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  1. It is indeed just an aircraft homing beacon - Ark had it throughout her life. According to Neil McCart’s excellent “Three Ark Royals” book, the photo was taken on 19 January 1939 on her arrival in Malta for the first time - so you’re right that it is pre-War. I too love Malta; a stunning and atmospheric place
  2. Characteristically clear and comprehensive advice from Jamie, there. And what a stunning photograph of a hard-worked warship; every time you look you see something else that’s interesting. Superb!
  3. Just yo warn you that I am finally capable of fitting my (bootless) foot under the bench again, so trying to remember where I’d got to… The Ark build even has a photo; for aircraft, you’ll just have to take my word for it. Crisp is still with us… Stay tuned
  4. OK. Finally, a mere 4 months after Achilles’ tendon rupture [resultant boot wouldn’t fit under work bench] and almost 9 months after heart attack… I’m still here. And just to prove it, here is a photo of Ark on my bench at the weekend, when I sat down and started a mammoth “Now where the f*ck was I?” planning session for how to pick this up again: [Same goes for the P-38F, but I have no photo for that one so won’t be posting…] Stay tuned Crisp
  5. I’d ask him for a couple of Gnomes… but something tells me they’d be more likely to have fishing rods than inlet guide vanes!
  6. I saw one of these at Telford and was briefly tempted by the Seawolf bit (as an ex-Type 22 man). Less so in the Dart. You’re making a fine job of it, anyway.
  7. Does this mean that you’re thinking of a third carrier, or just that you’re going to transfer some of Cammell Laird’s 30s technology to Kiel? For the Merit Ark, I’d say that Tetra set is completely indispensable. Not sure how much it will help you for other ships (non-Brit ones, anyway!)
  8. Looking excellent - very authentic. I watched the first of those “abandoned” things on YouToob; I had no idea that she was part-financed by the Department of Defense. She was certainly remarkably fast!
  9. Exeter definitely had her unique blue anti-fouling during the Falklands; she spent several days close to us (Fearless) in San Carlos and you could see it very clearly. Ark Royal (5 - mid-80s) also had non-standard anti-fouling at the start of her life; she emerged from build with mid-grey (darker then standard RN weatherworks grey, but not actually very dark) anti-fouling, but it turned to mote conventional colours during her first docking at some point during my time on board (86-89), and as far as I know stayed that way. No idea whether that was another experiment with whichever paint was available commercially, though Exeter’s certainly was
  10. The thought of sailing one of those across the Atlantic does not fill me with glee! Lovely work, though
  11. Is it just me, or does the wing root of this machine show possible signs of there sometimes having been a patch over the wing root camera? I can’t think of a reason why you’d do that any more than Steve can - and how would you remove it when you wanted your steely kill photos? - but there’s a square-ish patch of ?bare metal? around the camera port for some reason, and I can’t see why. I am extremely glad that by the time I got to commit aviation for Her Majesty, we no longer did it in our No.5 uniform , whether with natty brown gloves or not. Bonkers! Your Spit is superb, obvs, Steve.
  12. Blimey! That’s great; I’m with Steve - can’t see anything wrong with that tail whatsoever, which is remarkable given that you turned the pylon alone into an exploration of multi-media modelling. Gonna look great with stickers. I so wish someone would do a modern 1/48 Wasp/Scout. Sigh.
