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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.........
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. I swore I was not going to go there where the IPC was concerned but........
  10. The Servicing Manual (AMM) shows that what I called jointing plates above are correctly called Spacers and are held in place by four short bolts top and bottom and one long bolt which goes right through the MRH and is used for hoisting. The Damper retaining plates are each held by two bolts with the head outermost, to which are fitted self locking nuts. Pip Pip, Tramatoa
  11. Sorry I checked but I don’t have anything which would be of any use, the Whirlwind is a bit before my time.
  12. As far as I can recall the recesses contained the bolt heads for the Damper retaining plates which were heavily walnut whipped with Polycast, these are the inner ones seen here. The outer bolt heads align with the joining plates between the upper and lower castings which would make sense, and there appears to be four bolts in the joint, so two big blobs inboard and four small blobs outboard should be about right. Can you do blobs in CAD?
  13. There is an ex-USMC example in the IWM North in Salford, free to get in but suspended from the ceiling in the main hall so tricky to photograph.
  14. I thought while I was on a roll I might as well continue to answer the questions which have been thrown up by our discussions so far before I return to the transmission platform on XV728. With reference to the final picture on Post 414 of the red pod on the left hand weapons pylon stub of an HCC4 Queen's Flight aircraft which looks like it has been lifted from a 1970's ladies hairdressing salon. As suspected this is an IR Jammer Pod, the museum example is missing the actual Jammer unit and when you see the drawing it all makes perfect sense. Producing one of these to scale would make a challenging little project in its own right. Pip pip, Tramatoa
  15. How did I manage to get through that post without mention of the Naked Gun beaver sketch..............
  16. Well, you were pretty close on further investigation. SRIM 4019 introduced (Marine Band) HM Coastguard and shipping, (FM) Military and (AM) Civilian Mountain Rescue radios. SRIM 4026 introduced VHF Aircraft (AM) and Marine Homing (FM) using ARI 18239 Chelton Mk 7 Homing system. Controls were located on the box at STN 103 as shown on the previous schematic. If you combine the two we have the complete arrangement of the control box front panel.
  17. My goodness where does the time go? Since the last instalment I have been pretty maxed out with family stuff but you will be amused to hear that XT604 was again within my grasp and eluded me once more. We had popped down to see Thing 1 and the weather was as miserable as sin. Shopping was inevitable. Completely unprompted she tells us she is off to Benson and would dearly like to know the basics of Rotorcraft so she doesn't look silly. Ahem says I, there is a possibility that there may be a place we could visit......... A window in the weather appeared as we drove into the car park and things were looking most promising. I knew in my heart of hearts that Walter was in the hangar for some kind of rework, probably to corroded skin panels but faint heart never won fair maid and you never know who you may get chatting to. To cut a long story short things just didn't work out. The staff on reception were charming but the planets didn't align at all. We had a brew, talked about the Gazelle, admired the exhibits and departed with a wry smile. I think it might be easier to get to see XT670 in Germany, now that's a thought! Anyway, here is the answer to what is behind John Mullan's bone dome for your consideration. If our resident Fairy can translate into single syllable Rigger speak that would be perfect. Pip pip, Tramatoa
  18. Phone Phixer, great post, interesting read and just what I was looking for. Thanks for taking the time to put this together
  19. Too much salt water on your flares must chaff surely?.............. ex-Crab attempts Naval humour
  20. I have obtained an Airfix FGR2 for my next build despite Ian's cautionary post as I'm currently working on regenerating my decrepit modelling skills rather than trying to build the perfect Phantom. This came from Transport Models in Preston, a place I haven't visited in many a long year and I have to report it is well worth the effort. I was smiling when I went in and I was smiling when I went out and I have a feeling that this is going to be one of my happy places. The Phantom wasn't an aircraft I have anything other than a passing interest in so I have no intention of getting carried away, however I do have a couple of questions for you; There is a superbly detailed earlier post on this forum regarding Q config for weapons and tanks. Can anyone tell me what the config would be for an aircraft at MPC? i.e. the config XT 895 would likely have been in when it departed on it's last sortie? Was there ever an aftermarket solution to the Airfix pylons? When you put the kit Sidewinder next to the ones on the Revell Tornado the guidance fins are clearly different, the Airfix ones have straight leading edges while the Revell ones are concave. Are both correct? Lastly, for no other reason than curiosity, what is the odd shaped pod provided in the kit? Thanks, Tramatoa
  21. Hmmmm, I think you overestimate my current abilities. I intend to give it a crack but not this semester..... Anyway, as I said I am Gawain in this story, inexperienced knight in shiny new armour, bit of a noob, not Lancelot material at all. Regarding the forward hydraulic ground service connections on Post 422, these are for the hoist system which explains why they look to have never been disturbed.
