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  1. I think the word “just” is doing a lot of heavy lifting in that sentence A superb piece of craftsmanship and a fitting tribute to the pilot and the restorers.
  2. Happy memories of dodging trucks on the A1 on the approach at RAF Catterick. Nice job.
  3. I remember the head of a selective school being interviewed once about how he spotted potential in a 10/11 year old, especially as more privileged kids had lots of tutoring for the entrance exam, and he said the sure indicator at that age, regardless of exam results, was a mastery of ironic humour.
  4. Just about to ask the same question!
  5. Unfortunately not, the only survivor was the rear gunner. I was named after him.
  6. Following this build as March 11th next year will be the 80th anniversary of my great uncle being shot down in a 214Sqn Stirling. Getting the bits together for an anniversary build.
  7. I remember seeing the jet on the box art when I was on an air cadet camp at Leuchars in the 80s
  8. I think a good price comparison is football tickets, and this sits somewhere between Liverpool and Spurs ticket price for a lot more entertainment, if just in terms of time. I’ve got four of the old mould kits but I’ll be buying the RAF version when its out. There will be two kits in the box right?
  9. There’s a couple of shots in the static display in that collection as well.
  10. Found the PPrune thread here. some really good insights.
  11. Re. the performance of Blue Fox, there was an interesting thread on Pprune on this and I never realised that even later in service, and especially during in 1982, Blue Fox was basically an experimental radar which was put into (very limited) production. The engineers working on the radars Knew them as individuals with individual quirks. Many of the systems and components sent down south were bench items from test systems hurriedly pressed into service. There were very few established tactics and procedures which resulted in big differences between the squadrons experience with the system. It was only with Blue Vixen that the system settled down.
  12. Nice, was the C-5 still on the pan? It came in earlier.
  13. I want going to say but… They made a hell of a mess of the pivot mounts as well, and tried to get some local plating company to re-plate them.
  14. I thought this was a company other than the original manufacturer drilling the wrong holes after it was decided that the original manufacturer’s bid for the work was too high. Said original manufacturer received a much bigger contract to rectify the aircraft using the aforementioned F.2 frames.
  15. Is the Falcon Models not a better option? Set #31 has a vacform canopy for the Hobbycraft kit which should fit the airfix one? And it’s from the correct hemisphere for you. Link here
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