo below shows the initial stage of plating which, due to the fact that problems still arose, resulted in the degree of repair indicated on the kit outer mainplanes. After that, I believe that BAe manufactured new, internally re-designed mainplanes, but by that time I was long gone. :- Which is a long way of saying, "The serials under the wings of XV590 were not painted out". I think that it is about time that Xtradecal and Hannants got their act together. If you don't like being criticised, 'Suck it up Buttercup !' Dennis
  13. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Ingo, is this the photograph that you are referring to ? :- Dennis
  14. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    If I may attempt to answer this Antti_K. If you mean by "shoulder pylons", the inboard pylons, then they are 81.5 inches (2.07m) outboard of the centreline of the aircraft. The outboard pylons are 132.5 inches (3.3655m) outboard of the centreline. I am a bit puzzled by your reference to - " Do I understand it correctly when I say that one can't remove the Sparrow launch rail?". The Sparrow (AIM-7) launcher is/was in the base of the inboard pylon and was part of the pylon :- USS America 1967 Hope that this helps Dennis Further to the above - this may help :- From the Crew Chiefs handbook for F/RF-4C/D/E
  15. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    That explains this apparent lash-up I saw many times on 892 and PTF's aircraft . We had no code to put on the Big Board so we just used LOS (Lots of Stuff) Dennis Note just the single AIM-9 rail mounted inboard.