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Dave Swindell

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  1. As above, i'd say the bridles would be aircraft specific and not carrier specific. Length would be determined by the geometry of the aircraft catapult spools in relation to the catapult with the aircraft in launch position. Thickness of wire would be determined by max launch weight per aircraft type. Size of eyes in bridle ends would be determined by aircraft spool size. Sorry I can't help with actual dimensions, but reference to photos to determine the position of the catapult shoe in the deck in relation to the aircraft should enable you to get close enough.
  2. Mike, if it's an older aircraft and you're getting no hits, enter the letters, click on the advanced search drop down and check the search de-registered aircraft box. If you're still not getting there the registry entries for the two aircraft you quoted are located here:- https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AOXL-1.pdf https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AOXL-2.pdf https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-ASPB.pdf
  3. Next to bottom 2/11/19-2/2/20
  4. Definitely not the same as the Pegasus (UK) kit. They're both short run injection kits, but Pegasus was state of the art 35 years ago and Avis is state of the art today. Not built mine yet but the parts match up well to the plans in the Windsock Datafile, look well detailed and minimal flash. However as short run kits there's no location points, so expect a bit of filing, pinning and test fitting. Look at Moa's recent builds of the Avis Short Satellite and Short Cockle to see what sort of quality to expect.
  5. AFAIK, the only variation in plastic supplied with the new tool Airfix Lancaster is the inclusion of the extra sprue in the Dambusters boxings. The unshrouded exhausts are on the standard sprues so should be included in all boxings
  6. Sound advice from Paul, stay a few days in the area and check out the locale at different times of day, and check out other places in the area as well, somewhere else may take your fancy. It's a huge decision to take, don't rush into it, you'll be living with the consequences for a good while afterwards. Hope you find somewhere you'll be happy.
  7. The tailplane on all marks of Javelin was movable. All Mk1's and a few early Mk2's the tailplane was trimmable and operated by an electric trim switch. Operation was independant of the elevators, which were actuated hydraulically via the control column. All subsequent marks had an "all flying" tailplane that was operated hydraulically in conjunction with the elevators. Photo's of Javelins at rest usually show the tailplane nose up with the elevators deflected down. A heads up on the sliding canopies, neither the pilots nor the nav (instructors) canopies had ametal frame on the front and rear edges, they're strengthened with an extra thickness of perspex which appears white) as per the rear of a Hunter canopy - you may know this already, but i'ts something i've just noticed whilst checking photo's.
  8. Nice to see another Vampire being built, but I'd take issue with the soubriquet "Whistling Wheelbarrow" - that was the AW Argosy. Apart from an initial reference to it as the Spider Crab, I don't recall the Vampire being referred to as anything else.
  9. Seafire 47 1:72 kits Injection - Ventura (Jays), Pegasus, Special Hobby Vacform - Rareplanes Resin - CMR, Kitbits, Otherwise it's conversions as above.
  10. Anybody know anything about a Cumbria Model Club? I've just seen a model photo attributed to Cumbria Model Club apparently taken at Peterborough Show I wasn't aware of any static model clubs in Cumbria apart from a South Lakeland SciFi club many years ago (which may still be running, but I haven't come across them for a long time)
  11. They were re-releases of the even more ancient Rosebud/Kitmaster kits - afaik Airfix never tooled any of their own railway kits.
  12. Yes, I'd agree with that, definitely a small amount of downthrust as well as being canted inboard.
  13. We used numbers for decks below the main (upper) deck and letters for the decks above. The numbers were never a problem, but some ships started with A as the 1st deck above the main deck and some started with A as the deck immediately below the bridge deck. Then there were the ships that had had the top couple of decks cut off and an extra 1, 2 or 3 decks inserted, confusing or what? Holds and bays were numbered from the front, frames from the ruddeer stock (aft).
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