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Everything posted by 12jaguar

  1. Not sure if you'd noticed Ant, but Italeri have left a huge void under each nacelle where the Oil Coolers would have been fitted on the Mk III/IV, there's nothing on the instructions to tell you to fill this void. The oil cooers were mounted in the wing leading edge on a Mk I John
  2. Aircraft is presumed to have contained 6 crew all missing and has been provisionally identified as PK225.. A Stirling is getting built albeit slowly see link in my signature John
  3. the hoop is the scraper ring on the tail wheel. Some of the images appear o show the glider towing yoke and a part that I recognise from the cockpit floor. I'm in touch with the chap from the National Grid and hope to get a few more higher res pics in time John
  4. welcome Kev, form another ex-Jag mate (also in Cambs)
  5. Hi Massimo Nothing wrong with having the landing gear doors open, they were opened on the ground by flicking an external switch before the engines were shut down. This allowed access to the bays for maintenance John
  6. The wings on the Cosford aircraft were the one area under policy that the trainees were not allowed to do much to in case they were damaged in any way and theye were always kept wet to prevent the tank sealant from drying out. A number were removed from the GIA and brought up to the latest mod standard to eke out the fatigue life but the cost of modifying them proved not much less than getting brand new wings from the Indians (HAL). And cost was the issue as Jags were always the poor relation to the Tornado and Harrier fleets at the time and the money simply wasn't there . There was always 'talk' of recovering some low life airframes but the will was never there to see it through Either way it was a criminal waste of the low life GR1s
  7. I worked in the Jag Engineering Authority and we looked at using the very low life Nigerian wings on the RAF Jags back in the late 90s and they were too far gone even then to recover! RAF Jags needed new wings by the time of retirement and the fuselages were also nearing the end of their fatigue life, so not much use to the IAF I'm afraid John
  8. Worth registering on the Flypast Forum, there's an expert on pretty much everything aviation related on there John
  9. David Collins who is the driving force behind the Hornet Project frequents BM. Send him a PM under his name John
  10. We're working on that John
  11. gents Like everything on Stirling there is no definitive answer, but looking at most photos we have they appear to be either medium grey or black. tbh if you're looking from the outside in, then leaving them completely open would not look amiss John
  12. I've finally beaten my Jag into submission with the assistance of replacement cockpit, legs, etched brass, pitot probe, u/c bays, airbrake bays, stores, pylons, secondary heat exchanger fairing, decals...... I think that somewhere in there, there is an original kit lurking. But I echo SS's comments, fit and accuracy is poor John
  13. I was very pleased with the Eduard seats as I think they pretty much capture the structure, the only thing you need to add is a back cushion. Not all aircraft had seat armrests as they were seen to get in the way for emergency egress from the cockpit John
  14. Hi Elger As you say, green in the cockpit area up to and including the Navigators bulkhead, aft of that it's silver. Floor is green and silver respectively in theses areas save for the exceptions on Mk IV and V aircraft John
  15. I used the Eduard interior set; so much better I've got a White Ensign set which I'm going to use on my Airfix Mk III when I get around to it John
  16. Woody's a good friend of the Stirling Project and between us we should be able to answer any questions you might have :o) Always good to see a Stirling build so bring it on even if it's glacial in its progress LOL John
  17. Historically MOD Procurement has been to contract for a cat, change the requirement to a dog and progressively modify it into a goat LOL
  18. Thanks Elger Is it in a collection on public display as I know someone who would be very interested in having a close look at that hatch? That pretty much confirms that the lower escape hatch has a clear viewing panel (reason unknown) at least on Mk I Stirlings. cheers John
  19. There was a mod which we did on the Jags which introduced the capability to carry Sidewinders on the outer pylons when I was at Abingdon (1984-89). Latterly the overwing pylons were introduced under a Special Trial Fit (STF) 15/90 (which dates it) for Op Granby. This wasn't formally cover modded until the early 2000s IIRC John
  20. A quick update, I've been sent a pic of a rear escape hatch with window (original damaged item), I can't post it unfortunately but I've asked the person to see if he could post it here on my behalf. John
  21. Still a work in progress on that one I'm afraid, it's only something we noticed quite recently. James Harris is the chap who first noticed it and has incorporated it into an CAD animation of the interior as seen here https://75nzsquadronremembered.wordpress.com/tag/short-stirling-animation/ After some digging, there's a good view of the underside showing the 'window' at page 18 of the following: http://sas.raf38group.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=44&start=170 I've found an extract from the Air Publication that shows the escape hatch positions (with the rear window) but can't upload it here. If you PM me your email address I can send it to you cheers John
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