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  1. Sorry Bill, as I said previously, this kit had been withdrawn from service before I started my Lynx conversion (or at least by the time that I graduated front line) and I've never seen it. I think the only photos I have that show it are the same ones of XZ729 that you have. That's absolutely correct. Notwithstanding that this photo is a Dutch SH-14B because it's the best illustration of an early Lynx underside I can find online (I hope I'm not breaking any rules by posting links to Alamy images) , the doppler is identical to both this and the HAS 2/3. The doppler is the square device on the centreline between the nosewheels and the radome with rounded corners and with a ridge down the middle which separates the transmit from the receive side of the aerial. It sits almost flush with the fuselage and is a sort of duck egg green colour. Of note, the two smaller squares on the port side, one in front of and one behind the doppler are the radar altimeter aerials. They sit very slightly proud and are aluminium in colour.
  2. That contains the MAD winch. Very good question. Looking at the B&W images, the MAD bird looks distinctly darker than the winch housing and the surrounding sponson, so if we assume that the airframe and the MAD carrier remained Oxford blue, then I'd say the bird could be either DSG or RAF BG. However, if the cab was Oxford blue, I'd be very surprised if they had supplies of DSG or RAF BG on board. I know when we had two Lynx in BOXER in 88 and one was DSG and the other medium sea grey. Our SMR had a devil of a job persuading the Jack Dusties (the Stores Accountants) that he needed both colours in case of the need to touch up either cab. Of course, they could have got it from one of the carriers which would have had both for the SHAR and Sea Kings. The only colour photo of a Lynx from the conflict that I have is PENELOPE Flight and it is definitely still Oxford blue overall. That photo was taken relatively late on because it is fitted with the Hampton Mayfair jammer which didn't deploy south until 10 May. I had a quick read through some of the stories in Larry Jeram-Croft's book, "Lynx, an operational history", to see if there was anything in there at all about airframe colours. Couldn't find anything specific to XZ729 but it did point me at another online search where I found a report from someone who was in BROADSWORD at the time. According to that report, the blast knocked off the tail of the Mk 44 torpedo and they did indeed have an Otto Fuel spillage on deck (really nasty stuff), which explains why the tail cone is missing from the torpedo. It went on to say though that one of the other BROADSWORD cabs, XZ728, which had been damaged by cannon fire earlier in the conflict, was eventually fitted with XZ729's tail cone before its fuselage was lifted off and onto Atlantic Causeway for return to UK. And importantly that the tail cone still had XZ239's registration number on it. So I think you'd be good to go with XZ239 on the tail cone but from the looks of it, overpainted in black. Hope that helps
  3. As far as I can tell from the photos I have (which I think you have posted similar copies on here earlier, though I think mine might be slightly higher resolution) XZ729 had no markings whatsoever at the time of the attack, other than a single large blue/red roundel either side of the fuselage which would be commensurate with a couple of other Corporate era Lynx photos I have. Surprisingly, I can't even see the registration on the tail boom which I thought was a legal requirement in time of war to demonstrate that it was a military aircraft. Equally as far as I can tell, there is no BT code on the knife edge fairing.
  4. Well that was fun! The worst part of repair to DANAE were the hundreds of broken guardrails but in 1/96, every one had to be replaced individually. At least there were parts of CAVENDISH, especially on the port side of the fo'c'sle where there were whole runs missing and thus could be replaced en-masse. Nevertheless, it was still a good few hours at the bench but I'm pleased with the result. It's such a nice model of a lovely old ship (I've always had a soft spot for the CA class destroyers after going on board HMS CAVALIER when she was still in active service at Chatham Navy Days in about 1969/1970). Good news was that none of the stanchions were missing. Bent, yes, but all there, because the way my CA was behaving, I would not have fancied trying to secure new stanchions end on. I did spot a fair few other broken guardrails as I went around that I hadn't spotted on first inspection, especially around the quarterdeck area, so they have all also been replaced. I started with Uschi van der Rosten line but in this scale, it is simply too fine and so I ended up using stretched sprue. Did have a bit of a 'mare yesterday when I managed to knock the ensign off the ensign staff and could I find it, could I heck. I means it's not as if it's a millimetric bit of PE, it's 10 mm x 5 mm and mostly bright white. But I spent a good hour trying to find it and just as I had resigned myself to replacing it with a 1/350 battleship ensign decal, I decided to have one final look this afternoon and found it buried on the workbench behind a small box. So the original is back in place. The astute amongst you will notice from the first photo that I haven't replaced the whip aerials on the for'ard corners of the bridge. They're not broken as such - that was how the model was made - they're just wrong. If you look at this photo of CAVENDISH taken in 1962, you can see that thy are pretty close to vertical and most importantly, not curved. (not my photo, I found it in Tim Webb's excellent Flickr site which has over 7,500 photos of historic and current warships, mostly RN. I can replace them with straight wire, but I will leave that decision with the model owner to make. It's not my call. Now back to finishing the flight deck base for XZ733, HMS BRAVE's Lynx in 1991 and then to start the Wessex HAS 1 for the Baby Boomers Group Build. Thanks for watching
