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  1. @Boltcropper Excellent news! Looking forward to seeing more of the progress.
  2. @Boltcropper Any news or progress? Hope things are good all round.
  3. Would a google search similar to this be any help? https://www.google.com/search?q=modern+jet+silhouette+comparison++scale&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwjq2NaMn874AhUOehoKHfSDBywQ2-cCegQIABAB&oq=modern+jet+silhouette+comparison++scale&gs_lcp=ChJtb2JpbGUtZ3dzLXdpei1pbWcQAzoECCMQJzoECB4QClDZClilNGDEOGgAcAB4AIAB2QKIAZgWkgEIMTAuMy41LjGYAQCgAQHAAQE&sclient=mobile-gws-wiz-img&ei=Z_S5YqqJNI70afSHnuAC&bih=607&biw=360&client=ms-android-samsung-rev2&prmd=isnv Wow! That's a link! Apologies but hope it helps
  4. Ah! Then I reckon that settles it!
  5. It could be grey, but the H or F on the rudder is in a dark colour, likely red as opposed to the white of the rudder letter on the "Hope" shot that is outside which may o may not suggest a white tail. It is hard to be certain, but the letter colour had me fairly convinced.
  6. Interesting. In the link I posted it appears that photo of the FGR2 in the hanger has a white tail and a H on the fin but it is rather hard to be sure and could maybe be an F. I've stared at it that long trying to work it out I'm seeing all sorts of letters on it now!
  7. I was told the white tail was due to an open day for the locals on the Falklands around the end of 1991/early 92 and I think there were two of the four aircraft there painted that way but my memory can be iffy and I cannot find my reference for this. However - yes, the tail fin was painted white on both sides, that is certain. EDIT: This might help a bit more -
  8. A superb model with a whole load of dedication, time, sweat and no doubt a few tears and obscenaties at times. Extremely well done and something to be very proud of indeed. I look forward to seeing more of it.
  9. Ted is still at least knocking resin bits up
  10. I have a selection of aftermarket bits and decals for the single seater which may be suitable for yours. I will have a look later if they may be of interest?
  11. Brilliant, thank you all. Youve even covered decals before I asked! Perfect!
  12. I like to think I am fairly familiar with Lightnings and their colours, squadron markings etc. But I stumbled across this one this evening which is listed as being a Leconfield aircraft but I dont recall ever having seen the forward fuselage or tail insignia before. Or is it just a Coltishall serious zapping? Can anyone enlighten me or point me towards more of such?
  13. So nice to see an A-10 with a realistic load on it for starters, but you have nailed the scheme brilliantly too. The Tamiya kit gets some grief, but I found it a really nice build too, if requiring some extras as with yours and the result speaks for itself here. Really, really well done. Inspiring me to grab another one
  14. Re the wing fences - my understanding is that such things were fitted to keep air in place over the wings at lower speeds/higher angles of attack. They are very large on the 24 suggesting they are very much required - any idea why they would remove them on what appear to be otherwise very similar airframes?
  15. No worries. It went together well but is a bit basic detail wise. You might want to check colour scheme year against when Sidewinders were cleared for use as I don't think they were fitted in the early years
  16. I built this a few years back and painted it to represent an early model based in the UK. There was some talk about the scheme/s in the build thread I believe. It's here should it be of any help -
