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  1. ⁸Just a note about the RAF supplying film processing equipment and personnel to the Chilean AF, I worked in the recce trade during the Faklands war and although I was on 2(AC) at Laarbruch at the time, I did hear about a number of ATREL cabins with processing and interpretation equipment were 'lost' from 41 squadrons inventory but no personnel were sent with them. I moved to JARIC at Brampton a year after the war and there was talk of ATREL cabins being prepared for transportation to Chile but I never heard of or met anyone who had been sent out with them and with a trade of only 120 personnel, everybody knew everybody! Also, there's mention of the Canberra being sent out with the U-2s high altitude type C camera. Firstly, I doubt very much that we would have given away a type C camera to the CAF, or the Americans allowed us to do so for that matter and definitely NOT the special film that was the real secret behind the system. Even if the camera had been used in theatre by RAF crews, the film would have had to come back to the UK for processing.
  2. Hi Dave, I have Warplane #36. PM me you email and I'll scan the article later. There's only one picture of a Canberra with Chilean marking visible on the rudder and '342' on the nose gear door but it doesn't say where the picture was taken.
  3. Unfortunately, grey Tornado intakes look black in most pictures! Radome started off gloss (polished?) but faded to satin.
  4. Does anyone know if the intakes were painted black on the above jet? Thanks
  5. The fin zap could still be a Buccaneer but bear in mind that RAF Phantoms on North Sea patrol often called in at Keflavik, especially Leuchars based squadrons.
  6. Thanks, I did think it was just a light grey, similar to to one of the FS greys but this picture made me wonder if it should be metallic. https://www.airhistory.net/photo/103693/4306/43-06 Probably just a trick of the light.
  7. I would say that that is it! As for the 'footprints', I'm sure I've seen these on another decal sheet. I found the Modeldecal sheet with the 19 Squadron counterpart, this too has the plane zap but not the footprints - maybe these were included as an update on a later sheet. I also have the Almark 1/48 Phantom sheet but the zaps aren't on that either.
  8. Something missing on an Xtradecal sheet- there's a surprise! This a/c is the subject of Modeldecal sheet 64. Unfortunately, the zaps are not shown on the instructions and my sheet is part used and only has the plane zap. The crew name on the splitter ramp are - from top to bottom:- FLT LT LLOYD HARRISON FLT LT DOORMAN? SAC R ROBERTS? The plane zap looks like a silver Phantom (could be a Buccaneer) on a red diamond - similar the the patches found on aircrew flight suits. Also of note in the instructions is that the original square type fin flash is showing underneath the swept flash.
  9. early Tornado undersides etc. Is it metallic?
  10. Hi Tony

    I'm wondering if you can help, I'm buildimg a 1/72 resin vc10 but its taken quite a hit during sanding,

     

    While looking for plans to rescribe panel lines I found this old thread where you posted some plans and wondered if you would be kind enough to share them with me or tell me a source for the plans

     

    Regards

    Nigel

     

    1. Blacktjet

      Blacktjet

      Hi Nigel,

      I can't scan the plans at the moment, would a photo be OK?

      The plans are available  from:- sarikhobbies.com

      Tony

       

    2. nigelshipp

      nigelshipp

      Thanks Tony, a photo would be fine my email is nigelshipp@ntlworld.com

      All the best

      Nigel

  11. Somebody does or did a gold canopy tint, I had some but can't remember the manufacturer. It worked really well. Last time I used it, I sprayed a chrome RR radiator grill to make it look gold plated, it worked perfectly.
  12. I found in the past that quoting the order number for the faulty item gets a reply. Imagine how many email they must get asking for information about new or future releases etc.
  13. First kit built with my dad was an Airfix BEA Vanguard, we had just got back from Malta and had flown there and back on one. First kit I built on my own was the Airfix bagged Spitfire Mk IX.
  14. I wonder if they were re-boxings of the old Kader/Lincoln kits, they were roughly 1/144 but I'm not sure if they did a Vulcan.
  15. Leuchars was the navy phantoms home base in the latter years, that tank would have been borrowed. Their hanger was the one on the far left - nearest to the Q sheds. When I arrived there in 1980, it was still full of RN Phantom bits, including a crated flight simulator.
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