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  1. Aeronut

    Airfix 2019

    Its not just moulding flaws Airfix needs to keep on top of. My drooling session over my newly purchased Wellington was marred by a distorted engine cowling which had its cowl flaps crushed into the runner below it and the whole cowling bent 'out of round'. I'm not going to get overly upset as I am a modeller and getting it round again and replacing two cowl flaps should be within my abilities, if not then its an engine change diorama with the maintenance set already in the stash. Anyway, has anyone praised Airfix for the transparencies in the Wellington? commendably thin, clear and sparkling; long may this continue. Maybe they are listening after all the recent releases that have had faults in the clear parts.
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    Horsa D-Day

    Gliders were used for exercises prior to operations, they were also stored in the open, picketed on the edge of airfields. Quite a number of aircraft were recovered from the Normandy LZs, repaired and used again at Arnhem. Look at the films of Arnhem and you will see some Horsa with just two black stripes from the D-day markings on the wings, this is because the white stripes were likely to have been painted in white wash rather than paint as used for the black stripes, and between June and September the white wash was washed off by the rain. The gliders were not all made in the same factory and as such there could be tonal differences between the paint on the wings from one factory and fuselages from another with the tape over the transport joints being painted at the MU where the aircraft was assembled being different in tone and shine as well. Some of these tapes can even be seen being left in the red dope with no finishing paint. In summary pristine examples of the Horsa could be seen alongside weathered ones.
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    Shorts Skyvan

    I'll need to keep an eye on this thread from now on as I've just won one of these as part of a lot of three kits at my local auction house. It was worth the tenner just to stop them going in the skip! But what I'm going to do with a started (but all there) Airfix Control Tower and a Hasagawa Huey I don't know as they don't fit the theme of my stash.
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    Ospreys * 3, Galaxies * 3

    I used to work at Boscombe Down, and a few years ago we were a little nonplussed as to why there were hundreds of policemen littering the airfield (They were all sat around sunning themselves making the place look untidy). It was only when the Ospreys landed outside the office, 50 yards away, that we found out we were being visited by Mr Obama on his way to look at Stonehenge. B****y American tourists.
  5. The seperate engine sprue hints at Merlin and Hercules versions to come. (Supported by the Merlin visible on the CAD images released when the kit was announced). The guessing game will be which version will appear in 2019, 2020, 2021............
  6. Only major British aircraft to enter production in WW 2 with a tricycle undercarriage? What about the Horsa which was built in greater numbers and had a longer service life.
  7. Was the fuselage floor/bomb bay roof really open to the elements when the bomb doors were open? The only reference photos I have showing that area are from Wellington Mk 1c used for paratrooping and the area in question is covered in matting for the paras to sit on.
  8. Remember that when Airfix released the first CAD image of this Wellington it was noticed that the mostly hidden port engine was a Merlin, hinting at a MkII release in the future. Maybe you have just discovered what scheme that one will be released with.
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    AugustaWestland Wildcat info please

    That's far off how the Wildcat is actually built. There's a hangar at Middle Wallop where all the Lynx go to have any usable parts removed to be used in the Wildcat programme.
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    New Beluga revealed

    The face improves an aircraft that already didn't look too wrong, unlike the converted Boeing 747 which to my eye would only need a lick of paint to look like a giant hot dog.
  11. No Trim on the Barge although trim did get a mention in the pre flight check mnemonic CB SIT CB (Controls -full and free movement, Ballast - fitted/not fitted, Straps -tight, Instruments - altimeter set zero, Trim - not fitted, Canopy - not fitted, Brakes - spoilers open/closed). Towards the end of my time on the 'Wood' fleet the mnemonic was changed to CB SIFT CB to cater for gliders with Flaps which of course did not include the Barge or the Mk3 Brick. This thread has me going back through my Log Books. WB993 appears as my eight ever launch and my third at Sealand on August 6 1972 with a Mr Higgins as my Instructor. This flight was also the first launch of my PPT (pre pilot training?) course and it lasted (or was logged at) 5 minutes to bring my total hours to a massive 30 minutes from 8 launches. My last conventional launch before conversion to the Venture was number 254 by which time my hours had reached a total of 24 hours 29 minutes.
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    Model kit box art

    I have box art to blame for my being described as a patron of the arts by a well known aviation artist. As a child I would collapse the kit's box top once I'd finished the kit and pin it to my bedroom wall. As I grew older I started buying posters of aircraft which replaced the box tops on the wall. In middle age I discovered the Guild of Aviation Artists exhibition which became my annual visit inside the M25 and original works replaced the posters. My collection of original works has now reached the stage of being a stash ie I have more paintings than available wall space to hang them. The next guild exhibition is just a fortnight away, I already have my buyers preview invitation, and my bank balance is getting increasingly nervous.
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    I realise that this is not the right spot, but

    The museum will be on extended summer opening hours 17:30 instead of 16:30 close. You might need it if I spot you near the gliders or the rotaplanes as I am known to 'bore for England' on those two subjects.
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    I realise that this is not the right spot, but

    I'll keep an eye out for you at Middle Wallop where I'm on the staff.
  15. I 'did' Orkney last year. There are another couple of airfield / seaplane sites not on your list but they are mostly WW1. There are several buildings from HMS Tern still standing and readily accessible, as is the road sign to the village which is 'a must' to stand by and have your photo taken. If you can, take the opportunity to island hop from Kirkwall - it's the only airliner I've been on where the pilot knew the names of his passengers! That and the trip from Papa Westray to Westray is in the record books as the Worlds shortest route , it took 96 seconds from wheels off to wheels on and that was longer than average.