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About 71chally

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  1. That's looking great Matt, definitely got that windscreen to nose shape just right I would say. Photo's of models during construction can be a bit disheartening (certainly with mine!), but they can also be very useful for showing up small details or blemishes that need sorting. My camera let me down for 'VKs arrival to Saints on Saturday, the battery just literally stopped working even after charging - you can only imagine the language!! Saw 'VV departing Cardiff for Castellon earlier today, and VP is due to us early this week. The numbers are definitely dwindling. 'VB is the one retro that I haven't photographed, so I'm hoping it will come to us, however it will be a bitter sweet moment if it does.
  2. Great to see that you started on your Valetta, and that you have already out stripped my build! Lovely work going into it, especially in the cockpit area. The pilots look great to me and the blue shade just right, especially considering the scale and that they will be in a dark cockpit. I agree that I think Valom just made up the rear cockpit layout, but there's not a lot of pictures out there for them to go on in fairness. I also considered what you have tried, rounding off the cabin where it meets the cockpit glazing, but just considered that it would be very difficult to blend in with the glazing piece then.
  3. Interestingly worded that. Folland developed their own seat designs for the Gnat (and some other types), and these were based on previous SAAB seat designs. My understanding is that ML Aviation gave up developing ejection seats after the P1081 accident in April 1951. Up until last year I had to use ML Mu-Meters aswel, hateful things!!
  4. I do like the look of that, moldings look nice. So many great schemes though, Braniff, SAA, what to do!
  5. I would have just denied it, and pointed the blame at me doing a re-edit in the quote!
  6. ...you know you're not going to get away with that here, don't you!
  7. Yes, XN708 was operating from Yeovilton on that tragic sortie. here's a good example of the greeny/gold finish, best i can find at the mo Talking of how to possibly render XN708 weathering and staining wise, earlier in the thread, you've probably seen this but it will help you, alot, https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1511868 The comment at the bottom is somewhat sobering.
  8. This is a great place to start, sadly no drawings but some of the photos, especially of the early ones in natural metal finish are very useful for showing panel line disposition, http://silverhawkauthor.com/canadian-warplanes-5-the-post-war-piston-era-canadair-cp107-argus_694.html There is also the Warpaint No 125 Bristol Britannia Canadair CP-107 Argus & CC-106 Yukon book, it definitely features a Britannia three view drawing, but unsure about the Canadair spin-offs. Good luck with the conversion kit, and look forward to seeing it built! Love the Argus from when I used to see and hear them as a kid
  9. Surely a 1:48 Lancaster is going to hugely popular and well worth producing, more so than a 1:32 one which two different manufacturers developed, and one brought to the market. The Lancaster is a very popular and well known subject, it doesn't have any parallel to the Nimrod kit, and that's coming from someone who prefers Nimrods.
  10. The red look was a protective finish, I'm guessing a sort of translucent oil or grease, that was applied to wing and airbrake folds etc at one stage with the Navy. There was another stage when undercarriages appeared a goldy green for a similar reason. F00496_forum by Bernard Mills, on Flickr F00483_forum by Bernard Mills, on Flickr @Bernard Mills - Flickr This is a great shot illustrating how high the seat could go and the proximity of head to windscreen arch Love the illustration with the seat images superimposed. Dr Tinkle, indeed!
  11. There were four different types of seat fitted, for both pilot and obs, that's eight types over the service period of the FAW.1. The principle differences were to do with the Personal Equipment Connectors, oxygen supply systems, air supply for the underwater escape system and the canopies and seats interaction systems, and command ejection. The curved back shield seems to be a retro fit, and to my knowledge didn't result in a new designation. The big straight, Lightingesque shield seat was a new designation. The seat raising thing would have been coincidental to the seat mod state and probably mentioned in the PNs as part of the routine use of the seat. The manual seat raising I'm only aware of being fitted to obs seat, it's the long handle on the right hand side of the seat and raises the back and headrest in relation to the seat pan, ie it doesn't raise the seat in the cockpit. The pilots seat could be raised physically in the cockpit, and this helped for taxying, you see pictures where the pilot's bonedome is higher than the open canopy. I have only known this as electrically actuated and all the gear is hidden under the raised pilot's floor structure. Pilots Notes are great sources but often they reflect a period of time of a type, depending on AL state and date of issue. Just in case you haven't seen these, https://martin-baker.com/products/mk4-ejection-seat/ https://martin-baker.com/products/mk4-ejection-seat/ Look like later straight shield Mk4s here on these FAW.1s in 1963 @Andrew Patterson - Flickr I just haven't had the time to look at manuals, but I will.
  12. Now that I would buy, be interesting to see how they do the alternative noses. Nice detail.
  13. Just gone through my pics of XJ481, stupidly I didn't take any pictures specifically of the pilot's seat, but in a couple of general views it appears to have the original type seat without the curved back shield. This is my (stripped) pilot's seat, dated 1961,
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