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  1. That’s good to hear. I’m still working out how to use a Nimrod centre section and rear fuselage, outer wings and other details, grafted onto a Transport Wings forward fuselage, centre section undersurface and engines, and wing fuselage firing to produce a better Comet 4C. One main issue is the wing root at the outboard engine housing has a pronounced droop on the Nimrod but not on the Transport Wings offering. Anyway, having now gone way off topic I’ll leave it at that for now. Peter
  2. Would be interesting to know your thoughts on the Transport Wings engines. I’m trying to do some drawings of the engine area on both the Comet and Nimrod. I’ve sent off for the Alley Cat Nimrod engine upgrade for another reference. I also need to check if Welsh Models did a 1/144 Comet - their 1/144 vacform Nimrod has a pretty good engine area in that scale. Were the Aeromodeller plans the ones drawn by DH Cooksey in 1/144th scale? If so I have a copy as they were reproduced in an Aviation Archive volume, I think it was. I have made some templates using the cross sections from the plans which confirm the inaccuracies in the Welsh Models kit. You mention that the plans had some issues - what in particular is wrong? I live fairly close to a Nimrod which I can access for photos, but it’s a 3hr drive to the nearest Comet. I’m very tempted to go on a visit in a couple of weeks to see if I can get some photo coverage and rough measurements.
  3. I assume that in real life these two vehicles have the same size wheel/tyres and the Airfix kits would also have identically sized items. Would anyone who has either built one or has one in their stash be able to give me the overall diameter and thickness of the wheel/tyre please? To the closest mm would be brilliant. Thanks Peter
  4. In search of the perfect 1/72 Comet 4/4B/4C - I have the Welsh models and Transport Wings kits, and was considering the Mach 2 offering. From my observations and research none of these models accurately reproduces the intake and engine cover contours. Transport Wings seems to come closest but is very crude and requires a lot of work, and they have a totally different (more accurate?) representation of the exhaust area and fuselage fairing in that area. Welsh Models offering, despite their assurances to the contrary, is very similar to the Airfix Nimrod, especially in the depth of the engine nacelles and the layout of the tail pipes to fuselage fairing. Reports are that the Mach 2 model is also very similar to the Nimrod so would also not be particularly accurate. I am considering removing the engine areas from the Transport Wings kit and grafting them onto a different kit, but the wing cross section at the joint with the outer engine is wrong..... I need to dig out some plans of the Comet to confirm the cross section through the engines at the wing root, but at the moment I don’t believe that there any kit accurately reproduces the engine contours of a Comet 4. Can anyone convince me otherwise?
  5. In the walk around on this site there is a two boom vehicle with one side marked oil and the other petrol. Peter
  6. But it is the flag under which the armed forces of the UK provide OUR defence. And I see far fewer instances of it being shoved in our faces than that which you consider to be YOUR national flag. You’ll be asking Mike to change the name of the website next
  7. 9 Sqn who provide ‘aggressor’ training against other frontline units, are still active. Indeed a new Sqn HQ building is currently under construction for them. This particular jet, ZJ914, was given an experimental black/dark grey colour scheme. It hasn’t been reported what the outcome of this trial scheme was.
  8. That’s because it is/was the elusive aggressor Typhoon up until recently.....
  9. Fantastic Plastic released one last year.
  10. Although I’m not sure about the aesthetics of the design, I really applaud the decision to do these schemes which help reinforce the UK brand and our military traditions.
  11. Thanks everyone. Useful info on the filter, I still need to work out how far it extends as the location for the filter doors in the kit seems to be variable. I’m surprised that Airfix missed this part as they pretty well covered all other optional items. Really useful code info Chris, my final choice might depend on how easy it is to create the code/serial combination from available masks/decals.
  12. Researching the intake filter configuration for a model I am building of a 183 Sqn Typhoon as used on 1 Nov 1944 in support of Operation Infatuate II. At that time the Sqn was based at B67 Ursel. I am fairly confident that this will be a 3 bladed example, with bubble canopy and small tail planes. It is highly likely, going on information gleaned from many sources, that the carburettor intake would have been fitted with a dust filter, probably with the cuckoo doors. Now Airfix provide the cuckoo doors as a separate part, but they do not provide any form of filter to sit behind the doors and link up to the carburettor intake in the centre of the radiator/oil cooler housing. Does anyone know how long this filter is, I.e. how far in front of the radiator front face does it project? Secondly, from the Sqn ORB I have 12 candidate aircraft serials but no individual Sqn Code letters. Is there a source for this information? Thanks Peter
  13. Although pre-dating the VTOL coding, I recorded the following at Stanley in early Mar 83: XV782 C with 4 Sqn markings; XV787 H (crashed 22 Mar 83); XV762 A; XV789 R; XZ132 D; XZ993 E; XZ130 T. I would need to dig out some photos to confirm what other markings were carried. I also recall one airframe being airbridged out by C130 between Mar and Jul but unable to confirm which one. Hope this helps. Peter
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