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  1. Is there are rigging drawing someplace for this? PM
  2. Let me know how you are progressing every now and then on your Sea King, I will do like-wise on mine. PM
  3. And the gear on your Heller kit will at some point break.
  4. Think of how much fun you could have with this one. Working at Airfix knowing a tour was coming through the office.... you could build all sorts of one-off kits just to get all the rumours going. Put an all black Special Hobby Barracuda on a shelf, a Frog Proctor, parts of a Matchbox Walrus all in 1/72, leave Sabre wings on a desk..... PM
  5. Just go with a safe New Year
  6. So if Airfix were not doing the large Vulcan in 1/72, then how many other smaller 1/72 kits could have been done? The same situation could arise new week, is it going to to a large kit or several smaller 1/72......look at all the kits that were done by Frog (all those years ago) that have yet to be redone by right mainstream firm .... Baltimore, Shark, Skua, Attacker, Tempest, Firefly, Proctor and Oxford. They ought to be thinking about getting to some of these before new people (like Arma) get there first. So bring on the new versions of Mitchell, but do not ignore the Liberator, Walrus, J
  7. I like all of this kind of presentation - its thought out, its entertaining, its moving on - it has pictures - its great. PM
  8. I know of 32 aircraft that carried the pod but - this does not mean all 32 were wired for them. The EMI reconnaissance pod was developed to be carried under the centre pylon only. It first flew in 1969, with XV406 at the Hawker Siddley test base at Holme-on-Spalding Moor and also with XV415 in 1971. It weighted in at 1,702 lbs (772 kg). The Matchbox 1/72 version was WAY too big, the Fujimi way too thin, the aftermarket Odds and Ordnance seems about right and I have not seen the Aircraft item yet. Between 18 and around 23 pods were used. The pod was introduced into service by No
  9. I am told by a very very reliable source that Big H will have stock of the Spitfire Vc next week for sale. Looking forward to this.
  10. The oddity is some retailers saying they have it (Spitfire Vc 1/72) and others not, now weeks apart. As a modelling marketing person - Airfix would sell more kits retail overseas (not just in Europe) if they had a surface shipping option or even regular air mail post. If all retailers (at least in the UK) had the some product at the same time - the price field would be more level. I have seen an Airfix 1/24 Hellcat with a 'do not sell before' date sticker on it in North America. So shipping to wholesalers/retailers has been done in advance in the past. Greed is still rampant in this worl
  11. Yes it is all rather odd. Had a bunch on back ordered with 'Big H' since before Pontius was a Pilate. Is this all a big game by Airfix? Is this how the Beaufort and the Vulcan are going to play out as well? I can sort of understand Airfix trying to make more out of retail sales (but for weeks first?) itself but in the long run it is just going to miff a lot of people off. Another bad PR move by the upper management at Airfix. If on backorder with 'Big H' its 7.49, if ordered today at Wonderland it is 12.49!!! From the overseas shipping view - the bit Airfix does not get is - they a
  12. The first antenna on 402 looks just like the Search and Rescue and Homing (SARAH) beacon system, it was an emergency locater device carried by many RCAF aircraft. The beacon itself was small enough to be carried in a Mae West life jacket, with an up-to 20-hour-transmitting battery life. The receiver-equipped (searching) aircraft would have a set of forward-facing bi-lateral antennae and would fly along the proposed route of the missing aircraft or conduct a search pattern around the last known location of a missing aircraft - hopefully with a SARAH beacon in operation. The receiver operator
  13. The finish colours of Dark Sea Grey and Dark Green were applied on upper surfaces with Medium Sea Grey for lower surface. Markings were to be taken from drawings Identification Markings 5208. Pat Martin
  14. try these... Atlantic Air Fan 198006 article 21F sqn Atlantic ANG Air International 198111 article 3d drawing Atlantic Air International 201205 article Italy Atlantic 2 Air International 201901 article Atlantic ALT to 6 Air Internationa
  15. Well in theory just the one ...101067 which went back to the USA. But 101054 was made to look like and painted up as 101067, before being stuck on a pole at North Bay. BTW 067 was in the overall grey finish before later going to the overall black. PM
  16. While yes, you can officially call the Hornet a “CF-188”, in all my years I have yet to be on a ramp and have anybody point out a “CF-188”. It’s always been a “Hornet”, “18”, or a “CF-18”. More to the point, in building a model of Baden-Soellingen based CF-18, there are a couple of interesting differences. The aircraft were far dirtier (after use) than those based in Canada. The European skies provided the sootier environment – at least back in the eighties. Also watch for the port side lamp (the real name eludes me now) that was generally not used (but can be seen every now and then) beh
  17. The is no such thing as a CF-118. They are CF-18 and the serials are in the 188 range. It is incorrect to use "CF-188". The first based Hornets arrived at Baden in April 1985. Four aircraft from No.410 Squadron did visit Baden in May 1984 to check hangar fit etc. No.409 did not move to Bagotville, No.439 actually folded at Ottawa, later reforming at Bagotville with Silver Star and Griffon. Patrick Martin
  18. A few places to look are; International Air Power Review 00003 article Aerophile 02 03 article CFB Greenwood Aviation News 09 13 article phase out Flying Review 195910 article Flying Review 196005 article 3d Air Pictorial 197403 article 3d Wingspan 198509 photo roll out and all the finish and markings schemes are in ...... Royal Canadian Air Force, Aircraft Finish and Markings 1947 – 1968, Martin Slides 2003 Canadian Military Aircraft, Finish and Markings 1968 – 2004, Martin Slides 2004 Royal Canadian Air Force, A
  19. The inventory cards for the three do exist but finding photos of the airframes would be interesting - if ever pulled from their crates. The Hadrian gliders were used, well most of them, and there are plenty of photos of them. PM
  20. USAF and USN tail codes are un-related. SH In 1973 the 465 TFS recoded SH from the UC. Squadron F-105 carried a blue tail stripe outlined in white. Squadron F-105D assets reassigned to the 466 (HI at Hill AFB) and replaced by F-4D. On reequipping with F-16A/B markings changed to a black tail stripe with squadron crest centred. Patrick Martin
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