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Tramatoa

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  1. Creepy Pete, I was asked for help by someone working on this and I can't put the picture on here at the moment, please accept my apologies. Maybe we can have a proper look at it later in the year as I would like to know a bit more about the sequencing of bomb release. In my youth the closest I got to anything that could go bang was hanging upside down with my head under a Tornado ejector seat trying to find missing canopy hinge nuts, bolts and washers and I make no claims to know anything about things under wings. Again, thanks to everyone for the help. Tramatoa
  2. Gentlemen, Thank you so much for the pointers, it never ceases to amaze me how much knowledge this community has. I'd considered the F105 & F4 as possible contenders but the load outs they carried in combat would likely never get near the maximum and whatever caused the craters in this instance was flying a straight track, high up, possibly using a rotary dispenser which has resulted in a series of evenly spaced holes with minimal lateral drift. Hence the assumption that a B52 was the culprit. Fascinating stuff and I have some reading to do tonight to catch up with you. Once again thanks. Tramatoa
  3. Good afternoon all, Can anyone help me out with a quick random question? What would constitute a typical load out for a B52 engaged on Op Barrel Roll? I'm looking at a photo with a clearly defined pattern of 30 plus craters of two different sizes in a roughly straight line which might indicate a mix of 750 & 1000lb iron bombs, certainly not like you would expect from a mass cluster of 500lb ordinance as seen in some Arc Light pictures. Whatever dropped this stick was a long, long way up so I assume it was a B52 but I am happy to be corrected. I know its a bit vague but I can't post the pic. Any help would be most welcome. Thanks, Tramatoa
  4. One of mine disappeared off the face of the earth today, very curious.
  5. Less than a minute on Google, too easy. For full marks I need where it is, how it got there and the name of the cafe.
  6. I found myself miles from home yesterday, went in search of a sausage sandwich and a brew and stumbled across this next to the car park. Answers on a postcard please...........
  7. Hope you don't mind but this was originally in a Jaguar related post, I'll separate it out on its own in the hope it reaches a more appropriate audience. By a strange coincidence I came across a related tale last night. I have been reading The Phantom in Focus A Navigator's Eye on Britain's Cold War Warrior by David Gledhill (Fonthill Media 2012 ISBN 978-1-78155-421-0) after a previous post about the STCAAME Phantom at Valley. On Pages 143-146 the author relates the sad tale of XV418 which was lost on 11 July 1980 while carrying out a low level 'Canadian Break' behind another Phantom (reg not given) equipped with just such a camera. This was being filmed for the BBC Documentary series Man Alive. Looking at IMDB there is a 50 minute episode titled 'Phantom' which was broadcast on 14th October 1980. Does anyone have any further information on this? The documentary was supposedly about low level flying in RAFG and would be an interesting find. Further information from the BFI Archive; Title Phantom (Original) Category BFI identifier 225850 Date 1980-10-14 (Television) Production country United Kingdom Production company BBC Synopsis Documentary on the front-line NATO forces stationed in West Germany, the Phantom squardrons that are primed and ready to fight in the event of a Third World War. Pizzey flies with a squadron from RAF Wildenrath during a [war games] exercise. (NFA Catalogue) Non Fiction Genre Current affairs Credits Production Company: BBC Producer: Paul Hamann Photography: Fred Hamilton view all Cast Jack Pizzey Collections Film / Video VHS cassette - Video - Viewing view all Articles Radio Times v229 n2970 11 Oct 1980 view all I was a spotty 15 year old Air Cadet when this was shown but I don't recall seeing it. Does this jog anyone's memory? Pip pip, Tramatoa
  8. Sorry to be pedantic but you have missed the jam nuts and locking wire off the tie rods on that tail rotor................. Inspirational modelling, a guilty pleasure during an otherwise crappy couple of months.
  9. By a strange coincidence I came across a related tale last night. I have been reading The Phantom in Focus A Navigator's Eye on Britain's Cold War Warrior by David Gledhill (Fonthill Media 2012 ISBN 978-1-78155-421-0) after a previous post about the STCAAME Phantom at Valley. On Pages 143-146 the author relates the sad tale of XV418 which was lost on 11 July 1980 while carrying out a low level 'Canadian Break' behind another Phantom (reg not given) equipped with just such a camera. This was being filmed for the BBC Documentary series Man Alive. Looking at IMDB there is a 50 minute episode titled 'Phantom' which was broadcast on 14th October 1980. Does anyone have any further information on this? The documentary was supposedly about low level flying in RAFG and would be an interesting find.
  10. Gentlemen, I feel I owe you all something of an explanation regarding my inactivity for the last few weeks. Sadly I was one of the casualties when Thomas Cook went bump and it seems that being unemployed is a full time occupation. There's not a lot else to say really, but hopefully I should be back to the minutiae of the Transmission Platform before too long. Pip pip, Tramatoa
  11. That looks very good, nicely understated and much more to scale. Believe it or not scrivets actually exist in the cargo bays of 767’s, they are a plastic push in fastener with a centre pin which locks them in place. Not one of Joe Boeing’s better ideas.........
  12. I've just been working my way through my Village Photos album and came across something I had intended to post a couple of weeks ago. One of the things which I had never really appreciated previously was the superb quality of the illustrations in these manuals. This is the 300 foot winch introduced by Mod 5532 and I take my hat off to whoever drew it.
  13. Firstly the build looks superb and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you can do with that rotor head. Regarding the fasteners around the windscreens I think they are screws not rivets, one of the things that gives Walter his unique aerodynamic finish. The 72 Squadron aircraft at Newark has pretty much the same paint job as a 28 Squadron machine; As I've said before I'm a total newbie when it comes to actually producing this kind of detail to scale but there is a build which I think I've mentioned previously where a Japanese chap produces a Fly 1/32 Wessex and he gives brief details of how he tackled these fasteners in his build log. I appreciate his build has quite a bit of artistic license in it but I felt he did a pretty good job in this area using 'fasteners' produced from soft wire with what he refers to as a 'Tami Guri' punch. http://nabe3saviation.web.fc2.com/explanatione-fr.html. It isn't a technique I had seen previously so please forgive me if everyone and his dog is doing this kind of thing. I fully appreciate I'm not the one who's going to have to produce 500 screws from wire the thickness of human hair but I thought I would mention it as I know you enjoy a challenge........ Pip pip, Tramatoa
  14. Where on earth does the time go? Back to work a week today with fully functional U/C three months after the op, and Southport airshow to look forward to at the weekend. I thought it might be appropriate to review the information I posted elsewhere just to keep everything in the one place, please be assured that I'm not remotely interested in stat padding. These relate to the image in Post #143 on this thread. Of particular interest to me was the shape of the Flapping and Drag Hinge Trunnion shown in the IPC drawing. It's impossible to get an idea what this looks like with the head assembled but seen like this it all makes sense. Pip pip, Tramatoa.
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