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About tarlucan

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  1. Steve, I've just had a look and found lots of stuff on the interior. If you want to PM me, I can send it on unless someone can give me a steer on hosting pics.
  2. Great start Steve but you've mis-interpreted the photo that you think shows a switch box on the seat adjust lever. There was nothing attached to the lever, I can't quite work out what that small box is, but it's certainly in the foreground. The lever simply would not work with a box that big on it. If I can work out a hosting site, I'll put some interior pictures up.
  3. Let the history lesson continue. There had been a roulement Puma presence in NI for many years when 72 Sqn served alone and unafraid with the mighty Wessex. P3 was manned on a detachment basis by crews from 33 & 230 sqn. The Bat badge was created by 230 Sqn in the late 80s because that was just the sort of thing they did when they weren't at Tiger Meets or generally larking around the West German plain. There is no way certain a OC 230 Sqn in the mid 90s would have countenanced that sort of non-conformity trust me!
  4. Sammy, what you are referring to as P2 is not the same as Rick. P4 was simply an upgrade to P3. Rick's P2 had no specific scheme. Although P3 also referred to its original Pleasant 3 title as already been alluded to, once 230 sqn arrived, the daily programme line simply listed aircraft by number, thus generally Puma 1 to about 6 (depending on serviceability). Usually, each aircraft line was assigned to a specific region where all landing sites were colour coded , S Armagh - reds, Fermanagh - greens etc. P3 naturally was allocated accordingly. By this stage, NVG operations were standard at night so Nitesuns hardly ever fitted.
  5. Biggest problem with the 1/32 Puma is that when Revell added the PIPS (dust filters), they failed to update the intake area which changed markedly. Just google any mid 70s era pictures and then look at anything from the early 80s onwards. You need to be quite specific on the timescale you want to model as there were a number of smaller mods that appeared in the early 90s. Once 230 Sqn became established in NI, the peace process and then Bosnian conflicts saw lots of minor equipment re-roles on a temp basis. I saw you tried to garner some response on the SHFNI thread, most of us were too tired or p*****d to remember any details from that far back but one day, somebody will write a bloody good book!
  6. Save all the stress, buy the new Tamiya one in a couple of months.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I recall reading that one of the aftermarket U/C sets was too short. Was that the CMK or the Aires set?
  12. Aeroclub did make some replacement tailpipes but they seem pretty rare.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
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