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Ex-FAAWAFU

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About Ex-FAAWAFU

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  • Birthday 12/09/1959

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    Fleet Air Arm & RN, especially WW2 & Cold War.

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  1. Served IN her. As I am sure he’d be the first to point out
  2. The RNAS bit could be true - after all, it was only in existence for a short time - but the conclusion is definitely wrong; the RFC & NAS (whether Royal or not) were both abolished on 1 April 1918 with the advent of the world’s longest running April Fool joke. The phrase “Fleet Air Arm” was originally “Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Air Force” (in the inter-War days when the aircraft & at least half of the people in Naval aviation were indeed RAF), but for obvious reasons it was fairly quickly abbreviated. FAARAF a bit of a mouthful even for the 1930s. So technically the Fleet Air Arm... is the Fleet Air Arm. [More of a Fleet Air Finger nowadays, alas, though still punching above its weight in contribution to the RN.] Fabulous Vixen-ery, Tony. I recall that fitting the bottom of the resin (Aires??) cockpit and top of the nose u/c well was a real challenge even in 1/48 - the cockpit floor and well roof both ended up Mr Creosote Waffer Theen after a LOT of sanding - so I am not entirely surprised that the tolerances are tight in your scale.
  3. Loving that Andrew Patterson shot - “noddy cap” on the Firestreak, damaged radome, Palouste in full flow. Echt-60s! I think “Village Teeter-Totter” is your name. (I had no idea the Americans don’t even even know the correct name for a simple item of playground equipment).
  4. I was / am with them others. But, though the winch bracket looks excellent, that thin white thing doesn’t look a bit like a helicopter of any description.
  5. I was going to make some confident statement that warshot Mk.46 were basically black, but then I realised I was thinking of Stingrays. In my defence, in 1982 I was in Fearless so in deepest Junglie land; none of those fangled ASW weapons anywhere near my flight deck!
  6. Thanks - I had seen the announcement, swore a bit, but then come to the same conclusion re file formats. Safe for now at least...
  7. Nice work, Bill. By the way, your “hoist/winch” conundrum: officially (like, Aircrew Manual etc.) it is a “rescue hoist”. But EVERYONE calls it a “winch”, including aircrew when using it - like, say, the Observer in his patter to the pilots during a sortie. A winching sortie, that is; a “hoisting sortie” just sounds silly or Jacob Rees-Moggish (much the same thing). You are totally safe just calling it a winch
  8. Jesus sur bicyclette! Magnifique! Bar spectacularly raised. I have long had (very, very, almost certainly never even started) thoughts of doing a 1/48 Vixen with engine bay open. But I’ll never come close to matching this, so it will stay a thought. [None the less, you & Hendie have inspired me to learn Fusion, which is going well. Sea King weapon carriers and rotor heads spring to mind - and possibly 1/350 Stringbag upper wings to solve the cabane strut challenge!]
  9. Depends. The Prestwick SAR cab was provided for many years by 819 NAS (I know because I was Senior Pilot [“SPLOT”] in the early-90s). The other 8 airframes were standard “Pinger” HAS6s, but as others have said we also had a single HU5 fitted as a specialist SAR aircraft - we were the busiest SAR unit in the UK for year after year. The aircrew were all Pingers; you were appointed to the squadron, not simply SAR, and we rotated our more experienced crews through the SAR flight as and when. The yellow blade was definitely top only, and was to make it stand out when seen from above. 819 was decommissioned in 2001; after that, Gannet SAR was parented from 771 NAS at Culdrose, but still based in 819’s old offices and hangars.
  10. So, that Golden Shot phot. According to the attribution at the bottom left, it came from a site called “bapwatch.com”. Subscriber, are we, young Hendie?
  11. Looks lovely - and it made me go and look more about the type, of which my knowledge was (is!) superficial at best. I’d never even heard of the Hardy, for instance - and since that too was for Army Co-Op, I’m still not sure how it differed from the Audax. Do AMG do an Osprey?
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