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  1. I’m keenly awaiting a T8M, which will surely follow in due course?
  2. Not daft at all; there are excellent Wolfpack sets available to fold Mk1 or Mk4/5 Fireflys. They’re not cheap, but the Firefly wing fold was a complicated arrangement (designed to keep the folded aircraft as small as possible), so Wolfpack ended up having to provide complete resin outer wings as well as the internal fuselage section exposed by the wings. I have the Mk.1 set, and the fit is excellent (albeit the required surgery on SH’s styrene is not trivial)
  3. Not that we needed it, but these designs offer us daily evidence that they were designed by men with Ninja-level expertise with the pencil, slide-rule and architects’ curve. None of your “done one ELRC; I’ll just cut and paste for the other one” nonsense for these chaps. No sir.
  4. I agree with Tony; amazing stuff. Only just caught up with this project. If I have understood which part you mean (and knowing that “braies” were baggy trousers worn by the Gauls), I think the term you are looking for on the gun barrels is “blast bags”
  5. Warspite’s Swordfish at Narvik was L9767, as seen here. This photo wasn’t taken at Narvik, but every piece of research I’ve been able to find suggests that the aircraft was still in its pre-War Cerrux Grey & Silver Dope acheme.
  6. Are you sure that there aren’t two ball bearings included in your kit? There certainly were in the P-38 F/G version, and reviews of the J suggest it’s the same.
  7. DAG sounds too dark, I agree. The only Sea Kings (of which I am aware) that had different front & back colours are those where the cockpit was configured for NVG operations (RN SAR cabs, Junglies), where the front cockpit was black and the rear remained grey. Can’t help you with Mk.41, though
  8. Always “blanks” in the RN, too. “FOD guards” was an expression that was used, but in my experience it meant permanent structures (e.g the Sea King “barn door” or the Lynx grilles over the ECU intakes.
  9. Can’t speak for RCN machines as such, but I too am working on an F.Mk.1 (Special Hobby 1/48 with Wolfpack wingfold). My research thus far suggests that the wheel wells (and interior sections exposed when the wings folded, for that matter) were indeed interior green rather than Sky. That’s certainly what the FAA Museum think (though I know all about the dangers of trusting museum exhibits). Of course the Canucks must have repainted them anyway (assuming they weren’t delivered in the RCN scheme), so RN practice doesn’t prove anything. Hope that helps!
  10. That Mk4A load hook arrangement is essentially exactly the same as the SACRU and associated wires on the Sea King, by the look of it. And yes, it was held up when not in use. In the case of the Sea King, there was an arrangement on the port side through which a line was run and you could pull the SACRU etc up from inside the cab; you can see it on most Sea Kings because there is a tan coloured strip (to protect vs friction) with a pulley at the bottom. Look in the BM walkround section for Sea King HAS5 XZ574 at the FAA Museum; this tan thingy is clearly visible in the 9th & 10th photos as you scroll down. Don't know whether Merlin has same set up, but from the look if it, something similar.
  11. I’m intrigued; anyone know why the additional pitot head? Doesn’t seem likely that it can have been an accuracy issue; the HM1 would never have been released to service with dodgy airspeed indication - and on any case, the second one is right next to the first, so any pressure / airflow snags would affect both heads. The twin heads look significantly larger, too. There also appear to be two new panels above the radar / under the door on the HM2. I’m still sad I never got to fly one (other than a 30-minute wazz in the Sim just before I left the RN).
  12. If you look in the walkround section of the Lynx HAS2 XX910 (a pre-production airframe, so very early) there are some photos showing the rear seat belt arrangement. It basically works like a car seatbelt, albeit without inertia reel
  13. Bit late to this discussion, but this might help?
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