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  1. I'm a grubber so Sea Skua gubbins aren't my strong point. The port side boxes were all ESM related, the boxes on the stbd side are Skua related. The bottom of your two photos shows the cable loom for the Sea Skuas, the red cables with the black plate and two connectors. These were fitted both sides so that the Skuas could be fitted on either side. The cables were supported by a green tube running behind the seats. The corner cut out on the door was to allow the cables to be fitted to the missile and still have the door shut. Hopefully these photos help. Unfortunately i don't hav
  2. Yes those boxes were the same. The ESM boxes on the port side were a standard fit, it was less common to see the Sea Skua boxes on the starboard side, especially for training, so typically for a display aircraft I don't think they would be fitted. I have measured one the stabilisers at work and it was 1185mm. My gash maths makes that a little over 37mm in 1:32, I measured my 1:32 Mk.8 one and it measures roughly 50mm so needs about 13mm removing. Checking it against a built Revell 1:32 Mk.3, 37mm looks about right. Red
  3. Mark, Here's the pilots side for reference. Also a good source here Red
  4. Morning FZ6, You'll probably need to fit the ESM boxes behind the left seat, the Sea Skua control boxes behind the right hand seat weren't fitted that often so you could get away without fitting those. Here's a photo of the left hand cockpit floor of a Mk.8 with the panels covering the holes where the yaw pedals and cyclic fit. The Mk.3 was the same. For the collective, only the lever and the rubber boot were removed, the small slot left was covered with a small panel. So you can cut the lever off after the rubber boot and smooth it out, the box bit co
  5. 702 NAS was a training squadron, they trained pilots, observers and engineers. The Lynx when set up with dual controls didn't have any of the radar equipment fitted and was therefore absolutely no use for training observers, in order for 702 NAS to train observers they had to have radar fitted aircraft. The conversion from radar to dual involved removing all of the radar equipment and changing the instrument panel to one with two sets of gauges and wasn't a particularly quick job. Again from what I saw and from others who also worked on them, the Black Cat schemed aircraft were radar equi
  6. Hi FZ6, 1. Instrument panel - From my experience and having just spoken to a Black Cat SMR, the aircraft with the Black Cat schemes were radar equipped, which meant that they didn't have the second set of sticks on the left side. Which kind of makes sense in that you don't want the observer accidently nudging the controls during the display. 2. Rear seat - During my time I have never seen a 6 man seat fitted to a RN Lynx, i'm not saying they never were just that I haven't seen it. The 4 man inflatable seat is more likely to have been fitted. 3. Stabiliser -
  7. Pappy, Hope this helps. The top left black box looks like it might be something to do with the radar, I've no idea what the bottom left box with all of the cables on it is, the odd looking frame thing was the compressor and gubbins for the Sea Owl PID and I don't know what the squarish black box is behind it. I am a grubber by trade so really have no idea what it all is.
  8. Hi Pappy, I'll try and answer your questions and either confirm or add to the posts by others. Q1 - Yes the RN cabin had a wooden freight floor, this was to protect what turned out to be a fragile floor. It was plywood with a self adhesive black no-slip sheet very similar to that used on the top of a skateboard, it very quickly got scuffed and scraped. Q2 - RN ships have what is called a grid on the flight deck, this grid allows the deck lock to physically pull the aircraft down onto the flight deck once it has landed on it, provided the pilot d
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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 co
  12. Main rotor blades and head are about all you could use. The engines, windscreen, cabin doors and undercarriage are all different. Red
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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 pan
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