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John R

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  • Birthday 03/09/1941

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  1. I put this query on the Secret Projects forum and someone came up with this which answers my original question Unfortunately I have uncovered another problem. The only picture I had previously found is the one below which was very dark. On lightening it with Photoshop I saw many rectangular marks which I can only assume are louvres acting as a supplememtary air intake. Was it built like that or were they added later? I am also confused as I believed from what I had read that only the first prototype had a nose intake but now it appears that there were several different configurations.
  2. France's first jet first flew with an air intake in the nose feeding a Junkers Jumo engine but the performance was unsatisfactory and subsequent versions used a Nene with 'elephant ear' intakes ahead of the wing. I would like to make a model of it in its original form by modifying the Mach 2 kit but have only been able to find one picture of it in that form and it does not give a good view of the intake which has been described as a 'shark mouth'. Could anybody please direct me to any pictures or drawings that show the intake? I could ,of course, just cobble something up and nobody could tell mme it was wrong! John
  3. You should have done that at the start. The word 'Emhar' should have been enough to put you off. John
  4. I had this idea but came to the same conclusion as Mr Ed. The production version has a much deeper fuselage, Navy Bird said: How about a nice dark blue F6U-1 next? I converted an Admiral F6U1 with reheat to an XF6U-1 without reheat and it was almost as much trouble as Vought had doing the conversion in the opposite direction https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235035881-vought-xf6u-1-pirate-prototype-converted-admiral-172/ John
  5. I built a Trumpeter Su 15A back in 2009 and made the following notes which may be of interest particularly regarding the length. A kit that, at first examination, looked really good. However on starting construction it was apparent that a lot of things were wrong. The main problem was the front section was too long, almost as if someone had stretched it forward of the wing trailing edge. I wondered if, when re-sizing the drawing on a computer, the wrong ‘handle’ had been used. One at a side instead of a corner thus affecting the proportions. The wing sweep was 2 deg too much. It doesn’t sound much but amounted to about 3mm where the wing leading edge met the fuselage. Also the way the front fuselage met the radome looked completely wrong so a search of the available data was started. The first thing that this revealed that was that a replacement nose, cockpit surround and fin were already available from Pavla models. As this would have added another £12 or so to the cost of the kit and did not appear to address the problem of the shape of the front fuselage I decided to modify things myself… The cockpit surround is moulded as a separate piece so it was possible to move the cockpit back some 5mm. The intakes were cut off and moved back a similar amount. This was not easy and involved making new splitter plates. By a bit of judicious sanding the radome was brought to a shape and angle closer to that of the aircraft and a lot of filler was added to the lower forward fuselage to bring it to a shape more in keeping with a supersonic aircraft. The downside of this was the loss of all the engraved detail and I did not feel that my scribing technique was up to replacing it. The fin seemed fine except that it lacked a bit of avionic kit so this was added. The only problem I had with this was that whilst painting the model I dropped it – right on the point of the fin and had to start again! After much heart searching I decided to modify the wing leading edge by increasing the chord at the tips. This was fine until I realised that this would involve extending the wing fences and moving the missile pylons forward. The jury is still out on the validity of the decals around the nose, as they don’t seem to appear on any of the photos that I have seen. I suspect some ‘Odd Rods’ radar aerials should be under the nose and there are some decals needed on top of the intakes to represent louvres. Time has dimmed my memory but I think that it was this kit that had a cockpit that scaled out to be around 2 feet wide at the pilot's shoulder, which seemed a trifle cramped I would be interested in any comments John
  6. The maker's name is Fairey, not Fairy. I cannot imagine an aircraft less like a fairy John
  7. A day that started well with brilliant sunshine and a bright blue sky but ended less so when the wind failed to drop so the Edwardians could not fly and high cloud to the west cut off the evening sun that can light the a/c so well during evening shows. On display in the paddock was (I think) the world's complement of Miles Magisters The Shuttleworth Lysander was joined by the one from Duxford The Comet flew in formation with the Mew Gull and Hawk Speed Six but all were too far apart for a decent picture An unusual formation - the Hawk Speed Six and the Dessouter A pair of Cessna Bird Dogs Shuttleworth's Magister during the barnstorming session Harvard 'Wacky Rabbit' The Spitfire and Hurricane first flew in formation with the Gladiator then came by as a pair The Sopwith Triplane landed on the short runway because the wind was across the main runway The five Magisters flew at the end of the show but not as a formation. Only a three and a pair. It was getting gloomy by then
  8. Re painting the fuel dump pipes. Paint them red and use strips of white decal sheet like I did on my Phantom prototype. It's a fun way to while away a few hours. John
  9. If you are thinking of buying the Trumpeter 1/72 Flagon A you should be aware that here is much wrong with it. John
  10. Yes. There was doubt until the last minute that the conditions would be calm enough. John
  11. Most of my pictures were the same as those from Seamus and not as good so I thought that I would show the ones he didn't stay for. After some of the visiting a/c had departed the wind had dropped sufficiently to let a few of the 'oldies' to get airborn. One of the highlights (despite the poor light!) was the English Electric Wren. Just after a long take-off it started a circuit just a few feet of the ground and continued round climbing as it went. An amazing sight
  12. A pig's ear of a kit but I knew that you would make a silk purse out of it. John
  13. Whatever you do, don't go for the Emhar FJ-4 John
  14. Took me a few moments to realise what 'in front of the tress' meant... Typical Murphy's Law situation. Some reasonable weather turning grey and cold for the first airshow of the season. I came up from Sussex with a friend and we had serious thought about whether to cut our losses ( advanced tickets) and stay at home to save the petrol money but it turned out to be a good show despite the weather being poor for photography. One of the highlights for me was seeing the Wren doing circuits only a few feet above the ground. Did you get any pictures of it? If not I'll put up one of mine. John
  15. There was an Lavochkin La 176. After much work I managed to turn it into something resembling the actual a/c because I 'knew' that nobody else would produce a kit of such a little known a/c. A year later Prop & Jet produced a superb resin version.
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