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  1. Hi Flight grading - Chipmunk (Roborough) EFTS - Bulldog T1 (Topcliffe probably but not sure exactly when RNEFTS moved there) BFTS - Jet Provost T3A/T5A (think all the RN students went through Linton) AFTS - Hawk T1 (Valley. Possibly Gnat or Hunter depending when they went through) TWU. - Hawk T1 (Brawdy or Chivenor. Possibly Hunter at Brawdy) then to Wittering for Harrier training
  2. Thanks Dave. That’s really interesting about SR915. The caption says that some TT10s had their target towing gear replaced by the pod - obviously not! Unfortunately I can’t find any more photos of the aircraft. I’d looked at that picture of RD850 too. I think it is the standard nose but looks strange with the line round it.
  3. I found a picture of a TT10 with a thimble nose (SR915) in an old copy of Planes magazine (issue 8). It has a target towing pod under the fuselage and slightly non standard markings with c type roundels under the wings and the serial is white where it overlaps the black stripes. The caption says that some TT10s had their target towing gear replaced with a pod but I can’t find any other pictures of that or an aircraft with the thimble nose. All the other TT10s around that serial have the short nose.
  4. The actual plastic is a C1 with the leading edge extensions in place. Mach2 market it wrongly. Their K2 displayed at Telford when it was released definitely had a C1 wing (just checked the picture).
  5. Hi Mick i don’t have the Mach 2 kit but as far as I know it is a C1 and C1K from the box. The nose profile is appalling though! I don’t know of a Contrail kit - do you mean the Airways vacform? It is the C1 as well. To build a K2 you would need to cut back the wing leading edge extensions so that it is a straight line from root to tip and modify the wing fences. The engine stub wings are different too but hard to explain without pictures! There are a few builds of the 2 kits here on BM to check out for more detail. Cheers Glen
  6. Hi Matt Only just caught up with the thread. Great news that you’ve finished your CRS escape tunnel. Welcome back! Cheers Glen
  7. Just received wheel sets for the Brit, 10 and Argosy from Kev. They look excellent and I hope there are more planned. Really quick delivery too - thanks Kev. Cheers Glen
  8. It has the overhead ejection handles so I’d say a 4. The 10 only has the lower handle as AFAIK.
  9. I’ve been visiting the shop for about 20 years on and off but walked in today to find them packing up. Fred’s mum died recently and as she ran the shop he is having to close down. Just a few models left there. Sad day as it was just about the last model shop left in Manhattan.
  10. That’s a great job Chris. I’ve had the conversion for years but never dared tackle it!
  11. As far as I remember the aileron upset switch was selected on before take off (C1). As the flaps ran in the ailerons would then automatically deflect up. At 24000ft the switch was turned off. We usually watched the control position indicators on the overhead panel to make sure it worked properly. It didn’t matter if the autopilot was in use or not (it wouldn’t be before the aircraft was clean anyway). I seem to recollect that towards the end of their lives the aileron upset was used permanently but not 100% on that. The ailerons and spoilers were linked for roll control as in most big aeroplanes. However in the 10 there is a lever to split them so that the Captain’s control wheel controls the ailerons and the co pilot the spoilers. I think it was designed for a jam in one of the systems so that the aircraft could be flown on the other part. The ailerons were slightly more effective than the spoilers so if both pilots applied full opposite controls with the systems split the Captain would win. I know of it having to be used once when the aircraft started rolling with the crew unable to stop it. They split the system and the co pilot flew the aircraft with the spoilers for roll control . We were taught and expected to know considerably more in the military compared to the civvy world. Trouble is the less I need to know the less I can remember! Or is that just old age….?
  12. You’ve done a great job on the old girl Matt. The WIP was really interesting and will definitely be referred to when I finally build mine. I was never a fan of the schemes and was really pleased when Chatham became the scheme of choice.
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