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John B (Sc)

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  1. The cynic in me suggests that would have helped aircrew to climb into the right machine. Red = Valiant, Blue = Victor, Yellow = Vulcan. Simple enough, even for the V Force ! Ducking now as the flak comes in ... (I'll get my coat) More probably, those colours reflect each manufacturer's preferences. Or, what they had available.
  2. That seems the most logical expectation. Has anyone heard from Andy Evans about this? As far as I understand from the record, SAM Publications was transferred from the ownership of Mr Elliott, who presumably is the person mentioned as retiring, in 2011. In 2016 SAM Publications appointed a liquidator, the liquidation effectively completing in 2018 (formal end 2019). Effectively, no monies were paid to creditors by the liquidator. The main creditors were trade and HMRC. A company called Hobbyzone Ltd, two of whose directors are the same folk as latterly owned SAM Publications, appears to have proposed purchasing the goodwill of SAM Publications for a fairly nominal sum. That did not occur and Hobbyzone has also gone - in its case into compulsory liquidation. MA Publications began in 2018 with the same two directors as previously were listed for SAM Publications. Now MA Publications has some statutory reports outstanding. A proposed strike off action by the Registrar of Companies has been temporarily suspended - this suggests that some action is planned to submit the relevant reports. (My understanding is that if reports are overdue for too long, this strike-off mechanism is used to encourage response.) In effect this suggests all is officially 'pending' for now.
  3. Interesting bomb bay build work. Why Indian Air Force? Just for fun as a What-If, or did they think about Vulcans?
  4. I agree Mike - it was an excellent way to learn about aeroplanes.
  5. I think the snag is that if you make similar compromise assumptions, the most believable or acceptable answers will look similar , at least to anyone who is part of a committee. Old style designers were more apt to go with their gut feel or their personal idiosyncratic engineering preferences. There used to be a saying about IT kit - " no-one got fired for buying IBM". In this case, if everyone else is producing shapes like this, that reassures the doubters. A radical departure may be seen as more risky.
  6. This has been going on a long time. Airfix's first Buccaneer kit was the Blackburn NA39, based on an early prototype. Their Fiat G91 was also an early model with the pointed nose not the later PR nose. The Hawker P1127 and then the early pointy nose Harrier and pointy nose Jaguar. Frog had an English Electric P1B model. I had several Revell kits of US fighters which were also early models. Natural to want to be first with the new stuff.
  7. Having just come across this thread, can I ask any Stampe experts around on this site what is known about the licence manufacture of SV4C aircraft in France and Algeria? Are there any lists of constrictor's numbers around to help determine which machines were built where? I do recall someone telling me that the early postwar Algerian built Stampes were considered to have been made to a different standard. I haven't yet come across the Azur kit, though I still have an old Heller ~1/50th ? kit as well as a 7ft span Precedent kit (radio control) to build
  8. Presumably for XT287 with 237 OCU you'd need to remove some of the reinforcing patches applied later on - the Airfix S2B kit depicts a late life airframe with various strengthening patches. These could be sanded off. Interestingly, the S2C kit also has those reinforcements. Since I believe that some of the external reinforcement was a result of the Red Flag fatal crash, presumably some of the patches should also be removed from the S2C - which at least gives you the non bulged bomb bay.
  9. Thanks all. I wondered what the writing was on the top edge, -thanks dov. To me this is part of the fun of modelling, finding out odd things about aeroplanes - with the help of friends on sites like this ! Cheers, John B
  10. Hello all. I have been puzzling over the canopy opening arrangement of the P-38 Lightning, an aircraft I have never had a really close up look at. I know the central canopy section hinges up and back. Do the side sections beneath that slide down vertically into recesses in the fuselage - the two rectangular sections which appear to be cross braced lightly with diagonal wires ? If so, that would explain why there seems to be a heavier metal section across their tops, to provide a handhold and presumably an internal latch fore and aft. Any information welcomed ! John B
  11. A USAF C-17 low across our airfield descending in to Lossiemouth. Then the Martin Baker Meteor recovering back to Lossie from a flight up to Cape Wrath.
  12. A Dominie - the biplane one, either late Fifties or early Sixties, courtesy of the Royal Navy.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 aviation game.
  15. '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.
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