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  1. Can I suggest a trip to Southampton to the Solent Sky Collection? They have a Sandringham S25V, inside the building... and it is normally open to visitors. OK, it is an evolved Sunderland, but it may provide inspiration and ideas... https://www.solentsky.org/exhibitions Peter
  2. We have a 1:1 scale plastic model Spitfire at BDAC. The moulds were taken from a Mk IX. It is in 3 pieces, fuselage, and the wings. As it is on the ground it is easy for me to photograph... The A/C will go on a pillar on the left side of Castle Road in Salisbury, just in front of the old Spitfire factory where all the first series Griffon Engined Spitfires were built. More about its build and arrival here.. https://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/18633045.milestone-secret-spitfires-memorial-salisbury/ There are no distinct pannel line to be seen once y
  3. Outstanding, and I was really impressed by the way you have taken the power wires out of the U/C and tyres. A thought: do you think it would be possible to terminate the wires with a small bit of copper or brass on the tread of the tyre, taking advantage of the small flat spot found on many parked A/C. Then the base could have a couple of corresponding plates, allowing the A/C to be easily moved. Another idea I had for the 1/24 Spitfire was to build a "Trolly Acc" and have the batteries in that, using the normal external power point. Peter
  4. One to be pleased with, I think. Very well done.
  5. I built one of these kits when they first appeared, it disappeared somewhere along the line. I'm very tempted to add a re-released one to my stash... Happy days...
  6. Aircraft building isn't the fastest process, especially when all you have are digital copies of plans that date back to 1940... But the team are making progress. Starting where I left off last time, the Navigators panels are all in place, The most interesting is the box upper right. This is a track plotter, it shines a point light source down onto the chart table, and when properly set up the actual path of the A/C is followed. Next the pilots seat, mounted on its platform and with the trim controls at the side. The Throttle box is in place an
  7. The BUFFs are based at RAF Fairford at the moment. The rumour machine says that they will be replaced by a unit of B2 Spirit bombers. If so it will be interesting! Peter
  8. And there I was thinking that it was the bright, gaudy colours of G-FIRE that caused you pain!
  9. In Paul Richie's book, Fighter Pilot, he comments that in the phoney war in France his squadron started out without any serious back/head armour. Using armour plate from crashed Fairy Battle bombers the new armour was fitted at unit level, in strict contravention of orders from Fighter Command as "they" believed it would make the A/C unstable. It didn't and not long after an example was flown back to England for testing "Official" kits appeared from the UK.
  10. We are trained by them, yet we adore them. Still trying to work out quite what is going on..... Peter
  11. I'm indebted to everyone who has contributed to this thread, and for the information they have provided. A long time ago, in 1973, Revell released their new 1/32 scale Hurricane. I had been given a 1941 bound copy of Fighter Pilot, by an anonymous fighter pilot, named Paul, about his participation in the battle in France, from 8th September 1939 to 13th June 1940. As a wartime publication the book had been censored all I knew was that the pilot served with No 1 squadron. I decided to build the kit to represent Pauls aircraft. I started, but the project stalled. More rece
  12. And too the cockpit instrumentation and controls..... The engineers panel is original, the Anglepoise lamp cost almost £1500! The other main panels are new, but to AVRO drawings but with original dials, buttons etc. The control column and throttle quadrants are originals, and worth about £7,000 together... Main Panel Column and compass Note the white painted recess for the compass. The throttle Quadrant and other controls. The engineers panel And the n
  13. This morning, the Blue and yellow Tiger Moth, and which I've flown in, previously based at Old Sarum and early this afternoon a blue grey Spitfire, flying east at about 2500 ft. That sound and the wing shape are so distinctive.
  14. It is so frustrating: I was waiting for the WNW Lancaster, which from all the test shot photos looked spot on. With WNW seemingly no more, at least for the foreseeable future, I may have to face up to the HKM version and a lot of scratch building in the cockpit!
  15. As the BDAC project continues it is becoming increasingly obvious that the cockpit of the HK Models 1/32 scale Lancaster has a number of very obvious errors. The worst is probably the “platform” supporting the pilot’s seat. On the real aircraft the seat sits on a shallow box platform, supported from 2 ribs at the side and. From the main floor with a truss structure along the centre line. The dimensions are: Height, to the upper surface from the floor: 18.75 inches Width: 31.5 inches Length: 52 inches maximum. Thickness: 3 inches The floor is not a simple rec
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