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  1. Koala

    What are you reading?

    I have just finished the Bernard Cribbins autobiography,that man has entertained three generations of our family. This was a Christmas present from my daughter.she also gave me my next read the Haynes Buccaneer book. It goes on to explain the wing spar problems I can still recall the MEK fumes. Koala
  2. Seahawk The Sikorsky R4 was called the Hoverfly in British service ,we had about 50 out of approx 130 built They were used in the last months of the Far East campaign in the Casevac role.The R6 was the Hoverfly 2. Koala
  3. I hope this is in the right place A little while ago I commented in the What are you reading thread , that I was making my way through the seven volumes of Spike Milligans war memoirs. Upon reaching the final volume Peace Work, our hero is now a civilian and touring military bases in Germany as member of a concert party the time is about 1947/48. He recalls flying from Hanover to Minden in a helicopter with two of his party along with two crew one which he describes as an ex-glider pilot. There is nothing much to go on apart from him being strapped into a three seat bench and there was lot of noise. Given the general accuracy of the books this account is not artistic licence in my opinion. My reason for writing this is, what was the helicopter? So what are the options. 1 Ex-Luftwaffe type pretty unlikely. 2 Sikorsky H4/6 Hoverfly only 2-3 seaters. 3 Westland Dragonfly did not fly till late 48. 4 Bristol Sycamore this first flew in 1947 and has the carrying capacity . I feel the last one is the answer, however flying civilians in a prototype machine ,I do not think it would happen nowadays. Anybody got any ideas. Koala
  4. Almost certainly the Mercedes however the other 3 European marques would also be suitable. Koala
  5. HI These kits date from the early 1980,s and represented 3 axle articulated tractor units of the time. I recall them being well moulded if a little basic with one piece cabs, they were the only option without going the white metal route. The models included Ford Transcontinental DAF 3300 VOLVO F12 Mercedes Benz Peterbilt Kenworth these last two being bonneted versions. Three axle trailers were also issued originally with the trucks ,the trailers were later released on their own, The trailers were Flatbed with two 20 foot ISO containers Dropside body Dropside body with tilt Dropframe with tilt These kits were later produced by Keil Kraft and then by Knightwing. I hope this is of use Koala
  6. Today on the M4 a blue H reg Renault 16TL ,hard to grasp it is nearly 50 years old and dwarfed by all the modern cars around it.
  7. As I visited this thread on many occasions ,and given that I see many strange things on my travels ,I will add my six penny worth. A D reg BMC FF dropside truck in the livery of a local haulier. It looked a very tidy. Also an S reg 1978 Mercedes van kitted out and in the markings of a German fire brigade this appears to be a daily driver as I see it all over the place. Koala
  8. Koala

    What are you reading?

    Currently reading volume 6 of Spike Milligan war memoirs . I received all seven volumes from Mrs Koala for Christmas. A very entertaining read but there are some comments from another age, a commentary on the life of the ordinary soldier rather than an officers account of a campaign. Koala
  9. In reply to your question 71chally the pod was not looked upon with envy by the RAF lineys ,when it wet started there was a jet of flame coming out of the jet pipe at kneecap height, so positioning it where it would not set light to things would be important.The only advantage it had was that you could manhandle the thing easier.The RAF Paloustes exhausts pointed upwards just dont park them under the wings, also most of HAS's had soot marks on the ceiling directly above where they were sited. Another reason they were phased out, the S2B Buccaneer only had one internal emergency battery instead of two in the navy version, meaning that an external power supply was needed for engine starting. As to using one mounted on an aircraft .When the engines had been fired up stowing the hose in the rear compartment right by the jet pipe whether it was running or just shut down would have been a very unpleasant task. To bring things up to date the Air Start Trolley currently being used ,is a four wheeled box weighing seven and a half tons powered by a massive American diesel engine that takes two people to lift the towbar.
  10. I seem to recall these paloustes were only ever used by the Navy , this was certainly the case at Honington namely 809 Sqn and the RN contingent of 237 OCU, the tail fairing was not fitted and a tubular towbar fitted to the front wheel. It is fair to say the ones in storage were probably war reserve, I never saw one fitted to an RAF Buccaneer. The name Palouste became a generic term for gas turbine air starters. Koala
  11. Hi Rick I have been doing some digging and it seems google is your friend .If you try www.ukserial.com on the XX*** page scroll down to the Bulldog section. there is XX551 /G-BZDP based at Lyneham around the time you mentioned. I hope this is the information you need. Koala
  12. Hi Rick I recall this is the same Bulldog that used to be parked up by the Wash Bay , and had some connection with Lyneham Flying Club As far as markings standard red and white RAF scheme with no obvious civil registration.
  13. Many hours could be lost going through these images,however there countless subjects crying out to be modelled and I noticed the second photo on the Los Angeles page ,there is a refuelling tanker very similar to the new Airfix USAAF resupply kit,also on the photo there is a baggage conveyor based on a jeep.The potential of the new kit has been widened, just like their RAF models. Koala
  14. Koala

    RAFG Buccaneers

    The triple bomb carriers were as far as I am aware were not used on the squadrons . That particular role fit also included 4x1000lb in the bomb bay, total 16000lb . However the view at the time was it would need to air to air refuel soon after take off having only internal fuel,plus the RAFG aircraft did not have refuelling probes fitted. Regarding the ECM pod there was one on each wing leading edge 2/3 out from the wing fold hinge, these were replaced by pylon mounted pod 76/77 around the same time the bomb door tanks arrived.Another armanent fit could be a Paveway trials a/c with an aquisition pod on from memory was on the port outer pylon,and the Paveway bomb 1000 pounder on the stbd outer this was about mid 79. KOALA
  15. The Foden in the photo looks like an S108 chassis with an S10 cab ,unfortunately I do not think it is available in model form. However as previously mentioned the Knightwing kit could be a good start. The cab would require some plastic bashing, the chassis is probably just right. The AEC Mammoth Major offers more choice especially with diecast models A good source of reference might be the RAF mt drivers website
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