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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?
  14. On the Slipway is indeed your best bet (and @foeth of this parish is its author). I had a very similar issue for my Ark build (Merit’s boats are woeful). Another place you might want to visit is Micromaster; I don’t know where he gets his info from, but his boats are exquisite and they seem to agree with completely with any info I’ve been able to find
  15. If you search on this site, somewhere you will find a (currently paused) WIP for my converting the Airfix 1/350 Illustrious to Ark c.1988 (when I flew from her). How much work you need depends on the time frame your want to depict, since like all 3 CVS hulls Ark evolved a lot throughout her career. The biggest change is the larger and more streamlined ramp, but Ark also had Phalanx (the other 2 changed to Goalkeeper for much of their lives), and a good few detail changes - and then later in her life when Sea Dart was removed, there were major mainmast differences. Since you mention the Revell Invince, I assume you’re talking 1/700 (-ish), but even so you should find plenty of discussion of the differences between the 3 ships in the WIP.
  16. The Classic Airframes Gannet (which I have) is the Anti-Submarine version. The AEW Gannet to ho with Buccs, Tooms etc. was a very different aircraft.
  17. Gotta love a Firefly - I have the Special Hobby Mk.1 & 4 kits in my stash, and a Wolfpack (I think) wing fold for the Mk.1 (cos it's there). One of Fairey's best efforts, and a fine-looking aircraft.
  18. But no Gannet or Scimitar. Come on, Airfix; you know you want to!
  19. I don’t think it was necessarily their wee-ness alone; more the fact that technology was moving on very fast. Multiple unguided small rockets might have seemed a reasonable idea when the Vixen [D110] was first designed in the late-40s / very early 50s… but by the time it came into service (1959) we were definitely into a proper guided missile world.
  20. Exeter had an experimental antifouling paint at the time, which was only available in blue - so yes, her boot topping was blue. When Ark Royal emerged 4 years later, she also had an odd coloured boot topping; dark grey in her case. Neither Exeter nor Ark stayed non-standard for long
  21. The FAW1 also had the microcell unguided rocket system in the two bulges under the nose - see The Baron’s ridiculously good 3D printed FAW1 build for details. It was deleted for the FAW2 a) because it was useless and b) because they needed the space for cooling stuff to do with Red Top’s better seeker head. Unless you are planning to show the rocket cells in he dropped position, there is no visible difference in shape.
  22. Probably unlikely that Atlantic Conveyor would have had standard RN ringbolt lashing points, Bill - they need to be built into the deck from the outset to be any good. I strongly suspect that Mike is right with his x-shaped slots thing, because the flight deck of Fearless was similar (albeit flush with the deck) - bearing in mind that the LPDs' "flight deck" was actually designed originally as an "Upper Vehicle Deck", on the basis that FS & ID would always operate with an LPH (Albion or Bulwark), so would operate aircraft but never have to host them. That's why they had no hangar. You can see the x-shaped slots in the photo below, of Fearless' flight deck en route home from the South Atlantic in July 1982, carrying 4 x Sea King Mk.4 of 846 NAS and 2 x brand new A109 aircraft which were captured at Stanley racecourse and flown on board by an ETPS-qualified pilot from 846. The point of the slot system was that it was compatible with the tie-down points below in the tank decks (the ships were essentially large military car ferries). For aircraft lashings we would use an adaptor called an "elephant's foot"; a flat plate, roughly 6" in diameter (from memory), with a welded adaptor on the base that fitted securely into the x-shaped slot, and a normal ring-bolt on top onto which we fitted the lashing. It's hard to see in this poor-quality photo, but there must be elephant's feet attached to the chain lashings. I've been trying to find a photo which shows elephant's feet clearly, but failed.
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