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  1. Humble apologies - not sure how I misinterpreted things
  2. Other differences from Hotspur, as well as the longer hull (additional 14 feet, which, I think, was partly ahead of the foc's'le break - hence the extension shown - and partly further aft), included the wider and longer after deckhouse (to accommodate the flotilla staff) and the tripod foremast.
  3. Sorry to be a pain (again), but the catapult trolley on RN battleships with the catapult on "X" turret faced the other way; the aircraft was launched over the back of the turret, rather than over the guns (to save the turret training a long way round to face into the relative wind) - see, for example, Royal Oak (https://i.redd.it/bg0499tpqsj51.png). Edit - definitely being a pain - ignore the above. Apologies
  4. In the photo which Mike posted, the cableholders for the bower anchor cable (the two for'd ones)are equally spaced either side of the centre line, and the sheet anchor one is well over to starboard; this was the normal configuration in most large RN ships. Sorry to a pain!
  5. I think the snag here is that the photo-etch part for the sheet anchor cable (the shortest part of the three, intended to be fitted as the aftermost of two on the starboard sidee) has been put on the port side. If the two longer parts are fitted aft of the two for'd hawseholes, their cableholders are abreast each other, and the sheet anchor's cableholder is slightly aft of the other two.
  6. Note that RN Skyraiders didn't all have the same size underwing serials!
  7. The photos of WV106 on Jun's website are mostly of the aircraft on displayin a museum, well after it had been withdrawn from service. Although the markings look reasonably accurate, it had served in other unit(s) after its time in Centaur, and had been repainted to match i5ts 1959 appearance.
  8. For photos of the "red dragon" on the "D" on the cowling, see https://skyraider.org/skyassn/memberpics/cowell/cowell.htm - although taken on Bulwark, the marking didn't change much, if at all. The photo of WV967 to which Jun referred shows the aircraft wearing code 442, a "C" Flight code (not 422), albeit still carrying a C carrier letter, but it was taken after the Skyraiders had left Centaur and WV967 had been transferred to "C" Flight.
  9. From the monograph referred to by Mike, the flight markings comprised a 'red dragon' motif (originating from the Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force) painted onto the white Flight letter "D" on the cowling of each aircraft, the carrier letter ("C") towards the top of the fin in white, the white three-digit code aft of the fuselage roundel and (last two digits only) on the undercarriage door. Serials were also in white, the underwing ones reading from outboard to inboard (except for WT097, which had them reading from inboard!). The aircraft allocated to D Flight when embarked in Centaur (January-June 1959) were WV105 (426/C), which suffered hydraulic failure and subsequent damage on 11/2/1959 and was replaced by WT967 (same code), WV106 (427/C), WV178 (428/C) and WT097 (429/C). The monograph includes a photo of WV106 in July 1959, still coded 427/C.
  10. Sounds like the RAF banter (?) when an old'n'bold* aviator refers to the old times in what was purported to be a better aircraft than the then-current sort - "WIWOL" (When I Was On Lightnings)! Good luck with your project - although I'm not sure about ALL the previous Glasgows - the name goes back to a 6th Rate of 1707 (as you probably know!). * Although they do say that there are no old'n'bold aviators - only one of the two adjectives can apply!
  11. I think ignoring the 18" length difference between Rothesay (and Whitby) class ships and Leanders is correct - I think that the length between perpendiculars of all three classes was the same, and the only difference in length overall was the result of the aft-sloping transom, which was a deck taller in the Leanders.
  12. Rodney still had HACS Mk I at the beginning of the Second World War (fitted 1930-31). The director tower was raised above the foretop in 1942 - not sure if it was replaced by a Mk III tower at the same time (note that HACS referred to the whole system, including all the below-deck equipment). The "G" suffix referred to the fitting of a Gyro Rate Unit (GRU) to the below-decks equipment, and thus there would have been no external difference between Mk III and Mk IIIG. In the 1942 refit, she was fitted with AR.RDF (radar) Type 285 - I believe the 6-Yagi array.
  13. In response to Beefy's query about the catapults fitted on cruisers, there were several types. In particular, York completed without one, and was then fitted with an EIIH catapult (where "E" stood for "Extending", and "H" for "heavy" (ie the weight of aircraft it could launch)). This was replaced later by an SIH ("S" for "Sliding"). Exeter carried two SIH catapults in later life.
  14. Thanks for posting the photos. According to https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/55097 the Buccaneer which landed in a Belfast street didn't actually arrive in Newtownards Road, but in another street not far away - some scary photos in some of the links given on that page.
  15. The photo of a Camel (N7136? - a little bit fuzzy in this rendering) taking off posted by Major Flannel almost certainly shows HMS Barham. She is certainly a Queen Elizabeth class battleship, and the configuration matches Barham in 1919 (N7136 is listed as allocated to Barham in January 1919) - and the obscured lettering on the screen ahead of the guns is about the right length for "BARHAM". The main armament of this class was eight 15" Mk I guns in twin turrets.
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