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Everything posted by 12jaguar

  1. Hi Neal I'm sure you know already but a Wellington turret is significantly different from a Stirling one. The cupola is totally different as is the mounting of the twin brownings (about a true 4" higher than the Stirling FN5) John
  2. hi Neil You certainly don't waste any time I heartily suggest that you take a trip down to our workshop to see how we're progressing. It will also give us an opportunity to chat over some of the pitfalls with doing her in a larger scale. I've literally just sent some photos to another modeller who is doing an Italeri one so have a lot f info to hand John
  3. Awesome as ever Neil Good luck with the Stirling and considering it's size you should be able to go to town on it LOL. But at least you know where to come to for advice John
  4. Some interesting new schemes but a bit surprised at 2 x 4FTS ones albeit they are a bit different to each other John
  5. If you need any help when comes the big day, please feel free to ask for any assistance cheers John
  6. Nice work Tom. I take it the Stirling is very much on the back burner? John
  7. Welcome from a fellow Cambridgeshire modeller
  8. 12jaguar


    Didn't get to Cyprus until Spring 93 and even then only to install a mod on 84 Sqns Wessex John
  9. 12jaguar


    When were you on 51? I was on EWAU/EWAD from 1989
  10. Welcome Laurent from a fellow modeller and aircraft restorer (Short Stirling) John
  11. Partly due to David Collins who haunts these here parts :). He also runs the Hornet Project here in the UK John
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. welcome Kev, form another ex-Jag mate (also in Cambs)
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Worth registering on the Flypast Forum, there's an expert on pretty much everything aviation related on there John
  20. David Collins who is the driving force behind the Hornet Project frequents BM. Send him a PM under his name John
  21. We're working on that John
  22. 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
  23. 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
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