  17. The Tamiya intakes are supposedly a little small. But it looks like a Harrier and I also have one in the stash.
  18. Thanks for all the replies and thoughts. I appreciate the low level approach back in the day, but still query the likes of RAF Jags or Phantoms having nothing not even outboard pylons for recce missions with the idea being speed wins there, yet when doing low level attack runs they need them and the extra drag. It is all very confusing. It seems to me that it boils down to a risk assessment. Makes sense maybe. Probability vs severity of occurrence of issues. How I so love those little yellow to red coloured graphs and the goon who came up with them when I stand and look at a job at work... But then again - what use is a bombing run without a survivable prior recce run of a target area? Seems backwards to me. It also appears there has been different thinking through different areas - ala the US EA-6s, the USAF only really touched it with the EF111s and relied heavily on the Prowlers otherwise. In fact everyone did during the first Gulf War exploits. The Tornado F3 being briefly chosen to serve as an EF3 with ALARMs due to its better radar warning system was interesting, we nearly had a well developed Wild Weasel all of our own from a rather unlikely subject, but it seemed to fall dead in the water along with a pretty naughty missile if what I have heard is correct. Hindsight is a great thing of course, but to see RAF Phantoms retrofitted with chaff and flare launchers scabbed onto pylons for the Falklands as an example - why the hell not have them integrated into the pylons of everything from the drawing board? The RAF had been lobbing tinfoil around since the 1940s, so it wasnt exactly a new thing. With weapons technology advancing on all sides it just seemed a little slow to catch on re defensive measures even on the basic levels. The USSR where just as slow, but then perhaps they werent expecting the MANPADS... however, their reply to that was a hell of a lot of scabbed on dispensers, which was kind of a clue how best to resolve a pretty dire position. Point being - we now see very integrated onboard active ECM alongside passive onboard counter measures. Im still not sold on those towed radar decoys, they must be bloody terrifying to put faith in! And in regard to those - just lob a pod on a wingtip, Typhoon or Flanker variant, it saves a pylon drag if nothing else and you could always stick an AIM-9 on top of the wing instead of at the end of it... It all just seems to me a little slow to have caught on. I think that is where my confusion lies. Or - tech was moving that quickly it simply made sense to keep it offboard as noone was too sure what was around the corner. Things are certainly very different in approach and augmentation these days. Out of interest - I know of the SPS-141 type pods, but any ideas of the Russian approach to things these days? Integrated? Pods? Towed reflectors? I hope that isnt too rambling I just find it really interesting in retrospect and given that stealth isnt invisible and there is a lot of faith placed on that along with networking between aircraft nowadays - seems a truly black art to keep it all functional and viable. That and I really miss the wraparound camo schemes. That was A Thing.
  19. Marg would too tbf. She looks rather pleased with your efforts, so...... mmmmm Marg.... I cant help but think that something is missing, I just cannot quite put my finger on it
  20. Hoping things are good @Boltcropper and life isnt being silly. Would love to see some updates on this Oh and regarding a ladder - I have one of these for my KH Jag and it is a thing of lovelyness
  21. My mind was on the flexibility side of things too after some thought, so pylon mounting makes sort of sense through physical integration or ease of. It is/was just such a waste of a stores location along with drag. I guess it was a trade off, especially back then when tech wasnt as dinky as it is now. But equally - tech was obviously getting smaller, so why not run with that idea and integrate it into the aircraft itself? I am still a bit confused as to why the likes of chaff/flare pods werent worked into/onto pylons or scabbed on sooner like the RAF Phantoms and Jaguars eventually got. It didnt take much on the face of it. Just look at the Russians during/after their Afghan exploits, their things were scabbed on all over the place and eventually now we have a whole heap of measures integrated into aircraft structures. Just seems bloody obvious to me given what was being developed as offensive weapons, surely one would want to put the same effort into countering stuff? Having said all that - The RAFs idea was to go with low level, below radar and such flying created a lot of clutter for look down radars of the day. Its no secret how low they did and do fly. So maybe that is the simple explanation? Not seen, so no measures needed?
  22. Might be worth a look at Omani Hunters and Jaguars to compare weathering, similar environment and all that, albeit a rather different role and "technique" of flying. Loving your Lightnings being a Lincolnshire boy living close to Binbrook during the 80s. The Redtops colours next to the desert camo look rather splendid, not a word I use often, but I think it fits. Will crack on with my Frightning stash soon. What is next for your collection? Would be good to see more pictures of all of them together.
  23. Hi, a bit of curiosity with ECM pods, stemming from the ALQ-101 as used on RAF Jaguars vs the ALQ-119 version as used on A-10s and likely more USAF aircraft. They were both intended for use in the same European environment, so why/what the difference? And why did the Jags not upgrade to the ALQ-184 and whatnot? This led me onto the likes of the RAF Tornado vs the German Tornado and maybe the Italians(?) using the US ALQ pods vs the RAFs own Sky Shadow pod. Why the difference when again they were designed for use over Europe and in a generally similar role? These things then lead me onto the use of a pylon or two for an ECM pod and/or a flare/chaff pod ala Phimat - why not integrate these things into the aircraft from the start ala ALE-40s on pylons or scabbed under the fuselage etc? Rambling queries perhaps after a random chat with an ex RAFG ground crew guy I got talking to in the pub this evening as he had no idea - just bolted things to stuff as instructed. We came to the conclusion it was a case of paperwork, red tape, cost and politics... the usual. But is that right? To my simple mind active and passive countermeasures are pretty important, especially in said arena back in the 70s/80s.
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