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  1. Cancelled my order a week ago when I saw the product on here, and to be fair, received an instant refund.
  2. From RAF Little Rissington - The CFS Years: On 24 Jan 1958 the CFS received instruction from HQ FTC to carry out trials on a new colour scheme to make training aircraft more conspicuous in all weather conditions. The project was called ‘Marking of FTC aircraft with fluorescent paint’. Test flights were carried out using a Vampire and a Piston Provost between 18 Apr and 14 May 1958. … By the end of the following year nearly all aircraft operated by FTC units had been repainted in the fluorescent day-glo markings. Also: By the turn of the decade when most aircraft in FTC had received the silver and day-glo livery it was found that the Fluolac paint tended to peel back from the nose and wing leading edges within a few months of application. CFS was called upon to help resolve the issue in 1961 and to produce standard designs for all FTC aircraft types. Seven aircraft were allocated to the project - Vampire, Jet Provost, Varsity, Piston Provost, Canberra, Chipmunk and Anson. The new styling comprised narrow strips of ‘Scotchcal Fluatape’ tape applied to the nose, tail and wing surfaces over a silver base. All FTC aircraft adapted variations (sic) of this scheme over the next few years. Peter
  3. If you are happy with 3D printed resin the One Man Models does a 1/48 HS748 and have a 1/48 ERJ-145 in the pipeline.If you just wanted the fuselage then maybe it would be easier to negotiate to purchase just the relevant parts. Peter
  4. Thanks, the nose pattern confirms 19 white…. The next question is did it have the large tail number, or the small one which seems to have been the later version?
  5. This would be good to see. Airfix seem to be working their way through subjects that were released back when they first started model kit production where they align with the Airfix themes ( which seem to be WW2 and post war/modern British military subjects (either of British or Foreign origin). Going back to 1962 they have the following available (all 1/72) which they have recently revisited (though not necessarily in the same scale) Spitfire MkIX Me 109G Junkers Ju 87B Gladiator Defiant Hurricane Tiger Moth Mustang Skyhawk Hawker Typhoon Jet Provost Mosquito Walrus Beaufighter Swordfish Hunter Anson Buccaneer Wellington This leaves the following as potential new candidates: (excluding WW1) Westland S55 Whirlwind Lysander Hawker Hart Westland Whirlwind fighter Grumman Gosling Seahawk and Auster…. Just an observation. Peter
  6. Looks like the artist missed an ejection seat marking in the top image……
  7. In the book ‘Teach for the Sky’ it says that trainee Harrier pilots were given 5 hrs of helicopter training to get them used to vertical profiles. As this would be for all Harrier pilots and not just Naval aviators, and as basic helicopter training took place at Shawbury both for RAF and RN pilots, it is assumed that this is where all the Harrier pilots would go. Hawks started at the TWUs around 1981 so this could be too late for pilots taking part in the conflict. You probably need to work out a timeline - going back from 1982 and assume something like at least 6 months on Sqn prior to deployment, - including periods for Harrier OCU x months, TWU x months, Advanced flying trg x months, basic flying trg x months, etc, put in some dates, allow for periods holding between courses, which would provide dates which you could match up with the aircraft. My suggestion would be Chipmunk, Bulldog, Jet Provost, Gnat, Hunter, (Gazelle) and Harrier. Note that Valley used both Gnat and Hunters for training, starting around 1975. Peter
  8. I have a vague recollection that Harrier pilots also did a brief period at Shawbury on Gazelle? to familiarise with the ‘vertical’ bits of the flight profile…. However this may be a complete figment of my imagination brought on my advancing years…. Peter
  9. The media have recently carried a photo showing the nose of a Ukrainian Mig-29, with the ghost head marking and three kill markings. Can anyone confirm the bort number ( side number) for this aircraft? The newly released ICM model has three options - 02 Blue (white outline), 19 White (blue outline), and 53 White (yellow outline). The colour scheme appears to show that it is 19 White that should carry the ghost head & kill markings, but the camouflage pattern of the decals dose not match the published photograph. It appears that each of the digital camouflage schemes is unique, so it should be possible to identify exactly which aircraft these markings were applied to. So far my search of available images has not come up with a positive match - however I have been able to discount several including 02 blue and 53 white. So can anyone confirm that the aircraft with the markings was definitely 19 White and ICM just got the camouflage scheme wrong? Peter
  10. Slightly off topic, but the over wing Ejector units were also fitted to F6 and F6A Hunters, so not all aircraft of these marks can be modelled depending on the date in question. Peter
  11. Hi Duncan, According to Scott the T4 joined on 8 Sep 64, went to 60 MU for mods in Nov 64, returning 31 Dec 64. It transferred to 226 OCU on 31 Jan 66. XS417 is given as joining 23 on 20 Dec 65, with 42.50 hrs. Peter
  12. EE Lightning by Stewart Scott Vol 1 page 258 has a photo of a T4 in 23 Sqn marks, captioned as the rarely photographed XM973. The serial is not visible, but you can make out the top bar of the Z. It has Sqn bars either side of the rounded, white spine and fin, swept fin flash at the leading edge of the fin, and the large ‘bird’ emblem on the fin. There are references to it in the text in both Vol1 and Vol 2. Definitely the T4 with the rounded fin top. Peter
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