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  1. Just a suggestion but the only thing that would make sense to me would be if the upper and lower sections of the rudder were separately actuated on the prototypes. Was this perhaps trialed initially? There is a prominent panel line across the middle of the rudder ....
  2. The red dope IS the taughtening coat. It contains iron oxide, hence the colour. I think that the iron oxide acts as a fungal inhibitor. Basically, dope can be clear, coloured, shrinking or non-shrinking.
  3. No - those were Lindberg's. The last Frog V-bombers I saw on sale new were in Modeltoys, Portsmouth in about 1978/9 and I believe that they were some that had been held back by Frog as spares sources. The original moulds had gone by then.
  4. RCM = Radio Countermeasures. Usually jamming, spoofing, etc to keep the defences confused.
  5. No bang seat in the Meteor 4, just a seat. Ejection seats came in from the Meteor 8 onward.
  6. Mike was the proprietor of Modeltoys, in Portsmouth. Much more than just another model shop, Modeltoys (amongst other things) was the source of the long-running Modeldecal series, with Richard Ward as the principal researcher/artist. In the British market, these were the "go-to" for aftermarket, particularly for then-current Cold War British and NATO subjects. They set the standard at the time. Mike had a lot of connections in the British model industry, and always knew what was going on. He was invariably courteous and helpful to modellers young and old.
  7. So very true: I described him as a gentleman - a word I rarely use - because that summed him up. It's a sign of his character how many people on this board remember him.
  8. We ALL know you want a Boulton Paul P.111!
  9. Just a bit more info: https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/mercury-capsule-15b-freedom-7-ii/nasm_A19680241000 This links to the Smithsonian's data on its exhibit: as they say, it's the only complete, unflown Mercury, so it shows some of the bits which were jettisoned on the flown vehicles, and unscorched paint. The spacecraft wasn't flown because it was realised that there was something of a diminishing return in flying another Mercury when it would take effort away from the fast-developing Gemini program. Undoubtedly the right decision.
  10. Very good question! They don't appear in any photos of the hardware which actually flew during the first five manned Mercury flights, because they weren't there! I've just researched it a bit online - I'm away from my primary references at the moment. The photos are of spacecraft 15B, which would have been the next one to fly after Cooper's 34 hr mission. It was planned that Alan Shepard would have flown it as "Freedom 7 II". 15B was configured the same way as Cooper's "Faith 7", equipped for the "Manned One-Day Mission". As this was much longer than the first five flig
  11. I'm not quite sure what you mean here, Martin. There are actually six motors in the Mercury retrorocket pack: the three moulded-in "lumps" are representations of the actual retrorockets themselves, and the three small nozzles are actually posigrade rockets which were used to provide positive separation of the Mercury from the Atlas. This photo shows the pack before the protective covers on the three big retro motors were installed for flight. The covers were basically a stubby cylinder with a blow-out circular top; early project documentation showed a flattened cone but the flight
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