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  1. The tail for a AH.7 is completely different to a MK.8. The MK.8 folds and the AH.7 doesn't. Looking at the Black Dog website they do a folding tail for a MK.8 and it looks like it could be modelled folded or spread. However it isn't accurate, the rear drive shaft should actually be two. The engines in the Lynx were eventually the same, so it should fit, however it doesn't look anything like a Lynx's Rolls Royce Gem engine. Hope that helps. Red
  2. Brian, You're welcome. Feel free to ask more questions, I've built 2 of the airfix kits and have a lot of experience with the real ones. Red
  3. From my experience the Lynx Mk8 seat backs are either black or olive green. Unless the armoured seat is fitted, in which case the seat back is orange. I've never seen a normal seat with an orange seat back in a Mk8. I seem to think that the black was the later version although I have no idea what the difference was. Here is my old aircraft with faded black seat backs. The cockpit grey colour is called Dark Admiralty Grey, I've always used Tamiya dark sea grey and it looks about right. Just a word of warning if you plan on using the Eduard photo-etch cockpit pieces, the grey colour they use is nowhere near correct, so the choice is to colour match it and be wrong are do what I did and accept the colour difference. You should be able to see the colour difference in this photo. Hope that helps Red
  4. Main rotor blades and head are about all you could use. The engines, windscreen, cabin doors and undercarriage are all different. Red
  5. Not without an awful lot of scratch building, they may look a bit similar but they are very different. I seem to remember Lynx7 was starting to have a go with one, but I haven't seen anything from him for years. Red
  6. I built a 1/32 Revell Mk3 a while ago, I can't remember having any problems with it. The only thing that's very obviously missing is all the rivet detail, the lynx is covered in the things. I seem to remember Revell announcing they were going to do a 1/32 Mk8 towards the end of this year. Red
  7. Having done it a couple of times they removed the radar components. They fitted ballast weights because as you say, the CofG change. From a grubber point of view, it was just a case of removing the relevant panels, putting the sticks in their sockets and adjusting the collective balance spring to allow for the added weight of another collective stick. The AVs used to faff about for ages, behind the instrument panel of a lynx was a snakes wedding, plus being herd animals it took 4 of them, 1 to do the job and 3 to stand around. In terms of modelling unless you're doing a super-detailed panels off build then it pretty much is irrelevant. Red
  8. Yes as far as I know, there were hardly any differences flying control wise between a Mk3 and a Mk8 other than the tail rotor. Red
  9. The rods, levers and whatnots are all still there underneath the floor panels. It was just a case of removing the floor panels and bolting in the yaw pedals, cyclic stick and collective in to their relative sockets and fitting different floor panels. The radar removal and fitment of the instruments took a bit longer. Red
  10. The pilot on the right and the observer on the left was the normal configuration. The aircraft with a second set of sticks on the left were used for pilot training, it was just a case of taking out the radar components and fitting the second set of sticks. Any aircraft could have these stick installed or removed, 702 Sqn had a lot of 2 stick aircraft where 815 Sqn had nearly all single sticks. Hope that helps Red
  11. Spifire74 - I have only ever seen and loaded 2 Sea Skuas on a Lynx Mk8, a Mk3 could carry 4 but the Mk8 was too heavy to carry that many. They can be loaded singly on either side or both sides and I know of at least one occasion when two were loaded on one side. The torpedoes and depth charges were always loaded singly on either or both sides. This was my first Airfix Lynx Mk8, it is also XZ731, but when she was involved in the Libya conflict. They always flew with two live Sea Skuas on the right hand side and the M3M heavy machine gun on the left. She also had different nose art 'Miss Fit' that Hannants do in their Xtradecal Lynx decal set. Red
  12. Thanks for all of the comments. Jens - I've never fired the M3M but have been in the back when it has been fired a few times, even though I knew it was going to fire it still made me jump. EX-FAAWAFU - You are correct about this slightly misaligned blade, it was the best of a bad job to be honest, they just would not line up. In the photos, the exhaust staining looks a bit too much however in the flesh it looks pretty accurate. Those old Gems used to kick out an awful lot of oil, but yes, when i was an M1 i would have cab wiped it, so he must have been a gash M1 then. ModellerUK - Airfix released my flight cab in the Lynx giftset boxing, so they can be blamed entirely for me returning to the hobby about 5 years ago. Well that and the internet when I decided to research how hard can it be to make it look half decent. Buzby061- We has quite a few attention grabbing nose arts, mine was Miss Behavin' that comes with the Airfix gift set boxing. Red
  13. Here is my latest build and second Lynx Mk8. It was built for a mate who was the M1 on the flight doing counter-piracy in the Indian Ocean. I used the Eduard Big Ed photo-etch set and scratch built a few bits as well. Red
  14. The kit floor has the freight floor moulded, it is covered in a self adhesive black grippy stuff a bit like sand paper. The aircraft in the photo was set up for boarding operations so had the 'whacking great gun' on the left hand side. For cabin gunning then no, they didn't have the 4 man inflatable seat fitted, as you say for space to move. This photo shows the aircraft set up for boarding operations, where snipers would be in the back and would sit and shoot from the right hand cabin door, should things get out of hand, the 0.5" M3M heavy machine gun is fitted to the left hand side to reply with. The eagle harness gives them something to hold onto to stop them rolling around the cabin during manoeuvres. Regarding all the crap in the back, the white nylon lashings are hung on the back of the pilot's seat. The electrical looking thing in the middle of the floor is a dropper lead which is fitted between the aircraft and the ship's DC electrical power supply, it reduces the electrical current and therefore the rotational speed of the engine starters so we can fresh water wash the engine compressors of salt. The big grey tool box contains all of the equipment for folding the main rotor blades for storing the aircraft in the hangar. Just behind the head box on the middle of the seats is the link chute and basket for the M3M. The rescue hoist is fitted to the back of the right hand cabin door and is folded away in this shot, the red part is the hook. The SAR bag is under the middle seat, a grey rubberised canvas bag containing all of the stuff needed for winching. The sound proofing can be any colour between mid grey to dark green, depending on age, how much crap it has sucked up and probably whatever colour the contractor at the time made it. The green and pink panel in this photo looks like it was from a Mk3, I think they had cabin heating trunking running down the sides and the pink bit is heat resistant. The rear cabin seats can't fold up because of a metal strut which connects to the cabin floor. You can just see it in this photo, the left side is the same. I'll make a post in the ready for inspection section of my last Lynx build. Red
  15. Ex-FAAWAFU is correct with the plywood freight floor. The rope on this photo is called the eagle harness and was used for crew in the back to hold onto, usually snipers or occasionally parachutists for airshows. Red
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