  5. Sorry, can't really help with that. It had gone out of service by the time I joined 702 Sqn so have never flown with it. However, have a look at this photo of an early HAS 2 (BRAZEN Flt, sometime in 1983 at I think NAS De Kooy air day) which appears to have some hard points fitted at the front end of the stbd sponson and which I think might be part of the MAD mounting: Also interesting to note that it has the tail skid fitted which I have only ever seen fitted to one or two RN Lynx in the very early 1980s. That's exactly why I build in 1/48. Couldn't be dealing with that level of detail in 1/72. But why then, do I try to do so in 1/350? Looks much more like Oxford Blue to me
  6. About 6 weeks ago, fellow BMer @I Boland posted a request to ask if anyone could help repair a scratch built model of HMS CAVENDISH that he had bought as she was a sister ship to two other C class destroyers in which his father had served in the 1960s. Having brought it home, I gather that he dropped the model putting her in the display cabinet. Given that I managed to repair a 1/96 ship builders model of HMS DANAE after a Sea Cadet leant on its perspex case which collapsed and trashed all of the upperworks, I said I would have a look. He sent me some photos which looked nothing like as bad as DANAE so I said yes, and a couple of weeks ago, he dropped the model off to me. The damage is limited to A turret - made slightly more tricky by a part repair already - and guardrails. So I started with A turret. Managed to get it free from the hull though with the overhang from B gundeck, getting it back again might be tricky. First thing was to disassemble it to remove all of the glue which had been put on for the initial attempted repair. It was like being Kirsten from BBC's Repair Shop scraping away the old glue! But managed to get it into 3 major parts (only two shown below) and the majority of the glue removed: Then start to re-assemble: Which was easier said than done because I think my Zap CA might be on its way out because it did not want to secure thee parts together. In the end it is a mix of tiny amounts of 2 part epoxy and PVA white glue. I just now need to touch up the paint on a couple of those edges but the challenge is, what colour grey did the original modeller use? I'm going to start with Colourcoats Light Weatherworks grey and see where that takes me. Now onto the guardrails... Thanks for watching
  7. Finally confirmed that my entry for baby Boomers will be a Wessex HAS Mk 1 from Italeri in 1/48 to go with the 1/48 Wasp that I finally finished a couple of years ago and my old flight Lynx HAS 3 SGM, also in 1/48, converted from the Airfix HMA 8 that I finished with about 2 hrs to spare in the Here Comes the Fleet Air Arm GB last year. Unlike the Wasp that I flew in as a passenger extensively in 1982 as a young officer in HMS HECLA and the Lynx in which I have just over 2,000 hours, I have never flown in a Wessex 1 so this will be an all new journey of discovery for me. I have flown a few times in a Wessex 5, mainly on my Junior Officers' Air Acquaint Course of which my enduring memory was climbing up the steps to the Co-Pilot's seat during rotors running crew changes whilst desperately trying not to sear my face/overalls/other body parts in the jet efflux that exhausted just in front of the crew steps. I don't remember much about the rest other than thinking I was sat a long way up! Originally designed by Sikorsky and sold to the US Department of Defence as the H34 Choctaw, it was redesigned by Westland Helicopters in the late 1950s in which the major change was replacing the Wright Cyclone piston engine with a more powerful but lighter Napier Gazelle gas turbine. Originally designed as an anti-submarine helicopter with Type 194 dipping sonar, it first flew in May 1957 and the first operational RN aircraft 3 years later. When President Sukarno of Indonesia started threatening the British colony of Borneo in 1962, the Sultan asked for support from the UK and over the next 9 months British commitment to Borneo increased to 13 battalions of soldiers and Royal Marines, extending over 1,000 miles of jungle border, all supplied and supported by helicopters. Some of these included Wessex 1s with their sonar gear stripped out and replaced with troop seats. It was as a result of these jungle operations that the Royal Navy's Commando carrying helicopter squadrons gained the nickname, "Junglies", a name that persists today with the Merlin HC4/4As of the officially titled Commando Helicopter Force. It will be one of these troop carrying