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Ex-FAAWAFU

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  1. Blimey! That bow looks fantastic; top work
  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?
  12. It’s a guess, but I don’t think the centre one is an aerial at all; its root is at the same position as the pitot head on a ‘normal’ Gazelle. Might it therefore be one of this ETPS wacky pitot heads designed to get maximum accuracy performance readings by sampling as far out of the downwash / disturbed air as possible? Got to love a Gazelle. What I’d give for an hour solo in one nowadays!
  13. I was thinking more the HC 4 (grey, folds tail) - though I could yet do a Pinger instead
  14. I think 18 is worse, to be honest; given the existence of 16 & 19, basically 18 says “off you go; search me where to, but that’s what you get flying pay for...”
  15. That’s fab! I particularly like “Deck damaged - look before landing”. Because of course the one thing you never do when landing on an undamaged flight deck is look at it. That’s told me more about the flag system in 2 pages than all my fruitless looking before. It also underlines my suspicion that it was a set-up for 1920s aircraft & tactics. God knows how you signal that stuff using banks of coloured lights on the side of the ship, but no doubt they thought of something. Happily visual communication became SO much more sophisticated by the 1940s...
  16. Lovely. I have one in the stash, but I’m hoping someone will eventually bite the bullet and produce some transfers for the Junglie aircraft now the RN have taken them over from the Crabs. Seems a no-brainer to me, but no-one has done it as far as I am aware
  17. Yes, everything Gator’s Grip Thin. I thought briefly about using TET for the Slater’s (those rods are about the only recent part which aren’t brass or resin!), but it’s so thin I didn’t want to melt it any further.
  18. That story was certainly mentioned in yesterday’s Times
  19. Revamped aircraft signalling lights (hat tip to @perdu), this time with Slater’s 10thou rod. Sorry - glue still wet; it will be cleaned up in due course - it simply rubs away with a cocktail stick when it's dry, provided you're careful. And a general view of the back end; all done apart from the fairly obvious white row above the armoured belt: More soon Crisp
  20. He’s still in flying training. Probably just going solo on a 1/72 Hunter somewhere on the Baronial Estates
  21. La vache sainte! [Holy Cow, or pidgin French attempt at same]
  22. I was thinking more along the lines of “which Immanuel was responsible for writing these instructions?”, to be honest.
  23. I think I heard Martian going on about Kant when he was looking at FM instructions. At least, it sounded quite like it...
  24. Not just standard merchant practice; standard RN too. You’re right; I’d miscounted. Alas, still no idea how they actually used them - or even whether they actually did in wartime did. I’ve seen refs to carrier captains getting into trouble with Admirals for shining vertical searchlights onto cloud to allow desperate lost aircraft to home - presumably with homing beacon firmly switched off! - but never any ref to this signalling system, which (as you say) must have been relatively low intensity so as not to act as a U-boat magnet. My guess is that it was an inter-War idea whose time had well & truly gone by 1941.
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