  22. Well I suppose I should explain my absence......... When I started to get into the Flight Controls and Hydraulics it became obvious my memory wasn't up to the job any more I thought long and hard about how to progress this thread. Since I had my op I've been very much enjoying my return to modelling but so much has changed that it's blatantly obvious I need to do some serious re equipping before doing anything with the Fly Wessex. To continue or not, that is the question. It's all Wafu's fault really, if he hadn't suggested getting hold of the manuals I might have just resumed pottering in the garden and left Walter to gather dust on top of the bookcase for the next ten years. Perhaps it was the medication but once my over active imagination starts to work you never know where we will end up. This has all the makings of an Arthurian Grail Quest - it's a very, very tricky conundrum and it's of such limited interest to the wider world that it's verging on pointless but does that mean it's not worth doing? Bloody Navy. Picture me as Gawain, fill in the blanks for Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot. I saddled up my trusty steed and headed off into the unknown. Arriving at Bertilak's castle in Somerset I was shown much hospitality but there were a couple of problems. Firstly, I could be any random crank; I mean people must ask for a copy of AP101C-0102-1A all the time. Secondly, we live in a world where time is money. Totally get that. Thirdly, what on earth was the point? To be fair the Knight of the castle voiced none of these thoughts and made a more than generous offer that if I dropped in they would do everything they could to help, but even with my legendary wit and charm I would have a job convincing Morgan le Fey that we should turn left if we just happened to be passing. Hey Ho, back to the slate tablet. I wandered for some time. Through the barren wasteland that is the Wirral, into the lawless border lands of Flintshire where the locals never stop talking but never make sense.... (sorry Dai, couldn't resist). Then it occurred to me in a dream, the answer was to be found on the fog shrouded island of the Druids. And there in the stygian gloom of Barclodiad y Gawres by the light of my spluttering candle I once more came across the Oracle, bent by time but with the passion for Walter never quite extinguished by prolonged exposure to those nasty, uncouth, flashy five-bladed upstarts. To his eternal credit he didn't even blink when I asked for the Grail, any other mortal would have been unable to stop themselves; 'What in God's name do you want that for?'. But not the Hun, oh no. He had them in a drawer in the back bedroom. I'm not sure if you are familiar with Red Dwarf, but I feel like Holly did when his decrepit memory was restored to it's former glory. Station diagrams fill my thoughts, mod standards of winches flick in and out of my subconscious mind. I even know which way round the cabin seatbelts go! All we need now is for Lancellot to commit to building a 1/32 scale transmission platform................
  23. Don’t undersell yourself, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some cracking mechanics over they years who have saved me from my own stupidity on many occasions. In fact it would be nice to have someone to prevent me doing stupid things like painting the front end of sidewinders in Revell’s recommended 10% black, 45% leather brown ,45% copper mix. Doh!
  24. Blimey, where does the time go? Back on the bus heading to see the old dear who single handedly destroyed more aircraft in the seventies and eighties than the RAF managed over the same period. Granted she didn’t actually shoot down any Jaguars but, trust me, the one she dusted needed some serious rigging checks . This is the left hand forward corner of the Transmission Deck and as we noted previously the gearbox bracing strut goes under the cockpit rear bulkhead so the mounting bolt and it’s coathanger wire locking are not visible. Aft of this are a pair of hydraulic ground connectors but I thought we used the ones on the aft strut for the hydraulic cart so I’m not sure what these were for. This one doesn’t have a case drain connection and the caps don’t seem to have been disturbed very often but my memory is rubbish and Sod’s law applies so I will have got them the wrong way round. I recall an occasion when we had an aircraft repeatedly being snagged by the crews for a significant clunk when switching between primary and secondary systems. Eventually we set up with both hydraulic rigs in the hangar (a real assault on the senses in our otherwise sleepy hollow) and checked everything was in limits, at which point the duty pilot asked if he could try and replicate the problem on the ground. As we were wandering down the path from C Flight to the Hangar chatting there was a pop in the distance like a shotgun going off and we looked up to see a Hawk heading sharp down and left into the Inland Sea area, followed shortly afterwards by a large column of black smoke. The pop was the ejection seat firing. This was a Bruneian student having a control restriction on take off and deciding discretion was the better part of valour. We did a quick 180 and legged it for the first standby and off they went, only to be beaten to it by a SARTU cab on its way back from the harbour. Legend has it that Flight Sergeant Eckberg gave the budgie a robust slapping and told him there was bugger all wrong with him before taking him over to the Med Centre. Anyway I digress, can anyone out there remember which of these points the rig attached to or will I have to contact the Oracle on Ynys Mon? Pip pip, Tramatoa
  25. The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.
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