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  1. Google is your friend! This photo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Antelope_(F170)#/media/File:HMS_Antelope_1982.jpg) was taken in San Carlos Water, on 23 May 1982, a few hours before one of the two 1000lb unexploded bombs detonated whilst an attempt to defuse it was being made.
  2. A warning if you intend to model Belfast as she is now: she underwent a major modernisation in the late 1950s, which included, amongst other things, a completely new bridge, new AA directors, new light/medium AA, rearranged boat stowage, removal of Carley floats and fitting of inflatable liferafts, repositioned boat crane, plating in of the upper deck abreast the forefunnel and new radars - in addition to the lattice masts provided by Atlantic Models. Lots of work!
  3. Additionally, the hull would need amendment - Portland's fo'c'sle break was level with the after end of the bridge structure, whereas Indianapolis had hers aft of the funnel.
  4. Is Alan Raven's "Elite booklet" the same as Alan Raven Ensign 1: King George the Fifth Class Battleships (London: Bivouac Books, 1972)?
  5. As a leader, ONSLOW had a wider after deckhouse, and therefore there wasn't room for throwers abreast it - notwithstanding some references, she had one thrower each side, just forward of the deckhouse. Plenty of references around - eg http://www.modelwarships.com/reviews/books-plans/ship-craft/21-rndd/z-06.jpg. Each thrower had stands for three charges in their arbors ready for reloading.
  6. (Serious thread drift here! ) As well as Fearless' and Intrepid's operation of Sea Harriers, Atlantic Conveyer had an armed Sea Harrier on the "flight deck" ready for a VTOL air defence sortie when she sailed south from Ascension Island in 1982. It had an AAR probe fitted, and, if launched, it would have needed fuel from a Victor tanker before very long.
  7. Note that the spare floats were for the Fairey IIIF floatplanes she carried until 1936, when they were replaced by Walrus amphibians (which had much smaller floats). Thereafter she had rectangular "boxes" in the same location above the funnel trunking - possibly containers for spare Walrus wings? These were present during the Battle of the River Plate.
  8. It's not the link to the Cumberland article which was faulty! There were two SteelNavy sites, the old one (...steelnavy.com - on which the Cumberland article was to be found) which ceased being updated many moons ago, but was left "live" when the newer one (...steelnavy.net) was commissioned - and the latter has not been updated for a while due to changes in the hosting arramgements). It looks like the old site may now have been lost.
  9. Neither the period nor the ship you are asking for, but there are photos of Warspite after Jutland which look, to me, like the first of your sections: http://tsushima.su/RU/shipsru/velikobritanija/gb-dred/gb-dred-linkor/linkor-warspite/linkor-warspite-photo/
  10. The only RN Leanders which carried single 40mm Bofors mountings were: The first few built (before Seacat became available) which carried two on the hangar roof (Leander, Dido, Ajax, Galatea, Aurora, Penelope and Euryalus). Those converted to carry Ikara (which otherwise had no guns) - Batch 1. Those converted to carry Exocet and Seacat (likewise no guns) - Batch 2 (except Juno, unconverted) - 40mm removed from Cleopatra, Argonaut, Phoebe and Sirius on conversion to towed-array ships. Thus Apollo was never fitted with 40mm mountings. Fitting of 20mm mountings to frigates in the aftermath of the Falklands campaign differed widely between ships - some had GAM-B01 mountings, some the old Mk7A mountings and at least one had a twin manually-operated mounting (Phoebe, above her bridge instead of the GWS22 director since her for'd Seacat had been removed). In addition to a gun right aft, some (eg Charybdis) had a single GAM-B01 on the port after superstructure abreast her mainmast.
