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Dave Fleming

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  1. i was hoping Revell would introduce a long barrelled M109 (but an A1/2/3!), it will be interesting to see if the new M109 is a variation on the original Revell tooling or an original (Toxso) version And if it is the Toxso can the A2 be next?
  2. They are raised on the A, not big lumps like Italeri, but not smooth like the airframe - these look just the same (which probably isn't a surprise)
  3. Looks like raised RAM tapes AGAIN on the Academy F-35B - oh well, Hasegawa it is....
  4. Military, acquired for evaluation at the RAE, given serial number J7507 I think it was a B, but not too sure about Br19 versions
  5. I hope so, want to do the sole British one
  6. M107/M110/M110A - 3 variants with a common chassis M44 Abbot M40/M43 - again, common chassis with different guns and internals Sexton Centurion BARV Centurion AVRE 165 Hey, I like self propelled guns!
  7. You'll like this too then. This was the sister aircraft, but it went tech and didn't go to the US for trials
  8. The 200 series engines are longer and slightly cone shaped and stick out from the trailing edge, where as the 300 series are shorter and only slightly beyond the t/e This pic shows the series 200 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Vulcan_XH558#/media/File%3AXH558_Planform.JPG
  9. Nice work, I'll bet that took you a while! I'd be interested in evidence of Light Admiralty Grey as a cockpit colour - certainly all the colour scheme documentation I've seen refers to Dark Admiralty Grey. That does tend to both fade, and appear lighter due to flash/over exposure on many pictures. Some notes which might be useful, or worthy of debate! - The light green on the underside of early RAF Harriers was referred to as 'Medium Green' on all the manufacturers drawings. (Same colour used on later Wessexes and Pumas) (Lichen, Spruce and Chive were all trade names for various manufacturers versions of BS4800 12B25) - All the internal colours on Harrier IIs were given in FS terms - this is because parts were made in the UK and US, and the McAir documents were the primary ones (Cockpits were US built). - Undercarraige colours are usually not on the manufacturers drawings I've seen (as they are sub compnents) but the one I have seen referred to 631 Light Grey but I can see 697 being valid. My hawk expert said Hawk u/c legs were Light Aircraft Grey (and he built the things) - A small number (possibly only one or two) Tornado GR1Bs were painted in overall Dark Camouflage Grey - trials showed that these were too light on top, so Dark Sea Grey was added - the ARTF 'pink' for Desert Storm was made to FS 30279. All the ARTF paints were made to existing colour standards (as you mention Op Warden used Camouflage Grey)- there is a possibility the later Flashman trial used BS380 - also, notice how quickly parts of it weather! - Buccaneers started to appear in an overall grey scheme around 1989/90 (Pre Gulf war) w=in a scheme which consisted of Medium Sea Grey uppers with lower surfaces in Light aircraft Grey - a number of other aircraft also had this scheme (HS125s, Andover) - Not sure the later green Hrcules were NATO Green - my info was that they are BS641 Dark Green, but that the modern formula looks lighter in bright sunshine (and fades) Let debate commence!!
  10. Which would be a pity, as the GWH/Pitt Road one also had Series 200s (but decals for 300s) - although the one pic I could find suggests series 300! Price point is equivalent to GWH, although I've seen adverts for as low as £26.99
  11. There are only four in the surge fleet at present - Two were with Jet 2 for the summer, one (ex-Thomas Cook) was/is with Condor and one (G-VYGJ/ZZ339) is used permanently by Airtanker on the South Atlantic airbridge (when it works) and other MOD trooping charters, (The fifth one has been with the RAF since delivered (ZZ343)) All the surge fleet were delivered as KC2s and have been de-militarised (but still have all the internal plumbing/wiring etc) If the RAF required a boom refuelling, it woul require a variation/change control to the existing Airtanker contarct, and then it would be up to Airtanker to deliver that, either amend one/some of the existing tanker to have a boom (The core KC2s would be the obvious ones) or, to replace those aircraft with newbuild A330 MRRTs with the boom like the French or Austrailian (and everyone else's aircraft). that probably comes down to how easy/expensive it would be to modify the existing aircraft as against buying new and selling those. And the tax payer picking up the bill!!)
  12. Re not having a boom, at the time Voyager was specified, the only RAF aircraft that coiuld be refuelled by that method were the E-3 (which had a probe) and C17. No-one expected that the RC135, Posideon and E-7 would come along
  13. I've broken a few over the years, usually No 10 blades (One I don't use any more) or no 11s. The ones I use these days are shown below - I've picked up various handles over the years as it's easier to have that blade to hand than change blades. They are (Left to right) Filler knives, 15 and 10A, 12, 14 and 19 - not used very often, so not on permanent handle (14 and 19 are great for scraping training edges), 6,10A,11, 15, 15A , 23 in a 4 Handle and a 10A in a retractable handle for 'away trips' knives by DaveFleming68, on Flickr
  14. You just need decals!
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