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John B (Sc)

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  1. Thanks Troy. Super photos. Since I still have a half completed 1/24th scale Hurricane to detail I may use some of that to help prompt me.
  2. I wasn't aware of the use of glassfibre on the F-86 except at the intake, thanks for that. Interesting that Boeing used non-structural glassfibre so early and yet it did not spread significantly either in Boring or the industry generally for so long. I agree about the conservatism of the construction and management sides of the British aircraft industry. Superb and imaginative design & engineering work by some, hugely held back by other old fashioned views and practices. Despite that, the Canberra was a superb aircraft - perhaps because EE was relatively new to the avi
  3. 'AFAIK the red dope is the first coat, which is why it can be seen bleeding though the fabric.' (Troy Smith) I agree Troy, first coat after the (normally clear) tautening coat. What I can't recall is why we used the red dope. Do you know? And yes the next coat used to be called Aluminium; it was for UV protection. Thanks. Intrigued you think the fabric interior at rear of cockpit would be painted grey green. Just for neatness? No significant weight impact, just another small cost I suppose.
  4. I found old copies of JWR Taylors booklets 'Aircraft of the RAF' and 'Aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm' from the early Sixties. The FAA still listed Tiger Moths and the DH Dominie - the biplane one - on strength. Mind you, we had seven aircraft carriers then too. What happened? What we have now available is a farce, not a force.
  5. Ah yes, good point John. I suppose glassfibre was a bit advanced for the days when the Canberra was designed, especially for structural use, whereas wood was well understood. Rather nice that our 'latest jet bomber' and some of our jet fighters still had woodwork involved. It took a long time for military aircraft and inded power aircraft generally to do much structurally with glassfibre; the gliding manufacturers used it extensively much earlier!
  6. It's quite a list compared to today. Presumably that book only mentions active inventory 'front line' machines. There would still have been a few Meteor F8 target facilities machines like 'Winston' then, plus TT Meteors at Llanbedr and possibly Malta. On Vampires, I must ask an ex-RAF pilot friend who just yesterday was reminiscing, talking bout practising 'E2B letdowns' through cloud which they used to practice, and I think he taught at one time. He mentioned Vampire two seaters and I know his service started later than '66. He was seconded to the FAA to fly Buccanee
  7. Wasn't it because of the aerial in the fin that the fin structure was wooden, to reduce interference?
  8. The grey green was typically applied to metal surfaces by some manufacturers (though apparently not usually Hawker early on) I think, possibly for anti corrosion. I'd go with that slightly smeary reddish hue seen on the Finnish Hurricane. I think it was a non-tautening red dope put on immediately after the tautening cellulose dope coat. I think it was a coating to reduce fabric deterioration. Slight doubt on the reasoning, since I think UV was the main cause of conventional fabric ageing and a sliver coat should be more effective for that. Too long ago, though I do recall using that red d
  9. Thank you Antti_K. Must get on with that conversion. The leading edge droop is quite subtle. I shall probably also haul out a 1/72nd Novo Javelin and maybe an old Airfix T3 to build, now my enthusiasm for Javelins has been revived by reading these threads. The last one I built was the natural metal one used by the CO of 228 OCU, An aircraft which I recall seeing at Leuchars many years ago. Somewhere., I still have photos. Cheers, John B
  10. Most interesting thread this. I had not realised until now that the Airfix 1/72nd Javelin 9R had, effectively, a modified T3 rear end. Was the early , pen-nib fairing rear slimmer in both plan view and in profile? I ask because I am tempted to modify an Airfix 1/48th Javelin 9R back to the earlier Javelin 5. At the moment Alleycat is not responding, so rather than use a resin conversion it looks like I will need to revert to old habits and build my own adaptation. It looks to me as though the main reduction in rear fuselage width is in plan view, with the side pr
  11. Thanks Mike, yes that is helpful. Ok, not really that expensive when considered compared to some of the other things we use, but hey, I am a Scot fae Aberdeen and we have a reputation to uphold... (And it's the P&P charges often made for delivery up here which really rankle ! ) John B
  12. Thanks Troy, nheather, I will try that. I will cut away the crust too, Tory. Mike - true, but I am getting a tad fed up of doing that & it ain't cheap. I only use it rarely. lasermonkey - tried that before, did nowt. add an item Cheers, John B
  13. Hello. I have a couple of old batches of Milliput, the components of which have gone quite hard. With much working they do soften slightly. I am reluctant to simply throw them away. Does anyone know of a suitable chemical to help soften them further, whether beforehand or when mixing together? I am tempted to try some easily available options like enamel thinners, turpentine, cellulose thinners, iso-propyl alcohol or acetone. I suspect the latter two will be rather too drastic! I do know that water is useful when trying to smooth and blend newly mixed
  14. Thanks Giorgio and 'tempestfan'. I have a 1/48 Kinetic kit and a Hasegawa one - I see what you mean about the surface detailing Giorgio. The Italeri 1/32nd kit seems very nice - especially the TF-104G, but an eye watering price. That decal comment is something to investigate, thanks. I do still have an old Revell kit ticked away somewhere, which as I recall looks accurate enough basically to be worth trying to improve/upgrade a bit. (I built their Mirage!! at the same time as the Italeri Mirage IIIE - both turned out well) The old Hasegawa kit I liked a lo
  15. I recall my father and uncles commenting about the use of firepower; that most of the ammunition expended was used to keep the enemy's heads down or put them off their aim. Since they were mostly doing the same, most was just wasted. Only 1% or less actually properly aimed. War is absurdly wasteful in lives, money and machines.
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