  13. I too managed to escape without spending too much - just the ICM 1/32 Sea Gladiator, which has been on my list for a while and was a decent price at Wonderland Models. if I’d seen an Airfix 1/48 Chippie I’d have got that, too, but I didn’t. Mind you, I spent a fair while talking to the delightful guys on the (Dutch) Naval Models stand, and spent most of the train journey home berating myself for not buying one of their kits… so I have now ordered a 1/350 Kortenaer class frigate (to be built as a present for my best Naval mate, a Cloggie who was FDO of Broadsword on exchange when I was Flt Cdr, and who went on to be XO of Hr. Ms. Bloys van Treslong)… so the real show tally is 2 kits rather than one. The Kortenaer hasn’t arrived yet, but there was a built version on the stand (along with several other Koninklijke Marine ships - a stunning Tromp, for instance - and it looks fab; at least at Atlantic Models standard (which is high praise; Mad Pete is a legend who over the years has relieved me of more of your English pounds than I care to admit). Thanks to those who took lots of pics; the queue for the competition area was very long by the time I got there, and I had to catch a train so didn’t see any of the competition models. Looking at Turhan’s shots (some of which I do recognise, so clearly not all competition stuff), I particularly love that HMS Glorious, and there’s a beautiful pre-WW2 Swordfish floatplane (not entirely sure whether 1/72 or 1/48, but really well done either way). For me, though seeing other people’s work is always inspiring (or intimidating; delete according to how one is feeling on a particular day!), the real joy of shows is seeing other people in real life, so Telford definitely hit the right notes. We just haven’t had enough of that in the last 2 years. You never know, one day I might actually finish a model. I’m not a huge fan of competitions (each to his own, but I don’t do this stuff to compete with other people - I have quite enough of that nonsense in real life), but it’s not impossible that you might see an Ark Royal on display in future years [- or even two; my long-stalled Ark 5 build is starting to call to me once again (triggered, of all things, by the fact that I am using her Coles crane as my first 3D print subject - Airfix’s is at least 20% overscale)]. No promises, particularly which year! Crisp
  14. That wee adjustment (quiet in the cheap seats; he’s just back from Scottishland so will doubtless understand the McLingo) to Spittie’s entry door is excellent; all the little details add up to a fabulous overall impression.
  15. I too would like to thank the organisers ( @John Tapsell) - the biggest tribute I can pay is that it felt completely normal (including making sure the bar worked, with @perdu & @Tomoshenko, obvs). Not 100% identical to previous years - how could it be? - but close enough to give confidence that it will be back at full power next year. Astonishingly (in view of the photos) I somehow missed @Martian; perhaps he was regenerating in some Santaran pod when I walked through..
  16. And Naval Models, two thoroughly delightful Dutch guys with some beautiful resin 1/350 Köninklijje Marine warships. I bought a Kortenaer class frigate, to build for one of my best mates, a Cloggie Naval bloke
  17. You won't. [Ask me how I know - though the words "Ark" & "Royal" might be relevant.]
  18. The UAA1 ESM replica on that is fantastic (though I'm less sure about the water spouting from it).
  19. Ooh, I like that a lot (indeed, the whole model is really shaping up beautifully). I might nick that pay homage to your idea at a later date.
  20. Be careful what you wish for. We'll all be wearing masks this year, but if the Battle Pants are in evidence I also recommend blacked-out goggles and full HAZMAT protection.
  21. Sorry not to see you, @Terry1954, but there’s always next year. Besides, @CedB, you & I need to resurrect our Wallop / Old Sarum dusty-aircraft-fest (assuming we can ever achieve all 3 of us being fit at the same time!)
  22. I suspect the dark stripe behind the vertical ladders performa the same function as the kicking strip. In my era such ladders were often fitted with a ‘dodger’ - a strip of grey canvas or latterly PVC fixed between the ladder and the bulkhead, to catch all the black marks and scuffs from the toes of steaming boots as matelots legged it up the ladder; much easier to replace and/or clean the dodger than to repaint the bulkhead. In wartime they wouldn’t have had as much time, but XOs would still have been proud of the ship’s appearance, so might have simply accepted the inevitable marks by painting the bulkhead black. Fabulous model; great stuff.
  23. To be fair to S, he was actually fairly well co-ordinated for an Observer. He probably only tripped over a hatch coaming a couple of times a week (other than post run-ashore, obvs...). Some of his stubby-winged brethren could barely tie their shoelaces, even if they could make a Dalton Computer speak in tongues. [Crisp - fully paid-up member of the Amalgamated Society of Trained Simian Stick-Wagglers]
  24. There is definitely an Orkney Gin, though I’ve yet to sample it so cannot comment on its quality. However, since Orkney is responsible for the sublime Highland Park (truly a Prince among whiskies), I’m optimistic!
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