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Victor K2

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  1. The airbrake on some Hawks drooped over a period of time, In my experience 9 times out of 10 it was due to a leaking airbrake package. The other times it would be a leaking slide and swivel union (one either side of the jack) or the jack itself. On the early Hawks the droop wasn't so apparent (fairly new aircraft). The airbrake bay was mostly white on the early Hawks, but later Hawks varied from grey, black and even red ( they went through re sprays at various R.A.F. bases ). Hope this is of help, Bob.
  2. Sorry for the misunderstanding, I was responding to a comment by SandyBay. Bob.
  3. Looking good so far. I've worked on the Hawk since 1983 and I am still working on the T 1 with only a short break on them in all those years (even XX154, the first Hawk). I've never seen an R.A.F. Hawk with a grey U/C bay, doors yes, but never the bays. Now the bays are more an old English white (yellowish tinge). Bob.
  4. Great start to an epic 43 and a 1/2 year old aircraft. You are correct in that early Hawks had a yellow rim painted on them, This was to show that the brake units fitted had 3 sets of stators (discs), instead of the early 2 stators. This mod was was certainly in place by 1983, the year I started to work on the Hawk. So if your "164" in white hails from 1983 then it would most certainly have the yellow rim. Your flaps look good to me and these were always parked fully down. They were set in the mid position when the aircraft was taxiing and for take off. Hope this helps, Bob. The wheel bays were white with minimum weathering as they were washed fairly frequently (and by hand at the end of flying on the Red Arrows. I know this from personal experience from 83 to 85)
  5. I have had the pleasure of working on the K2 during the mid 70's to late 82 and I agree that this is a truly fantastic looking aircraft that has yet to be surpassed in design styling. (my opinion). I will watch this build with the respect of a Victor devotee. Bob
  6. Superb work so far. Keep up this excellent build. Bob.
  7. I seem to remember that the stbd inner door was lowered by disconnecting it when the aircraft was parked. Inside the wheel bay was a hydraulic hand priming pump. This was used to prime the 4 hydraulic systems prior to engine start on a pre flight, then once achieved the door was re connected. The hook was also disconnected after flying and touched the floor, as if the hook was operated under full hyd power it could lift the aircraft off the ground. it was also a safety feature so that it didn't whack some erk on their swede due to accidental operation. I also remember 924 landing and taxiing in minus a port flap. The South African pilot (Laidback) had lowered the flaps above the design speed. The flaps had a blow back valve which should have prevented this from happening, some how this didn't occur on this occasion, Laidback (nickname) said it never affected it's handling and that he never noticed that it was missing. On his last flight in 924, he raised the undercarriage as soon as he was airborne and at an extreme low height, aimed the aircraft towards the Hangar where most of the ground crew were gathered to watch his final sortie. The Hangar doors were open at this end and most of us thought that he was planning to fly through (a fete achieved many years later in a Pitts? check it out on U tube). At what seemed to be the last possible moment he raised the nose and altered his flight path to our right. At the corner of the Hangar (known as the Meteor Hangar) was a static water tank of some considerable size. The eflux from the 2 Avons created a water spout that rose to the guttering of the roof. An amazing sight and a few of us needed to have a change of grundies. We also had a German pilot (Sepp) who flew the Sea Vixen (including it's ferry flight to Swansea) as well as all of the aircraft operated at LLanbedr. Bob. ( you will be pleased,or not,too hear that I have a lot more sandbags to pull up)
  8. Hi Christer, when XP924 was at Llanbedr operating as a drone trainer (she never flew unmanned ) the observers hatch was opaque (black). We had 4 Sea Vixens on charge as drone trainers when I arrived in the mid 80's. 2 were in Naval colours and scrapped after a grand total of approximately 1 hours flying time after having been on a Major servicing. The remaining (in drone red and yellow scheme ) flew a limited number of times, then lay dormant save for engine inhibiting runs, until 924 was sold to Glyn from De Havilland Aviation. A rather difficult aircraft to maintain and if posed on the ground in a hangar you must include at least 24 drip trays underneath ( she leaked enough fuel over a weekend to warrant a refuel on the Monday ). Having said all this, as an engineer, I thoroughly enjoyed working on the Sea Vixen. More power to you on this fantastic build.
  9. Great work so far. I have yet to complete a "foiled" model. I have started a few but have yet to find the "perfect method. I nearly completed a Super Sabre and would love to complete it one day. I sprayed a base coat of humbrol silver first as this allows for minor mistakes when using the foil. I have heard boiling the foil in cider vinegar produces heat affected metal colours. My Airfix Lightning is watching this thread as it develops and shouting at me to "get on with it". Bob
  10. Hi Johnny English, My instructors in The R.A.F. (notice I placed a full stop between the letters) over 40 years ago (who did their own training when Pontious was a trainee pilot), would slap our heads if we used the forbidding words "plane or planes" they even frowned on any of the erks saying wings instead of mainplane. We were taught by "old school" tutors and were suitably admonished (carrying a Canberra brake unit around the outside of the Hangar or something similar). So you can see that this form of "Brain washing" has affected me. I could go on with all of the many re educated ways of the Royal Air Forces number one school of trade training, R.A.F. Halton, but that would be the start of a new thread in itself. Keep up the excellent work, Bob. "I'm leaving on a Jet Plane, don't know when I'll be back again" That's Americans for you ( still, that's the music of my youth).
  11. Sorry to butt in on this excellent build, but I must correct Greg Destec when he says "a man that actually knows about real planes to the rescue" does that mean he is an expert on wood work and not aircraft? I would like to educate those of a non aeronautical background and ask them to from now on to say aircraft or aeroplane and not refer to woodworking tools when replying to aircraft related subjects.
  12. Superlatives have all but run out to describe this master build. My flabber is well and truly gahsted with what you have managed to do with this kit. Looking at the photo's of the finished article and I am transported back to the mid 70's and early 80's Marham flight line and the smell of burnt avtur from 4 Conways in my nostrils. As I have said in a previous post, it would only need 55 Squadron markings to make this fantastic rendition perfect. Bob.
  13. Happy New Year Gazza, Superb finishing touches to a fantastic build. I have been away over the Christmas period and am only now catching up. I too received the new Airfix Victor for Christmas, I have managed so far to only have a brief view of the contents, but I am itching to make a start on this model as soon as possible (this week with luck). I am sure you have many plans/idea's on how your's will turn out, and after these results, I am sure it will be every bit as good if not better as what has been for me the finest rendition of the Revell kit. Bob.
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