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Scimitar

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  1. @jyguy has basically answered the question..they didn't have their own training aircraft. My friend joined them after leaving the RAF and had to pay for his own Commercial Pilot's Licence and Air Navigation Certificate whilst being paid a token retainer by BEA. PM sent with more detailed info.
  2. Yes. They were fitted with the door tank later in service. At the end of their service,apart from the external RWR pimples and chaff/(or flare ? ) dispenser to the rear of the radio bay,they looked just like the RAF ones.
  3. Note that the natural metal strip (marked 53 in John's drawings) was left as such and not painted yellow like the British ones.
  4. I completely forgot to say that the fuel dump pipe was moved from the position as per RN aircraft to under the port engine , just forward of the exhaust. Moved because of the rocket motor. There is a small hole on each rocket motor panel which I also forgot to mention. Interesting to note that photos of S50s on the production line show the in flight refuelling probe fitted. They did not have them when they were at Lossiemouth or on their delivery flight.
  5. Thanks..I didn't know that!
  6. Yes. A small batch of RAF S2Bs were built as such . They were fitted later. Somewhere in here there was a lovely build of one such machine. Brain dead tonight so can't remember the modeller but he gave good information along with the build. I'll leave you to do the search
  7. Yes with varying work needed depending on whether you're building an early,middle or late service one. Early ones didn't have vortex generators or the fairing between the intakes and fuselage. Spine aerials were different..simple fix there. Rocket motors fitted but their position can be easily scribed in as thy retracted and doors closed. 2 obvious strakes on early flat bomb door. Long range tanks were totally different from British ones. No in flight refuelling probes fitted when they were base at Lossiemouth. Mark 4 ejector seats with the single 'D' style face blind handle Not a difficult job to do any of them and if you have an original Airfix kit you could use its bomb door tank if building a later one.
  8. That's what I was trying to get but kept getting this http://www.avcollect.com/blackburnbuccaneer.html
  9. No apology required. Rather than bin it why don't you experiment on it? Try superglue to put the exhausts back in perhaps with a stronger plastic backing (fed in from the bomb bay?) Sound advice there. At least you noticed the difference in the exhausts. When I repainted my 40 odd year old build and added the new transfers,I didn't (emojis not working so imagine a sad face)
  10. I just looked at the photo again and its of an HR5 so my question of whether the colour change happened when they were converted is no longer relevant. I wonder if the change was notified to the factory and production blades then became all black with yellow tips? Cost saving perhaps? Mine are long gone! Have to disagree as I think it is lighter than DSG. Even allowing for the sunnier place :
  11. I've just received an e-mail with a colour photograph of an operational Royal Navy Dragonfly. The tops of the blades are grey. Medium Sea Grey I would suggest. Sorry I can't show the photo.
  12. The pylon has the twin carrier as mentioned by @YK GOH above. The perspective makes it look like three pylons are fitted. I wondered if they could carry it on the outer pylon and found this photo showing they can. upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/da/Buccaneer_Eagle_1971.jpg It appears that that Buccaneer has 4 twin launchers fitted hence the 8 bombs mentioned. I wonder what was in the bomb bay? If you can make out the code on the original,let me know and I'll get a serial number for you.
  13. Can you scan and show us the photo please? As far as I know,Buccaneers only had 4 underwing pylons,2 on each side. At HMS Fulmar it was not common to see tanks fitted,usually just the 4 pylons with either bombs or rocket pods. If tanks were fitted then there were only the 2 outer wing pylons available for weapons (I'm not counting the internal bomb bay in this conversation) There are photos on-line of a trials aircraft with triple ejector racks on the pylons. There are also photos of late 809 aircraft with an extended rack on the inner pylon (for 2 bombs ?) I can't access www.buccaneer.co.uk at moment. It's an excellent site.
  14. My memory of seeing them flying out of HMS Fulmar has the top surface lighter. Unfortunately colour photos of operational ones rather than restored ones are rare. The ones stored at Blackbushe for many years looked like the they had grey tops but I thought that was just fading then I found this one Is this just reflection from the flash?
  15. AMP in 1/48th..a couple of versions. Mach, Britavia, Pavla (?) in 1/72 but a new one due from LF Models.
  16. Anyone know what colour the tops of the main rotor blades are please ?
  17. Will a scan of the 1/72 conversion assist? Richard
  18. As you are doing this one as an H-19,let me start the process of subliminal suggestion for your next Whirlwind: HAS7 of SAR Flt HMS Fulmar circa 1966. The witch is optional.
  19. Hate to tell you this Bill but there now seems to be 51 shades as seen at Prestwick.: (Photo is copyright of 'Thunderbolt II' on Fighter Control)
  20. Not so! No 'glass' for the windows and the two pilots were just upper torsos which slotted into a strip. No seats or cockpit detail whatsoever. How we are spoiled now. Still need a new Whirlwind helicopter kit though.
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