aircraft that this build will portray. Given my lack of first hand experience of the Wessex 1, I am indebted therefore to the advice given in the Chat forum in the run up to this GB by @heloman1 that the kit is basically sound and doesn't need a lot of fettling. That said, from looking at the sprues, I don't see much in the way of an interior so that will need some scratch building. Just to prove the kit is in my possession and had made its way downstairs from the stash: Nice to see that there's a small PE fret with the kit - saves having to source aftermarket. I'll almost certainly use the supplied decals rather than buying new, but watch this space. The start of the build will have a short delay. Firstly because I am still waiting for my copy of the Wessex Haynes Manual to be delivered (taken over a week so far) and secondly I still have a few other projects in their final stages and I prefer to clear the bench from one before I start the next. So I have HMA 1 Mayfly to finish - should have been yesterday but she slipped her moorings and fell over on the base. The base for my Sea Fury to finalise - just got the chains to add between the chocks and that's done And the base for the Lynx HAS 3 SGM to finish Oh and the small matter of repairing a scratch built 1/192 model of HMS CAVENDISH for a fellow Britmodeller. So it'll be a couple of weeks I guess before I really gets started. Thanks for watching
  8. Thanks Colin. That is a distinct possibility simply because I'm not a fan of masking for disruptive camouflage, but I I think I will go with the two tone scheme purely because I have nothing else like in in the display cabinet (that said, I don't have an overall sand either...). What's the recommended nearest match to that sand colour? I normally use Tamiya, Vallejo or at a push Humbrol, The book was dispatched early last week and was supposed to have been with me on Wednesday. Latest forecast is 20-24 Feb!
  9. Mayfly is now secured to her base. I was somewhat concerned that with all of the weight of the gas chamber resting on just two small footprints of the gondolas that there would be insufficient lateral stability and that any slight sideways movement when moving the model/base would se her fall over, so I drilled a couple of pilot holes in the base of the gondolas and pinned both with some brass wire when I could then press into the polystyrene base. Seemed to work as she stood up without any adhesive. Unfortunately I realised that I didn't quite get the gondolas at exactly 90 deg to the plane of the airship so I could either have the gondolas flat on the water, or I could have the cruciform control surfaces at the correct angle. I opted for the latter as it is more noticeable. Here you see her with Tamiya tape holding her in position while the PVA sets. You can also see some of the ancillaries that I 3D printed to go with her to show the size. If you look carefully you can see some 1/600 figures in there Mooring tower: And 50 ft steam pinnace: Just need to matt coat the whole thing then finish off the sea base with a couple of gloss coats and the wake from the steam pinnace. Thanks for watching.
  10. Lovely ceremonial name board. I tried to make those for my 1/350 HMS PUMA. It was not pretty under a microscope/macro photography!
  11. Thanks - didn't think to look at Hannants. Unfortunately they're out of stock so have put one on backorder and hope they might get some more. As you say, a much more sensible price. I was thinking the two tone sand/green Junglie scheme from the Malaya/Borneo campaign though a red/blue SAR cab is tempting. I also need to source the blade fold gear/tail pylon fold though I can probably scratch build/3D print if necessary.
  12. Thanks Colin. Coming from a Wessex guru like yourself that's good to know. Sadly I don't have the 4+ book and it's currently showing as from £40+ on Ebay and Amazon so I won't be getting one of those! I've got the Haynes Manual on order but my experience with those is very mixed when there are multiple variants covered in one book; for example the Haynes Lynx manual has only a couple of pages on the HAS Mk 2/3.
  13. Uschi line is excellent albeit I find it difficult to work with (others on here have reported no problems so I know it is my own ineptitude!). The one criticism I would level at it is that it can be too fine and depending upon the background, it can be difficult to see.
  14. I might be swapping to rotary. I remembered that I have an Italeri Wessex 1 in the stash which might give me a much greater chance of actually finishing in the timeframe of the GB than a Sea Vixen and I have nothing in the display cabinet in a 1960s jungly two tone colour scheme. Downside is that I know next to nothing about Wessex 1s. I flew a fair bit in Wessex 5s in my early days in the Navy before they were replaced with Sea King 4s, but the 1s had all been retired by the time I joined. Can anyone advise how accurate that kit is? I'm quite happy to do a lot of modification but at this stage not sure how much modification I might be committing to! That would certainly pique my interest. All those Rolls Royce Tyne/Olympus gas turbine powered ships to choose from
  15. if in doubt, eat bacon. Only thing I ever found that tasted the same both ways I'll get m'coat
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