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Ex-FAAWAFU

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    Fleet Air Arm from Dad's Swordfish, Albacore & Barracuda III to my own Sea King & Lynx - oh, and the floating grey tin cans they flew from...

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  1. Top fog light-ery; thanks! Gives a good idea of size & proportions, too.
  2. Plus the all-important dummy ground power unit; mustn’t forget that. Sticklers for detail, these Belgians!
  3. This is gorgeous - lovely aircraft that has always just looked “right” to my eyes (like many classics), and you’re doing a great job on what looks a really nice kit. I’ve never done a full WolfPack kit, but their detail parts (wing folds etc) are excellent. Nice one.
  4. A fleet with only 1 remotely modern aircraft carrier, no new battleships or battlecruisers... Yes, it was still large, but it was in desperate need of modernisation to deal with the threats of the 1940s, rather than those of 30 years before (for which almost all of it was designed). Besides, your theory completely disregards minor details like the Wall Street crash and the Depression - or were they some kind of dastardly British plot to keep other nations in their place as well? The Washington Treaty was the result of a combination of a pacifist / idealist (take your pick) reaction to the horrors of 1914-1918 and the worldwide - but led by the US - recognition of the economic carnage of the 1920s. To characterise it as some sort of convenient fiction designed by “the Empire’s strategists” (in your phrase) to perpetuate the RN’s position is a travesty of the truth. If anything, it was the powers that signed the treaty but quietly got on with disregarding it (notably Germany, but not only them) who “benefitted”. I’m sure it will be a great model, but you really need to read some history.
  5. She looks lovely even before rigging, but you need to up your game on the setting. In the past 10 minutes alone I’ve seen the same keyboard acting as a Whitley wing jig and a Corsair seascape - and not really looking that convincing as either.
  6. Hmmm. That makes it sound as though the Washington Treaty somehow benefitted the Royal Navy. A quick look at the state of the fleet in 1939 tells a very different story.
  7. RN used letters for the watertight compartments, starting at the bow. I’ll spare you the über-geeky further details [and I left 22 years ago next week, so I’ve probably forgotten half of it anyway!], but there was a system for sub-divisions within each letter, and so on. It’s possible to identify the position of, say, a ventilation hatch within a few feet. Dull. But important in an emergency!
  8. Indeed. And in Furious, Eagle, Glorious & Courageous it might have made some sense. In Ark, designed as a carrier from the outset, less so. I also wondered whether the Upper deck might have been the top of the armour? But I guess that amounts to the same thing in the end. I wonder how they referred to the... uhhh... gallery (boat bay?) that was on neither the Upper nor Lower Gallery deck, or whichever level of hangar (Ark’s being double) it was that wasn’t on the Hangar deck? The more modern system of numbers for up & down, letters for fore & aft (rather than frame numbers, which might be obvious on a drawing but are not in real life) makes far more sense!
  9. The siamese cat I had when I was a kid used to disappear at about this time of year. The first time he did it we were frantic, but then he reappeared 10 days later looking sleek and fatter than when he’d left - we lived in rural Lincolnshire at the time [alarmingly close to Melchett Towers] and he’d been gorging on pheasant chicks. He used to repeat the dose every August, to the point that we became pretty blasé about it. He eventually died warm and contented in his bed, aged almost 19. But I completely understand the worry, so welcome home Spinelli!
  10. Nice louvre! A big improvement. She’s coming together very nicely.
  11. Tonight I have continued working my way gradually aft along the starboard side. Though there are numerous small inaccuracies in Merit’s moulds in lots of places, they have at least tried all over the hull... except on the deck I’d call 2 deck (the deck below the flight deck), using modern RN parlance... but which they’d have called the Upper Gallery deck. [OK - quick digression, but worth doing to help people follow the build. Post-War (don’t know when the change came, but definitely by my era), deck names were standardised throughout the Fleet. This might seem trivial, but in fact accurate description of where a compartment is in a ship is vital: “Fire in the mess deck” doesn’t really help much if there are a dozen mess decks. The highest continuous deck is called 1 Deck. So in a carrier that’s dead easy: the Flight Deck = 1 Deck. Anything above that has a 0 in front, going up - so the levels of the island would be 01 Deck, 02 Deck, and so on. Anything below has no Zero, so 2 Deck, 3 Deck etc. are going down into the ship. The hangar of Ark 5, my era, was on 3 deck, for example. Once you are used to it, this is a simple, logical system. The 1940s RN was different. The Flight Deck was still called the same, thank goodness. But going up into the island the decks were A, B, C, D etc. And going down into the hull they had names: Upper Gallery, Lower Gallery, Hangar, Upper Deck (which confusingly was 4 decks down...), Lower Deck, Platform Deck & Hold. Throughout this build I will use modern terms, because they are completely instinctive for me and I find the WW2 terms highly confusing. Digression over.] For some reason best known to Merit’s designers, they have not moulded any detail on 2 deck at all, despite there being plenty there for real. If you look at this pic from a couple of days ago, there’s nothing there except a few pencil marks of mine: Tonight I have started fixing that; seen here are 8 newly drilled and brassed scuttles, the sponson for the starboard aft HACS (kit part) and a section of Tetra brass representing open galleries in the real ship - all on 2 Deck. It being a Bank Holiday, I’m home from tomorrow until Tuesday, so I will leave you with two summary photos which show all of the week’s work... seen from aft: ... and seen from for’d: Until next week Crisp
  12. Even without the Hawk, the Boscombe Down Collection is well worth a visit; highly recommended. [I cheat by living very close by, but I’d say the same even if I had to travel]
  13. Ex-FAAWAFU

    Hunter T7/T8M

    I have the T8M set and wondered the same thing. I haven’t seen the Airfix Hunter in the flesh yet, but I think I read somewhere that work is being done on a T7 conversion for the Airfix kit. If that’s the case, it suggests that they’re not compatible. On the other hand, most of the flaws in the Academy kit (notably the cockpit and tail pipe) are irrelevant because the T8M replaces them - so why pay more for the modern tool?
  14. The port side is totally different... but I only said the midships section was close to done; there’s still well over half the starboard side to be done. Softly softly
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