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    Any type of model really. I go through phases, but at heart I'm an aircraft man.

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  1. Not sure where to put this really, but 'Aircraft' seemed the best fit. This is a build of Hasegawa's venerable 1:8 scale white metal kit. I've heavily modified it during the build with a lot of scratch built components. In fact only the main white metal castings made it into the final model, plus a few sundry components like spark plugs. It was a very enjoyable build, but significant effort is required to get something acceptable. The white metal castings aren't as sharp as their plastic equivalents in the injection moulded version. Replacing all the moulde
  2. Really nice model. The wood finish is convincing. The 1:8 series of Hasegawa models does have a Dr.I and an SE5a. There's also a 1/16 Wright Flyer knocking about.
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    BAE Hawk XX154

    Blimey. 6000 flying hours is the fatigue design limit for the Hawk if memory serves. Apart from the test rig specimens, that's the first airframe I've heard of actually reaching the limit.
  4. It would appear to have a very slight tint. https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/303073773479?chn=ps&ul_ref=https%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F1%2F710-134428-41853-0%2F2%3Fmpre%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.ebay.co.uk%252Fi%252F303073773479%253Fchn%253Dps%26itemid%3D303073773479%26targetid%3D595627804553%26device%3Dm%26adtype%3Dpla%26googleloc%3D1007126%26poi%3D%26campaignid%3D1700156600%26adgroupid%3D63778811502%26rlsatarget%3Dpla-595627804553%26abcId%3D1140496%26merchantid%3D115153540%26gclid%3DEAIaIQobChMIi-fcjIv64AIVhdGyCh3idQcgEAQYASABEgIArPD_BwE%26srcrot%3D710-134428-41853-0%26rv
  5. Dark Admiralty Grey is definitely the colour of the Hawk interior, and the Harrier. The Tornado is a slightly lighter grey FWIW. There was a very brief investigation into changing the Hawk's cockpit colour in the early 90s when the 100 Series was being designed. A number of colours were considered, even a Sovietesque blue/green. The only input from the Project Test Pilot was "Anything except black". The idea was dropped in the end on the grounds of cost. The number of cockpit drawings that would need to be created for the new colour was huge. Running into hundreds.
  6. The Fokker Dr.1 had a four point harness I'm fairly sure. There is a picture of Richthofen's aircraft with one of the lap straps hanging over the side. The final hole in the end plate fitted over a central spigot I believe, and when all the straps were in place they were held with an R-clip, or something similar. I've never come across a picture of the whole arrangement to confirm it though. In fact, I'd appreciate it if anyone else can.
  7. In many ways it's nice to see a build that is non-plastic for a change. A nice result and a good looking model.
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    Hitting the Wall.

    I was building Tamiya's 1:32 F-4D for a friend who flew the aircraft in Vietnam. The model was pretty much complete bar the external painting and because of its size I placed it on the floor temporarily with the mental admonishment "Do NOT step on it!" Shortly afterwards I stepped backwards onto it... Words were said. Bad ones. Thankfully the damage was surprisingly limited and I was able to recover the situation with a few hours of remedial work.
  9. As others have said, the RFC mainly used a broad lapstrap. I know that some very late Camels did have the four point Sutton harness fitted prior to the end of the war though. The picture below is of a lapstrap from a BE2. Unfortunately I can't recall where I obtained the picture now so can't attribute the original owner.
  10. If it's a 500 lbs bomb, isn't that a Mk.82? I know that such beasts were routinely included as part of the Hawk and Harrier weapons clearances.
  11. Wow, that looks epic. I'm very impressed. I'm half tempted to grab mine from my stash and get building. <Must not start any more kits until I have finished some of the ones on the go.... must not start any more...>
  12. As a final coda, the model has just arrived at its final destination in the US, and to my huge relief is undamaged and the recipient delighted with it.
  13. The Sopwith Camel was noted for being tail heavy when flown, especially when fully fuelled. The forward stick pressure required to maintain level flight could become tiring to apparently. As a result of this it wasn't that unusual for some pilots to actually enlarge the cut out. It improved visibility and made the aircraft more comfortable to fly, at the expense of increasing the wing loading slightly. Based on that I think it is probably unlikely that anyone modified it the other way. Here's a pic of Elliott White Spring's Camel after a landing mishap. You can see t
  14. That's my understanding too.
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