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  1. Confirmed grey inst panels. Also, confirm the red painted ones were integrated into the normal fleet when not on aerobatic duties, at least in 1966 when I flew in one during CCF summer camp , so I imagine technically identical.
  2. All very nice but the F40 6-3 wing with slats and extended tips has been available for years and the market cries out for the narrow slatted wing in a mainstream kit. A missed opportunity here and given the existing kit’s small shortcomings, I can’t see massive sales for this reissue. I expect that the project was more appealing though since the fuselage is already 6-3 engineered. Probably our last chance of a narrow slat wing regrettably. Still grateful for the ongoing efforts at Hornby, great team down there.
  3. Special Hobby had a low level project on the go over a year or more back. I wonder if that is is still ongoing. The CMR Venoms are not far off this price, £30 being rather high for a very small 1/72 kit even if it is a limited run. Still, I'll probably get one when Hannants get them in.
  4. Confirmed here. PAM #14 - mid 1976. I did the conversion back in the 1970s and it worked very well, using the front pod end of a Frog Vampire FB.5 and remainder of the Frog Sea Venom. Nowadays one might think that this sort of modelling is nonsense but options were limited at the time as in fact they still are in a way - until AccsGB come to the rescue-albeit at a price ! It's still a viable and satisfying conversion using these now cheap kits today and such a good modelling skill enhancing exercise. At the time these were quite recent kits (Vampire 1971, Sea Venom 1973). I did try to use the remaning bits & pieces to create a Vampire NF but never quite got there with that one and it all seemed such a waste, things were much different then with not so much cash sloshing round. Thanks for the memory.
  5. Where did you order it from? I have tried too but there seems to be a world shortage.
  6. A little birdy told me that maximum sales of existing and imminent kits is needed to allow the ongoing financing of the 1/48 Hurricane IIC project. So if like me you are champing at the bit for that, get buying what you can that is available now. There isn't a bad kit in the range from what I've seen. I have no connection with Arma by the way, simply another customer.
  7. Is this any good? For the Trumpeter kit but just a seat so..... https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/PAVS48044
  8. Well said James. I'd also add 'In Flight Tanking' and 'Fleet Requirements' duties to your list of the Scimitars tasks.
  9. HPM (High Planes) do an early DB7 kit in several guises. They can be a bit of work but the core model is (I believe) quite accurate. This would be a much better starting point than taking an A20 variant into the operating theatre for reconstructive surgery.
  10. Probably a little academic but there was a Dutch Decals 'RAF/2 Special' sheet, mine is dated 1995, markings for 46 and 60 Sqn. Coincidenally, The Aeroclub kit had a very nice sheet (by Fantasy Printshop) for the same two squadrons but different airframes. The latter looks a better effort than the DD sheet and might at a pinch still be obtainable from John Adams or fantasy Printshop. For info, the Sword kit itself provides for 72 & 85 Sqns.
  11. OK, I worked at LBA,CWL,LHR between 1967 and 1992. Overalls colour varied between companies and also between maintenance areas. For example, BEA hangar staff (not supervision who always had white) wore navy blue overalls and apprentices in green. Rhoose maintenance staff wore green. ALL ramp (traffic departures/arrivals) at various airports wore white overalls including the most lowly jobs. When a ground operations man accidentally, on a dark day, got killed when a kite pushed back with him still standing on a mainwheel tyre and out of view behind the main gear leg, removing the ground power plug after starting, poor visibility and grey overalls were I believe cited as factors. A mandatory directive was invoked shortly afterwards, continuing to this day for anyone in a ramp area to have the requirement to wear a 'hi vis' fluorescent tabard. I'm not sure if grey overalls continued after that but I think they got quietly dropped. Hope that gives a bit of an insight
  12. We see similar setups on civil airliners depending on the makers aspirations on cruising mach numbers. Slab tailplanes (e.g.Trident, L1011) give a reliable pitch control within the high mach regions where the tailplane mach shock wave might otherwise render conventional elevators unusable or at least dangerously compromised. If one accepts a high but moderate cruise mach no. but staying below the compressibilty region, say M0.8 ish (or less) then conventional elevator and tailplane controls can be built in during design (e.g. B737,747,757,767) with benefits in better overall form drag characteristics and very wide fore and aft trim adjustments - important on a long body aeroplane, and therefore giving enhanced operating economics, a major plus point when the company is paying heavily for the fuel and range is a factor too.. We don't need to consider any of this for a gentlemans/gentleladies aerial interceptor where speed and seamless mach transition is everything. Cheers, Nige
  13. It's quite possible to have an all moving tailplane with hinged elevators which are geared to tailplane position. Pilot input can be directly, via hydraulics, to the main tailplane, movement of which also offsets the elevators appropriately through fixed gearing to basically modify the entire empenage aerofoil shape depending on control stick deflection (I seem to recall the H.S.Trident had this). Some aircraft even have the facility to 'ungear' the elevators from the tailplane so that they can be moved under hydraulic failure conditions as a manual reversion option. There is no fixed way of doing things and each manufacturer has their own favourite method. Having said that, I'm unsure how the Scimitar went about things but there are several possibilities. However, having looked through my own references I do feel that the line one can see on some close ups seem to represent manufacturing seam lines. The giveaway might have been a visible elevator/tailplane deflection under fully nose up conditions, particularly during landing but none is visible so I do not believe that this was anything other than a one piece tailplane.
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