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tarlucan

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  1. Save all the stress, buy the new Tamiya one in a couple of months.
  2. Aires have finally updated their resin set for the recently re-released FGR.2 in 1/48. They finally fit! Make sure it's set 4770, they're virtually idedntical detail wise to the old set. The tubes are the same diameter but feature different internal texture, the nozzles are the same in detail but now correct in diameter.
  3. It certainly beats the Academy in shape and construction. Just a few odd details already mentioned plus the undercarriage doors don't feature any retraction oleos or linkages. Academy's was more detailed although they got some of it wrong still. Nosewheel looks like it's off a pram. Also the gun troughs are no better than Academy's.
  4. 72 sqn comms fit: 1 X UHF box - mil and civil ATC including 243.0 for D&D (civs use 121.5) 1 X TAC Comms, can't recall freq range but was NI specific and used daily changing crypto. 1 X ADF DF. Completely useless unless you wanted to tune into Beacon Radio or similar local FM stations. Nav kit: 1 X Decca box with 4 individual chain guages. You cannot imagine the level of antiquity this had even in the late 80s. No Wessex ever had an ILS. No TACAN. Can't remember if we had a VOR/DME! Basic mode 3 transponder. Bae IR jammer. Not an ALQ-144, Mandatory fit in NI but usually removed when the A/C left NI. MAW from late eighties but after initial wiring and tests, rarely fitted. Flares box wired late on (early 90s onwards) but never carried operationally.
  5. The "dangly thing behind the wheel" was a Bae IR jammer, not the US ALQ-144, and was always fitted to 72 Sqn aircraft in NI. It was never used anywhere else. The 4 sensors are missile approach warners, RWRs were never fitted to any Wessex. Often only the housings were present with a blanking plate instead of an actual sensor head.
  6. I recall reading that one of the aftermarket U/C sets was too short. Was that the CMK or the Aires set?
  7. Aeroclub did make some replacement tailpipes but they seem pretty rare.
  8. There's an SBS set which addresses the cockpit and wheels. The taiplane and bullet seem fixable. The Wolfpack conversion only appears to alter the leading edge and wing tips, whereas the Heritage set provides completely new wings. That may fix the intake issue you mention or is it an auxillary intake for the engine? I understood that the kit tailpipe isn't bad for the earlier engined variants.
  9. I'm after a Hunter F5 in 1/48. Would the Heritage straight wing conversion be a better bet than the Wolfpack option, any thoughts?
  10. I recently had a walk around an HC2 at the Linton families day (72 Sqn reunion). The airframe is festooned with additions from even my time on it and would make a prime candidate for Airfix to add a 1/48 to their existing line of Uk helos. I'm sure the RAF would be forthcoming if someone showed some interest.
  11. Yes, it is accurate up to about 1980.
  12. Lots of work involved in making that kit look like an HC1. The intake filters and housing are way off. The blades represent early metal rather than composite ones also.
  13. Looks like they've redesigned the ghastly cowling that plagued their previous radial engined 190s.
  14. That photo shows how an in theatre operational aircraft would be circa 1988. IR jammer, cockpit armour and a single secure comms nose aerial. It would also have had a GPMG mount in the door. The winch would have been fitted if the aircraft was on SAR standby but otherwise it was just a faff the engineers didn't need. The Nitesun was fitted and removed as needed on a daily basis and was done by the crew if away from Aldergrove. As I said earlier, although I can't be sure, there are sound operational reasons to link the fitting of the MAWS sensors with the arrival of the two tone green scheme. It was then common for the fitting boxes to be present but just blanking plates in place simply because early on, there weren't enough sensor heads to equip each cab. Also, they were a bit useless and nobody much rellied on it anyway!
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