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About Blacktjet

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  1. Is your resin old? The more times you take the top off the containers, the greater the chance there is of moisture getting into the resin, a squirt of an inert gas into the containers will prevent moisture build up. If your patters have a lot of detail and you are using fast cast resins, you might be better off pressure casting rather that vacuum degassing. You can make a pressure chamber from a cheap pressure cooker, you won't need to degas the resin prior to pouring. Alternativly, try Axson F31 resin - it has a very low viscosity (and a very short pot life so don't try degassing the resin after mixing), short vacuum (not to a full 1 bar) your castings after pouring.
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    Lightning F.2A XN793 Help needed

    Well that somthing new I've learnt about Lightnings. If you look at the picture of 793 in the link, it's either missing the broken lines or they are in black, just need confirmation.
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    Lightning F.2A XN793 Help needed

    Not those markings, the broken yellow/black lines that I presume mark the point where the rear fuselage can be broken to remove the engines http://www.airpics.net/photo/XN776-English-Electric-Lightning-F2A-Roy http://www.aviation-picture-hangar.co.uk/xn793kc.html
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    Lightning F.2A XN793 Help needed

    XN793 in green, with "flagship 92", appears to be missing the yellow "stitching" from the rear fuselage, normally seen on green F.2As. Does anyone know if it was not applied or were they applied in black? I can see the usual black portion on the underside. Any help would be appreciated.
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    1/144 Victor B2 from Great Wall Hobby

    The Corgi 1/144 Victor B2 #48702 and first issue white Vulcan came with a Blue Steel missile. You could try Corgi Spares department, they will charge you though
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    A strange 1/72 TSR.2 Request

    I can copy the part for you in clear resin, it would cost about £3 + post. However, you will have to prep the part so that it is ready to mould, i.e all frames removed and highly polished - the shinier the part, the clearer the casting. Also you will have to wait until I am casting clear parts as the casting require baking for several hours.
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    Lightning F.6 XS903/BA 11 Sqn Pilots Name?

    Thanks all, WG CDR JC JARRON it is. Problem with museum a/c is that you can never be 100% sure that the pilot name is correct or even real. Now I know the name, you can just about make it out on this pic https://www.airplane-pictures.net/photo/2282/xs903-uk-air-force-english-electric-lightning-f-6/
  8. Looking for the pilots name from above a/c when it had the black fin and spine and large eagles on fin c.1988?. NOT XR725
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    Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    These last few pages are interesting. What part did RAF Aldergrove play in the British Phantom program? When I was there in 84, there was a phantom test rig, I was told the engines were fitted and tested there - clearly not true. Incidentally, regarding the pointy vs blunt end SUU pod, wasn't the pointy end just a removable aerodynamic cone? I was told that the cone could be removed to allow the pod to be fitted on the inner wing pylon (USAF fit?) They were latter permanently deleted from RAF use because of the risk of them falling off in-flight.
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    Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    As are all the other reason relating to beer too. The true story behind the 3 Xs is; as Dave says, there used to be 4 Xs in a bar when all squadron bars were separate from the roundel. Top brass decided that all fighter bars should be put either side of the roundel. 4 Xs either side was too long so they put 3 on one side and 1 on the other. A new C.O. didn't like that so had the paint shop put 3 on each side of the roundel and so the Sqn. bar stuck as XXX.
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    Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    The second "hoop" is for the RAF a/c with the blanked off window (Kit part has window engraving on the starboard side only) I assume part 11 on the clear frame is the periscope but you will need to drill a hole for it.
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    Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    When I was at Leuchars in 1980, there was a fin in 892s hanger - along with all the other cr@p they left. It had the 892 omega, ILS but the RWR had been removed. I was told that the ILS were added to the jets because the FAA pilots had been having trouble landing on a surface that wasn't pitching and rolling. Ok, the latter was a bit of a yarn but maybe the fin was from a one-off installation for trials or a damaged RAF fin that had been painted in 892 colours. I've never been interested in FAA a/c so always believed the late ILS fitment to be correct.
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    Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Very late FAA a/c had them fitted for use at Leuchars but if I am correct, they all had the jubilee nose emblem, which you don't get in the kit. Add to that, for the purists, the fin with the RWR in an FGR.2 fin - with a very slim RWR. I am happy with it, the modification required to build a late FAA or RAF FG.1 or an FGR.2 are minor, the missing vents on the intakes is a bit annoying and it would have been a much nicer kit if the engraving on the fuselage was as restrained as that on the wings.
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    Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Strictly speaking, you can't build an accurate FG.1 either without some modifications. The kit appears to be an FGR.2 but with a few type specific items replaced with FG.1 parts.
  15. The illustration shows XV469 as 'T' but the listing for the decal options in the description state XV469/H 2 Sqn June 1976. I Checked this morning to see if the RWRs were fitted in 76