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About Nobby57

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    Resident Procrastinator!
  • Birthday 10/28/1957

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    West London
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    Apart from fixed wing and rotary in general, my particular interests are -
    Naval aviation; specifically the Fleet Air Arm followed by USN/USMC.

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  1. FH-1 Phantom or F2H-2 Banshee? As I too bought KH's F2H Banshee on a whim, I must say, whenever I get round to it, I'm not too bothered about having to do many extra hours of work trying to rectify Mr. Song's errors after reading some of the posts above. But having looked at the comprehensive set of photographs and article here... http://axis-and-allies-paintworks.com/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?7392 It seems we have a bit of a hybrid interpretation of the materials at hand. Perhaps KH have mixed up the 2 a/c. However, the challenges aren't too daunting even if having paid for a shake and bake kit, we've got to go a little further. Nice mouldings.
  2. Similar thoughts Dave...well spotted. Maybe a chance for the exhibitors to have a fashion parade along a very long catwalk I have to add.
  3. I have to agree especially after taking a special trip to see the Scimitar that once sat on deck...only to find it had been moved ashore. Loved the ship though. Thanks F-32...the Midway has just gone on my bucket list, along with the Alabama even if she's a BB.
  4. Kit bashes it seems were never a new thing CB...especially when sozzled! I know...
  5. Having a very large scale copy of a blueprint...for 'finishing' purposes, of a Westland Wessex HAS Mk.1...upon which was accidentally spilled...in 1963/4...the actual paint variant: I shall sell at a very handsome price...paint chips to the highest bidder!!!! Wha...? But seriously...Oxford Blue is the original service application on 814/815 Wessex. (815 being the 1st, and Boyd Trophy winner, with the Wessex HAS Mk.1 in 1962) Later Whirlwinds may have succumbed to the 'gradual/immediatisation' of the Battle of Britain success decades before, from which the dictat that all FAA successes were to be attributed to the 'RAF Red Arrows' naval aerobatic team...if only in name alone but certainly not by colour. (?)
  6. Cheers WIP...so we all now know, it is attributed to, but not the actual configuration a/c that 'Winkle' landed. So I go with Chromate a/f and prototype yellow undersides! Don't say sky!
  7. Hello folks, to add to the debate, I recently received the CMR Sea Vampire prototype LZ551/G, as flown by Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown in the world’s first pure-jet deck landing aboard HMS Ocean in late 1945. Knowing that it is based upon the same a/c displayed at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, it appears that there could be some confusion (mine or others) as it sports a Sky underside. Why should I say this when so many illustrations, models and even the prototype at Yeovilton itself has a Sky underside. Please take a look at the following examples on the internet and see what you can deduce; I for one believe the current Yeovilton exhibit could be very wrong indeed, if purporting to be Eric’s actual aircraft on that momentous day. Colour Clip of the actual landing… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0DDkzS6p7E A photograph of LZ 551 at Yeovilton from 1988… http://www.ipernity.com/doc/327697/21220457 What do you think?
  8. Cheers Enzo,looking forward to this one if it happens All the best;Nobs
  9. So Enzo, how far off are we? Just bought a CMR prototype Sea Venom and can't wait to get very 'controversial' with it for a club themed build!
  10. Beyond making your own...ask in the wants section...or, modify available transfers. (Check Hannants for generic national markings...ie, standard sized roundels, standard sized force legends, e.g. 'Royal Navy' at about 11 inch height etc, etc. Other than specific sheets, I know Colin of Freightdog was/is considering a kit release. Don't know however if decals were ever near the production stage. Just a heads up on that front. But i too have an Airfix Wasp but haven't tracked any conversion sets so I will admit...I'm a very jealous little boy. Hope you complete your project. A 'Flying Marines' Scout is my only recourse at the moment...keeping everything Pusser as I have to, but I'm sure the AAC had a lot to do with that.
  11. Hello Chris, If you are ever in Wiltshire, try the Boscombe Down Aircraft Collection at Old Sarum Aerodrome (Mostly nose sections and developmental exhibits); And whilst you take this one in, also go to the Army Aviation Museum at Middle Wallop (about 30 minutes away). I recommend you do both in one visit, and I also advise you'll be pleasantly surprised. Hope this helps. Nobby
  12. Nice to be back...slower than ever; depression uplifted, and perhaps some more plastic massaged, scraped and put on the rack. Life sucks sometimes, but fiddling with small facsimilies still massages the soul??? Well...that's what I hope it'll do - The way I remembered it as a kid.; no kidding.

    1. stevej60


      sometimes the only thing,s that keeps me sane!

    2. Pete in Lincs

      Pete in Lincs

      Welcome aboard. Again. Your padded cabin awaits...

    3. Duncan B

      Duncan B

      Nice to see you back. Does the 1/72 Javelin fit into you plans for plastic therapy? I hope so.

  13. Ditto...and I just bought a Tamiya kit and planned on an Accurate Armour upgrade. Hmm...'Buy British' I'm still thinking. Hmm yet again...I'm not getting any younger and the chaos effect, if I bought foreign, would take a wee while longer to impact through. I think a T/AA crossing would be more fun, more patriotic, but a little more expensive. Sod it! Go for both...("Pocket Nobs...POCKET!") But glad to see another offering to the market anyway and it looks scrummy, without a doubt!
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