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  1. Nice one @Tired&Emotional. That is the trouble with sleep, we do it too often...
  2. After putting on my Deerstalker headwear I believe I have an answer to Pete's question. I have found 2 pictures, one of PA474 at the time she had the aerofoil fitted to the upper fuselage and one of, I believe NX611 'Just Jayne' These devices were fitted to the outer wing as well as the inner and I can see none here; Copyright 'Boston Swing' Then onto NX611, this time the inner section; Copyright 'Scott' on BM Nothing, so as Pete suggested they were removed Post War. Also, I have just noticed something else, the small opening on the starboard leading edge is blanked off and completely missing on the port so a little more research to be done there. As soon as I can I will credit the above pics accordingly, I just need to find relevant info.
  3. This is why I need mates like you Pete...... That is a very pertinent question that I do not have the answer to.....yet! I will have a look at my research pics and see what they throw up. Watch this space.
  4. Thank you very much @Specialbranch, kind words indeed. This is why I wanted to build such machines as once the work is done they get modified again and the previous conversion can get lost in the march of time so I feel it is important to remember them and the boffins/aircrew that pushed the science of airframe/powerplant and electronics. Thank you. Yes it is @corsaircorp, unfortunately very few if any aircraft carry this scheme now and it is sorely missed on the airshow circuit.
  5. Cheers Brian, that link could be priceless for Lancaster info. I was not aware of them being out there.. Cheers Chris, I am getting an idea now of how it all works, fascinating stuff.
  6. I have just had a look for info on this system and I found this page; https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/lancaster-cable-cutters.9290/ About 1/3 of the way down is a good description of how it works plus a picture further down of the components that make up the system. It included charges to blow the cable. Fascinating !
  7. I know the feeling Pete... but progress is progress by an measure. A good idea by Nick, could you reverse his idea and build out a little to get the same effect?
  8. Thank you Graham and @Gondor44, fascinating fact as I never knew the Lancaster was so equipped, it must be rarely mentioned in text. Do you know if any pictures exist of this system? I am wondering if in reality it is not a square but more like a wedge with a sharp edge.
  9. Very interesting Adam, a new one on me. I am curious now so I will have to ask google...
  10. After sorting the engine inlets out I now needed some wings to hang them off. This will not be the first time I have glued these wings together, my earlier laziness in not following the instructions led my down a blind alley, so after splitting them here we are ready to go again. Seeing as Airfix were thoughtful enough to supply instructions I felt the least I should do was to read them, so, duly digested, I fixed the top wing section, however, as with the following wing constructions I would need clamps and Mk1 finger pressure. The clamps were needed because for some reason it would not stay in the grooves on the inner wing, bit of frustration as I thought all these new kits fell together....oh how wrong I was. With the top section on I moved on to the lower section, whistling while I worked, happy as Larry until I noticed this; There is locating tab about two thirds of the way along the inside of the wing which I thought was the problem so I whipped it off. Need not of bothered, still the same. In the end all i could do was to hold it in place with my fingers using considerable force then gluing and continuing to hold, I did not fancy sanding the leading edge down with several of those small square protrusions to reinstate. What are they for ? When I came to the other wing I had a similar problem but in a different place, this time inboard of the inner engine, it refused to close up unless I applied considerable pressure. I did think I had constructed the wheel bays incorrectly but I checked before hand that all was as it should be so I don't know why this has fought me so much....luck of the draw I suppose. Well that's it folks....the shortest and least interesting update I have ever done. I just cannot seem to get my teeth into this build but hopefully that will change shortly. If your still awake...thanks for looking.
  11. Very true, I was trying to remember that but could not recall it as I drove past it on Friday on my way to Conningsby.
  12. Probably not that funny but there is a hamlet in Lincolnshire called 'Wasps Nest', hope the postie carries a ladder.
  13. Wow, a 1/32 Sea King! Is the whole kit scratch built as I do not know of a kit of the Sea King in this scale? That would be another 'wow' if it is..... Gary
  14. Yes indeed, I know someone renovated one that was obviously old and well past it's best and put the video on You Tube, apparently. It may be the same gentleman.
  15. I came across this yesterday and my mind was blown away, having spent my first 21 years as a mechanical fitter I often struggled holding things in a vice. This does everything a standard vice cannot and to be honest I find watching the video of it working absolutely mesmerizing. As a piece of engineering it is incredible and looks more like a work of art than a working tool. What function it could have in modelling I do not know yet other than holding fuselages and wings while working on them but like all good tools new uses are often found. It has no price yet as this seems to be a prototype but it will not be cheap, I felt I had to post just from an 'interest' point of view and to let you draw your own conclusions. Find the video here; https://fractalvise.com/
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