  11. According to Burden et al Falklands, The Air War (BARG 1986), the Sea Harriers involved were as below. The book also has details of colours and markings: 01.05.82 4.10 pm. Mirage IIIEA of FAA Grupo 8 shot down north of West Falkland. Lt Perona ejected safely. - Flt Lt Barton RAF of 801 NAS using Sidewinder XZ493/001 01.05.82 4.40 pm. Dagger A of FAA Grupo 6 shot down over East Falkland. Lt Ardiles killed. - Flt Lt Penfold RAF of 800 NAS using Sidewinder XZ455/(7)12 01.05.82 5.45 pm. Canberra B.62 of FAA Grupo 2 shot down north of Falklands. Lt Ibanez and Gonzalez ejected but are not rescued. - Lt Curtiss RN of 801 NAS using Sidewinder XZ451/006 21.05.82 12.10 pm. Pucara of FAA Grupo 3 shot down near Darwin. Major Tomba ejected. - Cmdr Lt Cdr Ward RN of 801 NAS using 30mm cannon XZ451/006 21.05.82 1.05 pm. A-4C Skyhawk of FAA Grupo 4 shot down near Chartres, West Falkland. Lt Lopez killed. - Lt Cmdr Cdr Blissetts RN of 800 NAS using Sidewinder XZ496/(1)27 Typo - Lt Cdr Blissett 21.05.82 1.05 pm. A-4C Skyhawk of FAA Grupo 4 shot down near Chartres, West Falkland. Manzotti killed. - Lt Cmdr Cdr Thomas RN of 800 NAS using Sidewinder XZ492/(1)23 21.05.82 2.35 pm. Dagger A of FAA Grupo 6 shot down near Teal River Inlet, West Falkland. Lt Luna ejected. - Lt Cmdr Cdr Frederiksen RN of 801 NAS using Sidewinder XZ455/(1)12 Error - 800 Squadron 21.05.82 2.50 pm. Dagger A of FAA Grupo 6 shot down north of Port Howard, West Falkland. Maj Piuma ejected. - Lt Thomas RN of 801 NAS using Sidewinder ZA190/009 21.05.82 2.50 pm. Dagger A of FAA Grupo 6 shot down north of Port Howard, West Falkland. Capt Donaldille ejected. - Lt Thomas RN of 801 NAS using Sidewinder ZA190/009 21.05.82 2.50 pm. Dagger A of FAA Grupo 6 shot down north of Port Howard, West Falkland. Lt Senn ejected. - Cmdr Lt Cdr Ward RN of 801 NAS using Sidewinder ZA175/004 21.05.82 3.12 pm. A-4Q Skyhawk of CANA 3 Esc shot down near Swan Island in Falkland Sound. Lt Cmdr Philippi ejected. - Lt Morrell RN of 800 NAS using Sidewinder XZ457/(1)14 21.05.82 3.12 pm. A-4Q Skyhawk of CANA 3 Esc also shot down near Swan Island in Falkland Sound Lt Marquez was killed. - Flt Lt Leeming RAF of 800 NAS using 30mm cannon XZ500/(1)30 21.05.82 3.30 pm. A-4Q Skyhawk of CANA 3 Esc damaged over Falkland Sound by small arms fire from HMS Ardent and again in same incident as above. Unable to land at Stanley with undercarriage problems and Lt Arca ejected. - Lt Morrell RN of 800 NAS using 30mm cannon XZ500/(1)30 23.05.82 4.00 pm. Dagger A of FAA Grupo 6 shot down over Pebble Island. Lt Volponi killed. - Lt Hale RN of 800 NAS using Sidewinder ZA194/94 24.05.82 11.15 am. Dagger A of FAA Grupo 6 shot down north of Pebble Island. Maj Puga ejected. - Lt Cmdr Cdr Auld of 800 NAS using Sidewinder XZ457/(1)14 24.05.82 11.15 am. Dagger A of FAA Grupo 6 shot down north of Pebble Island. Capt Diaz ejected. - Lt Cmdr Cdr Auld of 800 NAS using Sidewinder XZ457/(1)14 24.05.82 11.15 am. Dagger A of FAA Grupo 6 shot down north of Pebble Island. Lt Castillo killed. - Lt D Smith RN of 800 NAS using Sidewinder ZA193/93 01.06.82. 10:45 Hercules C130E of FAA Transport Grupo 1 shot down 50 miles North Pebble Island. All seven Crew killed. Cmdr Lt Cdr Ward RN using Sidewinder & 30mm Cannon. XZ451/006 08.06.82 4.45 pm. A-4B Skyhawk of FAA Grupo 5 shot down over Choiseul Sound. Lt Arraras killed. - Flt Lt Morgan RN of 800 NAS using Sidewinder ZA177/77 08.06.82 4.45 pm. A-4B Skyhawk of FAA Grupo 5 shot down over Choiseul Sound. Lt Bolzan killed. - Flt Lt Morgan RN of 800 NAS using Sidewinder ZA177/77 08.06.82 4.45 pm. A-4B Skyhawk of FAA Grupo 5 shot down over Choiseul Sound. Ensign Vazquez killed. - Lt D Smith RN of 800 NAS using Sidewinder XZ499/99
  12. Hopefully not too late, but the crane jib seems to be the wrong way round - the pointed end should be furthest from the cab.
  13. The photo of a Seacat launcher with four drill missiles loaded is of a Batch 2 Leander class frigate (Exocet conversion), which had three launchers, and therefore six drill missiles allocated - for ceremonial purposes, it wasn't unusual for four of them to be loaded onto one launcher (made the launcher look more impressive?).
  14. The blue missiles with red noses were indeed drill rounds (inert). Each launcher was normally allocated two of these for loading practice - which is why one rarely sees a full launcher with four of them loaded. Live rounds were white - but usually covered in a frangible flexible "shroud" to protect from the elements until fired, or about to be fired.
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