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  1. IIRC there is still a worksurface where the Navs station was (stab) now used by the loading and his seat rails go diagonally so that the seat can be positioned either at the worksurface of behind the centre console where the flight eng used to sit. The rear bulkhead still has the two bunks/ bench seat. On the port side is where Lockheed’s put the American galley (originally just a coffee pot and a microwave oven) which we pointed out at the time of the original build was useless for British use as we required (large quantities) of boiling water for tea!
  2. Do you know anyone in Norway? as there is a complete Welman on display in the Norwegian Naval Museum, and its in far better condition than the extremely rusty remains of one I saw in the Submarine museum , Gosport, several years ago. This kit is on my shopping list as its the only submarine that fits in with my modelling obsession of British Airborne Forces. Would you believe there was a project to drop Welman's by parachute! Not only that but they would have been manned drops. Mercifully the idea was dropped (sorry) after successful wind tunnel and dummy drops had been carried out, partly because the parachute system (4 x 96 ft parachutes in a single pack weighing over 1000 b) was so large that its makers, GQ Ltd, had to pack it in the street outside their Woking factory.
  3. Would you believe you can download Lachmann's MI5 file from the National Archive! I did it recently along with Raoul Hafner's file. Lachmann may have had Handley Page on his side but Hafner had Lord Brabazon on his (amongst others), and as a result only spent 5 months in internment.
  4. Kay, I think the crank is for a Booster coil so that you can hand swing the engine from outside with no-one in the cockpits. That's also the reason for the magneto switches on the outside, the AP shows two sets of mag switches located by the front cockpit. The head of the Ki-gas priming pump that you operate prior to starting can be seen just behind the exhaust ring below the hatch for the oil tank filler, so that once you've set the throttle (and if you are sensible, inserted wheel chocks and applied the brakes), everything you need to start the engine is on the forward port side of the fuselage; you can reach into the cockpit to control the revs with the throttle once the engine starts.
  5. How did the Sopwith Pup, the first Lego set I ever bought, get past the 'Lego ban on warlike subjects'?
  6. You should see his design for the Pobjoy Shorts PD7 naval helicopter he was working on just before the start of WW2. Side on it looked like a podgy Sycamore, head on it was a streamlined shape not much wider than the pilot's shoulders (think HP Hampden with a rotor). The anti-torque was going to be provided by two hinged sections of the fuselage, one forward of the rotor and one aft pivoting in opposition like ailerons. The PD7 was an interesting concept, tandem crew, retractable undercarriage, amphibious and armed with a pivoting Oerlikon cannon. Sikorsky showed the way to control the torque was the tail rotor although he struggled with cyclic and collective control which was something Hafner had solved by 1930 with his Spider. Hafner was sensible enough to go with the tail rotor for the Sycamore.
  7. That was down to Hafner’s Spider, something the Sycamore shares with the Lynx/Wildcat.
  8. No doubt it will be deemed to signify some sort of ritual (archalogical speak for “we haven’t got a clue”)
  9. Was there an RN ship in port at the time? It wasn’t an attack in revenge for the Battle of Flanbourgh Head was it? ( look it up ) What amazes me is that with all the butchering of the English language the Americans get away with they’ve kept the French pronunciation of Bonhomme Richard.
  10. For thin fabric you need to find some old linen draughting sheets as beloved of old style drawing offices (Before CAD came along). The wax coating (and any drawing) will wash out with hot soapy water leaving a nice fine cloth behind which will cut into strips with care. NB just make sure the drawing you destroy isn’t of any historical interest.
  11. The transport joint looks to be in the correct place, so why the main spar and all the gubbins behind it? Hopefully someone will come up with some resin pieces to represent the leading edge nose rib with all the hydraulic, pneumatic and control cable bulkhead connectors that were a feature of the outside of the Lancaster nose section. Thank you HK models for the assembly stand but I do wish someone will provide us with a Queen Mary trailer and tractor unit.
  12. I like your thinking but just to muddy the waters further I’m on the extreme edge of Hampshire with Wiltshire a matter of yards away and I worked at Boscombe Down for 30 years (may or may not be relevant). An hours drive can take in a whole host of military bases and museums covering all three services.
  13. Two years ago I had a small part in assisting a Hong Kong based model manufacturer (I can't remember the company just the Hong Kong location) whilst they obtained detailed measurements and photographs for a subject they intended to produce as a 1:32 kit. This was on an active British military base and at a nearby military museum. I wonder if this is the kit about to be announced? If it is, there are going to be some shocked BM members out there, but I'll be very happy.
  14. What no monogrammed lace edged antimakassas for the seat backs? You’ve been let easy.
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