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  1. Superb reference pictures, answers questions for me aswel, thank you both.
  2. They are covered by a fibreglass nose cap for flight, usually it was a curved spinner shape one on Vixens but I believe pointed caps were used sometimes, I think on Canberras. They are definitely smaller diameter than the later standard RN pods.
  3. A Buccaneer could get two WE.177s into the same space as that Red Beard. That's a WE.177 on the Scimitar, Red Beard shape was the same length but far fatter (WE.177 16") and stumpier looking, also note the pylon adapter/extender used for the slimmer weapon. I did have a good pic of a Scimitar with Red Beard but can't locate it at the moment. This will have to do for now, cribbed from the internet, @Scimitar F1 You could be right, maybe Microcell type as fitted to this Sea Vixen FAW.1. However I've not seen a pic of a Scimitar with them on, not to say they didn't of course.
  4. Only for trials of the weapon, I believe the Scimitar didn't carry it in service.
  5. That's not Red Beard (which was massive), looks like WE.177 shape during release trials with XD229
  6. No, I mean individual 3" rockets suspended in tiers from the pylons, so in three tiers each side of the pylon (six rockets per pylon) for a maximum of 24 rockets per aircraft. I'm not sure but I think the Scimitar as a front-line fighter just missed the arrival of podded rockets, but could be wrong. Certainly don't recall seeing pictures of one with the standard 2" rocket pod that Vixens, Buccaneers and Phantoms used. There are pics out there showing the rockets installed and fired from Scimitars but not great quality, this Vixen shot illustrates nicely what I'm referring to, BTW Scimitars could carry a maximum of four Bullpup missiles as unlike the Sea Vixen, the electronics and aerials to support it were fitted in the aircraft and not to an underwing pod.
  7. AIM-9B Sidewinders, a unique fit on British service aircraft in that era. I can't recall seeing pictures of Scimitars with the 2" rocket pod, they were definitely armed with the earlier style of 3" rockets carried in stacks on the hardpoints though.
  8. Must admit I thought it was due to the armoured screen being a requirement on the Mosquito fighter variants, that set the canopy apart from the others. Great question from John T though, why not standardise on that type of canopy across Fighter and Bomber variants? Mosquitos were built up a bit like our plastic kits, so I guess the fuselage molds for the fighter incorporated a certain cutout for that canopy, and the quite different bomber molds stayed with their canopy cutout style.
  9. I think both of those which were trials and training jets are going to be limited when it comes to armament options. Here's a picture of an FAA Phantom in 1970 with bombs, looks like one on the outboard, and two on the inboard pylons to me, I'm guessing you might have seen this, but just in case. Also useful for @cardiff guy and his flying suit question.
  10. The Royal Navy used AIM-9Ds which were ordered in 1967. My understanding is that the first of 1700+ AIM-9Gs were delivered in 1977, personally I suspect that the Navy didn't even get to use the 9Gs. The mods (656-658) required for the SEAM (the AIM-9G) upgrade, shown in a 1984 mod sheet, indicate that FG.1 (RAF) and FGR.2 only were modified for 9Gs. This store diagram is useful for load types, Phantom FG.1 and FGR.2 stores 1977 by James Thomas, on Flickr
  11. Looking at pics of the sprues for the new kit, it looks like Airfix have catered for an FB.5, certainly the wingtips are seperate parts and both look to me like they're on the same sprue. Whether they actually appear in the same box together is something else of course. If not a file would do the trick!
  12. Carrier loads are disappointingly sparse generally, the 'air show' display loads are interesting though, and tend to be what make for more interesting models. Under wing and centre tanks were carried, acquisition rounds seem far more common than actual sidewinders. It seems the best way is to pick your picture and model from that. Nice shot of actual 'Sidewinders fitted here in 1971 https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-aircraft-hms-ark-royal-fleet-air-arm-aug-1971-a-mcdonnell-douglas-20091387.html Later period with acquisition round https://weaponsparade.com/wp-content/uploads/fb-usa-F.4K-PHANTOM-II-FG.1-gb-1.jpg
  13. In the early 70's it was AIM-7E Sparrows and AIM-9Ds carried in the air defence role. It's quite hard finding images of FAA Phantoms carrying sidewinders, acquisition rounds seem far more common. In the strike role iron bombs and 2" rocket pods were used. That definitely is an FGR.2 load diagram, note recce pod aswel.
  14. b) definitely b! However as you observe, it looks so dark anyway I'm sure it doesn't matter. Superb stuff happening there!
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