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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Ian, Just been putting one of these together and this is how I tackled some of the construction issues. To get a better alignment of the fuselage halves I glued the two wing ribs into the upper half first, parts 38 and 39. Add the relevant bomb bay door, gluing front and back first, and once set, gradually along the sides keeping the outer edges aligned and level. Next constructed the cockpit and installed into upper fuselage. This took some work to get a good fit and placement. I removed the two sections of the intakes that are on the lower fuselage half and glued them into the intakes, using some scrap to keep them level on the outer surface. This makes it easier to get a good finish before attaching the front intake parts. To glue the fuselage halves I clamped (not glued) the outer edges of the wings together, getting a positive location on the two ribs. Then I glued the front fuselage and rear fuselage, taping as necessary. This leaves the intakes and wing stubs still free. To construct the intakes, I added some small locating tabs from scrap plastic card inside the top, outer middle and bottom of the intake fronts, plus a strip along the inside of the upper intake only inside the fuselage. This piece is deep enough to form an attachment inside the intake join between upper and lower fuselage halves. The intakes and trunking can now be dry fitted to the fuselage - mine required some slight sanding on the surface that mates with the fuselage. Once fit is satisfactory they can be assembled and added to the fuselage, using the three locating tabs to hold the fuselage bits in alignment with the top, bottom and middle. Once glued, this left virtually no step around the intake parts, and a small gap along the side which is easy to fill - The strip inside adds some backing and reinforces the joint. Finally the inner wings can be glued ensuring that they appear level on both sides from the front. I added a strip of plastic card inside the very front of the two fin halves so that the finished width matched the fuselage spine, and another strip between the two locating tabs to tighten the fit into the fuselage opening. Good luck with your build. Peter
  8. From Flightcraft 16 on the Hunter - only about 16 (of the Forty GA11 conversions) were equipped with the Mod 228 four-pylon wing. Another source confirms that not all GA11 had the four-pylon wing. Of those so modified, I assume that not all had the ERU bumps, which seem to be confined to aircraft in the all over grey scheme; however this is not to say that all of those aircraft were fitted with the ERU mod. There is a photo of WT744/868 in Jun 86 in overall DSG with four pylons but no ERU bumps. A photo in Flightcraft 16 of WT804 shows it still in the EDSG/White scheme being used by SAH Culdrose in Sep 1985, with the DD markings and only two underwing pylons. Peter
  9. Thanks Julien. I was going to finish my model as XV650 which was one of those involved, in remembrance of the crew, one of whom I knew. Hard to believe that it was 19 years ago this month.
  10. Mike, Are you familiar with the Mick Bell plans series? There are several Land Rover variants, but I don’t know if any show chassis details. Cheers Peter
  11. Looking to confirm the colour of the Sea King ASaC 7s operating with 849 NAS from HMS Ark Royal in the Persian Gulf in Early 2003. I assume they were Medium Sea Grey overall with white codes etc. with pale blue/red roundels. Would any other markings have been carried (Sqn, Union Flag) ? Thanks Peter
  12. Much as others have said, it is a bit of a mixed bag. Major issue is the front fuselage width - I haven’t seen any definitive explanation as to whether this makes the fuselage width after the intakes too wide also. Some fit issues with the upper wing on mine. I would describe the engraved details as ‘Chunky’ and they lack the refinement of later Airfix offerings - think Matchbox. Two points to watch - Tailplane mounts are not particularly strong given the weight of the tail planes, and the undercarriage tends to ‘splay’ given the overall weight of the model. Peter
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