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  1. One believes that the Sea Hawk is tucked away at Shawbury awaiting a large handful of cash,if one remembers correctly,to sort out the damage to the rear fuselage internal structure caused by hot jet efflux leaking from the bi-furcated jet pipes.
  2. Sir, Could one most respectfully suggest that the Warpaint plans quoted dimensions for the length are actually wrong?. Many plans quote the OAL as 55'7",the actual length as quoted by de Havilland is 53' 6 1/2" . The Frog Sea Vixen is the most accurate for overall shape and dimension in 1/72nd scale. It's main problem is that it is slightly wide from wingfold to wingfold,making the outer folding panels slightly too short and making the weapon pylons slightly too close together. That fact will be apparent if one tries to fit armament and fuel tanks,they will foul each other. The reason for one fitting the extension plug 'twixt radome and fuselage(actually making the length too long!!)is to visually make the over wide centre fuselage "look" slimmer. There are other subtleties such as the length and shape of the hot air ducting,undernose retractable rocket pods and fuel dump pipe for a start that can be much improved upon to make the model look much better . One's careful study of the real aircraft will give handsome dividends. Excellent work though Sir in fitting the aftermarket cockpit,an immense improvement to what,IIRC,Frog actually supplied when one last built this kit back in 1978.
  3. One didn't know that Grasmere was part of the Mach Loop. One rather likes the look of this project,good work.
  4. Quite. One believes that young bold pilots are one thing,but submariners are a rather different breed altogether.
  5. Dearest Peter224, When one was a pretty prolific modeler many years ago,much research was done by one's self into the interior colours of Supermarine and other "shadow" factory built a/c. It did appear then(and the above picture verifies this again)that they used and specified a shade very much close to "Sky" but with more of an "apple green" tinge to it for cockpit interiors and fittings. IIRC,the trick we used was a 50/50 mix of Airfix or Humbrol "Duck Egg Green"(as it was known way back in the day)and "Interior Grey Green" colours. That produced a pretty good approximation of Supermarine's "own" cockpit colour. Research also threw up that forr'ard and aft of the cockpit was quite often done in a silver dope,this also carried through onto the engine cowlings.
  6. One's daughter and her beau bought one this kit for Father's Day(gearing one up for retirement I fear!!!),looking at yours and David Collins' completed models,one would say that one is going to have a very enjoyable time building it and that a rather pleasing result will be had from it. One thinks the late model Griffon Spits really were the pinnacle of the breed,they look to be travelling at over 400 miles per hour even when parked. Excellent work indeed Sirs.
  7. I have had one bought for me as a Father's Day present by my daughter and her beau,(one isn't sure whether they're gearing one up for retirement!!), but looking at it through the bag,it does appear to have the larger rudder with the "Z" trim tab already in it and looking at the instructions, one is to use it on the post-war all silver II(AC)Squadron option as our friend above has built. Didn't the XVIII have slightly different wing access panels due to it being a true"tropical"version?
  8. This is nothing short of superb,one(as you know Big X)has more than a passing interest of 92 Sqn,but this is a fabulous tribute not only to the pilot(s) of 92 that were murdered by the Nazis,but to all the Great Escapers. Excellent work my friend and a brilliant tribute to some very fine and very,very brave young men. Lest We Forget. As a very,very,very small aside(One may have posted this earlier),a firm I worked for many years ago had a service engineer whom was actually named Steve McQueen. When asked "Has anyone seen Steve McQueen today?",the stock answer was always"No,but he did mention something about a fence and a motorbike..."
  9. Don't give him too many drinkiepoo's,one suspects that the dear Mrs Procopius will be watching the internet like a hawk to see if there are any pictures of her galavanting husband in a highly parlous state of sobriety caused by an over libation by his British chums................................
  10. Further to isaneng's post above,here's a few more pictures of the F/E's "dicky seat"(some with him ensconsed on his "throne" too). Do bear in mind though,the F/E spent 90% of his time standing up and looking outside the aircraft,so the seat was usually folded up and out of the way rather than unfolded and hinged into position. Oh and a very happy birthday too young man. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=avro+lancaster+flight+engineer's+seat&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=pYXSFTi47gCgKM%3A%2C01kmzPgbCpUGGM%2C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kScYyD26KnDVCptHlxlWtfcZn52ow&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiomLzy2vfgAhUFJ1AKHYctByUQ9QEwDHoECAIQBg#imgrc=pYXSFTi47gCgKM:
  11. These are delightful. Although never in the Air Cadets oneself,I remember seeing these flying on summer Sunday afternoons when out around the then RAF Ternhill in the 60's/70's when on a "Sunday afternoon" drive with one's parents. One's father would park up on the lane that borders the airfield and we'd watch the gliders.
  12. I posted this to Steve via PM,but he has asked one to put it up into the main thread,so here goes. The Time Team dig for Paul Klipsch's Spitfire:
  13. My word!!! Do you chaps have to have qualifications in Origami to achieve that? One would imagine that dragging it out again must be equally "exciting",what happens if you have to do it in a hurry? One bets there's far more "guiders and watchers"than do-er's for that maneuver.
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