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  1. G'day Tony,

    In response to your comment in that K'hawk thread, I am alive and kicking. Trying to ignore the physical problems. Still modelling, researching and writing.

    I'm currently trying to build Airfix's 1/48 Seafire FR.47 kit. I've just recently built a couple each of their Hurricane and Tomahawk kits and had forgotten how bad those earlier offering like the FR.47 could be!

    In my research I came across an article you did, 'Seafires ahoy', in Model Aircraft Monthly April2009. The photos have proven to be quite helpful. I have two problems:

    1) Trying to find some decent info on the wingfold. The Airfix attempt is basic, to put it mildly.

    2) I plan to fit the rocket pylons to the folded wings. I know that the wings were power folded, but did the RN arm their aircraft and then fold the wings like the USN, or was armament only fitted after the wings had been unfolded?

    Can you help?

    Trust all is well with you,





    1. tonyot


      Hiya Peter,..... sounds like we are in the same boat physically,..... glad you are still writing, researching and modelling,.... I`m hoping to get back to it after surgery this year. 

      The old Airfix Seafire 47 is still probably one of Airfix`s better offerings but it is basic an a lot of ways, like you say the wing fold isn`t great but the worst error is the sliding canopy section which cannot be mounted properly in the slid back position,..... you`ll need a vacuformed sliding hood if you want to portray it opened as the kit item sits well proud on top of the fuselage. It can be dragged down and superglued into position,....but it ends up crazing the plastic. 

      The wing fold isn`t a well photographed area and it always seems to have been painted darkly (EDSG?) but this attachment may help,..... it is a review of the Grand Phoenix update set for the kit including resin wing inserts;



      I don`t recall seeing any photo`s of the Seafire 47 carrying rockets with their wings folded and don`t know whether they would be fitted below decks or on the roof? Are you still on the feropete e mail? If so I will e mail you some pics.


      All the best mate and keep up the good work,




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